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4 Tips to Ace Your Annual Performance Review

August 1, 2019

  • Preparation for an annual review should be a year-long process of tracking accomplishments, overall work performance and shortcomings.
  • Find time during the review process to create a list of long-term goals to discuss with your manager.
  • Expect both praise and constructive feedback during your annual review.

The anticipation of one’s annual performance review intimidates some employees. It’s nerve-wracking to sit down with your boss to discuss your job performance. The performance review process is rarely complicated, but knowing that job security and salary changes are on the line can rattle even the most confident employees.

Luckily, there are ways to reduce the anxiety associated with annual performance reviews. Not only can you get past the anxiety, you can create strategies to increase your chances of getting a raise, promotion or bonus through a strong performance review meeting.

Prepare well in advance

The key to a successful annual review is preparation. Employees and managers need to enter performance reviews prepared. Both parties should be on the same page about each employee’s accomplishments, goals, strengths and weaknesses. While both sides should be prepared, it falls on the employee to bring key data and accomplishments into the meeting.

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“Keep a log of all of the important things that happen month by month, good and bad,” said Camden Rendon, talent acquisition manager for The 20. “I recommend keeping notes of challenges, wins, losses, strengths, and weaknesses throughout each month to then be able to go back and review at the end of the year. Once your annual review comes up, you are stocked with information about what you went through over the year.”

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5 Accounting and Finance Certifications to Get Ahead 5 (1)

July 30, 2019

Nearly every public and private business entity – across all levels of government, small to large businesses, and certainly major accounting firms (KPMG, Ernst & Young, Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers and so on) – hire financial professionals.

The great news is that accounting and finance jobs are in demand, and are expected to continue an upward trajectory for several years. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 10% employment growth for accountants and auditors through 2026, which is above average for occupations in general.

Plus, a career in accounting and finance pays off. LinkedIn estimates the median salary for intermediate-level accountants in the U.S. is $52,000, with Glassdoor reporting a slightly higher median of $56,560. (Both sites indicate about $74,000 at the higher end of the scale.) Financial managers fare much better, with median salaries of $97,000 and $100,535, respectively.

In addition to relevant education and experience, a certification can propel your career forward, and it serves as a point of justification when negotiating a salary bump with your current employer or considering a new job offer.

Top 5 certifications, by the numbers

The following table lists top accounting or finance certifications and the number of open positions on a single day that call for the certification specifically or experience with the subject matter. This isn’t a scientific analysis in which every job description is examined, just an overall glance at search numbers. 

Job site search results

Certification Simply Hired LinkedIn Jobs Total
Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM) 237 400 637
Certified Management Accountant (CMA) 615 882 1,497
Certified Public Accountant (CPA) 10,702 2,664 13,366
Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) 1,869 2,559 4,428
Enrolled Agent (EA) 349 300 649

The following sections provide details of these popular accounting and finance certifications, as well as other credentials you might find worthy to pursue.

Certified Government

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Finding A Good Career Transition In The Field Of Healthcare Information Technology

June 23, 2019

Technology has been an important factor in almost all jobs’ successes because it generally improves the quality and accuracy of any type of work. From schools to industries, technology plays a vital role in promoting fast and accurate results. In an important field such as medical, high-end technologies are required for intervention to provide doctors complete, organized and precise information needed in carrying out their duties. The need of such professionals is highly essential in the entire success of an operation, surgery, or individual diagnosis. Thus, this job is growing in popularity and demand nowadays. With the growing need of medical assistance, such people with Healthcare IT expertise are also needed.

One of the most important jobs of doctors is to categorize diagnoses of sicknesses or diseases in electronic databases for future reference and easier accessibility. Healthcare Information Technology Jobs cover a wide scope of tasks including electronic billing systems, medical records and databases, and digital imaging networks. Unlike other field of works, Healthcare IT also contributes in the overall medical care. It is involved in taking care of the sick and disabled and basically helping save lives through electronic clinical support systems and proper prescribing of medication. These are the key and important roles of Health Care Information Technology in the field of medicine.

Healthcare IT is technically the proper and effective utilization of digital or computer technology to help in any related clinical healthcare both for patients and providers. In building a transition career into one of Healthcare Technology Jobs, there are two ways to enter the field. One is to have a good background in clinical or medical field such as nursing, or therapy; and the second is to have professional experience in Information Technology generally. These two kinds of origins are first-class tickets into Healthcare Technology …

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