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  • Two Things to Consider When You Disagree with a Coworker (or Anyone)

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    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:

  • Three Tips to Making a Good First Impression

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    May 25, 2016

    Throughout your professional career, you’ll be meeting a lot of people for the first time, whether it’s for a job interview, a networking conference, or a big client meeting. And as you know, it’s important that that first meeting is one where you come off as well as you possibly can. Here are three tips from Time on how to nail a positive first impression:

  • How to Make Your Mornings Less Painful

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    May 24, 2016

    If you’re not a morning person, waking up to the sound of your alarm clock is probably one of the most painful parts of your day. A bad start to the day can mean less productivity, or just be the first of many things that will be colored unpleasant due to that bad start. Here are a couple tips from Inc on how to make your mornings less of a chore:

  • Three Excuses You Should Stop Making for Not Negotiating Your Salary

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    May 20, 2016

    Negotiating for a higher salary can obviously result in big, long-term benefits, so why don’t more people do it? More importantly for you, why aren’t you doing it? If it’s a lack of preparedness, then you know what to do. But if you are prepared and have good reasons to ask for more compensation, but you’re still holding off, it’s time to examine why. Here are the three most common excuses for not going for it from the Harvard Business Review, why you make them, and how you can overcome them:

  • Three Behaviors to Avoid in Meetings

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    May 18, 2016

    Meetings are a fact of life for most professions, and accountancy is no different. Before your first “real job” though, your only exposure to a meeting-like environment is likely to be the numerous group projects you did in high school and college with people you didn’t know well. Meetings in your professional life will be with people you interact with everyday, and you’ll likely have more on the line than a grade. You may have picked up a few bad habits in high school and college – here are three behaviors from The Daily Muse you should cut out:

  • How to Achieve the Work-Life Balance You Want

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    May 17, 2016

    While being a CPA might at times require you to prioritize work over your personal life, it’s important in any profession to maintain a balance between your work and personal life. Depending on your specialization and what time of year it is, you may face different obstacles that impede on that balance, but here are a few tips from Entrepreneur to help you overcome them:

  • 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: