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Feb 26, 2018

How to Find Out What's Working and Not Working on Your Resume

The tough part about putting together a resume is that it's largely a blind process. You have to fish around in the dark to assemble the right combination of facts and phrasing, without ever really knowing what's right about it and what's not.

Let's face it. You send stuff out, you hear nothing from the people who tossed it in the can. So you can't really find out why, right? Well, that's certainly true to some degree. Hiring managers aren't going out of their way to inform you of why they've decided not to consider you.

Nonetheless, it doesn't have to be entirely a blind process.

Follow these tips for figuring out what's working and not working on your resume, and make your profile highly marketable.

Look at it from the employer's standpoint

As you write your resume, look objectively at it while pretending to be the grumpiest, busiest, most jaded hiring manger in the world. Read your resume while grumbling, "Why the hell should I hire you?!!!" If you can't come up with good answers for that, consider farming the resume-writing work out to a professional. The money it costs is relatively meager, compared to the potential benefits. And you'll learn great resume writing tricks you can use for your whole career.

Change the name

When you've got your resume to the point where you feel it's the very best you can do, save a version with a completely different name and contact information. You should also change the company names, or any other information that might tip associates off that this is your resume. Yeah, sounds odd, but don't worry - it's a trick to help you get more objective feedback.

Get other opinions

Now take your renamed version and ask others what kind of impression they get from reading this "other person's" resume. And don't just ask your contact generic questions like, "Do you like it?" or "What do you think?" Instead ask more pointed, specific questions such as, "What kind of job do you picture this person doing?" or "What on this resume might prevent you from considering this person for the project manager job?"

Work with recruiters

Finally, try to work with recruiters early in the process if possible. Granted, these job search salespeople are not around to help everybody. They're typically interested only in extremely qualified candidates in very specific career fields - almost the ideal in any particular profession. But if you can manage to get in with a recruiter, they can offer extremely valuable feedback on your resume. They have, after all, seen mountains of resumes. They have a pretty good idea of what will fly and what will crash with hiring managers. Temper this with information from these other methods and your resume will be vastly stronger than it would be from the typical "shot in the dark" methods.


Jan 11, 2018

You Can Choose Many Different Careers in Accountancy

Often, our clients beseech us for our educational services so that they may pursue a lucrative career in accountancy. According to a recent research, accountanting managers can expect total compensation as high as $105,000! Hence, it's a highly sought after position and career track.

Probably, you must know that there are different careers available in Accountancy after you have completed your graduation. If you got good marks on your CPA examination then there are good chances of getting a position as a Professional Accountant.

Accounting in itself is just like an art which involves analysis and interpretation of financial data. Can you believe that it's an individual or businessman everyone needs accounting one way or another way? Businessmen use it mostly and even individuals use it in their daily life. For example, when you calculate or evaluate any of your expenses or monthly income or any other financial information, that's all considered in accounting. Accounting is plays a vital role in our life and that's why considered as indispensable business tool. Big companies, small businesses as well as individuals need accounting.

TYPES OF ACCOUNTING CAREERS

There are different types of accounting careers available for you to choose from. In starting, you can be an industrial or private accountant, where accounting is limited to one firm. You will be provided one employer under you and you have to give best service and skills to your employer. So that employer will remunerate you in turn.

Then secondly, you can land in serving as public accountant. If you have passed CPA then you can serve general people. Then, you will be known as Public accountant once there is connection or relationship between practitioner and client. Even those accountants who are not certified can practice it. After that, CPAs join partnerships and they have wide scope of connecting with the clients across the globe.

Another career in Accountancy is to be a Government Accountant. Here, you will be working for Government that can be on local or national basis. The accounting methods used conventionally are mostly used in the accounting of government. Double entry system and journals using ledgers will be used. Most of the government accountants focus on the rendering service. Government services are not particular as they are mostly for public to serve them.

Another career in Accountancy is Fiduciary accounting. Here, accounting relies on trust. Any person who is trustworthy, executor or administrator can do Fiduciary accounting. You will have to just keep important records and also prepare some reports in this type of accounting. These Fiduciary accountants can be authorized by courts to carry their task.

Last but not the least you can be a national income accountant. Here you use the social and economic concepts and not the concept of business entity. Your task here is to provide a public estimate of purchasing power of the nation.

Till now, you came through different career options in accountancy. So finally they are: Industrial or public accounting, public accounting, government accounting, fiduciary accounting and national income accounting. Now it depends upon you to wisely choose that career which fits you or you specialize in any. You can determine the path which you have to choose while you are studying and it will help you further.

For more informative articles like these, do check out our career blog.


Dec 22, 2017

How to Interview for a Job - Tips You Need to Know

Very often, as a business owner, I am in the position if interviewing prospective candidates for office positions in our organization. Actually, I will again be looking for replacement staff in the next month or so. I was recently asked by an acquaintance across the country from me what I look for when in the process of hiring staff. This person has a wonderfully worded resume, but is having a difficult time finding any kind of work. The job market is extremely tight, and in some states, like Michigan, there may be hundreds of applicants vying for one position. In order to interview successfully, there are certain steps one must take. These are just a few of the things I look for when hiring new staff.

Be On Time

There's nothing more irritating to me if a prospective employee is late for his or her interview. I'm a busy woman with lots of things to do, and my time is limited. Be on time, have a pen handy, and a copy of your resume for me to keep. If for some reason, you are delayed or no longer want the position, a courtesy call before the interview appointment is always appreciated.

Dress Appropriately

The biggest mistake is made when interviewees dress inappropriately. Remember, managing a career and an interview is all about personal branding or marketing yourself.

Make sure your clothes are clean, pressed, and that you are well groomed. You don't have to have a huge and expensive designer wardrobe. Don't go into your interview looking like a hooker; wear a conservative dress or suit, with low, sensible shoes, and keep the makeup to the bare minimum. For men, a suit is not necessary, but a clean oxford shirt with tie and slacks, not jeans, is the best choice.

Filling out the Application- Neatly!

Usually, I have applicants fill out a standard application, as well as submit a current resume. Make sure you use your best handwriting, and that your handwriting is legible. Use proper English, and be sure all of the words in your application are spelled correctly. If spelling common business terms is a problem for you, practice spelling in your spare time.

Be Sincere and Enthusiastic

The biggest pitfall for job applicants is to convey insincerity. I can usually tell if a person is doing the interview as a condition of unemployment, and really does not want a job. Others may be sincere in the interview, but once they land the job, there's no follow through with a level of enthusiasm. Please don't waste my time or yours if you really don't want a job.

The Trick Questions

After explaining the position, I will ask my prospective candidate couple of questions to get a feel for the applicant. When I ask a question like "what are your weaknesses or faults," I'm looking for positive responses. Actually, I am looking for VERY POSITIVE responses. You might wonder, how I can positively respond to something negative like a 'weakness' or 'fault'? A good so-called 'weakness' would be to tell the interviewer that you tend to overdo in your quest to do a good job. (Employers LOVE to hear this, by the way!)

You are so fervent in desire to do a good job that you'll come into work early or stay late. Another positive weakness would be to tell the person you have great attention to detail. You want to make sure the job is done correctly the first time. Another "fault" is to say something like "I really want to learn, so I might ask a lot of questions, and some people might think this is annoying."

All of these things show the employer that you're a positive person, and that's exactly what we are looking for.

The other question I ask is "what do you know about our business?" You'd be surprised how many people walk in for an interview and don't know what the core business is. You can always look up your prospective employer online just to get a little knowledge. You don't have to know everything about us, but make sure you know something. That way, if the interviewer doesn't ask that question, you can always ask a question concerning their business which makes it sound like you're truly interested.

Questions not to Ask

Please don't start off the interview or the phone inquiry with "How much do you pay?" For one thing, you do not have the position yet. When I get around to considering you for employment, salary is negotiable. The same goes for benefits. Employers want to feel as though you really care about them and their business, and the best applicants appear to want the position so badly, that money is not the top priority.

The Hooks

Last year, I had a man apply for a position actually volunteer to work for me for free for a week. While I didn't take him up on his offer, it showed me that he was serious about wanting to work for us. I eventually hired him, and he's proven to be an invaluable employee.

Follow up telephone calls (or email) also let me know that you're serious about employment. Don't think that you will be bothering the prospective employer. Sometimes employers get busy and cannot place the promising applicant right away. A follow up phone call lets me know that you're still interested, as well as jogs the memory about you.

A thank you note for the interview opportunity is also a nice touch. It lets me know you have manners and respect for me and my company.

While this list of "Things to Do" will not guarantee a job offer, I believe it will increase your odds of finding a position in much less time.


Dec 16, 2017

How a College Graduate Can Gain Employment in This Economy

Many recent college graduates may become increasingly perplexed about where to start their job search. With thousands unemployed, the job market can seem pretty bleak. However, there may be several jobs available to college graduates.

The key lies in knowing how to find them and how to get hired. If you are among these many graduates looking for employment, there are a few tips that can aid you in your job search.

First and foremost, don't raise the bar too high. Many college graduates will refuse to accept a position, let alone apply for one due to the salary. The truth is, salaries are almost always negotiable.

Accepting a lower paying position may not be ideal but you are gaining much more than a paycheck. Work experience and the opportunity for advancement are only a few of the reasons to consider one of these positions. The same can be said of internships. This also gives the graduate a jump start to building his or her future resume and the chance to network.

Speaking of networking, graduates searching for jobs should really put this tool to use. A letter of recommendation from a professor or experiences related to your education that occurred outside the classroom may be a good place to start.

As a matter of fact, this is a great way to at least, land an interview. Many graduates have gained employment by networking through peers, professors, and various facilities associated with the college, myself included. Do not underestimate the power of knowing someone and inquiring about the availability of a position.

Use all resources available. The majority of college and universities will also offer job placement services to those who have successfully completed their education. This may be a viable way to gain employment for several college graduates.

In addition, some of these schools will hire from a pool of new graduates, depending on the need of the institution and the graduates major. Many former students are employed at the colleges that I have attended. Submit your resume and stay in touch.

The most important thing that college graduates can do to aid in the job search process is to explore all avenues and to continue looking. Searching for a job is work and you must be willing to put in the hours. It can be tough, especially with all the competition but eventually you can and will find gainful employment.


Dec 9, 2017

5 Tips for the Newly Unemployed

These Tips Will Help You Get Organized and Protect Your Family as You Decide What to Do Next
Being laid off is a shock. One day you have a routine, a plan and a schedule. The next day you are unemployed, undirected and often stuck on how to move forward. You will have to get a job search started but you don't have to do that today. This article will give you five specific tasks to take care of immediately. These tasks will help you protect your family, start a plan of action and also give you a little room to plan for the next phase of your life.

1. Start the Unemployment Benefit process - Don't delay!

In the current economy many states are overburdened with new unemployment claims. For some states it may be 10-12 weeks before claims are approved. It you are not able to start your claim on line or get through on your state's provided telephone numbers, find your nearest office and go in person. Be sure to bring the social security numbers of your dependants, your employment start and stop dates and the details of any severance packages that you received.

2. Get health insurance

Having a plan for medical insurance for yourself and your family gives you the room to look for the right job, not just any job. COBRA plans are notoriously expensive, however, under the recent stimulus bill you may only have to pay 35% of your COBRA premium. Look for information about "ARRA" or American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in your COBRA documentation. You have 60 days to decide to activate COBRA, (and you will be covered retroactively) so this buys you a window while you research other options. Check out independent plans purchased directly from a health insurer, if you are generally healthy the fees may be manageable. Also check out group health offerings through small business services.

3. Understand your expenses

Financial planning experts tell us that a solid understanding of your actual expenses is the first step to a sound financial plan. If you are like most people, however, you really don't have a true understanding of where you spend your money. Now is the time to take a total inventory of what your expenses are. Be sure to include sometimes hidden expenses such as money spent on gifts, donations, children's needs and daily pocket spending such as coffee or snacks. A realistic understanding of what your expenses are will give you clarity on what you really need to earn and will give you insight into where you can shave expenses if necessary.

4. Make a project list

Right now you have more time than you have money. Make a list of all this projects that you've been meaning to get to but didn't have the time for. Are there home improvement projects that have gone unfinished? Do you have pictures piling up that you plan on scrapbooking? Have you been meaning to walk more to lose those extra pounds? Write it down. When you have your list completed, prioritize you top 5 projects. When your day is unstructured or the job hunt is getting you down, turn to this list and get busy!

5. Take a vacation Seriously

You have been given the gift of time, don't waste it. Yes you have to job hunt but you can't and shouldn't job hunt 24x7. Don't be so anxious about your job loss that you waste the chance to use this time to have some fun. Do you have frequent flyer miles that you could use for a "free" getaway? Do you have a road trip destination and a tent? Do you have a kid's pool, a lawn chair and a book? Get creative and it doesn't have to be expensive. If you are using your time off well, your job hunt will be more productive.


Dec 6, 2017

Job Search Tips for the Recent College Graduate

When the job market is shaky, it may be hard to imagine that your hard-earned college degree will be of much use. It is scary going out into the job world right now, but it is not impossible to find work. Here are some tips to help you find your job.
Make Sure Your Resume is in Order

Take a few hours to go over your resume and experience. Remember that first impressions last a long time.

Pick Up A Local Paper

It sounds old fashioned, but it can help. Local employers might not be the job you dreamed of while you were hitting those books in college. The experience that you can get at a local company can prove to be invaluable later in life.

Consider Working from Home

Be your own boss as you work from home. There are many sites that offer you this flexibility. www.flexjobs.com has been featured on CNN and is registered with the Better Business Bureau. This allows you to upload your resume. It also allows you to look for jobs specific to your needs. If you enjoy writing, iWriter or do freelance work at Upwork. could be the place for you.

And while you're on the Internet, why not look for a job online. It works!

The Government

The government is always a good place to look for a job. It is the largest employer in the country.

Dress to Impress

Styles have gotten more casual in the last few years. Don't let the casual style that you dress in everyday follow you to your interview. Dress as if you already have the job.

Remember that confidence is key. Now go get your job


Dec 2, 2017

The Online Job Search: Does it Work?

The Internet is one of the most frequently used job hunting tools. Prospective job seekers can respond to ads and post their resumes on job sites. But though every company posting a job opening on the "Big 3" job sites - Monster.com, CareerBuilder.com, and HotJobs.com - is looking for qualified candidates, responding to these ads is essentially sending a cold resume that is guaranteed to be among one of thousands.

So is an on-line job search effective? It can be, if done right. This means getting pro-active and stepping outside of passive searching. Here's how.

Use the Internet to identify, evaluate, and contact potential employers. Instead of hitting "Apply Now" from the job search site, take the time to research the company first. Then customize your resume and cover letter based on your research. Be sure to show insight into their products, services, market, and competitors. In other words, show them you have taken the time to learn about who they are, and why you are a good fit at their organization.

If possible, use a direct contact email instead of applying through a Web site. Occasionally, job seekers can find an HR or individual email address to send a resume on the company's Web site or through the job search site. An email enables the job seeker to more directly enter the company's system. In these instances, it is especially important to ensure all information is accurate and specific to the company and job you are applying. Additionally, use a professional sounding email address and not something frivolous like watergirl2005@yahoo.com. Your email address is your first impression in an Internet search.

Look outside of the big sites. Although they contain vast numbers of potential jobs, individuals in specialized fields (such as non-profits) may have difficulty finding a match. Posting jobs on these sites is more expensive for employers and they tend to use smaller niche sites that may have a more of the applicants they want. Examples of these sites include www.npo.net in Chicago and www.CTnonprofits.org in Connecticut. To find smaller, industry- or location-specific job sites, try typing the type of job you are looking for into Google (i.e. nonprofit jobs CT). Additionally, companies may post on sites like www.craigslist.org or aggregate job sites like www.indeed.com.

Use the job sites as research tools. Create lists of companies that look interesting to work for and make notes about areas you would fit. Then look on company Web sites to see if a job appropriate to your skills and interests is available. This technique can be effective for individuals who work on a contact basis as bringing an organization's attention to your skills and how you can help them may peak their interest.

Follow up after your resume submission. Call the employer directly to see if you can answer any questions, or give them an opportunity to tell you more about their search process and needs. However, if the ad says "No phone calls," respect their request. Filling a position is a time consuming process and you will likely exclude yourself from consideration if you are perceived negatively by the employer. Sending a follow-up email or letter is better in this instance.

Most importantly, remember that people hire people. The Internet is only one tool in the job search process and, ultimately, how you reach and connect with people is what lands you the job.


Nov 26, 2017

Job Search Tips: Qualities of a Marketing Job Candidate

There are lots of qualities a marketing position requires, which is a lot different than a career in accounting. However, from the perspective of a human resources job recruiter, these qualities are the qualities they look for most often.

Business Orientation

Marketing is about selling. Selling is how a business stays in business. If you are going to be marketing, whether it's a product or a company image, you need to be oriented toward being cost effective and tapping into how customers buy your product. Marketers need to understand what motivates customers to buy and how the sales process happens. Without this, customers aren't going to buy, no matter how good the product.

People Skills

Marketers sell to people. They package the products; they get the products in front of potential buyers; they encourage people to buy the product. All this means that the marketer needs to understand how people buy products and why they buy those products.

Marketers also need to be able to communicate with potential customers. Customers need to feel like they are getting value for their money. If they are buying the product directly from a salesperson, they also want to feel like the person they are working with is warm and empathetic. In other words, the customer needs to feel some connection with the salesperson. Sales people who have good communication skills make far more sales than those who don't have these skills.

The Customer First

Good marketers are concerned about understanding the customer - how they think, what they want and why they buy. Marketing is all about the customer. It is not about showing off how good the marketer is at their job. Good marketers check their ego at the door and put the customer first.

Lifelong Learners

Marketers are always learning. They learn about their customers. They learn about their products. Marketers are always curious about how they can present their products in new and innovative ways to their potential customers.

A Proven Record

Good marketers understand the importance of their track record. Experience should always be a learning opportunity. The more experience a marketer has, the better they should understand the buying process and what motivates customers to buy.

Keeping the qualities of a good marketer in mind when you apply for jobs in the marketing field will help you know how to structure your job application to show off the qualities human resources managers are looking for.

If you're a student and looking for a career in Marketing, let us help you! Also, make sure to check out our informative blog.



Nov 20, 2017

Easy and Inexpensive Ways to Look Better for a Job Interview


No matter what position you're applying for, your physical appearance matters a great deal in a job interview. This is, after all the very first impression managers get of you. And that ultimately becomes sort of the thesis you put forth regarding your personality and accomplishments -- everything that follows is just supporting material for that initial assertion.
So make it good, unless you want to spend the next hour sweating away trying to convince the guy on the other side of the desk that you are, in fact not as you appear. Follow these easy job interview appearance tips to boost your looks so they're worthy of the top-notch pro you really are.

Don't Cheap Out on Your Hair

You may go to BoRics or Supercuts most of the time for your haircut, but this isn't the time for such scrimping. It doesn't matter how great your outfit, if your hair isn't doing anything for your face, your style will fall flat in a job interview. And your personality will probably end up similarly lifeless without the confidence boost. So be smart -- spend the money on a more experienced pro to do your hair. If you're used to $12.00 haircuts, the cost of the good stuff may shock you. But trust me, it's an investment in your professionalism that will pay back handsomely.

Replace the Ragged Stuff


Got any of those nasty dress shirts with yellow stains under the armpits? Yuck. Toss 'em right in the trash. Granted, you're probably not going to take your jacket off in a job interview. But you still know those nasty spots are there. And it stunts your opinion of yourself and sabotages your confidence. You're worth the good stuff. And that goes for socks, undies, and whatever else you're putting on. This is the big game. Spend a few bucks to do it right.

Contemporary Suit


Suits don't go out of style all that quickly, especially for men. But nonetheless, you shouldn't expect to hang on years and years with the same one. Yeah, suits can be pricey. But you don't have to buy the best for a job interview. Just get one that's all wool, decent construction, and in appropriately conservative colors like navy, black, or gray. Watch the sales. If you shop carefully and buy ahead of time when you can be patient, you can usually see $500 suits for around half that. (June is typically a great month for suit sales.) Again, it's an investment that will quickly pay back.

Update With a Tie


If you absolutely can't afford a new suit, a great way to update on a budget is by pairing your old suit with a more contemporary new tie. To that add a fresh new dress shirt, send your old suit to the cleaners and you'll be surprised at how much more polished that six-year-old suit can look.

See Your Tailor


Maybe your body has changed (for better or worse) since the last time you pulled out your job interview suit. Or maybe you recently bought a set of suit separates that fit sort of okay off the rack. Whatever the case, bring your clothes to a tailor to have them fitted into precise shape to flatter your body. It's not really all that expensive, and the extra snap it adds to your look can make the difference. And while you're at the tailors, have them fix any rips, loose buttons, or pulled stitches. Such details can really make or break a first impression.

Cleaned and Pressed


You'll be amazed at what just sending things to the cleaners can do for your appearance and confidence in a job interview. Clothes that are cleaned and pressed are sharper, crisper, and way more professional. Get your dress shirts professionally cleaned too, rather than trying to do them yourself. It only costs a couple bucks and it looks a lot better. It also saves you time and stress fussing with ironing.

Polished Shoes


Don't miss this key detail. Whip your shoes into shape so they pop. It doesn't take but a second and it costs practically nothing. And it can make an important difference as you meet and greet the interviewer; he's unconsciously taking in all the details about you, and this can be a big one for some managers.

Do Your Best, Smile, and Forget About How You Look


Follow these tips, do your best, and then don't give it another thought. You want to look your best. But whatever your appearance is like, smile and remember that a great personality can take much of the attention off your looks in any job interview.

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Nov 1, 2017

Resume Tips: Doing it Yourself Vs. Hiring a Professional

You have two choices when creating a resume: write the resume yourself, or have it professionally made. Some of the professionals use the same programs that you would use. The only difference when paying for the resume to be created is the time factor, you won't have to spend time creating your resume. If you decide that you want to create the resume yourself, I would suggest using Microsoft Word to create the resume. Save the file as a .doc file so that it can be seen by all the companies that you send it to.

You can attach your resume to your email or copy and paste the resume into your email. If you want to attach the file you will click on attachments and find the file, then click upload file. Otherwise you can copy it by holding control and hitting the c key. You can paste the information by holding control and hitting the v key.

You will need to put your information at the top (full name, address, telephone number and email address). Place this information in the center and change the front size and type. Then you can seperate that section off with by hitting the key that is 2 keys to the left of the backspace key. It will look something like this (_________). Below that information you can type a brief description of your responsibilities or work experience.

You will need to put your job history and your salary, how long you worked at each job (month and year) and all contact information. You will also list with bullets under each job what your responsibilities were.

Also remember to make a list of at least 3 references with phone numbers. If you don't want to put your references down you can type "references avail upon request" and then will ask you for them if they need them. Always remember to do a spell check and make sure everything you type makes sense. You can also put how many WPM you can type with the percent of accuracy next to it. (80 wpm 98% accuracy)

You can change any font to any size and change the style of the font to make it look more professional. When your resume is finished you will want to make sure to move that file to your desktop so that it can be found easily. Make sure you save the file as MyResume.doc. This will make it easier to find the file that you are looking for.