Did you know that you could be a Certified Management Accountant in just one year?

Did you know that you could be a Certified Management Accountant in just one year?
Yes, with the GLEIM Professor-Led CMA Review Course (CMAPrepCourse), you can well on your way to earning an average salary that’s $22,000 higher in compensation over non-certified professionals before 2014!* Don’t let your desire to build Rare and Valuable Skills like a CMA certification sit on the backburner any longer – call us to enroll TODAY!

This program is live AND web-based and led by experienced, CMA-designated instructors who have helped many students like you to earn the CMA designation. The coursework was specially designed to fit in a busy professional’s schedule and includes numerous tools to assist in the learning process. Read More

Employee Recruitment and Engagement

The process of first attracting and then keeping your employee engaged is crucial to having a productive work force and to the bottom line of your business. A happy and properly attached employee will be a good representative for the company in terms of services to clients. A poorly thought out recruitment process will not only alienate your new hire but cost the company big dollars in terms of investment in training, the hiring of yet another employee, and lost productivity.

Attracting the new hire begins at the recruitment and pre-employment stages by making the employee feel secure in their new job. It continues throughout the employment with engagement of the employee and making them feel they have value. It is important that managers or team leaders be aware that it is critical that employees be happy at work and have a good attitude. You can hire someone based solely on skills, but you cannot teach a good attitude. By hiring people with a good attitude and engaging them properly, you can teach them the competencies they need to do their job and retain them. A hiring manager must look at each applicant or current employee on an individual basis and develop training according to the needs of that individual. Read More


The Professor-Led Live CMA Exam Review course provides the following:
• Eight live sessions with a professor for each of the parts – 64 hours of total classroom time
• Gleim CMA Review System – Books, sample test questions, on-line practice tests and audio CDs
• Unlimited individual access to instructors – Helping you with what you need
• Personal Counselor
• NEW – Now also available in streaming video

Classes are limited to 20 students and will be held Saturdays 8 AM to 12 PM at the University of Dallas Campus in Irving, TX.

Cost – $1,945 Parts 1 & 2, or $1,100 for individual parts

For more information, go to http://www.ima-cma.com or contact Ron Schmidt at rschmidt@strategiccfosolutions.com or 469-682-0452.

“Are you using cloud computing?”

It is simply astonishing when we think about how technology has changed our lives. The “cloud” can offer businesses superb cost and flexibility benefits. A recent survey reported that 80% of respondents use the cloud in some way in their daily business.

The idea of cloud computing is not really a new one. In fact, if you have used any of the various email services, Google Docs or online photo storage you have used the cloud without even knowing! The latest study conducted by Pew on the cloud states that 69% of U.S. internet users have been using cloud computing in one form or another.
In total, the study discovered that people are enthusiastic about the convenience of cloud computing. This is especially true regarding the younger audiences. It was noted that using the cloud was preferred by almost 77% of people age 18 to 29 but only 27% of those over age 65. Another good sign was that 52 percent said the cloud made it possible for them to rapidly add new products and services.

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Early retirement: Do you really need to work another 5-7 years?

It’s normal to want to retire and leave the work world while you’re still young and able to enjoy it. There are a plethora of good reasons to retire early.

I want to spend more time enjoying my family and friends.

I want to participate in activities I enjoy.

My work is not really what I want to do with my life.

I want to become a world traveler.

I want to use my time and talent making a difference in the world.
The list goes on and on. Unfortunately due to the economic crisis, many are left wondering if they will ever be able to retire at all. For some people the new retirement plan seems to be “keep on working”. The fact is you cannot retire until you have saved enough money to live. Before you turn in your letter of resignation, evaluate your finances in terms of retirement. You need to carefully plan whether or not you have enough to live in the style you imagined during retirement. Besides the hurdle of finance the retiree faces the cost of health insurance. It is prudent to research insurance costs and use an online retirement calculator such as the Fidelity Income Strategy Evaluator. http://bit.ly/KuSXcY

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Social Media: Finding a job using Twitter

Any inspection of recruitment websites will show you a multitude of businesses looking to hire.

“On any given week, we may see hundreds of new social media jobs posted,” said Kathy O’Reilly, director of social media relations for job recruitment site Monster.

With over 200 million people on Twitter, companies are reaching out to Twitter users. Twitter has become extremely significant to job seekers as it is valuable in searching for companies with positions to fill. According to a survey by Jobvite.com Linkedin currently dominates but using Twitter to find a job is also a great resource. Recruiters and HR managers are aggressively screening Twitter looking for candidates and Twitter allows you to connect whether you know them or not. You can follow anyone on Twitter based on shared interests.

Follow these steps to find a job by using Twitter:

1- Sign up for an account and work up a profile with appropriate information for a job seeker. Make sure the profile consists of things you want the employer to know about you as it relates to your work life. Try to come up with a profile that will capture a prospective employer’s attention. Include an email that you check often, a link to a CV/resume and a professional looking image on the account. Remember that your profile and image is the first impression the employer has of you so make it count!

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Getting a Job Using Linkedin: Part II

In Part I (http://mamrecruiting.com/getting-a-job-using-linkedin-part-i-2) we discussed How to set up your profile on Linkedin for the best results. In Part II we take the discussion further by discussing networking, making connections and setting up your links and expert status.


Linkedin has features that allow you to post links to your page or to other websites. If you have a website, blog or other relevant site, you can add it to your profile page for further exposure outside of Linkedin. To make the links you can use the function that Linkedin provides or one of the Linkedin apps. In addition to Linkedin apps there are other apps that you can find by doing an online search for “Linkedin Apps”. Do not employ an app for its own sake but only if it will enhance your status on Linkedin.


There are several websites and groups within Linkedin that offer “open networking”. Open networking status indicates that a person will allow you to connect even though they are not acquainted with you. This method will gain many connections for your profile but in the instance of a job search it is not advisable. The most focused and targeted method requires you to use the search function provided on Linkedin to find the best leads for a connection or to groups to join.

When you join groups you have an opportunity to participate and pose or answer questions and become part of the discussion. Many times job offers are posted directly to group pages by recruiters. Make sure to offer something of value in return as you use the group for its resources. Also avail yourself of the “Linkedin Answers” forum to gain and give your knowledge and expertise as well as gain respect and confidence from your peers. One last thought on groups: Find groups that echo the goals you’ve set when creating your profile. When you make a connection, do not send out the generic “join my network” message but customize your message and offer some type of value or help to your connections.

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How to Achieve and Maintain Work and Life Balance

At some point in our lives, we have all attempted to juggle our work obligations with those of our life outside of work. It can be a daunting task with seemingly no end in sight. In our hectic day to day lives we can lose sight of the need for balance and become overly stressed showing all the tell-tale signs of burn out. “I am young and I can handle this” or “It’s only for a few years” are ideas that can lead you down the path of losing control and enormous suffering in all areas of your life. How can we maintain balance in our lives when we are burdened with endless tasks daily?

First you must you must prioritize your main concerns. At work you must deal with the most important tasks first and not be afraid to delegate the rest to a competent co-worker or underling. You must know that there is not one employee that is of such importance to the company that they cannot be replaced if necessary. Trying to make yourself indispensable to the company is a strategy that will backfire and cause you untold stress on the job and at home. Delegate or get help….learn it and live it.

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Managing Your Career as a Recent Accounting Graduate

You have put in the time and worked hard to graduate. Your dream is to have a productive career with upward mobility and be financially stable. The following are tips to help you manage your career as you graduate and enter the job market.

The most important aspect of managing your career is to make a study of those in the position you hope to attain. Finding a mentor or role model is extremely helpful as you may examine their work ethic, abilities and ways of thinking. What are their habits and personal goals? Be certain to study your competition as well.
Cop an attitude! When you have made the “short list” for a position it is a given that you are qualified for the job. What can make or break your efforts is your attitude. Are you a team player? How do you handle stress and office relations? Are you not only willing but eager to learn new things? Are you constantly striving to improve your skill set? Your attitude shows so keep it positive. Make sure that when you are answering interview questions that you are totally comfortable and truthful with all the information on your application or CV. If you feel anxious or edgy, practice your response or don’t risk it.

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Getting a Job Using Linkedin: Part I

In this two part series, we will discuss methods for obtaining employment using Linkedin. Job searching using Linkedin can make your efforts more efficient and give you an edge through networking. The first step is to build a stellar profile as your profile not only reveals who you are but also demonstrates that you have references from colleagues and past employers. In setting up your profile you must take your time. It is not a process that you can or should sprint through. It requires a lot of thought and set up properly can transform your page into a page of distinction. Your profile will be the foundation and strength to you Linkedin presence online and be placed prominently in the Google rankings should someone run a Google search on your name.


Before you can set up even the most basic profile, you need to determine your target contacts and your overall goal in searching for employment. According to your niche decide what your profile persona will reflect. Make sure your headline and all the information on the profile reflect the image you are trying to project. Keep it friendly but remember that your prospective employer does not need or want to hear about how you think “the Dallas Cowboys rock”. http://mamrecruiting.com/how-using-social-media-can-cost-you-a-job

The next concern in building a stellar profile is to gain connections that help you to build on your own reputation and elevate your online status or value. In part II we will discuss how Linkedin has unique features that allow you to obtain “expert status” that can be authenticated by peers in your niche.

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