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5 tried and tested ways of increasing your odds of making it through partnership track

Getting through the partnership admissions process is a competitive process. Read this article to gain five tested tips to make sure you become a dead cert for partnership.

In this article, Heather Townsend, co-author of How To Make Partner And Still Have A Life and The Go-To Expertshares 5 tips based on her recent experiences of helping her client successfully […]


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The Vice President, Supply Chain Management Capgemini Consulting, answers a few questions about the 19th Annual Third Party (3PL) Logistics Study

By Rob Starr, Content Manager, Big4.com

Shanton Wilcox discusses several findings, including how the latest worldwide report that’s in collaboration with Penske Logistics, Penn State University and Korn/Ferry International shows omni-channel retailing is driving significant 3PL opportunities: 

How are retailers increasingly investing in technology to provide a seamless experience across all retail sales channels? How does this affect 3PLs?

Retailers are […]


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Capgemini’s Digital Shopper Relevancy Report Provides Insights Into Omni-Channel Retailing

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

Kees Jacobs, Global Digital Proposition Lead, Capgemini Digital Customer Experience, helps us understand the changing nature of shoppers’ retail habits and their preferences.

Why is social media declining in importance as a channel that consumers rely on?

Kees Jacobs

Compared to other channels, social media adds little incremental value to the shopping journey, particularly when it […]


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“Technology is Everyone’s Business” – Career Management and Technology

Understanding a variety of technologies is critical for career development

How many friends do you have? How often do you tweet? What apps do you use? These were some of the questions Artie Decker was asked after he was fired in one of the opening scenes of the 2012 movie Parental Guidance. Billy Crystal’s character, Artie Decker, is a long […]


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Innovative financial intelligence tools specialists acquire financial consulting services firm

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

Finagraph (http://www.finagraph.com) provides automated financial intelligence tools and data verification to financial institutions. They recently announced the acquisition of BBI Financial (http://www.relationshipbankingacademy.com), a financial services firm that provides training and education programs for bankers and business owners. The deal marked a big move forward for the robust analytics and comprehensive information […]


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Career advice from a dual perspective

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

Professor Timothy A. Gagnon has combined accounting and law degrees into a hybrid well of information anyone currently working in The Big4 or planning a career there should dip into. His resume includes Attorney at Timothy A. Gagnon, Attorney at Law, Professor/Faculty Director MST and MSA On-line Programs at Northeastern University and Managing Member at […]


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5 clever ways to get your mentor and sponsoring partner to help you to make partner

Fail to use these 5 tips and you are risking sabotaging your career progression to partner in your current firm.

In this article, Heather Townsend, co-author of How To Make Partner And Still Have A Life and The Go-To Expert, shares 5 tips based on her recent experiences of helping her client successfully get appointed to a partnership position […]


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The Six Levels of Relationships: Where are Yours?

By Andrew Sobel, Big4 Guest Blogger

There are six levels of professional relationships that you should be naturally moving your clients through.

The first two are pre-client:

Level 1: Contact

This is the starting point. We meet someone, have a brief conversation, and exchange business cards. We may stay in touch over the years, but there is little interaction. The individual is primarily […]


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EY’s Allie Rutherford named to 2014 NACD Directorship 100 list

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager.

Along with her colleague, Stephen R. Howe, Jr., EY’s Allie Rutherford was named to the list recognizing the most influential leaders in the boardroom and corporate governance community. Rutherford is the Director of Corporate Governance in the EY Center for Board Matters and she answered a few questions via email.

 

What does it mean to be […]


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Husson University Faculty Member With 33 Years Experience Talks About Honing An Accounting Career

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

“The younger generation is not so interested in networking the way the older generation did.”

We knew there were several possible avenues to pursue when we contacted Professor Dewey Martin, CPA, CMA, about adding his valued input to our library already covering a wide range of topics on career development in the Big4. It was obvious […]


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The Big 4 take the top spots among business students in 2014 rankings of the World’s Most Attractive Employers from Universum and CNNMoney

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

Deloitte, KPMG, PwC and EY take four of the top five spots right behind Google as the World’s Most Attractive Employers for the generation that’s taking a different approach to work. We asked two of the experts involved to help us understand how these results are coloring the future Big 4 landscape.

1.       Can you better […]


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DO IS THE NEW LEAD

by Todd Dewett, PhD, www.drdewett.com, todd@drdewett.com

I find that the discussion of leadership often becomes too convoluted and complex.  The typical professional is ridiculously busy and could really use a simple way of thinking about the topic.  So, if I could only offer one piece of simple and actionable leadership advice, here it is:  stop spending so much time thinking about […]


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The Importance Of A Doubting Mind

By Andrew Sobel, Big4 Guest Blogger

“I used to work for an old-fashioned rainmaker,” a client of mine once told me. “He had that ‘take-no-prisoners’ approach to sales and customer relationships. His motto was, ‘Sometimes wrong, never in doubt.’”

Never in doubt, indeed. It’s one thing to have deep-seated conviction about your views, quite another to obscure the truth with overconfidence and […]


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3 clever tips to help you get through your final interview for partnership

These 3 tips helped our client who was a Big 4 partner get his next partner role in another large firm. Heather Townsend, co-author of How To Make Partner And Still Have A Life and The Go-To Expert, reveals all…

Getting through the last interview for partnership may be a step too far. However, armed with these 3 tips you […]


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The Career Guy Lets Us In On His Stealth Career Transition Technique

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

Darrell W. Gurney understands the importance of effective networking for career advancement inside and outside of the Big4. After graduating from the University of Texas with degrees in Finance and International Business, he started his career with Arthur Young in London, which was then part of the Big8. After returning to the U.S., he learned […]


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