Looking Back on 2018, These Were Our Most Popular Job Seeker Resources

December 28th, 2018

As local recruiters, Provisional Accounting knows how challenging it can be to find engaging and rewarding accounting work in Seattle. If you have the right skills, you probably won’t have much trouble securing a new opportunity, considering the Seattle area unemployment rate was just 3.3% as of October 2018, but you don’t want just any job.

Connecting top talent with outstanding local companies is what we do, so each month, Provisional Accounting shares multiple resources for job seekers like you. Here’s a look at our three most popular career-related posts of 2018.

How to Refocus Your Energy When Work Becomes Tedious and Uneventful

Everyone has slow days at work now and again, but if monotony has become your new normal, this isn’t acceptable. You deserve to feel happy and fulfilled at work, so we offered a few tips to help you make a positive change. This included switching up your routine, branching out from your current responsibilities, learning a new skill, and if none of those ideas work, seeking new opportunities. Read more.

Career-Boosting Resolutions to Continue on the Path to Success

Originally written for 2018 resolutions, this post is more applicable than ever this time of year. Setting career-minded New Year’s resolutions now — or a few months down the road, if you’re a little late to the party — will help you get on track and stay focused. In this post, we shared four career-boosting resolutions to consider putting on your list. This included figuring out where you’re headed, making networking a priority, focusing on continued growth, and eliminating unproductive habits. Read more.

Question: How Do I Tell My Current Boss I Found a New Job Opportunity?

Getting a new job is beyond exciting, but quitting your current one can be difficult. Unless you’re exiting a really terrible work environment, you’re probably feeling a little bittersweet and quite nervous about breaking the news to your boss. To help ease the pressure, we offered five tips to tell your manager about your new opportunity. You’ll want to make sure they hear it from you, deliver your resignation promptly, display gratitude, briefly explain why you’re leaving, and offer to assist in the transition. Read more.

Planning to start searching for a new accounting job in 2019? Provisional Accounting is here to assist every step of the way. Get in touch today to find a temporary/contract, contract-to-hire, or direct-hire opportunity with a top Seattle area employer!

A Look Back at the Top Three Resources for Managers From 2018

December 21st, 2018

Being the boss is hard work. As one of the top accounting staffing agencies in Seattle, Provisional Accounting understands this more than anyone.

We know your job can be stressful, so we share advice for leaders like you multiple times per month. As a busy professional, you might not have much time to sit down and read, so we compiled our three most popular management-focused blog posts of the year for you.

Top Three Management Resources of 2018

The Most Cost-Efficient Ways to Increase Team Morale This Spring

If your employees seem a bit down, this isn’t something you can afford to ignore. When people become disengaged, productivity plummets and they often start searching for other jobs. In this post, we shared five cost-effective ways to boost morale, to let your team know you have their back. Our suggestions included holding a contest, requesting feedback and actually implementing it, hosting a potluck lunch, encouraging side projects, and volunteering together. Read more.

How to Shift Your Hiring Practices to Find More Qualified Job Seekers

It’s a job seeker’s market, so finding top talent has become harder than ever. If you haven’t been particularly impressed with the caliber of applicants applying to open positions at your company, it might be time to switch up your hiring practices. We suggested four ways to go about this, including writing better job descriptions, adding an extra step to the job application, seeking referrals, and taking on a staffing partner. Read more.

Why You Should Hire an “Outside-of-the-Box” Thinker Instead of a Process-Driven Individual

In business, there are two types of employees — those who think outside the box and those who are focused on processes. The latter is nice, but it’s the creative types who will take your company to the next level. If you still need a bit of convincing, we shared four reasons to hire professionals with a think-outside-the-box mentality. This included their constant push toward innovation, easily adaptable personality, and seamless problem-solving abilities. Read more.

Want to Start 2019 Fully Staffed?

Provisional Accounting is here to guide your search for temporary/contract, contract-to-hire, and direct-hire talent. Get in touch today to discuss your needs!

As You Look Back to January, Did You Reach Your 2018 Goals?

December 17th, 2018

In just a few weeks, it will be a new year. If one of your goals for 2019 is to explore new accounting jobs in Seattle, it’s not to early to start preparing.

The end of the year is a great time for reflection. A big part of this includes reviewing your 2018 goals, to measure the progress you’ve made. Hopefully, you’ve achieved a lot, but if you didn’t get as far as you hoped, don’t become discouraged. Instead, use this to increase your focus in the new year.

Four Tips to Create Your 2019 Goals

Evaluate Your 2018 Objectives

The goals you set at this time last year can teach you a lot. If you surpassed your expectations, you’re likely in the right place. Consider broadening your horizons even further by setting more challenging objectives for 2019, because you can clearly handle it.

On the other hand, if you didn’t meet your goals, get to the root cause. You might benefit from the guidance of a mentor or perhaps you’re burning out and need a career change. Understanding what went wrong will help you move forward.

Decide Where You’re Headed

Before you can set goals for 2019, you have to figure out what you want. If you’re already on the right track, that’s great, but if you’re not, don’t be afraid to change course. This isn’t a process that should be rushed, so take the time to really think about where you want to be next year at this time.

Create S.M.A.R.T. Goals

If you didn’t achieve your 2018 goals, there’s a good chance they weren’t S.M.A.R.T. — specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound. Vague goals leave too much room for interpretation, which can easily lead to a lack of accountability. Get ahead in 2019 by structuring your goals for success.

Schedule Periodic Reviews

If you set goals at the beginning of the year and don’t look at them for another 12 months, you’re probably not going to achieve success. Put dates on the calendar now — monthly or quarterly — to review your objectives and monitor your progress. This will give you the chance to make any necessary changes to your goals or approach, so you can end the year on a high note.

A new year is a perfect time for a fresh start. Provisional Accounting is here to help you reach your 2019 goals. Contact us today to find a temporary/contract, contract-to-hire, or direct-hire opening with a top Seattle area employer!

How to Keep Your Staff Motivated During the Busy Holiday Season

December 14th, 2018

For many, the holiday season is the busiest time of year. No doubt, your employees are busy attending parties, shopping for gifts, and entertaining guests from out of town, so this might take some of their focus away from work.

As one of the top accounting staffing agencies in Seattle, Provisional Accounting knows how challenging it can be to get people to concentrate on their jobs during the holidays. You want your team to enjoy the season, but they also can’t abandon their jobs until January. Find out how to strike a balance between work and play at your office this December.

Four Tips to Keep Your Staff Motivated During the Holidays

Offer an Incentive

Make work extra fun by holding a contest. You can decide whether to put people on teams or make it an individual initiative, so choose the structure that best fits your work environment. Challenge employees to achieve a certain goal by the end of the holiday season, and give the winner(s) a prize they really want. People work harder when there’s a reward at stake, so this should keep them focused.

Assign Engaging Work

It’s usually hard to get people excited about monotonous tasks, but this can be nearly impossible when they’re consumed by the holidays. Avoid this by keeping the interesting assignments flowing throughout the month. If this is a slow period for your company, get people inspired by asking them to help set team goals for 2019.

Provide Scheduling Flexibility

Since the holidays can be a hectic time of year, cut employees some slack. When possible, allow them to have some flexibility with their schedules or work from home. People will be better able to concentrate when they’re not stressed about missing a holiday activity at their child’s school or worried about leaving work in time to pick a relative up from the airport.

Plan a Holiday Party

You might think hosting a holiday gathering for employees will be a huge distraction, but it will likely have the opposite impact. Most companies have some type of celebration, so if you don’t, this will lower employees’ spirits. When people feel appreciated by their employer, they’re more inspired to work. You don’t have to plan a fancy, expensive party, but do something festive to honor the season.

Looking to hire accounting and finance talent in 2019? Provisional Accounting is here to help you find the right fit for your Seattle area team. Contact us today to find the best temporary/contact, contract-to-hire, and direct-hire candidates every time!