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  • How to Endure a Social Media Disaster

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Feb 19, 2016

    Social media has taken the world by storm; so much so that social media positions exist in companies across all kinds of different industries. The benefits of a good social media team are invaluable. But everyone has heard of Twitter feuds and other social media mistakes that have cost celebrities and companies dearly. The same holds true for your own social media. So what do you do if a friend posts a less-than-professional picture of you, or something less than politically correct ends up next to your name? Here are three big steps from Time on how to survive:

  • Communication Habits to Develop for a Successful Career

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Feb 17, 2016

    How you communicate matters – and while conflict that arises from a simple misunderstanding may be trite in the world of TV sitcoms, the negative effects of it are not something you want to deal with in the workplace. The benefits of good communication skills are well-known; here are three tips from Inc on how to develop good communication habits in your career:

  • If you want to be a Great Leader, You Need to Sleep

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Feb 16, 2016

    In today’s fast moving world, it can be difficult to make time for sleep (especially during busy season). After all, aren’t you more productive when you’re awake than when you’re asleep? Unfortunately, not getting enough sleep can adversely affect your leadership skills, according to the Harvard Business Review. Here’s how:

  • The Benefits of Talking About Fees with your Clients

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Feb 12, 2016

    Even among older, more experienced CPAs, it can be difficult to discuss fees with clients. But it’s an important skill to learn, and while there will likely always be a couple of difficult clients (at least, unless you’re comfortable with parting ways with them as a rule), doing so can have a surprising number of benefits, according to Accounting Today.

  • How to Build Your Confidence before an Interview

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Feb 10, 2016

    Heading into an interview can be extremely stressful, and unfortunately, stress can often prove detrimental to your interviewee skills. Unless you happen to know that the interview is just a formality (lucky you!), it’s likely to be more than a small source of anxiety. So how to you boost your confidence before entering the lion’s den? Forbes has a few suggestions to follow:

  • Three Workplace Traits That May Be Too Much Of a Good Thing

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Feb 9, 2016

    There are obvious ways to lower your chances at career advancement, like constantly badmouthing your coworkers, missing deadlines, or just failing to get your work done in general. However, according to Time, there are some behaviors that might seem positive, but could actually have a sabotaging effect on your career.

  • 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.