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

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

What You Should Know About Recruiters

Working with recruiters, specifically external ones, makes job searching, interviewing, and the post-interview process easier. External recruiters are considered the middle-man between firms and candidates. If you’ve never worked with one, you might be amazed at how beneficial they could be to you. Here’s an article that discusses what we do and the best way to work with one:

5 Things You Should Know About Recruiters

The 6 Most Important Resume Elements

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Resume Tips

Your resume

You only get one chance to make a first impression.  Gone are the glory days of 2004-2008 when all you had to do was show up for an interview and you got hired.

In 2009, there were on average 9 applicants for each open position in Accounting and Finance.  In the administrative world, there were 19 applicants for each open position.

In any given week, I will receive 400-500 resumes.  I have about 3 seconds to look at a resume and decide if I will spend more time working with that candidate.  Most hiring managers have about the same amount of time to spend per resume.  You MUST make your resume stand out in that first 3 seconds. Read more