Amy Hann Walker, Author at BVOH

Amy Hann Walker

How to Ace Your Finance & Accounting Job Interview

How to Ace Your Finance & Accounting Job Interview: A 5-Step Approach

  No matter how many interviews you’ve done or how many jobs you’ve held, you must always prepare before speaking with a potential employer. In my 15 years of recruiting, I’ve never seen a candidate land a position without preparing for an interview — it’s of the utmost importance. Preparing isn’t just about rehearsing responses to a specific set of questions. It’s about cultivating a strong sense of self and deep knowledge of the company. Use the following checklist to develop a thoughtful, strategic approach to interviewing. 1. Understand who you are. The interview process begins with self-reflection. Who are you? What are your skills? What are your weaknesses? What […]

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How to Name Finance & Accounting Positions to Attract the Right Talent

  What’s in a name? When it comes to accounting and finance titles, quite a lot. Young professionals seek jobs that offer a range of responsibilities and opportunities for growth, and they use titles to determine whether an opening offers those benefits. Use A Generalized Title That Indicates Variety A generalized title signals flexibility and variety, while listings such as “financial reporting analyst” or “technical accounting analyst” suggest rigid positions with little room for exploration. Most candidates don’t want to work in siloed positions with few chances of diversifying their skills. In fact, they shy away from openings that have these clear-cut titles. We recently worked with two startups that […]

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How to Plan Ahead for Hiring a Public Accountant

  You always need good CPAs. Whether you’re working on annual reports or preparing to go public, a strong public accounting team is one of your most important assets. Cultivating that team requires careful planning and foresight, so you always want to think ahead. Even if you have a great accounting department right now, you should anticipate turnover. Professionals in the Bay Area stay with their jobs for an average of two to three years before moving on. Just because an employee seems happy, it doesn’t mean you should expect long-term loyalty. People want to climb the career ladder, and they’ll leave your organization once they’ve identified their next opportunities. […]

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3 Things Job Seekers Can Learn From Brené Brown

Brené Brown has influenced a lot of lives with her research. Her TED talk on vulnerability skyrocketed to popularity, garnering more than 25,700,000 views. But while most people take Brown’s lessons to heart in their personal lives, her message applies to the professional world as well. Brown’s work revolves around the idea that the people who have the most successful relationships understand the power of vulnerability. They’re comfortable being their true selves, so they’re able to develop real, intimate connections. That kind of authenticity can help us cultivate good relationships with our peer groups, managers, and subordinates in the workplace. I talk to accounting and finance people all day. Because […]

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Leaving Public Accounting? Here’s What to Look for in Your Next Job.

  People leave public accounting for a number of reasons, but chief among them is a desire to take on a more challenging, specialized role. That’s why there’s nothing sadder than seeing ambitious professionals leave one sector only to languish in another. I’ve witnessed this time and again. Accountants stop building their technical expertise when they take a new job, or they jump at positions that offer a high salary and sexy title but little in the way of professional development. Others become complacent, and they stop building their professional networks, don’t seek out challenges, and fail to connect with people who are doing innovative work. But you don’t have […]

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The Career Path Guide for Accounting Professionals

  When you start out as a public accountant, the finance and accounting world is your oyster. You have your pick of top career paths ­ if you strategize appropriately. The key is to make every career move with your long-­term goal in mind. Maybe you already know what your dream job is, and you just want to learn how to get there. Or you’re like a lot of people and are unsure of what you want to do in the future. You don’t have to have it all figured out when you start as a public accountant, but you should expose yourself to as many projects and departments as […]

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How to Make the Most of Your Time In Public Accounting

How to Make the Most of Your Time In Public Accounting

  I like to think of myself as an optimistic person. I try to make the best of every situation, and I give 100 percent at my job. But when I found myself crying as I walked down California Street after another long busy season day, two years into my stint as a public accountant, I knew I needed a change. The analytics­ focused nature of my job simply didn’t align with my strengths and personality. Public accounting offers finance and accounting majors a great opportunity to gain experience and build contacts immediately after graduation. However, once the initial excitement of joining the workforce wears off, many of them find […]

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