Friday, March 13, 2020
Survival Tips for Life After the Big 4 - Your Career IntelWhat is a Big 4 Career?The Big 4 is the anthroponym given to the four largest professional services firmsPwC, Deloitte, EYandKPMG. Many professionals strive to work for these firms as the learning and growth opportunities are fantastic. Yet, the burnout can be a real issue. Leaving a successful public accounting job is tough. Walking away from a Big 4 firm takes a tremendous amount of will power, determination, and guts especially since you know how having the big name on your resume looks.But despite the name recognition, the valuable time and project management skills you learn on the job, this career choice isnt for everyone, and you can be very successful at other places or doing other things than what you were doing at the Big 4. Plus, eating takeout everyday is a special kind of hell, reserved for dedicated public accounting folksTips to Leave Public AccountingHere are six tips to transition into careers after public acc ounting1. Your managers will be disappointed. Its okay theyll get over it.When you give your two weeks bedrngnisice, management may react like that kid in the Charlie bit my finger video, i.e. wail loudly and complain noisily.However, once the initial shock/disappointment wears off, you might be pleasantly surprised when they support your decision. After all, you are moving on to something that truly matters to you and is going to make you happy in the long term.2. Look for a role where you can transition easily.As you job hunt, be on the lookout for a strong leader who can be your mentor in your next position. This will not only make the transition easier but will also give you confidence you made the right decision to leave.3. Do your research and ask questions about the new role.Its important to do background research and to ask questions during the interview process (although make sure they are not the same questions to everyone you talk to they will talk with each other after your interviews).Also, see if you can talk to your potential future peer colleagues to see if they are happy. If you want to be in a challenging and fast-paced environment, ask questions around that during the interview process so you dont get stuck in a role pushing papers on a desk and watching the paint dry.4. Understand that the new work culture will be different.It takes a little getting used to a new place of work. And sometimes, it may take a lot of time to train yourself that it is okay to leave at 6pm instead of toiling away until 9pm. Plus, you can take back your weekends instead of staring at the computer until youre cross-eyed. Added bonus not having crazy amounts of work during busy season.5. Transitioning can be hard be gentle on yourself.Transitioning to anything new can be hard just ask a werewolf on a full moon day So be kind to yourself. Give yourself a few months to learn the ropes and stick with it until you get past the learning curve.6. Life does not end when you leave the Big 4.The biggest thing to realize as you transition into life after public accounting is that your career isnt over if you dont stay in the Big 4 until youre a manager I work with plenty of people who were there for a few years and are in a great place now.However, if the experience youre getting at your current Big 4 firm is great and you can handle the work-life balance (or lack there of), then it may be worthwhile to consider staying in your current position for a little longer. This will allow you to carefully consider your career choices post-Big 4 and may open up opportunities at companies that do prefer people who were a manager at a Big 4 firm and/or have 5 years of Big 4 experience.Should you stay or should you go? What are your tips on working for the Big 4 and did you transition into something new? Share your thoughts on your post-public accounting lives, here
Monday, March 9, 2020
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Sunday, January 5, 2020
Expedia Reveals What Employees Would Give for an Extra Vacation Day Expedias 2014 Vacation Deprivation study surveyed nearly 8,000 employees worldwide and asked about vacation habits and policies and what workers would give up for a week to get one additional vacation day. Somewhere between 80 and 90 percent of people worldwide say that vacations make them feel happier, better rested, closer to their family, less stressed and more relaxed, said John Morrey, vice president and general manager of expedia.com. These are all emotions that correlate to a productive employee. So its almost paradoxical spend more time away from work, and you might just be a better performing employee.Many participants said they did notlage take all of the days they had, and others said their bosses frowned upon those who made full use of earned time off. Even in Europe, where the average worker gets 28 vacation days a ye ar, some workers said they took their days despite the fact that it displeased their boss.In the U.S., workers receive an average of 15 vacation days. But although U.S. workers get far fewer days than Europeans, they use most of them. Italians are the European exception they only took 21 of 28 days.Feeling vacation deprived did not seem to have much to do with how many days one received or took off.A little over half of U.S. workers said they felt vacation deprived.The top four reasons globally that people cited for not taking all their accrued time offWork schedule does not allow for it (19 percent)Bank them/carry over to next year (18 percent)Lack of money (18 percent)Difficulty coordinating time (16 percent).Overall, 55 percent of all bosses said they approve of people taking all their time off. The most disapproving bosses were French and South Korean, while U.S. bosses were seen as supportive of time off by 72 percent of workers. The highest boss approval rate came from Norwegi an respondents 82 percent said their bosses were just fine with taking time off.When asked what would you give up for a week to get one more day off? The top responses wereJunk food 54 percentAlcohol 48 percentSocial media 42 percentTelevision 37 percentCoffee 35 percentSex 24 percentSmartphone 21 percentThe Internet 20 percentTaking a shower 9 percent
Tuesday, December 31, 2019
The body language of collaborative leadersThe body language of collaborative leadersDuring a break in my seminar on collaborative leadership, a man from the audience told this story My wife is an attorney, and I have always been a supporter of women in the workplace. I also believe in collaboration and try to make everyone feel included and appreciated. So I was totally taken aback when a woman on my management team said that I didnt value herbei opinion. I assured her that I valued and relied on her insights and had often told her so. But then I got curious and asked her what I was doing that made the opposite impression. She said, In meetings, you dont look at me when I speak. Then, he said My question to you is, how could this one small nonverbal cue have had such a powerful impact?His inquiry was well timed because the topic I was about to cover after break was the body language of collaborative leaders.Our brains are hardwired to respond instantly to certain nonverbal cues, and that circuitry was put in place a long time ago when ur ancient ancestors faced threats and challenges very different from those we face in todays modern society.For example, in our prehistory, it may have been vitally important to see an approaching persons hands in order to evaluate his intent. If hands were concealed they could very well be holding a rock, a club, or other means of doing us harm. In interactions today, with no logical reason to do so, you will instinctively mistrust me if my hands stay out of sight shoved in my pockets or clasped behind my back.The world has changed, but our body-reading processes are still based on a primitive emotional reaction. Today, the potential threats (and our brains are always on the alert for potential threats) are to our ego, our self-esteem, our identity. We are especially vulnerable in our desire to be included, to feel valued, to belong. This is why collaborative leaders need to be aware of their body language.Think of it this way In any interaction, you are communicating over two channels verbal and nonverbal resulting in two distinct conversations going on at the same time. What my audience member underestimated was the power of alignment - that is, the spoken word needs to be aligned with body language that supports it. When this alignment doesnt occur, the other person has to choose between the words and the body language. Almost always, she will believe the nonverbal message.There are two sets of body-language cues that people instinctively look for in leaders. One set projects warmth and caring and the other signals power and status. Both are necessary for leaders today but, for a chief collaborator, the warmer side of nonverbal communication (which has been undervalued and underutilized by leaders mora concerned with projecting strength, status, and authority), becomes central to creating the most collaborative workforce relationships.When you use warm, pro-social body language with all team member s, you create an emotionally rich environment that supports collaboration and high performance. Here are some examples of what I meanA genuine smile not only stimulates your own sense of well-being, it also tells those around you that you are approachable, cooperative, and trustworthy. A genuine smile comes on slowly, crinkles the eyes, lights up the face, and fades away slowly. By way of contrast, a counterfeit or polite smile comes on quickly and never reaches the eyes.And since collaboration depends on participants willingness to speak up and share ideas and insights, try using your head literally. Research shows that you can increase participation by nodding your head with clusters of three nods at regular intervals.Head tilting is also a signal that you are interested, curious, and involved. The head tilt is a universal gesture of giving the other person an ear. As such, head tilts can be very positive cues when you want to encourage people to expand on their comments.And, as the man in my audience found out, one of the most powerful motivators to encourage participation is eye contact, because people feel that they have your attention and interest as long as you are looking at them. As a leader, you set the tone for the meeting. If you want people to speak up, focus on whomever is talking to make sure that he or she feels you are listening.When talking with someone we like or are interested in, we subconsciously switch our body posture to match that of the other person mirroring his or her nonverbal behavior. When you synchronize your body language with members of your team, you signal that you are connected and engaged.You look more receptive when you uncross your legs and hold your arms comfortably away from your body (not folded across your chest or tight into your waist) with palms exposed or hands resting on the desk or conference table.Positive attitudes toward others tend to be accompanied by texas teaing forward especially when sitting down. W hen two people like each other, youll see them both lean in. Research also shows that individuals who lean forward tend to increase the verbal output of the person theyre speaking with. Also, face people directly. Even a quarter turn away creates a barrier (the cold shoulder), signaling a lack of interest and causing the speaker to shut down.Physical obstructions are especially detrimental to the effective exchange of ideas. Take away anything that blocks your view or forms a barrier between you and the rest of the team. Close your laptop, turn off your cell phone, put your purse or briefcase to the side.If you think it makes you look more efficient (or important) to be continually checking a laptop or cell phone for messages, Id advise you to think again. As one member of a management team recently told me, Theres this senior exec in our department who has a reputation of being totally addicted to his smartphone which is especially distracting during internal meetings. When he fin ally focuses on others, peers make jokes about his coming back to earth. The result is that when he does contribute, he has little credibility.The bottom line is If you really want to foster collaboration, make sure you look and act like you doCarol Kinsey Goman, Ph.D., is an international keynote speaker and leadership presence coach. Shes the author of The Silent Language of Leaders How Body Language Can Help or Hurt How You Lead and creator of LinkedInLearnings video series Body Language for Leaders. For more information, visithttps//CarolKinseyGoman.com.
Thursday, December 26, 2019
Facebook founder fruchtmark Zuckerberg to take long paternity leaveFacebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to take long paternity leaveOn Monday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced on his personal Facebook that he and his wife Priscilla Chan had welcomed a new baby girl, August.(function(d, s, id) var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)0 if (d.getElementById(id)) return js = d.createElement(s) js.id = id js.src = https//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.jsxfbml=1version=v3.1 fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs)(document, script, facebook-jssdk))In his open letter to his second daughter, Zuckerberg painted a rosy picture of the world she and her sister Maxima, Max, would grow up in - with the help of Zuckerbergs social media company and the familys billion-dollar philanthropy, of course.With all the advances in science and technology, your generation should live dramatically better lives than ours, and we have a responsibility to do our part to make that happen, he wrote. Were optimis ts about your generation and the future.Leaders set the tone for parental leaveZuckerberg said that he will take two months of paternity leave for the birth of his new daughter. By doing so, he sets the tone for the rest of his company that it is okay to do so, even at the highest levels of executive leadership.At Facebook, we offer four months of maternity and paternity leave because studies show that when working parents take time to be with their newborns, its good for the entire family, Zuckerberg wrote in his explanation of why he was taking time off.Studies back Zuckerberg up. Researchshows that paid parental leave gives children more-involved fathers, keeps women in the workforce, and increases middle-class family incomes. And it helps companies bottom-lines too. Paid parental leave improves employee zurckhalten and increases workers productivity.So when Zuckerberg says he is taking paternity leave, he is doing it for the family benefit of bonding with our new little one, as he has said. But hes also doing it as a public example for the rest of the tech industry too.Zuckerberg set the same example when he had his first daughter, creating a reputation for himself as a doting father.Powerful babiesZuckerberg also doesnt shy away from helping his babies have strong personal brands. Although Zuckerberg has previously confirmed that his first daughter Max was named after family members, people on Twitter have speculated that the names Maxima and August were also chosen for their classical ties. Zuckerberg, a self-professed classics lover, has said that he originally planned on studying classics in college and that he loved Roman culture so much that he went there on his honeymoon.August and Maxima are fitting names for the daughters of the leader of a social media empire. Maximus is a Roman family name that is derived from the Latin wordmaximus, orgreatest. Augustus was the first Roman emperor and legend has it, he boasted this achievement by proclaiming, I found Rome a city of bricks and left it a city of marble.
Saturday, December 21, 2019
On the Hunt Be Active, Not AggressiveOn the Hunt Be Active, Not AggressiveLight up a room without burning a bridgeIf you have ever been on the interviewing side of the table, you understand the basic differences between active candidates and passive candidates.An active job seeker is looking for a job, whether hes out of work or ready for a change hes posted resumes and is seeking opportunities, even if its confidential. A passive candidate isnt actively looking but would consider a good opportunity. She has a job and probably isnt posting resumes or scanning job openings.Active job seekers are becoming mora assertive than ever in a time where unemployment is soaring over 10 percent nationwide. But too much aggressive activity can be a turnoff to hiring managers already burdened by dozens, even thousands, of resumes.Even if youre on an active search, its wise to adopt some tactics that make passive candidates appealing to employers and to make sure your activity doesnt cross the lin e into aggression.Consider the predicament of Jeremy, a very active job seekerI answered every advertisement and called people back, Jeremy said. I stepped on a lot of toes along the way, but thats how Id sold my wares as a medical-software sales executive. After a recent layoff, I threw caution to the wind. I welches going to let everyone and anyone know I was available.I suppose I did everything but stand with a sandwich board in midtown Manhattan to get myself out there and exposed. As a top salesperson, I wasnt going to be passive at all. I guess I took active job seeking a little too seriously.The result? Bruised toes among potential employers and no real leads.So what did he (and other super-aggressive job seekers) do to hurt their job search? Sell instead of brand.Think about what kind of reputation you are building with those who may see you or your resume. How are you branding yourself? How are you known?Categorize yourself by answering yes or no to these short statements f irstThe Plasterer I have plastered my resume all over the world wide web and responded to just about every lead I can find that remotely matches my qualifications.The Aggressor I have sent many unsolicited resumes to companies and hiring personnel asking for an interview and letting them know about my talents.The Seeker I have posted the fact that I am looking for a job everywhere I can, including multiple postings on my LinkedIn account stating this fact.The Raging Bull If I know a company is hiring, I will call and try to talk to the hiring manager. I will get their name and get my resume into their hands somehow, some way even if it means offending a few people.The Frustrated I have made it clear to my references, to hiring authorities and even to people I dont know that I am frustrated with the process of job search, especially if I dont hear back from a lot of applications I have sent.I guess I was all those things, Jeremy said. But if you are too aggressive, youll probabl y turn a lot of people off along the way. When I slowed down and started branding versus selling myself, I did better. When I took a more quietly confident posture, it seemed like I got more interviews.Heres how he describes the ways he cleaned up his act. Notice how much it sounds like the quiet confidence of a passive candidate.Its like I started getting interviews, or at least more responses, when I started being more specific, Jeremy said. I sort of slowed myself down to speed myself up.I hired a career coach, had my resume professionally prepared and started asking myself some key questions about how I wanted to be perceived by hiring authorities and the marketplace. I just touted what I could do for companies and listened to their needs. I put relationships and their needs before mine.In short, I acted like I did when I was employed and a bit more confident.Believe me, I was still pushing it, but like a duck on water. I appeared confident and careful, but my feet were still pa ddling hard. This tactical change worked.Here are the new roles he played to land a jobThe Surgeon Instead of blasting his resume out, Jeremy carefully and rather surgically posted his well-written and powerful new documents to key Web sites and catered each resume to the job requirements.The Specifier Never again did he send his resume without finding out whether it was OK. He only sent a resume if he had a name and at least some permission to send it.The Brand He concentrated on building value, helping other job seekers, and contributing his advice on professional sites through volunteer associations and to his employed and unemployed friends. In other words, he stopped selling and started branding. He stopped loudly proclaiming he was looking for a job on sites like LinkedIn.The China Shop He stopped wrecking potential contacts and burning bridges to put his materials into hiring managers hands. He stopped offending people and started treating them, including the hiring manag ers executive assistants, with kid gloves. No broken glass.The Optimist Despite his setback and worries about his job, the lousy macro headlines and unemployment numbers, he focused on contributing positive thoughts to his references, friends and hiring managers. Who wants to hire a negative person? It doesnt work in sales, and it doesnt work in selling yourself.So what can we learn? If you desperately need something, resist the urge to do just about anything to get it.Seemingly nonstop bad nachrichtensendung about employment figures can get anyone down. It can drive job seekers into behavior and tactics that may be deemed too aggressive and inappropriate. Passive candidates can appear more attractive to a potential suitor not because theyre employed but because theyre pitching a softer sell.As Jeremy put it, I didnt just run up to my wife-to-be when I met her in college and ask her if she would marry me. I barely got her to marry me anywayWhether you are in an active search or not , take note of the lessons above to become more attractive to your potential suitor.
Monday, December 16, 2019
3 Common Job Search Challengesand How to Overcome Them3 Common Job Search Challenges- and How to Overcome ThemLets face it- the job search is no walk in the park. It seems like just when you have things figured out and are making progress, yet another stumbling block swoops in and threatens to stand between you and that dream job of yours.Yes, there are plenty of job search challenges to overcome. But, fortunately, they dont need to stop you in your tracks. There are a few different things you can do to move past those frustrating roadblocks and make it to the other side of your search- with as little stress as possible.Here are three common job search challengesand how you can conquer them1. Avoiding the Resume Black HoleYoull fill out your fair share of zugnglich applications when youre looking for a new gig. And, while theyre convenient (hey, it sure beats needing to drive to the office to wait unannounced in that lobby with copies of your resume in tow), they can also make you fe el somewhat invisible.You click that submit button on that application you spent hours polishing, and youre instantly met with that sinking feeling that itll never actually find its way in front of human eyeballs. Its destined for a life floating aimlessly in that dreaded resume black hole.How to Deal First of all, rest assured that this is a totally justified concern. Thanks to the prevalence of Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS), job applications typically need to make it through plenty of filters and screenings before they ever land on the hiring managers desk.So, how can you battle with those pesky robots? There are two things that will help you more than anything else.First and foremost, you need to tailor your resume to the job description- yes, for every single job you apply for. That ATS will be set up to look for certain keywords or phrases. If they dont appear on your document? Youre well on your way to the trash bin. So, take the time to ensure you target your materials to the position at flosse (and, of course, be honest).Secondly, dont forget the benefit of following up. If a week or two has gone by and you havent heard anything, dont hesitate to find a contact at the company that you can reach out to to check on the status of your application. Sometimes that human connection (and that demonstration of your interest) is all you need to push your application to the next round.2. Finding an in with a CompanyAre you sick of the whole, Its not always what you know, but who you know clich? It might be a tired sentiment, but it still holds some water. Statistics say that anywhere between 70-85% of open jobs are filled through networking.But, what if you dont have any sort of personal connection to that company? Do you need to resign yourself to being yet another number on their applicant list? Or, is there a way to get your personenname in front of the right people and ensure that your resume stands out from all of the other anonymous ones that are in the pile?How to Deal When it comes to leaping this hurdle, researching the company will be your very best friend. In addition to getting familiar with the overall company, you should also dedicate some detective work to researching current employees.Are you able to dig up the name of the relevant department leader? Or, maybe somebody in human resources? If youre feeling extra brave, you can send a LinkedIn connection request with a personalized message stating that youre excited to find out more about the job opportunity. Itll go beyond that anonymity you often experience in your job search and allow the employer to put a face with the name.Its also wise to continue networking (even outside that company) as youre going through your job search. You never know who can connect you with who. And, if that one job doesnt end up panning out, an expanded network will be a huge asset to you as you pursue your next opportunity.3. Knowing What to Expect in the InterviewJob interviews are nerve-wr acking. Your palms get sweaty, your knees get shaky, your mouth gets dry, and youre feeling anxious about having all of the right answers to whatever questions the interviewer throws your way.Unless you have a crystal ball, theres no way to know exactly what you can expect out of a job interview (every single one is different). However, there are some things you can do to make sure youre adequately prepared- even for the unexpected.How to Deal When youre feeling nervous about knocking the actual interview questions out of the park, its helpful to practice. Look up some of the most common interview questions and then run through your responses to each. Of course, you dont want to come off as an overly rehearsed robot. But, knowing some of the major points you want to touch on will give you some added peace of mind.Additionally, dont be afraid to reach out to the person who set up the interview to get some of your more basic questions answered. Whether youre wondering where to park, w ho youll be meeting with, or how long you should anticipate that interview lasting, go ahead and ask. Having those details sorted out will clear your mind and allow you to walk into that interview with a little more confidence.The job search comes with its fair share of challenges. But, theyre nothing you cant handle. Put these strategies to work, and youll make it through your hunt in one piece- and hopefully with a brand-new jobKnow someone looking for a job? Refer a friend to with this link- youll get a month free service and theyll get 30% off