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Ring-Buzz-Ding: Handling Technology Distractions

Posted by Guest Blogger on Jan 11, 2020 8:00:00 AM

 

Technology distractions are ubiquitous these days. Studies show that many employees are working a fraction of the time they are on the clock – and technology is not just a distraction in the workplace. This issue begs the question: when you’re studying, what percentage of the time are you productively studying? Have you considered how many times you check your email or answer a text or tap your phone to see if anything popped up? And the problem is not merely the time spent on the device. The constant task-switching itself takes a toll on the effectiveness of your study time because every time you are distracted, it takes additional effort to refocus. 

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Tags: CPA Productivity, CPA Review Tips, Networking, effective communication, CPA Career, Goal Setting, Studying

Do you REALLY need a CPA license?

Posted by Guest Blogger on Feb 23, 2019 8:08:00 AM

In a knowledge economy, having a license to back up your expertise can be the difference between getting the job (or gig, or client) and not. According to NASBA “licensure reassures the client that an individual has kept pace and is, therefore, more capable, reliable, and trustworthy to that client.” (http://tinyurl.com/NASBAlicense)

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Tags: CPA Career, accounting career

When Your Raise Is Denied - What's Next?

Posted by Dr. Phil Yaeger on Sep 23, 2018 9:24:22 PM

You spent hours upon hours of overtime for your company over the past few months. Hours you could have spent catching up on your favorite shows on Netflix, out for dinners and drinks with friends or training for the half marathon everyone else is running next month. At the time, all of this was part of a plan – that it would all add up to the pay rise you were hoping for at your performance review. You did your due diligence, you outlined multiple positive impacts you made for your company during the peak season, you presented a measurable financial impact, but the answer was, “Sorry, not at this time.”

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Tags: office environment, effective communication, CPA Career, Accounting Career Advice

Your Handshake Matters as Much as Your LinkedIn

Posted by Dr. Phil Yaeger on Jun 6, 2018 10:02:18 AM

Being a young accountant means having one of the widest fields of career potential in front of you. The profession is in high demand, but supply, especially of CPAs, is struggling to keep up. This favorable job market doesn't mean you should sit back and relax, but rather be ready and treat opportunity as if it were always around the corner. You should be professional to the standard of seasoned pro's, bring the energy of someone new to the industry, and able to meet every expectation as times and common practices have changed. This means your LinkedIn, handshake, Twitter, business card, and Instagram pages should all be kept to a professional standard as they will be scrutinized. The worst thing you can do is impress online and disappoint in person. Keeping everyone happy and making genuine connections can feel intimidating and taxing, but it is possible and worth it.

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Tags: Networking, CPA Career, accounting career

Newlywed CPA Candidate How-To Guide

Posted by Dr. Phil Yaeger on May 25, 2018 8:52:28 AM

So you just got married – now what?

Congratulations! It is such an exciting time of life. College parties turn into Sunday morning brunches, late Friday nights out turn into coffee dates on Saturday and suddenly everyone around you is getting married, sitting the CPA Exam and having children. Now it is your turn – so what should you be thinking about and what are some of the taxation implications. You are a CPA candidate, so this is right up your alley.

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Tags: CPA Exam Prep, CPA Exam Tips, CPA Career

The Trait You Need More Than Any Other To Succeed

Posted by Dr. Phil Yaeger on Apr 11, 2018 1:21:36 PM

Some think the little piece of paper hanging on their wall, the one with their alma mater's name, is the most important foot in the door to a successful career. Others believe their connections will take them to the places they want to go. Most are taught hard work, grit, intelligence, and putting in time is the key to success. While all those are important, they pale in comparison to the trait most successful people have - emotional intelligence.

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Tags: office environment, effective communication, CPA Career, accounting career, Business Leadership

2018, The Year You Get Your CPA?

Posted by Dr. Phil Yaeger on Jan 1, 2018 6:34:58 PM

The Holidays are officially over and now we have a fresh year to work with. The beginning of the year can be a little intimidating with all the ideas and talk of goals. People usually want to improve situations with their health, money, family, and work. For many of you, a large goal for 2018 is to get your CPA. The hard part about many goals is the thoughts in our head of “will this work?” and “is this actually the year it'll happen?”. Whether you're dreaming big or staying practical, there is risk associated with asking more of yourself. Goals mean admitting you are not where you would like to be and want to challenge yourself to get there. Goals mean you care. Goals, however, are not guarantees.

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Tags: CPA Exam Tips, AICPA, 2018 CPA Exam, CPA Exam Changes, 2018 CPA Exam, CPA Career, Accounting Career Advice

2017 Was Full of Scandals, Take-downs, and Whistleblowers: What Can We Learn From the Failure of Leaders

Posted by Dr. Phil Yaeger on Dec 29, 2017 4:02:46 PM

Whether it be sports, celebrity, business, student life, or community, there is always talk of who will lead. Society needs those who will set the tone, are worthy of followers, and dare to push boundaries while guiding themselves with legal and moral compasses. There are many amazing leaders, but the past few years have shown many take a drastic fall from the glory they earned. Why have we seen leaders from Politics, Hollywood, Comedy, Business... pretty much every facet of society ruin themselves? Many were at the helm of nearly unstoppable forces regarding their enterprises. What led to their personal demise? Was it their success?

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Tags: CPA Career

Thinking About Making a Career Move? Walk through these steps first.

Posted by Dr. Phil Yaeger on Dec 13, 2017 9:51:32 AM

People are changing jobs more than they ever have before. However, these job changes often come with the requirement to relocate. It may be easy to hire movers and take a road trip to your new home base, but it can feel quite uprooting if you have a well-established personal and professional community. People usually relocate for a better position which can mean higher pay, more room for upward mobility, or a better work-life balance. At times, though, it can be easy just to look for change and hope things will get better. The reality is, not all changes are right, and your situation might even get worse if you aren't careful to find the right fit. You should seek out wisdom from friends, family, and professionals alike to determine the right path.

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Tags: CPA Career, Accounting Career Advice, accounting career

Five Great Cities for the Midwest-at-Heart CPA

Posted by Dr. Phil Yaeger on Dec 11, 2017 1:07:23 PM
Many say the West Coast is the best coast, but there's something to the slower pace of the Midwestern part of the United States. You can still get into big cities, but there's a different feel, colder weather, and economic advantages. Here's a look at some of the most promising cities for the professional not looking to go too far west.
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Tags: Accounting News, AICPA, CPA Career, Accounting Career Advice

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