Making a Career Comeback

5 Tips on Wowing Prospective Employers

Whether you’ve been raising a family, earning a degree, or were the victim of  layoffs, planning a career comeback can be daunting.  You may worry that your time away has hindered your chances for finding solid employment.  It doesn’t have to!

As you prepare to get your career on track, consider these 5 tips on wowing prospective employers.

1. Determine what you want. Don’t plow forward until you have decided the direction you want your career to go.  When you haphazardly push your career forward, you wind up with a haphazard career.  While the responsibility of earning a living may loom large, it doesn’t have to prevent you from getting on a desirable career path.  Sit back and determine where you’d most like to be in your career before you start the job hunt.

2. Develop new skills. Some people are concerned that this step will take too much time from their efforts in finding a new job.  While you may have to find a transitional job to pay the bills while you receive necessary training, you don’t have to spend years earning professional certification.  In some cases, one or two college classes will be enough to revamp your skills, while in other cases a reputable bookkeeping program may be what you need.

3. Revamp your resume. Once you know where you are going and are confident that you possess the skills necessary, it’s time to revamp your resume.  Highlight your strengths while considering the employers who will review it.  What are they most interested in, and have you made it easy for them to find it on your resume?

4. Build your network. The best way to find work opportunities is through networking.  If you’ve been out of the loop for awhile, chances are you will need to rebuild your network.  Consider family, friends, businesses you frequent, and other contacts who could expose you to potential jobs.  Spread the word, and you’ll soon discover just how valuable a professional network can be.

5. Be flexible. Sometimes we become too narrow-minded when looking for a job.  Is it absolutely necessary for you to find full-time employment?  Would your career benefit more from a part-time position?  Or, perhaps, you could consider freelance work for awhile?  Approaching your career with an open mind may enable you to discover possibilities you wouldn’t have seen otherwise.

Consider Self-Employment

As you ponder your options for reentering the job market, you may also want to consider the possibility of self-employment.  Is it time to launch your own business in order to enjoy greater flexibility and higher earnings?

The Universal Practice Builder program is designed to train you how to promote your practice in order to experience significant growth and profitability.

This program offers the following:

  • $30,000 in new annualized billings in only 12 months
  • Tactical goal planning and setting
  • The generation of 15 to 25 qualified leads per month
  • Phone marketing instruction and training
  • Training in the benefits of newsletters and websites
  • 12 proven marketing strategies
  • Financing options

Build a stellar practice by enrolling in this program today!  It’s time to take charge of your professional future.  Call 1-877-833-7909 today!

Accessing QuickBooks Help: A Tutorial

 quickbooks-popularUAC’s Professional Bookkeeper’s Guide to QuickBooks is a tutorial-based course enabling students to master this popular accounting software.  In this article, we share a tutorial on QuickBooks Help System, taken directly from the course. 

Sometimes in QuickBooks you need help determining what forms to use or what to enter into those forms once you find them.  QuickBooks has a pretty good help system.  Some people are disappointed when they receive the QuickBooks software and realize that it didn’t come with a 1300 page user’s manual like they used to distribute in the good old days.  But to be honest with you, the help that’s available in the QuickBooks program itself is better and more complete than the assistance or help that we used to get in those 1300 page user manuals.

One thing that’s different in newer versions of the software is the position of the Help display.  If you click on Help and then select “QuickBooks Help” or press F1, help displays on the right-hand side of the screen.  To get help on something, click on this search topic and then type in a search phrase. In this example, we’re going to search for “job costing.”

Once you type in “job costing” and press enter, QuickBooks displays 15 different topics related to job costing.  You can view those different topics to see if any of them are helpful.  Let’s imagine you want “unbilled costs by job report.” You click on that link and QuickBooks tells you exactly how to get that report and what information should be on it.

The next Help feature that we want to talk about is the Learning Center Tutorials. To access these, go into Help and Learning Center Tutorials.  These are small videos that Intuit has created to help you understand how to use the program.  They’re very brief, but they provide an excellent overview.  Some of you might have your clients use them to get a general idea of how to use QuickBooks.

Let’s talk just a little bit about Support.  If you click on the support option, QuickBooks connects to the Internet and details the different support options available.  You have 30 days of free technical support when you first register your software, and that’s available immediately after you purchase it.  You can purchase support from Intuit as well.  You also might want to contact Universal Accounting Center to check on the support that we offer for QuickBooks and the Professional Guide to QuickBooks training program.

There are a few other Help features we wish to discuss. First of all, let’s talk about “About QuickBooks Pro XXXX.”  This is the information the software gives you about your specific program.  It provides your license number, the product number and the user licenses.  You want to hold onto these numbers because you will need them if you ever install this software onto another computer (for example, if your system crashes, you’ll need these numbers to install it on a new machine).

Under Help there are two other options that we should talk about:  New Business Checklist and Year‑End Guide.  You use the New Business Checklist when you first start a company; QuickBooks poses questions to ensure that you have done the right things in setting up your business.  There are explanations on each one of those checkpoints, and after you’ve completed them you can check them off.  So if you want information on, for example, choosing a name, you click on “Choose a name,” and QuickBooks displays Help to the right; you can look at that information and click on any of those different topics and then click through the checklists as you complete them.

The same sort of thing is available under Help and “Year‑End Guide.”  This is something you use at the end of the year, and frankly you might want to go through everything to ensure that you have covered all your bases.  You don’t necessarily have to do all these things at the end of the year, but they’re things that you should at least consider doing.

You can also access QuickBooks Help in each of the different areas of the program.  For example, if you have a transaction up on the screen, say, for example, Pay Bills, you can click on the Help feature, which displays as a question mark, and QuickBooks will show help topics that are context sensitive.

The Professional Bookkeeper’s Guide (PBG) to QuickBooks

If you found this tutorial useful, you’d probably like Universal’s Professional Bookkeeper’s Guide to QuickBooks program which will teach you all this and more with training targeted for all user types.  To enroll in this program today, call Universal at 1-877-833-7908!

Changing Jobs in the Accounting Field

successful business womanIt’s happened to the best of us.  We launch our careers and then decide that we’re unsatisfied performing the tasks in our current occupations.  Perhaps you began your accounting career with the idea that you would move up or switch to a job more compatible with your interests and goals. 

Whether you’ve been in your current job for ages and need a change, or if you’re just interested in the opportunities available, accounting is a wide field that offers many options.  From controller to tax manager, from senior accountant to senior analyst, from credit manager to bookkeeper, the job possibilities are endless, so there’s no reason to feel gridlocked in your accounting career.  But as you consider a change, remember the following Do’s and Don’ts:

1.   Don’t worry if the thought of changing careers makes you nervous.  Change of any kind, especially in a career, makes most people nervous.  It’s perfectly normal and shouldn’t scare you away from accomplishing what you desire.  Taking it slow and creating a plan will help ward off any fear you might be experiencing.

2.   Don’t get discouraged.  It may take awhile to 1) discover what you really want, and 2) find that perfect job for you.  Recognize that changing jobs will require time and patience.

3.   Don’t rule out staffing agencies.  Sometimes you have to date a few employers and jobs before you commit to just one.  There are staffing agencies that specialize in accounting and by taking a few months to test drive employers and occupations you’ll get a good idea of which might be best for you while simultaneously getting your foot in the door.

4. Do take the time to research and consider all the possibilities.  Take the time to consider your interests, your objectives, and your ultimate career goals.  Do the research necessary to determine which job and employer will be right for you.  While you’re at it, find a mentor in the same position who could give you valuable tips.

5.   Do remember your transferable skills and networking contacts.  Because you’re moving from one accounting job to another, recognize that your transferable skills are extremely valuable.  Update your resume so that it targets your desired occupation while highlighting those transferable skills.  Also refer to your contact list to 1) aid in helping you determine which occupation is for you, 2) discover job opportunities you may not have heard about otherwise and 3) win an advantage on a job you’re interested in.

6.   Do get training that will help you advance. Often you’ll have a better shot at getting a job if you’ve had advanced training.  For example, enrolling in UAC’s Professional Bookkeeper Program could give you the advantage in finding just the job you want.  It will bolster your resume and give you a talking point in those crucial interviews.

Whichever occupation you choose in the accounting field, the important thing is that you find the right one for you.  In following this list of Do’s and Don’ts you will have a better chance of doing just that.

Learn More about the Professional Bookkeeper (PB) Program

If you would like to see how the PB Program could benefit your career, watch our DVD “Introduction to the Professional Bookkeeper Program.” Just visit Universal’s website to watch the video for FREE!  Take this one small step today, and learn how the PB Program could help you solidify your accounting career or launch your own bookkeeping practice.

Is Your Job Satisfying?

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Are you looking for the Wellspring of Professional Gratification?

He has spent all his life in letting down empty buckets into empty wells; and he is frittering away his age in trying to draw them up again. – Sydney Smith

How much time have you wasted trying to draw empty buckets from empty wells by working tirelessly at an unfulfilling job?  You

spend more time working than you do just about anything else.  Is it both mentally and financially rewarding? Or do you count the hours every day, waiting for your day job to end so you can get back to your real life?

It’s a new year—time to take control of your career and steer it towards a more gratifying professional future.  And as you consider an occupation that is both satisfying and lucrative, we suggest you look for two things: 1) a service that is in demand, and 2) something about which you can get a little excited.

Consider tax preparation.

What?  No, really.  Tax preparation.  Nearly every individual and every business is legally required to submit a tax return (talk about a prospective client base!).  In addition, not many people like to do their own taxes, and the truth is many are leery to try.  And with increasingly complex tax regulations, who can blame them?  Thus, tax preparation will always be a service that is in demand.

Enter the Professional Tax Preparer who can expertly prepare both individual and business returns with grace and ease, submit them faster than a speeding bullet and file any necessary extensions in a single bound.  Okay, so maybe tax preparation isn’t that brand of super, but it is pretty cool.  And if you possess a penchant for numbers, you just might be able to get a little excited about tax services.

Increase Your Options and Your Earning Potential

Becoming a tax preparer opens up countless career options.  You could supplement your current income with part-time work in the evenings or on the weekends.  You could expand your bookkeeping service by adding tax preparation to your menu.  Or you could replace your full-time income by becoming a Professional Tax Preparer.  Whichever option appeals to you, the training necessary to become a tax preparer isn’t as long and painful as you might expect.  Universal Accounting Center has made it easy.

Our Professional Tax Preparer program includes the following:

  • Informative video instruction
  • Full 1040 training
  • Full business return (1065, 1120, 1120S) training
  • One Year Follow-up Support from expert tax preparers

Many programs will lecture you on tax law and preparation practices, but Universal’s program is much more effective because it provides you with the hands-on practice that will perfect your skills.  Theory is taught as guiding principles, but the focus is on actually doing taxes to gain proficiency.

The PTP course consists of 20 hours of video training. Most tax preparation courses include books and some worksheets. Our training uses engaging and entertaining tax preparers who give practical advice on tax issues; they also provide real-world solutions that will give you the edge in productivity and profitability. Our instructors know what challenges you will face because they have been there themselves.

You know better than anyone whether or not it’s time for you to move to another well.  If you’re looking for a wellspring of professional gratification, enroll in the Professional Tax Preparer program today.  Call Universal at 1-877-833-7908 to get started now!

Make this a Stellar Year!

Your aspirations will continue to reside in your future unless you do something about them, today!  You can take action to start your own bookkeeping service by enrolling in the Professional Bookkeeper Program.  You could be finished in less than 60 days and earn certification that will show prospective clients that you have the expertise necessary to handle all their accounting needs.

One Simple Course

This course is designed to make you a Profit & Growth Expert (PGE).  What’s a Profit & Growth Expert?  A financial professional who does more than balance books, but also informs clients how to increase their business’s profitability.  They are proactive accountants who help their clients make informed business decisions aimed at improving a company’s fiscal health.

In addition to becoming a Profit Expert, the Professional Bookkeeper program will teach you all you need to know to start and manage a business’s books.  Specifically you will learn how to perform small-business accounting tasks.  This is remarkable because most accounting programs prepare their graduates to perform corporate accounting; however, more than 80% of accounting opportunities are not with large corporations but small businesses.

There are more than enough local businesses with which to build your client base. They could use someone specialized in those skills that satisfy their unique needs.

In addition to the reasons noted above, there are many more that detail why a bookkeeping service makes so much sense. Here’s a list of some of those reasons:

  • Every business is required by law to keep books
  • You can earn a good living (the average client will bring in about $300 per month)
  • It’s an inexpensive business to start (you probably have most of what is required right now)
  • No expensive equipment is required
  • You can make money doing what you enjoy
  • You can work anytime, any place
  • Rented office space is not required
  • Inventory is not required

A bookkeeping service is one of the easiest to begin.  And to wrap up your training, we will also teach you how to market your new and unique skills.  You’ll not only know how to start and manage a company’s books from scratch but also how to acquire those qualified clients that will appreciate your service offerings.

In less than a couple months you could be ready to start your own accounting practice.  Why not celebrate the New Year early by enrolling in a program that will change the course of your future, today?

Call Universal now at 1-800-833-7908 to give yourself one last gift: a stellar new year!

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