Is it Okay to Accept a Position Below Your Salary Expectations?

January 30th, 2015

After polishing your resume and going on rounds of interviews, there are few things more exciting than having a job offer extended to you ─ but your level of enthusiasm may quickly fizzle if you’re presented with a salary offer that falls short of your expectations.

It can be difficult to know what to do when you really want the job, but are less-than-thrilled with the amount of compensation the company is willing to pay. The best way to handle this problem varies by situation. In some cases it’s wise to just accept the lower salary, while sometimes it’s better to keep looking.

4 Issues to Consider When a Job Offer Comes Up Short

Not sure what to do about a low-paying job offer? Take the following four issues into consideration:

Research Industry Averages

It’s important to know what the industry standard salary for your position is, so you can gauge whether or not your expectations are appropriate. If you’re asking for significantly more money than your peers are earning, it may be wise to scale your expectations down a bit. However, if the company is trying to pay you far less than the industry standard, you may want to think twice about accepting the job.

Factor in Company Perks

Many companies offer great perks that inadvertently save you money and add value to your life. For example, a low salary offer may be offset by a generous 401(k) match, 100% paid healthcare premiums and a tuition assistance program. Other non-monetary compensation may include generous vacation time and the ability to work from home.

Gauge the Urgency of the Situation

How badly do you need to find work? If you’ve been out of a job for a few months and the bills are piling up, it may be a good idea to take the job to avoid falling deep into dept. However, if you’re currently employed and just casually looking for work, taking a job below your salary expectations is probably not the best move.

Assess Your Competition

Are you trying to get an accounting job at a highly sought after company? If you really want to work at a specific organization where great opportunities are few and far between, you may need to accept a lower salary to secure your dream job. Conversely, if the company is growing steadily and new accounting opportunities are plentiful, it’s probably best to hold out until you’re offered the salary you want.

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Make 2015 a Break Out Year for Your Company

January 23rd, 2015

The start of a brand new year is always a great time to set goals for your company and create a plan to achieve greatness in the 12 months ahead. Dedicate yourself to making 2015 your company’s best year yet by implementing a few strategic changes.

As the leader of the company, your employees look to you for motivation and guidance. Set the tone for success this year and be prepared to enjoy some pretty fantastic results.

3 Ways to Make 2015 Your Company’s Big Year

Ready to make 2015 a break out year for your organization? Focus on the following three areas:

Make Your Company a Great Place to Work

Are your retention rates less-than-ideal? High levels of turnover can be detrimental to the success of an organization. Work hard to retain your valued team members this year by making it hard to find a better place to work than your company. Offer your employees great perks, promote from within, invest in regular training opportunities and take the time to listen to their ideas. Happy employees don’t leave their jobs.

Hire Better

If you constantly find yourself second-guessing your hiring decisions, it’s time to make a few changes to your hiring strategy. Assessing a person’s cultural fit is just important as gauging their skill level. A candidate may be great on paper, but not have the personality and values needed to succeed at your company in the long-term. Involve as many team members as possible in the hiring process to help make the best possible decision.

Take on Temporary Employees

Tired of spending money to keep full-time staff on the payroll when you only need them part of the time? There’s no need to employ people when you don’t have enough work to keep them busy. Hire temporary workers to fill the gaps during your busy season or those with specific talents to work on designated projects and save your company a great deal of money. Staffing agencies allow you to employ top talent when you need it ─ but have no obligation to keep people on when things slow down.

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Boost Workforce Engagement by Exhibiting a Sense of Purpose Towards Employees

January 16th, 2015

Are you confused as to why your team of talented workers isn’t achieving more? If so, low levels of employee engagement may be to blame. When employees don’t have a sense of purpose, they lack the motivation needed to do their best work. It’s important to continuously strive to engage your workforce, as satisfied employees produce the best results.

5 Ways to Give Employees a Sense of Purpose

Need to boost your workforce engagement? Use the following five tips to give your team a sense of purpose:

Explain Project Outcomes

It’s hard for people to get excited about projects they don’t fully understand. Make sure everyone knows exactly what is expected of them individually and it fits into the finished product. People like to know their work has a purpose, so it’s very motivating to see how their contributions benefit the greater good.

Promote Teamwork

No one wants to let down team members they respect and admire. Create a culture of teamwork by fostering employee relationships and encouraging them to work together. When people collaborate, they gain a common sense of purpose that sets the foundation for greatness.

Don’t Micromanage

Allowing people to have the freedom to complete assignments in their own way builds a sense of trust. It’s hard to feel like a valued team member when you don’t feel like your manager thinks you’re capable of succeeding on your own. You hired your employees, so don’t be afraid to believe in them.

Encourage Feedback

When employees feel like their opinions count, they become more invested in the company. If you encourage feedback, people gain a sense of ownership of their work, which makes them want to do their best.

Acknowledge Great Work

Even the most driven employees want to be recognized for a job well done. It doesn’t have to be much ─ a simple acknowledgement is all it takes to make people feel special. If you take your employees for granted, expect to see employee engagement levels

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Kick Start 2015…Land the Job of Your Dreams

January 9th, 2015

The new year has officially arrived! If finding your dream accounting job is one of your new year’s resolutions, it’s important to start now to make this goal a reality. The job market is very competitive, so you’ll need to put your best foot forward to get exactly what you want. If you work hard to position yourself as top talent, you’ll have a number of opportunities to choose from.

4 Ways to Kickstart Your Job Search in 2015

Ready to find the job of your dreams? Use these four tips to become a more competitive candidate:

Network, Network, Network

Some of the best jobs a company has to offer are regularly never even posted externally. Many hiring managers rely on personal references to fill open positions, to find better quality candidates. Extend your network as much as possible by joining accounting and finance-related professional associations and attending events frequently to make new contacts. It’s also a great idea to reach out to your existing contacts and let them know you’re looking for new opportunities.

Don’t Give Up

The job market is very competitive, so it’s easy to become discouraged. When you’ve taken the time to submit countless resumes and only to hear crickets it can be tempting to give up ─ but don’t. It may take months to find your dream job, but when you finally do, it will be well worth the wait.

Find a Mentor

Seek guidance on your job search from a professional that you admire. Ask this person to review your cover letter and resume and help you prepare for upcoming job interviews. Tapping the knowledge of someone who has already made it in the field is a great way to polish yourself and become a more competitive candidate. Plus, your mentor may have connections you can use to help you find your ideal job.

Make Yourself Known

Use social media to position yourself as an accounting and finance expert. Many companies have started using digital recruiting methods, so if you build an industry following by constantly posting relevant content, your chance of being noticed by hiring managers increases significantly.

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