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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Branch Manager

Kunin Associates is looking for a Branch Manager for a Fort Lauderdale based service company. Company services all of South Florida. In this role, you will supervise a team of Account Executives, Route Salesmen and Technical support. If you are a career motivated individual, looking to grow the local branch of a successful national brand, this is the opportunity for you. Position is responsible for all employee management decisions, from hiring to termination. You will also train and motivate the staff, sell when necessary and set the benchmark for customer service.

The Ideal Candidate will have an outside sales background, and is looking to bring it inside, and become a manager. There are times when you will have to run the routes, meet with customers, and take a hands-on approach.

Clean drivers License a must, Company Drug Tests.

Position pays base salary plus monthly bonus based on branch sales. (first year expected comp in the $50-60k range)

E-mail resume to JFarrick@kuninassociates.com

Your First Days on a New Job!

Congratulations you have made it through the interview process, been offered a career advancing position, and now it's time to begin working. How you handle yourself the first few days will determine how you are viewed the rest of your time at the company. Follow these guidelines to make a successful first impression.

Be Positive. Show a positive attitude for your new position and company. Be enthusiastic and avoid continual referral to how you used to do things at your old job.

Work full days, establish a good attendance record, and keep personal calls to a minimum. Until you get an idea of what the work environment is in your new office, arrive early and stay until a majority of your co-workers are leaving. Create a good attendance record by scheduling all personal appointments before and after work and keep personal calls and emails to a minimum.

Establish Trust. Listen to everything that is presented to you and only make comments when you have a full understanding of the situation. Never discuss confidential matters with anyone but intended parties, you don't want to be the cause of misinformation or gossip. Work closely with your co-workers to learn their roles and goals and show your appreciation to anyone that offers you assistance in your transition.

Be Proactive. Take the initiative in your first few days to introduce yourself to everyone, explain what your goals are with your new position, and offer your help to on going projects. It's also a good idea to join company sponsored events to network with other members within the organization.

Get organized. Right from the start you need to develop a system to keep track of meetings, appointments, assignments and projects. With everything being new and overwhelming, taking and keeping a good set of notes will help you stay on track.

In conclusion, keep in mind you were hired because you have the skills and knowledge to help the organization achieve it's goals. By making a good first impression you will be able to demonstrate your talents, establish a respected reputation and be a productive member of the team.

If you need any additional information please subscribe to our twice a month newsletter in our website www.kuninassociates.com or call Kunin Associates and one of our experienced Recruiters would be happy to talk with you.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Tax Manager

Established Palm Beach company looking to bring in a professional Tax Manager. In this role you will need FAS 109 and FIN 48 tax accounting experience and knowledge of SOX requirements including self assessment and testing. A CPA, an advanced degree and Big 4 public accounting experience highly preferred. Room for advancement in this high exposure position.

Salary Range: $100,000 to $130,000
Email Resume to: JFarrick@KuninAssociates.com

Creative Ways in Rewarding Your Employees

In these challenging financial times it can be hard to come up with ways to reward your hard working employees. You really want to recognize them financially but your bottom line just won’t allow it. Here are some reward suggestions that will keep your employees motivated and feel appreciated.
· Give them verbal praise in front of their peers and your customers. If you have a company newsletter write an article about their valued contributions or send out a press release.
· Office perks such as days off, half days, group casual attire days or reserved parking spaces are always appreciated.
· Concert or Sports tickets that are usually given to clients could be shared with high performing employees.
· Reward achievers with flexible scheduling or partial work from home options.
· Give first choice on assigned projects.
· Give first choice for highly sought after vacation times.
· One on one mentoring with a senior executive would be a greatly appreciated reward, or lunch with an owner or major investor.
· Assignment to a key decision making task force for the company would add prestige to an employee's career.
· Additional opportunities for training can also be a reward.
Employee moral is at a low rate in general as the stress of the economy is at an all time high. While employees should be thankful they are employed, companies who push the attitude that employees are "lucky" to have a job will be the first to see their employees leave when the market turns upward. Making your employees feel valued and a part of the team will increase employee loyalty, production and success. The above suggestions will help you reach this goal.

If you need any additional information please subscribe to our twice a month newsletter in our website www.kuninassociates.com or call Kunin Associates and one of our experience Recruiters would be happy to talk with you.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Small Talk Success

When proceeding through the interview process you may find yourself in a position where you will have to partake in 'small talk'. Whether it be conversing with other applicants, attending a social event for your prospective employer, or simply creating small talk before an interview actually begins. This is a skill that needs to be learned and practiced, below are some tips to help you become successful.

1) Be the first person to reach our your hand, say hello, and introduce yourself, even if it is someone you have met in the past. This will show your enthusiasm and refresh the memory of the person you are speaking to.
2) If appropriate, exchange business cards, and then use the person's name as it is printed. When receiving a business card always take the time to read it before storing it away.
3) Be prepared with generic current topics. Know what is going on in the news and be able to make non-opinionated conversation. It's best to stick to neutral topics such as sports, the weather or a recent movie you have seen.
4) Get the other person talking by asking leading questions. It can be as simple as: "What great weather we are having, have you been able to get out and enjoy it?" Listen carefully to their answer and you will have plenty of topics to extend the conversation.
5) Always maintain eye contact and give feedback in a meaningful way. Never glance around the room, talk too much or tell long detailed stories.
6) If you are placed in a situation where you are joining an existing conversation, listen to what is being said before making a remark. You don't want to ruin the conversation by making an inappropriate comment and making yourself look foolish.
7) Finally, have an exit strategy. "That's great to hear, but let's get down to business, I have limited time" or at an event "It's been nice chatting with you, but please excuse me I need to call my office." You want to be professional by keeping small talk brief and move onto more important matters when appropriate.

Small talk is an important means of communication in the business world. It allows us to learn something about others, sets a common ground and leads the way to getting business needs discussed. When handled properly each party will be more receptive to what the other has to present.

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Monday, July 6, 2009

Senior Tax Manager

Kunin Associates is looking for a Senior Tax Manager with over 10 years of experience at either a large local firm or a national firm in Boca Raton. This individual should be able to handle extremely sophisticated tax issues as well as dealing with CEO's and CFO's on a regular basis. Profitable firm with plenty of opportunity for financial gain.
Email resume to: JFarrick@kuninassociates.com

Get your CPA

Make more money, get a better job.

The best way to advance your career in the accounting field is to get your CPA. Having a CPA will give you more choices in job opportunities and will allow you to earn a higher salary. Each state has their own requirements, below is information regarding the Standard CPA exam in Florida.

Currently applicants sitting for the CPA examination are required to have a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university, plus 30 semester hours in excess of the Bachelor's Degree to include a total education program with concentration in accounting and business.

The computer based CPA exam consists of four parts and is 14 hours long. The four parts include: 1) Auditing and Attestation. This part covers knowledge of auditing procedures, generally accepted auditing standards and other standards related to attest engagements, and the skills needed to apply that knowledge in those engagements (4.5 hours). 2) Financial Accounting and Reports. This section covers knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles for business enterprises, not-for-profit organizations, and governmental entities, and the skills needed to apply that knowledge (4 hours). 3) Regulation. This section covers knowledge of federal taxation, ethics, professional and legal responsibilities, and business law, and the skills needed to apply that knowledge (3 hours). 4) Business Environment and Concepts. This section covers knowledge of general business environment and business concepts that candidates need to know in order to understand the underlying business reasons for and accounting implications of business transactions, and skills needed to apply that knowledge (2 hours).

The CPA exam can be taken in the months of January, February, April, May, July, August, October and November. Each part can be taken separately but all parts must be successfully taken with 18 months from the date you passed the first part. If you sat for the exam in another state, meet all Florida's educational requirements, and passed all sections, you can apply for Credit Transfer by Endorsement.

To schedule an exam contact NASBA at 1-800-CPA-EXAM or go online to Prometric, the computer-based testing vendor's site at www.prometric.com/cpa. For additional information about the Florida CPA exam go to www.myflorida.com/dbpr/cpa.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Our Office Team

Jo-Anne Kunin

Jason Zigman
Vice President

Jim Farrick
Business Manager

Ellen Altshuler

Derek Zipp

Diana Estrada

Accounting Manager

South Florida 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.co

Employment Gaps in Your Resume

For most people there is a break in their employment history where they have taken time off. This could be for any reason from returning to school, taking care of an ill relative, starting a family, to taking an extended trip to Africa. For many potential employers this is not a "deal breaker". Here are some ways to address the issue: 1) In your cover letter automatically explain why there is a gap. 2) Structure your resume to highlight your expertise and longevity to past employers. 3) In an interview stress how the time off has added more knowledge and skill to your background. 4) Only use the year and not the month when listing dates of employment. 5) If you took time off to volunteer list the volunteer work as another position in your work history. 6) If you do not wish to state the reason for time off be prepared with a statement similar to this: "I am greatly appreciative of the time I had off and I am anxious to return to work and spend my time and energy making your firm successful." Most importantly do not lie, be honest and straightforward with your answers.
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