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May 2013 Futures in Finance
This month, we review the 2013 AFP Compensation Survey. Treasury and finance professionals experienced a healthy pay increase last year, with those at the executive level receiving the biggest boost. Also this month, we bring you our exclusive coverage of the recent CTC Corporate Treasurers Forum in New York. Much of the discussion at the forum centered around the development and retention of talent in treasury, as well as new areas treasury is expanding into. Also, CFO Coach Cindy Kraft discusses the new methods that organizations are using to find the right candidates, and more.
May 23, 2013
Intel Exec: How to Succeed in FP&A – What You Need to Know
Brice Hill, VP Finance at Intel and for five years its chief
of FP&A, offers a personal look at financial planning and
analysis based on his recent presentation, "Advice I Wish I
Received in 2004."
May 23, 2013
Finance Pros Need Broad Experience to Advance, Employers Say
Attendees at last week's CTC
Treasury Management Forum agreed that for treasurers to progress in
their careers, it is essential that they gain a broad range of
experience outside the treasury group.
May 22, 2013
CFO Coach: How Companies Are Finding Passive Job Candidates
You are most marketable as a passive job candidate. Here are three recommendations for using LinkedIn Recruiter, a stealth hiring tool that specifically targets passive candidates.
May 10, 2013
AFP Board Member Profile: Ferdinand Jahnel
Ferdinand Jahnel, Vice President and Treasurer at Henry
Schein Inc. and AFP Board Member, discusses the challenges and opportunities he has faced throughout
his career. A member of AFP since 2005, Jahnel has been a speaker at various
Apr 17, 2013
Weddle: Using Your Time Wisely
The Internet has caused a lot of people to adopt a quantitative approach to their job search campaign. What’s a better approach? Use a qualitative application strategy that I call select and succeed.
Apr 12, 2013
CFO Coach: Can You Get a Good Job Fast?
Those who are in job search mode want a good job fast and they want the smallest investment (of time and money) possible in securing that good job fast. Is all of that really possible?
Apr 12, 2013
Canadian Growth to Pick Up?
Canada’s economy, which lagged in the second half of last year, is expected to pick up, according to a new report from the OECD. One initiative that could help spur some growth in the coming months is the Start-Up Visa program, which launched April 1.
Apr 02, 2013
How Microsoft Develops, Retains Treasury Talent
Developing and retaining talent is a challenge for any treasury department. Even though the U.S. job market is still struggling, an individual with the right combination of education and experience can be a hot commodity. Microsoft’s treasury department has a unique approach.
Mar 27, 2013
Treasury, Finance Executives Find Success at Nonprofits
At nonprofits, personal fit is every bit as important as professional pedigree. Still, nonprofits may have different philosophical missions than corporations, but operations are no less dependent on sound fiscal policy.
Mar 22, 2013
Activating Your Natural Genius
It’s time to change what we associate with the word “genius.” Start by getting up and looking in the mirror: Can you spot the genius? If not, you may need to change your perspective, because it is there.
Mar 15, 2013
Weddle: The New Definition of Qualified
In today’s job market, if you apply for a job where you are a perfect match with the stated requirements and responsibilities, you will almost certainly be ignored. What’s causing this situation? Employers have reset the definition of qualified, and kept the existence of the change to themselves.
Mar 15, 2013
CFO Coach: Are You Replaceable?
Taking control of your career—now, while you are quite marketable— was not only smart, but advantageous. No one has the vested interest in your own career that you have.
Mar 15, 2013
Weddle: Making Yourself a Memorable Job Candidate
For whatever reasons, we humans are fast becoming a population of absent-minded professors. What does that have to do with job searching? Employers’ and recruiters’ memories are just as unreliable so you must protect yourself against their forgetfulness.
Feb 22, 2013
Many Roles Can Lead to an FP&A Position
AFP recently spoke with Ricardo Losada Revol, Director of Corporate Finance at World Fuel Services. Like many of his contemporaries, Losada Revol worked in a number of roles before taking on FP&A.
Feb 21, 2013
AFP of Canada Member Profile: Rashid Maqsood
Rashid Maqsood of Rexel Canada Electrical Inc. joined AFP of Canada in 2001 and is currently a member of The Society of Canadian Treasurers. He serves as Vice Chairman and Secretary of the AFP of Canada Board of Directors, which he has been a member of since 2008.
Feb 15, 2013
CTPs Can Earn Credits for Joining Cyberattack Exercise
Certified Treasury Professionals now have added incentive to participate in next month’s Cyber Attack against Payment Processes (CAPP) Exercise. In addition to testing their organizations’ cybersecurity preparedness, participants will have the opportunity to earn continuing education credits.
Feb 14, 2013
The Necessity of FP&A Certification
Through a number of meetings and formal discussions, AFP determined that a certification program for FP&A professionals would help define universal principles and standards of practice. The program would also recognize FP&A professionals for their understanding and mastery of complex processes, tools and best practices.
Feb 07, 2013
2013: New Year, New Goal
From a career perspective, what is it that you want to accomplish in 2013? You might not be ready to make a career move, but you might want to make this the year you get fully prepared for a future move.
Jan 17, 2013
What the Board and CFOs Expect Treasurers to Deliver
Meeting with the board of directors or producing a deliverable for the CFO can be stressful undertakings for any treasurer. In a panel discussion at the Executive Institute and the recent 2012 AFP Annual Conference in Miami, experts looked at what board members and CFOs expect from their treasury departments.
Dec 31, 2012
Corporate Finance Interview Questions
If you interview in corporate finance, expect some companies to present their questions in the form of business cases or word problems. Whatever your answer, explain the rationale behind your thinking. Employers are just as interested in your ability to grasp business strategy as they are in your ability to crunch numbers.
Dec 26, 2012
Best Practices: The Yogi Negotiator
Take a calming deep breath, find your center and stay balanced, calm, and ready. Are you on a Yoga mat or in a boardroom preparing to negotiate? The techniques learned in Yoga can be applied across a broad spectrum of areas, especially in stressful situations such as negotiating.
Dec 21, 2012
FP&A Takes Center Stage with New AFP Certification Program
Corporates are sure to have questions regarding today’s announcement that AFP is developing the first ever certification for the corporate FP&A profession. To get a better sense of how it came about and how soon AFP members can expect to see it, we spoke with AFP’s Jeff Glenzer, CTP, Managing Director, and Brian Kalish, Finance Practice Lead.
Dec 21, 2012
Six Tips on Public Speaking from a Treasury Professional
speaking doesn’t come easily to most. So what do you do when your supervisor
makes speaking in public a work goal? The answer for one treasury professional:
lead a session at AFP Annual Conference.
Dec 20, 2012
Weddle: Being Realistic About Your Job Search
In today's competitive job market, the only way to achieve the goal of reemployment is to focus on the openings where you have the best chance of success. If you are unable to prove to a potential employer that your will be a superior performer, then applying for the job is a waste of time.
Dec 20, 2012