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Welcome!  The Local Chapter of the American Payroll Association.

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PMPA Spring CPP Study Group

Our spring study group starts on January 20th. Our study group is free to PMPA members. Please contact Bethany Wright to sign up.


6 Recruiting Strategies to Improve Your Payroll Staffing 

It’s a hot job market now for accounting and finance professionals. This is great news if you’re job-hunting — but not so great if you’re responsible for payroll staffing.

The 2018 Robert Half Salary Guide for Accounting and Finance highlights payroll as one of next year’s in-demand areas. In particular, organizations seek experienced payroll managers, especially ones who have their CPP (Certified Payroll Professional). With plentiful job openings but not enough skilled payroll candidates, what’s a hiring manager to do?

Here are six ways to refine your recruiting strategies so you can take your payroll staffing to a higher level to attract and hire the professionals your company needs:

1. Know what skills you need in this role

Unless you plan to provide training, you’re probably looking for someone with competencies in data entry, payroll processing software and systems. Excel expertise is in demand, and in some areas, multi-state and international payroll processing experience is a must.

As Carlie Boese, an Accountemps branch manager, points out, payroll clerks and payroll managers must also possess the right soft skills, such as these:

  • Customer service — “Payroll is one of the most thankless jobs out there. No one goes to the payroll department on pay day and thanks them for their check. They only hear about it if something goes wrong!”
  • A solutions-oriented approach — “When there is a problem or a complaint, you need someone with the right attitude who can take that issue and think, ‘What can I do to solve this?’”
  • Dependability and attention to detail — “Payroll is a deadline-driven position that affects their coworkers’ livelihood, so error rates must be low.”

2. Offer above-average salaries...read the rest of the article here.

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