If you’re an accounting student, chances are you’ve been working at a typical college student summer gig. But it might be smart to shake things up a bit by getting a temporary accounting job.
It’s a great way to gain the type of real-world experience that makes you more desirable to employers. When you graduate from college and apply for accounting jobs, hiring managers will want to see that you can hit the ground running. If you can show that you have even some prior accounting experience, you'll be a more attractive candidate.
And no, it’s not too late. You have plenty of time left in your vacation to get some meaningful accounting experience. Here’s why, and how, to get a temporary accounting job in the waning days of summer:
Hone your skills
Working as a temporary professional at an accounting firm or in a company’s accounting department gives you an opportunity to practice what you’ve learned in school. According to the Robert Half Accounting and Finance Salary Guide, accountants, auditors, payroll managers, and accounts payable and receivable managers are in high demand. Getting your feet wet by working in any of these areas can improve your analytical abilities, mathematical reasoning, and problem-solving skills.
You may also have the opportunity to work with various types of accounting, compliance and financial analysis software; prepare financial statements and reports; and compile, verify and code information. But even if you’re just performing clerical work, it will help you to better understand the accounting process.
Establish vital connections
Temporary accounting jobs also provide perhaps the best arena for you to form relationships with people who can help you launch your accounting career once you graduate from college. If you perform well, the company will certainly remember you when they’re looking to hire full-time employees. And they’ll also be more likely to recommend you to their colleagues.
Use a recruiter
If you do decide to look for a temporary accounting job, it’s a good idea to work with a recruiter who specializes in accounting. These professionals can help you find the right job to fit your time frame – whether it’s a few days or a few weeks. They also have a good sense of the company’s culture and the expectations of particular jobs, so they can connect you with the firm and position that best matches your personality and skill set.
In addition, accounting recruiters are privy to temporary accounting jobs that may not be publicly advertised. And as a bonus, they can provide tips to help you improve your resume, cover letter and interview skills.
So before you head back to school this fall, consider using an accounting recruiter to find temporary accounting jobs. Doing so will help you develop skills and experience, while demonstrating to potential employers that you’re serious about your career choice.
Take a look at some of the things you might hear about temp work that are merely myths: