Ain’t nothing but a…bean counter?

The correct terminology is critical

by Kyle Zeigler, Sage Senior Certified Consultantelvis-quote-CPAs

“I have no use for bodyguards, but I have very specific use for two highly trained certified public accountants.”  – Elvis Presley

Even Elvis knew the value of a good accountant. So when it comes to hiring a new accounting professional, finding an experienced Sage 300 CRE user is a huge plus. However, the wording of your job posting can make a big difference in the quality of candidates who apply. For instance, advertising for someone experienced with Sage 300 can be hugely misleading. Sage distributes two significantly different accounting solutions, both of which were rebranded as Sage 300 – Sage 300 ERP (formerly ACCPAC) and Sage 300 Construction and Real Estate (formerly Timberline). A user experienced in Sage 300 ERP will be completely lost in your Sage 300 CRE accounting software!

Likewise, using only the word “Timberline” in your advertising may limit the number of applicants you receive. To attract the best candidates for your accounting position, specifying “Sage 300 Construction and Real Estate (Timberline)” or “Sage 300 CRE (Timberline)” is best.

Vetting applicants who claim to be experienced Sage 300 CRE users is also important. Let’s face it – job applicants tend to exaggerate their qualifications in hopes of landing a job. Rather than asking, “Are you experienced in the Accounts Payable module?” a better approach would be to ask, “Walk me through the features you used in the Accounts Payable module. What exactly were the steps?” This may help validate the candidate’s claims and determine his/her true level of experience.

Update your Sage communications

Finally, with changes in accounting personnel, it’s always a good idea to contact Sage and update your organization’s communication preferences, especially if your primary contact with Sage has changed. This ensures that you receive critical communications from Sage, including notices of upcoming version releases and potential changes in the software. To update your preferences, you can do one of the following:

Whatever changes are taking place in your organization or with your Sage 300 CRE software, we at Ledgerwood Associates are here to help with the transition. Please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 480-423-8300 or visit us at

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