A Top Employee Left, Now What?

While most of my writing projects revolve around taxes, accounting and personal finance, occasionally I get a chance to write about careers. It’s a topic I really enjoy. Despite the fact that I’ve never worked in human resources in any official capacity, I’ve always been sort of the “go-to person” for friends and family members looking for advice on resumes, career development and interviewing.leader

Funny story . . .

Years ago, a friend (for simplicity’s sake we’ll call him Mike) wanted to switch career paths. Mike had been working in management in the hospitality industry but really wanted to go after an open position as the Executive Director of a local non-profit. Despite having no experience working in the non-profit world, Mike was a hard worker, a natural leader and excellent at managing projects, people and budgets. All skills that would translate well to this new position.

The night before Mike was to submit his resume, I was on an audit in Minden, Nevada. Mike asked if he could email me his resume to proofread. Whoa. It was a trainwreck. Full of typos and he’d listed just about every task he’d ever performed at every job he’d ever held. If I remember correctly, that thing was four pages long! Nobody looking at that resume would be able to decipher how his experience would translate to the new position.

Hey, some people just aren’t good resume writers.

I stayed up half the night completely re-writing the resume for him, consolidating experience, taking out what wasn’t necessary, and polishing the important parts so the board couldn’t help but see that he had what it takes.

Mike got the job, and eight years later, he is still there!

Of course, I can’t take full credit. He aced the interview and had the skills to excel there, but I can’t help but feel like my resume gave him the chance to show that.

So lately I’ve had the opportunity to write on a few career topics for Accounting Principals. Check out a couple of the blogs I’ve written for them:

A Top Employee Left, Now What?

How to Identify Leaders

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How Do Millennial Business Owners Compare to Other Generations?

Will we ever tire of analyzing, dissecting and writing about the Millennial generation? Not anytime soon.pexels-photo-159991

Recently, I wrote a piece for Freshbooks on how Millennial business owners compare to other generations. Researching this piece was pretty interesting. I uncovered a few statistics that surprised me.

I also listed a few resources to help small business owners (of any generation) manage their business finances.

Head over to the Freshbooks blog and check it out. Do you have any other tips I didn’t think of?

Tax Knowledge Showdown: How Do Millennial Business Owners Compare to Other Generations?

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1040, 1040A, 1040EZ – Which one is right for me?

I recently started writing for Credit Karma. You may be familiar with their free credit monitoring service. This year, they’re launching free tax preparation software.Startup Stock Photos

My first article for them covered the differences between Form 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ. I got a chance to interview my favorite tax blogger, Kelly Phillips Erb of Forbes’ popular Taxgirl blog.

Hop over to the Credit Karma blog to check it out.

What are key differences between Form 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ?

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