Three Things to Look for on a Resume with an Employment Gap

November 29th, 2013

When recruiting for open accounting positions at your company, you want to hire only the best and brightest people. You probably examine a number of different factors on each candidate’s resume to determine if they’re a good fit for the job, including applicable skills, experience, and education.

When looking over a resume, large employment gaps may seem like a red flag, however it is important to still give individuals a chance during the screening process to determine their full potential. It’s also essential to gain an understanding of the reason behind the employment gap.

Three Things to Look for on a Resume with an Employment Gap

There are countless reasons why a person may have an employment gap on their resume. Instead of immediately disqualifying them from your list of potential candidates, review their resume to look for the following three things:

  • Reason for Employment Gap.
    While it’s easy to jump to conclusions and assume a person hasn’t been employed for quite some time because they’re a bad worker, there are many other common reasons behind employment gaps. Many people take a break from working to care for a child or another an ailing loved one. Others may have resigned from their last position to enroll in a full-time continuing education program.
  • Updated Skills and Knowledge.
    To remain competitive in the accounting field, professionals must stay up-to-date on current computer programs, in addition to ever-changing rules, regulations, and laws impacting the industry. Check to see if the candidate has stayed current on relevant skills and knowledge. If so, they’re likely just as suited for the position as someone currently in the workforce.
  • Relevant Experience.
    Just because a person isn’t collecting a paycheck doesn’t mean they’re not doing relevant work to add to add to their resume. An out-of-work candidate may have spent her employment gap doing the bookkeeping for her church on a volunteer basis or taking on pro bono payroll duties at the family business.

 

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Implementing an Office Policy (That Lasts!)

November 22nd, 2013

Put simply, people struggle with change. When workers get comfortable in a certain routine, they often aren’t too eager to switch things up. This can make it a challenge to implement a new office policy, as people don’t want divert from standard procedure. However, sometimes change is not only necessary, but for the best.

How to Effectively Implement an Office Policy
Executing a new office policy can be a challenge at first, as many people are resistant to change. Read these tips to learn how to introduce and enforce new rules at your company:

  • Ask for Input.
    The best way to get your employees onboard with a new policy is to ask for their input before finalizing it. There might be a few changes you can make that won’t impact the overall effectiveness of your policy, but will make it more manageable for your staff.
  • Explain the Need.
    If your staff thinks you’ve created a new policy simply because you can, they’re probably not going to be too thrilled to start following it. However, if you hold a meeting to discuss the reasons behind the new policy, they’ll see you’ve developed it with good reasoning and will be more likely to get onboard with it.
  • Lead by Example.
    It’s not fair for you to enforce a new policy on your staff, but not follow it yourself. If you want your employees to take the new rule seriously, you must lead by example. So if you’ve decided to enforce a policy where people have to be in the office by 8am, you better not show up at 9am.
  • Enforce It.
    People often follow a new rule for the first few days, then begin to get more relaxed with it, hoping the boss will forget about it. If you’re really serious about the new policy, it’s important to enforce it on your entire staff, all the time. When you catch someone violating the policy, politely call them out on it, to let them know the behavior is no longer acceptable.

 

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Stay Top of Mind with a Follow-Up Email

November 15th, 2013

Differentiating yourself in a job search is essential to landing the job. One very effective way to achieve this is to send a follow up email after your interview thanking the hiring manager and anyone else in the room for their time. Not only is this polite, it also reiterates your interest in the position and brings you to the top of the interviewer’s mind.

After a long day of talking with candidates it can be difficult to remember specific conversations with each person, so a follow up email can serve as an effective reminder. This final step in the interviewing process is very valuable and must not be missed.

Five Tips to Write a Great Thank You Email
Sending a strong follow up email is an important part of the interview process. Use these five tips to craft a well-written message promoting yourself as a well-rounded candidate:

  • Make it Personal.
    Refresh the hiring manager’s mind by touching on a key element of your conversation. This adds a personal touch to the note that not only helps you to stand out from the other candidates, but also shows that you have enough interest in the job to write a highly personalized note.
  • Build on Your Discussion.
    If you feel like there’s a question you could’ve answered better during the interview, use the thank you letter as a place to continue the discussion. Don’t come out and say you felt like you didn’t explain yourself well the first time, but instead state your points clearly, as if to extend the conversation.
  • Thank Everyone.
    When more than one person interviews you, it’s important to send each interviewer a follow up email. In addition to the hiring manager, other people commonly included in job interviews are team members you would be working closely with, so you don’t want to give impression that you’re only trying to impress the boss.
  • Close with a Bold Ending.
    Display confidence in yourself as a candidate by concluding your email with a strong statement. Tell the hiring manager you’re looking forward to hearing from him.
  • Be Timely.
    Don’t wait longer than one day after the interview to send the follow up email. Waiting any longer makes it look like you’re not really that interested in the job.

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Top Reasons To Consider Finding A New Job

November 8th, 2013

If you’re unhappy at your current job, it may be time to move on. Learn seven reasons to quit your job and seek an exciting, new challenge elsewhere.

If you’ve been working for your current company for awhile, trying to decide if it’s time to quit can be a tough call. While you may be unhappy in your job or not a huge fan of the company itself, you may wonder if it gets better elsewhere?

Seven Reasons to Quit Your Job
If even one of the following statements sounds familiar, it’s time to dust off your resume and start looking for a rewarding new job:

  1. The Company is Failing.
    If the company you work for is consistently losing money and customers, causing rumors of layoffs and bankruptcy, it’s time to get out of there. It’s best to start looking for a great new job now, than be forced to take the first one you can get if the company really does fold.
  2. You Don’t Get Along with Your Boss.
    Not only does getting along with your boss make your day more pleasant, it also opens to door to future promotions and increased opportunities to make a name for yourself at the company. If there’s really nothing you can do to mend the relationship, it’s best to start fresh at a new job.
  3. Corporate Culture Conflict.
    To enjoy your job and be great at it you need to believe in the company. If your beliefs are not aligned with the mission of the company, continuing to work there will not be beneficial to you or the organization. Find a new job at a company you’re passionate about.
  4. You Dread Going to Work Each Day.
    If a job well done no longer feels rewarding, something is missing. You spend a great deal of your life at work, so being miserable all day, every day at your job is no way to live.
  5. The Company is Corrupt.
    Working for a company that takes advantage of customers is not a good feeling, even if your specific job doesn’t involve immoral dealings. Get out of there and find work at a company who appreciates its customers.
  6. You Can’t Stand Your Co-Workers.
    While it’s certainly not necessary to be best friends with your co-workers, getting along with them is essential. Working in a combative environment with people you can’t function properly with is not healthy and will make your stress levels soar sky-high.
  7. You’re Bored.
    If your job has become so mundane you feel like you could do it while sleeping and there doesn’t seem to be much of an opportunity to take on new responsibilities, it’s time to seek work elsewhere. Taking on new challenges allows you to expand your skill-set and grow as a person, if you’re stuck in a rut of boredom, you’re not getting that.

 

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