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An accounting firm's checklist for attracting and keeping talented team members

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An accounting firm's checklist for attracting and keeping talented team members

Finding and retaining qualified staff is a top concern among accounting firms, according to the AICPA. Establishing a plan to recruit and develop staff in your firm will help you attract and keep top-notch employees. This checklist provides 4 steps you can take to win and retain talented team members. ...

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What are the best cities for accounting pros?

Posted by Ashley Binder
What are the best cities for accounting pros?

Are you considering expanding your firm to a new location, or perhaps looking at recruiting outside of your immediate geographic location? Maybe an accountant looking to change jobs? Accounting Today recently highlighted 10 cities that are growing for CPAs and accountants, according to a list from Accounting Principals, a nationwide financial staffing company. Each year, the company touts the best cities for accounting and financial professionals. ...

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The 'Dog Days' for jobs

Posted by Mary Ellen Biery
The 'Dog Days' for jobs

Friday’s jobs report for July was neither decidedly sunny nor gloomy, even though stocks on Wall Street rallied to three-month highs. U.S. employers added a net 163,000 jobs in July, topping forecasts, but the unemployment rate and the number of total unemployed were essentially flat to June levels, indicating hiring is still experiencing its own version of the “Dog Days” of summer. “Even though the number of jobs added was more than expected, the unemployment rate at 8.3 percent is still too high,” said Sageworks CEO Brian Hamilton. ...

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(Temporary) Help wanted, apparently - SageworksStats on Forbes.com

Posted by Mary Ellen Biery
(Temporary) Help wanted, apparently - SageworksStats on Forbes.com

June unemployment in the U.S. was flat, and nearly a third of jobs added were in the temporary-help services industry, a field that has shown strong growth over the last 12 months, according to data from Sageworks Inc. “During the last 12 months, privately held employment service firms have seen their revenues grow by almost 20 percent annually, which far outpaces the average annual growth of around 10 percent for private companies across all industries,” said Sageworks analyst Libby Bierman. “That sales growth validates what the employment numbers released this morning showed—the economy has recently been adding a lot of temporary jobs, which are positions that employment service firms routinely fill.” ...

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The health care ruling's upside for private companies

Posted by Mary Ellen Biery
The health care ruling's upside for private companies

Thursday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling is reviving impassioned discussions about whether President Obama's health care law will be positive or negative for businesses, especially smaller ones. And while those debates will continue for months or maybe years, one immediate, positive impact on owners of privately held businesses is that they know more about what to expect in the short term, said Brian Hamilton, co-founder and CEO of Sageworks Inc. ...

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Why aren’t companies hiring? Sageworks Stats @ Forbes.com

Posted by Mary Ellen Biery
Why aren’t companies hiring? Sageworks Stats @ Forbes.com

The U.S. economy’s paltry addition of 69,000 jobs in May has intensified the political finger-pointing, but the truth is that no one really knows for sure why the economy is growing yet too few jobs are being created, said Sageworks CEO Brian Hamilton. “The jobs report is disappointing because, at this stage of the recovery, the economy should be generating more jobs,” said Hamilton, who is also co-founder of the financial information company. The sluggish job growth is a paradox, he said, “because privately held companies, which actually produce the vast majority of new jobs, are performing quite well.” ...

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April unemployment ticks down to 8.1 percent

Posted by Mary Ellen Biery
April unemployment ticks down to 8.1 percent

The U.S. unemployment rate dipped in April to 8.1 percent from 8.2 percent in March, but fewer-than-expected jobs were added. “The unemployment rate is not materially changing, which is disappointing since privately held companies continue to grow their sales and are generally the engine of job growth,” said Brian Hamilton, Chairman of financial information company Sageworks. ...

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Who's hiring?

Posted by Mary Ellen Biery
Who's hiring?

Last week's jobs report showed that fewer-than-expected positions were added in March, stoking concern that the economy isn’t growing fast enough. But several industries that have driven a lot of the hiring over the last year continued to add workers last month. Who’s been hiring, and which industries have the kind of business fundamentals that could pave the way for adding more jobs? ...

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What hiring will 2012 bring?

Posted by Mary Ellen Biery
What hiring will 2012 bring?

The key to improved hiring will be businesses’ attitudes about adding workers, and financial information company Sageworks recently found some encouraging data. ...

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Forbes - Sageworks Stats: Where the jobs are

Posted by Mary Ellen Biery
Forbes - Sageworks Stats: Where the jobs are

November's job report Friday held positive news in the lower unemployment rate even though employers added fewer workers to their payrolls than had been forecast and average hourly earnings ticked down by 0.1 percent. ...

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