Resources to Reach for the Stars: Top Accounting Career Tools

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Do you need some help advancing from your current position? Whether it's a desire for new credentials, additional education or advanced training, there are many online career resources that can help you with the transition. Here are some resources you can use to take another step forward in your accounting and finance career:

  • Career tools from professional organizations: Accounting certifications can be beneficial for advancing to a position that requires additional experience in a specific aspect of accounting. The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), American Payroll Association (APA), Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and other organizations within the accounting industry provide resources for members and nonmembers and also paths to certifications. These include webinars, conferences, continuing professional education opportunities, job postings, mentorship opportunities and other tools.
  • Salary Information: When determining which path to take toward your dream job, having up-to-date salary information is beneficial. Based on your interests and the data on starting salary ranges, you can tailor your choices to jobs that fit your earnings goals. This information also can be useful for salary negotiation, as you'll have credible data to support your case for higher pay.
  • Accounting magazines and websites: You can also expand your knowledge through news media geared toward finance and accounting that post updates on upcoming conferences, webinars and other events. Accounting Today, for instance, regularly posts opportunities to network and expand your skills on its website under the Events tab.
  • Career tools from state boards of accountancy: If you plan to become a CPA, the tools available on these organizations' websites are particularly helpful, as each state board of accountancy has its own requirements for obtaining the certification.
  • Standards boards websites: If you're looking to update your knowledge of accounting standards before seeking out a new position, you can view articles, news releases, webinars and other tools from various standards boards, including the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) and the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB).

Utilizing these career tools can help you not only demonstrate your new knowledge in an interview, but also show your commitment to working competently once you obtain the position.