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Gen Z's Shift Towards Finance: Prioritizing Good Pay and Job Stability
Gen Z's Shift Towards Finance: Prioritizing Good Pay and Job Stability

By Donna Roughan on May 15, 2024

From TikTok to non-profit organizations, Gen Zers opt for a wide range of career paths, marked by flexibility and creativity. However, it seems tha...

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Thrown to the Sharks: The Perils of Unpreparedness in the Accounting Deep End
Thrown to the Sharks: The Perils of Unpreparedness in the Accounting Deep End

By Donna Roughan on Mar 06, 2024

An accounting graduate, transparent about their lack of experience, faces overwhelming tasks and no support in a residential remodeling company. This illustrates the repercussions of inadequate hiring practices and the necessity for comprehensive onboarding and training programs to prevent stress on employees and risks to business integrity.

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Candidates Don't Drop Out Because of Assessment
Candidates Don't Drop Out Because of Assessment

By Giles Pearson on Feb 27, 2024

Explore the advantages of incorporating pre-employment assessments in accounting and bookkeeping firms' hiring practices. Research indicates that candidates who perform well in assessments are more inclined to complete them, enabling firms to pinpoint high-quality applicants efficiently, thus enhancing the hiring process.

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Navigating the Talent Drought: 6 Strategies for Recruiting and Retaining Accounting Talent
Navigating the Talent Drought: 6 Strategies for Recruiting and Retaining Accounting Talent

By Donna Roughan on Feb 21, 2024

In the race to attract top accounting talent, recruiters top the list as the preferred choice, closely followed by networking and social media. Discover key strategies to streamline your hiring process, from highlighting your firm's unique perks to maintaining a positive online presence.

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Money Matters: Navigating Candidate Salary Negotiations
Money Matters: Navigating Candidate Salary Negotiations

By Giles Pearson on Feb 14, 2024

Navigating salary negotiations with accounting candidates demands careful strategy. It's crucial to strike a balance between offering competitive compensation and adhering to budget constraints. By emphasizing factors like market rates, transparency, growth opportunities, and company culture, employers can manage negotiations effectively and secure top talent.

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The Resume Is Dead, Long Live Skills Testing
The Resume Is Dead, Long Live Skills Testing

By Giles Pearson on Jan 19, 2024

According to the survey, 52% of applicants say they exaggerate responsibilities and 45% make up details like the number of direct reports - stuff you can't easily double check.

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Winning the Graduate Talent Game: Insights for Employers
Winning the Graduate Talent Game: Insights for Employers

By Giles Pearson on Oct 18, 2023

The last year of university is stressful, for the students… and their parents. Just a couple of years ago both my daughters, in their final year of studies, were applying for graduate positions. After dealing with late-night requests to read applications, tears, frustration and finally elation when they received an offer the process has gave me an insight into what works, and what doesn’t.

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Easy Ways To Avoid A Bad Hire In Public Accounting
Easy Ways To Avoid A Bad Hire In Public Accounting

By Giles Pearson on May 16, 2023

This informative blog provides a practical model for demonstrating the cost of a bad hire in public accounting and offers tips to avoid making one. Drawing on 25 years of experience, the author emphasizes the importance of hiring with a purpose, mastering the art of interviewing, verifying beyond the resume, emphasizing team compatibility, and swift decision-making.

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How To Avoid Hiring a ‘Stanley’
How To Avoid Hiring a ‘Stanley’

By Giles Pearson on Apr 19, 2023

Recent studies have actually put the financial cost of a bad hire in third place for its negative impact on an accounting businesses, behind lower morale and reduced productivity. “Stanley” was recently hired by an accounting firm in Los Angeles. His resume showed the experience he’d had with a reputable medium sized firm in a staff accountant role. He was personable and confident at interview, and was hired. The cracks showed within days...

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How Can an Accounting Firm Become an Employer of Choice?
How Can an Accounting Firm Become an Employer of Choice?

By Steve Evans on Apr 12, 2023

Its no secret that we are operating in a candidate's market. Become an employer of choice and get your firm noticed by prospective employees. Not only will your workplace attract top talent in this candidate short market, but you'll improve retention of current staff, and create more efficient business systems as well. Discover the key principles and practical advice in this weeks blog post.

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Assessing Accounting Firm Candidate Commitment
Assessing Candidate Commitment

By Emily Le Grys on Apr 26, 2022

We’ve recently been hearing more and more about the topic of “candidate commitment” from clients who are dealing with candidates pulling out of final-stage selection processes. You know who I mean; the candidates that seem really interested in a role, say all of the right things and then at the last moment, when you offer them the job, they decide they’re not interested. 

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Securing Top Talent in A Cautious Market
Securing Top Talent in A Cautious Market

By Emily Le Grys on Sep 21, 2021

With the working lives of so many impacted by COVID-19, it’s understandable that candidates’ priorities are changing too. Adjusting your approach can help you to attract talent despite industry challenges. Here’s a look at what to consider, and how to ensure your people strategy stays strong.

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