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  • Companies Looking for More in Junior Accountants

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    May 20, 2015

    These days, even entry-level accountants must have a wider range of technical and communications skills in order to get a foot in the door, according to the Wall Street Journal. Why are companies looking for more from their lowest rungs? According to the outlet, it’s a result of the changing role of the CFO; as the position becomes “less numbers-oriented and more strategic,” CFOs are looking to hire people who not only have initiative and can analyze data, but also possess leadership, forecasting, strategic thinking, cost management, and financial reporting skills. 

     

  • Thriving Under Pressure: How to Think Fast

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    May 19, 2015

    If you find it difficult to think quickly under pressure or when hit with a barrage of questions, don’t sweat it. According to Inc, there are ways to cultivate that skill, even if your M.O. is to slowly work your way through a problem. Here are some of the website’s suggestions:

  • New Research Might Give You the Upper Hand in Salary Talks

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    May 13, 2015

    New research suggests that you’ll have more success scoring a desired amount during salary talks if you make it the starting point of a range, rather than ask for it outright, according to Time. In other words, if you want a salary of $72,000, you’re more likely to get it if you ask a prospective employer for between $72,000 and $76,000.

  • Guest Blog: How Being a CPA Brings Me Freedom

    By:
    Somya R. Munjal, CPA, MBA, MAS
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    May 13, 2015

    I no longer work in a cube and did tax season this year at a sweet resort in Istanbul, Turkey! My CPA designation has allowed me the freedom to work on the things that make me happy in places that inspire me.

  • Accounting Rap Videos: More Than You’d Expect

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    May 12, 2015
    No, that’s not the latest Onion headline. If you’re curious, like we were, about the kind of results you’ll get searching for the term “accounting” in YouTube, one unlikely answer is rap videos. In the past few years, several have turned up on the site and they’re still getting their fair share of attention—two have 20,000 views, while a third has been watched over 350,000 times. Apparently, there’s an audience for accounting class video projects. Here are the highlights. While you’re watching, don’t forget to check out the NYSSCPA’s YouTube channel, although we can’t promise you musical numbers.
  • Best Practices for Managing Your Manager

    By:
    N. Sheree Saunders
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    May 12, 2015

    Fed up with a supervisor? You’re not the only one. Here are some practical ways to improve your relationship with your boss.

  • How to Avoid Email Misunderstandings

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    May 1, 2015

    It’s easy to see how emotion or intent can be misconstrued in an email—after all, email lacks the nuance of, say, tone of voice or body language. So how do you make sure a message is interpreted correctly? The Harvard Business Review offers these tips for preventing disastrous miscommunication:

  • Wear Your Millennial Status Proudly

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Apr 28, 2015

    Millennials have been the subject of a lot of nasty (and largely unfounded) speculation about their personalities, work ethics and desires as they’ve entered the workforce. And though accusations of entitlement, laziness, narcissism and addiction to technology may be unfair, they’re something to be aware of when looking for a job or trying to get promoted, according to NBC News. 

  • Put on a Happy Face

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Apr 28, 2015

    Even if you like your job, inevitably there will be tasks that you have to do that are less than engaging—after all, it is called work. According to Time, however, there are a few easy ways to keep your happiness levels high:

  • Does Your Work Schedule Need a Makeover?

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Apr 22, 2015

    Workaholics might be the subject of ridicule in television and movies, but in real life, that additional workload and stress can have very detrimental consequences. And while it’s good to have a strong work ethic, it’s also important to take care of your own health. Inc.  has some suggestions on how to manage your schedule:

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