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January 16, 2009

Editor's Note
Spring is a time when many accounting firms resort to temporary staffing options to help bulk up the workforce when dealing with a crushing workload. In addition, recent economic conditions have left many professionals without a job. The opportunity to merge experienced professionals with businesses in need of temporary staff is an alluring one.

In this issue of In The Zone, we've assembled some articles about temporary staffing issues, statistics, tips for making hiring choices, and help for resolving conflicts that can occur when workers with different backgrounds are expected to work together in the pressure cooker we know as Busy Season.

Best regards,
Gail Perry, CPA
Managing Editor
editor@accountingweb.com



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Temp workers are popular option in tough economy
Traditionally, organizations work with temporary accounting professionals at tax season, quarter- and year-ends, and the monthly close. But for firms operating with leaner employee teams, temporary professionals, being a variable expense, are an attractive option year-round, according to specialized staffing firm Robert Half International. more >>
Tax season temps: What kinds of work do they do?
With tax season rolling up fast, some CPA and tax preparer firms will supplement their full-time staff with temporary help to ease the workload. What kinds of help do they hire? The answer has changed over time. Some firms hire temps to do actual tax work. But since Internet technology has made it easier to share the workload with colleagues in multi-location firms or to take work home, the tasks that temps are now hired may be different than they once were. more >>
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Actions speak louder than words: Workers say temp work is best indicator of job potential
How can job candidates convince the hiring manager they're an ideal match for the position? Survey results show that working on a temporary basis is a good start. Nearly half (46 percent) of workers polled said performance on a temporary or trial assignment provides the best insight into whether someone is qualified for a job, followed by the interview (30 percent) and the reference check (12 percent). more >>
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Financial hiring will increase in first quarter
The job market in accounting and finance is holding steady, suggests a new survey. Nine percent of chief financial officers (CFOs) interviewed plan to add full-time employees and 8 percent expect to decrease the size of their staff, according to the Robert Half International Financial Hiring Index. Eighty-two percent of executives said they would make no changes to the size of their teams. more >>
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