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How Cloud Based Technology Can Enhance Your Office

BY: Clique Studios | July 11, 2018


The big buzz about cloud computing began when Apple introduced the icloud in 2011. Cloud computing simply means that data is stored over the internet, opposed to the computer’s hard drive. Businesses that store data over the internet see improvements to accessibility, consistency and cost efficiency.

Almost all of the large companies have released a cloud version of their software, which is an immediate incentive to make the switch if your office hasn’t already. Cloud technology allows companies to transition into the modern work trend of remote work while keeping the same efficiency as in the office. This remote work does not require employees to lug around company computers or other company tech; cloud data can be easily accessed even on mobile technologies.

Consistency is vital to growth in every business relationship. Cloud tech offers the ability to upgrade, downgrade or keep stagnate on the data level that works for a particular company. If a computer’s data limit was full, what would the solution be? Buy a new computer or an external hard drive? Those solutions have their pros and cons, but also could impact the way the entire work process takes place. With cloud tech, there is often a simple fee to store more data within the same program offices have familiarized themselves with. This improves consistency in the office and ability to focus on the task, opposed to the technology used.

Every company has different budgets, but cloud sharing is cheaper than working with a server, which includes cost of the software and sometimes hardware to go along with it. The cost of server based technology can cost you more than the return you see on it in the short term. This is why having one technology that is easily applicable and adjustable is more beneficial to companies that plan to see growth and change.

Often times people worry about security, but in the past seven years cloud technology has come very far. In peoples’ personal lives they’re using cloud technology with some of their most precious things like cell phone data, personal pictures, emails and documents. As many companies are adapting to this new technology, the switch to cloud technology is imperative before it’s too late to efficiently transfer data from server to cloud.

 

 

 

 


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How Interim Hiring Improves Company Productivity

BY: Clique Studios | July 10, 2018


Every company finds themselves with a new position or vacancy to fill, but while they search for the ideal employee the workload continues to pile up on an empty desk. Filling that vacancy can sometimes be easier to outsource to staffing and consulting firms who have qualified interim resources ready to call.

According to Glassdoor, corporate job posts often attract an average of 250 resumes. Out of the 250 jobseekers, only four to six candidates get interviewed for the job.  That means hiring managers can easily spend hours scanning through hundreds of resume’s in their search for the ideal employee the workload continues to pile up on an empty desk. Filling that vacancy can sometimes be easier to outsource to staffing and consulting firms who have qualified interim resources ready to call.

According to Glassdoor, corporate job posts often attract an average of 250 resumes. Out of the 250 jobseekers, only four to six candidates get interviewed for the job.  That means hiring managers can easily spend hours scanning through hundreds of resume’s in their search for a perfect match.

According to 2017 Recruiter Sentiment Study MRI Network, the average applicant goes through three interviews which could have a variation of time between each meeting.  Assuming there is a week in between each interview, one can expect to spend approximately one month to screen applicants.  That is over 160 hours of time that the accumulating work is being allocated to other departments and employees creating a deficit in their personal work load.

In the accounting and finance world there is no time to spend not working on a client’s need or the project at hand. According to State of the American Workplace Report Gallup 2017, only 12% of employees agree that their company does a good job of onboarding new employees. This means that there is room for improvement even after the hiring process, which takes more than a month on average.

With the time spent reviewing resumes, scheduling and conducting rounds of interviews, negotiating terms of employment, drafting an offer letter and onboarding a permanent employee, focus can very easily shift from the day-to-day operations of a business to this newfound part-time job of hiring.

Having access to interim resources while searching for the perfect candidate could prove to be indispensable for a company’s productivity.  Onboarding the interim employee is not a concern since consulting firms have already fully vetted the best candidates for the role. An interim hire is a great option for any empty seat that adds potential stress to the whole office.

The time and money put into finding and onboarding a full-time employee can be cut simply by getting rid of the hole in the companies’ productivity. Calling in a staffing and consulting firm could also end up helping you find a quick fill and lead to a fantastic full-time employee.


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5 Resume Tips for Executives

BY: Clique Studios | July 2, 2018


 

In the midst of putting together a resume, many Finance and Accounting Executives often find that the seemingly simple task of highlighting their experience quickly turns into a far more difficult exercise than expected.

Without knowing exactly what a recruiter or CEO may be looking for when evaluating your resume, there may be times when questions of doubt begin to impede on the resume-writing process.

“Is this too long? Too brief?”

“Does this look too cluttered? Too sparse?”

“Should I explain the gap in my career history?

“Is my summary/objective specific enough?”

“Is my grammar correct?”

If you find that you are second guessing yourself throughout the process, follow these quick tips to ensure that your experience is properly conveyed in an efficient, easy-to-read manner.

 

Length

Since every individual’s breadth of experience differs across the board, there is no concrete “rule” that dictates what the length of a resume should be.  The resume of an executive with 20 years of experience will almost certainly have more substance than that of an executive with 10 years of experience.

That being said, it is a good idea to keep your resume between 2-3 pages.  Recruiters and hiring managers are typically scanning the first page for keywords that will encourage them to read further.  If you have pertinent information hidden deep into the third page, there is a chance that it may not be seen on an initial scan.  Having more than three pages only decreases the odds of your relevant experience getting noticed.

 

Layout

Keeping in mind that resumes tend to be scanned upon an initial reading, it is important to make sure that your resume is easy to navigate.  To achieve this, make sure your resume includes the following:

Margins

To ensure that your text isn’t scrolling from edge to edge, incorporate a margin to improve readability.  We suggest a margin of .33 inches at the top and bottom of the page and .55 inches on the left and right.

Simple subheads

Allow the reader of your resume to easily jump from section to section by providing clear and brief subheads.

Balance of text and white space

Keep your resume free of clutter, trying to pack too much information onto the page will drastically hinder the readability of the document.  Make sure to provide appropriate spacing between lines and new sections.

Readable typeface and font size

Try not to go overboard with “fancy” typefaces. Keep it generic with an Arial, Calibri, or Times New Roman typeface to maintain a professional look.  Font size should not exceed 12pt or be less than 8pt.

 

Gaps in employment

If you had a significant gap in employment due to unforeseen circumstances, it is a good idea to provide a one or two sentence explanation of the gap.  This explanation will clear up any assumptions that the reader may have and eliminate any less-than-positive conclusions they may jump to.

If your gap was not significant (less than 3 months) an explanation is not necessary as this is a common occurrence.

 

Summary/Objective Section

When recruiters and hiring managers scan a resume, they spend the most time in the upper 1/3 section of the first page to find keywords.  By providing a summary section, you will be able to keep your achievements and experience highlighted at the top of the page while ensuring that they will be read.

When drafting your summary section, be sure to be specific and include both quantitative metrics of achievements as well as skill sets in particular software or processes.

 

Grammar

After looking at the same resume for a significant period of time, it can become easy to be blind to otherwise glaring grammatical errors.  If the reader of your resume spots these errors before you do, there is a higher likelihood that your resume will fall to the bottom of the pile.

Try using a tool like Grammarly to ensure that any errors on your resume are addressed before you send it out.  Take it a step further by bringing in another set of eyes for one final review.


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Three Times to Consider Interim Solutions

BY: Clique Studios | June 29, 2018


Staffing firms expect the unexpected, which is a cliché that seems nearly impossible. Preparing solutions to problems that don’t exist yet is what they specialize in so you businesses don’t have to. Here are three times you could save time and money hiring a consultant for interim solutions.

1.) Family Medical Leave

Families grow and evolve as often as the office does, which means accounting for changes in the office and for your employees at home, as well. Under the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, employers are required by law to give employees who have worked 12 months and at least 1,250 hours within their organization 12 weeks of unpaid time off. This time off includes child birth, adoption, care for a close relative in poor health or personal poor health. The latest data from 2012 shows that around 13% of all employees reported taking FMLA leave.

Using FMLA time requires a 30 days notice, which gives employers a brief window of time to plan how they will fill their employee’s vacant spot. Many people don’t want to put a job posting out for an interim hire or waste the time of the HR department to fill a temporary position. Hiring an interim resource would assist in keeping productivity level through a transitioning process.

2.) Injury / Disability

Unfortunate emergencies erupt and leave both employees and employers in a panic to get the job done.  Things that are unexpected like car accidents, broken bones, and extended ailment impact a business. Though events like this may take less than a month to recover from, departments are still left with a hole in productivity when employees are pulled from their focus to fill in the gaps.

It’s hard to tell how long some emergency situations will take, making the task of finding a temporary replacement while juggling the absent employee’s work load a difficult responsibility. Allowing a firm to come in and assist you in the time you find yourself in a crunch is the most responsible thing to do.

 3.) Abrupt departure

Just because someone has a fantastic job doesn’t mean they’re not looking for the next great opportunity. If someone is provided a new job offer on a limited timeline, they are likely to take it and think little about the repercussions for you. This has been an issue on the rise for the past few years. Workers are leaving in “the heat of emotion,” according to The Wall Street Journal .

Before you go on the journey finding a full time employee as great as your last (or even better), you need to fill the vacancy immediately. Hiring a staffing firm to find an interim hire can leave you room to find someone full time or even extend the interim employees position.


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The Importance of People Skills in Accounting

BY: Clique Studios | June 27, 2018


The business world often measures success in metrics, but the importance of people skills is frequently overlooked in accounting. CFOs are taking on human capital management in order to leverage companies’ main objectives. Making a connection between other leaders and CFOs could mean a huge change in productivity on both ends. Taking the time to explain each other’s languages could take work off of both parties’ plates. Here are a few solutions…

1.) Regular meetings with departmental leaders

Accountants are known for speaking metrics, where other departments may not see everything in the same qualitative lens. Less work gets done when two parties are speaking two different languages. In order to accomplish any goals it’s important to have a better understanding of what both parties need to reach the end.

Regular meetings allow for setting the standards and also keeping up on incremental progress. Who is included in these meetings may vary from business to business, but it can improve any environment.  Having a scheduled meeting time means also preparing to discuss key topics, this offers the opportunity for more input and well thought out decisions.

2. ) Creating an open door policy

People understand that business leaders are busy, but that could hinder key questions from getting asked or answered. Unanswered questions could lead to larger issues down the line, so being proactive is imperative.

By creating a set time of availability, employees can feel comfortable asking for guidance and CFOs can gain more insight on company concerns. Building these relationships is often difficult as CFOs run on a full schedule, which is what makes setting aside time to highlight these relationships so beneficial.

3.) Conveying the company culture

Work environments are changing rapidly, there is a spark in work-from-home, outsourcing tasks and freelancing. In this changing landscape, a CFO’s involvement is hugely important to the human capital of a business in order to meet the company’s objectives.

Connecting with the company culture gives insight into how the moving parts operate on a day to day basis. Having a strong grasp on the environment of employees will better serve human capital needs.  While working with the changing job environment, it is important to also bridge relationships with departmental heads and possibly even senior management to ensure productivity and meet the goal metrics.


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Chicago Summer Networking Events 2018

BY: Clique Studios | June 20, 2018



The phrase “It’s not what you know, but who you know,” rings true in many instances. In the business world we find that it’s a strong mixture of both. Whether you’re just embarking on your career in the industry or are a well-seasoned executive, there are benefits to meeting intelligent professionals in your field. To save you time on a search, we’ve gathered a few great networking and social events in the industry for the summer in the Chicagoland area.

June 25th – IIA Chicago Annual Golf Classic

The golf course is a typical meeting spot to do business and network, but this event offers the opportunity to reach a larger crowd in a small amount of time.

June 27th –  IL CPA Society – Why Bitcoin and Blockchain Will Forever Change the Way We Do Business

Learn how the buzzwords impact your day to day business and how to adapt in a world that now incorporates concurrency.

July 17th – AMAA – The Alliance 2018 Summer Conference

Connect with a crowd of 400+ professionals that includes executives from preeminent investment banks and intermediaries, leading private equity investors, senior and mezzanine lenders, CPA’s, attorneys, business valuators, consultants, and other M&A advisors.

July 19th – Summer Social Event with the FEI Chicago Chapter, Transaction Advisors and IL CPA Society

Take part in this great evening with the FEI Chicago Chapter, Transaction Advisors and the Illinois CPA Society. Gather along Lake Michigan, enjoying drinks, delicious hors d’oeuvres while making longstanding connections.

July 20th – FEI Chicago Power Decisions Roundtable Breakfast

A huge perk about the FEI roundtable breakfast is that it takes place in three locations; allowing all Chicago chapter members to choose which location is best for them. The locations are in Deerfield, Oak Brook Terrace and Chicago.

 August 23th – Zoho road show finance workshop: Chicago

Zoho is a CRM that might be a potential resource to your business, and even if it’s not your competitors might be using it. Learning about different technology is an asset to any company.


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BY: Clique Studios | June 6, 2018


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JUNE, 6 2018

Michael Garelli, Founder & CEO

Marco & Associates

312.546.9800

mgarelli@marcoassociates.com

 

 

Marco & Associates Announces Ron Gozum as President

Former CFO and Controller to Lead Marco Through New Stage of Growth

 

Chicago, Illinois:  Marco & Associates, Chicago’s trusted staffing and recruiting firm for finance and accounting professionals, is excited to announce the appointment of Ron Gozum as President effective May 21, 2018. Mr. Ron Gozum is a CPA with Big 4 experience who has worked as a Controller in the manufacturing industry and previously as a CFO in the financial sector.

 

“Ron has proven leadership successes both in finance and recruiting. He has real world experience leading Corporate Development & Strategy and Financial Planning & Reporting along with successfully overseeing Software Implementations,” says Michael Garelli, Founder and CEO of Marco & Associates. “Ron’s expertise speaks to our clients as they look for someone with firsthand technical knowledge to help advise them on how to best manage their human capital needs. The ability to provide this to our clients is the key to growing and strengthening our footprint in the Chicagoland market, while maintaining our position as a trusted service provider.”

 

Mr. Gozum worked in Business Development for Marco & Associates earlier in his career and is eager to re-join the firm to ensure that its long-term strategic goals are met.

 

“I am excited about the opportunity to join Marco & Associates which has been a model of excellence in the Executive Search and Consulting space for years,” says Ron Gozum. “My goal is to grow Marco & Associates and take it to the next level by building on its established presence and reputation to deliver impeccable customer service and utilizing my technical expertise and diverse experience as a CPA and a former CFO.”

 

About Marco & Associates

Marco & Associates is Chicago’s trusted staffing and recruiting firm of choice for accounting and finance professionals. Our team’s technical accounting and finance backgrounds allow us to better understand unique business challenges and to leverage our extensive network of professionals to provide unmatched human-capital solutions.

Discover what Marco & Associates can do for you at www.marcoassociates.com.

 

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Highlights: BLS May Jobs Report

BY: Clique Studios | June 1, 2018


 

The Bureau of Labor & Statistics reports an unemployment rate of 3.8 percent in May, marking an 18-year low.

Nonfarm payroll employment rose by 223,000 in May, 2018.  The industries to receive the most job gains were retail trade (+31,000), healthcare (+29,000), construction (+25,000), and professional & technical services (+23,000).

While the unemployment rate of adult women (3.3%) remained unchanged, the unemployment rate of adult men decreased by .2 percent to 3.5 percent. Unemployment among long-term unemployed (those who have been unemployed for 27+ months) accounted for 19.4% of the unemployed.

Average hourly earnings rose by $0.08 to $26.92.  The average workweek remained unchanged at 34.5 hours.

Click here for full report.


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Choosing The Opportunity That’s Right For You | Weighted Decision Matrix Template

BY: Clique Studios | May 24, 2018


 

 

If you’ve been on the job hunt recently, you probably noticed that the job market is good.  Really good.  Our metrics show that across all Accounting & Finance sectors, there is a 6:1 ratio of available job opportunities to job-seekers.  Simply put, candidates are back in the driver’s seat!

As companies are searching within a limited talent pool to fill their open positions, many applicants are finding that they are no longer deciding if they should leave their current role for a new opportunity, but rather deciding which opportunity they are going to leave for.

This exciting job market development is leaving some qualified candidates with a good problem to have.  Really good.  They have multiple job offers to choose from!

So, why is a stack of job offers a problem?  For the simple reason that trying to weigh out the pro’s and con’s of each company can quickly muddy the decision-making waters.  One company may be offering a fantastic salary but requires a lengthy commute.  Another may have great opportunities for growth but a chaotic work environment.  So, which one do you choose?

If you have several different job offers in hand and are having trouble deciding which one is the best fit for you, it doesn’t hurt to do what accounting and finance professionals do best – get analytical!

Try out this easy-to-use, editable Weighted Decision Matrix to help you make a decision that you won’t regret.

 

 

Simply fill in your top criteria and apportion the importance on a percentage scale.  Rank how each company aligns with your criteria and you’ll quickly see which opportunity is the front-runner.

Click here to start filling out your matrix and get one step closer to making your final decision!

 


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Highlights: BLS April Jobs Report

BY: Clique Studios | May 4, 2018


 

The Bureau of Labor & Statistics reports an unemployment rate of 3.9 percent in April, snapping a six-month plateau at 4.1 percent.

Nonfarm payroll employment rose by 164,000 in April, 2018.  The industries to receive the most job gains were professional and business services (+54,000), manufacturing (+24,000), health care (+24,000), and mining (+8,000).

While the unemployment rate of adult men (3.7%) remained unchanged, the unemployment rate of women decreased by .2 percent to 3.5 percent. Unemployment among long-term unemployed (those who have been unemployed for 27+ months) accounted for 20% of the unemployed.

Average hourly earnings rose by $0.04 to $26.84.  The average workweek remained unchanged at 34.5 hours.

Click here for full report.


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