Michael Sterling
Calling All Public Accoutants: Rate Your City

  SmartAsset, the free web app which features financial and personal wealth information for everyday folks, just published a ranking of 10 Best Cities for Young Professionals for 2018. The list is diverse and may hold some surprises for those who might be looking for locations such as San Diego or Atlanta.   How did […]


Michael Sterling
Pssst… Here’s a Busy Season Secret That Can Change Your Career

  If you’re in public accounting, you’re bracing for busy season. Tax season is fraught with long hours, extreme workloads, exhaustion and fast-food-induced heartburn. No surprises there.   What is a surprise (and a well-kept secret) is that in the midst of the frenzy lies a prime time to land your ideal next job. That’s […]


Michael Sterling
The 12 Rules for Resumes

  Resumes seem to fall into two categories: a rival to War & Peace or something which could be etched onto a thimble with little to any detail. The trick is to balance information and length. You want your resume to be easily scanned by the eye, as well as to sell your skills and […]


Michael Sterling
Simple Steps to Making Career Strides in 2018

  The start of a new year always reminds me of the saying, “Wherever you go, there you are.” We all talk about a fresh start for the new year. In reality, we carry our baggage with us. What has really changed? Nothing, unless we choose to make changes.   If your goal is to […]


Michael Sterling
First Day Fails – Don’t Do These

  I’ve heard some pretty amusing first day of work stories. But really, messing up on the first day of a new job is not a laughing matter. It might seem strange to think, after all the effort involved in successfully obtaining an offer of employment, that someone would make a first-day faux pas. However, […]


Michael Sterling
Describe Yourself (9 Great Answers for Accountants)

Describe yourself in a few words. Can you? Most likely, a number of adjectives come to mind. Perhaps you’re a dog-loving, travel enthusiast and die-hard Packers fan. Great! Nice description. Except if you’re in a job interview.   If you consider winning the blue ribbon in the city-wide chili cook-off each year an integral part […]


Michael Sterling
11 Quotes to Get Your Rear in Gear

  Last week, I shared some of my team’s recommended TED Talks for professional growth.   Today, I want to share some inspiration. Some motivation.   It’s tax extension season. IRS deadlines are looming. Accountants are pedal to the metal to complete client extensions. If you are searching for a boost – something to give […]


Michael Sterling
Amazingly Simple Steps to Turn Happiness into Success

  Happiness and success are often viewed as the same thing. They’re not. One doesn’t equal the other. However, I believe that happiness leads to success. It’s the fuel our brains need to drive us towards our goals.   Funneling happiness into your career has been proven, by decades of research, to directly impact professional […]


Michael Sterling
Mid-Year Checklist – Are Your Goals on Track?

  If you’re a fan of the TV show “Friends,” then you’ll understand when I say – “How you doin’?” It’s a question all professionals should ask themselves throughout the year. With just over half of 2017 gone – are your goals on track?   July is a great time to get a pulse-check on […]


Michael Sterling
Why I Object to Objectives

  For the record, I object to objectives on resumes. When writing a resume – don’t include an objective statement – ever!   I realize there are different viewpoints on this issue. Based on years of experience as a career coach, I have many reasons to scrap an objective statement.   Top 5 Reasons I […]

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