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Monthly Archives: April 2017

Tips to Prepare and Settle In Your New Accounting Job

Before you even turn up on your first day for your new accounting job, you need to research as much information as you can about the company and the role you will be doing. Find the information online, via booklets/literature or call up the company to speak to someone. Try to find out what the company expects you to wear so that you turn up on your first day looking smart and professional and not different to everyone else.

Once you have started the accounting job you can then prepare yourself gradually. Introduce yourself to everyone; work out who people are and how you and your role relate to them. Identify the various communication channels that are already established and fit into what the norm is e.g. if your boss emails you about important things, then email him back rather than calling him.

As a newcomer you need to work out what your job role is, what boundaries you have and what your benchmarks are that you must work to. Make sure your role is clearly outlined to avoid any confusion. Find out what your manager expects of you as well as others you work with. Understand your responsibilities and the resources you have to work with. Ask as many questions as you like in these initial stages in order to clear up any issues you may have.

On a final note, always remember to be positive. Do not criticise people straight away, complain or overly talk about your last job. Do not slag off people you used to work with or those you have just met either. You want to make a good first impression that will impress your new colleagues and managers. By taking these helpful pointers into consideration you should find it easy to settle in nicely to your new accounting job.

 

Tips to Build a More Productive and Rewarding Relationship with Your Boss

1. KNOW YOUR BOSS’S PRIORITIES – Your boss’s opinion of you is critical. Linking your activities to what matters most to him or her makes you a more valuable team member. It also helps you make better decisions about how to spend your time.

This doesn’t mean that you need to agree with everything your boss says. When properly handled, disagreements can build your credibility and gain you greater support. Just make sure that both you and your boss are aiming for the same goals.

2. ASK WIIFH? – Before you present ideas to your boss, ask, “What’s in it for him?” Think about how your objectives further your boss’s goals and priorities. If you can demonstrate how your ideas will benefit your boss, you’re far more likely to get the support you want.

3. UNDER-PROMISE and OVER-DELIVER – It’s natural to want to impress your boss by making big promises. However, no matter how much you actually accomplish, if you don’t live up to the expectations you set, you can’t help but damage your reputation. When you deliver or over-deliver on your promises, you build credibility in the eyes of your superiors.

4. DON’T FOCUS ONLY ON PROBLEMS – Yes, your boss is busy. But just because you’re lucky to get a few moments, doesn’t mean you should focus only on difficulties. Make sure you regularly discuss positive performance and future plans.

5. OFFER SOLUTIONS – Never take a problem to your boss without offering 2 or 3 possible solutions at the same time. This gives you an opportunity to showcase your problem-solving ability. And if you simply want your boss’s input on a problem, be sure to make that clear. You don’t want to give your boss the impression that you’re trying to transfer your problem-solving responsbility to her.

6. ASK FOR FEEDBACK – One of the hallmarks of top performers is their habit of seeking out criticism to help them improve their performance. While compliments are always nice to receive, if you want to advance rapidly in your career, constructive criticism from your boss is often more useful. If your boss doesn’t coach regularly, be sure to ask about ways that you can improve your performance.

 

Construction Management Jobs

To be considered a strong candidate for most construction management jobs, it is recommended that you earn an online construction management degree or an online construction engineering degree, in addition to gaining hands-on experience through an apprenticeship or on-site training. Regardless of the degree you select, it is very important to make sure the online university you choose is accredited. This is the only way to ensure your degree will be recognized by future employers and other higher learning institutions, which is important if you ever need to transfer your credits.

The construction management courses that you will be required to take while achieving your degree will give you all of the necessary skills that job site experience cannot provide on its own. Plus, many degrees required for construction management jobs allow you to select different areas of focus you can specialize in. The different types of course work you can focus on include business and financial management, contract administration, cost estimating, building codes and standards, information technology, inspection procedures, site planning, engineering and architectural sciences, construction project management training. Another key focus of your degree can be technical training on how to use the most advanced industry software in the construction management field.

Once you graduate from your online degree program, you can decide which types of construction management jobs are right for you and the skill-set you have worked hard to build. Some construction management jobs will require you to be involved in each project from its inception until construction is finished. This means that you would oversee not only the workforce, but also all of the construction materials, tools, equipment and safety measures that are required for each phase of the project. Other construction management jobs may allow you to focus on the degree specializations you have chosen. For example, if you have completed course work and apprenticeships related to architecture and engineering, you should consider looking for construction management jobs where you would manage or directly interface with the architects and engineers on the project.