The idea of lifelong learning is not a new concept, however, in today’s dynamic job market there is an urgency to embrace it. The process of acquiring new skills and knowledge, referred to as upskilling, has become a powerful tool for professionals seeking personal and professional growth. In this article, we’ll explore some steps to take when thinking about upskilling.


  • Identify Your Goals: Begin by defining your goals. What skills do you want to acquire and why? Having set goals and understanding your why will help you stay motivated.

Research and Planning

  • Market Research: Research the skills that are in demand in the industry to work in or the industry you are looking to enter. Identify the skills and competencies in demand. It is also important to look for trends and emerging technologies.
  • Course Selection: Once you’ve done this, you can then look for certifications, and courses that provide the material needed to acquire the skills you’ve identified.

Online Learning Platforms

  • Explore Online Resources: There are numerous platforms like Coursera and LinkedIn Learning that offer courses on a wide range of topics.

Practical Application

  • Hands-On Practice: Practical experience enhances your understanding and retention of the new skills you’ve acquired.
  • Incorporate Skills at Work: Once you’ve completed a course, you can start incorporating the skills acquired at work. This will reinforce what you’ve learnt and add value to your role.

Stay Informed

  • Subscribe to Industry Updates: Subscribing to industry relevant newsletters, blogs, news websites, and thought leaders will help you stay updated on relevant developments.

Evaluate and Adjust

  • Assessing the Impact of your Skills: Frequently evaluate the impact of your upskilling goals on your career. Are you seeing the anticipated benefits?

Remember upskilling is an ongoing journey. Stay open to new opportunities and always be ready to adapt to industry trends.

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May 24, 2024

Can LinkedIn’s New Games Boost Your Networking Skills?

LinkedIn, the professional networking giant with over 1 billion users, has consistently innovated to enhance user engagement and utility. Recently, it introduced a less traditional yet impactful feature: LinkedIn games. These games aim not only to entertain, but to foster professional growth and networking on the site.

The Games

LinkedIn’s game offerings include three NYT-style games:

Pinpoint: In this game, players guess the category based on provided clues. The goal is to identify the category using as few clues as possible.

Crossclimb: Crossclimb combines trivia questions with word placement challenges. Players must find four-letter answers to the clues and rearrange them so that each answer differs by only one letter from the one above and below.

Queens: Similar to Sudoku, Queens involves placing crowns correctly. It requires attention to multiple elements and can evoke both love and frustration due to its trial-and-error nature.

Accessing the Games

Wondering how to access these brain-teasing games? According to a LinkedIn FAQ, you can find them through various channels:

  • Games Hub
  • Search for Games using the LinkedIn Search bar
  • My Network Page
  • Today’s Games section under LinkedIn News (Desktop only)
  • Side Panel in the LinkedIn mobile app
  • Notifications
  • LinkedIn’s Perspective

A spokesperson for LinkedIn told TechCrunch, “We’re playing with adding puzzle-based games within the LinkedIn experience to unlock a bit of fun, deepen relationships, and hopefully spark the opportunity for conversations…”.

While LinkedIn’s games may seem like a departure from the platform’s professional focus, they offer a unique way to engage with your network. As you play, consider how these puzzles can enhance your cognitive skills, creativity, and ability to think critically—all valuable traits in the professional world. So go ahead, solve a crossword, or place those virtual crowns strategically. Who knows? It might just lead to a meaningful conversation or a new professional connection!

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#WeAreGreenKey: Spotlight on Mike Bosco

Welcome back to #WeAreGreenKey, where we shine a spotlight on our powerhouse recruiting team.  

Recently, we met up with Mike Bosco, Staffing Director on the Accounting & Finance team at Green Key. Mike started his career at Green Key about 10 years ago, first as an intern out of the Long Island office, and quickly climbed the ranks to where he is today. He currently still works out of the Long Island office, supporting both the perm and temp sides of the business.

What do you enjoy the most about Accounting and Finance recruiting?

I really enjoy how fulfilling it is both personally and professionally.  I’ve been doing this for over 10 years and still encounter new situations and challenges.  At the end of the day, we’re the intermediary between our clients and candidates. Besides being able to fill positions for our clients, working with and helping people is very rewarding. Especially when we get positive feedback, or a referral, it feels gratifying knowing you not only made an impact but established a lasting professional relationship.

How do you stay informed about developments in the accounting and finance industry, and how does this knowledge influence your approach to recruitment?

Our team consists of industry professionals. We collaborate a lot as a team, meeting several times a week to discuss various recruitment strategies and target areas.  Particularly within public accounting, we prepare for the natural seasonality of hiring for our clients. Currently in the first quarter of the year, there’s not much hiring in public accounting, so we are more focused on recruiting for clients in the private sector and outside of public accounting. 

What advice would you give to candidates looking to stand out in the accounting and finance job market?

Value every interview you go on and prepare like it’s your dream job.  General preparedness, knowledge of the company, and showing genuine excitement in the opportunity to interview.  I think hiring managers, a lot of the time, are looking for somebody who has a particular interest in their organization, not somebody who’s just looking for a job.  Getting an interview typically shows you are qualified, but how do you stand out?  Personality, enthusiasm, being prepared, and how you can clearly articulate your skills are things that can be worked on prior to an interview that will make a huge impact on a hiring manager’s decision.

Are there any specific certifications or additional qualifications valued by employers in this industry?

As an accounting and finance recruiter, the CPA license is always something that would increase somebody’s marketability for any accounting position.  However, it depends on the individuals and their background. For instance, if I’m working with a payroll individual then perhaps not the CPA, but the certified payroll professional, the CPP certification, or an experienced bookkeeper might just have a certificate in QuickBooks.

2024 marks 20 years of Green Key, how would you describe your experience since starting your career with the Accounting and Finance team?

I started back in 2010, right after the 2009 downturn. I remember being told that things are slow right now, while the year before was a busy market. Fast forward to ten years later, the pandemic happened, and it almost seemed like I was seeing things full circle. Overall, my journey has been really interesting. I started when we only had two offices, the New York and the Long Island locations. We’ve since outgrown the original office space, going from about 5 people to about 40-50 in our current larger Melville office. So even though we were a 10-year-old company, seeing where we are now seems like I started in those infancy stages and now we’re on national basis. I’ve seen not only the growth of the team but also the different transitions of our VMS systems, starting with Encore, then Ultra, and now our newest version of Salesforce. I was able to see these different systems being implemented along with new policies and procedures across the company. I was also able to witness how the team and company adapted to challenges, for instance, through COVID and then have our bounce back year.

So, it’s really been an interesting journey to say the least. I’ve never really felt that the company or I have felt stagnant. It’s been nice to be at a place for as long as I’ve been to always feel personal and company growth. That’s something I’ve really enjoyed about working here and the people that I’ve worked with, I wouldn’t be here as long as I’ve been if I didn’t like who I’ve worked with.

With all that being said, this year we’re aiming to get back on track and continue to grow by cultivating strong relationships with new clients, as well as businesses we’ve worked with in the past.

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