Remote Work Challenges: Improving Social Interaction

As a result of the pandemic, far more professionals are working remotely today than ever before. While many teams say productivity picked up and were better able to maintain work-life balance, the lack of social interaction with their colleagues hindered job satisfaction and engagement. During the early days of COVID-19, companies may have had little to offer in the way of social opportunities....

Cybersecurity Tips for Job Seekers

During a job hunt, cybersecurity might not be at the top of your mind. However, as you’re looking for opportunities, you could be at risk. Often, job searches make sending out personal information a necessity. As a result, some cybercriminals take advantage of the paradigm, using your desire to find a position as a means of convincing you to give them sensitive data. Thankfully, it is possibl...

4 Cybersecurity Tips All Employers Should Educate Their Employees About

Cybersecurity needs to be a priority at every company. Along with robust security-oriented technologies, ensuring your employees are doing their part to keep data, systems, and assets secure is essential. If you want to make sure that your team is ready to do their part, here are four cybersecurity tips that can help employers educate their employees in the right areas. 1. Password Standards ...

Did You Have a Bad First Day on the Job? Read This Before You Quit

When you head into a new job, you’re normally brimming with excitement about what the future may hold now that you’re starting in the role. While being enthusiastic is certainly a good thing, if your first day doesn’t live up to your expectations – or is outright horrible – it may leave you wondering if you made a mistake by coming on board. After a bad first day, the idea of quitting...

Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month

In the United States, National Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15 through October 15. It’s a time to celebrate the amazing Hispanic and Latinx-American cultures, as well as acknowledge the contributions of those who belong to these groups. As a company, finding ways to ensure your employees can bring their whole selves to work and be appreciated for what makes them unique is essen...

5 Tips to Fall in Love with Your Resume

As the days begin to turn cooler, hiring ramps up. Companies that delayed filling vacancies during the summer are now seeking out candidates, making it a great time for job seekers who want to find new opportunities. Before you launch your next job search, it’s wise to take a moment to polish your resume. If you want to make sure your fall in love with your resume this season, here are five t...

What Is the Difference Between Diversity & Inclusion?

When companies discuss diversity and inclusion, they often use the terms together. In some cases, they may even assume that they are interchangeable. However, those two words actually refer to two very different things. By understanding the difference between diversity and inclusion, you can create a positive, welcoming workplace that supports creativity, innovation, and idea-sharing. If you ar...

How to Have a Successful Job Search in 2021

If you’re searching for a new job in 2021, you likely know that the situation is unique. While re-openings and vaccine rollouts are underway, the landscape is far from “normal.” Plus, competition for top-tier positions is quite fierce and may become more so as an increasing number of previously laid-off professionals begin seeking out opportunities. Job searching this year requires the ri...

How to Have More Effective Team Meetings

Meetings are a staple in the business world. However, not all meetings are particularly productive. Some happen purely out of habit, even if there isn’t something specific to discuss. Others are scheduled because there is a belief that something critical will get accomplished, regardless of whether there is a plan in place to drive success. As a result, many meetings aren’t a good use of time....

5 Ways to Be a Better Team Player

The vast majority of professionals don’t work fully independently. Instead, they are part of a larger team, one where everyone needs to work well together if the company is going to thrive. Many professionals want to become better team players. That way, they can effectively support their colleagues while achieving shared goals. If you’re hoping to improve your teamwork capabilities, here i...

Back to School: How Employers Can Help

The beginning of the school year is right around the corner. For many working parents, this hectic time of year is already impacting their lives. Some may be striving to get their children ready for a return to the classroom. Others may be making arrangements to navigate a virtual or hybrid model. Regardless of the educational approach, back-to-school is typically a stressful time. If you want ...

How to Network and Find a Job While Working Remotely

When you work remotely, it may feel like your networking opportunities are slim. Mainly, this is because we envision networking as involving in-person communication at large events. While that can certainly be a facet, it isn’t the only option. Today, there is a wide range of options for networking remotely. You can form strong connections with other professionals purely online, making networ...

Improve Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace

Diversity in the workplace provides companies with a range of benefits. With more perspectives, innovation and creativity can thrive, creating opportunities for gains that may otherwise be missed. However, diversity alone isn’t enough. Inclusion is also a crucial part of the equation, ensuring that professionals from all walks of life feel welcome and supported, both personally and profession...

5 Ways to Destress This Summer

After COVID-19 caused most people to abandon their summer plans in 2020, many are looking forward to getting out and about this year. However, with summer trips come stress. Couple that with lingering concerns and hardships from the pandemic, and it isn’t uncommon for stress levels to be fairly high. If you’re feeling the pressure, there are things you can do about it. If you aren’t sure ...

Empowering Your Employees in 2021

If you want your employees to thrive in 2021, seizing opportunities to empower them is a must. When your workforce feels empowered, they are typically more productive and often produce higher-quality results. Additionally, they become increasingly self-assured and self-reliant, something that benefits workers as much as the company. If you are wondering how you can empower your employees in 202...

8 Tips to Stay Focused & Productive at Work During the Summer

When temperatures rise, it’s easy to get distracted, mainly because you would rather be outside enjoying the sun than handling your tasks. Luckily, it is possible to stay focused and productive during the summer. If you aren’t sure where to begin, here are eight tips that can help. 1. Clarify Expectations First, it’s wise to make sure you’re clear on what’s expected of you. If you have...

What It Means to Have a Diverse & Inclusive Workplace

June is Pride Month, making it a perfect time to talk about diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Many companies understand the benefits of diversity, leading them to launch initiatives to create a diverse workforce. However, they don’t always take the next step, ensuring everyone feels welcome and valued. If you want to make sure your workplace is both diverse and inclusive, here’s wha...

10 Common Workplace Safety Tips Everyone Should Know

When it comes to maintaining a safe workplace, the burden doesn't solely fall on management or employees. Safety is everyone's responsibility, ensuring each person plays a role in preserving their own wellbeing and the wellbeing of others. By following certain safety best practices, you can make sure you do your part to keep yourself and your colleagues safe. If you aren't sure where to begin, ...

Top Office Safety Hazards to Be Aware of in 2021

When people think about workplace safety, they usually focus on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements, particularly in industrial workplaces. However, injuries and workplace illnesses can happen in any environment, including offices. By understanding the top office safety hazards, you can identify areas that may need improvement in your workplace. If you want to ...

5 Interview Questions You Should Ask Accountants

When you need to hire an accountant, finding the best candidate possible is a must. At times, it can be hard to separate the genuinely exceptional job seekers from those who are merely okay. However, by approaching the interview the right way, it becomes much easier.  The questions you ask during an interview will play a big role in your success. If you want to hire the best, here are five int...

How to Determine If a Company Culture Is Right for You

When you launch a job search, you’re typically looking for more than the right position; you’re also on the hunt for a company with a great culture. A company’s culture has a dramatic impact on job satisfaction, playing a significant role in the overall experience.  While learning about a company’s culture pre-pandemic was a bit easier, thanks largely to the fact that interviews usuall...

Does Your Company Attract Gen Z?

Today, Gen Z is increasingly making its way into the workforce. Many of the oldest members are college graduates or have otherwise already launched a career, having at least a few years of experience under the belt. As each year passes, more join them and, as they do, their influence on the workplace grows.  In many ways, attracting members of Gen Z isn’t unlike targeting Millennials. Howev...

How to Manage Your Mental Health While Working Remotely

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, making it an ideal time to discuss challenges facing the workforce today. Due to the pandemic, many professionals began working remotely full-time. While there are positive points to those arrangements, telecommuting also comes with its fair share of challenges.  Often, working remotely can feel quite lonely. You aren’t getting the opportunity to engage ...

Spring into Success: 5 Things to Remove from Your Resume

As the weather turns warmer, many people turn their attention toward spring cleaning. As a professional, one way to use that drive effectively is to focus on your resume.    In many cases, spring cleaning isn’t just about cleaning; it’s about removing things that no longer serve you well. By giving your resume a good once over and removing details that won’t help you take the next step...

3 Ways to Make Your Job Descriptions More Inclusive

Often, your job descriptions are a major part of the first impression you make on a candidate. If you want to cultivate a diverse talent pool, making them as inclusive as possible is essential. Otherwise, if your job ad doesn’t make a candidate feel welcome, they may bypass your opportunity entirely.   While it may seem like creating inclusive job descriptions is a challenge, it can actuall...

How to Stay Up-to-Date in the Rapidly Changing IT Field

One of the biggest norms in the world of technology is change. Often, keeping up with emerging tech and new trends is incredibly challenging. At times, it is hard to figure out which developments may become legitimate disruptors and which may fall by the wayside. Plus, not all of the emerging solutions rise to prominence as quickly as others.   Finally, the sheer volume of information can...

The Importance of Diversity in the Workplace

When it comes to staying ahead of the competition, diversity can make a difference. Companies that embrace diversity in their workforce experience a range of benefits, many of which can boost productivity and profitability while also positioning the organization as an employer of choice.   Without diversity, most companies struggle. If you are wondering why diversity in the workplace is so vi...

5 Ways Women Can Excel in Male-Dominated Fields

Gender ratios in certain fields lean distinctly male. If you’re a woman, learning to navigate male-dominated workplaces can seem tricky at first. This is especially true in cases where members of management view women differently than they do men working in the office or if you don’t have much experience being the odd person out in a group.  Luckily, it is possible to excel in male-dominat...

Here’s How Diversity Can Help Your Business Boom

Many companies have heard that diversity is beneficial. However, not everyone is aware exactly why that’s the case. In the worst-case scenario, a few may even assume that “diversity” is little more than a buzzword that can be thrown around without any follow-through.  In reality, diverse teams can boost your business in a number of ways. It’s far more than a buzzword, offering notable ...

Find the Pot of Gold in Your Job Search: 4 Must-Follow Tips

With the overwhelming amount of job search advice available today, it’s easy to overlook some steps that are crucial for success. As a result, your job hunt may fall short, all because you missed the advice that genuinely makes a difference.  If you want to make sure you can find the pot of gold in your job search, here are four must-follow tips every candidate needs to hear.  1. Always Ta...

Women’s History Month: A Look at Women in IT

While the world of technology is often seen as male-dominated, many women have made dramatic marks in the IT field. Not only were they amazing innovators, but some fundamentally altered the landscape through new developments and their creativity.  In celebration of Women’s History Month, here is a look at some of the most influential women in IT.  Ada Lovelace  Ada Lovelace (Ada King,...

A Guide to Being an Effective Manager in a Remote Work Environment

Managing a remote team often comes with challenges that don’t inherently exist in a traditional workplace. Additionally, many managers have only limited experience with overseeing telecommuting employees, and most may have had to figure out with COVID-19 looming over them.  Thankfully, it is possible to effectively manage a remote work environment, even if the paradigm is entirely new to you...

How to Create a Good Company Culture in a Virtual World 

When employees all report to the same physical workplace, they usually get to know each other relatively easily. Additionally, when they need assistance, help may only be a desk away. In time, this facilitates bonding and effective professional relationships, often leading to a positive culture.  However, when everyone is working remotely, many of these organic opportunities fail to arise. Ove...

7 Ways to Keep Your Remote Employees Engaged

During the pandemic, telecommuting quickly became the new normal. While working from home can boost productivity, it can also make engagement harder to manage. Company leaders may have difficulty keeping an eye on their teams, making it challenging for them to figure out if and how to intervene.  Additionally, the pandemic has led to rising stress levels. Over time, employees may experience an...

Here’s Why a Strong Company Culture is More Important Than Ever

Your company’s culture has always been a crucial factor. It impacts your employer brand, as well as how you’re perceived by the public. Over time, it’s becoming increasingly important in the eyes of candidates, influencing their decisions about whether an opportunity is worth pursuing.  Today, a strong company culture has never been so vital. We are living in tumultuous times, and profes...

Be Prepared to Answer These Questions in Your Next Interview

A job interview is an exciting event. However, it can also be very nerve-wracking. After all, you’re going to be put on the spot, having to answer a variety of questions about your capabilities and experience. That isn’t easy.  Luckily, by practicing common interview questions, you can improve your performance. It gives you a chance to hone your responses, allowing them to flow naturally....

I Just Had a Job Interview – Now What?

While many candidates have a solid idea of what they need to do to ace their interview, what about after the meeting? Many professionals are a bit uncertain about how to handle the period that comes, including if, when, or how they should follow up.  Well-timed and properly composed follow-up messages can be incredibly beneficial, increasing the odds that you’ll continue to make a positive ...

Ace Your Next Interview with These 6 Tips

Landing an interview is exciting, but also a bit anxiety-inducing. Luckily, it is possible to set yourself up for success. With the right strategies, you can increase your odds of making a great impression. If you want to ace your next interview, here are six tips that can help.  1. Research the Company Knowing a bit more about your prospective employer can work to your advantage. There’s alw...

8 Tips to Prepare for a Virtual Interview

Many companies have adopted a remote-first approach to hiring. Candidates are increasingly being asked to participate in virtual interviews, allowing them to meet with the hiring manager without any undue risk.  While virtual interviews are very similar to in-person ones, there are some nuances candidates need to know about before they participate. That way, they can prepare properly, increasi...

Cost of a Bad Hire – And How to Prevent Them

On average, a single bad hire costs a company about $15,000. Often, larger businesses bear a bigger financial burden when a new employee doesn’t work out. For those with 500 to 999 workers, the average is a startling $22,000. If a company has more than 1,000 employees, the average is a cumbersome $24,000.  Even knowing the cost, 74 percent of hiring managers admit that they’ve made a bad h...

Is the Traditional Job Interview Dead?

Most companies rely heavily on a traditional interview process. After screening candidate resumes, they invite the top contenders for a conversation, allowing the hiring managers to ask questions and learn more about a job seeker’s capabilities.  However, this approach isn’t always ideal. A surprising 81 percent of candidates lie at some point during their interview, skewing an aspect of t...

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...

Boost Your IT Job Search Confidence

Confidence may be the foundation on which you can build a successful IT career. Recruiters and hiring managers believe that confidence can outweigh skills in some circumstances. Even extremely competent candidates who aren’t confident in their abilities may have trouble finding the right opportunity. Knowing that confidence is essential, how do you improve yours to ensure you’re putting the best foot forward? Here are a few ways you can boost your job search confidence and land your next IT job.

Are You The Perfect Candidate? Make a Company Want to Hire You

Have you been looking for a new job this year? Searching for work can be frustrating if you’ve found yourself on the job market longer than you anticipated. But when the perfect job posting comes along and appears custom written just for you, what you do next will be exceptionally important. What do you do when you know you’re the perfect candidate for a job? Here’s how to show a company that they need to contact you.

Top 4 Goals for Your IT Career

There are a lot of things you can do with your experience in IT. And, depending on what you enjoy doing, you should position your long term goals in the right direction for you. There are many career paths in IT, such as programming, sales, or management. So what is it that you want to do? Here are the top 4 goals for you to consider for your IT career and how to make them happen.

Reduce Your Overall Work Stress Levels With These Tips

You probably know that stress is a leading cause of chronic heart conditions. Uncontrolled, stress can lead to a variety of physical ailments. Stress happens for a lot of reasons, and it isn’t always bad. Stress developed as a survival instinct in humans to keep us alive in our earliest evolution. But early man wasn’t expecting job stress to become a problem in their lives. Stress can start suddenly when you feel overwhelmed or it can build over time. So learning to cope with stress is essential for long term health and wellbeing. Here are just a few tips to help you relax and avoid stress in your day to day life.

Attract Better Candidates With These Out of the Box Ideas

Your recruiting process is only as good as the results. When you hire the right person, there is a sense of satisfaction as well as the productivity and success that comes with having the best employee in each role in your company. But hiring isn’t as simple as going back to the same well that produced your last best employee. If you’re beginning to see a decline in the quality of candidates responding to your posts, there may be some out of the box things you can do to improve the process. Here are some things to consider.

Top 5 Apps to Improve Your Finance Career

Technology has changed the landscape of the typical accounting industry job. Finance professionals now have instant access to online and digital tools to help their own career and their clients. They can also give a job seeker tools to stay on top of current trends in the industry. Here are the top 5 apps we recommend to accounting professionals to improve your financial career.

Does Giving Back Make You A Better Employee?

Many employees believe that working for a company with a strong community involvement aspect is important. But how many employees are willing to walk the walk and give back to the community as well? If you’ve been thinking about volunteering or contributing to a local organization, think about the ways giving back can help make you a better employee. What are some of the experiences you’ll gain by becoming active in the community?

Can Learning a New Skill Make You More Marketable?

Have you thought about returning to school? Throughout your career you’ve probably wondered if continued education, an advanced degree, or other educational goal can help you succeed in your chosen field. There are several advantages to learning new skills that can allow you to advance. Here are a few things you can add to your knowledge base to help you get ahead in your career.

Tips for the Most Successful Onbaording Program

The numbers are rather staggering. Around 20% of new hires will leave their new job within 45 days of starting and 4% indicate that it was the impression and experience of their very first that influenced their decision to leave. Hiring top employees and retaining them should be the number one priority of any organization, so the right onboarding process is critical to ensuring employee success. Here are 4 tips to help you create a successful onboarding program in your company.

Find Your Dream Job: How to Look for Hidden Opportunities

You’ve already taken the easy steps to finding your next job, so what happens now? So many other job seekers have followed the same steps that not everyone can achieve their dream job with these conventional strategies. With everyone vying for the same opportunities, your competition is stiff. So how do you find the jobs that not everyone else has access to? There is an entire hidden world of jobs available, you just have to know where to look. Here are some tips to find your next dream job in the most unlikely places.

Top Jobs in Accounting for 2017

Now that spring has sprung, the final push for tax season is under way. But just because it might be crunch time for many accounting firms doesn’t mean you need to stop looking for your new financial career opportunity. Now is the time to review what it is you want and how to achieve it to succeed in your job hunt. What are the top accounting careers you should be looking at for the rest of 2017? Let’s take a closer look.

What to Look for in Your Next Employer

If you’re in the hunt for a new job, you have probably thought a little about the type of company you want to work for. But other than some of the basics, like general salary and benefits packages, what should you consider when accepting a job offer? Before you say yes, it is helpful to understand if the company is the right kind of employer for you and your long term career plans. Here are a few things to consider when looking for your next employer.

Stop Being Late: 5 Tips to Stay On Time

Do you have trouble arriving to work, meetings, or social engagements on time? You may have even lost out on work or other benefits because you simply can’t make it on time. Showing up late at work can be a career killer, so if you see yourself developing the habit it is important that you change it. If you’re running out the door after you’re already supposed to be in the office, here are 5 tips to adopt to help you change your ways.

Can Naps Make Your Team More Productive?

Creating a healthier workplace environment is a priority for many company owners or managers. But there may be one ignored aspect of good health that could give your workplace a productive edge over your competition. There is a secret tool to increase efficiently and effectiveness on the job: a mid-day nap. Experts believe that a quick nap, no longer than 20 minutes, in the afternoon can increase brain function. Many employees face an energy slump after lunchtime, but you can solve that by considering ways to offer afternoon naps in the office. Here are some tips to get started.

Creative Resume Ideas to Land Your Next IT Job

Information technology might not have the same creative reputation as, say, a graphic design job, but that doesn’t mean a little spice can’t help you land your next opportunity. Creative resumes and ideas can give an employer something new to think about and encourage them to contact you to learn more. So how do you use creative resume techniques to make a professional IT resume? Let’s take a look at some ideas you can incorporate.

Community Involvement and Employee Satisfaction

Do you want to develop cooperative initiatives in your business to encourage your team to become active in the community? Recent studies show that employees, especially millennials, are specifically looking to work with employers who have a community involvement component to their company culture. If you want to develop programs to encourage employee satisfaction, how do you get started? Here are ...

Top 10 Tools for Remote Working

Are you looking for remote working opportunities? Or maybe you work from home now and are interested in additional tools to make your experience easier? With so many people working remotely today, there are plenty of tools on the market that can enhance the remote worker’s experience to stay on top of office relationships and daily duties. What are the top 10 tools for remote working? Let’s ta...

A Millennial’s Guide to a Career in Finance

Are you graduating with a degree in finance this spring? If you’re in the market for a new opportunity, what do you need to know about a career in finance and accounting? As a millennial entering a job market and competing against more experienced professionals, there are a few things you should know to help you find your next opportunity. Here are some tips that can help you kick your finance j...

Red Flags that Tell You a Candidate is a Bad Fit

When you’re hiring for a new position, you need to weight all of the required qualifications with each candidate resume and interview to determine the right fit. But what if something doesn’t seem quite right? There are a few things that can tip you off to strange circumstances on a resume and make you think twice about hiring. Here are some red flags to watch out for to avoid a bad hire. ...

Imposter Syndrome: How to Avoid it At Work

Imposter syndrome is defined as the feeling high-achieving adults have that they will somehow be discovered as frauds. This means you can’t internalize your accomplishments, no matter how successful you are. It can become a serious issue for many professionals since they can never take pride in their work and constantly fear they will have the rug pulled out from under them. Before this phenomen...

Why Partnering with a Staffing Firm Gives You More Bang for Your Buck

Your company can save money though the hiring process by working with a staffing agency to help you fill your open positions. Why? The cost of hiring is high, especially when it comes to additional training or the cost of missed business while you’re filling the job. Working with a staffing firm can expedite the process and incorporate the cost into the service. Here are some of the reasons part...

Questions You Should Ask an Accounting Firm before Accepting the Offer

If you’ve been in the job market for any length of time, you may be ready to accept the next offer that comes your way. But accepting any offer isn’t as advantageous to your career as making sure you’re accepting the right offer. How do you know it is right for you? If an accounting firm is interested in your credentials, experience, and personality enough to make you an offer, it is imperative that you turn the tables and ask them some pretty important questions before saying yes. Here are some questions you should be asking.

4 Ways to Fall in Love With Your Career Again

Happy Valentine’s Day! Love is in the air and you may be feeling a little euphoric on chocolate today, but have you stopped to think about what Valentine’s Day means for your career. Have you been feeling like you’re in a slump? Have the winter blues impacted your day-to-day work? What if you could fall in love with your career all over again? Before you end this Valentine’s Day and go home to your sweetheart and family, consider these 4 ways you can improve your happiness on the job.

Do You Have a Work from Home Policy in Place?

Working from home is becoming an increasingly popular choice for professionals at all levels. Remote working has a lot of benefits for both employers and employees, but only if done responsibly. It can lower the cost of overhead and allow employees to avoid a commute and be more efficient. Work from home options also increase overall satisfaction. But, it can be a risk if not managed correctly. Do you have a work from home policy in place? Here are several things to consider to make it successful for everyone.

IT Careers: What Should You Know About the Gig Economy

The IT industry is going through a transformation. If you’ve heard about the “gig economy” but aren’t sure what that means or even if it applies to you, here is some inside information. The Gig Economy isn’t new, but it is gaining steam with today’s job seekers. If you’re thinking about joining the Gig Economy as a technology professional, what do you need to know?

Expanding Networks: What to Look for When Choosing a Recruiter

Have you considered working with a recruiter to help you find your next opportunity? If you’ve never thought about this before, the process can feel daunting. How do you choose the right staffing agency to help you advance your career goals? Before you decide, consider some of these tips to find a recruiter who can assist your job search.

How to Negotiate Pay and Benefits

Money can be complicated. It can also be emotional. It is difficult to separate the feelings around money from what they represent. But there is a time where it is imperative that you take a bold step forward and be willing to discuss money. That is when you’re discussing your salary with a potential employer.

5 Questions to Uncover the Truth in a Candidate Interview

Interviewing is hard work. And when you meet with multiple candidates for the same job, sometimes things can be too good to be true. How do you know when a candidate is lying? What happens if that seemingly perfect candidate has holes in their story or, worst case scenario, gets hired and is unable to perform the job? There are some specific interview questions that can help you uncover the truth. Here are the top 5 to add to your interviewing process.

Why Your LinkedIn Profile Matters

There is plenty of information available about using LinkedIn, but very little indicates why it is so important. Experts will happily tell you how to maximize your profile so you get noticed by all the right employers. Is it really the top network for employers and job seekers? Does having the profile completed and searchable really make a difference? Why should you care about LinkedIn? Here are a couple of reasons to consider for ensuring that your LinkedIn profile is current and complete.

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5 Things to Look for In a Job Offer

The most satisfying moment in a job search is the receipt of a job offer. But how do you know if this offer, and this job, is the right one for you? Before you accept, it is important that you consider all the reasons to take this job or move on to the next potential opportunity. Many people believe that if they turn down an offer they are putting themselves in a bad position, but accept a job offer that isn’t right will have the same effect. Before you accept the next job, look for these 5 things.

5 Secrets from Hiring Managers

Every job seeker knows that in order to land the next great opportunity in their career, they need to impress the hiring manager. But that is sometimes easier said than done and many hiring managers are complete mysteries that can’t quite be puzzled out. So how do you make the right impression? Here are 5 secrets from hiring managers that will help you know how to conduct your communications and make the best impression.

What Are the Top Video Interviewing Mistakes?

Video interviewing has become popular over the last several years and is only going to gain more followers in 2017. The idea behind video interviewing, using conference software such as Skype, is to allow more face-to-face interaction with a remote candidate or allow for the consideration of candidates willing to relocate. With so many companies relying on video interviewing, job seeker’s need to be aware of the biggest pitfalls in order to avoid them. Here are the top mistakes people make in video interviews and what you can do to steer clear.

Mentors for Your IT Career: How to Find and Work With Them

If you’ve ever heard just one piece of career advice it may have been about finding a mentor to help you polish your path. But how do you go about finding a mentor in Information Technology and what happens once you have them in your contact list? There are plenty of reasons you should be working with a mentor, but it will only be beneficial if you know the right ways to go about cultivating this relationship. Here are some tips for finding and working with an IT mentor.

A Gen-Xer’s Guide to Working for Millennials

Recently, we shared information for millennial workers to better work with their Gen-X Managers. But that isn’t the only potential generational dynamic in the workplace. For those of us in Generation-X, how do we work with managers who are younger than us, sometimes significantly so. It can seem frustrating when you feel like you should be in charge of your manager rather than the other way around. So how do you cope, and thrive, with a millennial manager? Here are some tips to help.

Is Your Accounting Firm Ready for Tax Season?

Now that the holiday season is over, we can relax, right? Well, for any business that is primarily working in the accounting and finance industry, the first of the year means the start of tax season, so it is anything but relaxing. Between January and April, tax professionals are working hard for individual and corporate clients. So is your accounting firm ready to tackle tax season? Here are some tips to help you stay ahead of the game.

New Year, New Career: Kickstart your 2017 Job Search

2017 is going to be your year! And with the New Year, comes a new opportunity to find the right job for you. If you’re ready to make a big change this year, there are some things you can do to make it even better. Even if you’ve been on the job market for longer than you planned or anticipated, don’t feel discouraged. Now is the time re-energize and renew your goals. Here are some techniques that can help you when searching for a new job in 2017.

5 Career Education Goals to Set for 2017

It isn’t all colored lights and tasty sweets this time of year. For many of us, looking forward into 2017 is an important part of our professional development. One aspect you can control in regards to your marketability as a candidate or to encourage development in your current job is continued education. So what educational goals should you be setting for 2017? Here are some things to consider to expand your knowledge and advance your careers.

Holiday Parties: How They Can Represent Your Company Culture

As the song goes, this is the season to be jolly. And many companies work hard to ensure that they provide a fantastic year-end experience to their staff in the form of a holiday party. Whether your company prefers a small, intimate gathering or a huge formal blow-out will be largely dependent on your overall office culture. What is important is understanding just exactly how your office party can reflect who you are as a business and project your image to employees and their families. Here are some tips to ensure that your company party perfectly echoes your corporate culture.

Avoiding Stress this Holiday Season

It is that time of year again to spread holiday cheer. Time to listen to Christmas carols in every store and bake cookies. Time to buy presents, and wrap them. Decorate your home, go to school holiday events, and attend the office holiday party. It is truly a wonder that people have any time at all around the holidays.

That’s why December can be a stressful time for many.

Before you give in to feeling stressed and out of control this holiday season, consider these ways you can reduce your stress and be happier and healthier through the end of 2016.

The Power of Storytelling in an Interview

You know the drill when it comes to interviewing for the job. You dress professionally, bring your resume, prepare a few questions of your own to ask, and answer the questions about your experience. But could this format be missing a spark that could change the entire course of the conversation for the better. Storytelling is an important part of human interaction. It is the way we connect with one another. And experts are finding that telling your story, rather than just answering questions, can give you the advantage that you need to be hired. Before you approach your next interview in a clinical fashion, consider adding these storytelling techniques to your tool belt to impress the interviewer and land the job.

Building Your Personal Brand for Your Finance Career

You may have heard about the need to build your personal brand online, but as a financial professional you may have also disregarded that information. Is it really necessary for someone in finance or accounting to have a personal brand? While you’re looking for work or trying to advance your career, your personal brand could be barrier between what you want and how to get it. Consider these simple things you can do today to build your personal brand and make yourself stand out as a stellar financial candidate.

Is Seasonal Work Right For You?

It’s December, and that means the Holidays are on their way. If you’re not working, you might be considering short term assignments for the month of December. But how do you know if seasonal work is right for you? Here are some things to consider before reaching out to an agency or accepting that temp job this December.

A Millennial’s Guide to Working for a Gen-X Boss

Generations in the workplace is a fascinating subject. With Baby Boomers hanging on for a later retirement and Millennials continuing to rise in numbers, the next generation is also coming of age in 2017. But there is still one other generation in the middle of the modern employment ecosystem: Generation X. And, in many cases, the 20-30-something millennials are struggling to learn how to work who bosses who were once considered part of the slacker generation. This stereotype couldn’t be further from the truth, so learning how to work with Gen-X is an important skill for younger employees to have. Here is a quick essential guide to working for your Gen-X boss.

Top 5 IT Jobs for 2017

Are you ready to start looking for a new IT job or start a new career in the New Year? So, what is hot in information technology for 2017? If you’re considering a change of scenery or just ideas to boost your current career and education, here are some of the areas in technology you may want to consider.

How Does Gratitude Impact Your Workplace?

This time a year, as we begin to reflect on thankfulness and prepare to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with friends and family, we often neglect the role of gratitude in our everyday lives. Expressing thanks shouldn’t be relegated to a single day of the year. And specifically, gratitude should be cultivated within the workplace to improve corporate culture, teamwork, and the quality of service. This week, as you get ready to eat turkey and watch football on Thursday, consider the role of thankfulness in your workplace and how you can be more thankful every day.

Top 5 Finance Jobs for 2017

2017 is coming upon us faster than we had expected. Before too much longer, the entire holiday season will be over and we’ll be starting January fresh. Are you looking for the next level in your financial career? The New Year is a good time to start your job search, so consider these top financial jobs in 2017.

Culture Fit vs. Experience: Which is More Important?

Managers have to process a lot of information before making a hiring decision. After reviewing countless resumes, phone screening multiple candidates, and meeting with the top 3 or 5, it can be difficult to make the right decision. Even with intense preparation, the risk of a bad hire looms large over the process. So when it comes to deciding between the candidate’s cultural fit and their previous experience, which one should be weighed more heavily? Here are some things to consider.

The Importance of Cultural Fit in Your IT Career

We’re hearing a lot about cultural fit lately, and here at VincentBenjamin we’ve been exploring the concept in many of our latest blog posts. There is a reason for that. Company culture informs every aspect of a business, even when companies don’t realize it. Often, it is up to the job seeker to assess the individual corporate culture throughout the interviewing process. How do you do that? ...

Your New Employee Isn’t a Cultural Fit: What Now?

In spite of all your best efforts, sometimes a hiring mistake happens. They may have felt like the perfect choice throughout the interview process, but once they begin to work on the job you recognize how bad a fit they really are. Cultural fit is a top concept in today’s work place. And while some experts warn to be careful not to use cultural fit as a means to discrimination, used properly it ...

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Why is Cultural Fit Important for Your Accounting Job?

There are a lot of stereotypes about accountants and financial professionals. But, as we all know, stereotypes are just a part of the bigger picture. While some accountants are introverts, others are not. What matters more is what the existing culture of an office environment is to know whether or not your personality, attitude, and workstyle will fit in with a new job. If you’ve ever been denie...

How to Avoid These Job Search Nightmares

Boo! Did we scare you? With Halloween right around the corner, you may be spending your nights enjoying all kinds of spooky fun in your community. But there are some nightmares you want to avoid, especially if you’re currently unemployed. If you’re looking for a new job, how can you make sure that you avoid the nightmares that can make you lose sleep at night. Here are some ways you can avoid job search nightmares this Halloween season.

How Do Recruiters Hire for Cultural Fit?

Working with a recruiter can benefit either an employer or a candidate. But in today’s market, many companies are looking for new employees who are an excellent “cultural fit” with their office environment. How does a third party recruiter learn to source employees for an individual client’s cultural fit? How do they determine whether or not a candidate would work out well within a specific corporate culture? Here are some tips from the other side of the recruiting desk to help both employers and candidates see how this process works.

Managing Millennials

Do you really need different management strategies for different generations in the workplace? Millennials may have very different motivational requirements than their Baby Boomer or Gen X counterparts. In fact, the top three issues for younger employees are digital engagement, personal growth, and collaboration. While there are some similarities, it is always helpful to better understand the minds of your team as you work to encourage and engage them. Here are some things to consider.

What Does It Really Mean When They Say You’re Not a “Cultural Fit?”

You really thought you were a shoe-in for that job. You possessed the skills, got along with the hiring managers, and did all the right things. So why were you told you were not a “fit” for the job? What does that actually mean in terms of the workplace? To shed some light on cultural fit and your job search, here are some things that can help you move forward as you keep hunting.

Information Technology and The Law

You may not be thinking about it as you begin your Information Technology career, but the law and IT often go hand in hand. There are so many aspects of technology that are still very misunderstood, even by the people who use these tools the most. If you’re looking for a niche to create an IT career, you may consider learning a little about technology law, even without spending thousands of dollars a year on law school. Here are some aspects of IT and the law that might be interesting to learn more about in your career.

VincentBenjamin Named as a Arizona Corporate Excellence (ACE) Award Winner

(Phoenix, AZ – October 6, 2016) – VincentBenjamin, a leader in providing finance, accounting and IT workforce solutions has been selected as one of this year’s Arizona Corporate Excellence (ACE) Award winners in the categories: Fastest Growing and Top Private companies in Arizona by the Phoenix Business Journal.

When is Hiring for Cultural Fit a Bad Thing?

Hiring for cultural fit is a big buzz in the HR and Recruiting communities. Companies want to know that their investment in an employee will be with someone who fits in well with their current staff and has similar personality patterns and motivations. And this is a fair assessment in most cases. But what happens when cultural fit is used inappropriately to keep out individuals who would otherwise be perfectly qualified for the position? Is cultural fit ever used as an excuse to discriminate? It sometimes is, and it is critical that companies understand the difference before they make an important hiring decision.

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Why is Cultural Fit So Important in Your IT Department?

Each department within a corporation is part of an interdependent ecosystem. The departments all rely on one another for work to go smoothly so each aspect can perform their tasks appropriately. IT departments, which used to be a part of the unseen background, are now front as center as technology becomes integrated into every aspect of business. So, it is important to ensure that you are hiring the right people for your It jobs. Why is cultural fit so important in this department and how can you make sure you’re hiring the right people? Let’s take a closer look.

Job Seekers: How Do You Ask for References?

As part of your job search, you will be required to provide a list of references to potential employers. It is essential that you know how to handle this process so you can be in control of the message your references are sending about you. You’ll need to find three to five people who will be trusted to provide honest, but positive, feedback. It isn’t as easy as assuming the company will contact your last supervisor. Here are some of the ways you should handle references as you’re interviewing for your next job.

How to Write a Cover Letter They’ll Want to Read

The cover letter may be the most divisive piece of correspondence in today’s employment world. Many experts say you don’t even need one, while just as many say it is the most important thing you will ever write. But if you do write one, how can you ensure that it is read? And further, how can it give you an advantage over your competition? Before you send out your next cover letter, consider these tips to make it stand out.

4 Questions for Hiring a Job Candidate with an Employment Gap

In today’s recovering economy, many companies view an unemployed candidate as a bad hire. To take this one step further, people with significant resume gaps are also not considered for open positions. But is this really true? Is the quality of their experience really lacking because they’ve experienced periods of unemployment. When you’re considering a resume, don’t focus on what they haven’t done. Rather, consider what they have done with the same regard as any other candidate. Here are some things to discuss with a candidate who has a job gap.

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How to Find an Accounting Mentor

Finding a mentor is imperative in your career search, but few professionals ever take this step. You will find when you have someone to help you evaluate your steps, answer your questions, and share their experiences you will be a better overall candidate when you look for you next job. So how can you find a mentor in accounting? Where do you even begin to look? While you shouldn’t just approach a stranger, here are some ideas to get you started.

Top Information Security Jobs

Information Security is drawing a lot of attention today. Our culture’s use of social media, big data, and The Cloud means there is a real need to ensure that all of our information is safe. Infosec, as a part of the technology industry, is a good place to consider if you want to specialize for your career. Just look at some of the big conferences, like Black Hat, that take place throughout the year. So if you want to consider a career in information security, here are some positions you can work toward.

Top LinkedIn Groups for Financial Professionals

You’re on LinkedIn, so now what? You’ve heard from everyone that a LinkedIn presence is essential for advancing your financial career, but once you have a profile how can you leverage this social media tool? The most effective strategy to get involved in LinkedIn groups. Groups can either be local or industry based, or sometimes both, so the key is to find which ones are best for you and your long term plans. Here are several to consider as you enhance your LinkedIn presence.

Back to School: How Continuing Education Can Benefit Your Career

Surely, if you have kids or are on social media, you’ve been unable to avoid the excitement of back to school. But even if this doesn’t apply to you directly, might be thinking that continuing education is a good idea for your own future? Your career can benefit from continued learning in a variety of ways. If you’re thinking about going back to school, go ahead and buy that backpack and lunch box. Here are a few ways to get started.

Networking 101 for Introverts

You know that feeling of panic when it creeps up on you. You begin to shake. Your palms are sweaty. Not all introverts are socially anxious, but it is a fairly common trait, and it can make networking very difficult. When you feel like you need to run, but you can’t, it can make any crowd seem claustrophobic. So what do you do when you need to network in order to help advance your own career? There are some tips that can help you network while introverted.

How to Succeed as an IT Project Manager

There are a lot of potential roles in Information Technology. You can be involved in programming or information security. Or, you could take the path of a project manager. So what exactly does a project manager do and how can you succeed in the role. Take a look at the requirements for project managers, how to market yourself, and what you need to know for future success.

Everything You Need to Know About Overtime Changes from the DOL

Early in 2016, the President signed a bill meant to increase the overtime pay for millions of American workers. The new regulation nearly doubles the threshold at which employees of any job title would be able to earn overtime. The current threshold for exempt level employees is at just over $23,000, but the new rule increases it to over $47,000. This allows more employees to qualify for time-and-a-half pay for any hours worked over 40 each week. Is your business ready for the new overtime rules? Here are ways you can prepare for 2017.

Tips for a Solid Accounting Resume

Maybe numbers are your comfort zone, but not all accountants are single-note. And it is particularly important to use the right words when you’re creating your resume to land that next opportunity. You need to have a document that will pull a reader in and compel them to contact you right away. There is no magic pill for writing the perfect resume, so it is no wonder that it can be difficult to know what to include. Here are 5 tips that can help you write a killer resume for your next accounting job.

Must Read Books for IT Professionals

We all learned when we were kids that reading is fundamental. And continuing to learn new things through books is essential for your long term career development. If you’re an IT professional, what books are the best for you to check out? Before you head to the library, or the Amazon Kindle store, look at these options.

VincentBenjamin Named to Inc. 5000 List for Fourth Consecutive Year

(Phoenix, AZ – August 17, 2016) – VincentBenjamin, a leader in providing finance, accounting and IT workforce solutions has been recognized on the prestigious Inc. 5000 2016 list of America’s Fastest-Growing Privately Held Companies. This marks the fourth consecutive year the Phoenix based staffing firm has been included in the national ranking.

Should You Have a Creative Resume?

Many jobs experts are suggesting the use of creative resumes. These are out of the box documents visually very different from a traditional chronological resume. The idea is to draw attention to your resume and keep the reader engaged so they will call to learn more. But do you really need a creative resume? When is it appropriate and when isn’t it? And, if you decide to have one, how do you personalize it? Here are some things to consider.

VincentBenjamin Named As One of the Nation’s Leading Staffing Firms.

(Phoenix, AZ – August 11, 2016) – VincentBenjamin, a leader in providing workforce solutions in finance, accounting and IT workplaces, is proud to announce they have been named to the 2016 Staffing Industry Analysts Fastest Growing Staffing Firms. VincentBenjamin ranks #17 out of 112 firms on the list of nationwide staffing companies.

How To Maximize Your Vacation Time

American’s have a problem with time off. The majority of U.S. workers don’t take all of their vacation time and because of this, employees are experience stress and burnout in astounding numbers. Not only is it critical that you take time away from work to rest and recharge, but also to know how to maximize this time to get the most out of your break. Here are some ways you can maximize your vacation time.

Job Seekers: Do You Need to be on Google+?

Social media is considered a necessary aspect of professional networking, but how do you know whether or not you should be on a certain site? Not all of them are created equally. So when you’re considering which services to use, it is a good idea to look at the pros and cons. Are you considering how Google+ can help you find a job and network in your industry? Here are some things to know about the site.

The Path to CFO: 4 More Steps to Boost Your Financial Career

In early 2015, we wrote this post about the steps you can take on the path to a career as a Chief Financial Officer. And while those 4 steps are a great start, they aren’t all that is needed to further your career in finance. As you’re preparing to move forward, here are a few more things to consider as you plan your next moves. Learn business strategy and operations. Having knowledge of a...

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Should You Consider an IT Consulting Job?

In the 1990’s, when Information Technology really hit the scene, it didn’t take much for skilled people to find jobs in the burgeoning industry. As time went on, things changed. After the Dot Com bubble burst, some of the earliest adopters found themselves struggling to find permanent positions. Over time, that evolved into a new segment of the IT world, creating a consulting market, which allows skilled professionals the ability to work with a flexible schedule and companies to have the talent they need without the high cost of hiring. If you’re looking at the future of your IT career, should you pursue permanent employment or a consulting position? Here are the questions to ask.

How to Manage Your Time More Effectively

Regardless of your skill level or job title, managing your time each day is essential for career success. Disorganized people quickly realized that they are not able to keep up their well-maintained peers. Spending time cultivating your time management skills with give you the right tools to move your career to the next level. Here are some tips to get you started.

Busted: Top Myths about Working in Finance

Finance is a complicated subject. Many people expect the industry to be filled with numbers people only interested in behind the scenes analysis and accounting. Others see only outgoing sales people. But finance encompasses a lot of possible topics, and finance professionals touch every aspect of business. If you have questions about what finance professionals do, here are some of the top myths about the industry and why they’re false.

How Your Office Design Affects Productivity

American adults spend more time working than they do on any other activity during the day, including sleeping. It is imperative that we understand how to maximize our productivity while working so we can achieve a more reasonable work/life balance. Creating an office space that helps maintain focus, work more efficiently, and remain comfortable should be a priority for employers and individual employees alike. Regardless of whether you work at home or in an office, here are some tips that work.

How to Work with an IT Recruiter: 4 Questions to Ask

As an IT professional, working with a recruiter can be the best tool in your toolbox to help you land your next job. They are part of a complex network, specialize in sourcing candidates with your skills, and can sell your experience to their clients. But not all IT recruiters are alike, and choosing the right person to work with is important to ensure your success. Here are some questions to ask your IT recruiter to determine if their services are the best fit for your career.

5 Questions to Ask the Hiring Manager in Your Next Interview

You’ve probably already heard the advice that you should be asking questions in the interview. But how do you know what you should be asking? Every hiring manager is different, but there are some common themes that can help you connect with them and encourage them to take a closer look at you as a viable candidate for their job. Your role as a job seeker is to impress the interviewer, so here are some tips to get you started.

Finance Job Market Trends of 2016

There has been a lot of talk in 2016 regarding the current job market. Many people are focusing entirely on the technology and healthcare sector, making it appear as though there isn’t much out there for other professionals. In truth, the financial job market is very strong and there are a few things to know if you’re looking for a finance job before the end of this year. Here are some of the trends to watch out for.

How to Avoid These 5 Common Networking Mistakes

Many people approach networking as a skill you either have or you don’t. The introverts avoid it at all costs, and the extroverts thrive on the excitement of social engagements and meeting new people. But both camps are capable of making mistakes that impact the effectiveness of their networking experiences. Before you go to that next industry event or strike up a conversation in line at the bank, consider these common errors and make an effort to avoid them.

5 Free Ways to Develop Your IT Skills

Information Technology is always evolving. As soon as you think you know the next big thing, a new big thing comes along that challenges the status quo. To stay competitive in the IT market, it is imperative that you focus on the continued development of your technology skills. But how can you do that without spending a fortune on further education or certifications? It may be easier than you think. Here are some easy ways to keep developing your IT skills.

5 Career Tips for New IT Professionals

Just starting out in any industry, including IT, will have a variety of challenges. You have to learn the ropes of working within a corporate environment as well as how to manage your daily tasks and duties. This can be overwhelming when you’re just starting out. So, how can you succeed in your new IT career? Here are some of our favorite tips for new IT professionals for before accepting that first job and how to manage your career moving forward.

How to Recognize and Reduce Stress At Work

Stress is completely natural. It is a remnant of our earliest history on the planet as our ancestors struggled to survive every day. It is what kept people alive when danger was imminent, also known as “fight or flight.” And while today we don’t find ourselves running from large wild animals very often, stress still plays an important role in our survival. When you’re stressed out by your job or home life, your body is trying to tell you something. So how can you recognize stress at work and get through it in a healthy way? Here are some tips to get you started.

Ultimate Guide to Your Accounting Career

While it can be nearly impossible to boil down an entire career in to one, short blog post, there are some insights we can provide in an ultimate guide to a career in accounting. Before you decide what you want to do with your career path or degree in finance or accounting, consider these points. What do you need to know most when you’re entering the field?

4 Reasons to Look for Leadership Skills in New Hires

Hiring managers have a difficult task. When reviewing and evaluating candidates for open positions, they need to determine the fit based on both skill and personality. So why should a hiring manager put a priority on hiring someone who demonstrates leadership ability? Being a leader is a different set of skills than just management, and hiring a leader can provide a company long term benefits. Let’s take a closer look at the reasons for making this hiring decision.

6 Skills That Can Improve Your IT Job Search

It is easy to get frustrated when a job search takes longer than you expected. You know that information technology is a growing field, but if no one is biting it can be difficult to keep plugging away. Sometimes the best thing you can do is to shake things up and create an entirely new strategy. Before you send out your next resume, consider these adding and improving these skills as a method to speed up your IT job search.

How to Make the Most of Face Time with Your Boss

Meetings with the boss can be at a premium in most corporate environments. Employees don’t get nearly as much face time with their managers as we expect. Meetings can be as infrequent as once a month. So if you want to make sure that your interactions are effective every time, there are a few things you can do to make the most of the meetings. Here are our suggestion for maximizing face time with your bosses.

4 Questions to Ask to Find Your Financial Niche

You may think that all financial positions are cookie cutter jobs, but that can’t be further from the truth. Accountants and financial professionals have as much diversity in their careers as any other industry, and they touch every aspect of business. Are you trying to find the right niche within the financial sector? Here are some questions you can ask yourself to determine what works for your future career.

How to Manage Stress on the Job: 5 Tips from Top Executives

It isn’t that successful executives don’t feel stress. In fact, the pressures of their jobs can be quite overwhelming sometimes. But time and time again, CEOs demonstrate grace under fire and the rest of us could learn from their examples. So how do top execs fend off stress at work? Here are some lessons we can apply to our careers.

4 Ways to Write a Killer IT Cover Letter

For a period of time, the cover letter was considered a dead art. Recently, they have been revived. Why? Because recruiters and hiring managers were receiving dozens of cookie-cutter resumes and found that a cover letter was the only thing that helped candidates stand apart from their competition. In fact, IT is a highly competitive industry, so there is no reason that you shouldn’t put your best foot forward with a stellar cover letter. Here are some ways you can make your letter great.

Can You Afford NOT to Take a Career Risk?

From our earliest years, we are taught to be conservative when determining our career plans. Even with lofty dreams, we are encouraged to have a “fall-back” plan. But sometimes avoiding risk can be more damaging to your long term career, and well-being, than playing it safe. When you look at some of the most successful people in the country, none of them got where they are today by making risk-free choices. So, why is taking risks in your career a good plan for your future? Let’s look at some of the reasons.

5 Ways to Network in the Finance Industry

Networking is not a favorite task for many people, especially those in the financial industry who may want to remain behind the curtain. But every professional knows that networking is a crucial part of their career development. So how do you reconcile your desire to hug the walls and your need to connect with new people in the industry? Here are some networking tips that can help you expand your financial contacts.

A New Chapter Begins at VincentBenjamin

Successful entrepreneurs not only have a plan for starting a business, they have a plan for leaving the business too.   Ben Howard and Vincent Dorazio are executing on that strategy with Dorazio exiting the company effective April 29th, 2016.   “We always knew one of us would get a chance to sit on a beach before the other,” said Howard. “We’ve grown faster than we could hav...

4 Management Mistakes You Could Be Making

Leadership skills are just a small part of a management position. And without being a skilled leader, it is difficult to be an effective manager. Are you making mistakes when managing your staff that will be difficult to recover from if they aren’t corrected now? Before you continue down the same path, consider these mistakes and learn how to avoid them and become a better leader.

The First 5 Steps toward a Career in Technology

Ever since the tech boom began in the early 1990s, the sector has continued to grow steadily over time. While there may have been some bubbles and bumps along the way, no one can argue that technology is a just passing fad. In fact, today it affects all levels of business. Because you have the ability to touch so much aspects of industry, technology is a great background to have for any job. So how do you get into tech as a beginner? Here are some tips to get you started.

Top 5 Mistakes to Avoid in Your Next Job Interview

Interviewing is both a necessary step and a nerve wracking experience. No one is completely comfortable when they step into the office for an interview, including the interviewer. However, you can make your experience just a little better if you can avoid these common mistakes. Let’s take a closer look at the “don’ts” for your next interview.

3 Steps to Transition to a Career in Finance

Do you love numbers? Do you like to solve complex puzzles? Are you interested in helping individuals and companies succeed? If so, you may want consider a career in finance. Regardless of the industry you’re in now, you can make the transition into this career with a few steps. Finance affects almost everyone, so chances are you’ve had some level of experience in your past jobs. Here are some things to consider before you take the leap into a financial role.

Job Seekers: How To Stand Out From The Crowd

As a job seeker, your one job is to convince an employer that you’re interesting enough to warrant a continued conversation. When you’re sending out resumes and networking, how do you keep this simple truth in mind? In order to make yourself more memorable and stand out from your competition, there are a few things you can do when you’re meeting with potential employers. Here are some ideas you can start with today.

How Do You Choose The Right IT Career Path?

You might be surprised at the variety of IT positions, especially once you know that a math and science background isn’t required. Technology is part of our everyday lives and that means there are multiple opportunities for interested job seekers to find an entrance to the industry. If you’re considering an IT career, where do you start when you’re determining which path is right for you? Here are some thoughts that might help you make that decision.

Accounting and Finance: Off the Beaten Path

There are some strongly held perceptions of what it means to be an accounting or finance professional. Many people assume that these are behind the scenes jobs. They also assume that the accountant only wants to deal in numbers and money without regard for other aspects of business. The truth is, there has always been great variety in these careers. Are you looking for a unique job that can utilize your finance and accounting skills. Here are some potential career paths to consider.

The Art of the Modern Resume

Are resumes a relic from the distant past? Some experts believe they are, but no one has proposed a better solution yet, so job seekers are still obligated to present some formal document listing their experience. But that doesn’t mean your resume needs to look like a cookie cutter version from an online template. In fact, recruiters often see hundreds of resumes for a single job posting, so they are likely to be drawn to the ones that have a little extra something. How do you create a modern resume that draws the right attention? Here are some tips.

4 Tips to Be an Effective IT Manager

Making the transition from a hands-on technical role to management isn’t always an easy move. Managers have a very different skill set than their employee counterparts. But can you learn good management techniques to make the switch in your career easier? If you want to know the ways to be a more effective IT manager, here are our top tips.

How Happy is Your Workplace?

The most successful companies know that the key to prosperity is employee engagement. Employees who are dissatisfied with their work situations are not as likely to contribute their full potential to the jobs and often leave some aspects of their work completely undone. There are far more benefits to keeping your workforce happy than allowing them to go through the motions. Here are some of the ways a happy workforce can benefit your organization.

4 Tips for Creating the Best Finance Resume

It may come as a surprise, but there is no single formula for writing the perfect resume. Imagine a world where everyone submits identical resumes, except for one person whose resume is unique. Which person do you think the recruiter will call? Finance jobs don’t seem like the environment for a lot of creative design, but that makes it more important than ever to stand out among your competition. Here are 4 tips for your financial resume.

Top 5 Candidate Traits Recruiters Look For

Recruiters, both in agency and corporate environments, are often the first line of defense between you and the job you want. Understanding what it is a recruiter is looking for will help you gain their favor and be considered for open positions. Before you engage with a recruiter to help you find your next job, consider working on these traits to help you stand out from your competition.

The 6 Most In-Demand IT Skills

Now that we’re a couple of months into 2016, analysts are seeing several trends in the information technology industry that can help candidates focus their careers and find their next job. Some skills seem to be rising to the top in terms of organizational needs and professional development. If you want to ensure that you are marketable, consider adding any of these top skills to your resume this year.

The 4 People You Need to Hire to Grow Your Business

To grow a successful business you need the right people in the right seats. Regardless of how good you are at your job or what industry you’re in, there are key roles that need to be filled to help your company succeed. So, when you’re getting your company off the ground, who do you need to focus on to ensure that you have the right team in place? Here are some key roles to consider.

Top 5 Questions to Ask Financial Candidates in an Interview

Are your interview strategies really finding you the very best financial candidates? You may be surprised to learn that some of your tried and true interview questions are missing the mark. The cost of a bad hire is exponential, so avoiding a negative situation is far preferable than starting the process over again. Start with the interviewing process to ensure that you are screening the most qualified candidates for your open financial positions. Here are 5 interview questions that can help you drill down and only hire the best.

How to Answer the Top 5 Interview Questions

Interviewing can be the most difficult, and stressful, part of the job search process. You feel like you’re on display at the zoo with parades of people stopping by to gawk at you. But the interview is an important part of the process as it allows both you and the hiring company to learn more about one another. Preparing for the most challenging questions will help you ace the interview and land the job. Here are the top 5 toughest interview questions and how you can answer them.

Career Shift: How to Transition to IT Management

Are you considering a transition into management as a part of your IT career path? Depending on your background up to this point, whether you’re still in school or you’ve been working in technology for years, you may have to cultivate a few new skills to ensure that you have what it takes to become great management material. Here are some things to consider when you’re making the transition into IT management.

How to Build Your Perfect Team

A strong team in the office could very well be the key to success. As a manager, how do you ensure that your team works well together, can continue to grow and learn, and is empowered to make important decisions at the right times? It starts with hiring the right people but it doesn’t stop there. Strong management means continuously encouraging your employees. Here are some ideas to maintaining a strong team in your business.

Top 5 Cover Letter Tips for Your Next Finance Job

If you have never sent a cover letter for an open financial position, now is the time to start. Cover letters are often viewed as an unnecessary formality but that belief is entirely false. Hiring managers and recruiters do look at cover letters and they give job seekers an additional opportunity to make a case for themselves. Even if you prefer to work with numbers, being able to effectively communicate your skills in writing is critical throughout your career. Here are some tips for writing the best cover letter to land your next financial job.

Technology Takeover: The Top 5 Jobs of 2016

A recent Glass Door survey has ranked the top jobs in 2016. What was most interesting to us upon review of the results was the common thread running through all of the top careers: technology. Glass Door used factors such as earning potential and career opportunities to rank the best jobs for this year. Let’s take a look at the top 5.

What To Do (And Not Do) To Rock Your Next IT Interview

Are you ready to get that IT job offer? If so, there is no better time than the present to get your interviewing skills sharpened and ready for your first test as a potential employee. Trust us, they already like your skills and think you have something to bring to the table, or they wouldn’t have called you from your resume. So now it is time to wow them and make sure they know they can’t be successful without you on their team. Here are the things you should, and shouldn’t, do on your next interview.

Develop These 5 Interpersonal Skills to Make 2016 Your Best Year Yet

The employment world is always talking about soft skills. But what exactly are soft skills? They are the interpersonal skills that make you effective at working in a team or help you achieve your goals. Some of them, like good communication skills, will go on your resume while others are strictly part of your inherent personality. As you develop your career, consider focusing on these soft skills to make yourself the best you can be.

Actuary Jobs By the Numbers

If you’re numbers oriented, you’ve probably wondered what kinds of careers you can qualify for in the future. Have you considered a role as an actuary? If you’ve never thought of it before, or if you’ve never even heard the term, here is a quick primer to help you decide if an actuarial job is right for you. Let’s take a closer look at the requirements, functions, and potential for actuaries.

Increase Employee Engagement with These 4 Tips

Effective management is about so much more than delegating tasks and following up with your employees. As a leader, it is your role to ensure that your employees are happy, engaged, and motivated. Every member of your team is different, so how do you accomplish this task and boost employee engagement for everyone, even with their different personalities? Here are some of the things you can do in your position as manager to help boost employee engagement.

Essential Soft Skills for IT Managers

A background in technology isn’t the only experience that will make a person successful as an IT manager. There are a variety of skills that are necessary for someone to succeed in a leadership role. Before you decide to advance your career into the management arena, here are some personal skills you need to cultivate.

4 Reasons You Must Include a Cover Letter

Recruiters and hiring managers have noticed a trend over the last few years. Fewer candidates are sending cover letters with their resumes. They may hastily pound out an email to inform that the resume is attached, but that isn’t the same thing. While the recruiting industry often says a resume is your first impression, in truth there is an earlier step. A cover letter introduces your resume and gives it context. It can be the real make or break moment for your job search. So why do you need a cover letter? Here are the reasons it could change everything for you.

FinTech in 2016: How Technology is Changing the Finance World

Technology is touching every industry today. Even finance and accounting has its own aspect of technology, often referred to as FinTech. Experts believe there will be big changes in FinTech and the way money is exchanged throughout 2016. Familiar online money transfer sites like PayPal began the FinTech revolution and the industry will only continue to grow. Here are some of the trends that are expected this year.

3 Ways to Find the Right Networking Group

You’ve heard it dozens of times, “You should join a networking group.” But even if you’re one of the most extroverted people in the world, you may still need a push to help you find a group that is best suited to your need. Not every networking group is created equal. And while it may be useful to try as many as possible, it is not very practical. So how can you find the right networking group for you? Here are some tips to get you started.

Top Industries for IT Jobs in 2016

Are you in the market for a new tech job in 2016? Thinking outside the box can help you find an opportunity that is perfectly suited to your background and career goals. There are many potential ways to help you achieve your goals this year, and not all of them are what you think of as traditional IT jobs. Here are the 8 top industries that are hiring IT professionals this year.

Should You Make a Lateral Job Move? Pros and Cons

Not every move you make in your career is going to be up the corporate ladder. There are times when a lateral move will be critical for your success. For instance, if you find yourself just off the career path you want to follow you may find the ability to adjust course right within your current organization. But there are other cases where making that lateral move can be detrimental to your career growth. Let’s take a closer look at the pros and cons of making this kind of career move.

5 Soft Skills Every Financial Advisor Must Have

Have you considered a career as a financial advisor? You may be graduating from college this year or you may already be in the financial industry but want a change of pace. Financial advising can be rewarding and challenging. So what are the qualities that employers look for in a superstar financial advisor? You may be surprised to learn that knowledge about finances is only one small piece of the puzzle for success. But you can incorporate these soft skills to boost your experience and be ready for the right job.

New Year, New Goals: Making a Career Change in 2016

Does the New Year mean a new career? For many people, the transition into 2016 will kick start them on a path to find a new job, or just improve the one they have. So what kinds of new career resolutions can you make this year? And, more importantly, how can you be sure to keep them. Without further ado, here are 10 resolutions to consider in the New Year and what you can do to make them happen.

5 IT Certifications to Take Your Career to the Next Level

If you’ve been in the IT industry for any amount of time, or you’re just thinking about joining up, there are a few things that will help you advance your career. Certifications have been the cornerstone of the ever-evolving field of technology since the very beginning. If you want to earn more money or get that next promotion consider these IT certifications that can help you stay on top of your competition.

The Most Wonderful Time of Year (for Networking)

In the U.S., the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve is traditionally a time for parties, celebrations, and even networking. Yes, that’s right. If you’re in the job market there is no better time of year to connect with others in your community or industry than Yuletide. But before you jump right in with your mistletoe hat and expect that everyone will come running, here are a few tips that can help you make the most of your holiday networking.

5 Steps to a Successful Accounting Career

If you’ve determined that a career path in accounting is right for you, where exactly do you start? Whether you’re just heading off to college or you’ve decided to transition your career, these steps can help you kick start your accounting career on the right foot. Let’s take a closer look at the steps that can make the path a little easier for you.

5 Questions to Ask Before Accepting a Job Offer

You’ve interviewed, and now you’ve been offered the position. So what happens before you accept? You might want to consider a few things before telling your potential employer a firm “Yes.” There is a lot more to a job than just what you’ve experienced in the interview. We want to share some of the things you may want to think about before accepting this new job to ensure it is the right one for you.

The Truth About IT: Top 4 Career Myths

Are you considering a career in information technology? Maybe you’re in college figuring out your major, or maybe you’ve been in the workforce but are looking to learn new skills and make a change. Before you take another step, it is important that you understand the biggest misconceptions about the IT industry. Let’s take a quick look.

4 Tips For Optimizing Your LinkedIn Profile

Your LinkedIn profile is one of the best professional tools you have at your fingertips. The fact that it’s free is an added bonus. Far too many job seekers ignore the site all together because they’re not really sure how to optimize their profiles. Before you decide that LinkedIn isn’t right for you, try these tips to improve your profile and start making the right connections.

The 4 Hottest Finance Jobs in 2016

As we begin to countdown the days, and eventually the seconds, to the New Year, it is important that financial job seeker take a closer look at their goals, practices, and tools for finding a new position in 2016. One of the things you might want to consider are the hot jobs to watch within the accounting industry. Here are the top 4 accounting and financial jobs for 2016.

Top 3 Myths About Working With a Recruiter

What kinds of things have you heard about working with a recruiter? Are recruiters rude and unresponsive? Do they rip you off as a job seeker? Do you think they’re a “scam” to just collect a lot of resumes? These rumors are all very common myths about working with recruiters. The truth is, a recruiter can be your greatest ally when it comes to finding a job. Let’s look at the top 3 myths about recruiters and shed some real light on the subject.

IT Career Transitions: How to Change Your Specialty Within the Field

Changing careers can be a daunting task especially if you’re leaving one industry for another. By that token, it seems that switching specialties within the information technology field should be a much easier transition. As it turns out, this requires some career gymnastics as well. Before you decide to change lanes within IT, here are some things you should know about changing your specialty.

3 Changes For a more Productive Workspace

Did you know that your desk, and your entire workplace, can have as much to do with your success as your overall skills or drive? Organization is key. Without it, many professionals find that they are spending more time determining what to do rather than doing it. If you want to improve your overall performance, now is a good time of year to look at your desk, office, or other workspaces and make some improvements. Here’s how!

Non-Profit Vs. For-Profit: Which Career Path is Right for You?

Have you ever considered working for a non-profit? There is a big difference between for-profit and non-profit careers and many people find themselves gravitating toward the idea of helping others through their work. Before you decide, it is important to understand how they differ from one another. Here are some things to think about as you create your career path for the future.

5 Ways to Motivate Your Team

Is motivation the job of managers or employees? While employees need to do their part too, a large portion of engagement needs to come from the top down. Employees look to their managers for direction and leadership, so how can you inspire your employees to go above and beyond? Here are several ideas you can use today to encourage your employees to remain focused and engaged on the job.

Your IT Consulting Career Questions, Answered

Are you a consultant or a contractor? Do you get paid by the employer or an agency? Do you work for yourself? Are you responsible for your own taxes? If you’ve ever considered becoming an IT consultant these are probably some of the questions you’ve been asking. Before you decide whether or not consulting is right for you, here are some of the answers to the most common questions.

Breaking Down Barriers: The Case for Workplace Diversity

Your workplace doesn’t exist in a bubble. Every employee is different and as manager it is your job to ensure that everyone is comfortable working with one another. To embrace the diversity that is essential for a company’s success there are steps you can take to embrace the uniqueness of each employee. Here are a few ways to embrace the diversity of your workplace and engage your staff.

Recession-Proof Careers? The Truth about Accounting and Finance

For a while, during the recession that hit starting in 2007, people were talking about recession-proof jobs. In truth, there is no job that is completely safe from downsizing or other challenges in the workplace, but financial jobs come the closest. Both finance and accounting are high demand jobs that cross boundaries between industries. So if you’re considering a career in finance, here are some things to keep in mind regarding your long term job security.

How Generational Differences Shape the Modern Workplace

Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Millennials are all working together in the modern workplace. So how do generational differences affect the job market? It is believed that by 2020 millennials will make up 46% of the workforce. At the same time, baby boomers are beginning to retire. This will create a fundamental shift in the workforce dynamic that will impact the younger generations. Let’s take a closer look.

Channel 15 News Interviews Adam Nebel

ABC15 – Adam Nebel from VincentBenjamin Recruiting Agency discusses the importance of taking vacation.

How to Avoid Being Pigeon-Holed In Your IT Career

People have a lot of preconceived ideas about the information technology industry. When you’re applying for jobs you often have to sell yourself to someone who doesn’t have a background in IT. So how can you avoid be pigeon-holed if you apply for jobs that aren’t a carbon copy of your experience? Before you send your next resume here are some tips to help you think outside the box.

4 Practical Tips to Refocus at Work

Distractions are everywhere. Just writing this blog post made us stop and start several times. Being unfocused can really destroy your motivation during the work day, but it happens to everyone. So how can you get your mind back in the zone and regain your focus when you need to most? Here are 4 tips to make it happen!

How to Determine If a Financial Planning Career is Right for You

You’re good with numbers and you like to help people. Becoming a financial planner seems like a great idea. But do you know whether or not it will be the right career path for you? How do you learn more about financial planning before jumping in with both feet? Finding a mentor who can walk you through the steps can be helpful at the beginning but before that, ask yourself these 4 questions and see if it is right for you.

6 Ways to Have More Exciting (and Productive) Meetings

Company meetings are make-it or break-it for most managers. Too many meetings and the message is lost. Too few and your team doesn’t know how to find its footing. So how can you improve meetings and make them just right for your company? Rather than treating a meeting like a necessary evil think of it as your most important performance. Learn how to engage your audience and make your message count. Here are 6 tips to help you create both fun and productive meetings.

From Small Companies to Large Corporations: How to Transition Your IT Career

Career transitions can be exciting but they can also create anxiety when making a major change. Are you considering a move from a small IT firm to a large corporation? This can sometimes be the best thing for your career but it is important to know how to approach the new job. Before you decide to make this transition here are some things you should keep in mind. What is the new corporate cult...

7 Ways Managers Can Prevent Employee Burnout

Employee burnout is one of the top issues with retention and productivity in the office. As a manager you’ve probably noticed some of the signs of burnout but you may not have known what to do about it. There is good news! You can help your team bounce back from career burnout before you lose them. Here are 7 ways you can help prevent it that you can start doing today.

The 5 Things to Know Before Starting Your Accounting Career

It is often suggested that job seekers find mentors to help them pursue their careers. In this relationship the job seeker has an opportunity to learn from the mistakes that their mentor made along the way. They also have built in accountability and a platform off of which to bounce ideas before moving forward. But before you establish a career mentor are there things you want to know about accounting that will help you start off on the right foot? Here are 5 things you should learn before starting your career in accounting.

4 Ways to Avoid FOMO at Work

The business culture in the U.S. is always on the go. More hours means more work done which means more profit and the cycle continues. However, there have been some negative side effects that have emerged from this culture of busy-ness.

The “fear of missing out” or FOMO is not limited to our professional lives. As humans we often feel like we need to do it all. The FOMO phenomenon happens whenever we start thinking that other people are getting more out of life. It can apply to small things as well as big life decisions.

When it comes to work the effect can be disastrous.

Channel 3 News Interviews Ben Howard

3TVNEWS – Move up and stand out in your company. Ben Howard from VincentBenjamin Recruiting Agency discusses tips for gaining a competitive advantage in your job search by staying on top of your achievements, your resume, and your professional network.

IT Specialist or Generalist: Which is Right for Your Career?

When deciding the path for your IT career how do you know what is right for you? Specialization will allow you to narrowly focus while generalization gives you an opportunity to touch a variety of aspects of information technology. Before to start looking for your first job you need to decide your ultimate goals and how these jobs can get you on the right track. Here is a closer look at generalist versus specialist work and what they mean for you.

4 Questions to Ask Before Working With a Career Coach

In a tough job market it is no wonder that both experienced and inexperienced professionals turn to the services of career coaches. Having someone to bounce ideas off of, help you make challenging decisions, and give you advice are comforting thoughts. But are career coaches always worth it? And how do you determine if and when they’re right for you? Here are some things to keep in mind when you’re considering your next career move.

10 Career Tips for New Financial Planners

You’re about to start your first financial planning job so what do you do now to ensure you’re successful? What can you do now to help your career start off on the right foot? Let’s look at these 10 simple things that will change everything. Know your goals. Many people get caught up in the momentum of their career and don’t stop to think about their end game. Look at each step with a ...

5 Uncommon Ways to Advance Your Career

Take initiative, send thank you notes, network, and find a mentor; all of these things are common advice when it comes to taking your career to the next level. Because these tips are easy to find everyone does them so what can set a person apart in an already crowded career setting? If you’re looking for the uncommon tips this is the list for you. Here are some ways you can stand out from the cr...

Your Guide to Becoming a Successful IT Manager

Where do you see your information technology career in the future? Some people are more interested in the programming aspect while others see themselves in management roles. As an IT manager you will need skills beyond your technological experience. So how can you be successful in this role? Let’s take a look at some of the traits that IT managers need to become great leaders in the industry. ...

Top 5 Tips to Ace the Group Interview

Most job seekers expect traditional interviews. They arrive at an office, meet with a hiring manager, and field questions about their background and abilities. Advice for these types of interview is readily available. However, few professionals are prepared for a group interview. Some companies like to utilize this technique to evaluate several job seekers at once. It is important that you can sta...

VincentBenjamin capitalizes on recession, nabs top team

Georgann Yara, Special for the ABG | 1:17 p.m. MST September 4, 2015 - As the recession was becoming the demise for many businesses and their employees, Vince Dorazio viewed it as an indication the timing was ideal for him to leave the safety net of his employer and launch his own company. Despite a non-compete agreement that triggered a rocky start, the growth of VincentBenjamin...

Career Switch: How to Transition to a Finance Role

Are you considering a career change to the financial industry? Regardless of your current experience there are some things you should consider before making a big leap into finance. Changing careers isn’t for the faint of heart and your preparation could make all the difference in landing your next job. Here are some tips you need to consider when making a big leap for the future. Find a men...

Top 5 Tips to Ace the Group Interview

Most job seekers expect traditional interviews. They arrive at an office, meet with a hiring manager, and field questions about their background and abilities. Advice for these types of interview is readily available. However, few professionals are prepared for a group interview. Some companies like to utilize this technique to evaluate several job seekers at once. It is important that you can sta...

Easy Tips for Turning a Weakness into a Strength

One of the most common interview questions focuses on your weaknesses. Sometimes it is part of a behavioral question that is designed to determine how you would handle yourself in a difficult situation on the job.

Channel 3 News Interviews Vince Dorazio

3TVNEWS – More women are breaking into tech or STEM jobs. Vince Dorazio from VincentBenjamin Recruiting Agency talked about what you need to know if you are a woman looking for a STEM job.

The 4 Career Game-Changers Every IT Professional Should Know

Entering the world of Information Technology as a beginner can feel overwhelming but it doesn’t have to be. Knowing a few tricks of the trade and insider information before you start your first job can be invaluable. If you’re just starting out in IT, here are some things that other professionals wish they had known before their first job. It pays to be ahead of the curve. Own your specializ...

A Manager’s Guide to Mastering Work/Life Balance

The phrase “work/life balance” has been buzzing around corporate environments for many years now and still managers and employees alike are having a hard time determining what that really means within the context of their business environment. The key to unlocking the work/life balance mystery seems to be the employees themselves. Management can make determinations about working schedules and ...

How Temporary Work can Kick-Start Your IT Career

  Far too often new job candidates are told that they need 1 to 5 years’ experience for even an entry level job. But how can it be possible to get experience if no one will hire you without experience? This process can be infuriating for job seekers who just want to be given a chance to show what they can do in a real job environment. One of the most overlooked ways to gain experience whil...

Valley Staffing Agency Named to Inc. 5000 List for Third Consecutive Year

VincentBenjamin named as one of the nation’s fastest growing private companies by Inc. PHOENIX, AZ – August 18, 2015 – VincentBenjamin, a leader in providing workforce solutions in finance, accounting and IT workplaces, is proud to announce they have been named to the 2015 Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest growing privately held companies.  This marks the third consecutive year the ...

4 Ways to Enhance Your Skills (Without Spending a Fortune)

On the job training is a great benefit and will help your career long term, but should you rely on your employer to provide you with the education you need to advance your career? While you’re working you may want to spend some time learning new things on your own to enhance your current job and make your experience more marketable in the future. Here are some small ways you can build your caree...

The 4 Keys to a Long and Happy Financial Career

Career burnout can happen to anyone in any industry, but for some reason financial professionals seem to face high instances of it. Traders, bankers, and planners are all industries where knowledge can take you far, but age seems to be a factor in the hiring process. How can you combat this in your career? While age discrimination suits are one way to buck the system, another is to work hard towar...

3 Ways Confidence Can Land You a New Job

Don’t worry, everyone is nervous when they’re preparing for their next interview. The cool headed smooth talkers are just as terrified as you are before they step into the hiring manager’s office. But what is the difference? Confidence can be the one ingredient to make or break your job search. Attitude in an interview as important as possessing the right skills for the job. Candidates who e...

3 Reasons Why Learning to Code Can Boost Any Career

Treating computers and the languages used to code them like a mystical force is a huge mistake for legions of job seekers. Many people simply expect technology to work so they don’t want to take the time to learn why or how. Steve Jobs once said that everyone should learn to code a computer because it “teaches you how to think.” He was right. Computer coding is not difficult but it does take...

An SEO Expert’s Guide to Keywords

Keywords have been a thing since search engines took over the internet. Everything is driven by the right choice of words. You’ve certainly experienced it when Googling a particularly tricky subject. All it takes is just one changed word to completely alter the results. The same thing happens when recruiters and hiring managers are looking for you on social media, through search engines, or in t...

5 Career Tips for Millennials

As a member of Generation Y you have different professional needs from your GenX and Baby Boomer counterparts. On the other hand, you also have some ownership over your own career experience and can influence how you’re treated in the workplace and how you treat others. If you’re looking for your first job out of college or a job transition, here are some important tips for millennial job seek...

Tech Timeline: A Brief History of the Information Technology Industry

When did computer science become an industry that would change history? Was it was Alan Turing and his Turing Machine during World War II? Was it with the establishment of The International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) which made computers essential for industry? While we think of the domination of IBM starting around the 1980s the history of the company goes back as far as 1911. As an IT p...

Time to Quit? 5 Critical Questions To Ask Before Leaving Your Job

When you begin questioning whether or not your current job is right for you it can be easy to fall down a rabbit hole of “what-ifs?” The decision to stay or leave is a personal one and shouldn’t be approached lightly. Before you decide to quit, or not, it is important to determine all the reasons why and look at what can be fixed and what can’t. Here are some things to think about to get y...

Pros and Cons of a Master’s Degree in Finance

Is an advanced degree important for your career in the financial industry? Before you decide to go on to graduate school it may be a good idea to consider some of the pros and cons. Let’s take a look at the reason you should and shouldn’t pursue higher education so you can make an informed decision about your future. Pros: Career advancement opportunities. Can an MBA or other type of ad...

The Ultimate Cheat-Sheet for Working with a Recruiter

We’ve written before about the best ways to work with an executive recruiter to help you find a job. We wanted to boil down some of these tips and more into an easy to follow cheat sheet that can help you establish a great relationship with a staffing service and work with them to find your next job opportunity. Here are 8 quick reference points to help you get started. Keep a list. You may ...

Top 4 Tips for Women in the Tech Industry

There is still a significant disproportion between the sexes in the workplace when it comes to STEM based jobs. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. While more young women are being encouraged to join STEM programing in high school and college there are still relatively few entering the field when compared to men. This does not mean, however, that there isn’t a grea...

Do You Have What It Takes to Become a Financial Planner?

Ask seasoned financial planners what they think about their career choice and they are likely to tell you that it is satisfying and rewarding. If you’re about to graduate college or looking to refocus your financial career, you may wish to explore the world of financial planning. Here are some tips you can use today to help you make the decision to start your career off on the right foot. Are ...

The 5 Most Common Mistakes to Avoid When Changing Careers

There is no rule that says you have to find one career in life and stick with it until you retire. In fact, more and more people today are making major career shifts once or twice throughout their adult lives. However, there are better ways to go about the experience than others and it is helpful to understand common mistakes so you don’t repeat them. Let’s take a closer look at what not to do...

Phoenix employment firm hiring; eyes Seattle, San Francisco offices

A Phoenix staffing and employment services company that specializes in placing IT workers and accountants is growing its local footprint and has plans to open new offices in San Francisco, Seattle, Silicon Valley, Texas and Portland.

3 Reasons to Get an MBA and Boost Your Tech Career

When working in IT do you think it is valuable to get a Master’s in Business administration? This is a tough question to answer it much of it depends on your previous experience, your current work, and your future goals. We wanted to break down the pros and cons of getting this degree in conjunction with your IT career so you can decide if it is right for you. If you answer yes to the following...

Staffing firm plans 40 new Phoenix jobs

Staffing firm VincentBenjamin plans to add 40 Phoenix jobs of its own, reflecting increased demand by its business customers. The firm focuses on accounting and IT positions.

The New Interview: How Millennials Are Changing the Process

Did you know that not all interviews are created equal? Managers need to know how to tailor their line of questioning for their audience and this has never been more apparent than with the millennial generation. This group of young people are entering the workforce at a rapid rate quickly outnumbering the other generations. When interviewing millennial for a position it is important to approach th...

5 Ways to Boost Your Finance Career by Volunteering

What should you do when you’re breaking into a career in finance but find that most employers want you to have previous experience? When your degree isn’t enough to get you that first job out of college there are a few other tricks you can have up your sleeve to get the experience you need. One of the best kept secrets for resume building is volunteering. How can you volunteer to gain the expe...

ABC 15 Interviews Adam Nebel

Phoenix Managing Director, Adam Nebel, discusses job creation and firm expansion with Channel 15 News.

What Job Hopping REALLY Means to Hiring Managers

Have you heard the phrase “job hopper?” Was it directed at you or those around you? What exactly does it mean and it is really as bad as people seem to say it is? Before you can know whether or not it is a problem it is important to know what it is, what it does, and why it has a bad reputation. Let’s take a closer look. What is job hopping? When hiring professionals view a resume ful...

VincentBenjamin Expands Phoenix Headquarters

Professional Recruiting Company to Expand, Move to Esplanade  PHOENIX, AZ, June 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- VincentBenjamin Group (VB), a leading provider of professional recruiting, staffing and project consulting services headquartered in Phoenix, today announced that they have completed their expansion to move into new headquarters located in the Esplanade. The move increases VincentBenjamin’...

Baby Boomers in Tech: How to Excel in Your IT Career

Do you ever think that you would love to know more about how technology works but are afraid of being the oldest person in a crowd of young 20-somethings? It is truly never too late to start your career in technology but there may be different ways to approach it that will work better for your learning style and expectations. Here are some things you should keep in mind if you want to get started ...

4 Tips to Kick Off Your Office Wellness Initiatives

Healthcare costs continue to rise and workplace stress is one of the leading contributors to hypertension, heart disease, and related conditions. If employees in the United States don’t change their attitude about wellness soon, it may be too late. This is one of the reasons that many organizations are embracing employee wellness programs to encourage their staff to make healthier choices both i...

Young Money: How Millennials are Changing Financial Services

Generation Y, also known as Millennials, are changing everything we know about conducting business. This group of young professionals are taking the corporate world by storm and outnumbering the Baby Boomers in the process. They are a group that has grown up in a purely digital age and are more focused on work/life balance than becoming company men and women. Not only is there a big difference in...

Take a Break: How Vacation Can Make You a Better Leader

Fewer than half of all working Americans take all of their allotted vacation time each year. While there are a lot of reasons cited for not taking vacation time most of the excuses center around fear. American workers are afraid they’ll be replaced or when they return there will be retribution for taking time off. They don’t want to appear that they are less committed to their work than others...

Interview Question Curveballs: Why Are You Leaving Your Current Job?

Last week we discussed the question "Why are you searching for a new job?" In a similar vein, you may be asked the question, "Why are you leaving your current job?" Just like with any curveball interview question there are better ways to answer than others, even if all of the potential answers are true. Before you enter your next interviewing situation consider these ideas for expressing why you a...

An Intro to Finance: How To Find Your First Job

Are you looking for your first finance job after college? Or, you might be transitioning your career after working in another sector. Before you begin your job search there are a few things you might want to know to help you with your successful job hunt and career transition. Here are some ways you can launch your finance career. Choose companies to target. Job ads are just one small way to fin...

Interview Question Curveballs: Why Are You Searching for a New Job?

The most important thing you can convey to a potential new employer is exactly why you're looking for a new position. Why? Because this answer will set the tone not only for the rest of the interview but for your work with the company if you are offered the position. There are right and wrong ways to answer this question. So how do you put your best foot forward and land the job? Here are some thi...

No Degree? No Problem: 5 Ways to Get IT Experience

Not all career paths are the same. While many young professionals follow the same general avenues to go to college, get a degree, and join the workforce there are dozens of reasons why this may not be the case for everyone. The technology industry changes so quickly that there are multiple ways that a competent professional can find a job in the field without the degree to back them up. Here are s...

How to Handle Behavioral Interview Questions Like a Pro

Interview questions come in a lot of forms. You've probably been asked to tell the interviewer about yourself or describe your biggest weakness. You may have also been asked to "Describe a time when..." This type of interview question is known as behavioral interviewing and is commonly used by companies to determine whether or not a candidate will be able to fit in with their current team and perf...

The Graduate’s Guide to a Successful Finance Career

Are you currently evaluating your options for a major concentration at college? Or have you been working on a finance degree and nearly ready for graduation? How can you get a head start on a career in finance? Before you graduate, there are a few things you should know so you can start off on the right foot and make the best choices for the long term stability of your career. Here are some ways t...

Top 10 LinkedIn Invite Messages to Build Your Network

Everyone has clicked on the LinkedIn option to connect with others only to send out the generic email that reads, "I'd like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn." However, these messages don't really give the reader a sense of who you are and as a result, they may not accept the invitation. Instead, you should always be using more detailed messages to get their attention. Here are som...

5 Steps to Becoming a CIO

Do you want to be on the career path toward becoming a Chief Information Officer (CIO)? This role goes way beyond technical skills. Before you can start on climbing the ladder to the executive suite it is important to have a clear career plan that can take you there. Here are the five best career tips for aspiring CIOs. Learn leadership skills. While most IT jobs are focused on the technology, a...

We’re Not All Bean Counters: The Biggest Myths of Accounting Busted

Everyone has certain preconceived notions about accountants. In fact, we have them for just about everything such as the belief that all IT professionals are computer geeks. But these stereotypes are only true until they're not. Some of the biggest misconceptions about accountants and the accounting industry are not what people expect at all. Here are four of the prevailing myths and the truth abo...

5 Tips to Maximize Your LinkedIn Presence

While you may have found yourself avoiding it, LinkedIn is critical to today's job search. It is important to know that this tool is not designed to set-and-forget. Just like face to face networking, you only get out what you put in to your experience on LinkedIn. What can you do to create the best possible LinkedIn presence and attract the employers you want to work with? Here are some tips. Ch...

The Top 5 Reasons to Build New IT Skills

A career in IT is not a static thing. The industry is changing rapidly and the skills of just five years ago aren't as necessary as those of today. In order to stay competitive in the job market it is essential that you continue to develop your IT skills. If you have your doubts, consider these reasons to keep learning new IT skills to stay relevant. The competition won't have a leg up. This fir...

5 Easy Steps to Building Your Personal Brand

We're sure you've heard the advice that as a job hunter you need to build your personal brand. What does that mean exactly? It sure sounds like fancy industry buzzwords that don’t really accomplish anything but a personal brand is very important in today's job market. Getting started is much easier than you think, too. Here are some easy ways you can build your personal brand starting today. I...

4 Worthwhile Risks for Your IT Career

"The risk of a wrong decision is preferable to the terror of indecision." – Maimonides Risk taking is an art and it is important to know which risks are worth it and which are not. When you're considering your career in Information Technology, how do you know what risks will be beneficial for you. The last thing you want to do is jeopardize your career with the wrong choices. So how do you miti...

Don’t Let Mistakes Define Your Career

Mistakes do happen. The true test for a professional comes not with the mistake itself but with it is handled. Experience is an important teacher and the more you can learn from the mistakes you make, the better prepared you will be to avoid the same issues later in your career. While you shouldn't seek out mistakes you also shouldn't reject them when they happen. Here are a few tips for handling ...

Top 3 Ways Accountants Keep Their Cool During Tax Season

April 15th is right around the corner and that means tax professionals are working hard to meet the most important deadline of the year. Tax season is stressful so there is no wonder that late April and May sees a lot of accounting burnout. So how can accountants reduce their stress during tax season and beyond? Here are a few things you can keep in mind. Focus on work/life balance. Most tax pro...

10 Ways to Spring Clean Your Job Search

It is finally springtime. Snow is melting, the birds are singing, and the flowers are blooming! If hibernation was in your nature for the winter, now is the perfect time to crawl out from your den and face your job hunt with renewed energy. While cleaning your closet or washing your windows is easy, how exactly do you go about spring cleaning your career search? Here are 10 tips you can start usin...

The Dos and Don’ts of the Social Media Job Search

You've probably heard that you can't find a job in today's highly connected world without the use of social media. But social media for the job search goes beyond setting and forgetting a LinkedIn profile. In order to make the most of these online networking tools you need to follow some important internet rules. Here are some of the most important dos and don'ts of the social media job search. D...

The Future of the IT Job Market

It is no secret that information technology is an ever evolving industry. Many recent graduates have found that the specialization they had in college is no longer applicable to the business world so they must reinvent their career before it even starts. On the other hand, because it is constantly changing the IT industry is an exciting place to be to experience innovation and career satisfaction....

4 Expert Tips on How and When to Ask for a Promotion

Do you feel like you deserve more responsibility in your office along with a bigger paycheck? If you wait for someone to offer you a promotion you may be waiting a long time. If you really want to prove your worth it may be time to talk to your boss about the possibility of taking on more and getting a raise. So, how do you ask for a promotion without making the wrong impression? The good news: it...

Networking and You: How Personality Type Affects Networking Style

No two people network the same way. So when you read advice about how to get the most out of networking events you may find yourself frustrated by the results or uncertain about how to shoehorn your own personality into the mold. You may be an introvert or an extrovert. You may even be an ambivert. Here are some practical, real world tips you can start using today to help you create a network stra...

The 5 Biggest Benefits of Getting Your CPA

There are many paths for a potential accounting professional so how do you know exactly which is right for you? Becoming a Certified Public Accountant is one of the most popular avenues for taking your career to the next level. Before you make a commitment, you should evaluate if the process is right for you. Here are some of the benefits of becoming a CPA. Recognition. There really is no argu...

5 Uncommon Interview Tips That Will Give You an Edge

There is a lot of advice for job seekers when it comes to preparing for an interview. You've been told to research the company and come up with questions to ask, but what if you could be doing more? Perhaps a few of these more uncommon interview tips could be just the thing you need to set you apart from your competition and land you the job. Here are some things to consider. Study everything, n...

How to Kick-Off Your IT Career

Information Technology is still a great industry to break into. Technology changes so quickly that people with the most up to date skills are considered quickly for jobs. However, without any real world experience some job seekers find that they are not being hired for these opportunities. So, how can you break into IT with beginner's experience? Here are some ideas to get you started with your IT...

5 Scheduling Tricks to Boost Your Productivity

The best thing that you have at your disposal as a professional is your calendar. This simple organizational tool can help you stay on track, work smarter, and accomplish your tasks in a timely manner. So how can you optimize your calendar to improve your productivity? Whether you prefer an online calendar or paper on your desk here are some things to keep in mind so you can get more done. Sched...

How to Dominate Your Job Search (Confidence Myths Debunked)

Could a lack of confidence, or the wrong kind of confidence, be holding you back on the job search? It turns out that what we know about confidence may not be entirely accurate. Before you continue your hunt for the next stage in your career here are a few things you should keep in mind that could help you land your next job opportunity. Either you have it or you don’t. Many people believe t...

6 Insider Tips to Take Your IT Career to the Next Level

Are you worried that your IT career is at a standstill? Perhaps you need to shake things up a bit. IT experts offer lots of advice for individuals starting their career or those who are ready to take it to the next level. What can you do to get out of a rut and pursue the IT career of your dreams? Here is some top notch advice from other successful industry professionals. Prove yourself for a pr...

To Recruit or To Network?

Networking is supposed to be the core aspect of a recruiter’s role but how many recruiters can say that they are actually networking? In my experience, the majority do not. Recruiting as it stands right now is very transactional which is what gives us such a bad name. You find a name and number and you call. You word vomit all over the candidate with a new and hot req and hopefully they bite. Th...

5 Crucial Soft Skills for Your Resume

“I’ll know it when I see it,” is a phrase commonly heard by recruiters. Our clients are looking for candidates who possess the right skills, of course, but also something a little extra. Top candidates need to bring a more to the table and these intangibles are often referred to as “soft skills”. Soft skills are, in general, traits that can’t be learned or taught. They are simply an in...

Top 5 Accounting Jobs to Watch in 2015

Are you in the market for your next accounting job? The future looks bright for finance professionals so keep up the hard work in 2015 and you’ll find yourself with the career you’ve always wanted. What are the hottest jobs for accountants this year? Here is a quick guide to help you focus your search and improve your skills. Staff Accountant: This role is generally the accounting backbone o...

6 Tips for Working with Recruiters

Are you thinking about working with an executive recruiter for the first time? If so, there are some things you should know before you make that phone call. An executive recruiter can be your best ally in your job search so it is important that you know all of the right ways to approach them and work with them to help you find your next opportunity. Here are some tips for working with executive re...

Top 5 IT Skills for 2015

Are you looking for a new position in IT? What skills should be on your resume to make you the most marketable candidate and stand out among your competition? The IT industry has changed so significantly over the last several years that incoming candidates have an advantage over those who have been in the workforce for some time. Let’s take a look at the top IT skills that companies are looking ...

Top 5 Job Search Mistakes to Avoid

Searching for a job isn’t an exact science. There are many possible mistakes that can be made and the wrong ones could cost you the next job opportunity. How can you avoid the most egregious job hunting mistakes and find yourself a great new job? Here are some of the most common mistakes that job seekers make and how you can avoid them in your own search. Not sending a cover letter. Far too ma...

5 Factors That Will Change Accounting in 2015

Now that we’re well within 2015 it is important that every accounting candidate fully understand the trends that will affect the accounting industry in the years to come. Without being aware of or understanding these new trends it may become more difficult to find employment in the industry. Here are the biggest accounting trends you should be aware of for 2015 and the future. New Technology...

Top 5 Interview Questions for Your IT Job

While you'll almost always be asked the interview questions such as, "tell me about yourself," and "why did you leave your last job?" an IT professional should also expect industry related questions. Of course, it is important to recognize that some questions will be job specific. If you're interviewing for internet security you aren't likely to be asked about programming or help desk. You should ...

4 Ways to Ace the Interview (and Land the Job!)

You might think that by the twenty-first century our job search and hiring techniques would have evolved past resumes and interviews. However, these old fashioned rituals are still used by companies all over the world, even if some of the methods have changed. So, how do you explain your work experience in a job interview in a way that makes you stand out from your competition? Here are a few thin...

The Path to CFO: 4 Steps To Boost Your Finance Career

Depending on the long term goals for your financial career one possible track is the path of the Chief Financial Officer. To become a CFO you need to be proficient in a number of skills as well as demonstrate leadership qualities. What else can you do to position yourself on the right path toward becoming a CF0? Here are a few tips to keep in mind for your career. Cultivate your soft skills. Of ...

The Top 5 Traits Workplace Leaders Share

Leadership skills will serve you well throughout your career regardless of your job title. While many people are born leaders it is possible for anyone to cultivate these skills with a little work and attention. But which leadership skills will be most important to your career? Here are the 5 most important leadership skills you can build. Can inspire others: A true leader's best skill is to ins...

5 Productivity Tips Every IT Professional Should Know

According to a report by Forbes in 2013, 39% of employees waste at least 1 hour each day. 44% of American workers waste time on the job surfing the internet? 6.8% even use employer work hours to conduct their own side business. 1% waste company time by being late to their jobs. These astounding figures are costing U.S. businesses to lost billions of dollars each year. As an IT professional how ca...

4 Essential LinkedIn Changes to Make in 2015

You've been hearing for years how important it is that you have a completed LinkedIn profile. However, even if you do you may wonder what all the fuss is about. If your LinkedIn page isn't grabbing anyone's attention it may be time to make a change. Now that we've turned the calendar to 2015, give your LinkedIn profile a much needed makeover that can help the right employers find you online. Here ...

5 Must Read Books for Finance Professionals

There are many benefits of reading. Just the very act of reading makes us smarter. The more knowledge you can gain in your industry, the better prepared you'll be for the right job. Reading also reduces stress, improves our analytical thinking skills, increases our vocabulary, strengthens our memory, and makes us better writers and communicators. We often think of finance professionals as "numb...

Top 5 Time Wasters to Avoid in 2015

We are well into January 2015 and by now we should know whether or not our resolutions are going to stick. Most people give up their resolutions by February unless they've created a strong plan to keep up with their goals. However, changing habits is an entirely different mindset and can begin at any time. Do you want to be more productive in 2015? It is never too late to start. Here are some tim...

The Top 3 IT Hiring Trends for 2015

If you're in the market for an Information Technology job there may be some big changes in the hiring process that can make a big difference in your search. Many of these new trends are fundamentally altering the hiring process. How are recruiters and hiring managers selecting candidates? What roles will be big in 2015? Here is a closer look. Social media: More and more recruiters are turning to...

6 Tips for Networking Your Way into a Job

Networking may be the single most important skill you learn while you're searching for a new job. You should already have a well written resume, references, and a cover letter prepared. You may have even practiced your interviewing questions with a friend or in the mirror. But the best way to get your resume seen and an interview scheduled is to meet as many people in positions of hiring as possib...

5 Steps to Better Leadership Skills

Leadership skills can come to some people naturally or they can be learned and cultivated over time. Your own career can benefit from stellar leadership skills even if you don't find yourself in a management position. Here are some steps to becoming a leader at work. Be responsible. Not only should you have ownership over your successes but you need to be comfortable admitting failure. Good lead...

Tips and Tools for Becoming a Networking Pro

You've probably heard that networking is the best way to find your next job. But how do you actually get started? Networking is equal parts art and science. Some people have to work harder at the different aspects of it. Someone who is especially skilled at relationship building, such as a sales professional, may not focus as well on getting only the best contacts while someone who prefers a behin...

Is Social Media the Future of Job Hunting?

It seems like you can't escape social media these days. Some people reject the idea because they believe that online communication is not authentic but there is certainly a time and a place for it. The rest of us are logging on to Facebook regularly to check on friends and family throughout the day. As it turns out, one of the biggest trends in social media is online job searching. We already know...

Expert IT Advice for the Millennial Generation

Generation X practically invented Information Technology. Now the next generation is entering the workforce and these incoming millennials have never known a time without computers. They are changing the face of the IT industry but not without the help of the professionals who paved the way. When IT World Magazine asked current IT managers and experts about their best advice for current graduates ...

Top 5 Job Search Myths Busted

If only the job market were full of easy to follow rules that were fair for everyone. Unfortunately, not all job searches are equal and what works for one person may not work for someone else. This doesn't stop well-meaning friends and opinionated professionals from making broad statements about what works and what doesn't. Here are just a few of the most common job search myths that can change th...

The Accountant’s Toolbox: 10 Apps to Make Your Job Easier

Today's accountants have so much more technology at their fingertips than even those of a decade ago. Using online and digital tools to help with an accounting career can take some professionals to the next level quickly. Here is our list of the top 10 tools that should consider tapping into as you pursue your accounting career. Dropbox: This tool is becoming nearly essential for all businesses....

Deck the Halls with Distraction: Staying Productive During the Holidays

The holidays are a difficult time for many employees. Stress levels are up, engagement levels are down. It’s the end of the year and some employees, and even managers, use this time to take a step back and reassess the year behind and plan for the one ahead. Procrastination is a popular work avoidance method and when so many distractions are all around it is easy to push things aside to do later...

3 Top Tips for Millennial Accountants

In 2011 The Move Project released a report about the future of accounting. The report indicated that young millennial women make up the majority of people entering the accounting field. Over 55% of the graduates with bachelor's degrees in accounting were women. 54% of individuals graduating from master's programs were also women at that time. In an era where the job market has been called grim and...

Personal Motivation Tactics to Transform Your Workday (and Inspire Others)

Everyone works hard to stay motivated on the job. Companies often put policies in place to help engage their workers and help everyone stay happy and effective in their jobs. However, employees have a responsibility too. While environment, co-workers, and management all play a role in at work satisfaction, only individuals can be in control of their own actions and reactions. "It's not the situat...

Chief Information Officer: How the Digital World Has Changed the Job

Chief Information Officer: it is just another title in a long line of C-Level executive titles? Executives have an important role in the success of any organization and that has never been more true of the CIO. Over the next few months and years their role is going to continue to evolve based on the advancements of technology which are already changing the way American corporations do business. Le...

5 Steps to Becoming a Networking Superstar

They say that it's not what you know but who you know. While it is exceptionally important to have the right skills and experience for your desired job it is also important to cultivate networking skills to meet people within your industry and set yourself apart from your competition. However, it is also essential to do networking the right way. Getting out and meeting everyone isn't always the m...

Tech Trends: The Hottest IT Jobs of 2015

In the late 1990s it seemed as though Information Technology, specifically the Internet, could do no wrong. The Dot Com Bubble led to wild speculation and the ultimate end to some big name internet commerce companies by the end of 1999. The added panic surrounding Y2K certainly didn't help matters. It was in the early 2000s that IT switched roles companies viewed it as less of a driver of innovati...

Accounting Crossroads: How to Choose Which Certificate is Right For You

If you're considering entering the accounting arena you've probably come across some questions about the right certification for your career. You can choose a CPA (Certified Public Accountant) or a CMA (Certified Management Accountant) as well as a number of other certifications. How do you choose which one is right for you? Here is a closer look at these two options and what questions you need to...

Company ID: How to Make Your Company Culture Work for You

Your company culture is about more than just your mission statement and dress code. How your company defines itself is essential for attracting the right kinds of employees who will be loyal to your organization. You have a lot of competition in your market but company culture is what can set you apart. Here are a few ways you can evaluate your company and establish your own unique culture. Your...

A Future in Finance: How to Get Ahead of the Pack

Are you thinking about pursuing finance at a University level? Or are you a recent college graduate looking for your first job in finance? Maybe you are simply looking at the next step in your career. There are a few things you can do to ensure that you continue to move forward toward your ultimate long term goals. If you want to get ahead in the finance industry here are a few tops to get you sta...

How to Avoid Shiny Objects (and Office Distractions)

Distractions are everywhere in the office. Everything from a conversation by the coffee machine to Facebook can keep you from your number one priority of doing your job. How do you avoid all of the common pitfalls in the office? Here are a few ways to steer clear of major distractions and keep your performance on track. Keep a calendar and to-do list. The first step to battling unproductive days...

IT and Marketing: Unlikely Partnership or Perfect Match?

Information Technology is not an insulated industry. In today's hyper connected world, IT departments need to work in partnership with other aspects of 21st century businesses to provide the best services internally and for clients. We want to look at the relationship between IT and Marketing and how they interact to drive business. Calculated reserve versus full speed ahead Business stereot...

Your Elevator Pitch: How to Create the Perfect Icebreaker

Have you heard of an elevator pitch? This short, 30 second story can break the ice with important industry contacts. When it comes to your career it is important to have all of the right tools in place for when you need them the most. There are a few things you need to know about crafting your elevator pitch and how to use it during an interview or in conversation. Here are some tips to keep in mi...

Do You Have What it Takes to Work in Finance? 5 Qualities for Success

A talent for understanding and planning finances is a great start for a number of potential careers. Before you leave school and leap into the unknown of corporate America or the world of independent finance planning and accounting there are a few things to consider. Do you have what it takes to work in finance? Let's look at a few things you should know before seeking your first job in the ind...

Employment Fast Track: How to Speed Up Your Job Search

When you've been on the job market for a long time it is easy to get frustrated. Every rejection begins to feel like the world is against you. But why are you searching for a job and what are you hoping to gain? What are the real reasons behind the lack of offers or the loss of momentum in your job search? Many people have an expectation that each new job will provide them with the fulfillment ...

Big Data: Where IT and Business Meet

Our 21st century world is defined by data. The internet made it possible for everyone to have access to information at the touch of a button which is now leading to bigger and better innovations in the digital age. Lately, experts have been talking about both big data and fast data. What do these terms mean and how will be they affect the information technology industry moving forward? Big Data...

Why You Didn’t Get the Job (and How to Ace the Next Interview)

There are so many possible reasons that you don't get a job offer. Even if your resume is perfectly crafted, there are things you can't control about the process. When you submit a resume for a job there are likely another hundred, or several hundred, who have done the same thing. If your resume is selected you are still up against some stiff competition. On average, a company interviews three to...

6 Easy Energy Boosts to Transform Your Work Day

Every office has that one person; the person who, no matter what is going on in the office or in their personal lives, has the energy to do the job of 10 people each and every day. Most of us aren't that person. Everyone has high points and low points throughout the day that may be related to personal work rhythms or blood sugar levels. Whatever the case, your work may not wait until you get the n...

Coding With Kids: The Future of IT

Back in the 1990s who would have thought that technology would have come so far? Even after the dot com bubble and Y2K so much has changed and evolved in the information technology industry. This inevitably begs the question "what is the future of IT?" Children today are interacting with technology in ways we've never seen before. Kids as young as 2 years old are actively engaging with tablets ...

Not Your Dad’s Accounting Industry: What the Changes Mean for You

A few decades ago accountants may have had a nerdy reputation. They were bean counters sequestered in the dusty basement halls wearing coke-bottle glasses. They weren't the flashy, client-facing sales team or the trendy and fashionable executive secretaries. Today, the accounting industry is changing not only its image but the entire industry. Let's take a quick look at the evolving landscape of a...

How to Own the World’s Toughest Interview Questions

We are certain you've heard all the craziest interview questions before. They range from the absolutely absurd to the completely caught off guard. Before going into an interview it is extremely important to understand that these questions aren't designed to be answered correctly but rather test you on your ability to think quickly and not get flustered. Answering them is an art form and even if yo...

Your IT Career: A Beginner’s Guide to Success

Are you just getting started on your first job search in information technology? You may have recently graduated school or you may have worked in another industry and are looking for a change. There are many reasons someone might be looking for work in IT. It is important to know how to get ahead and how to differentiate yourself from your competition. Here are 7 tips to get you started. Go to...

Quitting Your Job: How to NOT Burn Bridges

Not every reason for leaving a job is negative. You may have an opportunity to move to a new city or you stumble upon an opportunity that you can't pass up. However, there are also plenty of reasons for leaving a job that are negative. You may be dissatisfied with your current company or you don't feel challenged in your role. In either case it is extremely important to understand that the way you...

5 Tips to Achieve Work/Life Balance in the Finance World

Balancing the needs of your demanding finance career with the needs of your family can be a challenge. Committing to the requirements of the job is essential but most people agree that family comes first. How can you create the right work/life balance in your job? Here are some tips to keep in mind. Maintain a schedule. Even if deadlines are self-imposed they do help to keep us on track. Sched...

How to Turn a Career Setback into a Growth Opportunity

The true mark of a successful person is not that they don't fail but they know what to do when it happens to them. Making a critical mistake on the job does feel like the world is about to end. In fact, you're quite sure when it happens that you will be fired. The truth is being terminated is a distinct possibility but not a guaranteed outcome. Your actions from the moment the mistake is discov...

4 Tips Jumpstart Your Stalled IT Career

Have you been feeling sluggish with your IT career? While looking for a new job can help advance your experience there are also some things you can do right now to change your situation at your current job and take it to the next level. Even if you begin job search while you are currently working try the following tips to give yourself an advantage in the workplace. Assess your personal skills...

First Day on the Job: Do’s and Don’ts

As a job seeker your work isn't over once you've accepted a job offer. Your first few days, and even months, can be crucial to determining if the job is right for you. Your new employer is also using this time to evaluate whether or not you're right for them. It is essential for you to consider what to do, and what not to do, before you start your next job. Here are some ideas to keep in mind. ...

How to Attract (and Keep) the Best Accounting Clients

As an independent consultant, a CPA often has the opportunity to select their own client base. A CPA may work for a firm but they may also work for themselves. In either case, the accountant is the one making the decisions about the types of clients they work with and for. It is important to remember, if you are an independent contractor, that you are your own manager. You do want to provide them ...

Strategize and Prioritize: How to Get Ahead in the IT Industry

Technology is changing at a lightning fast pace and it is important for anyone interested in a career in IT to stay as up to date as possible. Regardless of your focus or experience, knowing where the industry is leading the workplace is essential. How can you stay up to date with information technology and use that information to keep one step ahead of your competition in the job market? Here are...

The Ultimate Guide to Changing Your Career

Not everyone will stay in the career they started with directly out of school. Life circumstances and interests can change over time and lead you into a new direction. Have you thought about becoming a programmer but were afraid that it might be too late to start? It is never too late to make a career change; you just need to know the right way to go about it. Here are a few ways you can start shi...

Career Crossroads: Are You Meant for Public or Corporate Accounting?

As you probably know, there are two distinct branches of accounting: public and corporate. Depending on your interests, your abilities, and your talents you may be better suited as a candidate to one or the other. How do you know which works better for you. Let's take a closer look at both public and corporate accounting jobs to give you an idea of which path to choose. Corporate Accounting: ...

6 Cover Letter Writing Tips to Get You Noticed

Cover letters may be the most overlooked tool in the job seeker's tool belt. Especially in today's digital world many job seekers are skipping the cover letter all together. This can be a big mistake. Not paying enough attention to your cover letter could be the only thing standing between you and an interview at a great company. Here are some things to keep in mind when you're sending out resumes...

Are You The Right Fit for a Career in IT?

Information Technology has been at the forefront of American industry for the last 30 years. Since the "Dot Com" bubble burst and the Y2K scare there has been an evolution of IT jobs. Silicon Valley is still producing jobs and new ideas that are leading the industry into the future. IBM just announced that by 2020 silicon computer chips may be entirely replaced by their nanotube transistor technol...

How to Craft the Perfect IT Cover Letter

Something happened over the last few years and cover letters seemed to disappear from the job search lexicon. However, they are making a comeback and individuals who can master the art of the cover letter have an advantage in the marketplace. The cover letter is intended to provide a snapshot of you as a candidate and should include things that your resume doesn’t specifically highlight. Here ar...

3 Reasons to Work with Contract IT Employees

If you're in need of skilled information technology workers you've probably debated the finer points of hiring multiple times. While you can hire someone in house there are times when working with a contractor will be to your advantage. Here are three of the top reasons you may want to work with a contract IT employee. You only have finite work. The worst case scenario for any employer is to h...

The 3 Greatest IT Opportunities of 2014

Information Technology is hopping right now. Individuals with advanced tech skills are being sought after in a number of different fields to help companies progress into the digital and information business age. Here are three hot IT jobs you should consider when deciding how to focus your skills and your career. Business Intelligence Designers. There is a lot of complicated tech speak when it...

The Secret of Work/Life Balance

A big buzzword over the last couple of years has been "Work/Life Balance." What does it really mean and how does it affect your business? In today's job market, especially with the influx of millennial workers and the changing priorities of the boomer generation, there has been a big change in what employees are expecting when it comes to the time they spend on the job versus their quality free...

Could Your Profile Get You a Job? How to Leverage LinkedIn for Your Search

93% of recruiters and hiring managers turn to LinkedIn to find candidates for their open positions. This means that a strong LinkedIn presence is a must-have for a successful job search. If you're in the market for a new position in accounting, there are a few things that you may want to consider while you're building your LinkedIn profile. It is important to remember that it is all about branding...

Why Your Best Employees Might Leave (And How to Keep Them Around)

When the bottom fell out of the market in 2007, companies scrambled to make major changes in their organizations. Talented individuals lost their jobs and other businesses simply weren't hiring. Many professionals who were still employed were concerned about leaving their jobs even if they were unhappy. In just the last 7 years the job market has turned around. Dissatisfied employees feel more con...

The 4 Keys to a Killer IT Resume

Are you in the market for a new information technology job? While there is a lot of specialized information IT professionals need to provide in their resume there are a few simple steps you can follow to create a document interesting to the hiring professionals who guard the gates of employment. Here are 4 easy steps to creating a killer IT resume that will get noticed. Concentrate on your...

How Much is Your Bad Hire Really Costing You?

Did you know that you can expect to spend $25,000 to $50,000 for each bad hiring decision you make? This is just the cost in addition to the salary you've offered and are paying during the time they continue to work. Careerbuilder surveyed companies in 2011 to determine the cost of bad hires and 41% of the responding companies indicated that a bad hire cost them an additional $25,000 at the time. ...

What Your Wallet Can Expect from Your Next Accounting Job

Are you in the market for your next financial or accounting opportunity? There are so many things to keep in mind when searching for your next job. You need to think about where you want to live and what kind of benefits and work/life balance a company offers. And, of course, you need to consider the salary. How do you know if a salary is competitive? Here are some tools you can use to conduct you...

How to Know When It’s Time to Hire

All executives and small business owners understand the panic that sets in when it comes to hiring. Whether the reason is amicable or unpleasant, the hiring process can be challenging. Time is of the essence when you're replacing a critical role and a replacement isn't the only reason you need to consider your hiring strategy. How do you know when it is the right time to bring a new employee on bo...

How to Land the IT Job of Your Dreams

Are you concerned about your job search? Do you need something to give it a kick start? It is easy to become frustrated while looking for a new job and not hearing back from interviews can make you want to give up. Before you throw in the towel, here are a few ideas to kick start your IT job search. Reevaluate and reinvigorate. While IT is hot, the job market is also highly competitive. With a...

How Recruiting Will Revolutionize Your Hiring Process

Is your business looking for talent to fill an existing role or take on a project? The cost of hiring goes beyond advertising and a salary and it can be very time consuming for busy managers and business owners. The wrong decision can lead to exponential problems in your company. Working with a professional recruiting firm can help take this tension off your shoulders and allow you to continue foc...

2014 Trends: These Hot Accounting Jobs Could Transform Your Career

Are you in the market for a new accounting job? Maybe you're finishing up your accounting degree and are wondering what the next step is for you in your career. What are the top accounting jobs in 2014? Here are three that you may want to consider if you're looking for a new position. Staff and Senior Accountants. Staff accountants are generally responsible for the accounting functions within ...

The HR Nightmare: Why Your Top Candidate Turned You Down

Hiring is a complex game. You have to find exactly the right candidates at exactly the right time. They have to have the precise skills you're looking for and fit the corporate culture and environment. Or do they? What if it is simpler than that? Hiring superstar candidates may be more about your hiring process than about candidate perfection. Have you ever experienced a situation where you ...

4 Tips for Finding the Right Recruiter for Your Job Search

Working with a recruiter could be the best thing you do for your career. They are in the business of networking with companies and finding qualified candidates. When you work with an agency you benefit from their years of expertise. They will have access to jobs and organizations that you may not be able to connect with on your own. But, no two recruiters are alike so how do you know if you’re working with the right one? Here are some tips.

AZ Firms Make ‘Inc.’ List

Arizona Republic - August 2013 - Arizona is home to 99 of the nation’s 5,000 fastest-growing companies on Inc. magazine’s 2013 list. The state's companies on the annual list vary from software, communication and IT providers to retailers, manufacturers and providers of health-care services. “Support for Arizona entrepreneurial businesses has really been growing in the past five yea...