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Top 10 Things to Do When Leaving a Job

At some point, most people will quit a job and move on to other employment.

A recent report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicated that almost 3 million workers voluntarily left their positions this past August.

If you are planning to join the ranks of those leaving their current position there are a few things you need to do to make sure you have preserved relationships and have a smooth transition to your next job.


Top 10 Things to Do

These items apply to most employees, there are exceptions.  Review the list and make sure you’ve got it covered ahead of time.

1. Wait till new job is confirmed.

If going to other employment, make sure you have the job.   Don’t rush into a resignation before the other job is a done deal and you have official confirmation.

2. Don’t quit without a plan.

If you are thinking of quitting without a new job, assess your alternatives and explore some options first. It is easier to find another job when you are employed.

3. Make a budget. 

Estimate how long your savings will last if you will be out of work for a while. If going to another job it may be a lapse until you start receiving a paycheck from the new company.  Planning for these expenses makes things less stressful.

4. Make a list of what you do on the job. 

Create a running list of your accomplishments so you can document them as concretely as possible.

5. Update your resume and LinkedIn. 

Keep your resume and LinkedIn profile up-to-date.  This will be helpful if you are searching for a job or if your new employer checks out the information when considering what tasks to assign to you.

6. Save work samples.

Transfer some non-proprietary samples of your work and documents that may be helpful in future jobs to your home computer or personal email.  Some organizations will escort you to your office to box up personal items and cut off your computer access when you tell them you’re leaving.

7. Remove any personal files from your work computer. 

Delete them from your computer prior to turning in your resignation.  This includes personal emails etc.

8. Write your resignation letter. 

Be kind and gracious.  The way you handle your resignation will have an impact on how your manager feels about you after you’re gone (and when giving references in the future). Don’t burn bridges.

9. Provide recommendations. 

Compose LinkedIn and/or written recommendations for supervisors, colleagues, and any employees who worked for you. Do this without being asked.

10. Say Thank You.

A thank you for all the experiences and opportunities you have had in your current position goes a long way. Be kind and polite.  Now is not the time to badmouth anyone.  It is also not the time to gloat about moving on to greener pastures.

Bonus:   Help make the transition go well. 

Meet with your supervisor and offer to do anything possible to help fill the void created by your departure.  Ask for input from your supervisor regarding the priorities for your final days.  Your professionalism during your final days of employment will be remembered.

These steps will help you prepare to leave and preserve relationships.  You never know when your paths may cross again.  Good luck as you transition to your next career steps.

Contact Me

If you or someone you know wants to create a solid, reliable resume and plan that differentiates you from the competition and helps you rise to the top of the stack, please contact Career Coach Rachel Schneider for a consultation.  Working with her will help you yield job opportunities and get to where you strive to professionally be.


Rachel Schneider, CPC

Principal Career Coach

281-816-6400 x122 

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  • Perform audit procedures as defined by the Department’s onsite audit programs for all owned or managed properties on a rotating basis and as assigned by the Internal Audit Senior.
  • Meet with onsite management to review property audit results and obtain management responses.
  • Complete and submit test results documented in predefined workpapers to Internal Audit Senior and clearing all review comments.
  • Prepare the initial draft management report within the required time frame and submitting to Internal Audit Senior and clearing all review comments.
  • Responsible for all other onsite property audit procedures as assigned by the department’s management.
  • Understand and evaluate internal controls related to assigned SOX areas.
  • Identify control deficiencies and make recommendations to management for improvement.
  • Perform significant SOX control testing, preparing workpapers, and submitting those workpapers for review and clearing comments.
  • Responsible for performing onsite construction type audits and reporting results to management.
  • Perform audit procedures and special projects as assigned by department management during non-SOX testing periods.
  • Responsible for meeting strict time deadlines and Internal Audit Plan criteria.
  • Requires excellent organization, ability to self-manage, meet time deadlines, and excellent verbal and written communication skills with all levels of staff and management.
  • Expectation is to be actively pursuing passing CPA exam.


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21 words to never include in your resume

Article originally published on Glassdoor
We have all heard the saying, “You’ll never get a second chance to make a first impression.” This is perhaps most true when it comes to a job resume. While many companies use screening software to initially evaluate a candidate’s resume, recruiters are largely the first people you must impress.
“The language or content of a resume can definitely tank a job seeker’s chances of landing their dream job,” says Jamie Hichens, Senior Talent Acquisition Partner at Glassdoor. “You have a limited amount of time to catch a recruiter or hiring manager’s eye – use it wisely.”
Filling precious resume space with verbose language or overused buzzwords can certainly backfire. Therefore, we tapped a group of HR and resume experts to give us the inside scoop on the 21 words and terms to never include in your resume. Scan your CV to make sure you’re not guilty of including these red-flagged terms:
1. Unemployed
“Your employment dates already show if you’re unemployed – you don’t need to highlight it,” says Hichens.
2. Hardworking or Hard worker
“We hope you are a hardworking individual who shows up to work on time and is self-motivated, but you don’t need to call it out,” she adds.
3. “Ambicious”
“Misspelled words [like this one] should never appear on your resume,” says Elizabeth Harrison, Client Services Manager and Senior Recruitment Partner at Decision Toolbox. “Read your resume numerous times, print it and take a pen to it and have someone else read it. One misspelled word can completely eliminate an otherwise strong candidate from consideration because it demonstrates lack of attention to detail.”
4. Microsoft Office
“Popular resume templates and HR pros prompt job seekers to include a list of strategic skills on their resume,” says Glassdoor expert Eileen Meyer. “From Java to Final Cut Pro, speaking Arabic to spearheading 150% growth, be sure to include not only the relevant skills that make you a perfect fit for the role, but also the skills that make you stand out. Take note, command of Microsoft Office is not a skill. It’s a given.”
5. Objective
“Is your career trajectory pretty straightforward and lacking major gaps between jobs? Then you probably don’t need an objective statement,” contends Glassdoor writer Caroline Gray. “If your resume is self-explanatory, there’s no need to take up valuable space with anything that’s redundant. Also, if you’re submitting a cover letter with your resume, that should be more than sufficient in addressing your objective for your application.
6. Synergy
“Words like ‘synergy’ and ‘wheelhouse’ are completely overused lingo,” insists Hichens. Steer clear.
7. Reference Available Upon Request
Having “references upon request” at the bottom of your resume is a sign that a candidate is overeager. If a recruiter wants to call to know more about you, they will reach out directly. There is no need to point out the obvious. As one HR expert said, “everyone assumes we want references, but honestly, we can ask.”
8. I, She, He, Him, Her
“Talking in 1st or 3rd person reads weird – did someone write your resume for you? Just state the facts,” says Hichens. For example write, “Led a team of 4” not “I led a team of four people” or “Jamie led a team.”
9. Rockstar
“It’s been overused in the last five years,” insists Jennifer Bensusen, Technology Lead and Senior Recruitment Partner at national recruiting firm Decision Toolbox.  “Unless you are truly a singing superstar, applying for a wedding singer or entertainer role that is!”
10. Dabbled
Bensusen says do not use “technology or systems you have touched or were exposed to but really don’t know.”  For example, stay away from sentences like, “… a Software Engineer who dabbled with Python in college seven years ago but has been developing in .NET professionally since.” In this case, don’t add Python to your resume if you’re not a pro.
11. On Time
Again, a candidate being on time is an expectation. “[Instead] craft a well thought out, concise resume with interesting content on accomplishments, KPI success or significant highlights with bullets on what you did,” advises Bensusen. “Did you create efficiencies that saved the company big bucks?  Did you hire a stellar team that accomplished world peace?”
12. Expert
“Stay away from the word expert, unless you truly are,” says Bensusen.  Otherwise, “be prepared to be peppered with questions regarding your expertise.”
13. Can’t or Won’t
Negative words should not be included in a resume. “Resumes should demonstrate what you can do and not what you can not do,” says Harrison.
14. Unnecessary personal information
Harrison advises that your “date of birth, family status, personal interests etc. should be avoided on a resume. These items do not pertain to the qualifications of an individual for a position.”
15. “I know HTML, Photoshop…”
“Skills are the most common resume lies,” writes Heather Huhman, career expert, experienced hiring manager, and founder & president of Come Recommended.  “Although you may think that having every skill listed in the job description will get you the internship, that’s not always true. Telling the truth about your skills can set you up for success in your internship. You can still land the internship by being honest, and can gain valuable training and learning experiences on the job.”
16. Hobbies
“Content that does not relate to the job and does not address what qualifications a candidate has for a job can absolutely eliminate a candidate who may have accomplished many of the tasks that job is looking for, but was not articulated in the resume,” adds Harrison.
17. Generalizations
“Substantiate your accomplishments with numbers,” says Nicole Cox, Chief Recruitment Officer at Decision Toolbox. Some recruiters prefer to see actual numbers (such as “cut manufacturing costs by $500,000”), while others prefer percentages (“cut manufacturing costs by 15 percent”). Either way, provide enough context to show the impact. If your objective was to cut manufacturing costs by 10 percent, make it clear that you exceeded the goal.
18. Accomplished
Instead of saying you are accomplished, show it. “Accomplishments are currency when it comes to resumes,” advises Anish Majumdar, CEO of “The more you have, and the more applicable they are to the job you want, the greater your perceived worth. This can have a big impact not just on whether you receive an interview, but how much you’re ultimately offered. Front-load the accomplishment, then describe how it was achieved. For example, ‘Improved customer satisfaction 30% within 9 months through re-engineering support processes and introducing new training materials to staff.’”
19. Stay-at-home Mom
Like personal information, do not feel obligated to explain gaps in your resume. “Personal information about age, relationships or children can expose you to discrimination,” warns Cox. “Employers aren’t allowed to ask for that kind of information, and you shouldn’t offer.” However, if you’d like to address a gap because you are re-entering the workforce, Cox says, “You can be creative, such as putting Domestic CEO as the title and listing ‘Successfully managed procurement, budgets and scheduling.’”
20. Responsible for…
“Often, careerists will write, ‘Responsible for’ at the beginning of a statement where a more powerful lead-in would energize; e.g., instead of, “Seasoned sales management executive …,” write, ‘Regional Sales Manager for Largest Revenue-Generating Area, exceeding competitors by 25-55% in revenue growth, year-over-year’,” says master resume writer Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter. “In other words, strengthen the story through muscular verbiage and results. Lead with strength and energy.”
21. Results-oriented
“While many other words are misused or diluted by overuse, these are the weakest and most abused,” says Barrett-Poindexter. “If your resume language or content is weak, unfocused and/or rambling, you can obliterate your chances of landing that dream role.”
Have questions about your resume? We want to hear them! Comment below or contact one of our expert recruiters today! Find the closest CFS location to you here.
Read the original article published on Glassdoor.
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Senior Financial Analyst – Greenspoint –

This role will be a key asset in the future growth of the company.

This individual will be leading the FP&A for the Division and will be spear-heading the Company’s financial quarterly forecast, annual budgeting process, operating plan variance analysis and special projects.

We are looking for someone with public accounting OR global manufacturing experience. 


  • Analyze current and past trends in key performance indicators including all areas of revenue, cost of sales, expenses and capital expenditures
  • Monitor performance indicators, highlighting trends and analyzing causes of unexpected variance
  • Oversee and manage the continued development of Budgeting, Financial Forecasting, Operating Plan and Modeling tools
  • Market Intelligence monitoring, analysis and financial model development
  • Quarterly and Monthly Financial reports
  • Implement and work with a Business Intelligence Tool and develop Dashboard reports
  • Develop financial models and analyses to support strategic initiatives
  • Prepare presentations to Board of Directors and Senior Management Team


Education/Training Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance or MBA
  • 3-5 years’ experience in accounting or finance role
  • Advanced Excel and PowerPoint skills with advanced graphing
  • Proficient in SAP, SAP BW, SAP BPC or Hyperion

How to calm your nerves


From CEOs with decades of public speaking experience to first-time job seekers straight out of school, college or university, nerves are undoubtedly one of life’s great levellers.

Whether before an interview, presentation or any other stressful event, it’s worth remembering that feeling anxious is a perfectly normal physical reaction. As inconvenient as they may be, typical symptoms, such as sweaty palms and a dry throat are just nature’s way of preparing you for whatever’s lurking within that interview room or conference hall.

Unfortunately, nature does not seem to care that a sudden hit of adrenalin is not always the most appropriate form of preparation under the circumstances – unless it comes with laser focus and total recall. In the absence of these, however, here are some simple ways to keep your belly butterfly-free when it matters.

1. Rehearse
There are few better safeguards against an attack of the jitters than…

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4 Ways to Impress the Hiring Manager Before You Walk Through the Door By Lia

Lets just add this simple one too: Look the managers background up on LinkedIn!

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Everyday Interview Tips

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How To Impress The Hiring Manager
So much of a job interview is affected by first impressions. From your very first handshake, the hiring manager has already made subconscious judgements about who you are by things like your face, your outfit, how you walk, and so much more.

How First Impressions Work and How To Use Them

5 Secret Tips To Really Impress Your Interviewer

First impressions are very important when you are trying to impress a hiring manager but the truth is there are some things you can do before you even set foot in the door.  There are many small cues that hiring managers look for, even without realizing it, that affect how much they are impressed by you.

How to Impress a Hiring Manager Before You Walk In

Be On Time/Slightly Early

It should go without saying, but those that show up even a few minutes late, or those that need to call and ask for directions because they got lost are already making a poor first impression. You’ll want to make sure you’ve planned your route, gotten a head start, and ideally you show up at least 5 minutes before your interview’s scheduled time if you want to have any chance of impressing the hiring manager.

Prepare Your Online Presence

These days, nearly every single hiring manager is going to search for information about you via Google before your interview. If you have impressive items, like an excellent LinkedIn account, a personal website, professional social media accounts, and no negative information, you’ll be able to make a very positive impression on the hiring manager before you even meet them at the interview.

3 Things Interviewers Check on Your Social Profile

How to Clean Up Facebook Before A Job Interview

The Best Digital Tools For A Great Portfolio & Personal Landing Page

The 4 Step Guide To Building A Personal Brand

Sending Supplementary Materials

For jobs that may have sample items, like a portfolio, links to research papers, etc., sending in these extra materials for review an hour or so before the interview shows that you’re excited for the position and ready to prove your worth. However, the caveat as always is that the materials have to be of a high enough quality to help you get the job. If you don’t have a great portfolio, there is no need to send anything extra.

How to Create a Digital Portfolio for Your Job Interview

How to Create a College Graduate Portfolio

How to Create a Killer Marketing Portfolio

Obtaining Your Recommendations

If you have anyone you know that works for the company, or you have any people of status that are ready to recommend you for the role, you may want to consider having them contact the hiring manager beforehand. Hearing that people are willing to go out of their way to recommend you can make a great first impression on any hiring manager before you’ve walked through the door.

The job interview is still going to be the number one place for you to make an impression. But there are ways that you can impress a hiring manager even before you have stepped foot inside. Take these ideas into account before your job interview, and you may see your prospects improve as a result.

The following posts may also be helpful to you:

6 Things You Should Never tell A Recruiter

9 Recruiter Secrets Every Job Seeker Should Know

5 Things Recruiters Wish You Knew Before the Job Interview


Houston Economic Update from GHP!

Early Returns Are In — Metro Houston added 14,800 jobs in ’16, according to the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). Job growth fell below the Partnership’s forecast of 21,900, but still reflects a net gain. At the beginning of ’16, the prospect for any increase was doubtful given the extensive layoffs that occurred earlier in the year.

One should embrace the report with caution, however. As it does every year, TWC is currently reviewing employment records for the past 30 months and will release revisions to the jobs data in early March. The revisions will include gains and losses not captured in the original monthly reports. The initial reports are based on surveys of companies and agencies that are representative of industries and employers across the state. As with any survey, the results are subject to error. The March revisions are based on employment insurance records covering 96 percent of all workers in Texas and will reflect a more accurate reading of job trends.

Since ’06, TWC’s annual benchmark revisions have resulted in employment growth being revised upward by as many as 36,700 jobs in boom years and downward by as many as 35,700 jobs in recession years. The revisions to ’16 may be significant, the revisions to ’15 and ’14 less so.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas developed its own revisions based on employment records for the first nine months of ’16 then forecasted growth for the final quarter. The Fed estimates that Houston lost l6,500 jobs January through June, created 13,600 jobs July through December, and finished ’16 with a loss of 2,900 jobs. If the Fed’s estimates prove accurate, that would be a 0.1 percent job loss. In an economy with 3.0 million jobs, that’s the equivalent to a rounding error.

Even with revisions pending, several trends in the data stand out. Mining and logging, manufacturing, construction, wholesale trade and professional services lost significant employment in ’16. Retail, finance, real estate, education, health care, leisure and hospitality and government finished with net job gains. The low point of the recent downturn likely occurred May or June of last year.

Houston’s unemployment rate rose from 4.9 in November ’16 to 5.3 percent in December ’16. The unemployment rate, like the jobs data, is based on a survey, this one is of households. When the economy softens, workers who have been laid off often withdraw from the labor market until they perceive their employment outlook has improved. If they’re not looking for work, TWC doesn’t count them as unemployed. Thus, the unemployment rate may decline in a weak economy.

When workers on the sidelines feel their odds of finding a job have improved, they re-enter the workforce, initially driving up the unemployment rate. Such was the case with the Great Recession, when the unemployment rate rose through the summer of ’10 even though the region had been creating jobs since January of that year.

Energy, The Short View

The spot price for West Texas Intermediate, the U.S. benchmark for light, sweet crude, averaged $52.50 in January, up from $31.68 in January of ’15. Except for one day, WTI has traded above $50 since December 1, ’16. In its January ’17 Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO), the U.S. Energy Information Administration forecasts WTI to average $53.46 in ’17 and $56.18 in ’18. Many consider $60 the threshold at which the industry returns to profitability.

The U.S. rig count hit 729 in early February, compared to 571 the same time in ’16 and up from the recession trough of 404 in late May. That’s well below the peak of 1,931 reached in September’14. The industry is unlikely ever to return to its previous peak. In a Q2/16 earnings call, Halliburton president Jeff Miller told investors 900 may be the new 2,000, given all the drilling technology advances of the past two years.

U.S. crude oil production averaged an estimated 8.9 million barrels per day (bbl/d) in ’16 and is forecast to average 9.0 million bbl/d in ’17 and 9.5 million bbl/d in ’18, according to the STEO. The expected boost in production reflects increases in federal offshore Gulf of Mexico production. Rising tight oil production, which results from increases in drilling activity, rig efficiency, and well-level productivity, also contributes to forecast U.S. production growth

Energy, The Long View

BP recently released its 2017 Energy Outlook, outlining what it considers the most likely path for global energy markets through ’35. The outlook attempts to account for future changes in policy, technology and economic growth.

  • BP expects the size of the world’s economy to nearly double over the next two decades. The world’s population is projected to increase by around 1.5 billion people and reach nearly 8.8 billion. Growth in population and the economy will require growth in energy consumption, but not at the same pace as economic growth. Global GDP doubles over the period whereas energy demand increases by only 30 percent.
  • Virtually all the growth comes from emerging economies, with China and India accounting for more than half the increase. Energy demand in North America and Europe barely grows.
  • Renewables, along with nuclear and hydroelectric, account for half of the growth in energy supply. Even so, oil, gas and coal remain the dominant sources of energy, accounting for more than 75 percent of energy supplies in ’35, down from 85 percent today.
  • Oil use grows at 0.7 percent per year. Natural gas use is expected to grow faster than oil or coal, with consumption increasing 1.6 percent per year between ’15 and ’35. 
  • Increases in the supply of liquids are driven by holders of large-scale, low-cost resources, especially in the Middle East, U.S. and Russia. OPEC is expected to account for nearly 70 percent of global supply growth, increasing by 9 million barrels per day (MMbbl/d), while non-OPEC supply grows by just over 4 MMbbl/d by ’35, led by the U.S.
  • Renewables in power are set to be the fastest growing source of energy at 7.6 percent per year, more than quadrupling over the outlook period. Renewables account for 40 percent of the growth in power generation, causing their share of global power to increase from 7 percent in ’15 to nearly 20 percent by ’35.
  • Carbon emissions are projected to grow at 0.6 percent per year, less than a third of the rate seen in the past two decades (2.1 percent per year). This scenario would see the slowest rate of emissions growth since record keeping began in ’65. 0


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Senior Sales Tax Analyst – Houston –

Our multinational, multi billion dollar oil & gas client is adding to their team due to growth! They provide a very laid back atmosphere with minimal overtime along with opportunities for upward mobility! Competitive salary with benefits and a convenient northwest location (even better if you are going against traffic). The role sits in a department of 10 with an incredibly supportive management team. Oh and they outsource the compliance piece of the job!


Brief overview:

  • Run reports and analyze data
  • Respond to internal and external tax inquiries
  • Research technical tax issues and document the findings
  • Assist with state and local sales tax audits
  • Perform monthly reconciliation of key general ledger accounts




  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance
  • 2 – 5 years of relevant sales tax experience
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and spoken
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and to prioritize and manage multiple tasks
  • Highly self-motivated, takes initiative; identifies and addresses issues; detail-oriented
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Internal Financial Reporting Manager – Galleria –

Financial Reporting Manager/Lead Job Description

  • Complete monthly close entries related to DD&A, ARO, Mark to Market and various accruals
  • Maintain ARO system and updates
  • Calculate DD&A and Impairment
  • Prepare internal quarterly and annual financial reports and footnotes
  • Prepare and enter journal entries
  • Account Reconciliations
  • Prepare documentation and assist with annual audit
  • Assist with internal control compliance
  • Research new US GAAP requirements and implement as needed
  • Bank Reconciliations
  • Assist with expenditure accounting
  • Write system reports
  • Work with Fund Administrator
  • Maintain Chart of Accounts
  • Special Projects


  • CPA
  • Public Accounting Experience – 3+ years
  • Oil and Gas Accounting Experience specifically related to financial reporting and monthly/quarterly close
  • 5+ years
  • Experience with Accounting Research
  • Detail Oriented
  • Works independently
  • Good Excel Skills

Are You Still Falling for These Resume Myths?

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No matter how much advice is published on the subject, many myths about the best way to write a resume still circulate freely. Fortunately, a lot has changed over the past few years in resume writing and job searching – and you can benefit from these new trends.

For example, you might have been told in the past to keep your resume to a specified length or to exclude certain types of information. Nowadays, however, many of these so-called “rules” no longer apply.

Take a look at these longstanding myths and misconceptions about resume writing to see how you can change your resume for the better:

1. The Single-Page Resume Myth

This legend never seems to die. Back when resumes were handled in hard-copy form, employers and recruiters admonished job seekers to keep their documents to a single page. Perhaps this made it easier to keep track of all those pieces of paper, or maybe it was easier for job seekers to avoid typos in a shorter document.

No matter the reason for its existence, the one-page resume can officially retire now, particularly for those of us who have more than 15 years of experience. Most employers today are using applicant tracking systems (ATSs) to screen resumes, and these systems can process large amounts of data at once. Plus, organizations are accustomed to resumes that exceed one page, especially for executives.

2. The Job-Description Resume Myth

If you’ve ever read a job description, you know that “supports user communities and department stakeholders” is a dull and generic way to convey your duties. Unfortunately, too many job seekers – from entry- to executive-level candidates – rely on these canned descriptions to showcase the breadth of their work.

It’s time to stop this practice in its tracks with a reminder that employers don’t hire your past job descriptions; they hire your capabilities, skills, and work style, hoping to find a candidate who will dive into new challenges and solve their business problems. As demonstrated in this example CEO resume, a list of core competencies (under the heading “Areas of Expertise”) can convey relevant skills, while the “Executive Performance Benchmarks” section highlights the attention-getting specifics of career achievements.


Your achievements, competencies, and career wins need to take center stage on your resume. Don’t give the spotlight to stock phrases that could apply to anyone. Qualify your accomplishments with metrics that show just how much your work has impacted the bottom line, rescued a critical project, or saved costs at previous employers.

3. The Formatting Myth

Nothing is harder to skim in the digital age than a black-and-white, lackluster document that does little to distinguish one candidate from all the rest. Even worse, too many candidates use stock resume templates, making their resume formatting look like a last-minute decision.

Your best bet is to take some time and care with the presentation of your resume, just as you would with any other high-profile business document. While a tremendous amount of color is not necessary, a touch of flair and emphasis on keywords (shown in these resume examples for a CFO and Program Manager) can help set off important data.

If you want to push the envelope a bit further, consider giving your resume a powerful dose of graphics that showcase achievements. By honing in on the most valuable parts of your experience, your resume can direct employers to take note of these career wins.

4. The ‘I Can’t Put That on My Resume!’ Myth

The truth is, anything goes – as long as it qualifies you and gets the type of attention you deserve in your job search.

In years past, job seekers often left out the context of their achievements, fearing their resumes would be too long otherwise. Now, you’ll benefit more from explaining exactly how you motivated the sales team or negotiated a new vendor discount, since these examples will reinforce your personal brand message.

To get in the right frame of mind for writing about your background, think in terms of the C-A-R (Challenge-Action-Result) format. By describing the situation you inherited (the challenge), the steps you took to improve or resolve a problem (your actions), and the outcome that benefited the company (the result), you’ll present a stronger picture of your leadership competency and agility.

Consider that feedback from others, particularly notable leaders in your field, will also underscore your message. By pulling in a quote or accolade, you can give employers a quick view of the reasons your contributions will be valuable in a new role. You can even explain a reason for leaving a past job (long considered taboo on a resume) by noting, “Completed XYZ project prior to company spin-off as a new division.”

The bottom line: Rather than adhering to the old myths that hold you back, write your resume in a way that fits your unique situation.

Award-winning executive resume writer Laura Smith-Proulx, CCMC, CPRW, CIC, TCCS, CPBA, COPNS, CTTCC, of An Expert Resume partners with executives and rising leaders to help them land choice jobs through powerful personal branding.


List of current Accounting & Finance openings – Houston, Texas –

Current list of openings:

  • Real Estate Controller – North
  • E&P Internal Financial Reporting Manager – Galleria
  • Senior SEC Accountant – Oil & Gas – Westchase
  • Sales & Use Tax Accountant – Oil & Gas – Downtown
  • Senior Commercial Real Estate Accountant – North
  • E&P AP Specialist – NW
  • Senior Staff Accountant – Homebuilding – North
  • Non Profit Controller – Downtown
  • Non Profit Controller – Medical Center
  • Senior Accountant – Non Profit – Heights – no degree or non profit experience required
  • Controller for small/midsize Company- Manufacturing & Distribution, CPA – CFO track – Humble
  • Senior Accounting Analyst – Special Projects – 3 to 4 years of public accounting – Southwest
  • CFO – Phoenix – need big box retailer experience
  • Rotational Audit Role – International Travel – Big 4 Background – Galleria
  • Senior  Investment Analyst – Investment banking experience
  • Nonprofit Accounting Manager
  • CFO – Amarillo – Need commodity trading experience
  • Senior Tax Accountant – Oil & Gas Downtown
  • Controller – Grant Accounting
  • Senior Financial Analyst – Central Houston
  • Reduced work week hours: Tax Manager or Supervisor or Senior – small public accounting firm
  • Consultant with professional services firm – Big 4 Auditors – Downtown
  • Financial Reporting Accountant – West
  • Staff Internal Auditor – Galleria
  • Tax Staff Accountant – Galleria
  • Tax Senior Accountant – High Net Wealth
  • Senior Auditor – Public Accounting
  • Senior Accountant – NW Houston
  • Senior Insurance Accountant – NW Houston
  • Property Accountant Senior
  • Audit Senior – 60% travel
  • Associate Manager / Manager – Professional Services Firm – Consulting on high profile projects – full time role – need at least 2.5 year of public accounting and maybe a splash of industry to qualify

February 2017 Newsletter for Accounting & Finance Professionals from Diane Delgado LeMaire @ CFS

Industry News and Updates

Let me be among the last to wish you a Happy New Year! I hope that you had a wonderful holiday season and that 2017 has gotten off to a good start. Historically, many people make finding a new job a New Year’ Resolution, and if that’s a goal of yours for 2017, I’d be happy to help. The year ended with an extremely active November and December, which is customary in our business. Many of our clients are looking to have their departments fully staffed before year-end, which creates a lot of hiring right before the holidays. Other clients are reaching out to us right now as they have had to wait for the budget year to begin in order to get long-awaited openings filled.

Short story is, companies are starting to hire again!  Many jobs are being filled by people who are currently employed; which in turn creates additional openings… and keeps the merry-go-round turning!  All this is good news for professionals thinking about making a move in 2017. The Houston market is finally turning and I do believe it will be a good year with many more openings than 2016. Houston created approximately 22,000 jobs in 2016 and has forecasted to create 30,000 more in 2017. Not as good as the 50,000 to 60,000 we are typically used to, but it is much better than the 15,000 created in 2015! Please do not hesitate to reach out if you need help with filling current openings on your team as well!

See you in April!

Local Statistics:

  • National Unemployment Rate: 4.4 (last year 4.8)
  • Houston Unemployment Rate:  4.9 (last year 4.8)
  • Labor Participation Rate: 62.7% (last year 62.7%) – All time high January 2000: 67.30% / All-time low 1977: 62.4%
  • Manufacturing Index: 50.7 (last year 43.3) – from what I have read 50 is the magic number! YES!!!!!
  • Oil Rig Count: 580 (last year 760)  – all time high around 1900 in 2012!
  • Price of Oil: 53.88  (last year around 43.3)
  • Industries hiring: Retail, Manufacturing, Real Estate, Consumer Goods, Limited Oil & Gas is coming back, Non Profit, Public Accounting Firms!!!!
  • Positions in demand: Internal Audit, SEC or Big 4 backgrounds are in high demand, Finally seeing Controller and some Accounting Manager positions, Senior Accountants

Interesting Articles:



Senior Staff Tax Analyst – Downtown –

One of the leaders in its industry, my client is seeking an experienced tax accountant to join its team. This position is open due to massive growth within the company. With a major recent acquisition, this group is expecting to expand rapidly in 2017 and immense opportunity for promotion is available. This company is in the Oil & Gas industry and they donate over 15 million annually to non-profit organizations across America.

  • Position will help mentor and review entry-level colleagues and their work

  • 4 weeks PTO (plus holidays)

  • 10% discretionary bonus

  • Stable company (‘A’ Grade credit rating)

  • Publicly traded company


  • 03/01/17 start date

  • CPA required for promotion

  • Federal & state tax experience (Public or Industry)

  • Domestic Tax experience

  • SAP or other major ERP

  • Partnership preparation exposure

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $75,000.00 /year

6 Questions to Ask in Every Job Interview –

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You’ve done tons of research to ensure you’re more than adequately informed about the company. You’ve selected the perfectly polished interview outfit. You’ve even rehearsed answers for all sorts of commonly asked interview questions.

Yet, when the hiring manager concludes the interview by asking, “So, what questions do you have for me?” your mouth hangs open and your mind goes completely blank. You totally neglected to prepare for this part of the interview—and now you’re left seeming either totally incompetent or completely disengaged and uninterested.

Don’t worry; most people have been there before. It’s easy to focus so much of your energy into preparing for the questions you’ll be asked, that you completely forget to come up with some intelligent questions that you can pose to the interviewer at the conclusion of your meeting.

Well, we’ve got you covered! Here are six questions you should be asking at every job interview. Not only will they make you appear informed, prepared, and completely put together, but they’ll also save you from that terrifying, wide-eyed moment of panic.

1. What does a typical day look like in this position?

You already have a basic gist of what this position entails after reading the job description (at least you should). But, it’s important to remember that the formal description really only tells you so much. Often, those paragraphs are recycled year after year, without ever being updated to reflect staff changes, shifting responsibilities, technology updates, and other factors.

So, asking your interviewer what sorts of tasks you can expect to complete on a daily basis is definitely recommended in order to get the insider scoop. It’ll give you some greater insight into the actual responsibilities of the position, as well as an idea of how the company, the department, and its team members’ general functions.

2. Who would I be directly working with?

Chances are you already know whom you’d be directly reporting to—he or she is more than likely in the interview room with you. But, since your relationships with your co-workers can have a pretty big impact on your life, you might want to know more than just the person you’d be working for. You want to know about the team members you’d be working with.

This is your opportunity to find out more about where this role fits into the big picture. Does the position require you to communicate and liaise between numerous departments? Or, would you just be operating with your specific team in order to get things done?

You can also use this prompt as your launch pad for several follow up questions: How big is the team currently? Is it growing rapidly? What are some of the other employees’ backgrounds?

Use this opportunity to find out more about the organization’s existing staff. It’ll show you how all of the company’s puzzle pieces fit together—and help you determine if you’d be a good fit.

3. What is the most important skill the person in this position needs to be successful?

Let’s face it—most job descriptions describe unicorns. Sure, the employer may be looking for a candidate who is a Photoshop whiz and a creative writer who can also juggle while doing a handstand.


But, their chances of actually finding that? They’re slim to none—and they already know that.

So, instead of obsessing over what traits and skills you don’t have, zero in on what the interviewer thinks is the most crucial thing you’ll need in order to do well in that position.

Asking this helps you cut through all of the clutter of the job description, and also determine how well you could actually fulfill the duties of this role. After all, if they’re ultimately seeking someone bilingual and you can hardly remember the alphabet from your high school Spanish class, this might not be the job for you.

4. What’s your favorite part about working here?

Work is a huge part of your life—so, ideally, you want to love what you do. And, while other peoples’ experiences aren’t always a completely accurate prediction of what your own will be, it’s definitely still helpful to ask this question.

Ask your interviewer what he or she likes most about working for the company. If she can’t stop ranting and raving about the dozens of different things she loves about her employer? Well, that’s probably a good sign.

But, if she pauses for a minute only to say, “Well, our dental coverage is pretty decent,” it might be a red flag for you.

Employee attitudes can be contagious. So, if you’re required to work with a bunch of people who’d always rather be somewhere else, it can have a huge impact on how you view your own work. Asking this question gauges the level of satisfaction and happiness with the employer—something that will be important if you end up landing and accepting the job!

5. How would you describe the culture of this company?

We all know that interviews exist largely so that the employer can determine whether or not you’re a good fit for their organization. But, you should also treat it as your opportunity to ascertain whether or not the company and position are a good fit for you.


Culture has become a bit of a buzzword, but it’s still an incredibly important part of your employment experience. And you don’t need me to tell you that culture can vary greatly between employers.

Have your interviewer give a brief description of the company culture. Would she describe it as warm, encouraging, and family-like? Is it high energy, innovative, and constantly pushing to be on the cutting edge?

Pay close attention to what words your interviewer uses in order to get a good feel for what qualities the organization values. If she says words like “fast paced” and “deadline driven” and you’re someone who needs to breathe into a paper bag at the thought of having a tight turnaround time, you might need to revaluate things.

6. What are the next steps in the interview process?

Tell me if this scenario sounds familiar: You stroll out of the interview and get into your car, feeling like you just totally aced that meeting. Suddenly, it hits you. You have no idea what happens now. You never asked. Will there be another round of interviews or was this it? Will the interviewer call you? Will she email you? Will she send a carrier pigeon?

Interviews encourage enough anxiety without feeling like you’re totally out of the loop. So, before shaking hands and leaving the office, make sure you’ve inquired about what you can expect for next steps.

Not only will it help to ease your nerves (and probably inspire compulsive email refreshing for the next week), but it also demonstrates your level of interest in the position and entire process.

Job interviews can be stressful, but they’re much more manageable if you’re adequately prepared. However, most people assume being adequately prepared means having their responses memorized and ready to go—they never even think about their questions.

The things you ask at the end of the interview can be just as important as the answers you provide throughout. So make sure you take some time to get yourself geared up for that portion, too.

Keep these six questions in mind and you’re sure to impress the interviewer—and maybe even land the job!

Did we miss anything? What questions do you always ask at the end of an interview?

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Nonprofit Controller – Houston –

  • Maintain a chart of accounts that will meet all GAAP reporting requirements.
  • Maintain the general ledger accurately and perform monthly close out procedures.
  • Prepare monthly financial statements on an accrual basis.
  • Prepare and distribute monthly financials budget to actual for directors.
  • Maintain financial accounting and box office software systems.
  • Prepare monthly bank reconciliations.
  • Assist the staff accountant with counting the safes and drawer bags and reconcile to general ledger.
  • Prepare or review monthly journal entries.
  • Assist with the implementation and monitoring of internal control procedures.
  • Maintain fixed asset list and detailed supporting documents.
  • Coordinate the preparation of the IRS form 990 with the outside accounting firm and maintain supporting files.
  • Assist with the development and establishment of accounting policies and procedures.
  • Implementation of enterprise wide computer systems.
Other responsibilities:
  • Prepare and maintain budgets and accounting data needed for grant applications, federal financial reporting, and proposals.
  • Prepare financial reports for grant applications and reports.
  • Prepare information and coordinate audits for annual financial statements, workers’ comp and general insurance audits.
  • Monitor, maintain, and reconcile accounting for donor restricted funds.
  • Coordinate cash procedures for annual fundraising events with Development staff.

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The Truth About Your Resume

Here in the United States, there has been quite a lot of talk about lies, “alternative facts”, and truth in the past few weeks.  It is difficult to decipher what is honest and real when being fed a mixture of all three of these.  In contrast, in the context of a resume, it is quite clear.


No Room for Falsification

In the world of resumes, there is absolutely NO room for falsification of facts, employment history, skills, education, certifications, licenses, etc. A resume is a 2-dimensional version of who you are. How you choose to represent yourself on paper directly effects how you want others to perceive you.

When on the job search, it is the ULTIMATE first impression that people gather about you.  When individuals lie on their resume, and people find out, it can be solid grounds for immediate dismissal.  Even if you have worked for an extended period of time, you will be released because you lied on the resume from the very beginning.

It then raises questions about your character, trustworthiness, and reliability in work performance, follow-through, etc.

Legal Issues

In certain environments, there could be grounds for a lawsuit.  It could be said that the employee lied to get the job and misrepresented themselves, ultimately causing the company to invest time and money in that individual that should not have been spent.  

In addition, going into an interview with a resume that is padded or full of lies only increases your internal anxiety level.  Thi will ultimately affect your performance in the interview.  Subconsciously, you will exhibit telltale signs of lying.  Those signs will tip the interviewer off if they are reading your body language.  Lying on your resume will undermine your success over time.  It will definitely catch up to you in the interview process (by stopping it dead in its tracks).  Or you won’t receive the offer or you will be fired for misrepresentation and lying.

Avoid Problems

You can avoid all of this by working with me to create a competitive resume that is 100% real and differentiates you from your competition.

The long and the short of it is;  There is “NO Place” for lying on a resume.  If you are struggling with how to accurately represent yourself on paper while showcasing your abilities and are considering stretching the truth, please call and talk with me.

Contact Me

If you or someone you know has a resume that is padded and wants to create a solid, reliable resume that differentiates you from the competition and helps you rise to the top of the stack, please contact Career Coach Rachel Schneider for a consultation.  Working with her will help you yield job opportunities and get to where you strive to professionally be.