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Make a Remarkable First Impression in One Shot

Posted by Tricia Sortisio

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Did you know it only takes the first few seconds of meeting a new person to leave a lasting impression? Well it's true and this is particularly important to pay attention to for those currently or soon-to-be engaged in the interview process.

Maybe you're gearing up for a career change, have remarkable experience, but haven’t formally interviewed in several years. Interviewing can be very intimidating, but don't lose sight of your first impression with everyone in the office, starting with the receptionist. It's the first impression that can make or break the outcome of your interview for that dream job!

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Topics: Workplace, Career Advice

Life Lessons from My First Job

Posted by SelectOne

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Nearly 20 years ago, my alarm clock (not iPhone app) jolted me awake at 3:15am so I could go to my first job.  This harsh new reality was a 4:30am shift start at James Desiderio, Inc., a business run by extended family, as a warehouse worker and soon to be delivery truck driver.  This was the year I developed what would become a lifelong love affair with coffee.

 I lasted six months before downshifting to something more conducive to balancing with school; at the time, I didn’t fully realize the valuable lessons I’d absorbed from this job.

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Topics: Workplace, Career Advice

Why We Need More Women in Technology

Posted by SelectOne

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The tech industry has been long dominated by males, with women only representing an average of 30% of the industry. In 1984, 37% of all computer-science graduates were women. Today, this number is only 18%.

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Topics: Technical, Industry Trends

Do You Have What It Takes to Be CFO?

Posted by SelectOne

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After nearly a decade of placing financial professionals and leaders, I’ve had the unique vantage point of seeing a fairly clear delineation between functional accounting,  finance roles and strategic ones.  

People looking for their careers to transcend in public accounting ask us all the time what it takes to become a CFO; what they’re really asking is how can they see their work influence, impact, and drive strategy and business decisions.  

Companies come to us looking for our assistance in filling Controller, Vice President of Finance, Accounting Director, CFO, and various other financial reporting and analysis based roles; often it’s necessary for us to drill into the details of the role and how it funnels into an organizational strategy to determine if it's more functional or strategic in nature.

So, what does it take to be CFO? How can accounting and financial professionals elevate their game to someday obtain a strategic financial role, and what specific skills must they develop beyond technical knowledge? 

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Topics: Financial, Career Advice

Startups Driving the Buffalo Community: Heads Up Display

Posted by SelectOne

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Heads Up Display, Inc is a Buffalo based tech startup building a notification system that allows the workers in hazardous environments to make data driven decisions in real-time.  

As part of our ongoing interview blog series with entrepreneurs impacting the Buffalo startup community, we sat down with Clark Dever, Co-Founder of Heads Up Display.

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Topics: Technical

Parental Leave and The Zuckerbergs

Posted by Marissa Malone

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Less than one week old and there’s no surprise the Zuckerberg heiress, Maxima, is already influencing workplace expectations.

In today’s workplace millennial employees have pushed boundaries to gain support of a better work-life balance - including shared parenting responsibilities. By 2020, 75% of the workforce will be comprised of millennial movers and shakers. As a pioneers of the millennial generation, Mark Zuckerberg’s support and participation in Facebook’s parental leave policy has sparked critical conversations across industries. 

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Topics: Hiring Strategies

The Dynamic Duo: Soft Skills and Technology

Posted by SelectOne

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When recruiting top talent in today’s workforce, soft skills are sometimes considered to be more valued than technical skills. Technical skills can be easily taught, but emotional intelligence and the ability to connect with other individuals is an innate trait.

Technical skills alone are no longer what drives an employer to hire you. It’s the combination of soft skills and your technical skills that will influence business results.

According to a recent Gallup survey, employees with a “higher degree of soft-skills competency brings improved effectiveness and improved organizational results, and that in turn drives greater employee engagement and retention.” 

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Topics: Technical

Annual Salary Increases: What To Expect In 2016

Posted by Katie Whiting

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Good news first: a survey of 1,100 US companies found that virtually all respondents (98%) are planning to give employees raises in 2016. This is a steep increase from the ‘Great Depression of 2009’, when nearly a third of companies decided to forego raises altogether. 

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Topics: Industry Trends

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