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On “The Hills,” it seems like L.A. is filled with gorgeous young adults, with incredibly glamorous jobs, who still have plenty of time to hit the beach and work on their perfect tans.  What then, is preventing you from packing your bags and hopping on the next flight west to seek the ultimate job and life-style?  If you do see the City of Angels as the perfect place to spread your career wings and fly, don’t kid yourself.  While L.A. does present myriad job opportunities, relocating is challenging and guidance is key. Read more

The Paradox of Choice: How to Avoid Making The Wrong Choice

We’ve all been there. Whether the split road pertains to work, education, our home life, or relationships, life challenges us to choose. Only, for some people, the anxiety of choosing can be paralyzing enough to result in a third option: Doing nothing.

It’s easy to want to stick to the status quo; to imagine that taking one job could lead to missing out on a better one that’s just down the road. But what seems to happen more often than not is talented and experienced people staying still—turning away one career opportunity after another while making no progress in the meantime. Read more

Getting to Know You: How PFS is Unique

Congratulations! You’ve decided to take the next step in your career by working with a recruiter. Ready for your hard work and experience to pay off, you excitedly open the email they’ve sent you about a job opportunity. But… there’s a problem. It’s not appealing to you. Maybe the firm is too big for your taste, requires a different background, or simply doesn’t excite you. Now you’re facing two choices: Do I apply to a job I don’t even want? Or stay stationary, playing the waiting game in hopes I’ll be sent something with the perfect combination of circumstances?

When searching for new career opportunities, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the number of recruiting companies offering to help. How can you spot the differences between them, and how do you know which is best for you? How do you know where to go to avoid getting stuck shifting through one unappealing position at a time? Luckily, Premier Financial Search stands out in a few major ways to help make that choice easier.

For one thing, PFS is focused on you. Because other recruiters tend to juggle positions in different industries or career paths, their candidates often find themselves only able to explore one offer that fits their background and needs at a time. Without being tailored to your specific desires and abilities, working with these recruiters puts valuable time at risk, as you wait one position after another for the right fit.

At PFS, our recruiters work as your “agents,” rather than just a job board. When meeting or speaking with us, we listen to what drives you, and what you need regarding job parameters such as your ideal firm’s size, salary, and type of clientele.

From there, we can utilize our connections with major CPA firms (both local and national) to make multiple direct matches that fit your needs. Not only will these jobs be tailored to you, but you will be able to explore multiple openings simultaneously, allowing you to introduce yourself and network with a variety of firms. In addition, exploring three or four positions at a time allows for a great base of comparison between open positions, without having to miss out on opportunities or make employers wait.

Because of PFS’ long held experience recruiting accountants, you are guaranteed a reliable navigator throughout your job search process from the first interview to accepting a job. Guaranteed to assist in your success and satisfaction, we are experts, so you don’t have to be.

 

by Alexandra Campbell – Research Associate

Debunking 5 Myths About the Benefits of Private Industry

Ryan Olstad, Research Associate

There’s an unfortunately common idea among accountants that public accounting is just a source of 2-6 years experience used to eventually obtain a job in private industry. If you are looking to make the switch from public to private, allow us to debunk the myths that might be motivating you: Read more

Great Expectations: Recruiters and Candidates

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Although I’m not a lonely old woman locked away in her spider-web adorned mansion wearing her wedding dress, I can be the key to your future success and fortune-your benefactor of sorts. However, Pip had to uphold to the high standards of elite London society before he could come into his fortune, just as candidates have expectations they must fulfill when working with recruiters. Likewise, recruiters have standards they need to maintain with their candidates.

As Pip learns, achieving nobility does not only include mastering the mannerisms and frivolities of the upper class but also maintaining one’s integrity and personal values. Both sides of the equation, the candidate and recruiter, expect trust and sincerity to achieve their goals. Unlike the mystery behind Pip’s secret benefactor, honest communication is essential to a good relationship with your recruiter. In a business world that is as ruthless and exclusive as high society in the Victorian age, there are certain expectations that must be attained in order to succeed. Read more

Dressing for an Interview

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One of the most important parts of your interview is how you present yourself. Wearing cologne or having scuffed shoes can turn off any interviewer. Don’t let the way you look hold you back from securing that great job opportunity! Here’s an article about how your image represents you, what you should be wearing, and what you shouldn’t be wearing:

How To Dress For Your Next Job Interview

You Get the Offer…Now What?

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Your resume stood out from the crowd. You were invited in for an interview. You aced the interview and of course followed up by sending thank you notes. The second interview went even better than the first. The call comes in; you’ve been offered the job. Now what?

There are plenty of great books out on how to compose a resume. Almost as many books and countless articles on how to master the interview. Yet no books on what to do once you get the job offer.

With an offer in hand, there are 3 options on how to proceed. Read more

What is Business Management? How do I break in?

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What is business management

WHAT IT IS

Business Management is a subsection of public accounting that deals with high net-worth individuals in the entertainment field — from actors and musicians to athletes, producers, directors and voice-over actors.  Business Management firms handle everything for these individuals that has to do with money — from financial planning, insurance, day-to-day bookkeeping, account payables and receivables, periodic financial statements, preparation of tax returns for the individuals and all their entities (their children, for example), setting up a new business entity, etc.

When these kinds of clients have any transaction that involves money — whether buying a house or getting into a joint venture with others — then they are represented not just by their attorney but by their business manager as well. Read more

Interviewing – How To Shine Brighter Than Everyone Else

How will you shine brighter than everyone else? Below is a link to an article that explains and gives some examples of how to stand out in your interview, even if it’s going poorly. Always prepare beforehand so that the small (yet, important!) factors don’t get in the way of bigger ones. Also, keep in mind that interviewers are rooting for you to do well. They don’t want to waste your time and they don’t want you to waste theirs, so make the best of your interview and prepare!

Stand Out in Your Interview

Interviewing Tips

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Interviewing Tips

Interviewing Tips from Premier Financial Search

Aim to Impress

As we all know, first impressions are very important, especially on a job interview. If your first impression isn’t positive, it is unlikely you will have a second chance.

Naturally, the first thing someone sees is the “packaging.” Unless told otherwise, a business suit is always appropriate. Be sure no one article is overpowering: fragrance, jewelry or make-up; this applies to both men and women alike. Display certainty by presenting solid eye contact and a firm handshake. Read more