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Suggestions for a More Effective Accounting or Finance Job Search in 2020

Suggestions for a More Effective Accounting or Finance Job Search in 2020

If you’re looking to land a new opportunity this year, here are a few recommendations to augment your job search.

By this time in the year, most companies have their updated budgets and are hiring for new positions. If you’re in the market for a new opportunity, that’s excellent to hear, right?

Even though the 2020 job market is in your favor, our professional team of experts wants to share a few extra tips to help you land your next career all while saving you time and energy.

1. Keep variations of your resume on hand

The two elements that will increase your chances of an interview with a recruiting firm or potential employer are:

  • resume submission quality
  • resume submission time

What do these terms mean and how are they related?

Resume submission quality refers to you the style, organization, readability and thoroughness of detail for the specific role you’re applying for. While your technical skills, soft skills and experiences don’t change when applying job to job, you may wish to highlight certain accomplishments, responsibilities and/or skills more for specific industries and roles differently than others.

When you modify your resume for specific industries or roles, be sure to save it for next time you apply to a similar role. You can make minor adjustments as you find new opportunities so you can respond to job postings quicker.

Job boards typically receive most resume submissions within the first 10 – 14 days, so it is essential to apply with a quality resume as quickly as possible.

2. Use LinkedIn

Creating an engaging presence on social networks is essential in today’s market, especially on LinkedIn.  Maintaining a LinkedIn profile is critical for active and passive job seekers because it shows more about you than a traditional resume. LinkedIn receives 18M average daily visitors and is the leading channel to distribute B2B content. We recommend keeping your profile active by continuously updating your professional experiences, certifications and skills. Engage with colleagues, previous coworkers, classmates, supervisors, and thought leaders. Join groups that match your interests and preferences. Post photos with colleagues. Celebrate high achieving individuals. Send highly personalized connection requests and take the opportunity to meet with professionals who you think could help you in a career search.

On LinkedIn, we recommend using a professional or business casual photograph of yourself for your profile picture. If you have any LinkedIn related questions or need additional tips, please reach out to your Accountants One recruiter.

It’s worth mentioning that LinkedIn also has an incredible job board for active job seekers. You can mark yourself as “Open to New Opportunities” so that your profile can be discovered to employers and recruiting professionals.

With the unemployment rate so low it is important to clean up your other social media profiles. Don’t post anything you’d regret in the morning! Remember, you can always use Facebook or Instagram as another avenue for networking.

3. Know what you want and what you’re worth

If you’re unhappy in your current role, take the time for serious self-reflection and see what is truly making you feel this way. Some of the top reasons for job dissatisfaction are poor compensation, limited career growth, lack of challenging work, poor management, and long commute time.

Based on findings from a our 2019 survey conducted with a sample of Atlanta’s best accountants, opportunities for career advancement and corporate culture were the leading factors in determining job satisfaction.

Knowing your market value is also very important so that you can evaluate offers from potential employers. For example, if you are a Staff Accountant in 2020, you should be making anywhere from $44,000 to $61,000. For more market trends, check out the Accountants One 2020 Salary Guide if you’d like to see how your current salary stacks up.

A recruiter can act as a career coach and trusted advisor in all of these aspects. Accountants One recruiters are looking to get to know you and your long-term career goals.

Here at Accountants One we listen to understand. We strive to discover your personal, educational and business goals so that we can identify opportunities that match what you’re looking for. If you’re ready to start exploring available opportunities, please view all listings through our Job Listings page. 

3 Tips for Managing Your Remote Team

3 Tips for Managing Your Remote Team

In response to COVID-19, more and more businesses are temporarily closing their offices and moving their employees to working remotely.  With the abrupt change of circumstances, abundance of new and unforeseen challenges and general feeling of uncertainty, it can become overwhelming.

Fortunately, managing a remote team doesn’t have to be as difficult as it seems. There is a wealth of resources at your disposal to make sure your business runs as smoothly as possible. We’ve taken the liberty of compiling key pieces of information that will help you effectively manage your team.

Assembling a Team (or Teams)

Working remotely changes how the entire business is going to be run for the foreseeable future.

Start by assembling a team- or teams, depending on the needs of your business — that can strategize a plan for business operations. It’s essential to clarify the best structure for your team and their needs. 

Who should be on this team? Your company size will determine who should be on this specific team or ‘task force’. Usually upper-level management and the human resource department will come up with new policies and procedures for new types of protocol and it will work down into specific departments within the organization.

Once your team is assembled, consider the following questions:

  • What methods or tools will you use to keep everyone in contact?
  • Is there a better time for the team, or teams, to meet every day or week?
  • How frequently should we plan meetings to move projects forward?
  • What important deadlines must be met, and how will you communicate those deadlines effectively?
  • How will you allocate the possibly limited resources on-hand to whomever might need them?

These are all important topics to address and it’s essential that your team is aware of the expectations while working remotely. Every business is going to have unique answers to this set of questions. Answers will vary based on specific needs, projects, industries, and so on. Successful managers have structured and predictable check ins set up for remote employees so that their concerns or challenges can be heard. Remember, people are your greatest asset within your organization. Having a dedicated team during this time will help you – and your team – feel confident moving forward.

Keeping in Touch Through Technology

As they say, communication is key. The world is incredibly connected using modern technology. There are many great tools and products that can help your team stay connected virtually. Scheduling meetings through video, audio and chat collaboration platforms such as Skype, Asana, Slack, GoToMeeting, Zoom, or Google Hangouts offer an easy way to gather everyone in the team, group, or possibly even company in the same place.

Try to choose communication options that have mobile applications available. This can make it even easier for those that have smartphones to communicate through one easily-accessible resource.

In addition, make sure there is a readily available directory of email addresses and phone numbers that is distributed company wide.

If it’s an option, have employees set up their office phones to forward any calls to their personal phone. This will ensure that no business-related calls slip through the cracks.

Maintaining Morale

No doubt about it, these are challenging times we’re facing. Working from home can be a big adjustment for some employees especially on top of other concerns and uncertainties we are facing. People have different work styles. People need time to process the current situation.

Some employees will thrive on working alone, while others will feel that the social distance is hindering their motivation or productivity.

Offer virtual activities so that your employees can get their daily dose of human interaction. Have a FaceTime lunch meeting with an employee each day of the week. Offer a fun virtual game before or after a meeting. Run a virtual contest. There are still things you can do to promote your company culture.

Lastly, try to encourage discussion between employees about their workload and how they’re managing to tackle it from home. Letting everyone more openly discuss their strategies opens the floodgates for new ideas and more effective ways to tackle new challenges.

Accountants One Announces Mission Critical Task Force to Help Individuals and Companies During Coronavirus Pandemic

Accountants One Announces Mission Critical Task Force to Help Individuals and Companies During Coronavirus Pandemic

Accountants One has a long history of serving the Accounting and Financial Community. The Coronavirus and the impact that it has had upon our network of friends and associates has motivated us to do all we can to help. We believe, more than ever, that we will get through this together. In that spirit, Accountants One is offering assistance to individuals and businesses affected by the Coronavirus pandemic through a newly formed Mission Critical Task Force.

Since 1973, Accountants One has been recruiting and staffing accounting and finance talent. Due to the Coronavirus, and the impact that the pandemic has had on the economy, Accountants One has developed a Mission Critical Task Force designed to meet the needs of individuals and businesses facing these unique challenges.

Individuals: Accountants One has dedicated a team of trained professional recruiters to manage the Mission Critical Candidate Development Team. Any Accounting or Financial Professional laid-off due to the Coronavirus pandemic will have high-priority access to this exceptional team of high-quality recruiters. We have made accommodations to allow for on-line interviewing and real-time interactions.

Questions about the market? We are glad to answer them. Seeking a short-term contract assignment, a transition back to a full-time role, or a combination of both, we are here to listen and offer career coaching.

The Mission Critical Candidate Development Team is being orchestrated by Tracy Coffie. Ansley Fuller, Alaye Feghabo, Catherine McCranie, and Taylor Phillips are dedicated to getting the Mission Critical Task Force back to work as soon as possible.

Businesses: Working in-step with the Mission Critical Candidate Development Team is the Mission Critical Services Team. This team is in close contact with businesses negotiating the current challenging economy.

Short-term expertise, part-time solutions, work from home options, and creative long and short-term staffing strategies offer savvy businesses alternative ways to negotiate this difficult market. Highly sophisticated CFO / CPA modeling, or a tested and vetted A/P clerk to get invoices out the door – the Mission Critical Services Team has the experience and creativity to immediately solve your most complicated accounting / finance business problems.

Leading the Mission Critical Services Team is Brent Harris. Brent has twenty-five years serving the Atlanta market, with over ten years of that experience at Accountants One. Brent is working with a dedicated team serving clients during this exceptional time: Anna Orr, Cindy Cannon, Lisa Klein, Matt Hanson, Lauren Gutenstein, and Jared Elliot.

We will get through these unprecedented times by working together. In effort to show our genuine commitment to the people that make up our business community we have thrown out our traditional pricing structure with the intent of being able to help a greater number of individuals and businesses. We hope this helps.

Individuals and businesses interested in learning more about the Mission Critical Taskforce talent please email clientservices@accountantsone.com.

Creating a Remarkable Culture Program January 16 Highlights

Creating a Remarkable Culture Program January 16 Highlights

On January 16, 2020, Accountants One and Moore Colson CPAs and Advisors hosted a two-hour CPE program at Roam Innovative Workplace: Dunwoody in Atlanta, Georgia.

More than 80+ of Atlanta’s Accounting and Finance professionals attended the “Creating a Remarkable Culture” program. Major topics covered were talent selection and corporate culture.

Dee Ann Turner, Former Chick-fil-A VP of Talent, Sustainability, gave a strategic and inspirational keynote speech. An hour of floor time followed with an all-star panel of business executives moderated by Anna Orr, Accountants One Recruiter. Each speaker shared their learning experiences and leadership style as well as one key takeaway for the crowd. 

All attendees received a complimentary breakfast, two-hour certificate and free copy of Bet on Talent: How to Create a Remarkable Culture That Wins the Hearts of Customers.

What our speakers discussed is at the core what Accountants One believes and strives to execute. We believe that successful talent selection all starts with a deep understanding of culture and technical competencies for the position. 

A successful hire is 75% cultural fit and only 25% technical fit. 

By allowing Accountants One to focus on hiring for your organization, you can focus on growing your business.

If you’d like to learn more about partnering with us, please contact an Accountants One recruiter today.


2019 CFO of the Year Mike Picchi to Speak at Upcoming Leadership Session

2019 CFO of the Year Mike Picchi to Speak at Upcoming Leadership Session

October 30, 2019 | A1 News

Next Generation Recruiting and Staffing Firm, Accountants One, partners with Moore Colson CPAs and Advisors to bring Atlanta Finance and Accounting Professionals a groundbreaking CPE. This is event is taking place at Roam Dunwoody in Atlanta, Georgia on Thursday, January 16, 2020. 

Mike Picchi, East West CFO, received the 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle CFO of the Year Award in the Medium Private Company category on May 23, 2019. Picchi joined East West in October 2017 and has already made a tremendous impact on the company. During his tenure here, Picchi has helped East West successfully complete two acquisitions, expanding our capabilities to include two domestic manufacturing operations.

Mike Picchi has served since October 2017 as Chief Financial Officer of East West Manufacturing, based at the company’s U.S. headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. He leads the finance and accounting teams, overseeing corporate governance and cash management, and providing strategic planning and financial analysis to help East West achieve growth objectives. Mike joined East West from Allconnect, a digital marketing services company, where he served as Chief Financial Officer.

Mike is a veteran of the manufacturing, clean energy, telecom and business services industries. He has more than 30 years of management and finance experience, including successfully navigating an initial public offering (IPO), selling a private equity backed company to a large strategic buyer, and raising over $700 million of equity and debt proceeds during his career. He holds a B.S. in Accounting and an MBA in Finance from Indiana University, and is a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Financial Analyst.

To register for the event, please click here. Due to limited seating and a strong response, please register as soon as possible.