Why Should Employers Consider Applicants With Diverse Work Experience

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A few years ago, fresh graduates were usually instructed to specialize and focus on one field. While such advice has helped many, some people succeeded even with a diverse work experience. In this generation of young professionals, the number of so-called “career jumpers” are increasing, suggesting that most of these people are no longer anxious when it comes to switching jobs.

Given their lack of focus and expertise, why should employers consider applicants with diverse work experience? Here are some reasons:

These professionals have gained different skills.

An applicant with experience in retail and healthcare can help a management firm in another aspect of business compared to someone who has been working in the same field all his life. Despite lacking technical knowledge, the skills an applicant gained from other industries may help the company when it comes to drawing up new strategies or services. Bringing in new talent to work with experienced industry movers can produce better results. It can also expose the team to other approaches and processes that can be helpful in the long run.

They are also more willing to be trained.

The so-called “career jumpers” are aware that they are skilled in a lot of things but lack expertise. This makes them willing to be trained compared to those who have been working in the same industry for many years. Working in a new field makes them more attentive, helping them acquire new skills in a short span of time. When these professionals’ potentials are harnessed, they might decide to eventually focus all their energy and specialize in one field.

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They approach matters with a wider perspective.

Hiring a person with a different set of skills and experience can provide more insights to a team. With the same training, a team is only exposed to the same methods and resources. Having a fresh talent in the mix can help others approach problems with a different perspective that they might not have conventionally learned.

When it comes to hiring applicants, it is also important to look at the work ethic and achievements. Combining these factors with a person’s skills will determine if they are ready to take on the job.

Edmund O’Brien is a certified public accountant and serves as the CEO of the Americas at Arvato Bertelsmann. He has previously held executive positions in Arvato partner Microsoft from 1999 to 2014. Follow this Twitter page for similar updates.

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Why Should Employers Consider Applicants With Diverse Work Experience

Predictions And Industry Shifts: CRM Trends For 2017

When people know future challenges to expect, they usually feel some levels of confidence that they could thrive in whatever situation. When the time comes, these people with foresight know how to react.

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The ability to infer future trends is also an important aspect of business. It’s quite tricky, but there is a method to it. Customer relationship management (CRM) allows a high level of market anticipation in highly competitive environments, where retaining customers is integral to survival.

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AI-based bots will occupy a prominent role in customer relationship management in years to come. Businesses are burdened with huge amounts of data. Sifting through the noise in order to find relevant information is a herculean task. With the amazing rate of data growth, the burden only grows exponentially. Machine learning and predictive algorithms are developed to eliminate the guesswork in marketing decisions, leading to campaigns which are innovative, creative, and exciting.

Another emerging trend in customer relationship management is contextual CRM. More often than not, consumers view adverts as annoyances. To boost their appeal, products need to be marketed as a “best-friend brand.” This can be achieved with hyper-targeting, catering to micro-segments of customers, and giving the right messages to the right customers at the right time. This is the bread and butter of contextual marketing.

Edmund O’ Brien is the CEO of the Americas at Arvato Bertelsmann, overseeing the growth and execution of a multibillion-dollar business that delivers a host of BPO services including SCM, CRM, financial and IT solutions. To know more about him and his industry, visit this page.

Predictions And Industry Shifts: CRM Trends For 2017

Accounting Skills For Everyday Success

While some people may do anything to avoid tasks involving math and numbers, the plain truth is that math, especially accounting, is not only inescapable but also integral to everyday life. So instead of dodging accounting, the better tactic is to learn and appreciate the following essential life skills:

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  • Basic accounting – One doesn’t jump into the most complicated aspects of accounting, after all. Every fledgling business owner, employee, or, really, anyone who has a budget to keep track of is doing accounting. It’s basically how one tracks his finances.
  • How to use accounting software – Once one has the basic principles down pat, it’s easier to look into using technology for bookkeeping. Aside from tables, one can even use visualization tools to see things more clearly. Microsoft Excel is one of the more standard tools used by professionals and regular folk, but there are many others available for computers and mobile devices.
  • How to speak the language – There are a lot of technical terms involved in accounting and words like “debit,” “credit,” and “taxation” will come up often. Even if one were to leave the work to an accountant, one should be able to understand what the accountant is reporting.
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Just going through everyday life, one is bound to encounter accounting one way or another so it just won’t do to ignore the task. All one really needs is to get a basic understanding of accounting principles to track one’s income and expenses properly. This way, one can make educated decisions on how to proceed with one’s finances.

Eddie O’Brien is a certified public accountant and CEO of the Americas at Arvato Bertelsmann. Follow this Facebook page for more articles on business and accounting.

Accounting Skills For Everyday Success

Why Accountants Can Make Good Leaders

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Accountants have made quite a name for themselves in the corporate world. Almost every corporate entity survives, in large part, due to the success of its accounting operations.

Because their roles are crucial, accountants have had very rewarding careers, and often, they have taken the route of owning their independent businesses, which are likely to have become successes as well. Here are a few reasons as to why they can be good leaders.

Accountants typically have strong organization skills. This is what enables proper delegation of tasks and prioritization of goals. Doing these the right way can dictate how successful a company’s overall management will be.

It is typical too of accountants to be very detail specific. As looking for small mistakes in a balance sheet can be likened to finding a needle in a haystack, accountants’ brains are hardwired into this kind of orientation. This kind of talent is most useful, especially when dealing with people in an organizational framework.

Another reason why accountants can be reliable leaders is their skill to make decisions fast. It so happens that accountants are quite immersed in a certain environment that can also speed up their ability to classify things with much success. In leadership, this makes for swift decision-making that enables actionability.

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Accounting is no joke, and neither is the business of leadership. When these two combine, they can make a strong foundation for a powerhouse corporate entity to make waves soon enough.

Edmund O’Brien is the CEO of the Americas at Arvato Bertelsmann. He is a successful leader who started out as a certified public accountant. To get more business insights in his field, visit his profile on LinkedIn.

Why Accountants Can Make Good Leaders