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Monday, September 28, 2009

How To Conduct a Great Interview

Hiring and keeping good workers begins with the job interview. A successful interview does not just happen, it needs to be planned, guided and prepared for. If your interview skills are a bit rusty here are a few pointers to get you back in the game.
1) Review the resume before meeting face to face with a candidate. Take time to know something about the person before you meet them. Otherwise you may come across unprepared or disorganized.
2) Explain the process. Let the interviewee know how the interview will proceed. You may start with having the candidate discuss their background, then move to talking about the firm, to questions from either side to final comments. This will let the candidate know the agenda and keep you focused.
3) Prepare and write questions before the interview. This will make it easier to compare answers among candidates. Make sure to have a mix of questions that can give you insight into a person's work ethics, experience and career path.
4) Keep the interview moving and stick to the allotted time. If you get caught on a tangent then important issues make not get discussed.
5) If you are interviewing many people for the same position it is especially important to take notes. Along with taking notes, a simple grading system for set characteristics can be meaningful and quick to accomplish. You might create categories for knowledge level, experience and presentation and give grades such as A, A-, B+ etc.
6) Keep in mind the candidate is interviewing you and your firm at the same time. Coming across polished, knowledgeable and professional will make you successful in acquiring talented professionals

Kunin Associates can help you find the candidate you need. For more information please visit us at www.kuninassociates.com

Friday, September 25, 2009

Sr Tax Manager

Sr Tax Manager needed for West Palm Beach International Accounting Firm. In this role you will be in charge of developing staff, servicing clients, and expanding services using the existing client database through presentations, consulting and cross-selling in general. Big 4 experience plus strong FAS 109 knowledge is required. This fast growing company wants to hire a candidate to groom to become a partner. Great place to work and grow in a laid back environment.

Salary Range: $120,000 to $150,000 plus Bonuses
Email Resume to: Jfarrick@kuninassociates.com

Sr Tax Professional

Our Client, located in West Palm Beach is a growing International Accounting firm looking for a top notch Senior Tax accountant. Due to rapid growth and the current structure of the firm, they are looking to hire somebody who can be groomed to be a partner. The role, as a senior, has a strong consulting aspect. The person will be consulting on high level tax issues about two thirds of the time, while handling complex returns the rest of the time. 4-6 years of professional experience, as well as FAS 109 experience is a must have. The desire to grow within your career is also a necessity. This is a great opportunity for someone who is ambitious and wants a long successful career with a great firm.

Salary Range: $70,000 to $80,000
Email Resume to: JFarrick@kuninassociates.com

Monday, September 21, 2009

Kunin Associates: Senior Financial Analyst

Kunin Associates: Senior Financial Analyst

Senior Financial Analyst

Our Miami client is looking for a top notch Senior Financial Analyst with treasury/capital markets experience. In this role you will be interacting with the Investment Bankers on securing favorable financial vehicles, monitoring risk exposure and various investments.
For this role you will need to have a strong treasury background, experience working for a large corporate finance department or experience in an Investment Banking firm(with the desire to move into corporate finance). Excellent company to work for with great benefits and advancement possibilities.

Salary Range: $70,000 to $80,000
Email Resume to: JFarrick@KuninAssociates.com

Happiness at Work, How to Make it Happen.

12 Quick Tips

Our recent challenging economic times have put a lot of strain on everyone and this affects our level of happiness. Being happy at work largely depends on how much you like what you do, but there are things you can do to boost your mood. Below are suggestions to help put a smile on your face and make your work life more enjoyable.
1. Brighten your office space. Everything around you affects your frame of mind. Place personal pictures and objects around you that remind you of fun times. Regularly organize the stacks of paper on your desk and get rid of what you don't need.
2. Check your physical environment. Is your office constantly too cold or too warm? Ask building maintenance to make adjustments. Do you have a chair that gives you proper back support? Look around and see if there are better chairs available for you, or bring in your own. Check your eyestrain. While looking at your computer put your hand to your forehead like a salute, if your eyes feel relieved your overhead lighting is too bright.
3. Think positive. Happiness is largely a choice. Concentrate on aspects of your work that you like and avoid negative people and gossip. Celebrate all the positive things happening within your office. Don't sweat the small stuff. When Julia Child dropped a cooking ingredient on the floor, she'd just pick it up and put it back in the pot without a second thought.
4. Take care of difficult calls or emails as quickly as possible. Procrastinating just makes it harder, getting them done gives you a boost of relieved energy.
5. Smile, sounds simple but it works. By putting a smile on your face you can change the mood of not only yourself but others around you. A smile can even be heard over the phone.
6. Do things differently. Boredom can become a problem for many at work. Switch things up a bit, move your desk, hold meetings in a different room at a different time, redesign the spreadsheets you use, make routine calls at a different time of the day.
7. Take charge of your own career growth. Don't wait to be noticed. Constantly be looking for ways to improve your skills or new projects to get involved in. This will allow you to meet more people and give you additional knowledge for your own job and also for advancement.
8. Movement. Get up and move around during the work day. Instead of phoning someone across the office get up and walk over to speak to them in person. Sitting too long in one position can make you sleepy and unmotivated. Take a mid-morning or mid-afternoon walk. Get the energy flowing. Avoid sugary treats that can cause you to crash.
9. Make only commitments you know that you can keep. If asked to do a difficult and lengthy project when your plate is already full, let your boss know. Create a plan to get everything done and don't be afraid to ask for assistance. If we promise to do everything and then get swamped it will lead to an increased stress level and unhappiness.
10. Be polite. Say "yes please", "thank you" and "you are welcome". Also give compliments to your coworkers on everything from a project well done, to closing a new deal, to how they look (But be appropriate.). "What goes around, comes around."
11. Take a break. It is important to take time away from the office. Taking a break provides an opportunity to reflect and it is often during such times when the best ideas emerge. Try to eat lunch at least one day a week away from the office. Take those days off, clear your head, come back refreshed and motivated for new projects.
12. Get to know your co-workers. Take a personal interest in their daily lives, ask how their family is, what hobbies or special interests they may have. Creating caring friendships at work makes our jobs more enjoyable.
If you have tried all of the above and nothing seems to work, it might be time to look for a new job. Contact Kunin Associates and let us help you find an opportunity that will make you happy and successful.

Visit us at www.kuninassociates.com to get more information

Friday, September 18, 2009

Business Industry Night

We would like to share some of the pictures from the Business Industry Night event Kunin Associates attended last night.
The event was hosted by the Florida International University and co-hosted by the ALPFA Miami Chapter. Kunin Associates got the opportunity to share important information and establish long term relationships with students and other people present at the event.
On behalf of the FIU Accounting Association we would like to thank everyone who attended this event.

If you would like to get more information about us please visit our website at www.kuninassociates.com

Monday, September 14, 2009

Job Seekers Boot Camp

Business Executives Invites Job Seekers to a Workshop on Thursday September 24th 2009.

Business and human resource executives who simply want to help those seeking jobs in a tough economy will offer insights to include the following:

* Resume writing
* Identifying strengths and marketing them
* Networking for jobs
* Dealing with financial personal and family stress
* Internet job search methods
* Interviewing questions and techniques
* Salary negotiations
* Telephone techniques that work
* Ageism - experience a barrier or asset

Presenters will include human resource executives sharing job search techniques that work, as well as individuals who have recently completed successful job searches.
Registration is on a first come basis. There are limited number of spaces. Send e-mail to dottiejsbc@yahoo.com
The event is free of charge!

Thursday, September 24th
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
First Presbyterian Church
717 Prosperity Farms Road
North Palm Beach, Florida

Business Industry Night

The Florida International University Accounting Association will be hosting Business Industry Night on Thursday September 17th from 6:00pm - 10:00pm in the Graham Center Ballroom.

Business Industry Night is an event in which major corporations are invited to participate in a discussion panel about the opportunities within their respective companies. After the panel, there will be a mini career fair where each company will have the opportunity to interact with students and collect resumes. Participation of this event is free of charge.

The event is supported by the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA). This not-for-profit organization is committed to promoting the highest standards of excellence and ethics for itself and for its members.

We are looking forward to this event!

For more information you can contact us at

Kunin Associates
900 SE Third Ave
Suite 204
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

"Yappy Hour" Fun Networking Event

‘The Original’


Presented by Larry and Cathy Danielle

Friday, September 25th; 5:30-8pm

Along the Riverwalk at Briny Riverfront Pub, 305 S. Andrews Ave.

Bring your favorite four-legged friends to Fort Laudertail's largest outdoor, dog-friendly happy hour. $25 prepay/$20 at the door gives you 2 complimentary drinks, appetizers, live music, prizes and lots of fun activities for your pets including a 30-foot obstacle course, doggie massages and more! 105.9’s Paul and Young Ron Morning Show on-air personality ‘OMG’ Mike will be the guest host. Professional pet photography sittings available for holiday cards and keepsake photographs. You do not need a dog to attend.

Receive a $5 discount by prepaying online. Dog adoptions provided by Humane Society of Broward County. Proceeds from the event benefit the Riverwalk Trust, and a portion of each ticket sold will go towards the Humane Society of Broward County. For more information, please call (954) 468-1541 or visit www.GoRiverwalk.com.

Is There Growth Potential?

When interviewing for a new job get answers to the folowing questions to help determine your potential growth pattern in the new firm.

1) What are their sales projections?
2) What has the past revenue history shown?
3) What is their policy on internally promoting?
4) What is their policy on internally posting positions?
5) How long have your potential new co-workers been at their levels?
6) How long have your potential new supervisors been at their levels?
7) Are they getting ready to go public?
8) Is the company planning to acquire or develop a new division?

Visit us at www.kuninassociates.com and start receiving our twice a month newsletter featuring hot jobs and candidates plus helpful articles.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Senior Tax Manager

Our client is a National Accounting firm located in Fort Lauderdale and is in the need to hire a talented Senior Tax Manager. In this position you will be responsible for providing tax consulting services to clients such as tax research, tax planning and tax compliance as well as managing and developing a staff. The ideal candidate will have 8+ years of progressive accounting experience, a CPA and knowledge of FAS 109 and FIN 48. Great team building firm to work with that promotes from within and emphasizes across the board communication.

Salary Range: $100,000 to $150,000

Email Resume to: JFarrick@KuninAssociates.com

"I need to Hire Someone, but Who?"

The market is slowly changing and more companies are looking to fill positions that have been on hold. They have realized that they no longer can run effectively without key positions being filled. The question becomes: 'What do I need from from this role in this changed economy?' Below are questions to help you create the best job description to give to your recruiter, and thus leading you to the ideal candidate.
1. What is the job's primary purpose or contribution to the company?
2. What are the essential duties and responsibilities? It's best to think about the job in its entirety. Some duties may only take place once a year but are still highly important.
3. Will this job supervise anyone? If so, how many people and will the number of subordinates increase?
4. What past job experience will the ideal candidate need?
5. What specific skills must a candidate bring to the role?
6. Are certain licenses or certificates required to do the position?
7. Does the position require overtime?
8. How much can the company afford to pay this person? Is there any leeway for the 'right' person? What are the benefits?
9. Is there a growth path for this position?
10. If this person is replacing a terminated employee, why did the previous person fail, and what skills were not there that were needed?
11. When will this person start?
12. Is travel involved?
13. Who will this person report to?
14. Who will be responsible for interviewing, hiring and training?
The final thought being: 'Why would someone want to work for you or your company?' You will still need to attract good employees and have them have a desire to work for you as opposed to other companies. If you need help with any of these issues, or have a position you would like filled, please give Kunin Associates a call and we would be happy to help.

Visit us at www.kuninassociates.com and start receiving our twice a month newsletter featuring hot jobs and candidates plus helpful articles.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Programmer for Financial Services Firm

Our Miami Client is involved in Financial Services and is looking to hire an entry level quick learner, creative Programmer with at least 1 year experience at a big financial firm and an MIS degree.
In this role you will be responsible for working in the back office tracking trades, booking fund transactions, and getting involved with security type transactions plus designing and maintaining applications for accounting reports among other duties.
This company offers great growth potential and the opportunity to learn from others while generating the highest quality product by exceeding both clients and other employee’s expectations in the process.

Salary Range: $40,000 to $45,000
Email Resume to: JFarrick@KuninAssociates.com

General Interview Tips

1) Be flexible in what you are willing to do in the position you are applying for. 2) Don't discuss salary on the first interview. 3) Always be dressed professionally for an interview. Wear a suit (preferably navy blue, black or gray). It is always better to be as conservative as possible. 5) Ask what the company or manager is looking for in the person they will be hiring, what is important to them aside from the technical skills necessary, and what kind of person has been successful working for that manager, or in the company. 6) Always send a written follow-up thank you letter or card (not e-mail) to the person or people you interview with. 7) Don't be afraid to ask questions! At the end of the interview it is always good to have some sincere questions that you can ask. 8) Be prepared to discuss your specific experiences. Clients you have worked with, issues you have worked through, unique problems that have arisen.

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