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The ACCA exam cycle

Ever wondered why ACCA exams cost as much as they do? It’s because each of ACCA’s 112 examination papers undergoes a long and thorough quality check before making it into the exam hall. This process demands input from a large number of individuals, including the Examiner, a panel comprising of an Assessor, an Education Adviser, a Subject Co-ordinator and an Examination Sitter, as well as each member of the marking team.

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Sharpening Your Presentation Skills

The role of the accountant has evolved into a more visible position within the company. Gone are the days of the stereotypical "bean counter" who sat in a back room compiling financial reports. Today's accounting professionals are front and center, providing information to many different individuals and groups -- often to people outside of their company or field. To distinguish yourself and expand your career opportunities, you'll need to continuously sharpen your presentation skills.

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Assessing a Job Offer

While securing a job offer can be difficult in a competitive employment market, it can be equally challenging to determine if that situation is right for you. Generally, the people who know you best are the best ones to turn to for guidance.

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Interviewing Your Interviewer

When preparing for an interview, most applicants practice responses to the questions they think they'll be asked. Perhaps equally important, however, is to prepare questions you plan to ask the interviewer. This is another way to demonstrate your knowledge and enthusiasm for the position, and it will help you decide if the job is right for you.

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Writing an Effective Cover Letter

First impressions count. And your cover letter may be the first "first impression" you make on a prospective employer. This is your chance to highlight your qualifications and enthusiasm for the position and, in many ways, can be more important than the resume. In fact, our research has found that a strong cover letter can give job applicants a clear edge over their competition.

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The Preparation of Future Accountants

The age we live in is certainly a dynamic one -- both professional and economic barriers that previously defined the parameters of our profession have changed. Indeed, even the playing field has changed. Where in the past accountants were typically stereotyped as "pencil-necks" and "bean counters," there now exists a whole new depth and breadth to society's perception of what a CPA actually is and his and her role in this new economy.

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Career-Building Ethics – An important issue even before you land your first job

A lot has been happening recently in the accounting world, and much of the turmoil has to do with professional ethics. Companies are taking a long, hard look at their staff members, and experts are suggesting more CPE courses be required in the subject. On-the-job ethics seem to be getting all of the spotlight, but it's important to remember that professional ethics begin long before you ever start your first job.

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The Accounting Process

The accounting process starts with the recording, classifying of data and ends with the reporting of the financial impact of the business transactions. It is considered an art not a science. It is not exact and cannot necessarily mean the same thing to any number of interested individuals or institutions.

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