So you’ve graduated your accounting program and are excited to enter the real world. You’ve made up your resumes, scoped out potential employers, and are ready for the next step. But what is that next step?
While you may know everything the books can teach you about accounting, and you feel confident enough to enter the workforce, college probably has not prepared you for the tedious business of actually finding a job in the field.
If this sounds like the position you are in, then look no further.
Here are some tips and trick to help you find an entry level accounting job in 2018.
Determine Which Sector You’d Like to Work In
Accounting degrees are versatile: they can lead to a variety of good opportunities in a number of different work environments. The first step to finding an entry-level job is to determine what type of accounting work you’d like to do. Some options include:
- Public Accounting
- Private Accounting
- Government Accounting
- Not For Profit Accounting
Each of these sectors offers unique possibilities to accounting graduates seeking entry-level work. Like anything, each of these have their pros and cons, and it can be difficult to choose which path to take.
This choice will be different for everyone. For example: it can be a reflection of your passions, such as working with a non-profit for a cause you support, or of your career goals, with the public sector being a great resume builder.
Build Your Experience
Having any amount of field related experience will put you ahead of potential competitors who have little to no experience. You can build the experience section of your resume before graduating by volunteering accounting help for various causes or charities, or aiding with school or work functions. Not only does this show experience, but also shows potential employers you are motivated.
Work With a Recruitment Agency
You may seem uncertain of recruitment agencies, but they can be a great help when looking for a job in a specific field.
One major advantage of these agencies is that many companies use recruitment agencies to aid in the screening and hiring process, which can mean that you may not have access to their job openings without the help of an agency.
Additionally, recruiting agencies aid in matching you with the best positions for you, and often offer assistance with tailoring your resume and preparing you for interviews.
Trying to enter the workforce after graduating college can be difficult, stressful, and overwhelming.
These 3 tips on how to find an entry level accounting job in 2018 should help any new graduate find their way into a new job.
Narrowing down your options, building your experience, and working with a recruiting agency to find the perfect position will alleviate some of the stressors that finding that perfect entry-level job can create.