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What not to do in a job interview

14 March 2019
Once your CV catches the eye of a recruiter, all you are really left with is to test that there is mutual compatibility. The problem with interviews, aside from being an inherently flawed way of selecting talent, is that it’s easy to get nervous, and it’s even easier to turn it into a complete social disaster.

How not to put your CV together

8 March 2019
I recently wrote an article on How not to get an increase, which surprisingly went down pretty well.  I decided to continue the theme and suggest a few things that should never, ever, be found on a CV.

Advice to new first year trainee accountants

1 February 2019
The beginning of February each year brings with it new adventures and challenges for so many hopeful CA(SA) candidates.

How NOT to get yourself a salary increase

10 January 2019
I, like most HR professionals, have a natural interest in human behaviour and observing awkward conversations is like an ice-cream on a hot summer day - amusing but doesn’t usually last very long. I am often asked by friends, family and sometimes even by strangers, how to go about asking for an increase.

Time management for trainee accountants

4 October 2018
Time management. What do you think of when you hear the phrase?

Behind the scenes of becoming a successful Chartered Accountant

6 September 2018
“A chartered accountant is not working just to add and subtract these numbers between 0 to 9, but he should feel that he is playing an important role in building the economic infrastructure of this nation” – Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi.

USA Secondment Experience

13 June 2018
Trainees from RSM are often given the opportunity of going on secondment to number of countries around the world. Since I started working at RSM we have had employees travel to various cities in the USA, the UK and Australia.

My three years as a trainee accountant

31 May 2018
After the first two weeks of induction training, heading to my first audit, I felt as if I had been thrown into the deep end.   This year was about adjusting to the audit environment and learning new skills, and by the end of that first year everything didn’t seem as overwhelming as it did at first.

Secondment to the USA

3 May 2018
RSM South Africa provides international secondment opportunities to trainees. The qualifying candidates stand to benefit from the opportunity to work abroad for 3 to 4 months, with exposure to a different auditing methodology, while exploring a different country. This was one of the many reasons why RSM South Africa was my employer of choice.

Working, studying and training at RSM

3 April 2018
At RSM, trainee accountants are trained to interact with clients in a professional, ethical and timely manner while ensuring the client is receiving a high level of professional service.

The journey to CA(SA)

27 February 2018
The road to qualifying as a Chartered Accountant is not as easy as it may seem. To the public who are not in the accounting profession, they may ask themselves: “How hard can it be?” It only entails a three-year B Com degree, an honours (CTA) year, three years of training on the job and two board exams all completed over roughly a seven-year period.

My first week as a trainee accountant at RSM

19 February 2018
“We are what we repeatedly do therefore excellence is not an act but a habit” – Aristotle

The audit career journey

1 February 2018
The journey from an aspiring business professional at varsity to an Audit Manager in public practice has probably been the most daunting and taxing period of my life to date. In the 4 years and 3 months between receiving my degree and being promoted to Manager, there were numerous struggles, set-backs and obstacles.

Study Timetable 2018 - B Acc 1st year

1 February 2018
RSM recently spoke to the first year accounting students at the University of Johannesburg. Below follows information on the suggested study timetable we discussed.

Secondment from Australia to Cape Town

19 December 2017
I’m from RSM in Auckland, New Zealand, and in 2017 I was offered the opportunity to go on a secondment to the RSM office in Cape Town to work in the audit department. The secondment was over a period of 3 and a half months, concluding at Christmas time.

A secondment experience in Cape Town

13 December 2017
Doing a secondment abroad has been a long term goal from the first year of my studies at RSM UK. Back when I started in London, the firm was called Baker Tilly, and I was lucky enough to qualify at a time when we’d just rebranded and joined a large international network of firms. Riding that wave, I put my hand up to do a slightly longer than usual secondment.

Secondment in New Zealand

8 December 2017
Beautiful, strange, amazing, tough and awesome are few of the many words that spring to mind when reflecting back on my secondment experience to New Zealand.

The true worth of a secondment experience

13 October 2017
Employee secondments can benefit employers through developing good business relationships on a global level and sharing and enhancing employees' skills. At the same time, they can offer employees a valuable career development opportunity, with the chance to make new contacts and gain experience within a different working environment.

Performance reviews for trainees

24 May 2017
Performance reviews are a part of being a trainee accountant and are important to ensure you develop into a skilled professional. One of our trainees takes a look at how best to handle the performance review.

Where to complete your articles

29 July 2016
A big decision that any aspiring CA faces is deciding where to complete their three year training contract. There are so many options, making it a difficult and sometimes overwhelming decision. Here are some considerations to take into account when making your decision:

The Value of the Audit Training Contract

9 May 2016
The new intake of trainee accountants who started in February 2016 have just completed the first few months of their audit training contract.

Prepare your fields

25 September 2015
If you’re praying for rain, make sure that you prepare your fields to receive it.  This statement is what I feel got me through the last leg of the CA (SA) gauntlet and to where I am today.  I feel very privileged to be standing here at the finish line with more gained than I could ever have imagined, and certainly not worse for wear.

Full or part time- which way to go?

25 September 2015
Once you get to the end of your high school life, one of the most important decisions that you need to make is what to do once school is over. For the lucky few, it is all planned out and they know exactly what they want to do or what they want to become. For the majority however, it is a much more difficult decision.

Training at a medium sized firm

25 September 2015
Training in Public Practice (TIPP) with a medium sized firm as an alternative to the "Big 4" When deciding where you should work and who you should sign your training contract with, a number of factors need to be considered: