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  • Plenty of Treats at This Year’s PICPA Women’s Leadership Conference

    The Women’s Leadership Conference is always a big day on PICPA's calendar. Numerous members have benefited from the unique opportunity to hear from trailblazers in the profession that this conference provides.
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  • Unemployed During COVID: A CPA’s Perspective and Lessons Learned

    Early in the COVID-19 crisis, job seekers may have been able to identify 20 to 30 potential positions within their respective skill set, but as March became April, the opportunities dwindled. Find out how one PICPA member managed the harrowing job market during the height of the pandemic.
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  • Leadership Tips: Five Steps to Deal with Uncertainty

    When we don't have the answer to a leadership challenge, there's a good chance we may feel inadequate or uncertain and vulnerable. Don't beat yourself up: it's only human to have these feelings. Here are five steps to assist you during times of self-doubt.
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  • Want Lifelong Learning and Leadership Skills? Let’s Start with a Book

    Reading deeply and widely gives a perspective accountants and financial professionals need to see beyond the numbers and navigate a complex world. After years of reading, we accumulate a treasure trove of wisdom. Unfortunately, since we spend a significant part of our workdays reading – and additional personal time reading blogs, social media posts, and the like – not as many of us take the time to read books anymore. This is a lost personal enhancement opportunity.
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  • How to Survive Working from Home with Children

    Are you working from home and dealing with the daily struggle to get your 9-year-old to do her schoolwork? Or maybe a 2-year-old who doesn't understand why you can't color with him while you're on a conference call? To all the parents out there working from home and who have children, here are a few reminders to repeat to yourself to help you get through.
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  • Business Development Strategy during Pandemic: Focus on What You Can Do

    For those responsible for developing new business at a CPA firm, how do you do your jobs in the age of COVID-19? Sometimes we get lost fretting about what we can't do any longer; instead, focus on what you can do.
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  • CPA Leadership Sets Up a Successful Practice

    CPAs are uniquely qualified to be exceptional leaders. Not only are they extensively trained, but they also possess innate talents that draw them to the profession. Here are some tips to help CPAs focus on the leadership aspects of the profession that will pay huge dividends.
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  • Tips for CPAs Preparing to Enter the Remote Work Force

    Entering the public accounting world can be a daunting step in one’s professional life, and the COVID-19 pandemic has not made it any easier as firms have adopted remote working arrangements. This blog includes tips for emerging CPAs in acclimating to this new environment.
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  • Virtual Learning Is Here: Time to Embrace the Technology

    The coronavirus crisis has sped up the accounting profession’s technology transformation. It remains to be seen, however, how much of this transformation will remain after the pandemic subsides. Particularly in the area of professional education.
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  • Benefits of Gender Diversity in Accounting Firms

    Women comprise 60% of accounting positions, yet only 24% of partners are women. To make meaningful changes, firms need to seriously tackle how they can recruit and retain female talent beyond the mid-level.
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  • Challenges of Leading a Remote Team and Building Engagement

    When working remotely, the same principles of office life apply but everything is augmented. So, what works when you’re in the office is even more important during remote management, and any leadership gaps that already exist will be amplified.
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  • CPA Careers in an Evolving Business Landscape

    The profession is in an exciting state for those who will drive it in the coming years, and that is the subject of PICPA’s Guide to CPA Careers in a Changing Business Landscape, this year’s digital-only, special edition of the Pennsylvania CPA Journal.
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  • Benefits of Mentoring: From the Mentor’s Perspective

    It can be difficult to entice experienced professionals to give of their limited time and mentor those who are following in their footsteps. To grow the mentor pool, we should emphasize three propositions: value to the mentor, ease of connecting, and a more natural structure for the relationship.
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  • What to Consider When Evaluating Your First Accounting Job Offer

    You are a recent graduate with an accounting degree in hand. Now what do you do? Get a job, of course. But choosing the right one for you may not be as simple as it seems. It is too easy to simply focus on the actual salary number instead of looking at the full picture.
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  • Where Do I Go in Accounting, and How Do I Get There?

    If you want to excel within the accounting sector, you will want to ensure that you stand out in a sea of well-qualified professionals. Obtaining the certified public accountant (CPA) designation is one of the best ways to float to the top.
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  • How I Survived Tax Season

    All practitioners go into tax season with well-laid plans for survival. Unfortunately, the best of plans often go awry, and everyone has his or her share of tax season horror stories.
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  • Building Powerful Habits

    For leaders of professional services firms, establishing positive keystone habits -- those patterns of behavior that control how we live our day-to-day lives -- can help address important competencies.
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  • 5 Easy Ways to Achieve a Healthy Tax Season

    Stay healthy during tax season, and you’ll finish feeling empowered. Here are five ways to increase your energy and productivity during your busiest season.
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  • CPAs: Keep an Eye on Long-Term Goals, Even During the Heat of Busy Season

    When young CPA leaders encounter a conflict between working on their long-term goals and the immediate needs of busy season, how do they respond? Find out how several Pittsburgh-area CPAs approach the dual demands on their focus.
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  • Leveraging Your Network (or How to Get a Free Lunch)

    Networking need not be reserved to the process of finding a job. If you develop your network continuously, you will realize its benefits across all facets of your work life.
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