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Non-CPA Controllers Offer Perspective on Choosing a Certification

Three years ago, Anne Bronchetti, CMA, had an accounting intern from a local university who had never heard of the Certified Management Accountant designation until she told him about it. “He knew he wanted to pursue a career in accounting but wasn’t at all sure what path to follow or where he should focus,” said […]

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No CPA, No Problem: Why Some Controllers Opted for Other Professional Credentials

Joel Konts was told over and over again during college that if he didn’t sit for the CPA exam and work for a public accounting firm after he graduated, he wouldn’t have the best of luck making a career in accounting. “I also knew that if I didn’t go for my master’s degree right after […]

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Knocking Down the Walls of the CPA Exam

Along with a series of other 2018 CPA Exam changes that will make the testing experience easier for CPA candidates, the latest version of the exam will feature a redesigned CPA Exam user experience (UX) for virtually all interfaces. The AICPA is demolishing the outdated look it’s had for so long and introducing a more […]

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A 2018 Refresh: The CPA Exam User Experience Reno

Along with a series of other 2018 CPA Exam changes that will make the testing experience easier for CPA candidates, the latest version of the exam will feature a redesigned CPA Exam user experience (UX) for virtually all interfaces. The AICPA is demolishing the outdated look it’s had for so long and introducing a more […]

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Let’s Cool It With All the ‘CPAs Should Run for Office Because Taxes’ Talk

Crazy enough to think that people will care that he can look at a 1040 and not soil himself. Should CPAs run for office? According to this gushy post at the AICPA, the answer is a resounding: YAAAAS. When you’re a CPA, you have a solid understanding of the many issues that power government: taxes, […]

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A Field Guide to Quitting a Job in Public Accounting

That is the look of a man who no longer bears the yoke of a Big 4 job. Are you fantasizing about quitting your public accounting job? It’s finally March. Busy season will start to wind down soon and those miserable hours will begin to taper off. You may catch yourself daydreaming about finding another […]

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Webinar: Selling the ROI of Cloud Accounting Technology

Have you ever made a case to the boss about swapping your current tech out for a cloud-based application? Did you succeed or get a deer-in-headlight stare? If it was the latter, our friends at FloQast are hosting a webinar this coming Tuesday to walk you through how to prepare a formal Business Value Analysis. […]

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Insecure Overachievers Will Always Have a Place in Public Accounting

Does the endless stream of work make you want to cry sometimes? I know it is enough to make even diehard auditors buckle and break. Overwork is a hallmark of the accounting profession, and we all know it. But why? Surely if you factor in all of the international teams, we have plenty of people […]

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Four Strategies That Will Put You on the Partner Fast Track

About five years ago, we wrote an article on what it takes to get (and stay) on the partner track. TL;DR: you need to develop people skills, leadership skills, be proactive in finding new business, and play by the rules of the firm (DON’T pull a Charlie from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and go […]

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Chattanooga Is the Accounting Job Market’s Best-Kept Secret

Looking to relocate? If so, you’ve probably Googled “Best Cities for Accountants” and found lists like this one. But there’s a city you won’t find on those lists, one we keep hearing about as a great place to work: Chattanooga, Tennessee. Ooh, look how pretty Chattanooga delivers some of the best-looking landscapes you’ll find in […]

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How One Firm Created a New Client Selection Model to Extinguish Employee Burnout

There are three types of accounting firm clients. Please forgive that previous sentence, which is absurdly reductive. Every client is different, and sorting them into three discrete groups only makes sense if you’re a blogger who wants to express a larger point about client selection that an accounting audience might find interesting. Which is what […]

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A Different Bottom Line: Today’s Nonprofits Offer Challenging Work, Huge Employee Benefits

The temptation to pursue a big ticket job at a publicly-traded company is one that dangles above many accountants like the fruit of Tantalus–forever enticing, but just out of reach. And for some, the desire to be America’s Next Top CFO acts more like the sword of Damocles, hanging perilously overhead and threatening to doom […]

3 Controllers Reveal Tactics, and, Yes, How They Make Time, to Keep Learning

In about four months, the accounting and finance conference circuit will start to heat up, as professionals from companies of all shapes and sizes will descend upon hotels and convention centers in cities across the United States to peruse vendor exhibits, hobnob with their friends and peers at networking events, and attend workshops and seminars. […]

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An Open Letter to Anyone Thinking of Asking the Accountant in Their Life for Help on a Tax Return

Dear friend, There’s an accountant in your life. He or she may be a relative, acquaintance, or someone who foolishly answered your terrible icebreaker “So, what do you do for a living?” honestly. It dawned on you that tax season will soon be upon us. You have probably received documentation informing you that a precise […]

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Is Your Firm Holding You Back?

Tired of watching less talented workers get promoted over you? Do you feel your head is smashing against the glass ceiling again and again, your brain swelling with an NFL-sized concussion? If so, it might be time to ask yourself: What if it’s not me? What if it’s my firm? At bigger corporations, it’s easy […]

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Are All Accounting Firms That Claim to Have Work/Life Balance Lying?

“Our firm provides great work/life balance.” How many times have you read that in a job description and thought, “Riiiiiiight”? Don’t worry, you’re not a cynical curmudgeon. Everyone thinks this. And that’s because EVERY firm says it in their job postings. To most accounting firms, “Work/life balance” equates to a casual Friday once a month. […]

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Why Working at San Diego-Based Gatto, Pope & Walwick Is a No-Brainer

When Sheena Barnes moved to San Diego, she spoke to every tax firm in the area. She says choosing Gatto, Pope & Walwick was a no-brainer. Yes, a tax accounting job can be fun Even for those of you who get legitimately excited about tax accounting, we know the business can be a bit of […]

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Love Technology & Accounting? This Company Wants to Hire You.

A software company that makes apps for accountants by accountants? It’s for real, and they’re looking to hire now. If your world is one where technology and accounting collide, you should check them out. FloQast is a startup in the conventional sense, and they’re growing rapidly. They just raised $25 million in series B funding, […]

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4 Weird Ways to Keep Your Sanity This Coming Busy Season

Busy season stress is no joke. When it hits and those 60-hour work weeks start piling up, where do you turn? You could (and probably will) drain every last drop out of the company coffee pot or slam green energy drinks composed of dubious ingredients. You’ll probably take a few Office Space-style breaks along the […]

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Make $40k in Three Months This Busy Season

Imagine getting paid by the hour during busy season. Sure, salaried employment is great, and it makes sense for a lot of CPAs. But if you’re someone who isn’t sold on climbing the corporate ladder to enter yourself into the partner lottery 15 to 20 years into your career, then there’s a more flexible and […]

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‘Tis the Season to Hire Seasonal CPAs

I’ve always been jealous of workers in professions who get automatic breaks built into their schedules. Teachers are more excited when school is out for summer than the students. But, did you know that public accounting has a pseudo-equivalent? Seasonal work. Whether it is audit or tax, there are lots of jobs floating around this […]

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A Big 4 Alum-Turned-CEO Who Stayed in the Trenches

A few years ago we published an article about what makes a great accounting CEO. Or rather, we published an article about a survey from PwC that asked CEOs what they think makes a great CEO. In that piece, we highlighted a quality identified by many CEOs that surprised PwC—humility. This included “maintaining a modest […]

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Got Product Marketing and Accounting Experience? Here’s a Job for You.

FloQast, makers of some really cool software that helps accountants close their books faster, needs help from someone who can spread its message—someone who has strong accounting experience but can also sell clients on why this streamlined closing software is such a leap forward. They need someone who knows product marketing and accounting. But there’s […]

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Beyond Accounting Firms: Should You Work for a Public or Private Company?

We all know the story. It follows a classic 3-act structure: Act I — A young student discovers accounting and falls in love with the potential it will have for his career. Our protagonist believes that a job with an accounting firm will lead to great success, and that he will follow the steps of […]

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How to Get Ahead: Embrace Office Politics

Ed. note: This post originally appeared on the Accountingfly blog. I think most people fall into one of two camps when it comes to office politics. There are those people who think it shouldn’t matter much when it comes to getting ahead. And then there are those people who think that it’s the only thing […]

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Accountants Suffer from Choice Overload

Job security isn’t something most accountants worry about. Everyone needs an accountant. Even with technology doing more of the grunt work, someone needs to be able to turn that garbled mess of numbers into decision-useful information. Yay, go us. We don’t need to worry about paying rent. But, having more choices does not equal greater […]

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Los Angeles Accountants Sound Like a Content Bunch, Minus the Traffic, Of Course

A couple of weeks back, we surveyed Los Angeles accountants to find what there is to know about working and living there. If you’re an L.A. accountant, you can still take the survey if you haven’t already, but for now we’ll share what we’ve learned. Here’s an overview: 53 percent of the respondents who work […]

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Los Angeles Accountants, We Want to Hear From You

The publishing overlords who run this here site would like to survey Los Angeles accountants. If that’s you, kindly take this short survey on working and living in the L.A. area. If you’re not in the L.A. area but are in Southern California region, go ahead and take the survey. It’s harmless, plus you’ll be […]

AICPA Trends Report Finds Enrollment in Master’s Programs, Hiring by CPA Firms Taking a Breather

The AICPA released its much anticipated 2017 Trends In the Supply of Accounting Graduates and the Demand for Public Accounting Recruits (“AICPA Trends” or “TSAGDPAR” for those of you who can’t resist an acronym) report today, and it shows two major developments: 1) A dropoff in enrollment for master’s in accounting programs; 2) Slower hiring […]

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Accounting Firms Need to Change Their Approach to Managing Millennials, Or Else

With so many articles written about how to manage millennials, what’s wrong with millennials, etc., it’s easy to assume that there is something difficult about the millennial generation. Some say it’s the millennials’ fault for being so damn entitled and not showing respect for the “way things are done” while others say it is a […]

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Are Résumés Obsolete in Public Accounting?

Okay, maybe not quite obsolete, but they absolutely should be. Résumés don’t convey much. Did you work Big 4 or not? Did you have a high GPA in college? They’re the only truly socially-acceptable way to brag about an award or study abroad experience. Beyond that, a résumé isn’t very helpful. You can tell by […]

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Click Here to Apply: Accounting Jobs Across the U.S.

Looking for a new job? Here’s a list of the latest accounting jobs across the U.S., compiled from Accountingfly. Click on the state(s) below that interests you to see which firms are hiring. Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Remote/Work […]

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CFOs Don’t Want You Wasting Time on CPE While Clocked-in

Summer is a great time to dust off the mental cobwebs and do some CPE. Hey, it’s better than trying to squeeze hours in around holiday time. Extreme procrastination before the year-end CPE deadline always makes for a dull New Year’s Eve. And, since it’s better to knock your hours out early, why not eat […]

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If You Find Yourself Biting a Co-worker, Maybe It’s Time to Find Another Job

I’m sure some of you work in dreadful conditions. Sure, you still have access to running water and a toilet, but sometimes it’s the mental and emotional toll that makes for of a terrible work environment. Now, before we let you all loose on your own personal stories of workplace horror, let’s enjoy the story […]

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Click Here to Apply: Accounting Jobs Across the U.S.

Looking for a new job? Here’s a list of the latest accounting jobs across the U.S., compiled from Accountingfly. Click on the state(s) below that interests you to see which firms are hiring. (List is current as of publication date. To see new jobs that have posted since then, click here.) Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, […]

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The IMA Figured Some of You Could Use an Ethics Refresher

In Compliance Week, Tammy Whitehouse reports on a revised “Statement of Ethical Professional Practice” from the Institute of Management Accountants. Why was a revision necessary? To keep up with technology, maybe? Perhaps to establish some rules for all the robots? Nope! They had to revise it because a fair number of you are a bunch […]

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While Climbing the Career Ladder, Know When Steps Are Missing

Recently, Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse wrote a book entitled The Vanishing American Adult. All the talk about generational differences prompted me to read some of the reviews. What was his point of view? An example Sasse gave really resonated. Here’s a summary from the Chicago Tribune: His advice is rooted in his experience as both a […]

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How to Get Ahead: Whatever It Takes, Learn to Network

Ed. note: Don’t worry, I’m not working on my vacation. I wrote this ages ago for Accountingfly’s old blog and we’re re-running here. Let’s get something straight: I hate networking. I suck at small talk. The idea of “working a room” makes me wanna hurl. The word “schmoozing” disgusts me and you will never hear […]

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Ask Yourself These Questions to See If You’re Really in the Right Job

You like your job and want to stay, but you aren’t sure whether staying is the best decision. It’s quite the conundrum. As an accountant, you probably are making a pretty good salary, but that’s not the only thing—and maybe not even the main thing—motivating you. It’s easy to get lost in your day-to-day obligations […]

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Whole Foods CFO Is Going to Be Fine

Don’t you hate it when you start a new job and then, seemingly out of nowhere, another company comes along to buy your employer, likely eliminating the need for your position? And don’t you hate it when that all goes down and you pull in a few million for your trouble? That’s what Whole Foods […]

Eager Beaver Learns the Hard Way That LinkedIn Is Not an Appropriate Avenue for Dick Pics

Over the years, we have shared dozens upon dozens of tips for making the most of LinkedIn or, as I like to think of it, Facebook for spammers and soulless corporate drones. Most of us are on it but still don’t quite understand why or what we’re supposed to do with it, aside from its […]

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Promotion Games: When Your Responsibilities Don’t Match Your Title

It’s performance review season, and promotion announcements are starting to trickle in. PwC just announced their new partners last week. As exciting as this time of year is, it’s anti-climatic since promotions in public accounting are very prescribed and follow a consistent timeline: 1. You must work at the firm X number of years (typically […]

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Click Here to Apply: Accounting Jobs Across the U.S.

Looking for a new job? Here’s a list of the latest accounting jobs across the U.S., compiled from Accountingfly. Click on the state(s) below that interests you to see which firms are hiring. (List is current as of publication date. To see new jobs that have posted since then, click here.) Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, […]

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How to Get Ahead: Scare Yourself Regularly

Image: PongsakornJun/iStock Two of my favorite people, twins, a boy and a girl, graduated from college this spring. Lauren is graduating from Michigan State and Andrew from Indiana. I had no idea what to get them as graduation gifts. After a lot of thought, I settled on books. As I reread the blurb of a […]

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Recruit Shuns KPMG for a Football Team, Surprising No One

Hell hath no fury like an accounting firm shunned, the old saying goes. Except that’s not an old saying, it’s something silly I just made up. Anyway, we stumbled across this article about a recently graduated Texas A&M football player, Connor McQueen, who is opting for a job on the team’s coaching staff rather than […]

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Good Goal Setting Takes Introspection

Recently, I wrote a blog about looking at busy season differently. Instead of focusing on the grind, take a dispassionate view to clarify what you learned from the most hectic time of a CPA’s year. It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day of life. Stopping to think about the bigger picture is put […]

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How to Get Ahead: Speak Up When You Want Something to Change

We are all guilty of this. We see something in our office that we don’t like: an outdated policy or inefficient procedure, how a client issue was handled, how a staff person was treated, etc. What is the easiest thing to do? Stay silent and go about your day. Afterward, we think of all the […]

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A Day in the Life: Accounting Professor

Welcome to A Day in the Life, a new series we schemed up to give you a peek into the lives of accounting professionals of all sorts. Today, we’re profiling Alan Jagolinzer (@jagolinzer on the tweeters), Associate Professor of Accounting at Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado, Boulder. Everyone, meet Alan. He’s an iPhone-toting […]

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Are You Working for a Donald Trump?

Oh, Mike. You don’t know what’s coming. By now, you’ve probably heard the news that President Trump asked FBI Director James Comey to end an investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. In a memo, Comey wrote that Trump said, “I hope you can let this go.” This is problematic because presidents are not […]

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What’s Your Job Search Plan?

It’s springtime and you’ve made the decision to look for a new position. Now you need a plan. First, narrow down what you want to do next by answering these four basic questions: What kind of work do you want to do? Stay in public accounting, but at a firm that is: larger and you’re […]

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Freelancing CPAs: What’s the Risk?

Please enjoy this sponsored content from Beech Valley Solutions. You can read more their partnership with Accountingfly here. Freelancing CPAs out-earn salaried employees in 900 fewer hours a year. That’s 900 hours – I repeat – 900 hours to watch all four hundred plus episodes of Law and Order SVU… twice. That would still leave […]

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How to Get Ahead: Sorry Not Sorry

Not that long ago, someone I hadn’t heard from in months and barely knew texted me out of the blue to ask for a favor. I won’t get into the specifics of the favor but let’s say it involved some cats and me putting the cats somewhere other than that person’s house as if I […]

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Now’s the Time to Take a Long, Hard Look at Busy Season

Now that busy season is over, and you’ve had some time to yourself,  work schedules go back to normal. Same old, same old. So it’s a good time to assess what you learned. Doing that can give you a picture of how your firm managed the stress of filing season—and, more importantly, how you did. […]

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Click Here to Apply: Accounting Jobs Across the U.S.

Looking for a new job? Here’s a list of the latest accounting jobs across the U.S., compiled from Accountingfly. Click on the state(s) below that interests you to see which firms are hiring. Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Remote/Work […]

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How to Get Ahead: Work on Your Writing

Since Marsha tackled listening on Friday, I thought I’d share this post on writing I scribbled awhile back for Accountingfly’s blog. Writing is part of my job, so I take it pretty seriously. I write every day. I read well-written articles from a variety of sources. I like to read about writing as a craft. […]

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Work on Your Listening

Ever overheard part of a stranger’s conversation and wonder, however briefly, what the outcome was? Ever heard music playing in the background at a restaurant when you first walk in—and never paid attention to it again? Hearing and listening are not the same. The distinction is very important. What do you hear when your manager […]

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A Non-Exhaustive List of What You Should Be Doing Now That Busy Season is Over

Certain accounting publications which are not Going Concern have all kinds of suggestions for how you should be spending your life post-busy season, sadly the majority of said suggestions involve everything but decompressing from the worst months of your miserable life to date. Now is not the time for introspection. It is not the time […]

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Consider a Mid-Market Accounting Firm Before Taking a Job in Industry

“Two years here [a Big 4 firm] to get that on my resume, then on to private industry.” That, in a nutshell, is how lots of Big 4 associates talk about their career. For some of them, it’s a fine plan. In a way, it’s an extension of what many accounting students believe: get into […]

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I’m Calling BS on Your Cliched Career Aspirations

This sunset is less everyday than your career goals. Happy Tax Day everyone! Today is the day for alcohol, sleep, and breathing a big sigh of relief. Another busy season complete! Today is also the day to start career brainstorming for potential post-busy season job hopping, ladder climbing, and startup launching. So it’s also the […]

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Is a Remote Accounting Job Right for You? Ask Yourself These 4 Questions

What’s your ideal definition of “going to work”? Once upon a time, that wouldn’t even be a question. You’d go to an office. Technology and the internet have changed that forever. Workplaces are portable, and remote work arrangements are increasingly common, even in the accounting. These days, CPAs seeking a remote accounting job have options. […]

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Do Political Opinions Matter When Choosing an Employer?

We’re in a weird space these days. The country is remarkably polarized when it comes to politics, and it’s said personal relationships have a lower chance of succeeding if the parties aren’t on the same political page. Yikes.  So how do you navigate this landscape in the workplace, especially if your views are in the […]

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Is There Anything Worse Than Busy Season? Yes, Performance Reviews

Please enjoy this sponsored content from Beech Valley Solutions. You can read more their partnership with Accountingfly here. Cancer, terrorists, undigested corn – all significantly worse than busy season. But what about within the confines of public accounting? Is there anything worse than busy season? Yes, and it’s formal professional feedback. A late 2015 survey […]

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Is Your Job Making You Happy—Or Is It Time for a Change?

Busy season is slowing down or over for a lot of accountants. Even those who still have April 18th marked on their calendars will start thinking about life and career post-busy season. Regardless of your situation, it’s the perfect time to do a happiness assessment of your job. It’s easy—and therapeutic—to identify what you dislike […]

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How to Get Ahead: Learn to Deal With the Critical Voice Inside Your Head

Ed. note: Awhile back, I wrote some career advice posts for Accountingfly. We’ll be republishing them here from time to time for your enjoyment and discussion. Send comments, queries and complaints to editor@goingconcern.com. Do you think about thinking? Like, are you ever blown away by the monologue that occurs inside your brain and how it seems […]

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CPA Exam Introductory Screens: New Exam Edition Changes

Please enjoy this sponsored content from Gleim CPA Review. The changes coming to the CPA Exam on April 1 affect several aspects of the exam, one of which is the duration. While we learned months ago that each section of the exam would now last for four hours, the AICPA recently announced another modification to […]

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How to Say No in Public Accounting Without Killing Your Career

It’s the thick of busy season, you are swamped, and one of your managers comes by your desk to ask, “Can you pick up this job for me? It should only take 10 hours.” What should you say? You are already stressed out but you want to be seen as a team player and a […]

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Important Observations to Make When Interviewing

Often, when you’re interviewing you feel a little like a bug under a microscope. Someone is watching everything you do and assessing everything you say. Did you wear the right thing? Are you smiling enough? Your interviewers are looking for clues about who you are and whether you’ll be a good fit for the firm. […]

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Reorganization – What to Do When You Get a New Boss

Pray you don’t end up with this guy. Sooner or later it happens. Your company gets acquired, the division is closed or senior management announces a reorganization. Welcome to the “New Normal” where loyalty is a negative. You are back to your first day at a new firm. Adjusting can be tough, but with effort, […]

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Meet This Firm: Ryan & Wetmore, PC

Meet This Firm is a series of video interviews featuring the best accounting employers across the United States for high performing accounting professionals and CPAs. Please enjoy this sponsored post courtesy of Ryan & Wetmore, an Accountingfly Firm Partner. Please contact Jeff Phillips to learn more about firm partnerships. A smaller firm in the Washington […]

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Considering an MBA? 3 Key Questions to Ask Yourself

Please enjoy this sponsored content from Beech Valley Solutions. I’ve never been water-boarded (I keep begging my wife…), but I’m guessing it’s a lot like busy season. I’d say just about anything to make it stop…like, “maybe I should get my MBA?”. Should you? Maybe (probably not). It truly depends on a series of questions […]

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Meet This Firm: Hannis T. Bourgeois LLP

Meet This Firm is a series of video interviews featuring the best accounting employers across the United States for high performing accounting professionals and CPAs. Please enjoy this sponsored post courtesy of Hannis T. Bourgeois LLP, an Accountingfly Firm Partner. Contact Judy Schryver to learn more about firm partnerships. If you are looking for a […]

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5 Ways to Steal Some Time Back This Busy Season

Ugh, busy season. 8 hours of sleep? Try 5-6 — on a good day. And, to add insult to injury, we are mocked by the fact that we are losing another precious hour this weekend (daylight savings time starts on Sunday, March 12). If sleep deprivation makes you want to cry, I tracked down some ways you […]

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CPA Experience Verification: A New Service from NASBA

Please enjoy this sponsored content from Gleim CPA Review. If you’re in CPA Exam land, you or someone you know has probably struggled with the CPA experience requirement. Depending on your jurisdiction, you may be required to work under a CPA for 1-2 years in order to have your experience verified. However, thanks to NASBA’s […]

The Best Line of BS I Ever Heard During My Time in Public Accounting

The best line that I ever heard about my career success during my time in public accounting was this: “Rachel, think long term. The more hours you work compared to your peers now, the more experienced you will be.” I heard this brilliant piece of advice as a young and naïve tax associate fresh out […]

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Verbal + Nonverbal Communication Skills = Your Persona

You’ve undoubtedly heard how valuable it is to have good communication skills, but you may be less clear about what they are. The truth is there are many components. You are communicating every time you speak with or write to anyone whether in person, on an online platform like Skype or GoToMeeting, via email, text […]

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Click Here to Apply: Accounting Jobs Across the U.S.

Looking for an accounting job? Each month we’ll be bringing you a list of accounting firms across the U.S. that are hiring. Here’s the latest list for March, compiled from Accountingfly. Alabama Hartmann, Blackmon & Kilgore P.C. Fairhope, Brewton Audit, Tax, Internship View Current Openings HORNE LLP Mobile Tax, Franchise, Senior Manager View Current Openings Arizona Helfinstine & […]

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Accountingfly Featured Job of the Week: Healthcare Reimbursement Accountant With HORNE LLP

Accountingfly’s featured job this week is a Healthcare Reimbursement Accountant with HORNE LLP in Memphis, TN. Position: Healthcare Reimbursement Accountant Location: Memphis, TN Employer: HORNE LLP Requirements: 2-5 years experience; bachelor’s or master’s degree; CPA license HORNE is a decidedly different CPA and business advisory firm that is changing expectations about accounting. As a top 50 accounting firm, […]

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Accountants’ Résumés Are the Worst

My name is John, I’m a recruiter and I have a résumé problem. I see lots of résumés from accountants. Less than a third are presentable. When the perfect candidate has a résumé that fails, I get cranky and I call to suggest a fix. Hiring managers don’t do that. Where to start? Résumé experts […]

3 Ways Your Boss Causes Busy Season Fire Drills

Nothing can make your life a living hell more than a boss that turns everything into a last minute fire drill, especially during busy season. We’ve all had those bosses. Gallup’s research reveals that only about one in 10 people possess the talent to manage. These are not good odds. It’s almost like these bosses […]

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How to Develop Consistency as a Skill

It’s sometimes hard to get noticed when you are at a firm. Certainly, much depends on firm culture, but that’s not all of it. Other factors include: Where you are in the firm’s pecking order: Are you a staff accountant or a manager? Are you new to your firm? Do you feel recognized or overlooked? […]

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Nano-learning for CPE is One Step Closer to Reality

Continuing professional education is mind-numbing thanks to the delivery status quo in public accounting. It’s not conducive to real learning because long and boring is how we roll. Until now, there were only a few qualifying learning activities. You’ve got three options: Live CPE classes: Lock a bunch of uncomfortable CPAs in a room and […]

Busy Season Problems: Confused Doorman, Z-Paks and Disappointing Chick-fil-A

Now that February is in full swing, the venting of busy season problems on social media is bound to pick up for the duration. I noticed that many of these occurred on Saturday, which suggests some firms are ignoring Rachel’s advice.   Haven’t had a day off since January 1st. On the verge of a […]

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Any CPAs Want to Work in Hawaii?

Any CPAs in the northeast thinking that packing up and heading to Hawaii would be just a little too rash should know that it’s not that crazy. Turns out, there’s plenty of opportunity in paradise. Here’s a brief from Hawaii Public Radio that says firms are “finding it especially difficult to find accountants with 3-to-5-years […]

3 Ways CPA Firms Can Make Busy Season Burnout a Thing of the Past

With every busy season, I, and most everyone around me, met the occasion with dread. We knew burnout was inevitable. It was interesting to observe how attitudes shifted from first year associate up the ladder. First year staff typically met the occasion with anticipation and slight uncertainty. Professionals that had a few busy seasons under […]

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Accountingfly Featured Job of the Week: Senior Tax Accountant with Sikich

Accountingfly’s featured job this week is a Senior Tax Accountant with Sikich LLP in Springfield, IL. Position: Senior Tax Accountant Location: Springfield, IL Employer: Sikich LLP Requirements: 2 – 5 years experience; bachelor’s degree; CPA of EA certification (or progress towards certification) Your job, your community, your life–whether you’re just starting your career or have […]

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Meet This Firm: HORNE LLP

Meet This Firm is a series of video interviews featuring the best accounting employers across the United States for high performing accounting professionals and CPAs. Please enjoy this sponsored post courtesy of HORNE LLP, an Accountingfly Firm Partner. Contact Judy Schryver to learn more about firm partnerships. “Creating value and making a difference is our […]

CPAs On Demand: A New Partnership of Accountingfly and Beech Valley Solutions

Hey GC faithful, it’s Jeff Phillips CEO of Accountingfly and publishing overlord of Going Concern. One of the things we’re trying to figure out is what future CPA careers will look like. That means talking to lots of different people that work in the business. Recently we met Brad and Josh, two former PwC employees […]

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Accountingfly Featured Job of the Week: Senior Accountant with Perkins & Co

Accountingfly’s featured job this week is a Senior Accountant with Perkins & Co in Portland, Oregon. Position: Senior Accountant Location: Portland, OR Employer: Perkins & Co Requirements: 3+ years experience; bachelor’s degree; CPA license preferred To work at Perkins & Co, you have to be damn good. And if you’re up to the challenge, we’ll […]

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Can Starting Over Lead to a Better Balance of Career Ambition and Lifestyle?

Need some career advice? Email Rachel at rachel@rethinkninetofive.com and your question may be featured on Going Concern. I feel like the traditional accounting career paths are getting a bit stale. In my experience, it seems accountants are always trading career risk with a poor work/life balance. For example, you can land a partner-track public position […]

Accountingfly Featured Job of the Week: Virtual Senior Accountant with HPC

Accountingfly's featured job this week is a Virtual Senior Accountant with HPC CPA in San Jose, CA. Position: Virtual Senior Accountant Location: San Jose, CA Employer: HPC CPA Requirements: 4 – 5 years experience; bachelor’s degree; proficient in cloud accounting technology HPC is trailblazing the way forward in cloud accounting and advisory services. As an […]

Seriously, Stop Making Saturdays Mandatory During Busy Season

With the recent “controversy” from the article posted on CPA Trendlines, we now have to discuss mandatory Saturdays. I can’t help myself. Stop making Saturdays mandatory. Seriously, just stop. How is this still a thing? (I feel like I’ve been saying this a lot lately.) And when I say stop making Saturdays mandatory, I mean […]

Non-Profit Involvement: You Give and You Get

You are involved in the community for all the right reasons. You are giving back and helping others. You’ve also heard it’s a path into the higher echelons of the local business community and a way to get business. How does this happen? WIIFM – What’s In It for Me?You are in the country club […]

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Meet This Firm: Pershing Yoakley & Associates (PYA)

Meet This Firm is a series of video interviews featuring the best accounting employers across the United States for high performing accounting professionals and CPAs. Please enjoy this sponsored post courtesy of Pershing Yoakley & Associates, an Accountingfly Firm Partner. Contact Judy Schryver to learn more about firm partnerships. “Not a traditional firm.” “Nationwide healthcare […]

Intern With Uncertain Future Wants to Know If It’s Time to Stay or Go

Need some career advice? Email Rachel at rachel@rethinkninetofive.com and your question may be featured on Going Concern.

Accountingfly Featured Job of the Week: Senior Audit Accountant with Buchbinder Tunick & Co.

Accountingfly's featured job this week is a Senior Audit Accountant with Buchbinder Tunick & Co. LLP in Bethesda, MD. Position: Senior Audit Accountant Location: Bethesda, MD Employer: Buchbinder Tunick & Co. LLP Requirements: 3 – 7 years experience; bachelor’s degree; CPA license strongly preferred At Buchbinder, we are all about relationships with our clients, our […]

Letting Employees Wear Jeans Might Help Solve Your Talent Problem

Last year around this time, we were dawning on the era of denim in the accounting profession. It started with Baker Tilly, picked up steam with Crowe Horwath, faced some backlash and then finally hit the mainstream in the spring when PwC went all in.  I'm sure there's a number of people out there that […]

Accountingfly Featured Job of the Week: Tax Preparer with Ryan & Coscia

Accountingfly's featured job this week is a Tax Preparer with Ryan & Coscia, P.C. in Salem, MA. Position: Tax Preparer Location: Salem, MA Employer: Ryan & Coscia, P.C. Requirements: 5+ years experience; bachelor’s or master’s degree; CPA license preferred Ryan & Coscia, P.C. is a growing CPA Firm in Salem, MA. We have been providing […]

Being a Great Place to Work During Busy Season Means More Than a Free Slice of Pizza

Back when I was a tax associate, my colleagues and I would watch the Hoops and Yoyo “It’s Sarcastic Wednesday.” The part that cracked me up the most was when they say, “I’ll do large amounts of free work for a slice of pepperoni!” But why is it so funny (but not really funny at the same time)?

What Does ‘Getting Involved’ at a Non-Profit Really Mean?

People are taught: “One way of getting new business is getting involved at a non-profit.” You should be getting involved for different reasons, specifically a belief in the cause and a desire to give back to your community,but it can lead to business. So what does “getting involved" actually mean? It doesn’t stop at joining. […]

Accountingfly Featured Job of the Week: Accounting Tax Manager with Pershing Yoakley and Associates

Accountingfly's featured job this week is an Accounting Tax Manager with Pershing Yoakley and Associates in Knoxville, TN. Position: Accounting Tax Manager Location: Knoxville, TN Employer: Pershing Yoakley and Associates Requirements: 5+ years experience; bachelor’s degree; CPA license A high-performing firm with a strong national reputation, PYA provides industry-leading career opportunities within a positive and […]