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Accounting Job SEO Checklist

Accounting Job SEO Checklist

This post is an excerpt from the Accountingfly eBook, “How to Write the Ultimate Accounting Job Posting.” This eBook will teach you how to write more engaging and actionable job postings. Click here to download. Before submitting your accounting job posting, consult this SEO checklist to make sure you’re maximizing traffic and visibility. You’ve used […]

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The 5 Questions Your Accounting Job Posting Must Answer

The Top 5 Questions Your Accounting Job Posting Must Answer

This post is an excerpt from the Accountingfly eBook, “How to Write the Ultimate Accounting Job Posting.” This eBook will teach you how to write more engaging and actionable job postings. Click here to download. There are many approaches to writing a successful accounting job posting, so sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. […]

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What Happens When an Accountant Violates Your Remote Work Policy?

Hopefully by now you’ve got a remote accountant policy firmly in place. If not, check out some of our older blogs for legal steps you need to take before making your first remote accountant hire and six things your remote accountant policy should include. But before you start deploying a full-scale cloud accountant army, there’s another […]

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Adding a Video to Your Accounting Job Posting Can Improve Results

We live in an age of glowing rectangles, buzzing smartphones, and unlimited entertainment options. It’s the era of TL;DR, where innumerable sources of work and fun are constantly vying for our attention. Through email, text messages, news articles, advertisements, and industry reports for work, we’re bombarded with thousands of words a day. We couldn’t read […]

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What to Do When Your Accounting Job Postings Aren’t Working

It’s no secret that hiring accountants is a buyers market. While the number of accountants in the U.S. is increasing, demand is outpacing the supply, particularly when it comes to CPAs. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of accountants and auditors is expected to grow 10% by 2026, which is faster than the […]

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Does Workplace by Facebook Offer Anything for Accounting Firms?

Over the last few months, Facebook has been relentlessly pushing its Workplace by Facebook platform, expanding the app’s feature list while ramping up its marketing. Its most recent PR blitz occurred this past June, as Facebook unveiled the company’s new Workplace for Good program, touting free access to Workplace Premium for nonprofits and educational institutions among […]

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Top 5 Virtual Communication Apps

As you move your accounting firm more into the cloud and rely more on virtual employees, you’ll need to use virtual communication apps to stay in touch with workers and clients, keep everyone on the same page, and ensure key benchmarks are being met on time. But with the wealth of virtual communication app options […]

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4 Surprising Facts About Remote Accountants

You know by now that the remote revolution is upon us. Workers are embracing work-from-home options and flooding to the gig economy in droves. According to a 2017 report, 3.9 million employees currently work from home at least half the time. That’s a 115% increase in remote workers since 2005. But misconceptions about remote work […]

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How to Help Remote Workers Stay Productive

We live in an age of constant distraction–especially for those who work at home. TV, videogames, Netflix, and more are all within an arm’s reach. And that’s not to mention the ultimate time stealer: the smartphone. How many times have you picked up your smartphone for legitimate business and wound up spending $0.99 on the […]

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How to Build the Ultimate Cloud Accounting Team

Maybe you’re interested in moving some or all of your accounting firm into the cloud, but you’re stuck with a lingering question: How do I organize my team in a way that will maximize the benefits of the cloud? Cloud accounting teams are typically a mix of freelance per diem workers performing gig assignments, permanent […]

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what is a cloud accounting firm

What Is a Cloud Accounting Firm?

Google “cloud accounting firm,” and what do you get? A bunch of ads for businesses promising “flexible deployment,” “integrated systems,” and “remote capabilities.” What you won’t find is a real definition of the term. So we’ve gathered insights from some of the world’s leading experts on the subject and combined them with our own knowledge […]

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4 Crucial Steps to Take Before Making Your First Remote Accounting Hire

4 Crucial Steps to Take Before Making Your First Remote Accounting Hire

So you think you’re ready to join the craze and hire your first remote accounting employee. But are you really ready? Really, really legally, every contract signed, every hypothetical planned for, every policy in place ready? Even if you’ve been spending months preparing for your first remote hire, you still may have missed a critical […]

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Why Some Companies are Resisting Remote Work (and Why They're Wrong)

Why Some Companies are Resisting Remote Work (and Why They’re Wrong)

Last year, IBM decided to “co-locate” its 2,600 member US marketing department. Translation? IBM is eliminating remote work. The news is especially shocking as IBM is one of the pioneers of remote work, installing work-from-home terminals for some employees as far back as the 1980s. As more businesses move toward embracing remote work, others are resisting the […]

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How to Get Big Money from Small Business

How to Get Big Money from Small Business

Hear that? It’s the sound of a new business starting. And if you can pinpoint exactly what that sound is (a car engine revving, maybe?), you’ll hear it about 450,000 more times this year. (Now, admittedly, that number is a 40-year low for the US, and overall entrepreneurship is down, at least based on the 2014 […]

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How to Make Remote Workers Feel Like Part of the Team

How to Make Remote Workers Feel Like Part of the Team

Picture the remote worker. Is he in his PJs, waking up at noon, getting in an hour of work between his favorite soap operas? Is she isolated on some distant planet, beaming projects to your office across intergalactic satellites, a faceless drone whose physical appearance is a mystery to coworkers and bosses alike? Remote working […]

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The Generation Gap Doesn't Exist

The Generation Gap Doesn’t Exist

Articles about how millennials are changing (or per your perspective, ruining,) the business world are everywhere. I even wrote one myself. And I stand by everything I wrote in that blog. You do have to change some things about your business to recruit millennials. But one of those things isn’t viewing millennials as alien beings who […]

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Solving the Busy Season Cycle: The Importance of Project-Based Talent

Solving the Busy Season Cycle: The Importance of Project-Based Talent

Ever feel like you’re stuck in a cycle of upsizing and downsizing your employee roster? Busy season hits, more clients sign up, workloads increase, and you enthusiastically bring on new accountants to pick up the slack. But then the inevitable happens: clients leave, projects disappear, and workers have to be let go.

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Why Company Culture Matters—And How You Can Improve It

Salary, benefits, vacation time—these are all important factors that will determine your firm’s ability to attract and retain high-quality accounting talent. But perhaps the most important factor is one that’s often overlooked: company culture. So how do you determine the current culture at your business? And if you don’t like what you find, how do […]

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3 Keys to Recruiting and Retaining Millennials in Accounting

3 Keys to Recruiting and Retaining Millennials in Accounting

Whether its because they’re truly fascinating or simply due to the era of widespread and constant communication we currently live in, millennials are without doubt the most analyzed generation in human history. Depending on whom you listen to, millennials are either spoiled, entitled brats or motivated, ambitious big thinkers. They’re either killing the economy or […]

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How Not Responding to Accounting Candidates Can Hurt Your Brand

How Not Responding to Accounting Candidates Can Hurt Your Brand

As we’ve discussed in previous blogs, the accounting recruitment world is a seller’s market. To land the top recruits, you need to actively market your brand and make your firm attractive above other companies competing for mindshare. At Accountingfly, we deal with the recruitment and placement of accounting professionals every day. And the #1 complaint […]

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Project-Based Staffing: The Future of Accounting in the Gig Economy

Across nearly every industry, project-based or “non-recurring” jobs are on the rise. Millennials in particular are starting to abscond the traditional 9-5 workday, preferring to work on a freelance basis. The accounting industry is no different. Over the past few years, we’ve seen a surge in temporary, project-based, and seasonal accounting employment. To shed some […]

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Onboarding in a virtual environment

Onboarding in a Virtual Environment

In a recent column, we talked about the relationship between onboarding and recruiting. That discussion relates to all firms. Virtual firms face onboarding/recruiting issues, too, but with components traditional brick-and-mortar firms don’t encounter. We spoke with Jason Blumer, managing partner of Blumer CPAs, to talk about how onboarding works in a firm like his. “The […]

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Why Firms Should Begin Onboarding at the Recruitment Stage

Why Firms Should Begin Onboarding at the Recruitment Stage

Here’s a chicken-or-egg question for you: Is onboarding a part of recruiting or is it a totally separate process? The war for talent adds importance to the issue of whether onboarding is part of recruiting or is a separate endeavor. You know what differentiates your firm from other firms. It’s part of your firm’s tagline, […]

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What Does Your Firm’s ‘Body Language’ Say About Your Firm?

What Does Your Firm’s ‘Body Language’ Say About Your Firm?

Recently I wrote about the importance of being aware of body language during an interview. Body language creates a picture of who you are—Confident or nervous? Extroverted or introverted? Happy and open? These are cues interviewers look for. But it works both ways. Interviewees are equally interested in your firm’s “body language.” That, too, paints […]

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Accountingfly Webinars

Webinar | Recruitment Process is Mission Critical

The way your team manages new candidates has a lasting impact not only on your ability to make the hire, but also on how long they stay with you. What’s required is a new process — a simple repeatable formula you can follow, and teach to your team, that leads to better hires and better […]

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Embracing Generational Disruption in the Workplace

Embracing Generational Disruption in the Workplace

Tech savvy Ÿ| Always connected Ÿ| Ambitious |Ÿ Self-focused Ÿ| Eager to learn Ÿ| Don’t like to waste time Ÿ| Entrepreneurial |Ÿ Freedom-loving Ÿ| Good multi-taskers |Ÿ Feel respect should be earned by actions not titles Ÿ| Want frequent feedback and validation |Ÿ Fun-loving According to Jonathan Ebenstein, Partner/Managing Director, Marketing, at Skoda Minotti these traits are commonly exhibited by Millennials. “Their concerns have to be […]

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Webinar | What Do Public Accounting Candidates Want in Their Next Job?

What do the best public accounting job seekers want in their next job?Knowing these answers can help you recruit for success. Accountingfly CEO Jeff Phillips reviews the results of the Accountingfly/Going Concern 2016 Job Seeker Survey and covers the most important factors that Senior and Manager candidates are expecting from their next employer. Jeff also […]

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How One Firm’s Commitment to Value Pricing Attracts Talent

How One Firm’s Commitment to Value Pricing Attracts Talent

We all know things are changing in accounting. There have been many stories about how audits are a commodity and how tax software has made it easy and convenient for individuals to prepare their own tax returns. Successful firms don’t compete on price alone because they understand that is not a winning proposition. They look […]

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Performance Review vs. Performance Management

“Anxiety” should be a synonym for “performance review”. The process alone can make you break out in hives. How do you rate yourself? Too high and you could appear arrogant or out of touch. Too low and you could be setting yourself up for a lower rating than you really deserve. Not having the option […]

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2016 Ultimate Recruiting Guide For Public Accounting Employers

2016 Ultimate Recruiting Guide For Public Accounting Employers

Earlier this year we teamed up with Gusto to produce the 2016 Ultimate Recruiting Guide For Public Accounting Employers. In this webinar we present some key findings and important strategies from the guide that are needed to improve the culture within your team to attract and retain talent. Learn the latest tactics and technologies to source […]

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Accountingfly Webinars

Webinar | The Humor Account: Creating a Relevant Culture

Culture. It’s an important topic. And the reality is, most firms could use a little help in the culture department. So we called in an expert, just for you! In this webinar, Kristen Rampe, of Kristen Rampe Consulting, leads a discussion on the best practices for creating a relevant culture at your firm. Topics covered include: […]

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How PYA Made 4 Hires in 6 Weeks

Pershing Yoakley & Associates (PYA) is a national leader in providing professional services to the healthcare industry. They are a multi-office firm based in the Southeast and like most firms, are working hard to attract scarce lateral talent. They rely on job boards, headhunters, and Accountingfly to deliver leads to hire. In the Summer of […]

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Strong firm culture

The Power of a Strong Firm Culture

You’ve probably heard the old adage about the importance of giving children roots and wings. You’ve probably also heard that the roots are the easy part—they are your values—and that the wings are not so easy. Sometimes you have to let them go and wait for them to come back, like a boomerang. Strangely, it’s […]

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The Recruiting Strategies You Need in a Tight Labor Market

The Recruiting Strategies You Need in a Tight Labor Market

It’s important that you understand what’s going on in the labor market for CPAs. Lots of accounting firm partners have unrealistic expectations about hiring high performers. It takes much longer and will cost more than you think it will, and it’s not as simple as posting a job and praying that a high performer applies. […]

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What the Accounting Profession Says About Its Talent Shortage

What the Accounting Profession Says About Its Talent Shortage

“R u hiring? If so, give me a call.” Okay, that was a text message received by an HR manager in retail, not accounting, but it made us think about the well-documented shortage of accountants seeking a career in public accounting. Is there really a talent shortage, or is there just a disconnect between what […]

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How to Recruit and Keep Great Talent in Public Accounting

How to Recruit and Keep Great Talent in Public Accounting

Recently, Accounting Today’s Top 100 Most Influential People opined on the most pressing issues facing our profession. Many of them talked about issues around talent. In fact, talent came up a lot. Here are some that got our attention:    –Joe Adams, Managing Partner & CEO, McGladrey: In addition to firms taking individual action to […]

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Leading a Revolution in the Way Accounting Firms Recruit

Leading a Revolution in the Way Accounting Firms Recruit

Accountingfly, the career center to the Accounting profession, was honored last week when its Co-Founder and CEO, Jeff Phillips, was named one of the Top 100 Most Influential People by Accounting Today. Team Accountingfly is honored by this recognition, appearing alongside many of our friends, partners and role models in the profession. The article recognizes Phillips […]

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Developing a New Generation of Leaders

Developing a New Generation of Leaders

Firms everywhere are struggling to cope with the “Choose Your Own Adventure” approach millennials (and millennials at heart) take with their careers. Who are these brazen young kids that boldly shun the traditional career paths that decades of faithful CPAs have so nicely blazed for them? More importantly, how do we recruit/develop and retain these […]

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The Freedom to Close Your Firm’s Doors

In my 12 years of running my own CPA firm, perhaps the most controversial thing I’ve done has been to close my office. It’s been three years now since we began operating as a virtual firm with no offices, no paper, and no physical contact with clients. I wasn’t sure we could pull it off, […]

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How Work/Life Blend is Replacing Work/Life Balance

Work/life balance (impossible in this 24/7/365 world) Generational change (inevitable) Corporate social responsibility (worthy and workable) Here’s the thing: There isn’t much down time in our busy lives. For many of us, time off only happens in micro-doses, so we need to feel fulfillment in all areas of our lives – including (maybe especially) our […]

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Job Posts That Don’t Work

It’s frustrating. It’s challenging. It’s discouraging. Wondering what are we talking about? It’s job posts that don’t work. Yes, the talent pool is small, but some firms are getting responses to their job posts. Here are some things you can do to make sure your firm is one of them:

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To Interview or Not to Interview?

Why do people change jobs? What are they really looking for? What will make your firm attractive to them? Recruiters ask themselves these questions on a daily basis, and so should you. Some of the answers to these questions are practical: a better work environment higher salary more opportunity for advancement We’ve all heard this list so […]

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