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Tips on Getting a Job in Accounting

Accounting JobsIf you’re fresh from an accounting certificate or degree or you’re pursuing one now, chances are that you’re a little concerned about your job prospects. While accounting is a career that is often in demand, actually breaking into a firm or company to start working can be awfully daunting as many positions require experience. But it’s far from impossible; in fact, many of the big names in accounting hire entry level accountants regularly in order to keep up with heavy workloads, make deadlines and to replace retiring workers. With baby boomers retiring in all fields, there is no reason to think that you won’t find a place somewhere! Still worried? Then read our tips to help you find and secure a job in your chosen field.

1. No Experience, no Problem. Although many firms state that they want to hire people with experience, most of them also look for new graduates. If you have no experience, highlight first your education on your resume and then highlight other experiences you have. Customer service experience is huge because it shows good people skills which are important for accountants deal with clients. Highlight jobs that show off your ability to communicate as well. And don’t underestimate the power of your volunteer experience and showing off you balanced work and schooling successfully as all of these things have some useful transferable skills.

2. Network, network! Most universities and colleges have job fairs and other events that let employers meet potential employees and students and accounting is no different. Whenever possible, it’s a good idea to attend these job fairs, talk to representatives from different accounting firms where you live, learn more about the companies and really put yourself into the minds of the representatives so that when it comes time to apply for a job you’ve already shown yourself in a positive light. These events are also good because they let you narrow down where you’d like to work and what you will be expected to have on your resume to get in as most firms have slightly different needs.

3. Keep Learning. If you have your accounting degree, there is so much more you could do. Try for your Masters, take and pass the CPA exam, look at other things you can learn that branches off your accounting. There are online courses for just about everything now so you can have flexible learning and it will add to your skill set. It’s also a good thing to add to your resume as it shows you are committed to personal growth and trying new things.

4. Keep Trying. Just like any other job, you have to be politely persistent. If you have a resume going out, keep tabs on it by asking-politely-after a week or so if anyone has seen it or what its status is. After an interview, send a thank-you note and follow up on it later. If you just expect to get a job by throwing a resume at it and doing nothing else, you’re in for a shock. This is the case with most jobs nowadays, but given how competitive accounting can be, it’s even more important.

5. Hire Yourself! Freelance accountants are on the rise along with a rise of freelancers in many other fields. There are no shortages of small business ventures which need a good on-off accountant to help out, plus the world of the internet means you can go global. Just make sure that you have something unique to offer clients, you have a good education and certification and prepare to do some scraping and competitive bidding until you get yourself established.

Accounting is a great field to get into because once you start working and have more experience you have something that will never really go out of style. People will always need someone to manage their books! It may not necessarily be easy to break into the field, but with some work and a bit of luck you can manage it. Good luck!

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