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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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