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
Psst: You Need Executive Presence – Here’s Why

What Defines Executive Presence?   Has this ever happened in your firm?   Someone is promoted to a leadership position. This person successfully competed against other qualified candidates, some of whom you know are just as experienced and smart. You ask yourself, “Why him?” … or, “Why her?”   Soon you hear that it was […]


Michael Sterling
7 Kick-Butt Ways to Attack Busy Season Chaos

  No two words strike dread into the heart of public accountants quite like – Busy Season.   The Urban Dictionary defines Busy Season as:   A period of the year in public accounting designated by mandatory 55+ hour work weeks, weight gain, decreased sexual activity, increased alcohol consumption, late nights, tickmarks, excel, ineptitude, and […]


Michael Sterling
The Real Reason You’re Not Getting the Job

  I don’t know how else to say it, but the real reason you’re not getting the job could be – you’re not likable. My intention is not to offend, but to educate.   I’m awe-stuck when a professional on a job hunt contacts me regarding a position and goes out of their way to […]


Michael Sterling
7 Traits of Highly Successful Public Accountants

  Every individual has potential. Their own set of skills and abilities. However, not every person reaches their potential. Truly successful people do things a little differently. It’s what sets them apart from the pack.   I work exclusively with public accountants – as a coach and recruiter. Over the years, I’ve seen that the […]


Michael Sterling
Move Your Career Forward in 2017: A Step-by-Step Guide

  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.   As New Year Resolutions go, […]


Michael Sterling
Say What?! How to Answer Interview Questions

  As a young professional, on the job hunt, I remember being warned about interviewers asking odd, psychoanalytic questions like -“If you were a color, what color would you be?”   I spent a great deal of time practicing how to answer interview questions. However, I was so preoccupied by composing a rational answer to “What type […]


Michael Sterling
One More Thing…. (Ways to Get Your Job Application Noticed)

  I’ll just say it. I don’t wait well. Do you? I admit that I push the elevator button more than once. I watch the clock in the doctor’s waiting room. Even the Express Lane at the grocery store isn’t fast enough. I usually head for the self check-out (unless there’s a line!).   Waiting […]


Michael Sterling
9 Must-Haves for the Public Accountant Job Search

  Fun fact: it’s peak hiring season for public accounting. Whether you’re on the hunt or thinking of making a move in the future, every successful job quest requires planning. Planning requires research, which requires time. To make it easy, here’s a roundup of our essential resources for a public accountant job search.   9 […]

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