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Finance Professionals Still on Employers' Most Wanted List


Nov/Dec 2007 Due to continued business growth and recurring regulatory compliance mandates, accounting and finance professionals are still in heavy demand. Candidates with pertinent accreditations and experience in a variety of general accounting functions are well positioned for career success.



According to the 2008 Salary Guide from Robert Half International, staff and senior accountants, controllers, internal auditors, financial analysts, tax specialists and payroll professionals are among the positions in greatest demand. Professionals with designations such as the certified public accountant (CPA), certified credit executive (CCE) and certified internal auditor (CIA) are even more marketable and often receive base pay offers of up to 10 percent above the market standard.

Companies continue to place a growing emphasis on interpersonal skills, such as verbal and written communication, during the hiring process, and technology expertise has also become essential. Working as an intern can significantly boost a professional’s marketability. In fact, 50 percent of CFOs surveyed by Robert half International felt that internship experience is the most important attribute placed on entry-level professionals.

Increasingly, organizations are becoming more aware of the need to make an immediate offer when the right candidate comes along. Applicants with the appropriate matching skill sets are being enticed with signing bonuses, vacation days and tuition reimbursement. The shortage of accounting and finance professionals continues to place these individuals at the top of the list for hiring managers.

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ACCOUNTEMPS is a specialized temporary staffing service for accounting, finance and bookkeeping professionals. Accountemps provides support throughout an accounting department. Headquartered in Menlo Park, Calif., Accountemps and has more than 270 offices in North America, Europe and Australia. Accountemps' Career Counselor column, a SmartPros staple for over four years, is refreshed twice a month.

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