1-800-474-4253     North America    Login | Register | Media Room | Office Locations


Going with the Flow: Cash is Key (if not King)

Posted by Jim DeLoach on Jul 24, 2014 4:52:43 PM

Jim-DeLoach-Protiviti-photoThis post is originally from The Protiviti ViewProtiviti, a subsidiary of Robert Half, is a global consulting firm that helps companies solve problems in finance, technology, operations, governance, risk and internal audit. The Protiviti View, the company’s blog, features commentary, insights and points of view on key challenges and risks facing companies today.

Our annual Finance Priorities Survey provides an insightful glimpse into business post-recession. Cash management and working capital, always a priority, have taken on even greater importance for chief financial officers and finance executives. Given the past six years and the scary recession experience itself, that shouldn’t be surprising.

Topics: Finance, Protiviti

8 Common Business Analyst Interview Questions

Posted by Robert Half Management Resources on Jul 23, 2014 3:58:00 PM

Robert-Half-Management-Resources-blog-business-analyst-questionsIf you're hunting for a business analyst job, prepping for common types of interview questions can help alleviate any pre-interview jitters. Although business analyst positions vary from company to company, there are a number of questions you are likely to hear in any interview for this job.

The more familiar you are with what you may be asked, the better your chances of acing the interview. Here are eight typical business analyst interview questions and how to prep for them.

Topics: Career Advice, Interviews, Business Analyst

Risk Management Consulting: A Day in the Life

Posted by Robert Half Management Resources on Jul 21, 2014 3:26:54 PM

Robert-Half-Management-Resources-blog-enterprise-risk-management-day-in-the-lifeEnterprise risk management (ERM) is a highly specialized field, but that doesn’t mean these professionals deal with narrowly defined areas of a company. If you’re looking into this line of work, you’ll be called upon to collaborate with and get input from colleagues at all levels of the organization and from all business lines.

There are many specialties within ERM, and the expertise of most risk management consultants fits within their chosen area. Many have a background in accounting, business administration, economics or mathematics.

Wondering what you might do if you worked as an ERM consultant? Here’s a rundown of what your typical day could be.

Topics: Consultants, Risk, Compliance

SOX Compliance: Where Are We Now?

Posted by Robert Half Management Resources on Jul 17, 2014 12:51:00 PM

2014_SOX_Survey_coverAlthough Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) has been on the regulatory scene for more than a decade, organizations are still coming to terms with its implications. And while how companies address it continues to evolve, SOX compliance is a reality that has forever changed financial reporting processes.

So where are we today in terms of compliance activity and its costs? A recent study from Robert Half and and Financial Executives Research Foundation, the research affiliate of Financial Executives International, found 99 percent of U.S. executives expect compliance costs to increase or stay the same over time.

In terms of SOX compliance, findings from global consulting firm Protiviti’s 2014 Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance Survey of more than 600 finance professionals indicate some organizations still have a ways to go to get up to speed.

Topics: Industry Trends, Accounting, Audit, Compliance, Protiviti, Financial Executives International, Financial Executives Research Foundation

Becoming a Great Mentor

Posted by Robert Half Management Resources on Jul 16, 2014 4:58:50 PM

Robert-Half-Management-Resources-blog-becoming-great-mentorEvery accounting and finance professional who’s had a mentor knows how valuable the experience can be. But mentoring relationships aren’t just about helping mentees learn the ropes of a job or build their careers. They can also provide growth opportunities for the mentor.

In a Robert Half Management Resources survey, chief financial officers cited the internal satisfaction that came through helping someone else succeed as the greatest benefit of being a mentor. Others top perks reported include the chance to develop more leadership skills and expand their professional networks.

Topics: Career Advice, Management Advice, Leadership, Professional Development

Life as a Financial Consultant: 3 Reasons to Love Every Day

Posted by Robert Half Management Resources on Jul 14, 2014 4:33:00 PM

Robert-Half-Management-Resources-blog-day-in-the-life-of-a-financial-consultantFinancial consulting is a popular career option for many senior-level practitioners. Companies of all shapes, sizes and sectors call on specialized, versatile and proactive project professionals to join their teams and shake up their strategies, for both shorter periods and longer stretches of time.

If you’re an experienced finance or accounting professional looking for a change of pace, shifting to a consulting career could prove rewarding. The diversity, flexibility and autonomy that go with the territory could bring welcome challenges and fulfillment.

Here are three reasons you might love life as a financial consultant.

Office Humor: Does Someone in Your Office Communicate Like This?

Posted by Robert Half Management Resources on Jul 10, 2014 1:02:43 PM

MRtoon-1230We’re introducing a new comic series today that will occasionally appear in the Robert Half Management Resources blog.

It’s drawn by longtime artist Randy Glasbergen, whose work appears in numerous publications worldwide.

Many of his cartoons definitely hit upon the business and workplace management topics near and dear to our readers, including this gem on business communication skills, so we hope you enjoy it.

Related Topics

3 Tips for Improving Employee Communication at Small Businesses

Leadership Library: “The Advantage” Focuses on Clear Communication

Topics: Corporate Culture, Soft Skills, communication

PMP Certification: The Key to Unlocking Opportunities?

Posted by Robert Half Management Resources on Jul 9, 2014 4:32:00 PM

Robert-Half-Management-Resources-blog-PMP-certificationWant to solidify your project management skills, stand out to employers and, yes, earn more money? If you have experience as a project consultant, the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification could be that next step you’re looking for.

The PMP certification is offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI), a nonprofit professional organization committed to advancing the field of project management. This credential proves that you’ve competently led and directed teams as a project manager (PM). The Salary Guide from Robert Half notes professional designations can boost starting pay by five to 10 percent and lists the PMP certification as an accreditation valued by employers.

Topics: Career Advice, Professional Development

Is Your Leadership Development Program Working? 6 Questions to Consider

Posted by Robert Half Management Resources on Jul 7, 2014 1:55:00 PM

Robert-Half-Management-Resources-blog-reasons-not-seeing-leadership-developA strong pool of potential leaders is the lifeblood of any organization. As a manager, developing successful leadership training is – or should be – a very real priority. But what happens if your leadership development efforts are falling short? And how do you even know if they’re in trouble?

It’s time to reassess and find out what may be derailing your leadership development efforts. Start by asking these six key questions about your organization:

Topics: Management Advice, Leadership, Professional Development, Staff Management

The Value of Financial Consultants’ Independent Insights

Posted by Michael Weiss on Jul 3, 2014 2:36:02 PM

Robert-Half-Management-Resources-blog-financial-consultants-independenceOne of the benefits of working with financial consultants is tapping their independent insights. Sometimes it takes an outsider to identify and catalyze the change an organization truly needs. Accounting and finance professionals are brought in by companies on a consulting or project basis to get the job done and can offer their opinion without worrying about taking a new approach or getting caught up in office politics.

Business Benefits

Companies often work with consultants who possess internal audit or risk experience to tackle compliance initiatives. Similarly, consultants with a strong background in the financial function can assist the CFO by taking an objective look and identifying issues that may have been missed due to organizational blind spots. Project professionals also can provide in-demand regulatory expertise not currently available in-house.

Topics: Consultants

Robert Half Upcoming Events