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  • How to Stay Healthy at a Desk Job

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    May 13, 2016

    Unless your life is similar to Ben Affleck’s character in the upcoming “The Accountant” movie (he plays a CPA who works for some shady clients), it’s unlikely that you’ll be spending a lot of time away from your desk, which can wreak havoc on your health. Here are three tips from Inc on staying healthy even when you’re a desk jockey:

  • Three Smart Things to do With Your Money After Graduation

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    May 10, 2016

    The years following your graduation may be some of the most financially difficult of your life, between student loans and increasing cost of living. While it may be hard, there are some things you can do to make those years hurt less – and build a solid foundation for your financial future. Here are three tips from Forbes to consider:

  • How to Balance Your Work Relationships against a Busy Schedule

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    May 4, 2016

    A busy schedule can be detrimental to your work relationships if you don’t take steps to prevent it. Without meaning to, you can come off as distant and apathetic to your colleagues. So how do you prevent a stress work event like busy season or a big project from driving a wedge between you and the people you see every day? Here are a few tips from the Daily Muse:

  • What You May Need to Give Up to Start Your Own Practice

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    May 3, 2016

    Some people would rather be their own boss, and CPAs are one of the lucky professions that have the option to do so. But before you make the big decision to strike out on your own, you should be aware of the sacrifices that you may have to make before your practice becomes successful enough to maintain your current quality of life. Here are a few things that Entrepreneur cautions you might have to give up for a significant amount of time:

  • Three Ways to Be More Emotionally Intelligent

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Apr 29, 2016

    Despite the stereotypical portrayal of accountants in popular media as math-obsessed anthropomorphic automatons, a large part of a CPA’s job involves interacting with clients and other people. So while it is important for you to have the technical skills to prepare taxes, perform an audit, or whatever your chosen specialty is, it is also important for you to develop your emotional intelligence to be the best CPA you can be. Here are some tips from Inc on how to do so:

  • Four Behaviors to Change to Avoid Burnout

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Apr 27, 2016

    Burnout is one of the worst things that can happen to any working professional, and CPAs are no different. Between studying for the CPA exam, busy season, and the other sources of stress that come with the territory, it can be easy to feel exhausted, disinterested, and irritable, which can lead to poor performance. Some things that lead to burnout are difficult to control, or just out of your control entirely. However, there are some behaviors that you can identify and change to address burnout potential, according to Forbes:

  • Three Good Reasons You Should Speak Up At Work

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Apr 26, 2016

    If you’re not blessed with boundless confidence, it can be difficult to summon the courage necessary to voice an idea or opinion to your colleagues or boss. After all, what if you think your thinking is sound, but they think it’s stupid? But how many times have you sat quietly while a colleague proposed a very similar idea that went over great with the rest of the team? Here are three good reasons from The Daily Muse to speak up when you have something to say at work:

  • Three Tips for When You Ask for a Raise

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Apr 20, 2016

    Regardless of what your specialty is or where you live, odds are that you want a raise. It can be a daunting prospect to ask for an increase in your compensation, but like negotiating for a salary at the initial interview, there are some things you can do to prepare yourself and hopefully get a favorable result. Here are a few tips from CNN Money on how to seal the deal:

  • Four Myths about Networking

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Apr 19, 2016

    As much as it might seem like traditional networking should fall to the wayside while social networking takes its place, the truth is that traditional networking still has a ton of value to any profession, including CPAs. Here are four myths from the Harvard Business Review to disabuse yourself of with regard to networking.

  • The Best Ways to Handle Stress

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Apr 15, 2016

    Stress comes with any job, and CPAs are no different. Whether you’re freaking out because you have no idea how you’ll pass the CPA exam, or doggedly trying to get through tax season, finding a way to deal with the stress is essential to success and preventing burnout. Here are some tips from Inc on how to reduce your stress:

  • How to Respond to a Condescending Coworker

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Apr 13, 2016

    Intentionally or not, it’s likely that a colleague or even a client will speak condescendingly to you at some point in your career. It may be an intentional assumption that your youth means you are lacking expertise, or it may be a nickname like “sweetheart” that unintentionally comes off as condescending. Regardless, it’s important that you don’t lose your temper and sink to the offending person’s level. Instead, The Muse has some advice to follow for those situations.

  • Three Tips to Get the Salary You Deserve

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Apr 12, 2016

    Even though it might not feel like it in the moment, when you’re being considered for an open position at a firm, you have a good amount of negotiating power. However, if you don’t know how much leverage you really have, it’s hard to get the salary and benefits that you want and deserve. Here are a few tips from Forbes on how to negotiate like a pro and get the salary you deserve:

  • How to Start Your Morning for a Productive Day

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Apr 8, 2016

    A lot of us don’t put a lot of thought into what we do when we first wake up. It is admittedly difficult to think about much of anything before that first dose of caffeine, but how you begin your morning can affect the productivity of your entire day. Here are a couple of tips from Entrepreneur on how to start your morning so you can ace the rest of the day:

  • Food for Thought: Dining as a Professional Tool

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Apr 6, 2016

    In the business world, some of the biggest meetings and interviews are conducted over a meal. A dining interview is as much a test of you as a traditional one would be – it answers questions about your social skills before the company invests in you. And if you’re the one asking for the lunch meeting, it’s equally important that you come off as professional. Here are a few things to bear in mind from Inc on how to handle yourself at the table:

  • Three Reasons Not to Accept the Job Offer

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Apr 5, 2016

    In today’s job market, it can seem like a luxury to be picky about the job offers you accept, but sometimes it’s better to wait it out a little longer rather than accept the first job offer you’re given. Here are some red flags to look out for from The Daily Muse that should give you pause.

  • Get Ahead During Spring Break

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Apr 1, 2016

    If you’re still in college and considering becoming a CPA after you graduate, there’s a lot you can do to get ahead, even during Spring Break.  It’s never too early to lay the groundwork for your future career. Here are a couple tips from Forbes on how you can use the free time of Spring Break to be productive.

  • When (and Why) You Should Take Things Personally at Work

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Mar 30, 2016

    “Don’t take it personally” is a piece of advice that is often given in work contexts, usually in relation to criticism at a yearly review, a negative outcome of a deal, or any other general career low. According to the Harvard Business Review, however, that piece of old advice is actually bad, and here are a couple reasons why:

  • Make a Lasting Impression When Networking

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Mar 25, 2016

    Networking is one of the biggest buzzwords when it comes to career growth these days, and it’s important to know how to make the most of your networking opportunities. Though we all learned in elementary school not to judge a book by its cover, studies show that most people make judgments about others seconds of meeting them. Here are a few tips from Inc on how to make a strong, positive impression:

  • How to Negotiate If You’re An Introvert

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Mar 23, 2016

    A quick glance at movies, TV, and even the news makes it seem like the best kind of negotiators are extroverted people who often straddle the line between assertive and aggressive. That barrage of media can make it seem like it’s impossible for introverts to be effective negotiators, and that they’re destined to always get a raw deal. Not so, according to Entrepreneur. Here are some tips to use your natural predilection towards introversion to your advantage when negotiating.

  • Five Things to Avoid When Job-Seeking

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Mar 22, 2016

    It can be hard to find a job in today’s market, regardless of industry. Unfortunately, many job-seekers sabotage themselves during their job search, closing doors to opportunities they would be completely qualified for if only the hiring manager gave them the chance. Here are five behaviors to skip from Forbes on how to avoid sabotaging yourself when job searching. So don’t:

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