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Company Culture Series: Your Core Values Should Influence Your Hiring Practices

BY: Clique Studios | March 15, 2019


 

Both people and companies operate based on their core values. Because people make decisions and take action in line with what is most important to them, a company’s core values significantly influence how outsiders view the business. When an organization consistently displays its core values, it builds trust among its customer base. The business also retains engaged, productive workers for a longer time. All of these factors contribute to business growth. Follow these guidelines to incorporate your company’s core values into your hiring practices.

 

Build Company Culture Around Core Values

Create culture around your company’s core values. The employees you hire, rules you create, and ways you conduct business all need to reflect what is most important to your organization. To determine your culture, start by meeting with employees to discuss personal core values like integrity, self-discipline, and commitment. Then, write down your company’s mission and top performers. Discuss which core values are most in line with your mission and exhibited by your best workers. Write down those values and establish them in your business. Include your core values on your website, social media, and other digital platforms. Make sure core values are practiced by every employee every day and used to guide business decisions. Use your core values to set rules, lead employees, and interact with customers. Include your core values when setting business hours, determining employee benefits, and communicating with customers. Clarify core values in your employee handbook, when setting employee expectations, and during onboarding and training. Make your core values obvious in your meetings, monthly newsletters, and business practices. Update your core values as your company grows.

 

Include Core Values in Your Recruiting Process

Incorporate your company’s core values into the recruiting process. For instance, include your values in each job description. Display them in your sourcing methods and screening process. Center interview questions around your core values. Hire candidates who demonstrate behavior in line with them. Include your values in job offers and the onboarding process. Determine your effectiveness at communicating core values by asking employees whether a job posting feels authentic to their experience. If so, the candidates you interview are more likely to match those values.

 

Create Values-Based Interview Questions

Ask candidates behavioral and situational interview questions based on the company’s core values. Determine how candidates may react in given situations to understand how they solve problems, collaborate, and learn. Because past behavior often predicts future behavior, you can better determine whether a candidate shares your values. Ensure you ask candidates the same questions to get a better feel for who best fits with company culture and is likely to be successful in a role.

 

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What Value Can a Tax Consultant Bring to Your Organization?

BY: Clique Studios | March 13, 2019


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Running a business takes a team of dedicated professionals working toward a common goal. Because each of you has strengths in different areas, you need to focus on doing the work you are passionate about. Most likely, your passion does not lie in tax law. Due to the complexities of tax law and related issues, you probably lack the time and dedication needed to become an expert on the material. Therefore, hiring a tax consultant makes good business sense. Working with a tax expert can provide managers and key decision makers the information needed to evaluate, control, and plan corporate strategies. Here are four benefits that working with a tax consultant can bring to your organization.

 

Data-Backed Decisions

When partnering with a skilled tax consultant, you are able to make stronger data-backed decisions. The tax consultant collects and analyzes information to present relevant financial and non-financial information. You can use the information to uncover trends and create targets to more efficiently and effectively make operational and financial decisions for your business.

 

Greater Efficiency

By working with a seasoned tax consultant, your company can be more efficient. The consultant can use their financial reporting and control expertise to prepare reports that clearly demonstrate the various factors contributing to business operations. By seeing the true cost of your business’s day-to-day operations and understanding its financial information, you are better able to budget resources and address bottlenecks in your processes.

 

Increased Revenue

With help from an experienced tax consultant, your business can bring in more revenue. For instance, the consultant can improve the efficiency of business operations by examining your processes and procedures, preparing profit and loss reports, and creating budget comparisons. A tax consultant also can provide detailed reports on relevant performance metrics such as monthly cash forecasts and budgeting, revenue projections, and variance analyses to give a clearer picture of your expenditure and pricing.

 

Significant Savings

Choosing to work with a professional tax consultant saves time and money. You have a dedicated expert focused on maximizing cost savings in line with laws while ensuring all tax preparation is accurate and complete. Your tax consultant sets aside time to read through and understand all IRS form instructions, publications, and news releases to ensure you benefit from all applicable tax credits and deductions and pay only the proper amount of tax. The consultant also provides representation in case of an audit, providing you additional peace of mind. Even better, your tax preparation fees, including the mileage you drove to meet with your tax preparer and the postage you paid to mail documents to the preparer, state tax agency or IRS may be tax deductible.

 

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Company Culture Series: Why Does Learning & Development Help You Retain Top Talent?

BY: Clique Studios | March 7, 2019


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Hiring an accounting or finance professional shows a firm investment in both their career and your business. Because you spent a significant amount of resources on attracting the professional, you want to maximize the impact they have on your business. Part of getting the biggest return on your investment involves learning and development. Employees who are continuously growing remain engaged, productive, and loyal to the organization. By providing ongoing learning and development opportunities, accounting and finance professionals will benefit your business longer.

 

Soft Skills

Highly skilled accounting and finance professionals want to continually develop their soft skills. Developing soft skills improves future employability. Leadership, communication, collaboration, and time management are among the top skills they focus on. Courses for developing soft skills are available on a variety of learning platforms. Employees who see your interest in their growth and success know that you value their contributions and decide to work for you longer.

 

Micro-Learning

Many seasoned accounting and finance professionals prefer micro-learning over attending seminars to develop their skills. Seminars typically take up a significant amount of time and often unload more information than can be processed at one time. Attending seminars during a workday takes away time for productivity in other areas. Plus, learning required during lunch or after work hours gives the perception of not respecting employees’ boundaries or need for personal time. In contrast, offering micro-learning provides opportunities to learn in small time increments that fit into employees’ schedules. With busy lives and shorter attention spans, employees are better able to process and assimilate information into their work performance. They also remain motivated to achieve their full potential.

Having flexible learning opportunities shows your interest in employees’ professional growth and encourages them to remain loyal.

 

Manager Involvement

Experienced accounting and finance professionals are more likely to participate in courses suggested by a manager. Although managers typically are busy taking care of more immediate challenges, they need to understand that developing their team is in their best interest. Because employees stay engaged when they are learning, they continue working for their employer. To encourage manager involvement, circulate success stories about managers encouraging employee learning. Work with managers on incorporating learning into the workday. Encourage managers to discuss during performance reviews which skills an employee wants to learn, then assign appropriate courses.

 

Learning as Part of Company Culture

Top accounting and finance talent look for a company that integrates learning and development into its culture. Being offered training opportunities to develop skills and knowledge is an important factor in what makes a choice employer. Being able to gain the experience, leadership, and other elements needed to advance in the organization encourages employees to work for the company longer.

 

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5 Tips for Updating Your LinkedIn Profile for 2019

BY: Clique Studios | March 4, 2019


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Your LinkedIn profile may be a hiring manager’s or recruiter’s first impression of you. The information given on your profile may mean the difference between being asked to discuss an opportunity or being passed over. To ensure maximum impact and increase your odds of being contacted, you need your profile to be updated, accurate, and fully complete. By implementing these five tips, your LinkedIn profile will be in top form to attract hiring mangers and recruiters.

 

Check Your Photos

If your profile photo is more than five years old or you took it yourself, update it. If you do not have the time or money for a professional headshot, ask a friend or family member to take your picture. Use a neutral, uncluttered background and natural sunlight. Also, include a background picture that represents the company you work for or something you are interested in or passionate about.

 

Improve Your Headline and Summary

Write your best headline and summary. Be original, clear, and informative. Similar to a job title, ensure your headline explains what you do and contains keywords that are searchable by employers and recruiters. Rewrite your summary to tell an interesting, memorable story. Give a short background on your biggest accomplishments and how you got to where you are. Mention future goals and ambitions to show where you want to be and what it would be like working with you. Include high-quality images, videos, documents, links to your work, and other media.

 

Update Your Contact Information

Be sure to update your contact information. When you change jobs, your email address may change. Hiring mangers and recruiters need current contact information to discuss opportunities with you. To further make your profile easy to find, edit your URL. Using your name instead of a random set of automatically generated letters and numbers helps you show up in search engines and increases the odds of hiring managers and recruiters finding you.

 

Add Skills

Add new skills to your profile. Having five or more skills listed significantly increases the number of times hiring mangers and recruiters view your profile and potentially message you to talk further. Endorse skills for members of your network and ask them to return the favor. If possible, add certifications to your profile to complement your skills.

 

Gain Recommendations

Give members of your network recommendations and ask them to return the favor. Request that they briefly explain how long you worked together, how you used your core skills to benefit a project or employer, and why the person enjoyed working with you. Hiring mangers and recruiters are interested in learning what you are like as an employee to better determine whether they should contact you about an opportunity.

 

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How to Successfully Navigate the Phases of the Interview Process

BY: Clique Studios | March 1, 2019


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As a senior-level accounting or finance professional, you may be seeking a consulting position. Having a flexible schedule and being able to work on a variety of challenging assignments is appealing. Many employers need highly skilled accounting or finance talent on an interim basis to handle a range of business challenges. To land a consultant role, you need the proper skills, experience, and qualifications.

 

Fit General Qualifications

General qualifications must be filled to interview as an accounting or finance consultant. For instance, although you need at least a bachelor’s degree in your field, an MBA or graduate degree in a related discipline is preferred. Strong verbal and written communication skills also are necessary. If you want to be a financial consultant, you need financial planning and reporting analysis experience along with certification. To become an accounting consultant, you must have analytical and problem-solving skills, strong math skills, Excel proficiency, a CPA or CMA credential, and additional certification. If you want to be a business systems consultant, you need strong research and organization skills. Include a description of your accounting or finance experience and work ethic in your resume.

 

Properly Prepare

You could potentially face several interviews before being offered a consultant position. You may begin with a phone screening to review your resume and experience and ensure you meet the basic qualifications. If successful, you should have a situational/behavior/fit interview focused on past experiences and how they may relate to situations you could encounter. For a strategy-type consulting position, you may participate in a case interview where you are given a fictional client’s problem and asked to analyze the information, draw conclusions, and make recommendations. You also could be given a skills interview to assess your technical or functional qualifications. You might end with a confirming interview with the group/department lead to demonstrate how your skills and personality fit with the team and company.

 

Ask Questions

Be prepared to ask questions throughout each interview. For instance, when being given information about a case, listen carefully, take notes, and summarize the situation. Ask questions to clarify information and demonstrate your listening skills. Then, ask a question that puts the case into context and gets at the bigger picture. For instance, if the case involves a private equity firm deciding whether to acquire a given company, you could ask whether the firm is looking at additional acquisitions in the industry and is evaluating that target versus others.

 

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Top Accounting Consultants for Your Most Challenging Projects

BY: Clique Studios | February 27, 2019


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Although interim accounting professionals used to be a short-term solution for filling staffing needs, many companies now bring in consultants to complement their core team. Along with filling in during an unexpected resignation or when a key staff member goes on extended leave, temporary accounting consultants can help your business maintain a strong, flexible workforce year-round. Find out how Marco Management Solutions can help you blend top accounting consultants with your full-time employees.

 

Reasons to Bring Aboard Accounting Consultants

Because of emerging technologies, evolving accounting regulations, and rapid changes in business needs, hiring consultants allows you to maintain flexibility with your staffing while achieving your business goals. As workloads rise, hiring consultants with specialized expertise help support your business in fulfilling key initiatives. In addition, hiring consultants provides you access to hard-to-find, highly skilled professionals when you need them.

 

How to Benefit from Accounting Consultants

Building relationships with highly qualified accountants means they may be more inclined to work with your business on future projects. Also, hiring consultants may lead you to professionals with the skills and temperament needed when a full-time job opens up. Having the consultant provide a working interview over a few weeks lets you evaluate firsthand whether they fit with company culture and the work environment and will be a strong long-term asset. Having fostered a relationship with the accountant will increase the odds of bringing them aboard full time or having similar talent be referred to you. Plus, you gain a reputation as a choice employer who attracts the best accounting professionals.

 

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Let Marco Management Solutions, a division of Marco & Associates in Chicago, connect you with professional accounting consultants in your industry. By understanding your company’s challenges, environment and end game, we can place with you accounting, and program and project professionals on a project, interim or consulting basis. When you are ready to get started, talk with Marco.


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Business Leadership Series: Build Your Competitive Edge

BY: Clique Studios | February 22, 2019


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Established companies tend to have the best connections, social proofs, and experts promoting their marketing. Such businesses already invested the time, money and other resources necessary to become leaders in their industry. New or small businesses, however, often lack the resources to advertise their offerings and gain a bigger share of the market. Due to time or budget constraints, such businesses may not have the same advantages as their competitors. Therefore, startups and small businesses need to do what they can to promote their products and services with the resources they have. Here are five ways for companies of any size to build a competitive edge.

 

Create a Competitive Analysis

Analyze your competition to see how they got to where they are. Learn all you can about what did and did not work for other companies and replicate accordingly. For instance, find out which strategies worked for them, mistakes they made, trends they are capitalizing on, individuals and organizations they network with, and marketing approaches they used and are currently using. Then, place your business model next to the facts you gathered to create a roadmap of strategies that may work for your company. Continue trying new approaches until you find what works. Redefine the process to make it even more beneficial.

 

Implement Business Trends

Be the first to implement business trends. Because the business world is constantly evolving, marketing trends rise and fall. For instance, when infographics first came about, not many businesses could easily create them. Companies that used them provided entertaining content while marketing information about their business. As their audience grew, so did their conversions. When you follow industry experts on social media, stay on top of press releases from business publications, and remain informed through other sources, so you can capitalize on business trends and stay competitive.

 

Focus on Branding

Effectively communicating the quality of your products or services and your company’s mission, values and beliefs draws customers to you. Highly satisfied customers will become loyal buyers and refer your business to others. Because word of mouth is the most effective form of advertising, you will continue to build your customer base. For instance, create an attractive business logo, creative tagline and website so current and potential buyers remember you. Produce content and case studies using relevant data points and statistics to become a top resource in your field. Encourage employees to become brand ambassadors who write articles for industry publications and speak at industry events.

 

Communicate Effectively

Effectively communicate throughout your company. Clearly and concisely explaining and implementing a great idea is important when showing value for customers. Transparent communication demonstrates what you do and why you do it. Having customers understand your offerings builds trust and encourages them to continue doing business with you.

 

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Business Leadership Series: Crush Your Business Goals by Setting the Right Ones

BY: Clique Studios | February 21, 2019


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Setting and reaching business goals is important. Directing where your company is headed improves your odds of business growth. Whether you aim for a greater market share, increase in percentage of sales from new products or services, or another objective, turning your goals into reality is a challenging process. You need to break down your objectives into small steps and measure your progress to stay on track. You also need the right team in place to carry out those steps and enhance your odds of reaching success.

 

Preparing to Set Business Goals

Before you begin setting business goals, complete a SWOT analysis. The strategic planning model will help identify your company’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. To start, compare performance across various areas of your business with those of your competitors’ businesses to determine where you are strong and what your weaknesses are. Next, determine where you see your industry headed and what is trending in your field. Then, ask employees what they feel the business has gotten right and what it can improve on. Use the information to determine who will participate in setting business goals. Based on the size of your organization, this may include mid-level managers, senior leadership, and/or the board of directors.

 

Setting Business Goals

Ensure that each business goal is tied to your mission and vision. Focus on where you are headed long term. Make your goals as specific as possible to increase understanding and implementation. For instance, “increase our customer corporate accounts by 10 per quarter.” Keep your goals realistic and achievable within a three- to five-year period. Break down large goals into multiple steps with target dates for each component to make them more manageable. Keep your goals measurable so you can track them and know when you are successful. Determine which steps to take to reach each goal and who will be responsible for those steps. Clarify which resources will be needed to attain each goal and that funds are available.

 

After Setting Business Goals

After setting your business goals, regularly meet to review your progress. Make sure everyone is staying on task and making adjustments as needed. Communicate progress within your organization. Show why you chose those goals and how each contributor’s work impacts your progress and the success of the company. Create good data for related measures to determine when milestones are reached and success is realized. Always reward your team for reaching small and large goals, so they stay motivated and work hard to continue.

 

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The Best Accounting Jobs in Chicagoland

BY: Clique Studios | February 15, 2019


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Are you looking for a new accounting job in the Chicago area? Take advantage of the professional recruiting services offered by Marco & Associates. Our premier staffing firm will help you find a role you desire to advance your career. We take time to get to know your experience and what motivates you. We also provide insider information on employers and proactive coaching to help you achieve job and career success. Talk with us today to get started.

 

Greater Salary, Benefits, and Perks

Marco & Associates can negotiate greater salary, benefits, and perks with your next accounting job. Your skill set, accomplishments and years of experience combined with the shortage of accounting talent means employers are willing to pay more for qualified accountants. Employers often offer clear paths to earn bonuses, raises and advancement within the organization to attract employees. They also are more generous with their benefits and perks. In addition to health insurance and a retirement plan, many businesses offer additional vacation days, paid parental leave, student loan payback programs and other incentives. They may offer a flexible schedule, remote work options or gym memberships.

 

Growing Demand for Skills

Marco & Associates can place accounting professionals in jobs with a growing demand for specialized skills. For instance, blockchain, artificial intelligence and machine learning are becoming increasingly important to both accountants and employers. Business analysts and management accountants highly skilled in project work, big data finance specialists and accountants who can support the transition of accountancy to a more digitized and automated future also are in high demand. Financial controllers and credit control securing a business’s cash flow are needed as well. Skills related to payroll and IT expertise in accounting are highly sought after, too.

 

Increased Professional Development Opportunities

Many jobs available through Marco & Associates offer increased opportunities for professional development. Because employers need accountants with specialized skills, they are willing to provide additional training for the right employees. As the reporting and regulatory side is becoming more automated, there are countless opportunities for candidates with current experience in data collection and analysis, understanding data and understanding how data works for a business. As accountants act more as business partners and advisors, data-driven business decisions will affect every aspect of the company.

 

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Business Leadership Series: How to Determine and Grow Your Leadership Quotient

BY: Clique Studios | February 14, 2019


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When was the last time you determined your company’s collective leadership quotient? Leadership quotient measures one’s ability to develop trust, clarify purpose, align systems, and unleash talent. It is a sum of competence, character, capability, morality, and power. The more you know about your leadership quotient, the more effective you become as a leader who builds other leaders. The more leaders your business has, the stronger its success rate and growth potential.

 

How Healthy Is Your Core?

At your core lies your truth, including who you are and what your purpose is. Your core decides how you spend each day. A leader with a thriving core has a healthy view of themselves and their role in the world. They know what they want to accomplish and how they will set out to do so. A true leader knows their highest purpose and how to execute their vision and key priorities. They focus on doing the right thing, the things that matter, and take initiative in implementing ideas. A true leader continually grows, innovates and solves problems while pursuing excellence.

 

How Are You Helping Others to Thrive?

A true leader teaches everything they know about their job. Knowledge transfer involves teaching what to do, how to do it and why it is important. Knowing why people do things connects them to a larger vision. When people think outside their own job descriptions, they can help the company in other ways. An effective leader also listens to others. They are receptive to what people say and perceptive of what they are not saying. The issues that tend not to be talked about typically are the ones that need attention.

 

How Honest Are You?

Honesty is a key part of effective leadership. Telling the truth can be challenging, especially when it may cause embarrassment or hurt feelings, or the person may disagree with one’s perspective. For instance, when a manager meets with an employee for an annual performance review, the employee may have self-evaluated as exceptional whereas the manager evaluated them as needing improvement. The manager may have been telling the employee for months they have performance issues, but either sugarcoated them or provided excuses to explain away the true issue. Being direct while suggesting methods of improvement for the good of the employee is a much more effective way to lead.

 

How Impactful Is Your Influence?

A successful leader has an emotional impact on others. They get to know people on a personal level, including their fears, desires, challenges and goals. Great leaders serve others to show they care. They derive happiness from helping people and widening their circle of influence. Others seek mentorship and guidance from them.

 

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