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  • Five Ways to Show Confidence through Body Language

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Aug 5, 2016

    In both professional and social settings, displaying confidence is a known factor to success. But for some people, it can be hard to feel confident in settings with people that you don’t know, or people that you think or feel are far and away more qualified than you. In these situations, it’s more important than ever to put on a confident front. Here are five tips from Inc to show others you’re confident – and make yourself feel confident as well:

  • 3 Things That Should Be on Your LinkedIn Profile

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Aug 3, 2016

    Networking isn’t something that is confined to industry conferences or cocktail parties; you can also use resources like LinkedIn to network without leaving your seat. But how do you make the best use of your LinkedIn? There are a number of important things that your LinkedIn should address so that when you do reach out for a job, introduction, reference or something else entirely, your profile doesn’t immediately bias them against you. Here they are, from Forbes:

  • Four Steps for Dealing with an Angry Person

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Aug 2, 2016

    People care deeply about and invest a lot of themselves in their careers, so it’s no wonder that they can also get angry when work doesn’t go their way. Dealing with someone that is angry can be very unpleasant, but there are a few steps you can take to make the process go more smoothly. Here are four tips from The Daily Muse on handling the situation with professional aplomb:

  • Three Questions Not to Ask at an Interview

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Jul 26, 2016

    When you go in for an interview, you want to come off as a great many things – competent, eager, and a good social fit, to name a few – and there are a number of ways to do so. Asking good questions can help you seem both competent and eager, but there are definitely questions that you should avoid asking during the interview process. Here are a few questions to avoid during the interview, according to Time:

  • What to Do When You’re In Charge

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Jul 22, 2016

    If you’re the kind of go-getter that every firm is looking for, odds are you’re going to find yourself in a leadership position relatively soon in your career (especially if you’ve earned that sweet, sweet, CPA certification). But if you’ve never held a leadership position before, the prospect of doing so can be intimidating. Here are some tips from Inc on what to do to prepare yourself for being the boss:

  • How to Avoid Burnout if you’re Feeling the Heat

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Jul 20, 2016

    While any job can be stressful (while hopefully still being rewarding), being an accountant can sometimes feel overly so. It might be because busy season is in full swing, or because your client is being difficult in giving you all the information you need to be satisfied with the quality of the audit you’re providing them. Whatever it is, one thing you want to avoid is burnout. Here are a few tips from Forbes to help with the heat:

  • Behaviors to Avoid When Networking

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Jul 19, 2016

    Networking is one of the best ways to grow your career, but it can be easier said than done. When networking in-person, you can make a stronger impression on a person by providing them with a more complete image of yourself – but this can backfire if you make a social blunder. Here are some behaviors while networking to avoid, from Fortune:

  • Four Reasons to Avoid Email

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Jul 5, 2016

    Email is one of the great innovations in communication, giving both sender and recipient the opportunity to carefully consider their words and answer at their convenience. However, there are a few things that should be done in person, as well as situations in which hitting send should be delayed, according to Time:

  • How to Overcome Perceived Millennial Weaknesses

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Jun 15, 2016

    Unfortunately, since they’ve started to enter adulthood and by extension, the workforce, millennials have been subject to a number of negative stereotypes that may or may not have basis in fact. So what can you do to convince your Boomer or Gen Xer employer that you don’t fulfill those stereotypes while engaging in your work the way that you’re most comfortable with? Here are three stereotypes that millennials face, and corresponding tips from Inc on how to rise above them:

  • Three Steps to Avoid Being Passive-Aggressive

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Jun 14, 2016

    When dealing with a frustrating situation involving another person, it can be tempting, especially if they’re a coworker, to deal with the situation by being passive-aggressive. It can feel good to combat that sense of powerlessness by exercising petty judgment on the offending person while maintaining a slight veneer of deniability. However, doing so is neither the mature nor the most beneficial path to take, so here are three steps from the Harvard Business Review to follow if you find yourself wanting to take the low road: 

  • How to Get the Starting Salary You Want

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Jun 10, 2016

    Passion and interest in your chosen profession is important, but getting paid what you want and what you’re worth is nice too. So how do you get the salary you want without coming off as money-grubbing or overly aggressive in your negotiation? Here are some tips from Forbes on how to land a salary that both you and your employer are happy with:

  • Two Things to Consider When You Disagree with a Coworker (or Anyone)

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Jun 3, 2016

    Unless you’re a sole practitioner committed to an isolationist policy, you’ll have to work with others throughout your career as a CPA, and odds are, you’ll disagree with someone over how something ought to be done in that time. Workplace disagreements can spiral out of control if you’re not careful, and it’s important to know how to make sure you don’t burn any bridges. After all, both you and your coworker(s) want whatever you’re working on to succeed. Here are a couple things to consider in how you approach your disagreement from Fortune, and how you can make your point without putting someone on the defensive:

  • Three Communication Mistakes to Avoid

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Jun 1, 2016

    As a CPA, you’ll likely spend a lot of time working with numbers, whether they’re tax-related, audit-related, or something entirely different. However, a not insignificant part of your job will also involve dealing with clients, not to mention your daily interactions with coworkers. It’s in your best interest to make sure your communication skills are top-notch, so here are some common communication mistakes from Inc to identify and address:

  • How to Know You’re Working Too Hard

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    May 31, 2016

    They say that “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy,” and while being too invested in your work could potentially make you very boring to your non-accountant friends, there are other negative consequences from workaholism that are far worse. What’re the signs that you’re working too hard? Here are a few things to watch out for (and correct) from The Muse:

  • Three Leadership Skills to Cultivate

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    May 27, 2016

    Having the technical skills and knowledge to earn your CPA are obviously important, but you have to have more than just a good head for numbers to be a good leader. So what’s the difference between being Michael Scott or Tim Cook? Here are some leadership skills from Forbes to cultivate so you can set yourself apart as a leader:

  • Three Tips to Making a Good First Impression

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    May 25, 2016

    Throughout your professional career, you’ll be meeting a lot of people for the first time, whether it’s for a job interview, a networking conference, or a big client meeting. And as you know, it’s important that that first meeting is one where you come off as well as you possibly can. Here are three tips from Time on how to nail a positive first impression:

  • How to Make Your Mornings Less Painful

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    May 24, 2016

    If you’re not a morning person, waking up to the sound of your alarm clock is probably one of the most painful parts of your day. A bad start to the day can mean less productivity, or just be the first of many things that will be colored unpleasant due to that bad start. Here are a couple tips from Inc on how to make your mornings less of a chore:

  • Three Excuses You Should Stop Making for Not Negotiating Your Salary

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    May 20, 2016

    Negotiating for a higher salary can obviously result in big, long-term benefits, so why don’t more people do it? More importantly for you, why aren’t you doing it? If it’s a lack of preparedness, then you know what to do. But if you are prepared and have good reasons to ask for more compensation, but you’re still holding off, it’s time to examine why. Here are the three most common excuses for not going for it from the Harvard Business Review, why you make them, and how you can overcome them:

  • Three Behaviors to Avoid in Meetings

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    May 18, 2016

    Meetings are a fact of life for most professions, and accountancy is no different. Before your first “real job” though, your only exposure to a meeting-like environment is likely to be the numerous group projects you did in high school and college with people you didn’t know well. Meetings in your professional life will be with people you interact with everyday, and you’ll likely have more on the line than a grade. You may have picked up a few bad habits in high school and college – here are three behaviors from The Daily Muse you should cut out:

  • How to Achieve the Work-Life Balance You Want

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    May 17, 2016

    While being a CPA might at times require you to prioritize work over your personal life, it’s important in any profession to maintain a balance between your work and personal life. Depending on your specialization and what time of year it is, you may face different obstacles that impede on that balance, but here are a few tips from Entrepreneur to help you overcome them:

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