7 Steps to Pivot Your IT Career

At some point in your IT career, you may envision moving in a different direction. After all, there is a broad selection of tech specialties, and, over time, you may find yourself intrigued about a different niche.   Luckily, it is possible to pivot your IT career. If you want to shift your course, here’s how to make that happen.   1. Identify Your Transferable Skills  Most professiona...

Questioning Your Career Path? Here’s Why Now Is the Best Time to Switch Careers

For many, COVID-19 had a massive impact on their careers. In some cases, it came in the form of a coronavirus layoff, leading to an unexpected period of unemployment that often spurred doubts about the stability of a person’s field. For others, it met a significant slowdown in their growth opportunities, causing their career to come to a screeching halt.   In either of those scenarios, it...

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...

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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...

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.

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.

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...

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...

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.

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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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