Eight Types of Interviews to Prepare For

When most people think of interviews, they picture themselves sitting across from a hiring manager and answering questions about their work history. But, that isn’t the only option. Companies may use a variety of interview formats to gauge which candidate should receive a job offer, often tailoring their approach based on their unique needs or circumstances. As a job seeker, it’s wise to be...

Three Ways Cloud Technology is Changing Accounting Systems

Cloud technology is impacting nearly every business area in the world today. These systems provide companies with the opportunity to store data, complete complex tasks, and maintain compliance – often without the need for additional infrastructure. The rise of cloud-based accounting systems has led to significant advances, giving businesses the ability to increase capacity and efficiency with...

Dress to Impress for Your Next Technology Interview

While many tech pros are confident in their abilities to interview in any environment, figuring out what to wear can be a challenge for others. This is partially based on the fact that technology workplaces often have varying standards when it comes to attire, ranging from incredibly casual to full-blown professional. Since you may not be able to anticipate which environment you’re going to walk...

Optimize Your Workplace by Helping Contractors and Full-Timers Work Together

Managing a blended workforce is a challenge. Integrating your permanent staff with contingent workers requires a unique approach. Otherwise, the workplace won’t function as a cohesive unit. However, when properly managed, leveraging full-time employees and contractors can yield magnificent results, allowing you to have the right kind of expertise available at the proper times. Plus, it gives ...

Find Your Next Tech Superstar With a Hackathon

Let’s face facts; you can only learn so much about a candidate during a traditional interview. Sure, you can ask them questions about their experience or possibly review a sampling of their work, but that doesn’t give you a full guarantee of how they will perform if offered the role. One of the easiest ways to know if you’ve found a tech superstar is to see them in action. And one fun and...

Going Up? Prepare Yourself by Crafting the Perfect Elevator Pitch

Typically, you don’t have a lot of time to make a strong first impression. People will usually start sizing you up in a matter of seconds, so you need to make every one of those initial impressions work in your favor, and that’s where the elevator pitch comes in. An elevator pitch is a short speech that summarizes your passions and experience, often in 30 seconds or less. It serves as a hig...

Four Professional Development Opportunities to Offer Your Employees

One of the prominent ways to retain top employees is to provide them access to professional development opportunities to advance their career. The chance to gain new skills and advance in a company is often cited as one of the most desirable benefits a business can offer their workers, so failing to meet this need can cost you. Luckily, there are a number of ways you can provide such opportunit...

How to Turn Your Contract Opportunity into a Permanent Position

If you enjoy your current contract position, the idea of leaving can be hard to bear. Many professionals have the opportunity to work with some of the area’s leading employers during short-term contracts, making the idea of staying especially enticing. While the old adage “all good things must come to an end” may seem to apply to these situations, that doesn’t have to be the case. There...

Why Great Communication Skills Are the Key to Landing Your Next Opportunity

When you’re looking to land a particularly coveted accounting or tech position, you are likely going to face some stiff competition. Typically, the majority of those who apply to stellar opportunities have the requisite hard skills to do the job, so you need to go the extra mile to set yourself apart. One of the most effective approaches for standing out from the crowd is to highlight your co...

Five Questions to Assess a Candidate’s Fit for Your Company

While assessing a candidate’s hard skills is certainly a primary goal of the interview process, there is more to determining whether they will be a great fit than technical ability. Cultural fit is often just as important as it is typically a strong indicator of a job seeker’s potential for success within the organization. If you need to assess a candidate for cultural fit, here are five qu...

Get Social: How to Prepare Your Social Media Presence for the Job Hunt

Social media is playing a larger role in the recruitment and hiring process than ever before. Not only can these platforms help you find new opportunities, giving you a chance to connect with companies and recruiters, they can also hurt your odds of being selected if you don’t prepare properly. One inappropriate post or image can be devastating to your job search, especially as more hiring ma...

Boost Your Employees’ Productivity by Enhancing Workplace Flexibility

Every company wants to maintain a productive workplace, and that often consists of having the best and brightest employees possible on your staff. However, it can be challenging to secure top talent in today’s highly competitive market, making it necessary for employers to go the extra mile to attract and retain the strongest workforce. Workplace flexibility has become increasingly important ...

How the Blockchain Revolution is Changing the Cybersecurity Industry

Thanks to the meteoric rise of Bitcoin, the quintessential cryptocurrency that made headlines all throughout 2017, more people than ever have heard of blockchain. While blockchain certainly has its roots in cryptocurrency, it is also being explored for its potential outside of that particular arena. The technology is prized for its ability to increase security, thanks to its distributed ledger ...

How to Build Great Relationships in Your Contract Accounting Position

With tax season in full swing, many accounting professionals take on short-term contract positions to help further their careers and pad their bank accounts. But working in a role that comes with an expiration date can make forging meaningful connections challenging, even if they would be valuable. Luckily, there are ways to maximize your experience while working in a contract accounting positi...

Three Ways to Showcase Your Workplace Culture

If you’ve been in a management role in the past few years, you’ve likely had some serious conversations about workplace culture. With unemployment remaining low, and candidates putting a greater emphasis on cultural fit, companies who ignore the trend will be hard-pressed to secure the talent they need to continue seamless operations. This means that businesses need to find mechanisms for s...

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Talent Managers

Let’s face facts; identifying top talent can be a challenging endeavor, and the skills required to handle the task effectively go well beyond simply reading resumes. Highly effective talent managers bring far more to the table than just a knowledge of job postings and application screening; they also have certain habits that allow them to excel as professionals. At VincentBenjamin, we don’t...

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.

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