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Accounting clerk to CFO: is it still possible?

Accounting clerk to CFO: is it still possible?
The career trajectory for today’s accountant is no longer necessarily long and linear.

It can be shortened or can zigzag in unexpected ways – and that presents both challenges and opportunities for accounting aspirants.

 
 
 

Actually, Gen Y are looking for long-term jobs

Actually, Gen Y are looking for long-term jobs
They're often portrayed as impatient and demanding in their career aspirations, but Gen Y job candidates may take a longer-term view than some employers think.

Hudson manager of accounting and finance, Nicholas Rogers, says employers who invest in training and development for young accounting and finance employees may find the stereotype of Gen Y being frequent job-changers doesn't hold.

 
 
 

Accounting Jobs: Industry experience “ideal but not necessary”

Accounting Jobs: Industry experience “ideal but not necessary”
Specific industry experience when applying for accounting jobs may not be as crucial as you think.

In fact, around three-quarters of accounting and finance employers said industry experience is either "not important" or "ideal but not necessary" when hiring new people, according to The Hudson Report, Quarter 2, 2014.

 
 
 

Want to be a CFO? Read this...

Want to be a CFO? Read this...
If you're a finance professional and you’re thinking about becoming a CFO one day, you may need to change your behaviour.

If your analysis of a market trend, opportunity or risk to the business gets ignored, well then you have two options. You can go to lunch, thinking it's enough to have filed a report. Or you can seek out whoever will listen and make sure your point is heard.

 
 
 

Prospects for accountants: set to improve in Q3?

Prospects for accountants: set to improve in Q3?
There's good reason for accounting and finance professionals to be optimistic about the accounting jobs market this quarter. Industry figures say the recent tentative recovery in hiring intentions is showing some staying power, although accountants’ salaries have yet to start climbing.

Jobs in accounting appear to be on the increase in some industry sectors, but the market is still uncertain and competition for the few positions available is intense.

 
 
 

Why workplace diversity is so much more than gender

Why workplace diversity is so much more than gender
When you hear the phrase “workplace diversity” you might assume it’s all about gender. But diversity also spans age, ethnicity, perspectives and experience.

And it matters because, not just in accounting but across all professions, a diverse workforce delivers better business results.
 
 
 

What women accountants want – it's not what you think

What women accountants want – it's not what you think
Money talks when it comes to retaining talented female accounting and finance staff, with women more likely than men to stay in a job when offered a pay increase, statistics show. In fact, the prospects of a higher salary outranked greater work life balance – often touted as the key to retaining female staff.

When asked what would influence them to stay in their current job for at least another 12 months, 42% of females working in accounting and finance said an increased salary was the main factor, according to research undertaken for the 2014 Hudson Salary & Employment Insights.

 
 
 

Communication skills: the key to accounting success

Communication skills: the key to accounting success
If you think accounting is all about the numbers, you're only half right. Detailed, technical proficiency will always be a key part of the role, but those who develop strong commercial and communication skills will increase their chances of success.

Increasingly, finance professionals who use their analytical skills to tell a compelling story with numbers and influence business outcomes will be those who stand out from the pack, says Nicholas Rogers, Manager of Accounting and Finance in Brisbane for Hudson, who has been in accounting recruitment for the past eight years.
 
 
 

The top 5 things accounting staff value in a salary package

The top 5 things accounting staff value in a salary package
Gym memberships and company cars: they were the magnet for attracting and retaining staff during the economic boom years of the 1990s and early 2000s.

But the pulling power these benefits once exuded has markedly decreased, replaced by new desires that paint a clear picture of our current economic climate.

 
 
 

The top 5 attributes I look for in an accounting and finance recruit

The top 5 attributes I look for in an accounting and finance recruit
Finding the right staff to work in an accounting and finance role takes a little more than just making sure the potential recruit has the right qualifications.

After 11 years specialising in the field, here are the top five attributes I look for in a good A&F recruit.

 
 
 
 

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