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A Message as Black History Month Comes to a Close

Sankofa and How It Applies to the Accounting ProfessionBy: Lontier V. Hicks, CPA As originally published in the February 2014 issue of Accountability, an eNewsletter from the Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance Black History Month is a prime opportunity to learn and/or reflect back on the past accomplishments of African Americans in our country. The act of reflecting brings to

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How to Network Properly and Efficiently

By: Jeremy Thompson A career in accounting can be very rewarding and make for a comfortable living. In today‚Äôs economy however, it can be very difficult for recent accounting graduates to find employment opportunities in their chosen field. The best way to overcome this problem is by making contacts through networking.  Some people shudder to think about networking because they

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Millennials vs. Baby Boomers: A Comedic Perspective

With all the chatter going on about the now viral PwC resignation email first seen at Going Concern, a consistent theme has appeared in the comments across the board. The general consensus is that this was yet another demonstration of how Gen Y or Millennial employees are narcissistic, lazy, coddled, and even a bit delusional as mentioned by Time Magazine. Keeping

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Gratitude: Noir CPA’s Thanksgiving Giveaway

With Thanksgiving approaching next week, Noir CPA wanted to take an opportunity to give thanks to you, our readers. To show our appreciation, we enlisted the help of Wiley CPA Review who is offering a complete exam Wiley Test Bank ($299 value) to one lucky CPA exam candidate! If you’re not familiar with how a Rafflecopter giveaway works, take a look at this tutorial to ensure

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UPDATED: Woman Behind PwC Farewell Email Speaks Out

**This post has been updated to include Part 2 of our exclusive interview. By now, I’m sure most of you are familiar with the infamous email a PwC employee sent to her team as she bid adieu to the world of public accounting. The email made its rounds pretty quickly through Outlook inboxes across the country, even venturing outside the

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CIA Exam Part 1 – Week 2

Last week I completed Study Unit 2: Independence, Objectivity, and Due Care. I continued to make my way through the material at a good pace, finishing in about 2 days. I love that the questions just cover concepts, definitions etc. It makes learning the material very straightforward and the questions don’t require computations. That also allows me to get through

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Win a Free CPAexcel Review Course

Since September 2003, CPAexcel has held a monthly drawing that awards one lucky winner a free self-study course valued at $795. 10 years later they’re still at it, so it’s time that you get in on the action! All you have to do is head over to the entry form page and submit your info. Only one entry is allowed per

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CIA Exam Part 1 – Week 1

Last week, I finally declared my return to studying for the CIA exam. Since that time I can say things have gone pretty smooth. Giving myself a week to complete a study unit is feasible and provides enough flexibility to not feel overwhelmed. As I mentioned before, Study Unit 1 covers Mandatory Guidance for internal auditors. A lot of the

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CIA Exam Studying With Gleim

If you’ve been a long time follower of Noir CPA then you’ll know that last year I decided to get back in study mode and pursue the CIA certification. Long story short, I quickly fell off the wagon., didn’t finish studying, and forfeited my exam fee for part 1. Even though I believed the CIA exam would be easier than the

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How to Become an Accountant and CPA

Thinking about pursuing a career in accounting, but not quite sure how to go about it? Well, you’re in luck! Miss Gina of My CPA Exam Journey has created a very helpful and candid video about how she entered the field of accounting, became a CPA, and her recommendation for a career path. Honestly, the insight and advice she offers

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