Michael Sterling
When You’re the Underdog for a Job – Do These Five Things

Job hunting can be daunting enough, but when you’re not the strongest candidate – and you know it – it can be down right terrifying.   There can be many reasons for being the Underdog. You may be early in your career with limited experience, or on the other end of the career spectrum and […]


Michael Sterling
Think Small for Big Rewards in CPA Career

How to Find Greater Learning and Earning Power In Public Accounting   Sure, working for a Big 4 firm is sexy. There’s a status linked to the name recognition. For many new accounting graduates, it’s a terrific start into a CPA career.   The ‘Big’ in Big 4 tends to become the issue for many […]


Michael Sterling
How to Co-Lead an Interview: Three Types of Questions You Must Ask!

  Fun Fact: An interview is less about you and more about the questions you ask the interviewer!   WHAT???   Think about it. If your resume has done its job (see: “Your Resume Has ONE Job: Do it Right!“), the interviewer has an excellent snapshot of your experience. The interview is your opportunity to […]


Michael Sterling
Do These 3 Things to Tame the Email Beast

  Ever open your email inbox and want to cry? Me too!   I’ve regained some sanity and taken control of my daily deluge of messages by doing these three things:   Hit Pause. This is awesome! Inbox Pause is a free Gmail extension. If you use Gmail, download it today. When you hit Pause, […]


Michael Sterling
Kick Procrastination to the Curb in 5 Steps

  Benjamin Franklin said it best – “Don’t put off until tomorrow what can be done today.”   But, it’s not really that easy. Right? Procrastination is alive and well and living amongst us. In fact, procrastination is possibly the #1 career killer.   If you’re guilty of putting things off until you find yourself […]


Michael Sterling
5 Ways to Build a Bridge for Top Talent: A Guide for CPAs

  I see it all the time. A firm extends a job offer to a highly qualified candidate only to have the offer rejected. The partners are shocked. Moreover, they’re faced with the daunting task of continuing the search for another ideal candidate.   What happened? The Fear Factor. Moving up the career ladder often […]


Michael Sterling
Three APPsolutely Must-Have Apps

  Love a great app? I have three new favorites! I recommend you check these out.   Hemingway Editor   For anyone who wants an amazingly easy way to write more concise, clear and….wait for it…error-free, Hemingway will be your best buddy.  Just copy and paste what you’ve written into Hemingway and it will edit […]


Michael Sterling
14 Simple Truths About Success

  Truth is:   Life has already begun. This is not a test. You can’t push pause on life. Your every decision matters. Studying does not end after college. Knowledge is crucial. If you are not willing to be left behind, keep studying. Weaknesses don’t matter. Accept weaknesses. Everyone has them. The only things that […]


Michael Sterling
Culture Clash? Find a Better Match.

  How to Find an Accounting Firm with Values that Match Your Own!   Finding a firm that matches your core values means you must first take time for introspection. This requires that you are brutally honest with yourself. What’s important?  What’s not?   Only once you’ve clearly defined your core values, will you be successful […]