6 Common Reasons Why Employers Turn You Down Written by Alan Carniol

Link to article: https://www.interviewsuccessformula.com/job-search-advice/6-common-reasons-why-employers-turn-you-down.php

Turned Down

Gone are the days when getting a job was simple. Nowadays, a job seeker has to go through a number of hurdles just to get an interview. Even then, there are still a lot of obstacles that you have to overcome. With the stress that comes with an interview, you are bound to make a mistake if you don’t plan properly.


To make sure that you don’t waste all of your efforts, it will help you to know these six common reasons that employers turn people down for jobs.

Inappropriate attire – While dressing well is just one factor among many, it certainly will give you a better chance. Looking the part will give an employer the impression that you are serious and know why you are there. It can also give you added boost of confidence, knowing that you already look the part.

Not looking interested – Your answers may be good, but you don’t sound and look convincing. Everything in you should show that you want the job—from your look, facial expression, body language, and tone—to convince an employer that you’re really interested.

No confidence – You’re uncomfortable making eye contact, smiling, standing straight, and giving a handshake, which is why your interviews are going south. Having and showing confidence is something that many employers look for, especially in a position where you have to represent the company.

Talking negatively about a previous employer – We all have had bad experiences with our bosses, but this part of our lives should be kept private, especially in an interview. No employer wants to hear an applicant say bad things about their last boss when you can do the same to them.

Giving in to your temptation – Gadgets are a major part of our daily lives today, and taking your hands off of them can be a little hard, especially when you want to make one last quick text or call. But even though you might want to do that, it’s better to leave it turned off—or better yet, leave it in the car, where you can’t reach for it.

No concrete examples – You believe that you are the most organized and smartest person among your competition, and maybe it’s true, but even that won’t be enough if you can’t give quantifiable examples of what you know and what you can do.

Getting an interview is a big deal; it’s a step closer to getting the job you want. If you don’t want your efforts to go to waste, you need to make sure that you don’t make any of those six mistakes.

How to Write the Perfect Post-Interview Thank You Note

By Michael Schneider – Human capital specialist, Welltower
It’s not just another formality. Forgetting to send this email could prevent you from moving forward in the job interview process.

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You spent hours researching, cramming, and planning for the interview. You practiced hundreds of behavioral based questions and spent a much-needed vacation day interviewing. Yes, the hard part may be over, but there is still a critical step left in the process — the thank you note.

Although many see a follow-up email as a formality, a CareerBuilder survey revealed that 22 percent of managers said they were less likely to hire a candidate if they didn’t send a thank you note.

I don’t consider myself “The” subject matter expert, however, I’ve spent the past five years in executive search, HR and talent management. I’ve had the opportunity to coach hundreds of candidates on post-interview communications and I’ve definitely received a few. Here are some best practices that I’ve picked up along the way.

Follow the usual email etiquette
Write a subject line that’s meaningful and reflective of what’s inside. Be succinct and professional. Use appropriate salutations and a complimentary close. Even though you’ve built some rapport through the interview, now’s not the time to let down your guard and be casual or comical — unless the organization’s culture encourages it. Remember, everyone expects you to be on your best behavior during the interviewing process. If there is even a shred of doubt or concern regarding your professionalism, managers assume it will magnify once you start.

Get the timing right
It’s best to send a thank you note within 24 hours of your interview. That way, you’re still on the minds of your interviewers and it’s easier for you to remember important details from your conversations. However, I would recommend that it’s a little longer than the first hour afterward. Although some may appreciate the enthusiasm, an immediate email can come across as desperate.

Show genuine appreciation
Open up the note with a thank you. But, make sure it’s sincere and authentic. A generic thank you will bolster a generic response. Show that you paid attention and care about the time they spent by mentioning specifics and highlighting details that you appreciated. It’s easy to make a mistake by being too brief when it comes to showing gratitude and too detailed when it comes to selling our backgrounds.

Personalize it
When you have a collection of business cards, it’s tempting to write a universal email and blind copy everyone involved. I get it. It’s much more efficient. But, I have seen people compare and analyze emails from candidates, and they’re not too impressed when they see how little effort went into the process. Taking the time to personalize your emails speaks to your interest in the position, your respect of each person involved, and leaves a positive impression.

Reiterate your interest
Job descriptions are often vague and generalized. After interviewing, you now have a better understanding of the position and a glimpse into the company’s culture. It’s important to recall this added detail and reiterate that you’re still excited, qualified, and interested in pursuing the opportunity. Make sure that you don’t leave any doubts in the minds of your interviewers.

Although I can never say that I’ve seen someone get a job because of their thank you note, I’ve definitely witnessed people unintentionally wreck their chances by not taking it seriously. These tips will ensure your thank you note is seen as a tribute to your personal brand and not a detriment.

(Sample Thank You Note)
Subject: Thank you, John! (Executive Recruiter Interview)

John Doe –

I wanted to express my sincerest appreciation for the time you devoted to learning more about my background as well as for the insights that you shared.

In addition to the clarification that you provided on the role, I was specifically excited to learn that ABC Company places a large emphasis on team collaboration. I believe that fostering an inclusive, team-based approach is essential to leveraging diversity and spurring innovation. Also, I was thrilled to hear that your team leverages “unique software.” I have “X” years of experience using this program and feel confident that I could hit the ground running.

After reviewing the “Executive Recruiter” position with you, I am even more enthusiastic about the prospect of joining ABC Company. Should you have any additional questions regarding my background, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Have a great week,

Michael Schneider



Here is an ideal résumé for a mid-level employee

Originally posted by Business Insider: Article

Jacquelyn Smith and Skye Gould

Having a ton of experience under your belt doesn’t necessarily mean you have an “impressive” résumé.

“You can have all the experience in the world — but if your résumé doesn’t stand out, if you don’t present that information in a well-organized manner, or if it doesn’t tell your story, nobody will take the time to look at your résumé closely enough to see all that experience,” says Amanda Augustine, a career advice expert for TopRésumé.

To get a clearer picture of what makes a résumé stand out, we asked Augustine to create a sample of an excellent one for a mid-level professional.

While your résumé may look different depending on the industry you’re in, the one below should serve as a useful guide for job seekers with about 10 years of experience:

good resume

50 Highest Paying College Majors Via Glassdoor By Allison Berry


October 17, 2016

With approximately 70% of American high school graduates enrolling in colleges and universities each year, a college degree has become an essential stepping stone to landing a great first job.

But when it to comes to your earning potential, not all degrees are created equal.

So which majors really pay the highest?

Through an analysis of hundreds of thousands of resumes and corresponding salary reports, Glassdoor has determined which majors pay the most during the first five years out of college. While STEM majors take most of the top spots, other majors can also pay you generously. Plus, for each major, we’ve identified three of the most popular jobs that new grads really take upon entering the real world.

The 50 Highest Paying College Majors are:

1. Computer Science

2. Electrical Engineering

3. Mechanical Engineering

4. Chemical Engineering

5. Industrial Engineering

6. Information Technology

7. Civil Engineering

8. Statistics

9. Nursing

10. Management Information Systems

11. Finance

12. Mathematics

13. Biomedical Engineering

14. Accounting

15. Economics

16. Physics

17. Biotechnology

18. Architecture

19. Fashion Design

20. Business

21. International Relations

22. Graphic Design

23. Marketing

24. English

25. Political Science

26. History

27. Human Resources

28. Journalism

29. Advertising

30. Philosophy

31. Environmental Science

32. Social Science

33. Spanish

34. Communications

35. Interior Design

36. Chemistry

37. Music

38. Film Studies

39. Public Relations

40. Sports Management

41. Education

42. Anthropology

43. Hospitality Management  

44. Biochemistry

45. Liberal Arts

46. Psychology

47. Sociology

48. Healthcare Administration

49. Social Work

50. Biology

So for those pulling their hair out trying to decide on a college major, what does this mean for you?

“If college students want to land a high-paying job after graduation, they should strongly consider majoring in science, technology, engineering, or math,” says Dr. Andrew Chamberlain, Glassdoor Chief Economist. “STEM majors are in demand by the technology and health industries, which offer higher paying jobs that are better protected from competition or automation.”


Which city should you move to after college? Consider one of the Best Cities for Jobs

Which company should you work for? Check out Glassdoor’s Best Places to Work

Want to land that dream job? Read up on these 4 pro tips

How much money do you make? Share your salary to join the #ShareYourPay movement.


Methodology:  Nearly 500,000 resumes were analyzed for Glassdoor’s report on the 50 Highest Paying College Majors. For a major to be considered, Glassdoor must hold at least 400 distinct resumes as of 10/03/16, in which a job seeker and/or employee has indicated graduating from college with the corresponding major. To determine the median base salary for each major, career progression data, including job titles, within the first five years of work upon graduating from college was analyzed with corresponding salary data, submitted by employees on Glassdoor. To determine the rankings, majors were then sorted by their corresponding median base salary within the first five years upon graduating from college or university.


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How to stand out in your job search VIA http://cfstaffing.blogspot.com/

As you blankly stare at your computer screen, you cant help but ask yourself, “Am I really doing this again? Am I really applying for another job?” Unfortunately, the answer is yes. Despite countless applications, the only thing you have to show for your efforts is automatic email responses and endless frustration. How can you get past this phase and into the interview room? How can you stand out from your competition?
Use the right vocabulary
Competition in the job market is fierce, and you need a winning resume. Hiring managers spend less than 10 seconds looking at a resume and its your job to ensure that yours doesn’t land in the “rejects pile”. In order to do so, you must choose the right vocabulary. When you skim the job posting, pull out key words and sprinkle them throughout your application. Not only will this catch a recruiterseye, but it will ensure that you make it through applicant tracking systems as well.
Key words are only step one; your entire resume needs to feature strong vocabulary. Consider the following bullet point: “Answered phones and took messages for the main office.” Now when you make a few edits it looks like this, “Maintained open lines of communication between clients and the main office.” The latter is a much stronger description.
Gain relevant experience
Whether you intern or volunteer, experience is essential. After all, many entry-level jobs tend to ask for 1-2 years of experience. What better way to do so than through internships? They will provide you with a foundation to build off of and teach you the necessary skills you’ll need throughout your career. Nowadays, there are many paid internships or ones that can be used for school credit; it’s a win-win.
Volunteer work is another great way to gain experience. It shows hiring managers that you are passionate about certain causes, and that you’re willing to further develop your skillsets. In addition, volunteering offers you a way to take on leadership positions, which hiring managers look for when they review applications.
Stay current on industry trends
In order to stand out in an interview, you need to wow the recruiter with your knowledge. Not only do you need to know terminology, but you need to stay on top of industry trends as well. Your interviewer could test your knowledge and you want to be ready to impress!
Stay informed by following industry-related blogs. There are thousands of blogs you can subscribe to. Doing so will give you topics to discuss in your interview, put you ahead of your competition, and expand your knowledge exponentially. Another great way to stay current is through social media. Many companies and news sources utilize Facebook/Twitter as a primary information source these days, and it shouldn’t be overlooked.
Have questions about your job search? We want to hear them! Comment below or contact one of our expert recruiters today! Find the closest CFS location to you here.

Fix Your Facebook Profile for Job Searching Written by Alan Carniol

Fix Your Facebook Profile for Job Searching

Job searching takes more than just sending in your resume to the right company. In the age of digital, you also have to make an effort to clean up your social media accounts. Most companies today will look into a candidate’s online presence to learn more about the applicant and look for any warning signs.

Here are some tips to help improve your Facebook profile:

Use the “Intro” section to your advantage. Use this section wisely.It’s a chance to sell your personal brand. Be thoughtful as you revise this section.Consider what potential employers would want to know about you and what you have to offer.

Use the “About” section well. This will serve like a summary on LinkedIn or your resume. Highlight your skills, experiences and the unique characteristics that can help you stand out among the rest (from a professional standpoint, of course).

Update your work history and education. Facebook has recently made changes to users’ employment and education history profile sections, which now allow you to list jobsright under your intro. (Don’t allow this informationto be set to Public if your privacy is important to you.)

Check your privacy settings. You can always adjust your audience if you don’t want people searching for you using your email or phone number. You can also keep your profile from showing up on search engines. After making any adjustments,remember to preview your Facebook profile so you know how others see it.

Be professional at all times. Keep in mind that a potential employer could be checking your profile at any time. Therefore, avoid posting any profanity, inappropriate photos, or personal diatribes on any topic (particularly comments about your previous employers). Filter what you share, post or comment. Approach your social media with the mindset that anyone (including hackers) could access your info at any time.

Join Facebook Groups for jobs. Though Facebook isn’t a job board, you can use the Groups feature to find job postings in your field and location. Use the search function within Facebook to find what you’re looking for.

Find company insiders. You can also search for people working inside a company by using Facebook. Start by typing “people who work at XXXX company.” Look at the search results and see if you have mutual friends connected to employees there. From that point, an email introduction is the best way to get acquainted with any new people, rather than messaging them on Facebook.


Written by  Alan Carniol

WHY EYE CONTACT IS IMPORTANT TO YOUR PERFORMANCE via http://www.interviewexpertacademy.com/

My two cents: Look at someones eyebrows instead of their eyes if this makes your nervous. They will never know the difference!


Eye contact


Sam sat opposite me. He was tall, lean and smartly dressed. My first impressions were good. So that was a tick in the box for him. His CV highlighted his skills, expertise and knowledge for the marketing job I was recruiting for.

I was looking forward to this interview. If he performed as well he looked and described himself, he’d likely get the job.


Unfortunately, the interview didn’t pan out the way I had hoped.

As I asked him questions, he would answer them without looking at me. At first I put it down to nerves, but as the interview went on, it kept happening.

Even when he asked me questions at the end, he didn’t look at me when I was responding.

I thought, ‘this is odd’. I felt rather uncomfortable.

I quickly decided that Sam wasn’t who I hoped he would be. He most certainly wasn’t going to be joining us.


Because he didn’t make eye contact with me once during the interview. And that made me feel uncomfortable. It didn’t feel right.

Eye contact is an extremely important non verbal communication. It’s important to get it right.  Too little or too much can give off signs that make the receiver feel uncomfortable.

My First Sales Lesson

One of the best pieces of advice I ever received was:

‘You have two ears and one mouth, so use them in those proportions.’

In other words listen at least twice as much as you speak.

Why then if we listen with our ears are our eyes that important? Well, for starters it’s hard to have a conversation with someone who avoids eye contact with you.

Lack of Eye Contact

Numerous studies have found that those don’t use eye contact tend to be:

  • Hiding deceit
  • Masking emotions
  • Insecurity
  • Unprepared
  • Less believable
  • Less confident
  • Fearing rejection

Is that how you want to come across in your interviews? Absolutely not!

The Importance of Eye Contact

So what have studies found for those people who maintain eye contact. Well, they are usually perceived to be more:

  • Reliable
  • Warm
  • Sociable
  • Honest
  • Confident
  • Personable
  • Attractive
  • Likeable
  • Qualified
  • Skilled
  • Competent
  • Valuable
  • Sincere
  • Emotionally stable

Amazing how one simple body language technique can help you so dramatically.

Additional Benefits of Eye Contact

There are some important additional benefits to maintaining eye contact.

1. Respect – eye contact demonstrates respect for the person talking.

2. Interest – it demonstrates interest in what someone is saying. Looking away comes across as aloof.

3. Appreciation and Understanding – you can easily and quickly convey appreciation and understanding with your eyes – without having to say anything.

4. Connection – eye contact generates a powerful subconscious sense of connection between two people.

5. Concentrate – maintaining eye contact helps you concentrate on the conversation (active listening). It helps your mind from wandering.

6. Belief – it demonstrates a believe in what you’re saying.

7. Sustained Eye Contact – can make you feel more assertive.

8. Stature – by looking in someone’s eyes for 3-5 seconds, your speech will naturally slow down and you will sound more presidential.

You don’t just have to use this in interviews. You can and should use it in everyday life too. And that’s the perfect place to trial, test and hone your skill. That way eye contact in your next interview will come very naturally.



11 signs you nailed the interview Article originally posted on Business Insider

Most people walk out of a job interview feeling one of two ways: like they definitely nailed it, or like they completely bombed.

If you ever find yourself in the latter group, you’ll probably spend the hours and days following the interview over-thinking every response you gave and every gesture you made, wondering how the hiring manager felt about them.

But things don’t have to be a complete mystery in the time between when you walk out of the interview and when you hear whether or not you got the job.

According to career experts, there are some telltale signs to look for in the interview (and in the days following) that can help you figure out whether a job offer could be coming your way.

Here are 11 signs to look out for that don’t necessarily guarantee a job offer is in the cards, but are pretty promising:

1. Your interviewer was very smiley

Okay, you may have given a few lame answers, or froze when the interviewer tossed a brainteaser your way, but if the hiring manager was smiling and nodding a lot, this could be a really good sign.

Sure, they could have just been nodding and smiling because they are friendly, but if you notice a friendly and warm demeanor, things might be going your way.

Nodding, for instance, indicates the interviewer is listening to you intently — and is genuinely interested in what you have to say — which are good indications you’re on the right track.

2. They asked a lot of personal questions about your family, personal goals, and hobbies

No, they weren’t grilling you because they thought you were the worst. Stop being so paranoid!

“Showing an interest in your personal life means they’re seriously considering you, as it demonstrates an interest beyond just the professional résumé,” says Michael Kerr, an international business speaker and author of “The HumorAdvantage.”

But remember that you don’t always have to answer personal questions. Some are illegal.

3. The interview ran over the designated time

When you’re in the hot seat and things aren’t going as swimmingly as you’d like, it may feel like the interview is going on forever. But if you look at the clock and realize that’s because it did go over the 30-minute block, this could be a very good thing.

It may mean the employer wants to continue getting to know you a little better, says Amber Cloke, an academic adviser at Ithaca College. “You’ve likely already passed the initial criteria they were seeking, and the fact that they continue investing more time and energy toward you can be promising.”

4. The interviewer tried to sell you on the company

At some point in the interview, the hiring manager stopped asking questions and started talking your ear off. You may have been thinking, Oh no. They’re done with me … they have nothing else to ask!

But stop freaking out and think about what they were saying

Were they making a conscious effort to talk up the company? That’s a great sign they’re impressed with you and trying to sway you towards the position.

“You may be able to tell that your interview has gone well by how much the recruiter ‘sells’ the role and/or the organization,” says Dale Austin, director of the Career Development Center at Hope College. “If the recruiter spends a lot of time doing the talking, that may be one indicator that the organization is very interested in your candidacy.”

5. The interviewer talked a lot about perks, benefits, policies, and pay

This may have been part of their “sales tactic,” and it’s another positive sign.

If and when an interviewer starts discussing company policies and benefits — and even gets into a serious discussion about pay — there’s a good chance they’re planning to make an offer. They most likely wouldn’t waste their time voluntarily sharing all this information if they weren’t interested in you.

6. Your interviewer showed you around the office before you left

No matter how badly you thought you bombed, an office tour can give you some hope.

If the hiring manager takes the extra time to show you around the office or introduces you to employees before you head out, that could mean they’re thinking about offering you the role.

“Most interviewers will give you an idea of what the schedule will look like ahead of time,” says Cloke. “If, at the end of the interview, the employer unexpectedly offers to introduce you to the rest of the team, it could bode well for you.”

7. They said ‘you will’ rather than ‘you would’

If you spent the whole interview overthinking the weak handshake you gave at the very beginning of the interview, or the awkward moment you sat in the wrong chair in the hiring manager’s office, you may not have noticed some very subtle signs that they were actually really impressed with you.

For instance, if the interviewer shifted from a hypothetical tone to a presumptive one, this is a very good sign.

Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert, leadership coach, and author of “Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant: How to Manage Childish Boss Behavior and Thrive in Your Job,” says this may mean they’re already be envisioning you at the company.

8. The interviewer asked for a list of references

No, this doesn’t mean they didn’t believe something you said and want to confirm their suspicions.

Well, it could mean that … but it probably doesn’t.

When the interviewer asks for references, it typically means they’re seriously considering you for the role.

Checking references is often the last step before an employer offers a candidate the job. So, you should stop feeling sorry for yourself and start feeling excited.

9. The follow-up process was pointedly discussed

On your way out, you’re feeling pretty badly about how things went. But then the hiring manager enthusiastically brings up the next step in the hiring process without you even asking.

This is a clear indicator you’re still in the running for the open role. Unless, of course, it’s just a generic: “We’’ll be in touch soon.”

“If an interviewer is interested in a candidate, they may even ask when you’d like to or need to have their decision by,” said Kevin Hewerdine, director of Career Service sand Employer Relations at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. “They won’t let you leave without knowing what your timeline looks like.”

10. You’re asked to come in for an additional round of interviews

You may be just one of a handful of finalists, but if you’ve been asked to return for a second round of interviews, that’s an encouraging sign that you’re a serious contender, says Taylor. “They want to clinch the decision by building consensus among managers.”

11. There was a lingering goodbye

If they disliked you as much as you’re worried they did, the hiring manager would probably try to get rid of you as quickly as possible. But if they seem to go on and on, continue asking questions or selling you on the company as you’re saying your goodbyes, you probably made a great impression.

Okay, maybe the hiring manager is just super talkative — but if they linger as they walk with you toward the main lobby or escort you out the door, this could be a very good sign.

Matthew Randall, executive director of the Center for Professional Excellence at York College of Pennsylvania, says: “Typically, interviewers unconsciously do this because they feel comfortable with you being a strong candidate and know that, since this relationship may continue in the future, they want to spend a few more moments to strengthen their professional rapport.”

Are you looking for your next dream job? Contact one of our expert recruiters today! Find the closes CFS location to you here.

Read the original article published on Business Insider.

10 Easy Ways You Can Be More Productive at Work And they’re all at your desk. By LAURA COHEN


Here’s a quick way to become more efficient at your job: Reorganize your personal space. We spoke with Janet Simpson IIDA, principal at architectural firm TVSDesign with a specialty in workplace design, and got her top tips on how to best adjust your space for maximum productivity. See the details on each pointer, below.

1. Give yourself a “long view.” Simpson finds people work better when they can look up and out at something, rather than into a corner. If possible, try to position your main focal point (likely a computer) so you can see something beyond it — perhaps a window or into the rest of the office.

2. Leave yourself visual cues. Often times people don’t like to let their work literally “pile up,” but organized clutter can be a good thing. Simpson recommends any leaving papers for projects you’re working on in a consistent place on your desk, rather than in a drawer and out of sight

3. Have something inspiring to look to. This could be a photo of friends or family, or just a work of art you like — whatever relaxes you and makes you a little happier. Simpson recommends keeping this near your work phone, since when you’re taking calls your eyes are usually looking around a bit.

4. Get a task light. A desk lamp with an adjustable arm should do the trick — just adjust the light on what you’re working on for extra focus. Extra brightness keeps you engaged and alert.

5. Use a flexible chair. Our posture at work has changed dramatically in recent years due to the many devices we’re using, from our laptops to our iPads to our smartphones. Since you’ll likely be bending at all different angles here, you need a chair with wheels that allows for a variety posture and supports quick movements.

6. Add a pop of color. Simpson’s team encourages most work areas to stay neutral in colors, but a small accent color can be quite pleasing. Some people think having a lot of colors and patterns everywhere will keep you engaged, but it does the opposite – the more you see it, the less special it is. Simpson recommends using a vibrant color, specifically orange.

7. Wear headphones. More offices are being designed with open space, which is great for giving workers and opportunity for that long view (see number 1). But, Simpson says it’s important to have a cue to let people know you’re concentrating. Headphones are universal – they say “don’t bother me now, I’m in the zone.”

8. Go dual. Simpson says it’s becoming more and more common in workspaces to use two computer monitors, as it simply allows you to do more. If possible, try this out — you can have your email up and also be working on another project.

9. Embrace natural light. Sunlight is known to increase work productivity. Sometimes it may be out of our control where our desk is, but if you can work on something in that conference room with the huge windows, do try.

10. Don’t hoard everything at your desk. Simpson’s team has been promoting the notion of well-being at the office, and part of that involves movement throughout the day. Walking down the hall to throw something out, fill up a glass of water, or grab some more paper clips allows you to take a break and stretch — exactly what you need for a burst of energy and to improve your thought process.

Close the Interview Well – By Caitlin Beausoleil



July 2016 Newsletter for Accounting Professionals

Industry News and Updates:

I thought I would do something a little different this month. I am a huge proponent of certifications. The CPA (www.aicpa.org) has become the most important certification an Accountant can get! But what other certifications are out there????

Here is a brief list of the most popular ones I have seen:

  1. CMA – Certified Management Accountant imanet.org
  2. CFE – Certified Fraud Examiner acfe.com/
  3. CIA – Certified Internal Auditor https://na.theiia.org/
  4. CISA – Certified Information Security Manager http://www.isaca.org/certification/cism-certified-information-security-manager/
  5. CTP – Certified Treasury Professional ctpcert.afponline.org
  6. CPP – Certified Payroll Professional americanpayroll.org
  7. CFP – Certified Financial Planner – cfp.net
  8. AVA – Accredited Valuation Analyst –  nacva.com
  9. CFFA – Certified Forensic Financial Analyst http://www.nacva.com/certifications/
  10. CRP – Certified Risk Professional bai.org
  11. EA – Enrolled Agent naea.org
  12. CA – Chartered Accountant cica.ca
  13. CFA – Chartered Financial Analyst cfainstitute.org
  14. Certified Bookkeeper aipb.org

And there are many more! Here is another resource: http://www.newaccountantusa.com/newsfeat/ip/ip_profcerts.html

See you again in September 2016!

Local Statistics:

  • National Unemployment Rate (June): 4.9 (last year 5.3)
  • Houston Unemployment Rate (June):  5.5 (last year 4.4)
  • Labor Participation Rate: 62.7% (last year 62.60%) – All time high January 2000: 67.30%
  • Manufacturing Index: 45.8 (last year 46.1) – from what I have read 50 is the magic number!
  • Oil Rig Count: 417 (last year 861)
  • Price of Oil: 41.14 (last year around 59)
  • Industries hiring: Consumer Products / Service related companies, Construction, Real Estate, Non Profit, Public Accounting Firms!!!!
  • Positions in demand: Staff &  Senior Accountants, Tax, Audit,

Interesting Articles:

Current list of openings:

Galleria area:

  • Bookkeeper / Office Manager to 65K
  • 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
  • Senior Federal & State Tax Accountant
  • Senior Internal Auditor – low travel
  • Reduced work week hours: Tax Manager or Supervisor – small public accounting firm
  • Treasury / Credit Manager
  • Non Profit Senior Auditor
  • Tax Staff Accountant
  • Tax Senior Accountant – High Net Wealth
  • Staff Auditor – Public Accounting
  • Senior Auditor – Public Accounting
  • Shared Services Controller

North Houston:

  • Senior Accountant – NW Houston
  • Senior Insurance Accountant – NW Houston
  • Staff Accountant – NW Houston
  • Accounting Manager – Real Estate – Woodlands
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4 tips for transitioning from college to career by Dana Manciagli | Jul 18, 2016


Since job seekers can apply to a job with just the click of a button, job searching has become increasingly competitive. And it’s especially challenging for college students and recent college grads whose work experience primarily consists of student jobs, like unpaid college internships and part-time or on-campus jobs.

According to a recent study, employers spend an average of six seconds scanning your resume. About 80 percent of that time goes to reviewing your current and previous job titles and a few other professional key points such as position start and end dates and education level.

So how can college students better prepare themselves for the job market following graduation? To answer this question I spoke with Matthew Stewart, entrepreneur and co-CEO of College Works Painting.

College Works Painting is a unique college internship that gives college students the opportunity to run their own house painting business during the summer. According to internal surveys conducted, 90 percent of College Works Painting’s alumni find college-grad-level jobs within three months of obtaining their degrees.

Here’s what Stewart suggests for students looking to make the most out of their college career:

1. Get a challenging internship

According to Stewart, the solution for college students is to increase job experience while still in school. This means obtaining a hands-on internship every summer while in college.

“College students should be looking for experiences that will challenge them,” says Stewart. “When they get out of school they will be competing with thousands of other graduates.”

Stewart suggests the following to identify, qualify for, and get the best internship for you:

  • Start with detailed career research: Where do you really want to be? What kind of job do you really want?
  • Will the internship offer you real experience that will separate you from your peers?
  • Will the internship be a good cultural fit for you? In order to do well at anything you need to enjoy it.
  • What is the track record of the intern’s supervisor? Does he or she have proven skills to teach you?
  • What are the job functions of the internship? Will you gain transferable skills from this job or is it mindless work that will not help build your resume?
  • What is the industry recognition of the company? Have other college students benefited from the internship?

2. Treat your student job or college internship like a career

The easiest way to treat your student job like a career is to ask your boss to mentor you. Under the mentorship of your supervisor, you can expand your basic job functions and start taking your capabilities to the next level.

Since employers prefer potential candidates to quantify the accomplishments listed on their resume, take advantage of the professional relationship you have with your current boss. Work together to describe the quality of your experiences in language that will reflect well on your resume.

“College is not the time to relax, it’s the starting line, not the finish line,” says Stewart. “You need to treat college like it’s your future, and get ready for your life after college,” he says. “College consists of three summers, and by the fourth students should have what it takes to find a career.”

3. Be proactive and take initiative

Going above and beyond in your internship will set the foundation for your career. You’ll gain confidence by taking initiative, which is a core skill in the business world.

“It’s important to set goals. Everyone in history that has been successful was goal-oriented. It’s about setting goals and having a plan of action around those goals,” says Stewart. “I’m a big advocate of all sorts of jobs, and all sorts of internships that lead to the development of substantial work experience.”

4. Seek out promotion opportunities

You can seek out promotion opportunities in a several different ways. If you work for a larger company that posts job openings on their website, set up job alerts so that you get email notifications once a job is posted. At the same time, build a strong relationship with your mentor. Let him or her know how eager you are for more responsibility and advancement, and that you’re up for the challenge.

“Unless you graduate with a significant amount of real job experience, finding a job right out of college will be incredibly difficult,” says Stewart. “Gone are the days when a college degree came with a job offer stapled to the back of it.”

College students today face one of the toughest job markets in history. Entry-level jobs that previously went to recent college graduates now go to job-seekers with years of experience. A college student’s only choice is to graduate with impressive, real-world experience.


by Dana Manciagli | Jul 18, 2016

8 things to remember before and after you step foot in the lobby for an interview

  1. The day before

Yes, I know it is a hassle, but take the time to drive by the location the day before your interview.  It will make you feel much more relaxed when navigating to the location. The last thing you need the day of the interview is to get lost and arrive stressed out. This does not set a good tone for the day!

2. Timing

Arrive at the building 20 to 30 minutes early to review your notes, but do not go in until 5 to 10 minutes before the interview (depending on building security). You do not want to throw the interviewer off. They have a schedule too and they may be taking that time to prepare for you!

3. Pre-Interview Jitters?

Before you even walk into the lobby, wash your hands with cold water if you tend to have sweaty palms! Also, give yourself a little pep talk and walk in with confidence.

4. Cell Phone

I can’t believe I even have to say this, but do not play on your cell phone! It does not make a good impression to be playing candy crush on your phone, when the manager walks out to come greet you.  Another option is just to leave your phone in your car. This way you can’t be distracted by it

5. Receptionist

Greet the receptionist and please be nice. Believe it or not this person could hinder your ability to get the job! They will be the first person to speak up if you are rude.

6. Posture

Sit up tall and with confidence. Look up and around. Smile at the people walking by. You will be making a great first impression with several people without formally meeting them!

7/ Double check

One more time! Yes, please make sure your phone is off. Yes, completely off. I know you didn’t leave it in the car. You do not want to risk the phone ringing or even vibrating in the interview. The world will not come to an end if you cannot be reached for an hour.

8. Portfolio

Have your portfolio with your resume, notes and prepared questions organized and ready to go. Please make sure the portfolio is appropriate for a professional interview!

Diane Delgado LeMaire, Creative Financial Staffing, Senior Managing Director, Executive Search & Branch Manager

Why You Don’t Get Any Feedback About Your Resume Written by Alan Carniol

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Are you wondering why your resume isn’t getting any feedback? How come you didn’t receive any response from the company you applied for? Is there something wrong with the way it was written, or was it just not good enough?


To understand why your resume isn’t getting any response, you have to ask yourself a few questions:

  • Are you really a qualified candidate for the job?
  • Do your skills and abilities match to the job you’re applying for?
  • Do you modify your resume each time you apply to a new job?

If the answer to these questions is yes, then what could be the problem? Let’s explore the other possible reasons you’re not getting any feedback.

  • Online Applications and Job Boards

Applying online nowadays is a popular method, especially for those who are unemployed. Unfortunately, the number of applicants increases every year due to the number of fresh graduates. The reality is that these numbers are working against you. For all you know, there might be legions of candidates out there competing for the same exact position as you.

The solution is to broaden your search. Don’t just apply online or through job boards. Use your social networking powers—Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, LinkedIn—and start asking people and selling yourself. Make connections.

  • Offline Applications

The computer is just one method of looking for jobs; it’s not the only way. You have to get out there and meet some people outside the cyber world. Log off of your computer and set up meetings with people. Call your friends, go to social events, meet with your colleagues, or have a chat with your neighbor.

Who knows? These individuals might help you find a job that’ll last a lifetime.

  • Something Different

Online and offline networking may be excellent ways to find a new job or referral, but why don’t you try something new and different? Look up companies you’re interested in and start calling them to inquire about how to apply. Send them your resume and cover letter. Let them know that you’re interested.

This might take a little extra time, but there’s a greater chance that you’ll receive feedback and have some great interviews—or better yet, get accepted.

Write an exceptional resume, apply for positions that suit you, and customize your resume for each application. Chances are, the problem isn’t your resume, but your job search technique. Try to steer away from your own built-in search traditions. These deviations might just be the key to your next big opportunity.

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Alan Carniol

Alan is the creator of Interview Success Formula, a training program that has helped more than 40,000 job seekers to ace their interviews and land the jobs they deserve. Interviewers love asking curveball questions to weed out job seekers. But the truth is, most of these questions are asking about a few key areas. Learn more about how to outsmart tough interviewers b ywatching this video.