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The Big Picture

CPAs share their insight on how the designation provides the skills to help you see the big picture. Soft skills can prove to be invaluable when it comes to success in the professional world. They are the non-technical competencies related to how employees work, such as customer service, communication, problem-solving, and teamwork. Some of these…


The Power of Perks

By Nicole Kittlitz, Candice Rookes and Rae Shungur. PERKS, we all love them…but really, what are they?   You know that scene in Good Will Hunting when Chuckie (played by Ben Affleck) attends the job interview impersonating his genius friend, Will (Matt Damon)?  On the way out the door when he asks for a retainer and…

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How to Attract the Right Candidates Using Professional Development as a Tool

By Lily Brooks, Sherri Bowles, and Vijay Masih Professional development can be a positive experience if done right. As the spectrum of candidates varies from  entry-level to executive-level experience, it is essential for employers to target their professional development  program to the candidate level you are appealing to. Regardless of experience level, professional development should …


The Benefits of Feedback

By Ioana Bucsa & Crystal Horner The term ‘feedback’ is used to describe helpful information (sometimes in the form of criticism) about prior actions or behaviours of an individual, communicated to that individual or others who can, in turn, use that information to adjust and improve in some meaningful way. Feedback occurs daily in a…


How should I price myself in the market, without compromising my value?

By Max Morin When it comes to compensation, there are multiple factors that play into the final amount that both the employee and employer come to settle with. This amount can be quite ambiguous until someone from either party has decided on a firm evaluation of the prospective candidate in question. So… what are you…


5+ Unique Benefits of Diversity in the Workplace

1. Diversity Increases Performance In a setting where there is equality and inclusion, it allows employees to be confident and to apply their skills more while attaining new skills along the way. They are more comfortable with their work load and they are more likely to engage in conversation both inside and outside the workplace….


How To Find A Job In A Recession: 9+ Crucial Tips

Let’s be honest — searching for a new job doesn’t usually excite most people. Searching for a job during a recession? It’s no secret some people would rather schedule in a root canal! Multiply that lack of a good time by throwing in an economic downturn and the pressure rises. Suddenly you’re competing against a much…


Virtual Interviewing

Last week CPA Alberta held a webinar on online interviews and interviewing.  Our expert panel of Joe Gagliardi, FCPA, FMCA, ICD.D, Esmond Desilva, Phillip Holcomb and Cynthia Kumar, CPA, CA, discussed the dos and don’ts of online interviewing, including: Tips for successful interviews with recruiters and employers Online visual impact: eliminating distractions, camera position, dressing…


Career Building with Joe Gagliardi

Check out the latest CPA Smart feature to get the best advice for building a lasting and fulfilling career to succeed on any stage from our very own Joe Gagliardi, FCPA, FCMA!