Q2 2021 Perspective: On-the-Ground Optimism for a Rebounding Economy

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According to the Department of Labor, 916,000 jobs were added in the month of March in the United States, nearly double that added in February. It’s not hard to find forecasts projecting a robust economic recovery for the remainder of the year and into 2022 and 2023. Following a 3.5% decline in real GDP in… Read more »

Resume Writing for Finance and Accounting Roles

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Stand Out from the Competition with Precision, Consistency and Simplicity   Finance and Accounting resumes should be more than a long list of numbers and analytics. A strong financial resume should not only showcase technical experience and knowledge, but demonstrate — through concrete examples — intangible capabilities such as communication skills and relationship building, flair for… Read more »

Strategies for Retaining Top Talent in 2021 and Beyond (part 1)

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By Jennifer Hannigan, CEO, Alliance Resource Group From accelerated growth and job creation to readily available vaccines, 2021 kicked off on a high note. And, as virus numbers continue to drop, most economic and financial experts agree that the economy will rebound. So how do we remain resilient in the post-pandemic era? The answer is easy… Read more »

The Case for Upskilling in Today’s Economic Climate

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We’re hearing from clients across industries: Team members are tired and uninspired. Without a doubt, 2020 has been a drain on everyone, and news of yet another pause or “step back” on reopening isn’t helping. A potential anecdote: Upskilling or reskilling. Energize your team with new tools and training that will improve their skillset and… Read more »

Pro-Tip: Leverage Temps for Year-End Support

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As we edge towards the end of this unprecedented year, finance and accounting teams will be tasked with unique-to-2020 activities on top of all the normal end-of-year projects. Do you have the right talent in place to flawlessly execute on everything that needs to occur between now and the start of 2021? If not, temporary… Read more »

Seven Reasons to Use Temps During COVID-19 and Beyond

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The media and economists all have their predictions, but no one really knows how long this economic downturn will last or what prolonged effects companies will endure. Something we do know: Accounting and finance jobs are critical during times of economic uncertainty. Sales may yield revenue, but accounting and finance specialists track immediate results and… Read more »

Eight Ways to Get Your LinkedIn Profile Noticed

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Whether you have decades of experience or you’re in the first phase of your career, LinkedIn is a powerful tool that can help tell your professional story to recruiters and potential employers. It allows you to convey much more than a resume and is often the go-to resource for anyone preparing to interview a candidate…. Read more »

Hiring for Aptitude and Attitude vs Skills  

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Let’s be clear, hiring is always hard. But it’s even more challenging in today’s world where we have increased competition and a labor market not bound by geography; a global skills shortage; and unprecedented economic volatility spurred by COVID-19. Combine that with the cost of a bad hire —which according to the Department of Labor… Read more »

Smarter Hiring: Working with a Recruiter During COVID-19

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With our country’s historic unemployment numbers due to COVID-19, business leaders might understandably assume it’s easy to find talent for open finance and accounting positions. In fact, the opposite is true. While the hiring pool is exponentially larger than a year ago, that doesn’t necessarily translate to “top talent” actively looking for new roles. The… Read more »

A Candidate’s Guide to Negotiating a Job Offer

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2020 has reshaped just about everything when it comes to work. Each of us has been pushed to adapt, pivot and grow. Many jobseekers have wisely leveraged the time to learn new skills that will make them more attractive to potential employers. Regardless, every candidate should expect some new norms when it comes to negotiating… Read more »