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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

Retirement Planning: How to Balance Personal and Professional Factors

Posted by TaxTalent Career Coach

6/3/14 12:28 PM

Scrabble_RetireOne of the biggest regrets we hear from retirees is that they wished they had taken the time to truly plan their departure from the workforce. By failing to take the time to plan ahead for this monumental step in your career, you risk delaying the exciting opportunities and challenges that retirement has to offer. In an excerpt of "Retirement Planning: How to Balance Personal and Professional Factors," we’ll address the factors you should consider regarding your retirement planning from the personal and professional perspective.

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Topics: Consulting, Career Advice, Retirement

Interview Styles: Are You a Passive or Proactive Candidate?

Posted by TaxTalent Career Coach

5/27/14 3:50 PM

Job_InterviewToo often people approach an interview with a minimal amount of preparation – they may just update their resume and jot down a few standard questions. A passive approach like this will be the “kiss of death” if an employer is seeking a highly motivated, well-informed and proactive tax professional to fill a critical tax position. In an excerpt of "Interview Styles - Passive or Proactive" by TaxTalent, we discuss how the most effective interview approach requires a strategy, significant preparation and implementation.

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Topics: Government, Public Accounting, Corporate In-House, Tax Job Search, Interviews, Career Advice

If You Train Them, They Will Stay

Posted by TaxTalent Career Coach

5/21/14 9:47 AM

Employee_TrainingWe’ve all heard the Millennial stereotypes…they’re unmotivated, money hungry and have a false sense of entitlement. However, in our recently published Career Goals Survey results from the perspective of entry to manager-level employees in corporate in-house tax departments, we discovered some surprising results that may just change your mind about the Millenial generation.

We found that this particular pool of employees feels either a complete disconnect or lack of interest by upper management in their career goals. The need for improved management, leadership, career development and training opportunities accounted for 65% of their needs, while compensation and work/life balance gripes were limited to less than 15%. 

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Topics: Tax Leadership, Corporate In-House, Mentoring, Career Advice

5 Tips for Nailing Your Phone Interview

Posted by TaxTalent Career Coach

5/12/14 1:18 PM

phoneAlthough the economy appears to be heading towards a state of recovery, we are still seeing a surplus of candidates in a time when fewer employers are hiring. In order to make efficient use of their time, employers often want to start the interview process over the phone to narrow down the potential candidate pool. For example, if an employer ultimately wants to have 3 final candidates to choose from, he or she may start with 7 or 8 initial phone interviews to identify the best candidates to bring to face-to-face interviews. In the event that you are offered a phone interview, pat yourself on the back! This is a stepping stone that will allow you to make the best impression possible and move on to an in-person interview.

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Topics: Tax Job Search, Interviews, Career Advice

Employement Classification Options for Independent Tax Professionals

Posted by TaxTalent Career Coach

5/8/14 12:09 PM

confusedIf you are making the transition from full-time employment to venturing out on your own as an independent tax professional, you may be wondering what the best classification option is when taking on a new contract; W-2, 1099, or Corp-to-Corp?
Because all three options have their benefits and drawbacks, it is important to choose the one that best suits your personality and will benefit you the most financially. Below, we have provided the pros and cons of each filing option so you can determine which is best for your particular situation.

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Topics: Corporate In-House, General Tax Information, Consulting, Career Advice