Topic: careers

Beyond Money Alone: How College Accounting Students Choose Their First Job

EY and UT Austin top professors poll. In considering job offers from competing accounting firms, the most highly sought-after students weigh three criteria equally, and it doesn’t much matter whether the offer is for big money or whether it’s from a Big Four firm anymore, according to a leading survey of several hundred college accounting professors. Students today consider compensation and benefits, “work/life balance and a family-friendly environment” and a desirable geographic location each about equally, according to the 33rd Annual professors Survey for 2014 by Public Accounting Report. The difference is barely discernible, PAR reports. On a scale of 0 through 10, with 10 being the most important, professors marginally differentiated between the three in order of importance. They rated compensation and […]

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Accounting Salaries to Rise 3.5%

Top trends: Flexible staffing, retention challenges…

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NEW DATA: Strong, Steady Hiring at Tax, Accounting Firms

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Accounting Sector Tops 5% Annual Growth Rate

Firms now recovered about 9 in 10 jobs lost in financial collapse. By CPA Trendlines The U.S. tax, accounting and bookkeeping industries have recovered nearly 89 percent of the jobs lost in the economic crisis, according to CPA Trendlines sources. CPA Trendlines Careers and Hiring Outlook Job Satisfaction and Retention Benchmarks   Here CPA Trendlines reports on: Current hiring trends in each of the bookkeeping, tax, payroll and CPA segments of the industry. Average hourly wages for key segments. Typical hours worked per week. And trends concerning women in the accounting workforce. The U.S. economy as a whole added 209,000 jobs in July. In addition to the growth of 47,000 jobs in professional and business services, increases were seen in […]

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Why Is It Always about Partner Compensation?

Good service needs to be rewarded as much as business development. By August Aquila It seems like no matter what the topic is at partner meetings, it always reverts to compensation. There isn’t a partner out there who is not interested in his or her compensation, and maybe even more interested in what the other partners make.

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How to Use Compensation to Keep Partners Engaged

The 9 essential elements for a successful partner comp plan. By Robert J. Lees and August J. Aquila Creating the Effective Partnership Every compensation plan should be constructed to help the firm achieve its strategic goals, including servicing its clients and attracting and retaining the right people.

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New Surge in Wages, Hours, Hiring

The U.S. tax, accounting and bookkeeping industries are turning out to be one of the brightest spots in the nation’s economy, adding jobs faster than all but a handful of sectors, according to CPA Trendlines sources. Here CPA Trendlines reports on: Current hiring trends in each of the bookkeeping, tax, payroll and CPA segments of the industry. Average hourly wages for key segments. Typical hours worked per week. And trends concerning women in the accounting workforce.

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SURVEY RESULTS: The Billion-Dollar Business Hidden in Accounting

One-third of U.S. accountants work at home, on their own, moonlighting. Here are their biggest issues and best tips…  Get more when you join the survey, get the results. By Rick Telberg CPA Trendlines If you’re reading this at home, or on your own time, you’re not alone. Today more than one-third of accountants are already moonlighting in “side” practices or home offices – especially during busy season, according to a CPA Trendlines survey of almost 800 accountants.

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CPAs Salute the People Who Shaped Their Lives

Today’s best career advice: join the survey; get the answers. What’s your mentoring story? by Rick Telberg At 20 years old, the world was a blank canvas with vast opportunities for Sal Inserra. He thought he knew exactly what he wanted in life. “Until,” he once told me, “I was set straight.” Like many CPAs, Sal owes much of his career and success to a few key mentors who guided him early on. Today — as the kids head back to school and college, and as the rest of us wind up our summers and look ahead to the fall — it may be a good time to salute the mentors who help steward a great profession to the next […]

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Top Ten Best Places to Find an Accounting Job

Finance sector jobless rate falls to 4.7% from recession high 7.7% With the job market strengthening, career opportunities for finance, tax and accounting professionals are widening to places like Seattle and Phoenix, beyond traditional financial industry centers like New York according to a new study. The full list of the Top 10 cities to find a finance job: Dallas, TX Houston, TX San Francisco, CA Irvine, CA NYC & Long Island Atlanta, GA Seattle, WA Richmond, VA Chicago, IL Phoenix Source: Accounting Principals Says Jodi Chavez, senior vice president, Accounting Principals: “As the economy improves and most sectors are seeing improvement, finance professionals’ options are also growing.”  

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Competitive Economy Weighs on Work-Life Balance

Nine accountants share some of their best time-management tips. How hard are YOU working?

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CPA Career Advice Changes with Age

“Get along with people” is the wisdom of age. But apparently it takes a lifetime to learn that. Retired CPAs are virtually unanimous: The ability to relate to people, get along and communicate are the most important ingredients to a successful career in accounting, according to most CPAs, especially retirees. But not as many new and aspiring CPAs understand. Bay Street Group’s CPA Trendlines research shows that most CPAs agree on six keys to success: Relating to people Integrity and good character Constant, life-long learning Up-to-date technical knowledge Knowing how to balance life and work, and Making the right connections. In this question, we asked 890 CPAs: “What are the most important ingredients in a successful career as a CPA?” […]

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27 Tough Questions for Evaluating the Performance of a Managing Partner

Including: Managing Partner Evaluation Forms, Parts 1 and 2. By Marc Rosenberg CPA Firm Management & Governance This is really an upward evaluation.  Like all upward evaluations, people evaluating the managing partner should be limited to those in a position to offer informed input.  This means that at firms of fewer than 10 to 15 partners all the partners will probably want to participate.  But once a firm gets beyond 10 to 15 partners, an increasing number of partners may not be in a position to respond to the evaluation factors listed in the form. More CPA Firm Management & Governance:  18 Things Partners Owe their Firms – And Each Other   |  17 Ways to Measure a Partner  |  How […]

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