Why Millennials Are Getting Into Accounting and how “Hire Cheap and Train” doesn’t always work

I found a number of interesting articles I wanted to share this week.

Here are 5 tips to tighten your collections system so that you collect more of what you are owed. http://www.inc.com/david-finkel/5-ways-to-collect-more-of-what-you-re-owed.html

Four stubborn myths have clouded some of the discussion of diversity and inclusion in accounting http://www.journalofaccountancy.com/news/2015/oct/aicpa-diversity-and-inclusion-update-201513178.html#sthash.HuOK81p6.dpuf

Not Your Father’s Job: Why More Millennials Are Getting Into Accounting http://elitedaily.com/money/accounting-millennials/1239540/

In the second part to her series “Worst Advice for Hiring Managers”, Tatiyana Cure goes into the reasons why “Hire Cheap Labor and Train” is not as lucrative as it sounds. https://tatiyanacure.wordpress.com/2015/10/24/worst-advice-for-hiring-managers-series-part-2-hire-cheap-labor-and-train/

**Current Hot Openings in the NYC Area**

Senior and Junior Staff Accountant in the food/ beverage industry located in the South Bronx

http://www.jobs.net/jobs/creative-financial-staffing/en-us/job/United-States/Senior-Accountant-Bronx/J3F4C1717W5NGJ5JC7B/

http://www.jobs.net/jobs/creative-financial-staffing/en-us/job/United-States/Junior-Staff-Accountant-Bronx/J3H0HV72NCHLJHHJWYP/

IMMEDIATE NEED:  Senior Accountant ideally with a background in accounts receivable and customer billing in Midtown http://www.jobs.net/jobs/creative-financial-staffing/en-us/job/United-States/Senior-Accountant/J3H48Q6YTBW3FHVPHRS/

Financial Planning and Analysis Manager, Director http://www.jobs.net/jobs/creative-financial-staffing/en-us/job/United-States/Financial-Planning-and-Analysis-Manager-FP-A-Dir/J3F41N735MDV50YCLD9/

If you are currently looking for an extra set of hands in your department or have a permanent need and are looking for strong candidates, feel free to take a look at a list of our strong and qualified candidates. For more details on these or any others we may have please feel free to email me at JRodriguez@CFStaffing.com

NYC Hot List – http://files.ctctcdn.com/d2f7422c101/5357d488-99e2-4400-a209-6886a737d5cb.pdf

Have a great start to the work week and until next time!

 

 

Empire, The Worst Advice to Give Hiring Managers and Open Roles in NYC

I have recently come across two very interesting articles on Forbes online that I wanted to share.

The first goes more in depth about the process of the monthly close. Can it actually be done in just one day? http://www.forbes.com/sites/teradata/2015/10/15/a-one-day-accounting-close-utopia-through-people-process-and-technology/

As a fan of the show “Empire” it’s interesting to read this more in depth article about accounting lessons learned from the show. http://www.forbes.com/sites/kellypope/2015/09/22/accounting-lessons-learned-from-empire/

My colleague, Tatiyana Cure, has recently written two really great advice articles.

If you have ever been in the position of making a hiring decision I suggest you start with the first installment in her new series: “Worst Advice for Hiring Managers” Series

Part 1: “Temp to Perm Works.” 

For the active job seeker this article is a necessary read.

Go Ahead Burn that Bridge 

*Current Job Opportunities in the NYC area

Auditor (Mid to Senior Level) in New York City, Long Island or Westchester

Credit and Collections Manager in NY

CFO for a Private Equity backed Business to Business firm in Edison, NJ

Cost Accountant in Brooklyn, NY

If you are interested in any of the roles please feel free to apply and if you know of anybody who would be a good fit our firm CFS – Creative Financial Staffing offers a bonus on anyone who is recommended that is placed.  For more details please reach out to me at JRodriguez@cfstaffing.com

 

In addition to following my blog feel free to follow my Twitter: @JohannaRodCFS

Have a great week!

 

CFS – This Week’s Current and Immediate Roles in New York

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Here are the latest roles that Creative Financial Staffing is currently working on in the New York City area.

Billing Specialist – Must have PowerPM experienceIMMEDIATE HIRE – 1 Month Project  http://www.jobs.net/jobs/creative-financial-staffing/en-us/job/United-States/Billing-Specialist-MUST-have-PowerPM/J3H04C6H0N7FJ3MBHF9/

Senior Accountant/Assistant Controller for Manufacturing firm in NYC area http://www.jobs.net/jobs/creative-financial-staffing/en-us/job/United-States/Senior-Accountant-Assistant-Controller-Manufact/J3F1HW61TGTCVVMGQYP/

Bookkeeper with heavy focus in AR and Peachtree experience in Midtown, NY – IMMEDIATE HIRE http://www.jobs.net/jobs/creative-financial-staffing/en-us/job/United-States/Bookkeeper/J3F72Z6JN3RG95G1B2B/

Tax Accountant – Law firm at Prestigious Law Firm in Midtown, NY http://tinyurl.com/orllv2b

Junior Staff Accountant – Architecture Firm in New York – IMMEDIATE HIRE  https://tatiyanacure.wordpress.com/2015/10/09/nyc-hot-job-junior-staff-accountant-architecture-firm-tcurecfstaffing-com/

Assistant Controller for Non Profit in Brooklyn http://www.jobs.net/jobs/creative-financial-staffing/en-us/job/United-States/Assistant-Controller-Non-Profit/J3J4YD614VDL96KH3FP/

Full Charge Bookkeeper for Restaurant Industry in Midtown, NY http://www.jobs.net/jobs/creative-financial-staffing/en-us/job/United-States/Full-Charge-Bookkeeper-Restaurant/J3F061698G3HPYGMRQT/

AP/AR Clerk with Yardi experience in Newark, NJ http://www.jobs.net/jobs/creative-financial-staffing/en-us/job/United-States/AP-AR-Clerk/J3L41C73J180P2TKDBB/

If you are interested in any of these roles or have someone you can refer please feel free to email me at JRodriguez@CFStaffing.com

Why Having a Work Best Friend (BFF) is Important to Your Career

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Your best friend gets you through anything, is constantly there for you, makes you smile, gives you hope, listens to your troubles. It’s an essential person to have in your life just to get through it.  Well to me the same is to be said about your work best friend.

In the last couple of months I learned what it is to value and appreciate my work best friend. She has been such an amazing source for me with regards to coming into a new role and what it means to really have someone who is there for you. Here are some of the reasons why a work BFF is not only wonderful but also crucial to your career.

  1. They know exactly what you are talking about – You get home and you try to explain to your loved ones what is going on at work and as much as they try to retain all of the information you are giving them it’s not the same. You have to describe the feelings you are having, the issues, the successes and what that means. Well my office BFF knows exactly what I am talking about and better yet we can speak in shorthand!  She not only knows who and what we are speaking about but can mirror the same emotions back to me because of course we both understand what is going on.
  2. Successes and Failures – It’s important when someone who sees you 9-10 hours a day (even more so than your own family) is invested in your achievements and frustrations. I can at any time celebrate her and she celebrates me when we have an amazing day or we feel like a boss getting everything accomplished.  On the other hand if there are road blocks, tough challenges or if we are all around having a really crappy day we talk it out, listen to one another and sometimes offer a solution that you wouldn’t think of on your own. I can’t tell you how many times she has gotten me out of my slump and I was ready to take on the world again and prove that I will not be defeated.
  3. Helping each other out –I came into my role a short amount of time after she did and there are corporate policies that I have no idea about but she gave me the 411 and I was set to go! I felt less like an idiot and more like an informed employee and that makes me only stand out and look good in front of my managers and clients.
  4. We are invested in each other’s personal life – I know all about her life, her two loves (husband and dog), her interest in fashion and she knows about my love of travel and how I am obsessed with my funny goddaughter. She has supported me in my new path to becoming a vegetarian by buying me meatless meatballs that she highly recommended and I keep her very happy in her favorite chocolates. These are things that are important because like I said you are with this person so many hours in the day and you want to look out for one another
  5. Work is fun! – I loving going to my job and I know most people don’t say that because they would rather be doing anything else than work (who doesn’t want to win the lottery and take it easy) but since I don’t see myself winning anytime soon I am very happy with the firm and work that I am currently doing. She makes it so much fun by doing funny celebratory dances at her seat or going out on little excursions to refresh and re-energize us during the day. You need someone to help you remember that breaks are important and that although work is serious it doesn’t mean it has to be miserable and it’s definitely not with her around.  What also makes working with her fun is that we now share a brain and have started to even dress in the same colors on the same day.  Talk about great minds thinking alike!

These are just some of the benefits that I have already found in my work BFF. Do you have any stories or other ways your office BFF rules?  I would be happy to hear about it!

Thank You Notes – The Recruiter’s Point of View

You always want to wrap up any interview with a proper thank you letter. Sending it through an email is the new norm as hand written notes are outdated. Please make sure you get the interviewer’s business card with their email information or if it happened to go through a recruiter ask for them to share it with you.

My suggestion is to send the email the day after the interview. A couple of hours afterwards would also be acceptable but only if you had an interview earlier in the day. I like to tell candidates to wait because it shows you have been more thoughtful about the email when you send it out. It also reminds them the next day that they did meet with you and that they should follow up with regards to your candidacy.

I have had candidates who have sent letters to hiring managers that just consisted of “If you have any questions let me know. Thank you.” Not addressing who it is and not signing their name and in worst cases sending it through an iPhone which says it on the signature. Come on, do you really think that shows you are interested in the role? My other suggestion would be to send it through an email that is more professional than “PrettyBabyKitten@email.com”

Here is a basic template that I would suggest to use. It will get the message across that you are interested in the opportunity.

“Dear Mr./Mrs._______,

Thank you for taking the time to meet with me. It was very exciting to have the opportunity to meet with your firm. I got a great sense of who you are as a company and feel strongly that my background would be a great fit for this role. I look forward to potentially working together in the future.

Best regards,

Your Name”

Feel free to add in the body of the email a couple of key points that you felt you found particularly fascinating or interesting about the role or refer to something positive that happened in the meeting. It will make your letter stand out more and feel personal. This would be particularly helpful if the interviewer is meeting with a couple of candidates at the same time.

8 Tips For a Successful Video Interview

Nowadays it is a common practice for firms to have video/Skype interviews. This is based upon if the candidate is out of the state/country or if the interviewer works remotely from another location or is busy traveling for work. There is no need to fear this new style of interviewing. Understanding the proper etiquette for having a successful video conference is not as daunting as one might think. Here are some of our suggestions based on our experiences:

  1. Have a Skype/Facetime Username – I understand that not everyone uses Skype or Facetime as people often tend to use it when speaking with family members or loved ones. Even if you never intend on using one, having a username on hand shows that you are prepared when someone who is scheduling the interview asks for your Skype ID. It takes the pressure off of the firm to continuously follow up with you on getting your ID when they have a lot of other candidates to set up for other roles. Make sure you create a professional username.
  2. Do a Practice Run – Skype with your best friend who happens to live next door. Why not? You need the practice and they can give you an honest assessment of how you come across. They can also let you know if the connection is faulty, if the lighting works or if the user picture you put up is appropriate. These things, although may seem small, can be quite distracting to the person interviewing you.
  3. Nervous behavior – Much like an in-person interview, the interviewer will pick up on anything that you do from moving around in your chair to casually flipping your hair back and forth. These are tells that you are nervous, and while you can be, also remember you are in your own environment and not at an office that you have never been to. This could be used to your advantage where you can exude confidence.
  4. Eye Contact – You might think this is obvious and it is; however, eye contact through a computer is completely different than in person. The web cam is playing a trick on you. You look at the screen (at the interviewers face) and you think you are looking directly at them when in fact your eyes are downcast. Please make sure to look at the camera on top of your computer screen so that the person on the other end will see you looking directly at them. I know it’s tough to do this the whole time when you want to also look at their face to pick up any clues as to how it’s going. My trick is, when I am answering a question I look at the camera but when they are speaking to me I look at the screen. I noticed that this helps the continuity of the conversation. Also as a side note, with regards to looking down, remember that this is a video interview not a phone interview where you can have notes in front of you. It will definitely show if you are looking down during the video interview. I know it should be obvious but I have had this happen to me many of times. One other thing to mention is to make sure your computer is at eye level. I had a candidate who had their laptop way down and I could see up their nostrils. Not the best way to impress.
  5. Find your quiet place – Literally find a quiet place. Make sure you pick a time when you know that your kids can be babysat, your dog can be locked in another room or your downstairs neighbor will not be having a raging party. If there is something that is going on that you can’t help such as construction noise or a lot of fire trucks passing by please address it in the beginning. It doesn’t have to be a big deal but it’s just a common courtesy so the interview feels more at ease to ask you to repeat something if they need you to.
  6. Speak up – Although you may have your volume up, the interviewer may not so please make sure to keep your voice strong and loud in case they are unable to hear you on their end. Sometimes, with certain speakers, you could sound very far away, which is in no way your fault, but it helps if you can speak clearly for their sake.
  7. Dress to impress – It seems like an obvious thing to mention but many feel too comfortable in their surroundings and don’t bother to change. I understand that maybe the place you work now is business casual (and that’s great) but an interview is still an interview so please dress to impress. Men – throw on that suit jacket (preferably a dark blue) even if you don’t have a tie (although you still should) and ladies – make sure your hair is pulled back to not have any distracting hair flying around and please no wet hair (trust me it has happened!)
  8. Energy – Very much like a phone interview it’s all about the energy you exude. In person it’s so much easier to smile and laugh at a joke subtly but it’s harder to transfer that same energy through a video interview because of let’s say a delay in connection. You want to come off interested and that shows more in how you present yourself. Even if it seems like a little much sometimes it really isn’t because you are selling yourself to them. No one wants to work with someone with a seemingly bored expression on their face even if they are not bored. It’s all about keeping that smile on your face or nodding if you agree to something and showing genuine interest. That will help in the success of the time you have with your interviewer.