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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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 ...

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...

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...

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...

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 ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 ...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 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 ...

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: ...

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...

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...

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 ...

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