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Thursday, July 2, 2015

5 Must-Haves for Every Entry-Level Resume

It’s not always easy to tell whom the best candidate is for a job based on just the resume. There is so much more to a person beyond their resume. But on the flip side, it’s very easy to tell who isn’t right for the job by that same resume. You only get once chance for a first impression, so let’s make sure it’s a good one. Our staffing experts at Creative Financial Staffing (CFS) share their must-haves for an entry-level resume.

Let’s get back to the basics:

1. Header
“Believe it or not contact information is commonly left off a resume. Right below your name, be sure to include your address, phone number, and email address,” explains Tammy Power, Staffing Manager at CFS. Whoever reads your resumes needs to know how to get a hold of you!

You also need to be certain that your email address is professional. Sorry, but screams immature. Your voicemail recording should also be appropriate. BONUS: add your LinkedIn URL as a part of your header. It’s not necessary at an entry-level position, but it helps establish your professionalism.

2. Professional Summary
List a brief summary of you relevant experience, notable accomplishments, and the value you can bring to potential employers. Brief is the key word here. Don’t make it so lengthy and wordy that the reader can’t make it through the whole summary. Only include something if it directly relates to the job you are applying.

3. Education
Make sure to not only list where you got your degree from, but also what type of degree you received. When reading a resume, Dianna Kingcade, Staffing Consultant at CFS, always asks herself, “Do they have the correct degree for the job? Does their education meet the minimum standard?” If not, don’t be surprised if you don’t get a call.

4. Work History
For an entry-level position, you might not have a lot of relevant work experience- and that’s okay. Make sure you do list the positions that are relatable to the job you are applying. Include the aspects of the job that make you qualified for the role. If you include a position that isn’t relevant, a one-liner that lists the position is all you need.

5. Key Words
“Look for key words in the job description and make sure they are on your resume so it can be selected,” advises Stacy Forrester, Managing Director of Recruiting at CFS. Add these keywords into your objective and bullet points. This is especially important when an applicant tracking systems screens your resume.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

How to Stand Out in an Interview

Interviews can be nerve-racking and full of surprises, so how do you feel confident and stand out when the advice you hear blends in with all the rest? Smiling, being polite, dressing professionally, researching the company, and following up are all the basic interview tactics you should already be doing, but it won’t land the job you really want.

Prepare to not only sell yourself but to sell the company as well. This means more than memorizing facts- it means understanding the mission, the people, the strategies, and the steps taken to be the successful company they are today.  Mike Ruben, Managing Director of Executive Search at Creative Financial Staffing says, “Too often candidates go into an interview only prepared to talk about themselves, their accomplishments, and their achievements, but the most successful interviewee can also ask thought provoking questions.”

·     What do I need to accomplish in order to be successful during my first 90 days? This question shows that you are goal-oriented and driven to reach their standards of success.
·     What do you think the company will look like in a year? This will help you get a feel for what the company will look like when you’re joining it or when you’ve started to find your place within the company.
·     What type of person thrives in your organization? Asking your interviewer to list common characteristics and qualities within the company will help you get an idea of the tempo and culture. It’s also helpful to find out the common reasons why new hires haven’t worked out at the company in the past.
·     How would you describe the managing style of the person I will be working for? You need to know the expectations your manager will have and whether they suit you. It’s important to be comfortable with their style of teaching and feedback.
·     How does this position help make your job easier? Gearing this question towards your future boss or manager will help you to better understand how the company works, who you’ll be collaborating with the most, and generally where you’ll stand in this new role compared to those around you.
These types of questions will make you stand out from the pack and showcase your interest in making a positive impact to the organization.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

A decade's worth of tax returns provides an interesting insight into how people prefer to work

More and more Americans are moving away from traditional jobs, and choosing to be self-employed or do freelance work instead.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, self-employed workers now make up 10% of the workforce overall. 
That's nearly 15 million workers in the US.
Those numbers have grown considerably over the past decade, as shown in the two charts below from Zen99, a startup offering tax help to freelancers.
The number of people claiming self-employment income on their tax returns rose steadily between 2002 and 2012, the latest data available.

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Source: Antonia Farzan (

Thursday, April 23, 2015

3 Tips For Reducing Turnover At Your Company

Is your company losing talent? Are your employees quitting and moving on to your competitors?
Here are some tips for reducing turnover at your company from Donna Levin, VP Workplace Solutions and Co-Founder of

1. Understanding WHY employees leave in the first place.

If you’re having retention problems, you need to think about WHY your employees are running for the door.
“People don’t leave companies; they leave bad situations, dead-end jobs, and micromanagers,” says Levin. “They leave to find greener pastures, professional development and work-life balance.”
Understanding what’s triggering people to quit in favor of a new opportunity will help you improve deep-seeded problems within your culture. Fixing these problems will make recruiting and retaining talent much easier for you...

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Source: Ariella Coombs (

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Google Search Changes to Affect CPA Firms

Tax season is finally over. For many, now is a time for some relaxation before ramping back up for summer work.
For those that just don’t feel comfortable relaxing and are looking for something new to worry about now, you can start worrying about your website now. According to Google, on April 21, their mobile search platform will start favoring mobile-friendly websites.
What does this mean exactly? It means that websites that are not optimized for mobile and tablet devices will move down in the Google rankings and, by extension, those sites that are mobile optimized will move up...

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Source: Melissa Hennig (

Friday, April 10, 2015

Scholarships for Finance, Accounting Students Can Add Up

Tax Day​ is just around the corner, which means a busy time is ahead for everyone involved in the process. For some, it’s a period filled with dread. For others, it can be a productive opportunity to put their math, business and law skills to good use.
If you’re in the latter category, you’re in luck. The Scholarship Coach has gathered up several scholarships for aspiring finance professionals. Whether you’ve already paid Uncle Sam or are just getting started with your taxes, taking additional time to research scholarships this tax season can help pave the way for your financial and educational success...
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Source: Carissa Chang Cress (

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

10 Things You Always Wanted to Know About Late Tax Season Filing

On April 1, the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) issued a press release, “10 Important Things for Tax Procrastinators to Know,” that provides answers to 10 critical questions relating to the upcoming tax return deadline. You can pass along this timely information to habitually late clients and April walk-ins.
1. What’s the best way to send a tax return to the IRS? The IRS strongly encourages taxpayers to file online at or through a professional tax return preparer, like a CPA. If the taxpayer prefers to submit a return through the mail, some post offices will stay open later on April 15. You can also use one of the IRS-designated private delivery services...

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Source: Ken Berry (