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    Ten Powerful Questions for the CPA Profession in 2010

    Ten Powerful Questions for the CPA Profession in 2010
    Inquiry versus advocacy. It is easy to get caught up in an insight or idea and begin to evangelize it to others. The immediate reaction is for other's to play "devil's advocate" and resist it. Yet there is a better way. Leadership is about asking powerful questions. It is about inquiry before advocacy and making people think more before acting. How ...
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    LedgerLink's Guide to Work Happy Hour Etiquette

    LedgerLink's Guide to Work Happy Hour Etiquette
    At the end of a hellish day, it can be fun to go out and have a few with your favorite coworkers. But drinking with your office mates isn’t like drinking with your friends on the weekend. The same rules just don’t apply. No matter how laid-back your office may be, your actions always reflect on your professional persona. So what ...
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    Accounting: Myth vs. Reality

    Accounting: Myth vs. Reality
    Think accounting would make a boring career? Then you haven't given the industry a close look, says Clar Rosso, director of communications for the California Society of Certified Public Accountants. Do any of the following careers pique your interest? * A Federal Bureau of Investigation agent who tracks down drug smugglers. * A financial advisor to movie stars and sports legends. ...
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    Fitness Advice from Cops and Firefighters

    Fitness Advice from Cops and Firefighters
    What’s one thing we all have in common with police officers and firefighters? While most of us probably don’t risk our lives on a daily basis, wear a uniform, or drive a vehicle equipped with a siren, the need to stay physically fit is something we can all relate to. Stew Smith, a former Navy SEAL and author of several fitness ...
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    Entertainment Accounting

    Entertainment Accounting
    Lights! Camera! Audit! In the multibillion-dollar entertainment industry, accountants have found a glitzy niche providing financial services to Hollywood studios, production companies and a whole universe of artists and technicians -- from box-office superstars and music-industry moguls to truck drivers and B-movie bit players. With some connections and knowledge of the entertainment industry, a bachelor's degree in accounting and a knack ...
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    Make or Break Your Career Over Lunch

    Make or Break Your Career Over Lunch
    You’d think it would be easy. At lunchtime you get hungry, so you grab some food and go on with your workday. However, lunch at work is rarely that simple. What you eat, where you eat and whom you eat with are all things your coworkers are paying attention to. This doesn’t mean every lunch has to be a pressure-packed situation, ...
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    Play Ball as a Sports Accountant

    Play Ball as a Sports Accountant
    You could say that Bowie Baysox Controller Christy Hoos was born into her job. She grew up in a sports-obsessed family, and her father was a professional baseball player. A friend of a friend helped her find her first sports accounting job, working for the Baltimore Orioles, and her love of sports has kept her in the game. "It's more interesting ...
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    Accounting Careers FAQ

    Accounting Careers FAQ
    Over the years, Monster members have posted thousands of questions to our Finance Careers message board. But some questions pop up all the time, so we thought we’d answer the most commonly asked queries about accounting careers here. Can I advance as an accountant without a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designation? Plenty of accountants work ...
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    Top 5 Skills of the Post-Recession Leader

    Top 5 Skills of the Post-Recession Leader
    Could this be the decade of the CPA? Last year, the The Economist magazine proclaimed 2010 as the Year of the CFO. Now, Chief Learning Officer says the best CEO will be part CFO and part COO, which means the core financial and analytical skills of the CPA are more important than ever! A recent article in Chief Learning Officer titled, ...
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    Dos and Don'ts for Aspiring CFOs

    Dos and Don'ts for Aspiring CFOs
    Hoping to become the chief financial officer (CFO) someday? You'll need more than your CPA credential and experience as a controller. Consider these dos and don'ts as you work your way up the accounting career ladder. Five for the To-Do List 1. Do Develop Strong Relationship Skills: "CFOs must have a good working relationship with the chief executive officer, their direct ...
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    Accounting Jobs That Are Almost Recession-Proof

    Accounting Jobs That Are Almost Recession-Proof
    During a recession, the right job is like a bulletproof vest worn during a shoot-out. It won’t guarantee you’ll survive, but it boosts the chance you won’t be taken out. While there’s no such thing as a recession-proof job, some finance and accounting positions are less likely to be cut during corporate downsizings. Likewise, some sectors of the overall market thrive ...
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    Insurance Industry Fueled by Finance, Accounting Professionals

    Insurance Industry Fueled by Finance, Accounting Professionals
    The financial complexity and sophistication of the insurance industry make it an exciting place for accounting and financial professionals to work. “Insurance companies, by virtue of having thousands of small transactions, are numbers-oriented companies,” says Kathleen Enright, assistant vice president of financial reporting for a large insurance firm in Northbrook, Illinois, and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public ...
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    Accounting Career Paths

    Accounting Career Paths
    If money is the language of business, then no one speaks it better than accountants. "The accounting function is the backbone of the financial markets," says Lisa Young, a partner at Ernst & Young in New York City. "When you come into public accounting, the most exciting thing is what you learn about commerce, the flow of business and understanding business ...
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    The Undergraduate's Guide to the Big Four Interview

    The Undergraduate's Guide to the Big Four Interview
    If you're looking to sign on with a Big Four accounting firm after graduation, a solid grade-point average, leadership in extracurriculars and internship experience will all put you in good position. But to land the job, you'll need to nail a competitive, complex interview process. Interviewing at one of the Big Four -- Deloitte & Touche USA, Ernst & Young, KPMG ...
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    Finance Will be a Job Market Force in Next Decade

    Finance Will be a Job Market Force in Next Decade
    The financial services arena has taken its share of job-market hits over the past couple of years. The latest proof comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which listed bookkeeping, accounting and auditing clearks among the nine professions saw the most job losses in 2009. An interesting note in that MSNBC article, though: "The free-for-all on Wall Street that led to ...
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    5-Step Guide to Becoming an Accountant

    In this era of economic uncertainty, it’s not just about making money. For businesses and individuals alike, minimizing expenses and documenting all business transactions correctly and honestly have become just as important as maximizing revenue. That’s where accountants come in. Despite the “bean counter” stereotype, accountants are invaluable employees who lead clients through the ever-changing worlds of tax and finance. ...
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    Take a Break From Your Job Search

    6 Ways to Maintain Your Sanity While Looking for Work They say looking for a job is a full-time job in itself, but that’s only partially true. Full-time jobs come with things like regular paychecks, benefits and a sense of pride and accomplishment. Compare that to the frustrating, tedious and mostly unrewarding task of finding a job, and it’s no wonder ...
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    The Networking Expert's Checklist

    The Networking Expert's Checklist
    Networking, networking, networking. We’ve all heard about it and we’re sure you’re all doing it — but are you doing it right? Trying to develop job leads and new business contacts the wrong way can be just as damaging as not trying at all, if not worse. You want to (net)work smart, not hard, so make sure you’re making all the ...
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    Video Over PowerPoint?

    Video Over PowerPoint?
    Technology Tools By Collinge, Justin With the advent of LCD projectors, video was poised to become the next big thing. Alongside PowerPoint, it was expected to be a natural and pervasive part of the training environment. Yet it doesn't seem to have quite made it. Oh, it is there, it's just not quite the resource people want it to be. I ...
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    5 Worst Job Advice Tips

    5 Worst Job Advice Tips
    So while I am conquering my anxieties with positive action steps in my job hunt, I've received some rather amusing bits of advice. I've managed to always graciously smile and say thank you outwardly, while inwardly wondering what is occurring in people's minds as they share these bits of advice. 1st PIECE OF BAD ADVICE