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How an Accounting Degree May Benefit You

In today’s marketplace, an accounting degree offers a pathway to new opportunities and industries. From tax departments and manufacturing companies to large consulting firms and government agencies, accountants are always in-demand. The reality is that accountants are essential to any company, no matter the scale.

Not many professions can offer you the stability, satisfaction, and growth you’ll find in the accounting industry. If you enjoy solving problems and have strong math skills, I strongly suggest you consider pursuing an accounting degree and its many career benefits.

High Demand

During the last decade, the demand for accountants has constantly increased. An accountant’s knowledge not just of finance but also business growth and transactions makes them “must hire” assets in organizations of all sizes.

Job Security

If you are interested in a career that offers security and stability, accounting is for you. Accountants spend a great deal of time learning and refining business processes. Employers know this and reward them for their expertise. Additionally, turn-over in accounting can be disruptive to a business and damaging to productivity. As a result employers know it is important to keep their accounting professionals happy and rewarded.

Rewarding Career

Along with an excellent salary, most accountants find their work to be highly satisfying. Overall, accountants report feeling deeply connected to the mission and goals of their company. Accounting professionals report seeing a direct link between their work and organizational success, resulting in accountants being among the mostly satisfied professionals.

How an Accounting Degree May Benefit You

Improve Your Workplace Attitude

Your alarm goes off and you are already filled with dread. Not because you are tired, but because you have a negative attitude about your job. A negative attitude at work can affect your health – and of course, your career. Luckily, there are some small steps you can take to improve your attitude at work:

  1. Have a Positive Reaction. Usually our first response to things going wrong is a negative one. Take a step back and force yourself to look for a positive. For example, if someone has missed an internal deadline, it just might give you more time to enhance your work on the project. I’m not suggesting that you ignore reality; rather that you try to find the good in your circumstances. By looking for the good in a situation you do not invest time in anger and disappointment. There is usually a silver lining!
  2. Think of Colleagues as Allies. When things go wrong at work people tend to seek others on which to place the blame: usually your co-workers or boss. Instead of thinking about work colleagues as “us vs. them”, try to think of co-workers as allies. The issues, problems, and work-related complications are the “adversary” you all are working against, not each other. Also, remember that the things at work which frustrate you are most likely frustrating them as well. Remind yourself that you are all on the same team. In reality, very few people are difficult on purpose. I’ve seen many workplace conflicts resolved simply by co-workers treating each other as teammates and not as opponents. When you are not constantly engaged in battles your attitude can only improve.
  3. When All Else Fails: Fake It! There is a reason that “fakes it till you make it” has been around so long; it works! While driving to work, envision positive things that might happen. Don’t fill your mind with negative thoughts. Make it a habit to smile and greet people when you arrive. If you feel your attitude slipping during the day, get up and interact with someone who is usually positive. The less you socialize with negative people the more positive your attitude will become.

No workplace is perfect. Neither is any employee. But you do have the power to make yourself happier and more successful at work by focusing on the bright-side and having a positive attitude.

Improve Your Workplace Attitude

Six Signs You Need to Update Your Resume

Whether or not you're looking for a new position, keeping your resume up-to-date is vital. Crafting a resume that is complete and compelling takes time and thought; don’t miss out on a great job opportunity simply because your resume is out-of-date.

As a recruiter I often find people have left their most impressive efforts and accomplishment off their resume because they have not updated it. While this might sound unlikely, it is easier than you think to forget noteworthy accomplishments or important details which reflect your true accomplishments in the haste of performing the duties of your daily job.

I recommend frequently updating your resume; this is the best way to ensure a current record of your benchmarks and accomplishments. Editing your resume keeps a running-tally of the skills, projects, or certifications you obtain while in your current position.

Once you have a core resume completed you may wonder when and what to add next. Here are six events which should remind you to make a resume update:

The best way to ensure that your important achievements make it onto your resume - without either forgetting them or having to update them all at once - is by updating the information regularly. Continually maintaining an accurate and up-to-date resume throughout your career ensures that you will be ready when the next great opportunity presents itself!

Six Signs You Need to Update Your Resume

Three Tips for Successful Collaboration

Collaboration is a hot topic among managers. Most management books, articles, and speakers tell you to be “more collaborative”, and with good reason. Research has proven that collaboration results in better decision-making and outcomes, as well as more efficient use of resources. Most managers agree and are already on the collaboration bandwagon, but many are confused about how to make their staff more collaborative.

The following are three tips to help you form and manage a collaborative team:

  1. Define. In my mind, collaboration involves close cooperation, clear shared goals, and a structured system of discussion with a commitment to the action needed to achieve those goals. However, collaboration can mean different things to different people. When forming or joining a collaborative team it is critical to define just what collaboration means to your team and your organization.
  2. Align. Collaborative teams need clear communication guidelines. This means defining the channels and tools the team will use to communicate and create. The communication guidelines should cover the communications environment you want to create and support. Team members need to be open and honest. They have to be comfortable being questioned and challenged, as well as questioning and challenging others. Passionate debate which results in an enhanced outcome is what collaborative teams are all about. The team leader must find ways to spark sharing and creativity - and reward those who deeply engage.
  3. Assign. For collaboration to work, people need to understand their role in the process. Without clear roles and assignments, collaborative teams can become like any other work group – people assume “someone else” is doing the work, or everyone does the same simple task. The best collaborative teams make a point of assigning roles that do not take hierarchy or rank into account. Having mid-level managers or even inexperienced team members lead and facilitate discussions sends a clear signal that this team is really about input and outcomes. Part of assigning roles should address responsibilities and accountability. Articulate deadlines and take action if members fall-short. Nothing can destroy a collaborative team faster than uneven contribution and a lack of consequences.

Most of the breakthrough ideas and innovations in the last two decades have come from collaborative teams. As a manager, collaborative teams help you get the most from your employees while finding new and better ways to operate and grow. While they do take effort, collaborative teams can be contagious. If you have a high functioning team and offer them visible praise and credit when it is due, others in your office will be encouraged to embrace collaboration. The result will be a culture that operates effectively and develops groundbreaking results.

Three Tips for Successful Collaboration

Workplace Safety

We have all driven by industrial worksites and have seen signs about the number of days without an accident. These signs are a reminder that for some employees working in an environment that presents safety hazards is part of their daily lives. But for those of us who work in an office, safety probably rarely crosses our minds. However, a surprising number of hazards can be present in an office setting.

Falls are the most common office accident, accounting for the greatest number of injuries. In fact, the disabling injury rate of falls for office workers is twice that of non-office employees. Common causes of office falls include:

Luckily, these fall hazards are totally preventable. Whether you are the office manager, business owner, or just an employee who wants to ensure a safe work environment; take a minute to read the following simple tips which can help you stop a fall before it happens:

For more information on how you can help to provide or support a safe office environment review the collection of resources offered by the National Safety Council. Have a safe day!

Workplace Safety