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Be Your Best: What It Takes to Succeed Today

Success, the great writer Henry David Thoreau once observed, "usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it." This sentiment continues to resonate for me in twenty-first century business, where the challenges -- and the opportunities -- are far greater than in Thoreau's day.

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Acclimating to Your Company's Culture

Every company has a unique corporate culture or way of doing things. For example, some firms emphasize collaboration on projects, while others prefer an individual approach to assignments. Some companies expect their employees to work overtime on a regular basis; others don't focus on the time involved as long as the work is completed. These and other factors are all part of the larger way that organizations conduct their business.

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Making Reference Checks Work for You

After you've submitted your resume and interviewed with prospective employers, what else will they need from you? If you're a finalist for the job, the chances are they'll ask you for the names of people who can attest to your strength as an employee. A survey from Accountemps found that executives typically speak with at least three references before considering an applicant for a position.

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It Takes a Special Person to Be an Auditor

The job of an internal auditor is to evaluate, analyze, reach conclusions, and provide objective opinions. The job is like that of a doctor, assessing the health of the company, diagnosing illness, and prescribing a course to recovery. To do this, the auditor must possess special qualities.

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Electronic Technology and the Auditor

Some 20 years ago, just after I started my career as an auditor, ‘portable computers’ were made available to audit staff for certain assignments. These machines would be unrecognisable today and I imagine that there is one similar to the one I first used in a museum somewhere. They were the size and weight of large sewing machines and were only just portable, difficult to use, unreliable and very unfriendly.

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Be a Business Partner

How do accountants add value to the organization in today's dynamic business environment? We must evolve into operations-focused business partners who have advanced beyond the practical accounting skill set. We must take a broad strategic perspective of our organization's needs and focus on maximizing value for multiple constituents.

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XBRL Primer

A few months ago, we conducted an online poll of its readers asking them to rate their knowledge of XBRL. Despite the significant amount of press that the emerging technology has received in the financial world, just three percent reported a strong level of understanding. And the overwhelming majority -- 69 percent -- admitted they had no knowledge of XBRL.

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Seven Ways to Enhance Your Communication Skills

As accounting professionals take on more visible roles within their organizations, the ability to communicate has become increasingly important. They must be able to deliver messages to diverse audiences -- including senior management, clients and colleagues -- and express their ideas through a variety of channels, such as memos, presentations and reports.

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Getting Numbers to Tell the Story

In today’s high-pressure business environment, how you deliver your message is as important as the message itself. Financial professionals are called on to not only simplify complex data for management but also artfully integrate both financial and non-financial information. Such exercises can be vital to an organization’s survival because helping managers understand and remember complicated data can give your business a competitive edge.

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