How to Recognize the Best Accountants

Finding the best accountant among a group of candidates can be like finding a needle in a haystack. But keeping the following traits in mind will help your search.

Every employer wants to hire and build the best accounting and finance team for their business. But what makes some accountants such standouts in their field? What separates the best from the rest?

Of course, different companies will have slightly different ideas about what makes a great accountant. Still, there are some common characteristics that most of the best accountants share; the trick is to be able to recognize these. Here, then, are some things you need to look for.

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How to Assess Your New Finance Manager

Hiring a finance manager is only half the battle – the other half is evaluating their performance. Here is what you should be looking for.

Love ’em or hate ’em, performance evaluations are a fact of life. From math quizzes in high school to driver’s tests and eye exams – most of us are used to being evaluated and have plenty of experience at it.

But it’s one thing to be evaluated – it’s another to be doing the evaluating. Assessing the performance of others carries with it many additional responsibilities, both to the team and your company as a whole. And the stakes are even higher when you’ve been tasked with evaluating a recent hire – like a new finance manager.

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Top Leadership Qualities of Great Finance Managers

What does it take to be an exceptional manager? Here are some of the things that all of the best finance managers have in common.

Great finance managers work every day to improve themselves and make themselves better – better at analysis, better at helping others succeed, and better at driving value for their company. They’re not the types to fall in love with the status quo. Where others find only barriers, they see opportunities crying out for innovative solutions. Great finance managers, in short, always have one eye on the bigger picture, and another on the smaller details.

So what does it take to be an exceptional manager? Read on to find out.

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7 Traits of Successful Accountants

Success is one of those things that’s easy to describe but hard to identify. Look for these lucky seven traits to track down the most successful accountants for your company.

There’s no single blueprint for success, but the most outstanding accountants share certain characteristics. Among other things, they’re true team players, even as they remain dedicated to their own personal and professional development; they’re solutions-oriented, willing to go above and beyond the call of duty to drive value for their organizations; and they’re technically proficient, with a strong attention to detail. Above all, successful accountants pride themselves on their ethical commitments and responsibilities; they understand that a lot is riding on their decisions.

Whether their make-up is a matter of nature or nurture, these are the kinds of people you want on your team and in your organization. Put simply, successful accountants make a company better. Here, then, are some things to look for in accounting candidates, so that you can find the type of employees who will put your company over the top.

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3 Benefits of Hiring a CMA

Does hiring a CMA* make sense for your organization? Read on to learn some of the advantages.

*The recent merger between the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA) and the Society of Management Accountants of Canada (CMA Canada) established the new Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation and changed the professional accounting landscape in Canada. While the process of unification continues to unfold, many accountants are still completing their CMA program. In a salute to these accounting scholars, here are some of the perceived benefits of hiring a CMA.

It’s that time again. You need to hire someone sooner rather than later, and the pressure is mounting on you to make a hire.

One of the major ingredients to hiring well is building a consensus among the key stakeholders about the role’s requirements. This can often be a challenge: different people, after all, can have very different ideas about what the job entails, and what qualifications a candidate should have in order to perform it well.

Bringing everyone onto the same page can be tricky, but your task will be made significantly easier if you understand some of the differences between the major accounting designations. We’ve talked previously about the advantages of hiring a CGA, as well as the benefits of adding a CA to your team. Today, our focus turns to the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designation. Like their CGA and CA brethren, CMAs have had to undergo very specific training and curriculum demands, as a result of which they possess unique skills and experiences that will deliver particular advantages to your organization. And so, without further ado, let’s consider three of the benefits of hiring a CMA.

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3 Qualities Employers Look For When Hiring Accountants

What do employers want in an accountant? Here are the three most important things companies are looking for when hiring accountants.

Let’s face it: the job market is brutally competitive. In order to succeed you need to make the most of all of your opportunities – because you don’t know how many more you’re going to get.

But how can you help yourself stand out from the crowd? What particular traits do employers consider to be especially valuable when they’re hiring accountants? The following three qualities are the ones employers keep their eyes out for when they’re looking to add an accountant to their team.

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Three Reasons to Hire a CGA

Everyone knows that good things come in threes. And as it happens, the major accounting designations in Canada make up a trifecta: employers can choose from Certified Management Accountants (CMAs), Certified General Accountants (CGAs), and Chartered Accountants (CAs). Candidates from each of the designations offer their own specific benefits, skills, and experiences; for example, we’ve talked before about the advantages of hiring a CA, and will soon be discussing the advantages of adding a CMA to your team.

So which designation makes sense for the position you are trying to fill? Are you looking for someone with auditing experience? Would you prefer to hire a professional with a more strategic background and approach? Or maybe a candidate who’s dipped their toes in both auditing and strategy? As any recruiter will tell you, hiring well is not only about understanding the requirements of the job you’re looking to fill, but also grasping the skills and qualifications that are available.

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