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  • 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: