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Best Practices for Contract Employees

At SNI Companies we specialize in filling project and contract roles for our clients. Our contractors are subject-matter experts, filling a void for the client. It’s a contractor’s job to not only “do the work”, but be professional on the job. A contractor/consultant is not only a representative of us here at SNI, but also of the company where they are on assignment.

While these tips are crucial for those contracting on a temporary job, they are just as worthy for those in a permanent job.

  • Be Happy! Do good work! You are representing yourself, and also your company. Take pride in your work and do it to the very best of your ability…with a smile.
  • Dress professionally. Error on the side of more professional dress than on the more casual side.
  • Always be mindful of using clients' computers for on-the-job assignments only. It may be tempting to check your personal email or a quick social media update while you are on your lunch break or before you head out the door in the evening, but please resist that temptation. For your own personal privacy, remember that most company computers are monitored by IT departments. And very importantly, even if you are on your own time, it looks unprofessional and unproductive to the client.
  • Be discrete with your cell phone. If it is impossible to put your cell phone away for the day, be sure your phone is on silent or vibrate. Keep your cell phone use to the absolute minimum. Always follow any rules the company has for personal phone use.
  • Keep it professional on LinkedIn. Have a photo with your bio, and be sure it looks professional. We know you love your family, but keep this photo of you only, a headshot, and straight-forward; not at the night-club, not at the beach, not in your bathroom mirror.
  • Communicate. If you have questions about the assignment please talk to your placement recruiter or your job supervisor. Gets questions cleared up quickly. Everyone wants you to be successful.
  • Keep your resume up-to-date. Especially if you are a career-contractor, be sure to record every assignment and details of your experience. While you will edit this information and certainly not include every detail on a resume for the next assignment, you’ll want a personal record of your computer program experience, project successes, and benchmarks you have reached. You also want this detailed, complete resume for your recruiter. Recruiters want to see all of your experience. Recruiters know what skills clients need for open jobs, don’t edit the details for us –recruiters need your complete work history and specific experience and expertise. You never know what role we will be have available – specific details in your resume could prompt us to place you in that next amazing role!
Best Practices for Contract Employees

Intranet Essentials

An intranet is a private network that is only accessible to an organization’s staff. The main purpose of a corporate intranet is to share company information and resources among employees. While there are dozens of features you can include on your intranet, the following are four features you just can’t do without:

Employee Directory: Include an employee directory with name, title, department or business unit, physical location, email address, and phone extension. It is also nice to find a way to showcase each employee’s expertise so that other employees can locate the company “expert” on specific topics. In addition, a feature that enables employees to tell if someone is in or out of the office is also of great value.

Content Repository: In most organizations, employees need access to documents and information to be able to perform work. Things like sales reports, marketing research, and even the annual reports don’t really deliver ROI if employees can’t access them. Having key information available on the intranet - that is tagged and easy to find via a powerful search tool - is essential.

Actionable Forms: While it is a digital world, much of business still revolves around forms. Whether it’s a form to take a vacation, request equipment, or complete an expense report - employees need easy access to the forms they need to get their jobs done. Making these available on the intranet gives employees a central location to quickly find what they need. And, it eliminates the need for a staff member to provide them.

Knowledge Base: One universal challenge among organizations large and small is knowledge sharing. Every intranet should include a knowledge base where employees share information and provide comments and even feedback to colleagues related to content or processes. A knowledge base is an asset that grows over time and remains with the organization even when an employee leaves.

Improved processes and streamlined communications are only two of the many benefits of launching and supporting a corporate or organizational intranet.

Intranet Essentials

Top Accounting Certifications

One of the most exciting things about accounting is that you can work as a generalist, or continue your education after your undergraduate studies. For many accountants, pursuit of a certification is part of their career advancement plan. Certification enables you to get additional education in a specific aspect of the field. In recent years, more and more employers are looking for professionals with additional certifications.

In the world of accounting, the following are the four most currently sought after certifications:

Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

  • Where: CPA’s work in a variety of roles from auditing and advising, to financial planning.
  • Recognition: The CPA is the most recognized accounting certification in the U.S.
  • Competencies: CPA’s are skilled in auditing and attestation, business environment and concepts, financial accounting, and reporting and regulation.
  • Administrator: The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) oversees the CPA exam.
  • Requirements: The education and experience needed to sit for the exam depends on state law.

Certified Management Accountant (CMA)

  • Where: CMAs usually work for organizations or corporations as part of their management teams.
  • Recognition: The Certified Management Accountant is globally recognized.
  • Competencies: CMA’s have deep knowledge of financial planning, analysis, control, decision support, and professional ethics.
  • Administrator: The CMA certification is overseen by the IMA.
  • Requirements: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited school and two years of experience in management accounting or financial management. The requirements and exam are universal.

Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)

  • Where: CFE’s conduct fraud work within, or are hired by accounting firms, law firms, government offices, banks, large corporations, and insurance companies.
  • Recognition: Certified Fraud Examiner designation is globally recognized.
  • Competencies: CFE’s are skilled in financial transactions and fraud schemes, law, investigation, and fraud prevention and deterrence.
  • Administrator: The CFE is managed by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.
  • Requirements: The CFE certification requires a bachelor’s degree in accounting, two years of applicable experience and passing the CFE exam.

Certified Internal Auditor (CIA)

  • Where: CIA’s work in banking institutions, thrift/savings and loan organizations, credit unions, insurance companies, security and commodity services, holding and investment companies, credit agencies, financial services regulatory agencies, and other financial services organizations.
  • Competencies: CIA’s have the knowledge to evaluate the internal controls, management procedures, and the financial and information systems for an organization
  • Administrator: The CIA is administered by the Institute of Internal Auditors.
  • Requirements: A bachelor’s degree as well as two years of experience to sit for the exam. A master’s degree can also replace one year of experience.

As a finance professional, investing in yourself and expanding your skills is always a smart move. Consider how pursuit of a certification can bring you closer to your career goals.

Top Accounting Certifications