Michele Obyc, Author at BVOH

Michele Obyc

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3 Qualities of Candidates That Walk Away With the Job Offer

  When it comes to job hunting in the Bay Area, personality is everything. OK, maybe not everything. But it is important. We’re in a candidate’s market, but the competition here is steep. Employers receive applications from the best of the best, so they can afford to be selective. Hiring managers today evaluate candidates for both credentials and charisma. You can’t reshape your personality ahead of every interview, nor should you. Candidates and employers are happiest when they’re a genuine match. The last thing you want is to ace your interviews only to find yourself in a job you hate. However, you can showcase the key attributes hiring managers like […]

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Should You Apply for Jobs You’re Not 100% Qualified For?

  If there’s one feeling every job seeker knows, it’s the rush of hope when you discover that your dream employer is hiring for your dream job. Unfortunately, that burst of excitement is often followed by another all-too-common feeling — a sense of despair when you realize you’re not qualified for the position. But the lengthy criteria you see on job descriptions are often wish-list items rather than must-haves. A company may say it wants someone with at least five years of experience, a CPA license, and a list of technical certifications. But the hiring manager won’t dismiss a great candidate just because he or she has three years’ experience […]

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5 Effective Ways to Prepare for Your New Job

  You just landed your dream job after months of vying for it. It’s a new position, it may even be in a new industry, and you can’t wait to get started. But you have three weeks until you actually begin. How do you spend that time? Once they’ve signed their offer letters, most people coast until their start dates. They don’t think about preparing for their new roles. However, preparedness sets you apart from other newcomers to the organization and creates a foundation for rapid success. You can’t approach your first day the same way you approached each day at your previous job. You have to prove yourself. The […]

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The Smart Approach to Your Summer Job Search

  When you’re looking for your next accounting job, timing isn’t everything – but it does make a difference. Many candidates wonder whether they should begin applying in the spring when firms wrap up their year-end and first-quarter deadlines or wait until the summer. Spring is prime hiring season because that’s when managers focus on refilling their requisitions. With the first quarter behind them, hiring managers are eager to bring in new staff so they can tackle projects they put on hold earlier in the year.  April through June tend to be some of the busiest months for hiring.  Hiring tends to slow down after the July 4th holiday and […]

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MBA or CPA? How to Choose the Right Career Path For Your Goals

MBA or CPA? How to Choose the Right Career Path For Your Goals

  Every accountant reaches this crossroads at some point in his or her career: Should I get my CPA license or MBA? Public accountants usually take for granted that they’ll get their CPA license, but the road to professional development isn’t always clear for those working in industry. In this article, we’ll walk you through the different considerations you need to make before deciding which direction to take your career. When Should I Get My CPA? If your goal is to become a controller, getting your CPA is a must. You’ll also need public accounting experience, so you should be prepared to take at least a temporary pay cut to obtain the right credentials. When you’re […]

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Interview Advice: What Your Hiring Manager Really Wants to See From You

  A hiring manager’s mind is a study in multitasking. From the moment you sit for an interview, she’s assessing everything about the interaction. Are you making eye contact? Smiling? Is your handshake firm and confident or timid and weak? Did you dress appropriately for the job? (Here’s a hint: The suit that plays well at a private equity firm will seem rather out of place at a startup.) All of these impressions happen instantaneously, and each one impacts your chance of landing the job. Interviewers can also tell pretty quickly whether you’ve done your homework on the company and how committed you are to working there. If you want to nail an interview, apply this four-step […]

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