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  • Four Myths about Networking

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Apr 19, 2016

    As much as it might seem like traditional networking should fall to the wayside while social networking takes its place, the truth is that traditional networking still has a ton of value to any profession, including CPAs. Here are four myths from the Harvard Business Review to disabuse yourself of with regard to networking.

  • The Best Ways to Handle Stress

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Apr 15, 2016

    Stress comes with any job, and CPAs are no different. Whether you’re freaking out because you have no idea how you’ll pass the CPA exam, or doggedly trying to get through tax season, finding a way to deal with the stress is essential to success and preventing burnout. Here are some tips from Inc on how to reduce your stress:

  • How to Respond to a Condescending Coworker

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Apr 13, 2016

    Intentionally or not, it’s likely that a colleague or even a client will speak condescendingly to you at some point in your career. It may be an intentional assumption that your youth means you are lacking expertise, or it may be a nickname like “sweetheart” that unintentionally comes off as condescending. Regardless, it’s important that you don’t lose your temper and sink to the offending person’s level. Instead, The Muse has some advice to follow for those situations.

  • Three Tips to Get the Salary You Deserve

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Apr 12, 2016

    Even though it might not feel like it in the moment, when you’re being considered for an open position at a firm, you have a good amount of negotiating power. However, if you don’t know how much leverage you really have, it’s hard to get the salary and benefits that you want and deserve. Here are a few tips from Forbes on how to negotiate like a pro and get the salary you deserve:

  • How to Start Your Morning for a Productive Day

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Apr 8, 2016

    A lot of us don’t put a lot of thought into what we do when we first wake up. It is admittedly difficult to think about much of anything before that first dose of caffeine, but how you begin your morning can affect the productivity of your entire day. Here are a couple of tips from Entrepreneur on how to start your morning so you can ace the rest of the day:

  • Food for Thought: Dining as a Professional Tool

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Apr 6, 2016

    In the business world, some of the biggest meetings and interviews are conducted over a meal. A dining interview is as much a test of you as a traditional one would be – it answers questions about your social skills before the company invests in you. And if you’re the one asking for the lunch meeting, it’s equally important that you come off as professional. Here are a few things to bear in mind from Inc on how to handle yourself at the table:

  • Three Reasons Not to Accept the Job Offer

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Apr 5, 2016

    In today’s job market, it can seem like a luxury to be picky about the job offers you accept, but sometimes it’s better to wait it out a little longer rather than accept the first job offer you’re given. Here are some red flags to look out for from The Daily Muse that should give you pause.

  • Get Ahead During Spring Break

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Apr 1, 2016

    If you’re still in college and considering becoming a CPA after you graduate, there’s a lot you can do to get ahead, even during Spring Break.  It’s never too early to lay the groundwork for your future career. Here are a couple tips from Forbes on how you can use the free time of Spring Break to be productive.

  • When (and Why) You Should Take Things Personally at Work

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Mar 30, 2016

    “Don’t take it personally” is a piece of advice that is often given in work contexts, usually in relation to criticism at a yearly review, a negative outcome of a deal, or any other general career low. According to the Harvard Business Review, however, that piece of old advice is actually bad, and here are a couple reasons why:

  • Make a Lasting Impression When Networking

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Mar 25, 2016

    Networking is one of the biggest buzzwords when it comes to career growth these days, and it’s important to know how to make the most of your networking opportunities. Though we all learned in elementary school not to judge a book by its cover, studies show that most people make judgments about others seconds of meeting them. Here are a few tips from Inc on how to make a strong, positive impression: