How to Find the Best Accounting Jobs

By Robert Half April 26, 2017 at 5:00am

Accounting is critical to the functioning of any enterprise, a fact that often translates into a wealth of job opportunities and career options. But landing the best accounting jobs requires a combination of strategy, professional networking and just plain hard work.

So where should you start?

Set your sites

LinkedIn is a popular job-search tool, and that's doubly true for people with experience. One of the first things to do is to write a strong social media profile. That's part of a basic membership, which is free and gives you access to one of LinkedIn's best features: professionally oriented discussion groups that provide forums for sharing what you know. Paid memberships come with features such as InMail — a LinkedIn-based email service — and prioritized job applications.

Other top sites include job-board aggregator Simply Hired, CareerBuilder and the federal employment site, USAjobs.com.

Of course, there's an obvious downside to sites like these: They're impersonal. You're not working with a staffing professional who's willing and eager to invest time learning about you, your skills and your preferences. Having a specialist on your side for your accounting jobs search is just one of the benefits of working with staffing agency.

Consider temporary accounting jobs

Whether you're just starting out or a seasoned professional, consider registering with a temporary staffing agency. The variety of accounting jobs you can find is one key benefit to using such a firm. Temporary and part-time accounting jobs can be especially plentiful during tax preparation season, in the months leading up to April 15.

Besides giving you an inside look at a variety of companies, temporary work can give you insight into different kinds of accounting jobs. Temporary assignments also can be steppingstones to full-time accounting positions.

Rely on a recruiter

By working with a specialized job recruiter to boost your search, you can improve your odds of landing a job, whether you're an entry-level accounting professional or an experienced financial manager. Clients ranging from startups to large companies use recruiters to locate potential hires with in-demand skills and experience.

Map your moves

Portability is one of the coolest things about the accounting profession. For the sheer volume of job openings, you can't beat big cities. That said, good accountants are needed everywhere, including midsize cities and even smaller, out-of-the-way towns, where the cost of living can be lower. Put some thought into how to find the right city for your next job.

Don't stop yet

Make a list of people you know in the accounting profession, including acquaintances from college internships and summer jobs. Add friends and relatives who don't work in accounting but still might be able to introduce you to hiring managers or key contacts where they work. Because the best jobs often come from personal contacts and networking, these people should be the first ones to receive a copy of your resume.

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