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Tax Job Seekers and Social Media Risks

Posted by TaxTalent Career Coach

9/3/14 9:32 PM

social_networkThe convenience of new technology and easy access to information are attracting more tax professionals to career oriented sites than ever before. On the surface, these sites look like harmless resources; however, many of these sites track, collect and even sell your online activity data to quantify your behavior patterns. In this excerpt of Tax Job Seekers - Are You Digitally Exposed or Confidentially Protected? we discuss how you should be mindful of your internet presence whether you are actively of passively seeking a tax job.

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Topics: Tax Job Search, Career Advice

The Grass isn't Always Greener - Think Before You Switch Tax Careers

Posted by TaxTalent Career Coach

8/27/14 10:25 AM

Green_GrassHave you been thinking about making a career change or are you currently in the midst of a tax job search? If so, take a few minutes to evaluate the search process that you’re currently using. You don’t want an important career change to be based on emotions but rather, facts and good judgment. This requires an analytical process to determine your professional/personal needs and wants as related to both short-term and long-term goals.

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Topics: Tax Job Search, Interviews, Career Advice

Develop Your Tax Leadership Skills

Posted by TaxTalent Career Coach

8/20/14 6:03 PM

Financial_Executives While developing your tax leadership skills is essential, it is also one of the most difficult areas to get training in. Whether they are internal or external, you must identify and find mentors who have excellent leadership skills that can talk to you about how you can build a consensus, drive an initiative, and motivate a group of people within your department and cross-functional groups to achieve common goals and objectives.

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Topics: Tax Leadership, Corporate In-House

Independent Tax Contracting 101: Know Your Options

Posted by TaxTalent Career Coach

8/7/14 1:17 PM

Considering_Career_in_TaxTaxTalent has developed an excellent business model for top, independent tax professionals looking for lucrative project-based assignments. We call it Bridge Staffing for Tax! TaxTalent Bridge staffing is not a new concept. In fact, the model has been working in other top professions ( IT, Legal, etc.) for many years.

TaxTalent works through a proactive marketing and administration process that matches the project needs of tax departments with the most experienced independent tax professionals looking for short or long-term tax assignments.

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Topics: Corporate In-House, Consulting

Does Your Tax Department Understand Your Career Goals?

Posted by TaxTalent Career Coach

7/31/14 3:06 PM

Career_GoalIn our recently published 2014 Tax Hiring Outlook, we found that entry to manager level positions will make up 92% of new tax department hires in 2014. Because of the high demand for this candidate pool, it is essential for employers to understand and support the career goals of their employees.

If you are at the staff to manager-level within public accounting, we would love your input as to whether or not your employer provides you with career support, so that we can better coach tax departments on proactive employee recruitment and retention.

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Topics: Public Accounting

Communication: The Core Foundation to a Best-In-Class Tax Department

Posted by TaxTalent Career Coach

7/24/14 9:06 AM

Man_By_WindowAs mentioned in our previous post, TaxTalent has teamed up with Financial Executives International to host a free, three-part webinar series: New Drivers for Tax Function Performance. In the first of this three-part series, corporate tax recruitment and retention expert Tony Santiago teamed up with Bristow Group Senior VP and CFO John Briscoe and Weatherford VP of Tax James Parent to discuss the importance of promoting communication skills as much as technical skills within the tax function.

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Topics: General Tax Information, communication

Live VIP Webinar: New Drivers for Tax Function Performance

Posted by TaxTalent Career Coach

7/8/14 1:39 PM

FEI_and_TaxTalent_logosTaxTalent has teamed up with Financial Executives International to host a free, three-part webinar series: New Drivers for Tax Function Performance. Join corporate tax recruitment and retention expert Tony Santiago, Weatherford VP of Tax James Parent, and Bristow Group Senior VP and CFO John Briscoe to learn how to promote consistent, effective communication within your tax department. We encourage both tax and financial leaders to register today for this highly valuable live presentation! This one-time event will be held on Tuesday, July 15th at 2:00pm (Eastern Time).

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Topics: General Tax Information

8 Common LinkedIn Mistakes that Affect Your Tax Career Prospects

Posted by TaxTalent Career Coach

6/26/14 9:03 AM

Picture1-1LinkedIn is an amazing professional networking tool, but its usefulness can be severely limited if you neglect to optimize your profile. In addition to limiting your ability to network, poor use of LinkedIn makes it harder for potential employers and recruiters to seek you out for potential positions. Whether you are new to LinkedIn or are  looking to optimize your current profile, you will have to approach this type of networking differently than you would with typical social networking sites like Facebook or Twitter. This is about building your professional, not your social network. That said, here are some of the most common, yet easily preventable, mistakes people frequently make on LinkedIn.

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Topics: Tax Job Search, Social Media, professional networking, Technology, Corporate Tax Recruitment

2014 Women in Tax Report

Posted by TaxTalent Career Coach

6/17/14 4:36 PM

Female_ProfessionalTaxTalent has seen a significant need over the years to improve the tax profession through increased diversity. In order to identify the current gender breakdown within corporate in-house tax departments, we have analyzed data at various career levels from our extensive database of tax professionals. We have also gathered data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics that will provide a comparison specifically for the public sector.

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Topics: Government, Corporate In-House, General Tax Information

Thinking of Outsourcing Your Corporate Tax Recruiting Efforts?

Posted by TaxTalent Career Coach

6/12/14 9:56 AM

RecruiterStarting a search for a new employee can be a time-consuming process, especially for upper-level tax positions. You can either use your internal HR resources or you can hire an outside search firm to assist you in these recruiting efforts. Your choice will depend on how much time, energy and money you, your HR Department, and your company are willing to commit to the hiring process. If you decide to outsource your recruiting function by hiring a third party search firm, be aware that there is a wide range in quality between the different types of firms. Know the options available and then determine the firms’ quality vs. cost to determine which type will best meet your needs in recruiting top tax talent.

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Topics: Tax Leadership, Corporate Tax Recruitment