No More Excuses for These Zoom Fails

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by Jennifer Hannigan, CEO of Alliance Resource Group After more than three months working remotely, I’ve spent more time with Zoom than my own children. And I’ve got a few things to say. I’ve Zoomed with my team. I’ve Zoomed with clients. I’ve interviewed dozens of candidates, hosted a Zoom webinar, talked to my kids’… Read more »

Should You Take an Interview Even If You’re Not Actively Looking for a Job? 

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Interview questions

Well, it depends. Whether you’re seeking a new role or not, you should always take a recruiter’s call. Listen to them, keep an open mind and if you’re intrigued set up the interview. Even if you’re perfectly happy with your current job, it pays to be actively managing your career. In today’s turbulent job market, it… Read more »

“Yes, and….” A Lesson in Saying Yes and Managing Expectations from Improv 101 

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Deploying "Yes And" Strategies in Business

One pillar of improvisation is the acceptance principle of “yes, and…”. When someone in a scene states something, others accept it as truth and build on the reality. For instance, one person might say, “Thank you for cleaning the kitchen! It looks amazing.” Another person might respond, “Since you had to leave right away to help your… Read more »

Why Every Professional Should Take 1-2 Hours on the Weekend to Improve Their Career Skills 

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Working on the Weekends | Improving Your Career

As an accounting and finance professional, career development is one of your top priorities. Staying current in your field by increasing your knowledge, skillset, and qualifications keeps you relevant. Continually providing additional value to your employer ensures longevity. These are reasons why you should be spending a few hours each weekend developing skills to further… Read more »

How to Work with a Recruiter During COVID-19 and Beyond

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Recruiters thrive on making optimal matches between job seekers and employers. We’re always looking for the win-win — the candidate gets the best possible job for his or her needs and the company adds prized talent to their team. Working with a recruiter definitely puts you at an advantage. Before COVID-19, we were experiencing a… Read more »

Three Ways to Kickstart Your Morning to Make Sure You Start Your Day on the Right Foot 

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Kickstart Your Morning | Morning Habit Improvements

How you start your morning has a significant impact on how things unfold throughout the day. Beginning with the right attitude and expectations affects how well you accomplish what you set out to do. By properly preparing yourself for a hectic workday, you are better equipped to handle anything unexpected that comes your way. Here are three suggestions… Read more »

Is a New Job with a Shorter Commute the Answer to Your Workplace Frustrations?

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Studies show that a shorter commute is even more beneficial to you than a pay increase. Given the financial, emotional, and health costs involved with long commutes, you are better off finding a job you love that is closer to home. Here are three reasons why a new job with a shorter commute is the answer… Read more »

Maneuvering Your Job Search Through COVID-19

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Maneuvering Your Job Search Through COVID-19

Right now times are very uncertain, very stressful and even a bit frightening. The COVID-19 outbreak has not only caused a health crisis but an economic crisis, as well. In a matter of days, millions of people found themselves suddenly out of work. Millions more are weeks or even days away from losing their jobs,… Read more »

Four Podcasts Every Professional Should Subscribe To

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Podcasts for Accounting Professionals

As a finance professional, you do all you can to remain current on news, trends, and developments in your industry. One of the ways you can stay informed in your field is by listening to podcasts. These short but informative broadcasts provide topics to discuss with colleagues and position yourself as a thought leader. Here… Read more »

Is Your Resume a TRUE Representation of Who You Are or Just Buzzwords and Fluff?

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Improving Your Resume

Given the competitive atmosphere of the job market, you need your resume to show exactly why you’re most qualified for a role. For this reason, you need to avoid using filler words that take up space but don’t provide value for a hiring manager. Because a manager spends 10 seconds or less to decide whether… Read more »