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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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    The ABCs of Handshake Etiquette

    Ahh, the shaking of hands. It sounds simple enough: Two hands meet and greet and do a little shake. Easy, right? Not so fast. Unfortunately, there are quite a few ways a handshake can go south. From an overly moist hand to a bone-crushing grip, handshakes come in all shapes and sizes — and only the best will hit the ...
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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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    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 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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    CPA or MBA?

    CPA or MBA?
    The alphabet soup of finance credentials and degrees causes plenty of folks to agonize over pursuing a CPA or MBA. Both the Certified Public Accountant designation and the master of business administration degree may appeal to those who have not yet found their finance niche. What's the difference, and which is better to pursue? The answer depends upon your likes and ...
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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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    5 Ways to Get a Promotion By Being Visible

    5 Ways to Get a Promotion By Being Visible
    By Barbara Reinhold | Monster Contributing Writer Just how important is getting your name in print and your ideas noticed for an executive career? Plenty important, say headhunters, career coaches and management-development professionals. "You have to arrange your own discovery," one executive search professional explains. But short of establishing your own vanity press and putting out books on topics you know ...
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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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    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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