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New Mentor Blog

Posted by TaxTalent Career Coach

10/24/14 4:07 PM

ID-10046954In our previous post, Mentor on Demand - Find the Right Mentor at the Right Time, we discussed how you should align with a mentor who meets a specific need you have at a specific point in time. This week, we'd like to highlight a topic that will have a great impact on your career and one in which a Mentor (with the right background/skills) can be of tremendous help to you - communication skills.

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Topics: Mentoring, Career Advice

Podcast: Tax Department Budget Development and Presentation

Posted by TaxTalent Career Coach

10/16/14 8:00 AM

PuzzleThis week; Tony Santiago, President of TaxTalent.com and Tax Search, Inc. met with Jane Adam, the Sr. VP of Tax and Enterprise Risk Management at Brown-Forman, to create a podcast on developing and presenting a tax department budget. This is a topic of importance because the budget is the means to establish the support and resources needed to accomplish leadership’s goals for the tax department. In turn, these tax department goals align with the objectives of all other departments within the corporation. 

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Topics: Corporate In-House, budget, Tax Department Budget

Mentor on Demand - Find the Right Tax Mentor at the Right Time

Posted by TaxTalent Career Coach

10/7/14 8:56 AM

ID-100111419Want to know the easiest way to catapult your tax career?  Get a mentor but, not just any mentor! It's critical to have a mentor who meets a specific need you have at a specific point in time - a model we call "mentor on demand". We all have bottlenecks in our development and the sooner we can move beyond them to the next level of our careers, the better.  For example, let's say you need to work on presenting to a group about how a business transaction will affect the company from a tax perspective. Finding a mentor who is highly skilled in this area can be the fastest and most effective way to overcome and eventually excel in this area. 

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Topics: Mentoring, Career Advice

The Practice of “Managing Up” In Your Tax Department

Posted by TaxTalent Career Coach

10/3/14 8:56 AM

Managing_Up_ImageEver heard the phrase, “Managing Up?” It’s the practice of stretching yourself to anticipate the expectations of those who supervise you. This can have a tremendous impact on the efficiency and cohesiveness of any tax department. Below, we have provided two simple ways in which you can enhance your career and optimize functionality of the tax department by “Managing Up:”

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Topics: General Tax Information, Career Advice

2014 Tax Career Goals Survey Results - We Have a Problem

Posted by TaxTalent Career Coach

9/26/14 9:07 AM

7K0A0223-1Is your tax department working with you to obtain your career goals? Are they even aware of your goals? If you are in a leadership role, how well do you understand the professional ambitions of those you supervise?

We surveyed 268 tax professionals at the staff through manager levels in both public accounting and corporate in-house about whether or not they felt their tax department and leadership understood and provided tools needed to obtain their career goals. Click below to read these alarming results.

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Topics: Corporate In-House

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