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Know Your Software
Technologically savvy accountants are in greater demand than ever before. If you are knowledgeable about the latest offerings in accounting software products, you can help clients with a multitude of tasks.

Developing Effective Problem-Solving Skills
In most organizations, solving business or other work-related problems is the responsibility of a manager, but it is never too early to start acquiring the necessary skills.
Mixing Work With Pleasure
In your professional life, you may encounter situations where social and business obligations overlap. When it comes to mixing work with pleasure, observe some important "do's" and "don'ts".
At any time during your career you may face the prospect of moving to another city. Moving can be an expensive, time-consuming and stressful event, but with proper planning it can be an easy transition.
In today's business world, subject area knowledge is not always enough. Showing proper professional conduct is becoming increasingly important. Without these skills, you risk losing not only customers but also the support of colleagues and associates. Why does professionalism matter?
If you know what firms are looking for in a resume, you can use that knowledge to present yourself in the most favorable light possible.
You have landed a job and are now working at the company of your choice. But clearing the first hurdle doesn't necessarily mean you' ve won the race.
Using Summer to Prepare for the Fall Job Search
During the summer months on campus, finding ways to occupy yourself can be as hard as finding time to relax was during the year.
For recent hires of leading professional services firms such as KPMG, one of the biggest adjustments may be the extensive travel encountered by some accounting/consulting professionals.
Once you begin your working life, learning to deal with stress on the job will be an important step toward career success.
Who do you want to be? Do you hope to become a dynamic leader, an example for your co-workers, one of the inspirational members of an office team?
Along with any job will come traditional benefits such as vacation days, 401k plans and medical benefits. However, many companies now offer important and valuable benefits to employees that address specific issues and problems.
Yesterday, you thought you'd mastered all the procedures for derivative financial instruments and hedging activities. But what about today?
With the advent of the New Year comes another round of office parties. For many of you, this will be the first time you have been in a professional situation with a social atmosphere.
It is inevitable that one day you may not get along with a co-worker, but it doesn't have to derail your career.
In my more than 35 years in the public accounting field I have seen many changes in the workplace. One of the changes that I am proud to have been a part of is the increase in women's roles.


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