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Best careers 2011: Accountant
U.S. News & World Report    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The accounting profession is the epitome of left-brain thinking. Logic and thoroughness are two of the most important skills you'll need. But there is also passion involved: To enjoy the job, you must love numbers, particularly the practical application of numbers. Most accountants work as public accountants charged with financial recordkeeping and tax services for a range of clients. Public accountants are typically employed by large accounting firms, but many have individual practices. There are also management accountants, who work for large companies and other organizations. More

Weirdest tax laws of 2010
Accounting Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From hot air balloons to bagels, 2010 proved to be yet another year in which states and municipalities passed some strange tax laws in a desperate bid to raise revenues and close their budget gaps. The Tax & Accounting business of Thomson Reuters has compiled a sampling of some of the year's quirkiest sales and use tax changes, emphasizing the importance of technology and expertise to help navigate the dynamic sales and use tax landscape. More

Data privacy high on next year's policy agenda
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Much has been made of the many uncertainties facing businesses and their IT executives in the year ahead, but one area in which there is sure to be movement is data privacy policy. Leaked, stolen and lost data is costing companies their reputations and money, and it is costing consumers their Fourth Amendment rights. The status quo is acceptable to no one aside from some online advertisers. More

Study: Women still facing glass ceiling in 2010
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Women saw little advancement in corporate boardrooms and compensation in 2010, extending a 5-year trend in which companies have lagged in promoting and mentoring of women to their own detriment, according to a new study. "Corporate America needs to get 'unstuck' when it comes to advancing women to leadership," said Ilene Lang, president and chief executive of Catalyst, a non-profit organization that advocates greater opportunities for women. The study was based on annual filings made by Fortune 500 companies to the Securities and Exchange Commission or, in the case of insurance companies, to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. More

Developing support staff to build their confidence and influence
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We all know the benefits of leadership training and development. Everyone loves an inspiring leader who has the skills to connect and communicate with their employees; motivating them to excel. But perhaps in focusing learning and development strategies on leaders, we often overlook the administrators and support staff who work with them first-hand. More

Managers bemoan lack of skills as top gripe for 2011
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We've heard plenty of concerns from retailers about the challenges next year will bring — but now managers have had the chance to stick their oar in, too, thanks to a survey from the Chartered Management Institute. And the outlook isn't great: 43 percent of them say they're worried their organization doesn't have the 'right people' to fulfill its targets in 2011 — and almost six in 10 of these reckon their main gripe is a lack of skills. And it's not just their staff they're talking about: CMI boss Ruth Spellman says that 'in many cases,' managers themselves haven't had sufficient training. Which doesn't bode well, does it? More

Overqualified, under-rated
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According to most conventional recruitment wisdom, overqualified job candidates are best avoided because they quickly become bored and will head to the exit at the first sign of a better opportunity elsewhere. But as is often the case, conventional wisdom is wrong. Because according to a recent study published in the Journal of Applied Psychology, the idea that overqualified workers are easily bored and prone to quit is a myth. "A manager trying to fill a job that demands less-than-top-level smarts should never reject a candidate out of hand just because the applicant's score on the company's intelligence tests labels him or her as smarter than the job requires," said Dr Anthony Nyberg from the University of South Carolina, who led the research. More

Social media monitor sizes up a brand's competition on Twitter & Facebook
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During the last decade when Google was the leader in driving traffic to Web sites, a number of analytical services became available for brand competitors. Vying for Google's search results on Page 1 (preferably above the fold), brands utilized tools to tell them if they were gaining or losing ground. Today, with social media, the heir apparent to Google, brands are now more concerned as to how they stack up to their competition on social networks, namely Twitter and Facebook. Wildfire launched Social Media Monitor to tackle that task. More

Positioned to win
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Aon Hewitt shares some of the best practices and strategies used by global top companies to build and strengthen their leadership pipelines. Companies must be rigorous and focused in their assessment, selection, development and rewarding of talent. Coming out of the economic turmoil of the last 24 to 36 months, companies around the globe are once again focusing on growth. As leaders balance operational efficiencies with sustainable growth objectives, critical talent is more important than ever. More

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