Do you want to work in accounting, but don’t know how to get noticed by accounting firms? Accounting careers are just waiting to be discovered, and this step-by-step guide will teach you exactly how to do it. From networking with other accountants at your local chapter of the Association of Certified Public Accountants to demonstrating your expertise on social media, you’ll learn everything you need to know about finding employment as an accountant.
Step 1) Look Great on Paper
The first thing you need to do is to look great on paper. It doesn’t matter how big your network is or how well-connected you are—if you can’t convince employers that your credentials make you a good fit for their firm, then no one will take notice of what else you have to offer. That means acing any written tests, writing cover letters that stand out from others, and proving your proficiency in accounting software and other relevant programs. If there are particular types of job positions or firms that appeal to you more than others, think about ways to differentiate yourself from other applicants.
Step 2) Stand Out From The Crowd
A big part of getting noticed by accounting firms is making sure you stand out from other applicants. There are many ways to do that: take classes, become a certified public accountant (CPA), and even volunteer with your community’s local CPA association.
And when it comes to landing an interview with accounting firms, research which ones are hiring and what they’re looking for. Many people find a local firm through networking and applying directly at companies in their area; others research opportunities online or travel for interviews at larger firms across the country.
Step 3) Connect & Convert
Want to get noticed by accounting firms and recruiters in general? Proactive Measures The first thing you want to do is make sure your resume is up-to-date and optimized for each specific job description. Then, it’s time to take an inventory of your online presence—including any websites or social media profiles you might have created over time—and ensure that they reflect your skillset accurately. If they don’t (or if they’re outdated), it’s time for some updates! Finally, make sure that any online portfolio content—including past projects, video samples of work or presentations, etc.—is searchable on Google or other major search engines so that hiring managers can easily find them when searching for candidates who fit their criteria.
Step 4) Take Advantage Of Opportunities
Take advantage of any local networking events or job fairs in your area. If you have a strong resume, are a top performer at your firm and take the time to engage with hiring partners, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to land an interview. From there, it comes down to presenting yourself in a favorable light while demonstrating your value as an employee. Even if you don’t know anyone going into an event, make sure you talk to people! Most of us are terrible at small talk but we all like talking about our families and interests, so bring up those topics and get others talking about themselves.
Step 5) Go the Extra Mile
Some accounting firms are more likely to hire recent graduates than others. To get noticed by top firms, you’ll need to do your research and make sure you’re applying for jobs at companies that really need new grads. After graduating, many young CPAs immediately begin applying for jobs at all of their local area firms (however, there is no guarantee that these businesses will be hiring).
To find firms interested in hiring accounting graduates, start by checking out your school’s accounting department website. There you should be able to locate a list of local and regional firms that are either established alumni partners or new businesses seeking hires. In addition, some schools offer career fairs for students where you can meet with accounting recruiters from top companies.