Staff Accountant – Rice Village Area – dlemaire@cfstaffing.com

Staff Accountant Responsibilities:

  • Maintain the accounting general ledger and account reconciliations.
  • Manage the general ledger recurring journal entries, accruals, prepays for monthly, quarterly and year end.
  • Review, investigate and correct ledger errors, inconsistencies in ledger accounts and prepare supporting documentation.
  • Account reconciliation and analysis of general ledger accounts, including verification of data for completeness and accuracy.
  • Monitor general ledger balance sheet accounts, monthly perform balance sheet reconciliations, tie to movement in the income statement.
  • Reconcile the inventory accounts, including the cost of goods sold, inventory counts and inventory adjustments.
  • Ensure that all accounting deadlines are met and that Controller and Management are appraised of progress and known issues.
  • Back up for payroll, accounts payable and others as defined
  • Oversee accurate and appropriate recording and analysis of revenues and expenses.
  • Enter the budget in QuickBooks based on departmental information.
  • Perform budget variance analysis by comparing budget versus actuals.
  • Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
  • Review accounts payable and other projects for automation to improve accounting efficiencies.
  • Develop, calculate and issue financial and operating metrics.

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting
  • Preference to degree, with 2 to 4+ years of experience
  • Extensive Quickbooks experience required.

Indirect Tax Manager & Senior – Houston – dlemaire@cfstaffing.com

 Our publicly-held client is Headquartered on the West-side of Houston Texas and has approximately 2500 employees. They are a market leader in their industry and have been active for over 60 years.

The successful candidate will sit within a team of five and will report to the Sales Tax Senior Manager. This position will primarily be responsible for assisting with Sales & Use tax audits and notices, researching S&U matters, monitoring changes in S&U laws and maintaining the taxability matrix. This includes the preparation of S&U tax returns and refunds.

Why work here?

  • Complicated tax payer, always learning new things
  • Heavy research role
  • Continuing education is supported
  • Publicly traded company exposure

Requirements:

  • Strong working knowledge of S&U laws and procedures
  • Experience with Sales tax Audits
  • Working knowledge of tax research databases (CCH/BNA)

Senior Staff Accountant – Montrose Area – Dlemaire@cfstaffing.com

My client is a leading Engineering consulting firm that recently expanded into the Houston area. With offices in New York, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas, after 30 years of success they are now looking to break into the rapidly growing Houston Market. This group is a leading firm involved in disaster management as well as public infrastructure projects.

Why work here?

  • Rapid growth and opportunity
  • Stability, proven track-record
  • Tight-Knight group, very friendly
  • An 8-5 working day
  • Exciting travel options to New York, Florida, Mississippi, South Carolina (Optional)
  • Strong benefits (3 wks+ of PTO, 401K 4% match)

Requirements:

  • 5+ years of accounting experience (Up to 15 years is welcome)
  • CPA is a plus (not required)
  • Deltek Software Experience required
  • Bachelor degree required

Salary: 

  • 60 to 75K DOE 

Staff & Senior Auditor 10% Travel – Northwest Houston – dlemaire@cfstaffing.com

Our client is a $500MM publicly traded retailer with locations nation-wide. Over 500 locations in 48 states! And they have been in business for over 20 years!

  • Opening: 1 Staff & 1 Senior Internal Auditor. T

 Why work here?

  • 10% travel nationally
  • CPA/CPE support
  • “Get your work done” environment where schedules can be flexible
  • 50% discount on all products
  • One of the few retailers in growth mode
  • ½ day Fridays during Summer
  • 40-45 hour weeks
  • New-hires will be direct reports to the Director of Internal Audit

The Senior Internal Auditor will be responsible for the co-development and performance of audits in support of the Company’s internal audit plan and supervision of staff on the internal audit team.

The Senior Internal Auditor will also assist management with the planning, testing, review, and reporting of the Company’s internal controls related to Sarbanes Oxley compliance, as well as performing substantive audit procedures in support of the external auditor’s year-end audit.

Senior Treasury Analyst – Galleria – dlemaire@cfstaffing.com

RESPONSIBILITIES

• Negotiates and procures banking services and assists in the design and implementation of cash management structures.
• Facilitates and coordinates domestic and international banking and risk management projects to improve cost of banking and operational efficiencies of cash and risk management processes.
• Manages cash management relationships with banks and other financial institutions.
• Maintains banking systems and bank account documents.
• Invests excess cash and initiates borrowings as needed (primary backup to Treasury Analyst).
• Responsible for financial analysis which includes evaluating business unit / project cash flows, cash forecasting, accounting and tax issues.
• Coordinates, schedules and reports Quarterly Dividend Payment dates.
• Responsible for the presentation and periodic reporting to management as needed.

EDUCATION: 

Requires a Bachelor’s degree in Business, Accounting or Finance.
A minimum of 5 years experience in finance, treasury or financial analysis with CTP certification..MBA a HUGE plus! 
Foreign Currency Exchange experience a MUST! 
Experience with investments, banking and payment systems, currency / commodity trades. 

Treasury Analyst – Galleria – dlemaire@cfstaffing.com

The Treasury Analyst is responsible for coordinating and monitoring all cash activities and facilitating investment decisions, as well as processing payments, etc. for entry in the general ledger. This position is also responsible for the preparation and distribution of reports for cash and treasury operations.

Why work here?

  • The opportunity to enter the O&G industry at a pivotal time in the industry
  • Rotational options after 2 years including FP&A, Corporate Accounting or other areas
  • Great benefits including 401k match & bonuses
  • Half-day Fridays
  • Little Overtime
  • Strong leadership at the management level

Requirements

  • 1-3 years of relevant experience (Audit/Accounting/Finance)
  • Treasury experience preferred but not required
  • “Rockstar” personality – Growth oriented

Responsibilities

  • Determine daily cash positions for the organization
  • Provide analysis for daily cash position and short term investments; and accurately upload/ input wire transfers as needed
  • Interface and communicate with outside banks, maintain bank account accuracy, and support bank restructurings
  • Analyze bank fees and identify cost-saving opportunities
  • Recommend improvements to policies and procedures as they relate to Treasury and Corporate Finance for cash management
  • Ensure accuracy of daily payment file uploads and interface with AP and IT when errors occur

Education, Training, Licenses and/or Certifications

  • Bachelor’s degree from accredited college or university (in Accounting or Finance) required
  • Masters or advanced degree (in Accounting or Finance) preferred
  • CPA or CTP preferred

SEC Reporting Director – Houston – dlemaire@cfstaffing.com

External Reporting Director | $2B Company | 

Our client is a publicly-traded  manufacturing company who is a leader in their specialty seeking a Financial Reporting Director. They are in growth/acquisition mode and there will be five individuals reporting up to this position.

Why work here?

  • Company growth (internal & acquisition based)
  • Flexible schedule
  • Exposure to C-suite & Upper management
  • Great medical benefits through Cigna
  • Full benefits including safe-harbor 401K match of 4%

Duties:

  • Compliance with GAAP/SEC requirements
  • Maintain and implement financial reporting/internal control requirements
  • Review and approve earnings release date
  • Prepare Audit Committee presentations

Preferred Experience:

  • CPA
  • Public Accounting experience (Big 4)
  • Industry (direct) 10K & 10Q preparation
  • 10+ years of experience

Dlemaire@cfstaffing.com

Staff Accountant – Northwest Houston – dlemaire@cfstaffing.com

Staff Accountant

Who wouldn’t want to work for company that has been in business for almost 100 years! Talk about stability! This company also offers a laid back environment,  a family culture and is number two in the nation!

Overview:

• Posting, balancing, and reconciliation of the general ledger. Reviews entries to the ledger to assure accuracy.
• Performs bank reconciliation monthly. Verifies all deposits, withdrawals, and wire transfers. Addresses questions and problems from banking institutions.
• Performs account analysis and reconciliation, and sets up new accounts.
• Reconciles daily cash flow to monthly bank statements. Reviews daily cash bank reports and analyzes as required.
• Verifies, posts, and reconciles payroll.
• Assists General Accounting Manager with year-end audit.
• Maintains control over and distributes sales force incentive spreadsheets for all sales divisions.

Requirements: 

  • Bachelors in Accounting or Finance
  • 1 to 2 years of Reconciliations experience
  • Advanced Excel

Contact:

dlemaire@cfstaffing.com

 

Nonprofit Controller – Houston – dlemaire@cfstaffing.com

Overview: 
 
  • 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.

New Accounting Openings this week! dlemaire@cfstaffing.com

Senior Auditor – 30% travel – North Houston

Corporate Accounting Manager – Downtown (combo of public and industry)

Senior Auditor – 40% travel – Northwest Houston

Tax Manager – public accounting – 30 to 40 hour work week!

Non Profit Accounting Manager – Greeway Plaza area

IT Auditor – Greenway Plaza

AP Supervisor – West Houston

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
dlemaire@cfstaffing.com
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Construction Staff Accountant – Southeast Houston

Do you have 2 to 3 years of experience in construction or job cost accounting? Are you looking for a growing company and ready to expand your skill set? Would you like to work on the Southeast side of Houston? Well then email me to find out more about the Construction Accountant role I am currently trying to fill!!!!

My email is dlemaire@cfstaffing.com

Requirements:

  • Accounting Degree
  • Job Cost / Project Cost / WIP or POC experience
  • 1 to 4 years of total Accounting experience

New Openings this week…..

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NEW!!!! 

  • Senior Tax Accountant or Supervisor – Family Office – Downtown
  • Senior Accountant – Small Accounting Team – Fast Paced Environment – Midtown
  • Senior Staff Accountant – GL, Month End – SW Houston
  • Staff Accountant – 0 to 2 years of experience – Downtown
  • Assistant Controller – 5 to 8 years of experience – Small company – Galleria
  • Internal Auditor – Staff or Senior – Galleria

Still HOT!!!!

  • Corporate Director FP&A – Downtown
  • IT Audit Lead – West Houston
  • IT Auditor – Galleria
  • E&P Tax Manager or Director – Downtown
  • Controller – Start Up – Greenway Plaza
  • High Net Wealth Tax Manager – Greenway Plaza
  • Internal Audit Senior – 40% Travel – Downtown

 

 

Senior Staff Accountant – SW Houston – dlemaire@cfstaffing.com

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Job Responsibilities:

  • Prepare, analyze and/or review various internal and external financial statements, reports, depreciation schedules, and variance analysis in accordance with GAAP, with a high level of accuracy while ensuring deadlines are met
  • Ensure accurate and timely close process through preparation or review of monthly close schedules, journal entries, reconciliations, etc.
  • Assist in the coordination and completion of annual financial audits and preparation of audit schedules
  • Prepare reconciliations as necessary to ensure the accuracy of the books
  • Prepare bank reconciliations on a monthly basis
  • Develop and implement procedures by analyzing current processes and recommending changes; monitor the implementation and maintenance of internal control procedures
  • Ensure financial records are maintained in compliance with accepted policies and procedures, including document storage for reports and working papers
  • Provide excellent customer service to both internal and external clients

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting
  • Strong financial background including two or more years of work experience,
  • Strong Excel skills including pivot tables, v-lookups, interest calculations, present value calculations and other advanced formulas

May 2016 Newsletter for Accounting & Finance Professionals in Houston


 

May 2016

Industry News and Updates:

Boom or Bust? Neither! The first question I seem to get when I speak to both hiring managers and candidates is: “How is the market doing?” My answer is: It’s not 2014 where every company in Houston seemed to be hiring, but it is also not the 80’s bust either (I personally have only heard stories about this time). Houston has come such a long way and has diversified from being just an oil town since then. We are so much more! Don’t get me wrong there are industries in Houston that are truly hurting, but there are also industries that are doing just fine. The price of oil does impact our economy directly and indirectly, but I am so excited to report that it seems to be ticking up every week. Today the price is around $45 a barrel. Most economist will tell you that we need to get to $60 dollars a barrel and a lot of them have predicted we will hit that number by the end of the year.

It is harder to find a job today and you have to use multiple resources. You cannot simply go online, upload your resume to CareerBuilder and wait for the phone to ring. First, you have to make sure that you have a good resume (there are some links listed below with resume writing tips) and then you have to use great recruiters, your network, LinkedIn, networking functions, ads, niche job boards and yes CareerBuilder. One source is not enough in the present job market. The great news is that our unemployment rate is still below 5%; which technically speaking, means that we are at full employment. As you know, I always like to see the bright side of things!

See you again in July 2016

Local Statistics:

  • National Unemployment Rate: 5.1 (last year 5.6)
  • Houston Unemployment Rate:  4.9 (last year 4.3)
  • Oil Rig Count: 437 (last year 976)  
  • Price of Oil: 45.9 (last year around 55)
  • Industries hiring: Consumer Products / Service related companies, Chemical, Real Estate, Non Profit, Legal, Public Accounting Firms!!!! 
  • Positions in demand: Staff &  Senior Accountants, Tax, Audit, Management level roles in Accounting

Interesting Articles:

Local Searches:

Galleria area:

  • Financial Reporting & Consolidations Senior – must have public – Galleria
  • GL Accountant – 59 & Main
  • 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 Compliance / IT Auditor
  • Senior Federal & State Tax Accountant
  • Payroll Manager with PeopleSoft
  • Senior Internal Auditor – low travel
  • Reduced work week hours: Tax Manager or Supervisor – small public accounting firm
  • Senior Accountant, Great Plains preferred 

North Houston:

  • Senior Accountant – NW Houston
  • Senior Insurance Accountant – NW Houston
  • Staff Auditor – Woodlands
  • Senior Staff Accountant – Woodlands
  • Senior Auditor – Woodlands
  • Junior Property Accountant – Greenspoint
  • Accounting Manager – Real Estate – Woodlands

Downtown/Central:

  • Senior Auditor, Downtown, 40% travel
  • Staff Accountant (big 4) – 2 openings
  • Audit Manager – Non Profit – 10M dollar Budget
  • Tax Staff Accountant – Galleria
  • Senior IT Auditor – Galleria
  • Tax Supervisor – CPA Firm – are you a senior ready for the next step?
  • International Controller
  • Director of FP&A (must have MBA)
  • Treasury Analyst, DT, Must have Big 4 Audit
  • Billing Specialist with Elite

West Houston/Energy Corridor:

  • Accounting Director (public accounting background)
  • Payroll Coordinator – Rosenberg
  • Audit Senior – 70% travel – West

Consulting & Temporary Roles:

  • Accounting Assistant – Hospitality
  • 4 Fixed Asset Accountant – West
  • Interim Controller with Dynamics – West
  • Contracts Analyst – Sugar Land
  • Receptionist, Southeast
  • HR / Recruiter – Non Profit
  • Receptionist – Non Profit

San Antonio Openings:

  • Bank Auditor-Top San Antonio Employer (Up to 122k)
  • Staff Bank Auditor- Top San Antonio Employer(up to75k)
  • Audit- Sox with Exotic Travel (Insurance Industry, up to 75k)
  • Tax Analyst- Federal & State Tax, (Renewable Energy, ~70s)
  • Controller- Implement new policies & procedures (Automotive Industry, 120-150k)

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Senior Accountant, Med Center Area, dlemaire@cfstaffing.com

Mid size and fast growing healthcare related coming is looking to add a Senior Accountant to their team. If you love to have you hands in all aspects of accounting and love a fast paced environment this role is for you!

The Staff Accountant reports to the Accounting Manager.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Prepare and analyze the monthly budget/forecast to actual variance reports;
  • Perform general accounts analysis and reconciliations, including bank statements, fixed assets, employer’s benefit costs, accruals and prepaid expenses;
  • Heavy Excel- pivot tables, v-lookups, if statements, formatting;
  • Assist in the preparation of financial reports such as balance sheets, income statements, and cash flow.
  • Ability to work in and out of 10 different softwares to pull reports when needed.
  • Assist with tax preparation- pulling reports, docs and liaison between CPA firm

SKILLS & COMPETENCIES

  • Strong organizational skills and ability to prioritize workload in order to meet tight deadlines in a fast-paced and dynamic work environment.
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Power Point, especially Excel).

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 2-4 years of relevant experience (accounting operations and/or audit).
  • Experience in the healthcare industry is a plus, but not required.
  • Must have a degree in Accounting.

Controller for Start Up Company Houston – dlemaire@cfstaffing.com

Our client is bringing their accounting in house. They are currently on QuickBooks.  This is a VERY hands on role until the company starts taking off. They are expecting a huge amount of growth in the next 18 to 24 months. Please email me at dlemaire@cfstaffing.com for more details.


Primary duties include but are not limited to the following:

  • Prepare monthly, quarterly and annual internal financial reports, including Profit & Loss Statement, Balance Sheet and Cash Flow Statements.
  • Prepare scheduled and ad hoc financial reports and analyses for internal and external audiences.
  • Financial Analysis & Monitoring. Develop and maintain tools for financial analysis. Keep CFO apprised of existing or developing financial and/or cash flow issues.
  • Accounts Payable – Disbursements. Approve payments, prepare and input AP.
  • Maintain & reconcile cash, balance sheet, and payroll-related accounts monthly and resolve any discrepancies.
  • Responsible for the month-end and year-end G/L close process as well as maintenance of all accounting ledger.
  • Accounts Receivable. Develop receivables policy to keep days receivables to a minimum. Manage preparation of all invoices/billings. Prepare complex billings/invoices. Review and approve invoices in general ledger. Oversee systematic implementation of receivables collection procedures.
  • Cash Receipts. Manage all coding, deposits, data entry, and posting in GL.
  • Develop annual operating and departmental budgets.
  • Recommend benchmarks for measuring the financial and operating performance while paying special attention to the major profit/loss centers in the company.
  • Manage debt balances and ensure proper and timely payments as required, including accrued interest and capital lease accounts.
  • Provide financial perspective and analysis on business decisions including profitability, cost analysis, and cost savings initiatives.
  • Serve as primary liaison for external CPA firm relationship including all financial, tax and consulting matters.
  • Ensure compliance with applicable federal, state and local regulatory reporting requirements and guidelines.
  • Ensure adequate controls are installed and that substantiating documentation is approved and available such that the company would pass independent audits.

 

Qualifications

  • Accounting Degree
  • 10 to 12 years of  accounting experience
  • Strong experience with QuickBooks and Systems Implementations a plus
  • Expert knowledge of Excel
  • Must be able to work both strategically to develop and manage integration plans as well as tactically to develop routine reports to support business operations
  • Experience with professional services billing procedures strongly preferred
  • Experience with SOC 1 and SOC 2 preferred

How to: Write Your LinkedIn Summary Like a LinkedIn Influencer By Siofra Pratt

How to: Write Your LinkedIn Summary Like a LinkedIn Influencer

Posted  by Siofra Pratt

http://www.socialtalent.co/blog/how-to-write-your-linkedin-summary-like-a-linkedin-influencer?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

 

We trawl through and judge candidates on their LinkedIn summaries all day, every day trying to determine if they have what it takes to do the job we or our client needs them to do. But have you ever stopped to consider what a candidate might think of your LinkedIn summary if the shoe were on the other foot?

Many recruiters seem to forget that LinkedIn works both ways. While we use it to find, research and reach out to potential candidates, our potential candidates are also using it to scope us out once they know we’re interested.

“They are checking you out before responding to you. They are stumbling upon you as they network online,” saysKate Reilly in her LinkedIn blog on the topic. “If you consider your summary as a strategic piece of content that can work for you, you can improve your effectiveness as a recruiter”.

Which is why today we’re asking, if a candidate were to go looking at your profile (which they inevitably will), would they be impressed, inspired, intrigued, shocked, bored or annoyed by your LinkedIn summary? Does your LinkedIn summary do you justice? Does it compel potential candidates to respond to your communication with them? Or is it something you’ve even considered before now?

You have 2,000 characters with which to express your unique personal brand by telling people why you’re important and why they should pay attention and listen to you and what you have to say. So how do you go about mastering this particularly tricky piece of writing and more specifically how do you master it as a recruiter? Here are the Do’s and Do Not’s of writing your LinkedIn summary like a LinkedIn Influencer:

1. DO NOT… write your summary in the 3rd person

Sooooo many people (even those you’d think would know better) use this approach when it comes to their LinkedIn summaries! You don’t talk about yourself in the 3rd person in real life (or at least I sincerely hope you don’t), so why in the name of all that is good, would you want or try to do so on your LinkedIn profile?!

LinkedIn is a social networking site, and social networking is all about developing personal connections through conversation. And there’s nothing more impersonal or less conversational than referring to yourself in the 3rd person. Don’t do it. End of.

2. DO… tell your story

“The simple act of being on LinkedIn is marketing. Don’t be lazy and cut-and-paste your resume and expect people to be interested. Spend a little time and tell a story. It’s well worth your time and those reading your profile will appreciate the effort” says Mark Amtower, and according to him your story “should be designed to educate, entertain and illustrate your area of expertise, enticing people to reach out by giving them a taste of who you are and what you do”.

To do this successfully, Craig Rosenberg recommends answering the question “Who do I help and how do I help them?” When answering this question, William Arruda advocates that you pay special attention to the “who” you help. According to Arruda, the “who” refers to the decision makers you would like to impress and influence with your LinkedIn summery. In your case, those decision makers are your candidates. That’s why Arruda believes that in answering Rosenberg’s question, you also need to bear the following three questions in mind; 1. What do you want them to know about you? 2. What do you want them to do? 3. How do you want them to feel?

My professional mission as a content writer is to create valuable, shareable content that helps recruiters do what they do better and faster. I’ve answered Rosenberg’s question by stating that I help “recruiters” and that I help them by creating “valuable” and “shareable” content that helps them “do what they do better”. As a tech recruiter, your professional mission might be to help talented UX Developers realise their own professional goals by finding them their next challenge in the company that’s right for them. You’ve identified that it’s UX Developers that you help and you help them by finding their next challenge with a company that suits them.

Check out some of the professional mission statements these recruiters have made in their LinkedIn summaries for example:

linkedin summarylinkedin summary

The next thing you need to do is elaborate a bit further on your professional goal and get specific about how you go about trying to achieve your professional goal.

For example, Rachel states that she takes “pride in ensuring that placements are a strong match for all parties” and that she’s “interested in finding people careers rather than simply jobs”.

Craig tells us “partnering with my leaders to help them think differently and coaching the talent I work with to attain the unattainable is what motivates me to continuously improve in this ever evolving industry”, and that he spends a considerable amount of time “driving key initiatives at CommBank from LGBTI to gender equality to creating greater cultural awareness”. Craig’s passion for what he does as a recruiter is palpable, and any candidates reading his summary will be able to see that clearly, making them more likely to respond to his communications with them.

3. DO NOT… ramble

It’s called a summary for a reason. This is not your personal memoir in which you try to list everything you’ve ever done, every job you’ve ever had, or every achievement you’ve ever been awarded. The aim is simply to tell people why you do what you do and how what you do can be of value to them. So, keep it short and to the point. And asKate Reilly says, “don’t use a five-syllable word when you can use a one-syllable word that is just as good. Keep your words, sentences, and paragraphs tight.” We suggest 250 words or less.

Oh, and your LinkedIn professional summary is no place for mentioning your family, your pets, or your penchant for water skiing (unless of course you recruit water ski instructors), so please don’t include them. Keep that stuff for Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, Snapchat… anywhere except LinkedIn!

4. DO… include a strategies section

“To improve your standing when candidates search LinkedIn and Google, you’ll want to include keywords that highlight your top skills. One approach is to list your ‘Specialties’ at the end of your summary,” says Kate Reilly.

Including a specialities section in your summary gives you the opportunity to include all of the keywords you want to be associated with in your profile, which will then make it easier for candidates to find you when they perform a keyword search online:

LINKEDIN SUMMARY

5. DO NOT… use self-indulgent buzzwords

When J.T. O’Donnell shared with the readers of the Careerealism blog what she dubbed “The Worst LinkedIn Summary”, it read like this:

linkedin summary

Why did O’Donnel dub this the worst LinkedIn summary of all time? She says it’s because each and every claim made in this summary (e.g. “dynamic and high spirited leader”, “highly organized individual”, “highly adaptable” etc.) is completely subjective and unsubstantiated by any actual evidence that the person possesses those qualities. Oh, and because the summary is littered with overused buzzwords! In fact, this summary alone contains 3 of the Top 10 Most Overused Buzzwords on LinkedIn Profiles

“Stay away from buzzwords and empty phrases,” warns Kate Reilly. “Words such as ‘motivated’ and ‘driven’ are so overused they lose their significance. Cross-check your summary with the most overused buzzwords on LinkedIn profiles and tap your thesaurus for alternatives”.

6. DO… end with a call to action

You’ve impressed the candidate with your professional mission and you’ve convinced them of the value you’ll bring to their career, but what do you want them to do now?

Always end your summary with a solid call to action that tells the candidate what to do next. If you’d like them to get in touch with you, direct them to the best way to do that e.g. phone (include your number), email (include your email address), InMail, Twitter (include your Twitter handle), or if you specialise in tech recruitment for example, ask them to connect somewhere where they might feel more comfortable like Stack Overflow or GitHub.

7. DO NOT… neglect formatting

“People have short attention spans and many will skim your text. So steer clear of long dense paragraphs,” says Kate Reilly, which is why the marketing whiz kids over at Hubspot, suggest that the best way to format your LinkedIn summary is using the 3X3 rule – three paragraphs with three or fewer sentences each.

  1. The first paragraph should state your purpose or your professional goal i.e the first part of telling your story as discussed above.
  2. The second paragraph should be used to elaborate on how you go about achieving your professional mission.
  3. The last paragraph should include a concise call to action that makes it very clear to the reader what they should do next to get in contact with you.

Your specialities section should be located below these three paragraphs.

Conclusion

6a0120a530561e970b017ee7ed4787970dSo, in order to create a LinkedIn summary that a LinkedIn Influencer would be proud of, be sure to do the following:

  • Write your Linkedin summary how you speak – in the first person.
  • Tell your story – explain to your specific audience why you do what you do and how you can help them do what they do.
  • This is a summary so keep it short and to the point – steer clear of buzzwords.
  • Always end with a call to action that tells the candidate what they are to do next.
  • Format your summary by utilising the 3×3 rule – and don’t forget to include a separate “Specialities” section to house your keywords.

Internal Audit Manager – Houston, Texas – dlemaire@cfstaffing.com

The Internal Audit Manager is responsible for monitoring and updating the organizations risk assessment, preparing and monitoring an annual audit plan, and executing the audit plan.  The Audit Manager will manage a team of internal and outsourced auditors.

Areas of Responsibility and Essential Duties include:

  • Maintains and annually updates the organizations Risk Assessment.
  • At least annually updates an Internal Audit Plan.
  • Creates, monitors, and tests all internal controls.
  • Guides internal audit decisions by establishing, monitoring, and enforcing policies and procedures.
  • Monitors and confirms financial condition by conducting audits; providing information to external auditors.
  • Achieves budget objectives by scheduling expenditures; analyzing variances; initiating corrective actions.
  • Prepares internal audit reports by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing internal audit information.
  • Completes internal audit requirements by scheduling and assigning employees and/or outsourced consultants; following up on work results.
  • Maintains internal staff and outsourced consulting staff by recruiting, selecting, orienting, and training employees.
  • Maintains internal staff and outsourced consulting staff job results by coaching, counseling, and disciplining employees; planning, monitoring, and appraising job results.
  • Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; participating in professional societies.
  • Protects the organization by keeping financial information and plans confidential.
  • Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.
  • Adheres to and promotes the values, policies and procedures of the organization.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate degree in accounting, finance or business.  Graduate degree preferred.
  • Current CPA license.
  • 8-10 years of relevant experience with increasing responsibility.
  • Managing Processes, Financial Software, Developing Standards, Audit, Accounting, Corporate Finance, Tracking Budget Expenses, Financial Skills, Analyzing Information, Developing Budgets, Performance Management.
  • Proven ability to effectively manage people and supervise work assignments.
  • Must be able to set goals and complete duties and assignments under the pressure of deadlines.
  • Resourceful, detail oriented, strong time-management skills and the ability to effectively multi-task and prioritize.
  • Highly developed written and oral communication, customer service, and problem solving skills.
  • Have an excellent working knowledge of grammar usage, letter writing, and proofreading.

Tax Analyst – Growing Power Services Company – Houston – dlemaire@cfstaffing.com

Are you a Tax professional looking to join a dynamic corporate tax team? Our client, a reputable and rapidly growing organization, is looking to add a strong Tax Analyst to join their team. Do you enjoy problem solving and being an integral part of a growing team? If yes, then this is the position for you!

Why take a Tax Analyst role with this company?
• Exposure to a growing, multi-billion dollar global Fortune 500 company
• Key part of the corporate tax team
• Opportunity to work with a high-performance team
• Ability to grow within the tax/accounting department and/or move to other area of the organization (financial reporting, business analysis, etc)

What the Tax Analyst will do:
• Assist in the state tax provision process
• Prepare state tax payable/receivable reconciliations
• Prepare state tax returns, estimated tax payment and extensions
• Track state tax attributes including state NOLs and valuation allowance

 What the company needs in a Tax Analyst:

• Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance
• Minimum of 1-2 years of public accounting (Big 4 preferred) or corporate tax experience
• CPA Eligible or CPA Certified required

Perks of the Tax Analyst role:

• Competitive base salary up to $80K
• Strong benefits package
• 401-K with match