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Monday, June 22, 2009

Conquering The Interview

The interview is one of the most important elements in your job search, and often a job can be won or lost in this stage. To increase your chances for success it is imperative that you prepare properly.

To begin you need to extensively research the company, and with the help of the internet this should be fairly easy. Start by reviewing the company's website and looking at all the individual pages including 'about us', 'the management team' and 'press releases'. Take time to study each page and get a full understanding of the company and its business philosophy. If the company is public, research the stock and learn its history. Also google the company to find out if it has been in the news lately.

Use the same approach if you know whom will be conducting your interview. Check on google, linkedin, twitter, spoke, etc. to learn about your interviewer. By knowing more about the interviewer's background you will better be able to answer questions and create small talk as needed. The interviewer will also be impressed by the time you took to learn more about them.

Next, properly prepare yourself for the most commonly asked questions such as: what are your greatest strengths, what is your biggest weakness, tell me about yourself. Remember to stay on track when answering. Providing too much information may take the interview in a direction that would not be beneficial, and never speak poorly about a past employer or boss. Be prepared with a list of intelligent well thought out questions for the interviewer and do not ask about salary or benefits in the first interview.

Finally, take time before the interview to get directions and make certain you know where you are going and how long it will take you. Build in time for rush hour traffic or road construction. Arrive 10-15 minutes early, dress conservatively with no perfume or cologne and leave your cell phone in the car. It's also advisable to bring extra copies of your resume. To better stand out amongst other candidates send a thank you note to everyone you met. This can be done either through email or regular mail and remember to proof read your thank you note before sending.

Relax, take a deep breath, enjoy the process and contact Kunin Associates if you have any other concerns about interviewing.
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Friday, June 19, 2009

Senior Accountant Needed

Senior Accountant
Our client is a well established small Fort Lauderdale accounting firm and is looking to hire a Senior Accountant who is a CPA and has 3-8 years experience in accounting services, tax and audit. Must have knowledge of Quickbooks, be computer literate, have good communication skills, hard working and motivated. Great environment and people with limited over time.

Salary Range: $60,000 to $80,000 with bonus potential
Email Resume to: JFarrick@KuninAssociates.com

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Accounting Manager

Accounting Manager
Miami company looking to bring in a strong dedicated Accounting Manager. This professional will oversee the completion of the general ledger accounts and financial statements as well as make appropriate improvements to the internal accounting processes. Requirements include a CPA, a strong understanding of technical accounting in compliance to US GAAP and FASB, and a minimum of 10 years progressive work experience with a public private mix including Big 4 and multi-billion dollar corporate accounting. Positive working environment with exposure to additional opportunities.

Salary Range: $100,000 to $125,000
Email resume to: JFarrick@KuninAssociates.com

Monday, June 15, 2009

Business Etiquette While Eating Out

If you have been asked to a lunch or dinner meeting by your boss or client, or potential boss or client, here are some rules to insure your dining experience is as polished as your business skills.
To begin, arrive early. If not traveling together arrive 10 minutes early in order to check your appearance, remove your coat, use the restroom and prepare to greet your host with a smile and a firm handshake.
After being seated it is polite for the highest ranking person in your party to suggest that other orders be taken first and his or her order to be taken last. If this does not happen, remain quiet until the situation is naturally resolved.
When ordering choose something in the mid price range and never order more than two courses unless following the lead of your host. If you are uncertain about something on the menu ask your server for more information before ordering. Avoid "saucy" foods that might drop or become messy. Order simple beverages such as coffee, tea, water or soft drinks. Stay away from ordering an alcoholic drink unless your host orders one, and then never order more then one.
The meal actually begins when the host unfolds his or her napkin. Follow their lead and place your unfolded napkin on your lap. After the napkin, the next concern is which eating utensil to use. Starting with the knife, fork or spoon that is farthest from your plate, work your way in, using a new utensil or set of them for each course. The dessert spoon and fork will usually be placed above your plate.
During the meal keep in mind these simple tips: When eating never chew with your mouth open or make loud noises. Do not use your fingers unless you have no other choice. When not eating keep your hands in your lap and do not fidget. If food becomes lodged in your teeth it is best to excuse yourself and take care of the matter in the restroom. It is never appropriate to ask to take home leftovers. Cell phones and blackberries need to be turned off. Do not push your plate away from you when you are done with your meal. Leave it where is it and place your knife and fork diagonally across your plate. When completely finished and leaving the table, place your unfolded napkin to the right of your plate.
Conversation during a meal can always be tricky. Remember this is not an event for you to pull out your soapbox but to respond politely to comments presented. Tread lightly with subjects relating to religion, politics and personal finances. If you know nothing about the topic of conversation remain quiet and be a good listener.
Finally, if you are an invited guest do not offer to pay. Thank your host for the meal and tell them when you will be supplying any follow up information that has been requested. Most importantly remember it is Not About The Food, it is about an exchange of information and ideas.
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Friday, June 12, 2009

Receptionist Needed In Boca Raton

Our professional services client in Boca Raton is looking for a polished and professional receptionist. This position will be responsible for answering phones, scanning, light office management duties, filing and other assigned tasks. Must be experienced, have worked in a corporate environment, professional image, good people skills and energetic.

Salary Range: $30,000 to $40,000
Email Resume to: JFarrick@KuninAssociates.com

Monday, June 8, 2009

Email Etiquette

The best form of communication is an in person meeting or phone call, but when email is required here is a guideline on how to get the most out of your email exchange.
1) Create a subject line that best summarizes the reason for the email. A poor subject line often means your email will be deleted.
2) Do not ramble in your email. Keep it short and to the point. Bullet points allow the reader to quickly scan what is important.
3) Avoid over stylized text. Formats among email systems are not always the same and emails may come out differently then the way they were originally sent. Keep it simple.
4) Take full advantage of your program's spell check feature. A note that is grammatically correct, spelled properly and punctually conservative is more professional and more often read.
5) Keep in mind there is no such thing as a private email. Many firms have an email administrator that randomly checks all email to monitor content and to make sure email guidelines are being followed.
6) Personal emails sent from the office are regarded as official company communications regardless of content and could possibly expose you and your company to unnecessary risk.
7) All business email should be responded to within 2 business days.
8) Email does not allow communication with eye contact and hand gestures. Without these nonverbal cues you have to make sure your message is not misunderstood. Reread your message before sending to insure the proper message is being conveyed.
9) Email is not gone when it is deleted. Deleted email is permanently stored on magnetic tape in the hard drive of your computer and can be viewed at any time by your employer.
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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Internal Audit Manager

Internal Audit Manager

Our client, located in Broward County, seeks an experienced Internal Audit Manager. This company offers great benefits and room for advancement. Requirements include a CPA and 5-7 years progressive accounting experience with a public/private mix. In this role you will be responsible for performing financial and operational audits, reviewing staff audit work papers and reports to ensure appropriate documentation and support, and serving as a consultant to management on internal control and operating issues. Great opportunity for a dedicated professional.

Salary Range: $85,000 to $90,000
Email resume to: JFarrick@KuninAssociates.com

Monday, June 1, 2009

Negotiating The Deal

If everyone liked to negotiate. the world would be full of lawyers. However, nobody wants to feel like they are being taken advantage of. Set a reasonable goal for yourself when negotiating for a new job or even a raise or promotion at your current job. Decide what would really make you happy, and think what you could settle for and still be satisfied. Put yourself in the shoes of the company making the offer and develop a realistic worth of your skills now and in the near future.

If a company is inflexible, it can possibly be an indication of things to come. Sometimes negotiations can come down to a simple yes or no. However, when it is not so cut and dry, having an experienced professional recruiter on your side can be quite an advantage. The expert staff at Kunin Associates possesses the ability to address both parties' concerns so that each will understand the other's position, allowing the negotiations to overcome potential stumbling blocks. At Kunin Associates you can expect to receive expert, sensible, honest advice on when to stop, when to proceed with caution, and if both you and the hiring company feel that it's the right fit, when to go. We make negotiations quick and successful because making the right fit from the outside is our job.
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