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I Never Felt So Handsome

Four days. 5,000 of the world's top accountants. It doesn't get better than this! As an outsider, Bryan Walsh takes a lighter look at the recent meeting of world's accountants held in Hong Kong.

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21st century job search

The internet means it is now possible to find the perfect job without leaving your desk. Helen Perkins looks at 21st century job search with a particular emphasis on how new technologies are revolutionising the job market. To make any job search as fruitful as possible, you first need to know what you are looking for. Job seekers tend to ...

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Debunking Job-Search Myths

Looking for a job is rarely easy, especially when there are so many theories on what you should and should not do. Following are five common myths about job hunting and some advice for putting your best foot forward.

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Accountant of the future

Accountants need to capitalise on traditional strengths such as independence and concern for the public interest, through migrating to higher value-added activities, developing broader skills and being committed to lifelong learning.

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How to avoid common Web mistakes

Yes, your new computer came with Web design software and you are no doubt tempted to be a build-ityourself Web designer. However, owning Web software doesn't mean good results any more than owning a camcorder means you should write, produce and edit your own television commercials.

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The systems approach to internal audit

The Evaluation of Existing Controls Each systems audit assignment should concentrate on an assessment of the adequacy and reliability of the controls necessary to ensure that each of the agreed control objectives is achieved. This evaluation should form the core part of the audit work. However, other significant aspects of the control environment, the efficiency of the system and the ...

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The other side of getting qualified

Barry Payne explains why every ACCA student should take work experience as seriously as their studies and shows how to take the strain out of completing ACCA’s Student Training Record. Why is practical experience important? In addition to passing the examinations, you must complete ACCA’s practical training requirements if you want to become a Chartered Certified Accountant. The evidence of ...

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Paradigm Shift: Will the Internet Revolutionize Your Practice?

The accounting and tax profession is currently experiencing a new technology-based paradigm shift—the migration from Windows based PC applications to the Internet. This is not the first new paradigm to affect all practitioners. Indeed, the evolution of tax preparation exemplifies the technological transition we now face.

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Ten Steps to a Top-notch Investigative Interview

It takes a combination of careful observation and inquiry to conduct an effective audit. Although auditors are adequately trained to be alert at a client site, most learn on the job how to ask questions to elicit specific information.This is a matter of no small importance because CPAs frequently have to inquire about operations and procedures, to document internal controls and - on occasion - to question the honesty and integrity of management and employees. For practitioners who want to improve their interviewing skills, this article will emphasize what not to do or say to uncover wrongdoing.

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