Make the Most of Mondays

While we’re often very grateful for Fridays, Mondays can still be a big challenge. If you’re feeling as though you have a perpetual “case of the Mondays,” how can you overcome that sense of dread? You don’t need to spend your weekend worrying about the beginning of your next work week. Just a couple of small lifestyle changes can help you start your week out on a positive note, often with the same energy you feel when Friday is approaching. Here are ideas to help you make the most of your Mondays.

Professional Attire Vs. Business Casual: A Millennial’s Guide to Dressing for Success

There is a lot to understand when it comes for dressing for success while on the job. And, over the years, dress codes evolve with the generations. The power suit of the 80s was replaced with casual Fridays in the 90s. But what is the proper way to dress for success in your career as a millennial navigating the workplace? While this will depend on your specific job and company culture, here are some tips to get you started.

7 Ways to Nail a Video Interview

Are you on board with the newest trends in job searches? Do you know that many companies use video interviews to pre-screen candidates? Knowing how to navigate the video interview will be a critical part of your job search success. Here are tips to master this concept, and 7 ways to nail it.

10 Ways to Survive the Summer Job Search

Searching for a job can be tiring. And when the sun is shining and everyone else is enjoying the summertime, the process of looking for a job can feel like it drags. But how do you survive your summertime job search? Don’t get discouraged. Here are 10 tips to keep you going.

Networking Tips for Shy People

It’s true, not everyone loves the art of networking. In fact, many people approach the subject with little to no knowledge and extreme discomfort. People with more introverted personalities or who are simply shy often have a hard time trying to connect with others in their industry since they feel so out of place or awkward at a networking event. But networking is an important part of a successful job search. How can you get out in your community to meet new people if the entire idea makes you want to hide in a corner? Here are a few tips to help the shy professional network more effectively.

Are You Letting Unconscious Bias Affect Your IT Hiring Decisions?

Hiring bias is something rarely talked about but is a common problem that impacts companies whether they notice it or not. While you may fully grasp that a lack of diversity impacts your IT department on a larger scale, you may not notice how your unconscious bias is affecting the choices you make when hiring. Unconscious bias occurs when you make decisions based on factors that don’t appear discriminatory. For example, you may decide not to hire someone with a certain personality type because you had a bad experience in the past, but that can affect your entire process, and the experience and quality of candidates. But how do you learn to eliminate your unconscious bias from your decision making process when hiring for your IT department? Here are a few things to consider.

Do You Need the Perfect LinkedIn Headline for Accounting?

Love it or hate it, LinkedIn is the premiere professional networking site online. And, even if you’d rather not engage, you’ve really come to a point where having a LinkedIn account will benefit your career. To do that, you need to ensure that your profile has all the right information so finance and accounting employers can find you. The best way to start is with your LinkedIn headline. This is the first thing recruiters or hiring managers see when your profile comes up in a search, so it’s important to optimize this short phrase. Here are some things to consider for your accounting headline.

Ace the Toughest Interview Questions

Regardless of how many you’ve done over the years, interviews can feel overwhelming and stressful. And no matter how prepared you are, there will always be questions you dread. But don’t worry, every job seeker feels the same way. So before you walk into your next meeting, consider some of the toughest interview questions ahead of time so you can feel a little more confident when you need to come up with an answer on the spot.

Is Multitasking Affecting Your Productivity?

Multitasking is a term used often in our business world. It’s considered so important that many companies use it in job descriptions or discuss multitasking abilities in interviews. We’ve been led to believe that multitasking may be the single most important professional attribute a person can bring to the table. But what if you found out that multitasking, as we understand it, is a myth? Brain health and psychological experts suggest that that our minds aren’t designed to focus on more than one task at a time. When someone says they multitask, in actuality, they’re rapidly switching between tasks. Multitasking can affect your overall performance, so what happens next? Here are things to think about regarding multitasking and your productivity.

A New Graduate’s Guide to a Career in IT

College graduation is behind us and the hot summer months are still ahead. If you’ve recently graduated from college and are looking for your first IT job, what are the best ways to get your foot in the door? Before you start pounding the pavement, take time to learn what companies are looking for and determine how you can fit their needs. Here are just a few things you can do to kick off your career in information technology.

Is Contract Accounting Right for You?

If you’re in the market for a new accounting job, have you considered the path of a contract job? As you begin the process of applying for your next position, you may want to consider the idea of working as a contract accountant. Many people don’t think about these opportunities or are concerned about the stability, but there are a lot of reasons that a contract job may be a good fit, even long term. Let’s take a closer look at the reasons why contract accounting may be right for you.

Hiring Manager Tips: Designing Questions to Uncover Genius

When you’re seeking talented professionals to add to your team, you won’t be satisfied with just a body in a seat. You want someone with skills, ability, and creativity to bring something new to the table. You’re looking for a genius.

But how can you give everyone an opportunity to shine in an interview and yourself the best chance of picking the superstar? Here are 10 question categories you use to design questions that uncover hidden genius.

Does Employer Philanthropy Matter To You?

There is a lot of information today indicating how important giving back to the community within the corporate environment. Forbes has written about it, and the idea has been featured in Fortune and Entrepreneur. Most of these articles focus on why volunteering and philanthropy are good for business. What about how these things are good for you, the employees? Does the community involvement of your employer matter to you in the bigger picture of your career? And, more importantly, should it? Let’s take a closer look at why programs for giving back should be part of your consideration when accepting a new position.

Relax: It’s Just an Interview (4 Steps to Keep Your Cool)

Tensions are high, and that’s understandable. Interviewing is a scary thing, but if you appear too scared or nervous, you could derail the entire meeting. If you’re worried about your stress level and want to be cool, calm, and collected in the presence of the hiring manager, there are a few things you can to do defuse the situation before it becomes a problem. Confidence is a big part of reducing stress, so here are some ways you can build your confidence so you can keep your cool in your next interview.

Lead By Example in Your Accounting Department

In your role as an accounting manager, you’re responsible for a lot of moving parts within your department. When you’re in charge of enforcing a new policy, procedure, or piece of technology, it is common for your employees avoid change. Your accounting staff is used to their daily processes so they may be resistant to this change. It isn’t because they can’t, but because change represents something challenging they’re not ready to face. How can you get your team to try something new? The best advice is to lead by example, and here’s how.

The Highest Paying IT Jobs

You know that your career in information technology can come with a good salary and benefits. There are many high paying jobs within the industry to consider. Before you select a specialization, you may want to check out some of the possibilities for earning potential. Here are some of the highest paying IT careers near our offices and around the country.

How to Adjust to a New Boss

What happens when there is a shift in management within your organization? Getting a new boss can feel overwhelming. You need to learn an entirely new management style and who knows if it will be a match with your current team dynamics. When someone new takes over the role of boss in your company or department, what is the best way to be sure you can adapt quickly and seamlessly? Here are 5 tips to get you started off on the right foot with this new manager.

Be The Change: How to Get Involved in the Community

Today’s professionals want more than just a steady paycheck and a 9 to 5 job, and many companies are responding to that call. Volunteer programs and community involvement are becoming normal at organizations all around the country. But what happens if you join a team that isn’t actively engaged with the local community? Can you be the catalyst for a community involvement program at your company? If you want to make a difference, here are some practical tips to get you started.

What is Your Accounting Elevator Pitch?

Do you have an elevator pitch for your accounting career? If you’re not familiar with the concept, the idea is what you would say if you were in an elevator with someone who could provide the means to your success. With only 30 to 60 seconds to convey who you are, what would you say? An elevator pitch is a powerful networking tool, and even as a finance professional it can benefit you to develop your sort speech. Here are 4 tips to get you started.

Can You Tell if Your Team is Overworked?

Are you noticing signs around the office that your team is restless or dissatisfied? They may be exhibiting behavior that demonstrates stress, such as short tempers or excessive sick days. They may be missing important deadlines or unable to work with coworkers effectively. All of these are signs that your staff is overworked. Once you begin to recognize these signs, it’s critical that you step in and do something about it. Here are some tips to help you alleviate stress in the workplace.

Don’t Dread Your Employee Review

Your heart races, your palms are sweaty. You have had countless conversations with your manager, but nothing is as panic-inducing as your annual performance review. But it is important to note you’re your manager can be just as anxious during this meeting as you are. But an effective employee review can be a great thing for you and your boss. So before you enter your next meeting, keep some of these tips in mind to make it go smoothly.

Are You Asking Accounting Candidates The Right Questions?

When you’re interviewing a candidate for an accounting job in your firm, there are certainly important questions about their skills and experience that you will need to address. But that isn’t all you should know about your candidates before you make a hiring decision. What about their soft skills or other background that they can bring to the table in your firm? Here are 3 questions that will help you get to the bottom of things and make sure you’re learning the right information.

Recruiting Insight: Top Tips To Get Hired

So what are recruiters looking for when they’re sourcing new candidates for their open positions? Obviously some of it comes down to having the right skills and experience, but there is more than that. With all things equal, a recruiter will have to base their decisions on other factors. This leads to an evaluation or soft skills and other personal traits that are appealing for the hiring companies. So how can you demonstrate that you’re the right fit for a new position? Here are some tips to help you get a call back from that recruiter.

Transferable Skills: How To Change Industries in Your Career

Are you looking to change careers? It sounds scarier than it really is if you consider your transferable skills. What is a transferable skill? This is knowledge and ability you possess in your current career that can be re-positioned to apply to a new industry. Don’t let a lack of experience be your barrier to a new job. Look at these ways your experience can apply to a new opportunity. Let’s take a closer look at some common examples.

VincentBenjamin GiVBack Program

The VincentBenjamin giVBack Program is a companywide initiative to support our communities and those less fortunate and provides a powerful example of volunteerism to our close networks, clients and collogues. The VincentBenjamin giVBack Program is the perfect complement to our company culture and gives our team a way to interact in a totally authentic way. During giVBack events, we are human b...

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