The Next Generation in Management

Posted by Moritza Day on August 10, 2015 under Articles, Schedule of Presentations | Be the First to Comment

generation 2The next generation in management is here.  The Houston IT Symposium featured a panel of three young professionals discussing changes in work and attitudes.  Panelists (left to right) Ed Aguilar, Mayur  Khare, moderator Moritza Day and Evan Lu discussed the motivations and influences on the four generations in the workplace, Millennials, Generation X, Baby Boomers and Traditionalists.

5 Steps to Nail the Interview

Posted by Moritza Day on June 18, 2015 under Articles | Be the First to Comment

To increase your number of interviews and likelihood of success in interviews, follow these 5 steps.

1. To obtain interviews, talk directly to the hiring manager
Spend your time contacting the people that can say YES to giving you an interview and hiring you. That means someone whose title is at least one level above yours. For example, if you are a Senior Accountant, talk to Accounting Managers. If you are an Accounting Manager, talk to a Director or Controller.11199850-proud-beautiful-woman-with-thumbs-up-posing-while-sitting-at-the-office[1]

2. Read more than the website
When you prepare for the interview, read all about the company. Google the name and read about recent and past events that impact the company and the industry. Be aware of items such as acquisitions and divestitures, new product and service lines and recent executive personnel changes. If they have had recent bad news, ask how that is affecting operations. Ignore the issues and you might appear uninformed and perhaps a Pollyanna.

3. Show them that you didn’t just warm a chair
In today’s competitive job market, you will get interviews and job offers when you can show the benefits of your work to the company. Merely doing the basic requirements of a job won’t get you the interviews and offers. You have to show how you helped your company get work done, made money or saved time or money. Doing a job is a feature, adding value is the benefit. For example, the feature is: Performed general accounting. The benefit is: Performed general accounting which provided accurate financial information for management decision-making. Read more of this article »

Career FAQ – What Do I Say after Hello?

Posted by Moritza Day on May 4, 2015 under Question of the Week | Be the First to Comment

What do I say when asked,

“Why did you leave your employer?”looking away man 2

Be concise and professional in your response. Explain the change or circumstances that prompted you to leave. Never criticize or complain about a former employer. This is where you use your Exit Statement. You could say something short and sweet such as, “I worked for a $30 million company that was acquired by a $15 billion company. My role was eliminated when my company was absorbed by the much larger company”.
Or, “Due to the dramatic decrease in the price of oil, my company was forced to cut costs and reduce headcount.” Short, sweet and no negatives.

Nimble energy workers must be flexible too

Posted by on February 6, 2015 under Articles | Be the First to Comment

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US companies are unlikely to send more US expats overseas at big costs while the price of a barrel of oil is low.

The only hope in this regard might be to work “In Country”, on the foreign company pay scale.  I this did when I worked as an accountant in Greece and England.   But as the article said, except in Australia, salaries are lower than in the US.

 

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Career Tips in 10 words or less

Posted by on January 23, 2015 under Articles | Be the First to Comment

Career Tips in 10 words or less

Truisms from Moritza Day, Workforce Enthusiast

  • DSCF9924Focus
  • Count your other blessings
  • Be grateful for what you do have
  • Just do it!
  • Speak in terms of benefits to the listener
  • Follow up follow up follow up
  • You just need one job offer
  • Quantity and quality make a job search
  • Ask how you can be of service
  • Tell them how you can help them solve their problems
  • Tell them what you CAN do not what you CAN’T
  • Don’t neglect yourself or your family
  • Exercise regularly
  • Never give up
  • Persevere

Moritza Day is managing partner of Day West & Associates, a consulting firm helping companies hire top talent and helping individuals find fulfilling careers for more than 25 years. She is the author of the internationally recognized 1000 Best Job Hunting Secrets and Networking to Build Your Success. Moritza is a noted recruiting industry expert, speaker, and blogger. Her early career included financial and operational positions with PwC, Arthur Andersen and Source Services. She holds a BBA from the University of Houston and is a CPA in the State of Texas.  To contact Moritza for consulting or speaking,info@daywestinc.com.

 

5 Job Search Truths for Finding a Good Job

Posted by carlosestrada on January 13, 2015 under Articles | Be the First to Comment

Good job market or bad, there are a few fundamental steps to take to make sure that you get a better job and improve your financial as well as career opportunities.

1. Get a grip on your financial situation.

k9487017[1]Determine how many months of savings you have in reserve.  If you have no savings, consider a temporary job to tide you over while you conduct a job search.

If you anticipate financial problems, seek help at a consumer credit counseling group which can help you analyze your financial situation.

2. Map out what you want to do.

Figure out what type of position you want next and where you want to work.  To get a job as fast as possible and preserve all or most of your income, get the same job in the same industry.  Like it or not, the job market thrives on history- your past job record.  So your best bet for a job is to get one much like the one you had before.  Think same job, same industry.   The more flexible you are about commute or location, the more options you will have as well.  Create a marketing plan that is the blueprint for your job search.

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Accounting made Cool

Posted by Moritza Day on September 5, 2014 under Articles | Be the First to Comment

Accounting made cool.  Who would have thunk it?  We always knew it was relevant, but this publication by the AICPA (American Institute of Certified Public Accountants) shows the fun and interesting applications for accounting.

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My accounting degree – I’m hired!

From forensic accounting for high profile divorces to keeping major league baseball teams within budget, accounting provides a pertinent and valuable service.   If you want a job in business, accounting is an excellent foundation.  Start with a technical business degree like accounting.  You can follow a path in accounting or segue to other business functions such as marketing, management or finance.  Or leap farther afield, like I did, to talent management – helping companies and people find the best career options.   Either way, accounting is a fantastic foundation for a successful career in business.

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Accounting career? Check!

Take a look at a magazine aimed at making accounting cool:  http://www.startheregoplaces.com/media/files/start-here-magazine-issue-5.pdf

 

The Contingent Workforce: Accountants Bridge the Gap

Posted by carlosestrada on August 8, 2014 under Articles, Schedule of Presentations | Be the First to Comment

Changing times benefit from the flexible workforce

Changing times benefit from the flexible workforce

The landscape of work in America is changing. Employers are relying more heavily on part-time and temporary workers and contracting out for services previously performed in-house.  Arrangements that do not involve full-time wage and salaried workers are called “contingent or flexible work.”

Common Reasons for Use of Accounting Contingent or Temporary Workers 

  1. To obtain specific skills required for a duration of time
  2. To obtain specific skills required, but not on a full time basis
  3. To stream-line operating costs
  4. To increase management flexibility

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