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Universal Accounting Initiates New Interactive Testing Center

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (March 1, 2007) – Universal Accounting Center (UAC), an Inc. 500 company, has launched an upgraded testing center for students completing the Professional Bookkeeper program, Professional Tax Preparer program and Professional Bookkeepers guide to QuickBooks Pro. The testing center provides a reliable solution for students participating in UAC’s distance programs.The upgraded Web testing center includes the following features:

  • An advanced database accelerating student movement to each question.
  • Students can navigate to any question regardless of where they are in the test.
  • A virtual “time attendant” following students throughout the test monitoring remaining test time.

Universal Accounting Center is the worlds only accounting specific trade school offering accounting, bookkeeping and marketing training to students throughout the world. Skills are taught through classroom trainings or through a patented home-study course, allowing students to learn at their own pace. In August, 2006, Universal Accounting debuted on the Inc. 500 list of fastest growing private companies in the United States. More information about Universal Accounting Center can be found by calling 1-800-343-4827 or visiting www.universalaccountingcenter.com.

Resume Do’s and Don’ts

Does Your Resume Put Your Best Foot Forward?

There’s A Lot of Opportunity – Make Your Resume Strong Enough to Improve Your Career

A New Year = A New Career? What a great time to consider a career in the accounting field. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts the strength of the job market in accounting will continue to grow for the foreseeable future. As more and more start-up businesses enter the economy, the need for skilled and qualified bookkeepers and accounting professionals has never been better. In fact, if you’re looking for a stable career with the ability to create a consistent and rewarding income, the accounting department has been a great place to be for over 500 years.

I’m Not an Accountant Yet. Is This Really a Stable Career With Potential for Growth?

If you have the right education and skills, it really is a stable career that offers great income and job security. In fact, the accounting profession has been around since 1494.As long as government requires all businesses to do accounting, there will be a need for skilled and qualified bookkeepers and accountants. At the end of this article, I’ll talk more about how to gain the right education and skills.If you’ve decided that you want to change your career and join the ranks of those who have found personal and professional satisfaction in the accounting field, you’ll need a resume that will knock-em-dead. Here is a list of some do’s and don’ts for putting together a high-impact resume that gets noticed.


  • Be concise. You’re not the only busy person in the world. Those reading a resume don’t want to know your work history beginning with the lemonade stand at age 7. Try to keep your resume to one page, but it can go over that length if you feel the information is relevant to the job and sets you apart from the competition.
  • Be interesting. If you were responsible for keeping a $1 million contract on target, say so. Tell how your work kept the client happy, produced quality results, and used certain skills. This also will give the employer something to ask you specifically about in the interview.
  • Be prepared. Study an employer like it was the last one on earth willing to give you a job. Know the key players and what they do, how to spell their names, what the company does, a business history, etc. This will help target your resume to the employer’s needs.
  • Be lively. Use words that convey action and enthusiasm. If you can’t think of any, get a thesaurus, watch commercials or read advertisements to get ideas on how to ”sell” yourself.
  • Hit the target. The key to resumes these days is homing in on what the employer wants, and what you can do to give it to them. Consider all the information on your resume from the employer’s point of view. What would its executives consider important to their industry? What skills do you have to help them win new clients, develop new products or make their company more efficient?


  • Don’t make mistakes. We all make them, so have someone with good writing skills read your resume for grammatical flaws, spelling errors, typos, etc.
  • Don’t be goofy. Most of those who read resumes would rather look at normal type on normal paper without straining their eyes or patience. Make the benefits of hiring you stand out, not the look of your resume.
  • Don’t offer personal information. For employers, it’s against the law for them to inquire how much you weigh or whether you are married, so it’s just better to avoid such personal data. At the same time, they probably don’t care if you needlepoint or are an enthusiastic tuba player unless it relates directly to the job.
  • Don’t stretch the truth. There’s a difference between playing up your abilities, and misrepresenting yourself. Don’t fudge the facts: it’s too easy to check the truth and ruin your chances at getting the job you really want.

Remember, practice makes perfect. This is true when writing a resume too. There are a number of sites online as well as books that give you helpful suggestions. Don’t be afraid to experiment with your resume. Be willing to rewrite your resume to keep up with workplace trends. As your resume writing expertise improves, so will your ability to find the perfect job.

How Do I Gain the Right Skills for a Job in the Accounting Department?

You need the right education, but you won’t find it at the local college. You don’t need a college or university degree to gain the skills that will make you a valuable asset to small business owners, but you do need a specific set of skills. At Universal Accounting, we’ve taught people like you and me the ins-and-outs of small business bookkeeping and accounting since 1979. We’ve been called the small business accounting experts for over 25 years.At Universal, we believe that hands-on learning is hands-down the best approach. The Professional Bookkeeper Program utilizes DVD-based instruction, easy-to-understand textbook materials and practice sets of actual small business bookkeeping records to give you real-world experience navigating the world of small business bookkeeping.Once you’ve finished the Professional Bookkeeper Program, you’ll have the confidence of having done a complete set of books for several small businesses, from a frame shop to a motorcycle shop. You’ll understand everything you need to know to work in the accounting department of any small business anywhere in America. From Accounts Payable and Receivable to Payroll and General Ledger, you’ll become a small business accounting expert.What’s more, you’ll be able to offer valuable and informative advice to business owners that make his or her business more profitable and successful. This kind of information not only makes your resume look great, but creates the kind of job security you and your family deserve.

Get Paid What You’re Worth

The opportunities in small business bookkeeping and accounting have never been better than they are right now. Robert Half International, the largest placement firm for accounting professionals in the world, says that bookkeepers are in so much demand that over the next twelve months they will be able to demand a better salary than ever before. You might as well be one of those professionals who gets paid what you’re worth.If you are looking for a new career or you want to advance the career you have now, the Professional Bookkeeper Program is the right tool for the right job. Last year we randomly surveyed 100 graduates of the program 12 months or longer after their graduation. Of that group, 74% of them presently work in accounting, had been promoted at their current job or had started their own business.

You Don’t Have to Take My Word For It

Click HERE to find out what graduates are saying about the Professional Bookkeeper Program.If you’d like to learn more about how a bookkeeping and accounting education advances your career and how the Professional Bookkeeper Program will provide you with the tools to do it, follow the link below. Don’t you deserve to find out more about how you can attain the professional and personal rewards of a recession-proof occupation that will create the lifestyle you want?

Regardless of your background,IT WORKS!

It doesn’t matter if you have 20 years experience in accounting, or have never worked in the field before, the course is designed to provide practical, hands-on training for everyone!

Free Gift

Two Additional Practice Sets-a $$$ value-

Practice makes perfect. The three modules already contain practice sets for nine different businesses. Purchase the Professional Bookkeeper program today and you’ll receive two more practice sets, giving you eleven in all. This will give you even more confidence and experience in various industries and the opportunity to work with additional types of clients.


Filling the Gaps

How the Accounting Profession May Respond to Talent Shortages

A ladder against a blue sky.Last December Robert Half International, a staffing and consulting firm, created The Financial Leadership Council in order to report on trends in the accounting, finance and audit professions. Recently they released a report entitled “Charting the Future of the Accounting, Finance and Audit Profession” addressing the projected shortage of talent in the accounting field.Universal Accounting Center has long been reporting that accounting is a sure profession with a bright future and endless opportunity. This new report confirms UAC’s assessment, expressing concern over the projected talent shortage while suggesting ways in which the profession can better attract and secure accounting professionals. The report also advices accounting professionals how to best prepare for changes in the industry.

Attracting and Retaining Skilled Professionals

The Financial Leadership Council advices employers to revise their recruiting practices in order to make even entry-level positions more appealing. Their suggestions include enhancing the branding of the accounting profession, showcasing exemplary professionals who successfully balance their families and careers while offering more career guidance, projects that promote growth, and challenging assignments mixed with routine tasks. The profession as a whole will be required to better understand what motivates and inspires this new generation of employees.

Preparing for Changes

And if you are looking to advance in the accounting profession, the council advices you to enhance your communication skills. Technological advances, including email and text messaging, will require the ability to communicate more, not less, effectively. And again, as UAC has consistently advised, an accountant’s ability to analyze financial information, to act as a profit and growth expert, and to inform business owners as they make crucial business decisions, will make them valuable assets to any organization. Finally, the council encourages accountants to improve their cultural literacy in order to increase their ability to function in a global economy.To request a free copy of this report, visit www.financialleadershipcouncil.com.

The Professional Bookkeeper Program Can Help You Prepare

Universal Accounting Center has been helping individuals like you advance in the accounting industry for over 25 years. And one of the objectives of the Professional Bookkeeper Program is to train individuals to act as a company’s profit and growth expert, using the analysis of financial information to help small business owners make key decisions that will make their businesses more profitable.Not only that, but in receiving this training you enable yourself to start a small business of your own as a freelance accountant. Never has there been a time where skilled accountants are in such high demand. You can craft your own opportunity, either advancing in your current job or taking that leap to start your own accounting firm. The possibilities are truly endless.Start Today DVD logoNapoleon Bonaparte once said, “Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go in.” UAC recognizes your need to take the time to decide whether or not this program is for you. That’s why we’ve created a DVD designed to help you start your own accounting and bookkeeping practice. This DVD will introduce you to our program and how you can use the training to take advantage of all the opportunities in the accounting field. For less than ten dollars you can deliberate and then prepare for action before it’s too late. Don’t waste another day. Order now!

Make Your First Impression a Lasting One

It has often been said that “You only get one chance to make your first impression.” What kind of impression do you give when you meet a prospective client? We all try to put our best foot forward when meeting new people, but if that first impression is to continue, we have to follow up.Whenever a prospective client gives you his or her business card, write the following information on the back of the card when the meeting is over and you are alone:

  • The date you received the card
  • Where you met this person and when
  • Any other details, such as personal information, that may be helpful the next time you see that person. Remembering things like the contact’s spouse or something about their hobbies or interests tells a person that you care about them beyond simply what they can do for you.

You can also use speedwriting/shorthand to specify whether the individual was pleasant or not. If someone else sees the back of the card, they would not know what you wrote.Writing down what kind of mood the client was in is helpful next time you meet them. You may have to go out of your way to be extra kind to those who were in an unpleasant mood when you first met them. But reminding them of what you talked about during the last visit demonstrates that you either have a very good memory or are very efficient, and they tend to respond more favorably.

Other sections from this week’s newsletter:

  • Purchase the Professional Bookkeeper Program and get the Financing a Small Business Course at No Additional Charge
  • Keep Your Bookkeeping Service Flying High
  • Client Secrets are Your Secrets

Job Interviewing 101 – Part I

10 Tips on Preparing a Successful Interview

(Part One of a Two-Part Series)

A woman waves an interviewee in.So your business has grown to the point where you are thinking about hiring support staff. That’s great news! This is an exciting time for your business, and you want to ensure that you surround yourself with talented employees. Conducting solid job interviews is an important part of that process. While you may be nervous about conducting interviews, you must remember that your goal is to hire a diverse group that will build your business’s success. Here are ten things to remember as you prepare for interviews.

1. Help applicants come prepared

If there is anything else you would like to review aside from a resume, for example writing samples or a project portfolio, be sure you ask the candidate to bring them in advance. You want to give yourself and the candidate the best opportunity to successfully fill your position.

2. Schedule enough time for each interview

Often interviewers underestimate the time required to complete a successful job interview. Be sure to schedule amble time so that you don’t cut interviews short or require other candidates to wait for their turn.

3. Know what you’re looking for before you conduct interviews

Be sure you take the time to write down what you’re looking for in a candidate before you sit down in the interview. You want to have a good idea of what you’re looking for so you can craft questions that help you determine the best applicant for your position.

4. Ask each candidate the same questions

The only way you can truly compare candidates is to ask each the same set of interview questions. Otherwise, the information you have is unbalanced and doesn’t give you a fair view of all the applicants. Come back next week when we discuss which questions you should ask when conducting a job interview.

5. Study the applicant’s resume and/or application before the interview

When you study the resume or application on the fly, you’ll miss important information, especially if you’re distracted by the actual interview. Take the time to look through each resume or application before you sit down with the candidate. That way you know in advance which items you want the interviewee to expand on.

6. Don’t let the interview get off-track

Regardless of how good your connection might be with a particular candidate or how much you have in common (including acquaintances) you shouldn’t allow the interview to rear off-track. Always redirect the conversation back to the interview so that each applicant has a fair shot at the job. And be sure you don’t hire according to who you like best. You’re not looking for a new best friend; you’re looking for the person who can contribute the most to your business.

7. Pay attention and take notes

After you conduct a few interviews you may find that you’re mind has begun to wonder and you’re having a difficult time maintaining focus. Snap out of it! You have to pay attention so you don’t miss important details. And take notes so you don’t forget key information when it comes time to make your choice.

8. Check their references!

Why ask for references if you don’t check them? I’ve heard countless stories of references who shared crucial information about a candidate’s true nature in a job environment that either foiled his/her chances or sealed the deal. Either way references can provide you with more information on which to base your final decision.

9. Be direct

Be upfront with the candidates so they know what they’re getting into. Explain what the job entails, the salary range, and the tasks they’ll be asked to perform regularly. When you misrepresent the position upfront the employee will most likely be resentful later.

10. Give them a timeline

Explain where you are in the interview process and when they can expect to hear back from you. Also let them know whether or not they might expect a second interview.Take the time to adequately prepare for your job interviews. Don’t rush simply because you’re anxious about expanding your business. You don’t want to be in need of an article on how to fire your employee later. When you choose employees wisely upfront you have a better chance of building a more dynamic and successful business. Come back next week to read about the questions you should use when conducting a job interview.

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