AccFin Staffing Recruitment Solutions Mon, 16 Apr 2018 13:05:27 +0000 en-ZA hourly 1 AccFin Staffing 32 32 Time Management – Making more of your time Sat, 03 Feb 2018 15:12:15 +0000 I recently read a book on Time Management by New York Times bestselling author Kevin Kruse where he talks about techniques people can learn and skills they can use to better master their time and increase their efficiency.

One of the discussions in the book revolves around a concept called “identifying your Most Important Task (MIT)”.

The idea hear is to identify what is most important to you and what activity right now will provide the greatest leverage in getting there.

So, keep in mind, you first need a goal that you want to achieve and then you need to identify which activities will lead to goal achievement and which activity is the most important right now.

The suggestion is…. after identifying your MIT, you then need to turn it into a calendar item and book it as early in your day as possible.


Don’t wait. The time will never be just right. – Napoleon Hill

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THE JOB INTERVIEW (A template to ACING your job interview) Fri, 02 Feb 2018 21:06:31 +0000 by Bradley Swartz of AccFin Staffing (

Whenever I have a candidate going in for an interview I like to get that person in the right frame of mind by sharing with them a verbal / visual template that they can use to guide them through a face-to-face interview.

What this means is that I prepare candidates by breaking down the interview process into 3 critical / key parts. Each part is of equal importance, and if you want to ace your interview, you need to master all 3 parts.

Let’s look at these 3 parts:

The idea here is to try and find out as much information about the client as possible prior to the interview as well as doing your research on the people who are interviewing you, so that you can use this in the interview to your advantage.

This can be done by:
1. Going to a company’s website and reading through information relating to the history of the company, services and products they offer.
2. If it is publicly traded I always like to suggest to candidates, depending on the role that they are interviewing for, and their level of experience, is to take a quick look at the financials of the company. Know things like the company’s share price, how the share price has reacted or changed in the past year.
3. Look at both current year & prior year sales and profitability.
4. You may even want to read the “Managements Discussion & Analysis” in the 10K report as this gives a lot of information about inherent risks that the company may face going forward and how this will impact a company’s profitability and shareholders.

Yes, this a lot of reading and prepping, however all this will help give you some good insight into the company and will allow you to look like a “Rock Star” by asking good informative questions during your interview.

In addition to this, I also suggest you look at the personal LinkedIn profiles of the people who you are scheduled to meet. In doing so, you might realize you have a common connection, went to the same school, or even notice that the person has a hobby or interest that they have highlighted on their LinkedIn profile – all this can be used to your advantage.

One last thing I like to ask a candidate to do is to ask a question to the interviewer early on the interview along these lines….

” Please, can you tell me what you would consider your ideal candidate for this position based on skills, experience and intangibles…like personality?”

Why is this question important you might ask?

Well, by asking this to the hiring manager or person interviewing you…they are now put in a position where they are giving you, the candidate critical information, which you can now use to sell yourself to them based on what they desire in an ideal candidate and in doing so, you can highlight your own core skills, strengths and experience which can be shared in the 2nd part of the interview…. the “Selling Stage”.


After the interviewer has answered your question about what they believe will make a successful candidate for the role, it is now your time to sell yourself and talk about your background and experience.

I would suggest you plan to spend between 2-5 minutes talking about and summarizing your professional background and experience. Do not get off track. Keep to the topic. The idea is to talk about your current and past experience as they relate to the needs of the job/position.

Something I’d like to propose to candidates is to give examples of work related things you have done that might be similar to what the position is you are interviewing entails. Feel free to talk about any projects you have been on, achievements or success stories you have had in past jobs as well as your current job and try and relate these examples to the needs of the client and position you are interviewing for.

You should be talking in terms of the benefits you can bring to the team, company or organization.

Remember, it’s not what the company can do for you, but what you can do for the company, firm or organization.


Finally, the interview is coming to an end and you want to wrap it up in the most positive and professional way.

One thing I like to recommend is to obviously thank the interviewer/hiring manager for taking the time out of their day to interview you.

In addition to this, it might be worth asking them if they have any concerns about your background or experience or if they need any clarification on anything in your resume or anything that may have been discussed during the interview.

By asking them this, it allows you (the candidate) to address any concerns right there and then in the interview…and it minimizes the risk of the interviewer / hiring manager leaving the interview and having a concern about something that was discussed, that could have easily been put to rest by you.

Lastly, before leaving the interview, feel free to let interviewer know that you are very interested in the position and look forward to hopefully being invited back for another interview (if there is one).

And that’s it! Phew! All done!

Now you cross your fingers and hope for the best!

Some general things to be aware of before, during and after the interview:

1. Dress appropriately and be well groomed. Men: be clean shaven.

2. Be energetic. High energy is good…by this I don’t mean bouncing off the wall. I just mean being outgoing, enthusiastic, having a smile…. showing that you are interested in the position and company.

3. Know your own resume. Don’t get stumped out or caught not knowing your own resume. So, if you didn’t do your resume yourself, or got help with it, make sure you review it before the interview.

4. Make sure you know directions to the interview location. Better to arrive 15 minutes early and wait in your car than arriving 1 minute late.

5. Make sure you have enough questions to ask the interviewer. This means researching the company and position. I would suggest candidates have between 6-8 good questions to ask during the interview. You want to show you are interested in the company. If you are having separate, but multiple interviews at the company that day…. that’s okay…. just ask the same questions to each person whose interviewing you, even if you have asked those questions in the prior interview.

6. Eye-contact with those interviewing you. It’s important to have good eye contact in an interview.

7. Collecting business cards of each person who interviews you and sending a follow up “thank you” email to each of those persons after the interview. Try sending out these emails within 24 hours of the interview.

8. Never lie about your experience or fabricate anything relating to your experience.

9. Don’t talk negatively about your current company, boss, or colleagues.

10. Do not talk about your desired salary. Don’t give the hiring manager a salary number. Let your recruiter do this for you (that’s our job).

11. If the client asks you if you have any weaknesses, don’t answer yes. “Spin” any weakness in a positive light without lying. (ask me how to do this…. happy to help you on this!)

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Job Prep Interview Workshop – for Accounting and Finance professionals Mon, 26 Jun 2017 18:59:45 +0000

I am running a job prep interview workshop for accounting and finance professionals at our Marlborough, MA office the weeks of Thursday July 13th and Thursday July 27th.  This is a free seminar and there is no obligation for you to work with me as a recruiter.  With hiring season picking up, I am often inundated with requests relating to interview preparation and feel that everyone can benefit.

I’m making available two time slots for each day.  The times are as follows:

5:30pm to 6:00pm and 6:00pm to 6:30pm.

Feel free to share this post with friends and colleagues.

If you are interested in participating, send me an email:, or call me at: (617) 938-3825

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What to Expect When Your Expecting a Job Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:16:33 +0000 Ready for a new job? Most career experts would tell you to start looking while you’re still employed. And when you do—you must tread carefully.

“I totally agree with this,” says Andy Teach, a corporate veteran and author of From Graduation to Corporation: The Practical Guide to Climbing the Corporate Ladder One Rung at a Time. “When you’re working, your professional network is working for you because you’re constantly interacting with your industry contacts. They can inform you about jobs you may not be aware of. If you’re not working, you’re out of sight and out of mind.”

Sara Menke, the founder and chief executive of Premier, a boutique staffing firm in San Francisco, says having a job while looking for a job makes you that much more attractive to a potential employer. “Companies want to hire the best of the best and [those people] are usually employed,” she says. “Plus, quitting your job before having a job is a big risk that you should avoid. Most people do not have endless streams of income, so you should stay in your position until you get that firm offer for new employment.”

In Pictures: The 13 Dos and Don’ts of Job Searching While You’re Still Employed

Teach agrees. He says most potential employers prefer job candidates who currently have a job because it gives them more confidence that you’ll be a good hire. “If you don’t currently have a job, it raises a lot of questions and puts you in a defensive position, and you won’t be coming at them from a position of strength,” he says.

Furthermore, when you look for a job while you still have a job, there tends to be less pressure on you, he adds. “If you don’t get the new job, you have your current job to fall back on and you can just try again. Having a job gives you confidence because you’re not in a desperate situation. You may need a new job, you may want a new job, but you don’t have to have a new job, unlike someone who is out of work.”

Another reason to start looking while you’re still employed: Having a job while searching for new employment gives you leverage when it comes to negotiating terms for the new gig, Teach says. “You’re in a greater position to make demands and get what you want. Without a job, this leverage goes out the window.”

While the experts highly advise against quitting or waiting until you’re fired to start your job search—there are risks associated with job hunting while you’re still employed.

Perhaps the biggest danger of looking for a new job while you have one is that someone at your company will find out and tell others, Teach says. If your boss finds out, he or she may take it personally and see it as a lack of loyalty to them and the company. “They will assume that you’re unhappy and worst case scenario, may start taking steps to terminate you. Supervisors want employees who are committed to the job, not to a job search.”

Michael Kerr, an international business speaker, author and president of Humor at Work, agrees. He says the biggest danger is the optics and the fear of a backlash from your employer, who may view your job search as being “almost treasonous.” Depending on the maturity level of your immediate supervisor, “they may seek ways to punish your efforts, such as freezing you out of discussions and opportunities. And obviously, if the new job you are seeking is with a major competitor, then certainly ethical issues will arise and even legal issues around conflict of interest.  Depending on the job and environment, you may even be perceived as a security threat,” he says.

Another danger is that if you start to focus too much on getting a new job, you may not be giving your full attention to your current employer, says Teri Hockett, the chief executive of What’s For Work?, a career site for women. “You’ll not only be impacting your company, but your own professional credibility. You may no longer be considered for prime assignments and projects, and this can hurt you in a multitude of ways from your confidence level to your networking capabilities when you need them at an all-time high.”


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Finding a Job when your over 50 Tue, 25 Oct 2016 12:07:33 +0000 For older workers who lose their jobs, the statistics are not very encouraging. Though the unemployment rate for people over 55 is just 3.9%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, two points lower than the overall rate of 5.9%, when older workers lose their jobs they take much longer to find new positions. Some 43.1% of job seekers over 55 have been looking for 27 weeks or more, compared to just 37.4% of unemployed people age 25-54. Those over 55 have also been jobless for longer: a median of 20.4 weeks, according to the BLS, compared to 16.2 weeks for younger job seekers. Also those numbers don’t count people who have given up looking for work, a proportion that is surely much higher among those over 55.

But those discouraging facts don’t have to apply if older workers go about their search the right way, says Renée Rosenberg, a career counselor who specializes in over-50 job seekers. Rosenberg, the author of Achieving the Good Life After 50, and a coach with the national career coaching organization, The Five O’Clock Club, says her clients are getting jobs. If anything, she thinks prospects are looking up for older workers.

A typical story: One of Rosenberg’s clients had worked in the stocking and receiving department of a publishing house for 25 years, until he was laid off at age 65. Rosenberg had him do an assessment of his skills, and he realized he was good at developing work schedules and organizing and managing people according to their strengths. After extensive networking, he landed a job in a community center running an adult education program.

Another client, who was 69 and had worked at the same company for decades, lost her job in a downsizing. Rosenberg encouraged this worker to get onto her job search right away. “What happens for many people when they’re downsized is they drop out for awhile,” Rosenberg says. “They feel this is their time to rest and take it easy.” Especially for people in their 50s and 60s, who may have worked in the same place for several decades, losing a job can induce what Rosenberg describes as “a mild depression.” It can take up to four months to get past that phase and realize that, in fact, they still have the energy to work. The faster they process those feelings, the better, she says.

Another issue that comes up for older job-seekers who have lost a longtime post, she says: the sense that they are out of the loop. “They have the feeling that they’ve been stuck, and that time has passed them by.”

Rosenberg recommends a Five O’Clock Club exercise called the “seven stories” approach, where you list seven achievements you’re proud of. That will help you build your self-esteem and focus on your skills and values. The exercise made Rosenberg’s 69-year-old client realize she did want to go back to work part-time, and that she would much prefer a short commute.

Her next step was letting her network know that she was looking. Rosenberg recommends going “deep and long” in your networking efforts. Even get in touch with people you last knew a long time ago.

Rosenberg’s client did just that, and soon she heard about a company near her home that was looking for a part-time worker in her area of expertise. Rosenberg helped her craft a cover letter that was up-front about her situation and described her eagerness to return to work. “Her letter said she had retired and then realized she was ready and able to go to work,” Rosenberg says. “She let them know immediately that she was not young, but that she was also capable.” She got the job.

Often older workers need to adjust their expectations and consider jobs outside their area of expertise. Sometimes this means swallowing a pay cut, but it can also mean taking a job that is more low key and located closer to home. One of Rosenberg’s clients, at 68, lost his finance job in a downsizing. He realized he wanted to walk to work in his New York suburb. While poking around his neighborhood he saw a help wanted sign in a storefront. He inquired, and landed a job as a dispatcher for a limousine and car service. The job isn’t glamorous but it meets his financial needs and keeps him close to home.

One client, 62, had worked in facilities for a large New York real estate company. She started networking and discovered that a large company was relocating to her New York suburb. She approached the company before it had posted any jobs and talked up her facilities expertise. The firm hired her before it publicly posted any jobs.

The kiss of death, says Rosenberg, is hunkering down behind your computer, reading job boards and sending your résumé into a black hole. Adds Rosenberg, “It’s a matter of being open to change, being willing to change and looking at which of your skills are transferable.”


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The Creation of that Perfect Resume Mon, 11 Jul 2016 13:46:05 +0000 http://localhost/themes/unicon/?p=11997 Hiring managers and recruiters alike say they’ve seen more poorly written resumes cross their desks recently than ever before. Attract more interview offers and ensure your resume doesn’t eliminate you from consideration by following these six key tips:

1.   Format Your Resume Wisely “Do the Hiring Managers” Work for Them

No matter how well written, your resume won’t get a thorough reading the first time through. Generally a resume gets scanned for 25 seconds. Scanning is more difficult if it is hard to read, poorly organized or exceeds two pages.

  • Use a logical format and wide margins, clean type and clear headings
  • Selectively apply bold and italic typeface that help guide the reader’s eye
  • Use bullets to call attention to important points (i.e. accomplishments)

2.   Identify Accomplishments not Just Job Descriptions

Hiring managers, especially in technical fields like engineering, seek candidates that can help them solve a problem or satisfy a need within their company. Consequently, you can’t be a solution to their problems without stating how you solved similar problems in other companies and situations.

  • Focus on what you did in the job, NOT what your job was there’s a difference
  • Include a one or two top line job description first, then list your accomplishments
  • For each point ask yourself, What was the benefit of having done what I did?
  • Accomplishments should be unique to you, not just a list of what someone else did
  • Avoid using the generic descriptions of the jobs you originally applied for or held

3.   Quantify Your Accomplishments

Q: What’s the most common resume mistake?
A: Making too many general claims and using too much industry jargon that does not market the candidate. A resume is a marketing document designed to sell your skills and strengths rather than just portray a bio of the candidate.

  • Include and highlight specific achievements that present a comprehensive picture of your marketability
  • Quantify your achievements to ensure greater confidence in the hiring manager and thereby generate interest percentages, dollars, number of employees, etc.
  • Work backwards to quantify your accomplishments by asking, If I had not done X, what could have happened?

4.   Cater Your Resume for the Industry

Unlike advertising and design professionals who have greater creative license in designing their resume for those fields, the mechanical engineering industry won’t be impressed and may be turned off by distinctive resume design.

  • Err on the side of being conservative stylistically
  • Your accomplishments, error-free writing, grammatically-correct, clean, crisp type and paper will make the impression for you

5.   Replace your Objective” with a “Career Summary”

A Career Summary is designed to give a brief overview of who you are and what you do. Most Objectives sound similar: Seeking a challenging, interesting position in X where I can use my skills of X, Y, and Z to contribute to the bottom line. Not telling at all.

  • Grab a hiring manager’s attention right from the beginning, remembering you
    have only 25 few seconds to make a good impression
  • Spend time developing a summary that immediately gets their attention, and accurately and powerfully describes you as a solution to their problems

6.   Network. Network. Network.

For unemployed candidates, handing out resumes should be a full-time job. The majority of mid- to senior-level positions are filled through networking, so contact absolutely everyone you know in addition to recruiters who are in a position to hire you or share insights. Networking can include

  • Personal business contacts, people you’ve worked for or who worked for you
  • Vendors and sales representatives you’ve dealt with in the past five years
  • People listed in the alumni directory of your alma mater

With a solid resume in hand you’ll greatly increase your odds of earning a closer look and getting that interview.

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