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Executive-Level Job Seekers: Are You Really Ready?

Posted by Lisa Sibley on Aug 26, 2014 9:26:43 AM

Senior_Executive_Level_Search_Job_Tips_HuntingThe top realms of the corporate pyramid might be a little lonelier than you’d think, when it comes to making a career move, that is.

Today’s executives often have a long track record of success and direct reports, from other executives to an entire department. But many of those contacts, as high-ranking or well-networked as they may be or seem, probably aren’t going to help a senior-level finance executive make a career jump to his or her next position. To get the word out, they will likely need to network with people outside of their existing company.

Topics: Networking, Hiring Advice, Social Media, Nontechnical Skills, Job Search, Executive Search, Hiring Manager

Developing Millennials Into Your Firm’s Next Generation of Leaders

Posted by Paul McDonald on Aug 25, 2014 3:28:31 PM

Robert-Half-Management-Resources-blog-Gen-Y-leadersThis post originally appeared on FEI Daily.

“I don’t get them.”

“When I was their age …”

“I don’t know how to talk to them.”

Have you had any of these thoughts about members of Generation Y, the Millennials? If you have, it’s time to stop and adopt a new mindset. They’re a highly educated, innovative force that has swept through the workplace and now influences every level of their organizations. If you’re not actively recruiting, developing and working to retain Gen Y professionals, you’re losing competitive edge.

Topics: Management Advice, Leadership, Financial Executives International, Millennials, Generation Y

The Conference Call Conundrum: 10 Steps for Keeping People Engaged

Posted by Michael Weiss on Aug 21, 2014 4:37:48 PM

Robert-Half-Management-Resources-blog-conference-callsFor busy executives, the conference call is a valuable tool, allowing them to host meetings from anywhere and with people who could be spread out far and wide. However, research from conferencing and collaboration provider InterCall found as people are spending more time on conference calls from mobile devices, many of them may not be paying attention to the discussion.

Topics: Management Advice, Meetings, Staff Management, Conference Calls

How to Overcome Your Fear of Public Speaking

Posted by Kari Hulac on Aug 20, 2014 4:00:00 AM

RHMR_0814_BLG-PublicSpeaking-shutterstock_187272326_NAM_ENGThere’s a lot being said these days about the need for finance and accounting professionals to master soft skills such as communication, and it’s for good reason: If you want to get ahead in business you need to conquer your fear of public speaking.

A survey by Protiviti, a subsidiary of Robert Half, found that of all the soft skills that internal auditors need to improve, public speaking was ranked No. 1.

Advancing your career depends on it, says Ryan Sutton, a Boston-based Robert Half senior regional president who regularly speaks to groups and appears on television news programs.

“If you ever really want to be an executive, no executive was really hired one-on-one. You’re interviewed by a board, you’re presenting to a board,” Sutton said. “The difference between being comfortable (with public speaking) and not comfortable is the difference between being the leader versus the contributor.”

Topics: Career Advice, Soft Skills, communication, Nontechnical Skills, Dan DeNisco, Ryan Sutton

Is Your Company Flunking ICFR?

Posted by Tim Hird on Aug 18, 2014 1:36:00 PM

Robert-Half-Management-Resources-blog-icfr-August-2014Countless organizations are walking a wobbly tightrope when it comes to internal control over financial reporting (ICFR). Facing increasingly tough regulations, chief financial officers and their teams have to stay on their toes in this precarious balancing act. One misstep could lead to dire consequences, from class-action lawsuits and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) sanctions to management turnover and serious reputation damage.

Topics: Industry Trends, Compliance, Protiviti, Financial Reporting

Welcome Aboard: 5 Tips to Make Financial Consultants Feel at Home at Your Small Business

Posted by Robert Half Management Resources on Aug 14, 2014 2:08:00 PM

Robert-Half-Management-Resources-blog-small-business-consulting-servicesThere are many reasons your company might turn to small business consulting services. Finance, accounting and business systems consultants can work in specialized project areas and are available to support a key initiative or staff an interim management role. If you want to build a team that effectively dovetails the talents of both full-time staff and financial consultants, you’ll need to know how.

Here are 5 tips to help things run smoothly.

Topics: Management Advice, Consultants, Staff Management

3 Top Attributes of a Successful Financial Consultant

Posted by Robert Half Management Resources on Aug 13, 2014 3:56:00 PM

Robert-Half-Management-Resources-blog-attributes-successful-financial-consultantThis is an especially opportune time to consider a career as a financial consultant. With more regulations affecting businesses and the emergence of new technology, firms are hungry for specialized professionals to handle complex finance and accounting projects. But many organizations may not need this expertise on a full-time basis. This is where financial consultants come in. 

Before you start looking for your next job opportunity, take a look at the following attributes of a successful financial consultant.

Topics: Career Advice, Consultants

Don't Let Social Media Disrupt Your Financial Reporting Standards

Posted by Robert Half Management Resources on Aug 11, 2014 5:00:00 PM

Robert-Half-Management-Resources-blog-social-media-financial-reporting-August2014Your company's social media usage may seem like one of the last issues that influences your internal controls over financial reporting. But websites like Facebook and Twitter, which started as online networks for people to connect with one another, have evolved into legitimate publishing platforms for businesses. Social media channels now represent some of the fastest and most reliable ways to communicate with the public. Most organizations have created branded profiles to broadcast information to their followers and engage them.

Things get tricky when it comes to sharing news via social media, however, especially when it relates to financial information. For years, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has enforced Regulation Fair Disclosure rules, which require publicly traded companies to disclose information that would be deemed relevant for investors in nondiscriminatory ways.

In the past, most organizations have relied on tools such as press releases to share quarterly financial reports. But as social media outlets play more prominent roles in publishing news, it's important to maintain a firm grasp of your internal controls over financial reporting. You may be inadvertently violating regulations on what seems like a routine or harmless click of a button.

Topics: Industry Trends, Compliance, Financial Reporting, Social Media

Don’t Let the Good Ones Get Away: 5 Steps Every Manager Should Take to Retain Star Employees

Posted by Lisa Montagna on Aug 7, 2014 10:18:00 AM

Robert-Half-Management-Resources-blog-retention-steps-August-2014According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) most recent Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey data, the number of employees who voluntarily quit their jobs is at its highest point in six years. Whether you have been concerned about retention in the past, now is the time to make it a priority.

Even your most tenured folks may be wooed away by employers – and it could become even more difficult to replace them. In fact, in a survey by our company, more than six in 10 (63 percent) chief financial officers said it is somewhat or very challenging to find skilled candidates for professional-level positions today. This is further complicated by current low unemployment rates in several financial positions. Below are some of the occupation-specific second-quarter unemployment rates reported by the BLS:

  • Compliance officers: 0.5%
  • Financial managers: 1.8%
  • Accountants and auditors: 2.8%
  • Financial analysts: 2.8%

Topics: Management Advice, Retention, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Office Humor: The Doughnut Leadership Principle

Posted by Robert Half Management Resources on Aug 6, 2014 3:57:33 PM


Are you a doughnut person or do you fall into the bagel camp? It's the classic office food dilemma.

While that pink box of sugary goodness can be tempting, if you really want your staff to be as productive as possible, you might consider serving some healthier snacks.

Have you found a creative way to feed your staff tasty but healthy treats? Tell us in the comments below.

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