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  • How to Stand Out Your First Few Days on the Job

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Mar 15, 2016

    When it’s your first day on the job, it’s easy to feel like you’re the least experienced person on the team, and maybe you are. First off, it’s important to keep in mind that you *are* qualified – they wouldn’t have hired you otherwise. Second, there are some things you can do to lose your “newbie” status quickly; here are three tips from The Daily Muse on how:

  • How to Leave Your Job Gracefully

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Mar 11, 2016

    For the majority of the last century, it was not uncommon for people to stay with their company for the majority of their career. However, the new common wisdom is that the fastest way to move up in your career is to switch jobs every 2-3 years. That’s a big difference from the 40+ years your grandparents likely put into their jobs! Unfortunately, leaving your job can be awkward, and worse; can elicit bad feelings from both parties if not handled properly. Here are some tips from Time to ease the transition:

  • How to Make the Most out of your Mistakes

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Mar 8, 2016

    Mistakes are a fact of life; odds are you will make your fair share of them during your career. The important thing to keep in mind is that any mistake you make is an opportunity to learn and improve, and come out stronger for the experience. So how do you make the most out of your mistakes? Here are three tips from the Harvard Business Review to think about when you stumble, or to avoid stumbling in the first place:

  • Five Behaviors to Avoid as an Entrepreneur

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Mar 1, 2016

    Earning your CPA can open a lot of doors for your future career, and one of those options is to be your own boss by starting your own practice. Not all of doing so is passing the CPA exam; you’ll also need to brush up on your entrepreneurial skills, of which attitude and behavior are essential to success. Here are five behaviors to avoid from Entrepreneur to help you pave the way to your own successful practice:

  • Three Questions to Think About When Revising Your Resume

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Feb 26, 2016

    Your resume is the first thing that a potential employer is likely to look at. What they’re looking for is evidence that you can do the job that they’re hiring for, and no amount of great personality is going to land you the job if your resume doesn’t hit the points they’re looking for. Your resume shouldn’t just be a laundry list of your professional accomplishments that you add to every time you change jobs. Here are three questions from Forbes to ask yourself when revising your resume:

  • 2016 Technology Assurance Research Paper Contest

    By:
    Keith Lazarus
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    Feb 25, 2016
    The New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants’ Technology Assurance Committee announces the 2016 “Technology Assurance Research Paper Contest” Sponsored by First Niagara Bank and Grassi & Company CPAs.
  • How to Endure a Social Media Disaster

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Feb 19, 2016

    Social media has taken the world by storm; so much so that social media positions exist in companies across all kinds of different industries. The benefits of a good social media team are invaluable. But everyone has heard of Twitter feuds and other social media mistakes that have cost celebrities and companies dearly. The same holds true for your own social media. So what do you do if a friend posts a less-than-professional picture of you, or something less than politically correct ends up next to your name? Here are three big steps from Time on how to survive:

  • Communication Habits to Develop for a Successful Career

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Feb 17, 2016

    How you communicate matters – and while conflict that arises from a simple misunderstanding may be trite in the world of TV sitcoms, the negative effects of it are not something you want to deal with in the workplace. The benefits of good communication skills are well-known; here are three tips from Inc on how to develop good communication habits in your career:

  • If you want to be a Great Leader, You Need to Sleep

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Feb 16, 2016

    In today’s fast moving world, it can be difficult to make time for sleep (especially during busy season). After all, aren’t you more productive when you’re awake than when you’re asleep? Unfortunately, not getting enough sleep can adversely affect your leadership skills, according to the Harvard Business Review. Here’s how:

  • The Benefits of Talking About Fees with your Clients

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Feb 12, 2016

    Even among older, more experienced CPAs, it can be difficult to discuss fees with clients. But it’s an important skill to learn, and while there will likely always be a couple of difficult clients (at least, unless you’re comfortable with parting ways with them as a rule), doing so can have a surprising number of benefits, according to Accounting Today.

  • How to Build Your Confidence before an Interview

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Feb 10, 2016

    Heading into an interview can be extremely stressful, and unfortunately, stress can often prove detrimental to your interviewee skills. Unless you happen to know that the interview is just a formality (lucky you!), it’s likely to be more than a small source of anxiety. So how to you boost your confidence before entering the lion’s den? Forbes has a few suggestions to follow:

  • Three Workplace Traits That May Be Too Much Of a Good Thing

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Feb 9, 2016

    There are obvious ways to lower your chances at career advancement, like constantly badmouthing your coworkers, missing deadlines, or just failing to get your work done in general. However, according to Time, there are some behaviors that might seem positive, but could actually have a sabotaging effect on your career.

  • How to Successfully Handle Criticism

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Feb 3, 2016

    An important measure of success is how you handle criticism. But whether you’re an entry-level accountant or a partner, taking criticism is hard.  Typical (and understandable, if not ideal) responses to criticism include getting defensive, or even lashing out with your own criticism. However, the best way to respond, according to Inc, is to accept the criticism, and grow from it. Here’s how:

  • Three Reasons Why Office Small Talk Matters

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Feb 2, 2016

    According to Fortune, a reasonable amount of small talk may actually increase worker productivity. Here are three reasons why.

  • When You Can’t Be Yourself at Work

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Jan 29, 2016

    Sometimes, out of circumstance or economic necessity, you can find yourself in a work environment where you don’t feel comfortable expressing some or all aspects of your personality.

  • How to Stay Healthy Behind Your Desk

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Jan 22, 2016

    A lot of accounting is handled behind a desk, especially during busy season. Unfortunately, more and more studies are showing that sitting for extended periods of time is hard on your health.

  • Four Hallmarks of a Successful Attitude

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Jan 20, 2016

    Between IQ and attitude, it’s the latter that is a better predictor of success, according to Forbes. So what traits are precursors to success? 

  • Dos and Don'ts of Interview Body Language

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Jan 19, 2016

    According to a new CareerBuilder survey of 2,300 corporate hiring managers and HR executives, half the time you’re being interviewed, your potential employer has made a decision within five minutes of meeting you. How do they make these snap judgments? Usually, through poor perceived body language. Here are a couple body language dos and don’ts from Fortune:

  • 4 Tips to Become a Better Speaker

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Jan 15, 2016

     

    With success often comes the need to speak in front of a group of people, a daunting prospect for many, especially if it’s your first time outside of an academic setting. It could be that you’ve been chosen to run a meeting about a new project, or you’ve been given the opportunity to speak at a conference. How can your speech keep your audience’s attention? Fortune has a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Four Things to Do If You Want a Raise

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Jan 12, 2016
    Who doesn’t want a raise? But getting one, or even asking for one, is easier said than done. Maybe you subconsciously feel that you don’t deserve one, that asking for one is confrontational, that you’re being appropriately compensated, or you simply fear rejection. Here are four tips from Time to help you get that raise.
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