Searching for a job and training opportunities at the same time can be time-consuming, not to mention pricey, especially if the training involves travel. Fortunately for unemployed accounting professionals, there are a number of free job training resources easily accessed via the internet. Read on for some training tools interested accountants can pursue at their own leisure.
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Here are a few low-cost and convenient job training opportunities for unemployed accountants:
View free webinars and conference recordings
Many professional accounting organizations and companies offer free webinars or recordings of conferences that can be viewed on the Web or downloaded. Often, the only requirement for viewing these job training resources is completion of a registration form.
The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), for example, has many downloadable PDF documents of PowerPoint slides from previous webinars that are available for free. Additionally, the Accounting & Financial Women's Alliance (AFWA) and the Association of Latino Professionals For America (ALPFA), which focuses on accounting and finance as well as related professions, have free recorded webinars.
Some accounting news publications offer free webinars as well. Accounting Today, for instance, has both live and on-demand webinars. AccountingWeb and CPA Practice Advisor also offer free webinars.
In addition, Cisco WebEx has an extensive catalog of free webinars relating to the business industry, including ones geared toward developing soft skills like leadership.
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Take free job training courses online
Unemployed accounting professionals who are looking for more interactive online job training opportunities can enroll in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) geared toward finance. These classes, which are free of charge, offer introductory knowledge taught by university professors and other experts in the accounting and finance industry. Most include videos of lectures along with homework assignments, offering a close approximation to the classroom experience at home.
There are several platforms that can link accounting professionals to MOOCs that fit their needs. Coursera, for instance, is an online catalog of courses from universities across the United States. After you type in a topic of interest, the site generates a list of courses offered, including the length, start date and verified certificates offered. Udacity and edX are other sites that can help accounting professionals find and enroll in MOOCs.
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