News and advice on management and the business environment — October 2016

A New York accountant is featured on a baseball card in a collectible card set. Plus, author Drew Hayes has released the third novel in his series on Fred, the vampire accountant.


Hiring managers on helicopter parents from hell

We’ve all heard stories about overzealous parents trying to “help” their kids land jobs, but an OfficeTeam poll of 600 senior managers in Canada and the US has revealed some truly cringe-worthy behaviour. When asked to recount the most surprising parental conduct they’ve seen, respondents spoke of parents calling to set up interviews for a child, negotiate their child’s salary and even pretend to be a reference. But these anecdotes truly take the cake (literally):

• “A woman brought a cake to try to convince us to hire her daughter.”

• “One mom knocked on the door during an interview and asked if she could sit in.”

• “Moms and dads have called to ask why their child didn’t get hired.”

Seems like it should go without saying, but “being overly involved in their child’s job search can cause more harm than good,” says OfficeTeam’s Brandi Britton. “Ultimately, companies seek employees who display self-sufficiency and maturity.”


Accountant appears on Topps collectible baseball card

Allen & Ginter card

CPA trading cards? Yep, apparently it’s a thing. New York accountant Robert Raiola, a.k.a the Sports Tax Man, has card No. 240 in the 2016 Allen & Ginter card set, the Topps line featuring hand-painted images of current baseball players, other athletes of note, pop culture icons and historical figures. (Plus, an accountant.) There are no stats listed, but it does include this nifty write-up: “More money, more (IRS) problems can be the reality for superstar athletes, but Raiola is there to help. ... Specializing in advice for athletes, broadcasters, coaches and other high-income personalities, Robert’s popular Twitter account (@SportsTaxMan) has roughly 50,000 followers.”


Vampire accountant is back

Drew Hayes

Remember the popular novels we told you about featuring Fred, the vampire accountant? Well, US author Drew Hayes has released a third book in the series as a followup to Undeath & Taxes, called Bloody Acquisitions. According to the blurb on Amazon, the story picks up with Fred enjoying a “thriving parahuman accounting practice, a steady relationship and a circle of trusted friends.” Unfortunately, he’s no longer the only bloodsucker in town, and “the undead accountant is faced with a choice between two equally unappealing options: flee his home or stand against an entire clan of fellow vampires.”


Still one of the safest professions around

Accountant/auditor has again made CareerCast’s annual list of top-10 safest professions. Based on required energy (exertion/stamina), physical demands, work conditions (toxic fumes, noise, etc.) and degree of confinement, the list also includes actuary, computer systems analyst, dietician, interpreter/translator, mathematician, medical records technician, paralegal assistant, statistician and web developer. A separate US survey for Sterling Talent Solutions asked respondents where they feel most safe, with 78% saying “at work,” which was second only to “at the doctor,” at 83%. Ergo, as an on-the-job accountant, you’re about as safe as safe can be.