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The high cost of low salaries: why paying a competitive salary is important

By Steve Evans on Sep 21, 2019

Wages may be classed as an operating expense, but like any good investment, strong staff salaries can deliver healthy returns. Your business may have a great product or service but the true strength of the f...

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How Your Company Can Address Its Accounting Technology Needs

By Giles Pearson on Aug 29, 2019

As new accounting technology provides the business world with more strategic insights and innovative tools, as well as improved risk management, accounting and finance professionals are getting swept up in t...

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How to Reject a Candidate as Painlessly as Possible

By Steve Evans on Jul 10, 2019

All too often, when candidates apply for roles, they are never contacted if they are unsuccessful. This can leave them feeling annoyed, especially if they have devoted their time and energy to attend intervi...

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The Dire Consequences of Hiring the Wrong Accounting Candidate

By Steve Evans on Jul 10, 2019

Hiring the wrong person for the job can result in severe financial and time costs, according to Megan Alexander, general manager of Robert Half New Zealand. Not only do managers have to start the recruitment...

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How to Hire the Modern Accountant, Part 2

By Giles Pearson on May 21, 2019

Following on from our last post where we identified the seven ‘Professional Quotients’ (a mix of technical knowledge, skills and abilities formed with interpersonal behaviours and qualities) the ACCA deem es...

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How Accountants Need To Network

By Giles Pearson on Apr 25, 2019

Networking is a great skill to have, but for many people, it doesn't come naturally.  Fear not. We've compiled a list of practical networking tips to help you get the most from putting yourself out there. It...

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How to Hire The Modern Accountant

By Giles Pearson on Apr 25, 2019

Helen Brand, the CEO of ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) launched a report from an international study which identified seven attributes essential to success for accountants and finance ...

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How to Master the Art of Giving Feedback

By Giles Pearson on Mar 26, 2019

In the same way that the feedback you receive needs to be heard to be effective, the feedback you give also has to be heard to be effective. The difference is that when you are receiving feedback you control...

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The Case for Hiring for Accounting Skills over Attitude

By Steve Evans on Mar 26, 2019

Pick-up nearly any business book and the recommendation is likely to be the same: when building a team, "hire for attitudes and train for skills". This seems to be the catchphrase in recent years for recruit...

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Ethics in Accounting: How to Handle Common Dilemmas

By Giles Pearson on Feb 26, 2019

Numbers don’t lie. It’s a cliché you’ve likely heard before. It's also one you may know to be untrue. Numbers — or rather, financial data — are only as truthful and clear as finance professionals interpret a...

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Science-Based Hiring: 5 Basic Principles to Improve Your Recruitment Process

By Giles Pearson on Jan 24, 2019

Implementing a recruitment system that is efficient, predictive, candidate-friendly, reduces turnover, and is valuable to recruiting managers takes a fair amount of planning and effort. No single recruitment...

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Best Practice Tips For Conducting Reference Checks

By Steve Evans on Jan 15, 2019

You think you've found the right candidate for your Accounting Firm. Qualifications, experience, skillset and personality all seem like a good fit. But there’s one more step in your hiring process: checking ...

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