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  • 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.
  • Four Skills to Hone in College for a Successful Career

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Dec 18, 2015

    There’s more to a successful career in accounting than learning the technical skills of tax and audit. Yesterday a committee was convened at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington to look into non-traditional ways that students’ success is influenced by; in essence, examining what the Academy calls “intrapersonal and interpersonal capabilities.” What does that mean? According to Forbes, students who want every advantage they can get out of college need to focus on other skills besides what they get from their textbooks.

  • How to Make the Transition to Your First Managerial Role

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Dec 8, 2015

    When you’re promoted to your first leadership position, it can be difficult to make the transition, especially when your team is composed of people who you’ve already established a work relationship with – one in which you aren’t the new boss. On the other hand, your boss may also have a difficult time seeing you in a management position, and may start contradicting your decisions. Fortune has some advice on how to deal with the pressures of big promotion:

  • How to Come Back From (and Avoid) Interview Mistakes

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Dec 1, 2015

    It can be a nail biting experience waiting to hear back from a potential employer, but especially for the introverted, the interview itself can be even more nerve-wracking.  Sure, you might’ve polished off your best stories about how you overcame a challenge, made a mistake, or are a team player. However, even the most well-rehearsed story can inadvertently turn into an interview blunder. Here are some tips from The Muse on how to come back from common interview mistakes:

  • Study: Voice More Impressive than Writing to Potential Employers

    By:
    Chris Gaetano
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    Oct 14, 2015
    In this year of 2015, we communicate in a staggering variety of ways. We text, we chat, we email. We use Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Snapchat. Sometimes we even blog. But, according to an article in the Harvard Business Review, when it comes to impressing a potential employer, the best tool to use is one of the oldest that we have: our voice. 
  • Are You Really Ready to Take on a Managerial Role?

    By:
    Chris Gaetano
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    Sep 24, 2015
    While it might seem like a no-brainer to accept a promotion to a managerial spot, experts suggest that you take a moment to consider whether it's actually what you want. The answer just might surprise you. 
  • 30 Percent of Young Adults Would Sell an Organ to Pay Off Debt

    By:
    Chris Gaetano
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    Sep 17, 2015
    We've heard of college costing an arm and a leg, but with the average student debt load now reaching about $30,000, young people would be willing to give up a few other body parts as well. 
  • Dear Father: Canst Thou Spare a Ha'penny Whilst I Study at University?

    By:
    Chris Gaetano
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    Oct 15, 2015
    While a lot of things about university life have changed, students being broke and reaching out to their parents for money is, apparently, not one of them. 
  • Man Gets Job. Man Accidentally Sends Nude Selfie to HR. Man Loses Job.

    By:
    Chris Gaetano
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    Sep 2, 2015
    An Illinois company offered a man a job, but the HR director was then puzzled when that same man sent her a nude selfie. 
  • On Failing Productively

    By:
    Chris Gaetano
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    Sep 3, 2015
    Everyone fails. Some people fail a little. Some people fail a lot. But we all fail. While some might advocate moving on from failure as fast as possible, one author thinks differently: while one should not dwell and brood excessively, if you don't take the time to understand the nature of a particular failure before moving on, you're probably just setting yourself up for the next failure down the road. 
  • Report: Accounting to Become Even More Lucrative

    By:
    Chris Gaetano
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    Sep 3, 2015
    Accounting, already quite a well-paying profession, is set to get even better next year, according to an article in Accounting Today. 
  • Poll: 60 Percent of Millennials Don't Call Themselves Millennials

    By:
    Chris Gaetano
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    Sep 4, 2015
    Millennials! Millennials! Millennials! Millennials in the workplace! Millennials in social media! Millennials in the kitchen! Everyone, it seems, is talking about millennials... Except for millennials themselves, the majority of whom, according to a recent poll, reject the label, according to the Atlantic. 
  • Oh, the accounting games we play

    By:
    Michael Kraten, CPA, Ph.D.
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    Oct 1, 2015

    Do you remember how you first learned to tie your shoes? Your parents probably made a game of it. Cross the strings and over the top, then pull the ends and tighten them up! You can make a game out of just about anything. Believe it or not, you can even make a game of learning about accounting standards and audit practices—various educational games about the profession are now available for college credit and included in CPE courses.Two years ago, for instance, I won the Innovation in Teaching Award at the 17th Annual Symposium on Ethics Research in Accounting for creating a live, multi-player online video game entitled “Audit Experience!” (See above for a screen shot.) Situated on the Second Life virtual world platform, the game challenges professional audit staff to investigate the disappearance of organically grown grain at a flour mill during a year-end inventory count.