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Set The Foundation For Your Finance Career By Volunteering
By: CareerCast.com
“I think there’s a distinction between volunteering to help you in your own personal development and in your career development," says Jamie Peretz, the founder of 2MyCareer, a college to career advisory service assisting college students and recent graduates with first careers. "Volunteering is always important for someone’s personal development and it can be important for professional development.” This from J Prior to founding her company, Jamie was a managing director at Korn Ferry International, the global leader in executive search and talent management. When it comes to building a career foundation, this important piece of the puzzle can be ... more
Fact And Fiction For Small Business Finances
By: CareerCast.com
here is a passion about Canadian small-business owners that comes through when they talk about the state of their own financial know-how. Nearly half of them — some 47% — told Intuit in a recent poll that they believe further training in finances would help to boost their businesses' bottom lines. And that kind of openness to new knowledge among SMB pros is growing. The percentage of owners who answered "yes" to the idea of new lessons and knowing their financial facts is up 15% from Intuit's last such study, back in 2012. "It can be stressful for owners, if ... more
Five Steps To Attracting Finance Clients
By: CareerCast.com
The top rainmakers tend to be talking to prospects before they are ready to buy. The reason for this is because the earlier you can get to a client, the more likely you will be the one they turn to later when they need help with a problem. To be able to do this successfully, however, you need to understand the five stages of thinking and interest as they go through their buyer’s journey. Stage 1: Everything is fine At the beginning, your future buyer has no need of your services. This may be because they are lucky enough to ... more
Consulting Practices Will Benefit From New Technology In 2014
By: CareerCast.com
While everyone is talking about the hot technology trends for 2014—hybrid cloud computing, real-time and predictive analytics—innovative IT consultants need to look beyond those, which have become so ho-hum. When looking ahead, this blogger sees opportunities for consultants in 3D printing, drones for business, and wearable computers like Google Glass. Some big consulting firms already are latching onto those but there remains plenty of opportunity for nimble IT consultants. To Accenture 3D printing represents a real-world example of how technology can help companies build relationships at scale, by letting them treat their customers as individuals through more direct, customized interactions ... more
Labor Lawsuits Rise
By: CareerCast.com
New Fair Labor Standards Act suit filings have soared to their highest level in more than two decades, and new Family and Medical Leave Act cases have been increasing steeply year over year, statistics released Tuesday show, and lawyers attribute these trends to factors including greater awareness of workers' rights and employers' ongoing struggles with compliance. Data released Tuesday by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts said 8,160 Fair Labor Standards Acts cases were launched in the 12 months ending Sept. 30, an 8.8 percent... READ MORE AT LAW360more
Interview Preparation And Practice For Big 4 Firms
By: CareerCast.com
One of the best things you can do to prepare for an interview is to research the interview questions Big 4 firms most commonly use, and practice them ahead of time. Getting together a list and practicing the Interview questions is essential because it makes you more calm, look professional, and come off as a better candidate. Write down your answers and practice answering them. Make sure you actually say your answers out loud as well. Many times we think something sounds good, only to speak it out loud and completely lose confidence. Have a friend to help you practice ... more
Case On Employee Confidentiality Agreement
By: CareerCast.com
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday brought its first enforcement action against a company for attempting to stifle the whistleblowing process through improperly restrictive language in a confidentiality agreement. Houston-based global technology and engineering firm KBR Inc. agreed to pay $130,000 to settle the SEC’s charges that some of its confidentiality agreements included language warning employees that they could face discipline or be fired if they discussed internal investigations with outside parties without first getting approval from KBR’s legal department. READ MORE AT LAW360.COMmore
Stand Out in A Finance Firm
By: CareerCast.com
Haing a good profile is essential for your career. Very often it leads to getting onto the plum assignments and being first in line for any promotions. If you lack profile, it normally means 2 things; either you are not visible to senior management for the right reason, or you are perceived to not have a strong internal (or external) network. So how do you go about improving your ‘profile’? 1. Put your head above the parapet Very simply, if you get into work, and keep your head down and chomp through your work, your profile will suffer. A visible ... more
The Basics Of Financial Literacy
By: CareerCast.com
When does a small business owner first get the hint that they've got to boost their own financial literacy? "Most often, when they have to file their taxes for the first time they realize, 'I don't know a lot about finances,'" says Rob King, director of Small Business at Intuit, adding that owners often discover, "'I've got an awesome dream but I don't quite know how to do this.'" About one-third of SMB owners (35%) have this experience, according to Intuit's recent SMB financial literary quiz — these owners encounter just this kind of eureka moment. "And that's where we ... more
Challenges of Specializing in Finance Niches
By: CareerCast.com
1. Worried about turning business or work down As a junior professional in a firm it makes sense to be a generalist. After all, you want to get booked on as many jobs as possible. However as your charge out rate rises, you need to be able to justify your higher price. This is why it becomes easier to be assigned to work or pick up work as a specialist or ‘Go-To Expert’. As a specialist in a specific area, your marketing will be optimised to attract the right sort of clients – the ones that you really want to ... more