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  • Put on a Happy Face

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Apr 28, 2015

    Even if you like your job, inevitably there will be tasks that you have to do that are less than engaging—after all, it is called work. According to Time, however, there are a few easy ways to keep your happiness levels high:

  • How to Avoid Email Misunderstandings

    By:
    Jason Wong
    |
    May 1, 2015

    It’s easy to see how emotion or intent can be misconstrued in an email—after all, email lacks the nuance of, say, tone of voice or body language. So how do you make sure a message is interpreted correctly? The Harvard Business Review offers these tips for preventing disastrous miscommunication:

  • Does Your Work Schedule Need a Makeover?

    By:
    Jason Wong
    |
    Apr 22, 2015

    Workaholics might be the subject of ridicule in television and movies, but in real life, that additional workload and stress can have very detrimental consequences. And while it’s good to have a strong work ethic, it’s also important to take care of your own health. Inc.  has some suggestions on how to manage your schedule:

  • It’s No Surprise That You’re Stressed

    By:
    Jason Wong
    |
    Apr 17, 2015

    According to data compiled by the workplace-services firm Bensinger, Dupont & Associates, millenials report being stressed out more than any other age group at the office. Among 7,883 workers who used BDA’s Employee Assistance Program, 30 percent of millennials said they have workplace anxiety, compared to 26 percent of Generation X’ers and 25 percent of Baby Boomers. 

  • Tackling a Marathon Job Interview

    By:
    Jason Wong
    |
    Apr 17, 2015

    Sometimes, after making it through the initial hurdles of a phone interview or one-on-one meeting, you find yourself in a marathon job interview. You know the kind: sit-downs that can last a whole day, and seem to include everyone from the CFO to the receptionist. Forbes has some tips to help get you through it:

  • What Young Professionals Should Do Now to Avoid Salary Stagnation Later

    By:
    Jason Wong
    |
    Apr 14, 2015
    Unless you’re a member of the top 10 percent of lifetime earners, it’s likely that you’ll experience the most wage growth between the ages of 25 and 35 (an average of 38 percent), and wage stagnation between ages 35 and 55, according to Fortune. So what can you do to make sure you’re taking advantage of your prime wage growth years?
  • How to Negotiate Without Being Too Pushy or a Pushover

    By:
    Jason Wong
    |
    Apr 10, 2015

    You might think it’s necessary to put up a tough front when negotiating, but experts say this can actually burn bridges. A better approach? According to the Harvard Business Review, it’s possible to “drive a hard bargain while also employing soft skills.” Here’s how:

  • Millennials: The IRS Wants to Hire You

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Apr 14, 2015
    The IRS is fast approaching a Baby Bust, with more than half of its employees over 50 years old, and 40 percent of its total workforce eligible to retire in four years, according to a recent speech the service’s commissioner, John Koskinen, gave at the National Press Club. 
  • Being Brave in Business

    By:
    Jason Wong
    |
    Apr 6, 2015

    In most businesses, it pays to be extroverted and daring, the kind of person who takes a plunge and comes up successful. But if your default setting is to play it safe, there’s good news: According to Forbes, bravery is a skill that can be mastered. 

  • How to Deal With an Anxiety-Stricken Boss

    By:
    Jason Wong
    |
    Apr 7, 2015
    It’s not uncommon for bosses to suffer from anxiety—after all, they have a lot on their plates. But when bosses are overly anxious, it can affect everyone’s productivity. So what’s the best way to deal with it? Here are some tips according to Fortune:
  • New Research Might Give You the Upper Hand in Salary Talks

    By:
    Jason Wong
    |
    May 13, 2015

    New research suggests that you’ll have more success scoring a desired amount during salary talks if you make it the starting point of a range, rather than ask for it outright, according to Time. In other words, if you want a salary of $72,000, you’re more likely to get it if you ask a prospective employer for between $72,000 and $76,000.

  • Lifesavers

    By:
    Pei-Cen Lin, CPA, SPHR
    |
    Mar 2, 2015

    Having a work–life balance sounds great, but what does that mean for you? Before you try to set boundaries at the office, take a step back and ask yourself, ‘What’s most important in life?  Who are the people I must spend time with?’ Or, to really put things in perspective, ‘What would I want people to say about me in my eulogy?’  Once you can sum up confidently what and who matters to you, take it a step further and work those people, places and things into your schedule—literally. 

  • What we can all learn from this 17-year-old who passed the CPA exam

    By:
    Jason Wong
    |
    Apr 9, 2015

    Belicia Cespedes may well be the first teen to ace the CPA exam in modern times. But her success has little do with being a child prodigy and everything to do with how she prepared. You may have known at 13 that you wanted to pursue a career in accounting one day. But when Santa Clarita, Calif., resident Belicia Cespedes was that age, she was already on her way.

  • Does Asking Your Boss for a Raise Make You Feel Like This?

    By:
    N. Sheree Saunders
    |
    Jul 2, 2015
    Time to ask your boss for a raise? If you freeze up at the thought of initiating salary talks, you’re not alone—for most professionals, negotiating pay increases is one of the hardest and most dreaded workplace tasks. So hard, in fact, that some skip it altogether: According to a survey of 31,000 employees released this January by the compensation data and software provider PayScale, Inc., just 43 percent of workers said they’ve asked for a raise in their current field.
  • I Failed the CPA Exam

    By:
    CHRIS GAETANO
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    Jan 2, 2014

    Four professionals speak candidly about what they learned from their disappointing test scores—and how they staged their comebacks.

  • Destination Planning

    By:
    N. SHEREE SAUNDERS
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    Jan 2, 2014

    Four CPAs explain how they got their start in the profession, the resources that helped them along the way and the misconceptions they had about being a CPA.

  • You're Hired!

    By:
    CHRIS GAETANO
    |
    Jan 2, 2014

    Want to know how to get that dream job? Managers get brutally honest about what makes them pick or pass up job candidates.

  • Thinking Outside the Cubicle

    By:
    CHRIS GAETANO
    |
    Jan 2, 2014
    Find yourself constantly asking: Is it Friday yet? Meet three professionals who traded #cubeproblems for greater freedom and fulfillment.
  • Master Class

    By:
    Chris Gaetano
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    Jan 2, 2014

    In 1994, Marilyn A. Pendergast made history when she became the NYSSCPA’s first female president. As the Society prepares to mark the 20th anniversary of that milestone, we spoke with Pendergast about lessons she learned throughout her career and her advice for young professionals today.

  • Best Practices for Managing Your Manager

    By:
    N. Sheree Saunders
    |
    May 12, 2015

    Fed up with a supervisor? You’re not the only one. Here are some practical ways to improve your relationship with your boss.