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  • How to Get Everything You Can From a Conference

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Jul 29, 2015
    Got your calendar open? We’re shifting into high conference season at the NYSSCPA—from now through the end of the year, there are about 20 events you can sign up for, including next week’s #NextGen Conference.  In networking terms, that translates into about 20 opportunities to make contacts that could help you down the line. We drilled experts for advice on how to really work the room during a conference, or any other professional event, in this issue of NextGen magazine, and the good folks at Harvard Business Review also shared a few dos and don’ts in a recent post online. 
  • Poll: CFOs Avoid Social Media, Prefer Email

    By:
    Chris Gaetano
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    Oct 1, 2015
    A recent poll shows that if you want to reach a CFO, you probably shouldn't go looking for them on Facebook or Twitter, as only 18 percent prefer to use social media to keep up with colleagues versus email, according to the Wall Street Journal. This is a dramatic drop since the last time the poll was taken in 2012, when 45 percent of CEOs said they prefer social media. So what is the best way to contact a CFO in 2015? Apparently email: 50 percent use it as their primary professional networking method, according to the survey. 
  • The One Word That Could Change Your Professional—and Personal—Life For the Better

    By:
    Somya R. Munjal, CPA, MBA, MAS
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    Jul 27, 2015
    According to Dictionary.com, sincerity is defined as freedom from deceit, hypocrisy or duplicity, as well as integrity in intention or in communicating. When you think about it, that’s both a powerful way of doing business and the key to living a purposeful life. Imagine a world where everything you heard was actually true, and every time you communicated, someone listened to you with an open heart. Unfortunately, in business and elsewhere, we often don’t see that kind of sincerity. For many of us, it’s all too easy to become jaded or cynical about what we can expect from others or what we should give of ourselves.
  • Study: Just Because You're Not Looking at Your Phone Doesn't Mean It's Not a Big Ol' Distraction

    By:
    Chris Gaetano
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    Jul 23, 2015
    Instead of just putting your phone on vibrate, maybe it would be best to just put it in a drawer and forget about it: according to a recent study, just knowing you have a notification on your phone, even if you don't check to see what it is, can still be a productivity-disrupting distraction. 
  • Want Your Cover Letter to Stand Out? Avoid These Openers

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Jul 10, 2015

    Standing OutYou may think that a cover letter is a small formality in the job application process, and that in terms of importance, it doesn’t matter as much as your resume. Experts suggest that the truth is a little more complicated; yes, credentials and past experience are important, and they let your potential employer know that you are capable of doing the job that they’re hiring for. What a cover letter does, however, is let them know why you in particular are the right candidate for the job.  So what can you do to keep your foot in the door? Forbes has a few common openers to steer clear of:

     

  • New Generation of Younger CEOs Changing Definition of Business as Usual

    By:
    Chris Gaetano
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    Jul 9, 2015
    The Wall Street Journal reports that top executives, including CEOs, are increasingly drawn from people in the set typically thought of as Generation X.
  • Guest Blog: Can Accountants Save The Planet?

    By:
    Michael Kraten, CPA, Ph.D.
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    Oct 1, 2015

    Although I harbor no illusions that the producers of the Avengers will add a CPA to their team of super heroes in the near future, the work I do makes a difference.

  • Deloitte Poll: Millennials Seek Sense of Purpose in Work

    By:
    Chris Gaetano
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    Jun 15, 2015
    A recent poll conducted by Deloitte says that the vast majority of millennials want more than a paycheck from their employer: they want the work to be meaningful, they want the company to be ethical, and they want more focus on staff development. 
  • Just One More Reason Why it Pays to Be A NextGen CPA

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Jun 10, 2015

    Up-and-coming CPAs: You’re a hot commodity. In fact, according to a new report by the staffing agency Robert Half and the Financial Executives Research Foundation, larger companies are so eager to find—and keep—top accounting talent that staffing costs have risen in relation to recruiting, salary and benefits.

  • Guest Blog: Our Three Dimensional Future

    By:
    Michael Kraten, Ph.D.
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    May 25, 2015
    If you’re just now establishing a career in public accounting, and you’re harboring the mistaken impression that the accounting model hasn’t changed in half a millennium, think again! 
  • 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:

  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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:

  • 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:

  • 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:

  • It’s No Surprise That You’re Stressed

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Apr 17, 2015

    According to data compiled by the workplace-services firm Bensinger, Dupont & Associates, millenials report being stressed out more than any other age group at the office. Among 7,883 workers who used BDA’s Employee Assistance Program, 30 percent of millennials said they have workplace anxiety, compared to 26 percent of Generation X’ers and 25 percent of Baby Boomers. 

  • Tackling a Marathon Job Interview

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Apr 17, 2015

    Sometimes, after making it through the initial hurdles of a phone interview or one-on-one meeting, you find yourself in a marathon job interview. You know the kind: sit-downs that can last a whole day, and seem to include everyone from the CFO to the receptionist. Forbes has some tips to help get you through it:

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