Career Advice and Training

Companies benefit from staying focused on basics

Every company looks for ways to save money, but many benefits can also be achieved by simply avoiding over-committing current employees. Every new project that seems like a good idea at the time may turn out to restrict the brainpower that is available to take advantage of new opportunities or may even become a drain on...
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Leadership seen as reason for talent retention woes

Companies may finally be starting to realize the full burden of the recession, as years of operating with fewer resources has begun to overburden some business professionals. That is according to a study by emotional intelligence service Six Seconds, which determined that leaders are increasingly seen as being more to...
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Yahoo tries for market repositioning amid layoffs, declining profits

At the dawn of the internet era, Yahoo became one of the first stalwarts of this new process for accessing information and communicating in real time. A generation later, the company has lost its market positioning, ended its most recent CEO’s brief tenure through a phone call and instituted layoffs affecting more...
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Lifelong skeptics: Auditors must question all information they are provided

By the very nature of the job, auditors are expected to be skeptical of the information they are presented, although according to a recent study, some may have lost their way. The report, titled "Professional Skepticism: Establishing a common understanding and reaffirming its central role in delivering audit quality," was...
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Communication from corner office to employees could be improved

Few top-level business executives have time to get to know every one of their employees, but some organizational benefits could be derived from CEOs and CFOs who interact with other members of their business outside of the executive team. A CareerBuilder survey released this week found that a considerable number of...
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Not always as advertised: Some investments come with unexpected costs

Any time a business invests in something - a product, a service or even an employee - there will always be an expected cost attached. Business decision makers who stay within the parameters of their budgets understand that doing so requires careful planning and, in many instances, a consideration of unexpected related...
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Businesses falter when cash flow is restricted

Lifeblood, oxygen - experts use a variety of terms to stress the importance of cash flow to the future success of a business. If an organization does not ensure that it is receiving payment in an efficient manner, its development could be significantly curtailed or even stalled entirely. For this reason, experts advise...
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CFO should be in place before additional hires can be made

Different companies view their CIOs differently, whether this executive is responsible for information, innovation, improvement or intelligence processes within a company. When CFOs are tabulating their long-term outcomes, they must consider the role that other senior executives, especially CIOs, will play in a business's...
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When a Recruiter Calls (Or Not)

We've talked about how candidates should work with recruiters. Here are some pointers about catching their eye and navigating around pitfalls in the relationship. Recruiters tend to approach people who are visible in their industry. Avenues to visibility include having your name listed in professional directories,...
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The 5 Constants in Writing an Accounting Resume

The 5 Constants in Writing an Accounting Resume

 By Ron Proul, CEO

As recruiting professionals, we are often asked to review resumes and provide feedback. Our feedback is from a frame of reference developed over years in the recruiting profession answering questions from employers as to whether a candidate’s resume accurately reflects what the candidate has to offer.

To keep questions focused on you as a candidate rather than about your resume, follow the five Cs.


Resumes may pass through a number of handlers prior to getting to the ultimate hiring authority. Your primary audience is what you are gearing for — ensure that it gets there with the right format and content. Your resume is an advertisement for your individual career brand developed by skills, accomplishments, associations and career progression. Make it straight forward and easy to digest.


This is without a doubt the best format. When resumes come through that are developed in other formats, it often speaks of a resume prepared by a service or one that is hiding some weakness. Whether you write it or not, most reviewers see a resume as the first sample of your work product. A chronological resume says, “I prepared this.” It also allows an interviewer to associate when and where you used the skills in your resume. Your interviewers will see skills that are fresh and apply to this job or see skills developed to a higher level of expertise later in your career based on the foundation earlier.

When starting with a certain format, stick with it. I prefer a combination of paragraph job descriptions with bullets for accomplishments, but that is personal taste. Paragraph form and bullet form are fine by themselves but whichever it is stick with a format. Make sure and review for grammatical, spelling or other simple errors.

In accounting nothings speaks to your attention to detail, consistency and self review than a simple formatting problem. This holds true with dates of employment, sub dates, titling, education and anything that repeats in your resume.


Titles, promotions, additional responsibilities and broader span of control speak of accomplishments in themselves, but don’t forget the day-to-day triumphs.

Review some of your accomplishments and provide them in your resume in addition to your duties. If you are like most professionals, you often think of your successes as all in a days work. So if you are having trouble coming up with some, pull out your old reviews and see if any come to mind. Reviews can be a great place to find strengths you may not even realize you have. Incorporate those items into your resume through your accomplishments or a description of your duties.


Although these terms can seem contradictory, they really work together. Use key words. You want to get details and yet not bore the reader with too many. The first handler of your resume (could be a computer or a person) may not have any technical experience in your area and is merely looking for key words.

Action words, the correct tenses and easily comprehensible terms accomplish this. Stay away from acronyms only used in your own company and only use industry-specific acronyms if you want to stay in that industry. Otherwise, use the generally accepted business terminology in your description.


Your employer already spends time and money on marketing — capitalize on it. In no other business relationship can you more freely use the branding and name of a company without consent.

Ask yourself: what about my employers would reflect favorably on my resume through association? Are my employers thought leaders, leading companies in a particular product, technology or service? The company doesn’t have to be the largest, but a strong reputation, strong internal team members, and visibility in their business sector can create a co-branding effect. Highlight your employer’s strengths, size, industry or reputation just like you would your own in a quick sentence below the name.

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