Getting Hired as a CPA

Getting hired as a CPA requires a combination of preparation, skill development, and research. Find out the best ways to land your dream CPA job!
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Passing the CPA exam is an accomplishment in itself, but it doesn’t guarantee you a job as a CPA. Getting hired as a CPA requires a combination of preparation, skill development, and research. If your next step is finding a job, these tips can help you get a leg up on the competition.

Tips to Getting Hired as a CPA

Put in your time.

Every CPA candidate must complete at least one year of work experience, and in many states, the work requirement is even longer. The more work experience that you have, the more likely you are to be considered for a job.

But not all work experience is created equal. While working as a clerk, bookkeeper, or at a similar entry-level position can qualify for licensure requirements, the most conventional and valuable experience is working as a full-time accountant. That said, displaying leadership and initiative in any qualified role will go a long way in determining your job prospects. Volunteering your services is also a great way to gain experience and showcase your dedication to potential employers.

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Build a professional network.

Networking is one of the quintessential business buzzwords, and for good reason. Expanding your list of professional contacts can help you advance your career in a variety of ways. There are plenty of events designed specifically for networking, but don’t forget to reach out to the professionals closest to you: work superiors, classmates, teachers, and family. Many professionals are open to sharing their insights into the accounting world, and these connections can be the difference between securing an interview and landing the job.

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Find the right business for you.

One of the advantages of becoming a CPA is that nearly every business or organization needs qualified accountants. Not only does that mean you’re in high demand, it also means that you can find a position that aligns with your skills and a business that aligns with your interests.

Before you apply for a position, research the business that listed the position. Visit the company website, monitor its social media presence, and research executive leadership, among other strategies. This will help you find a company that you’re passionate about and increase your chances of getting hired.

Refine your interviewing skills.

You may consider yourself a good interviewer. But you’re not the only CPA applying for the job, and the competition is as tough as ever. So, it’s time to add even more polish to your interviewing skills.

If you’ve done your research on the company and the position, you should be excited to be interviewing for the job. That doesn’t mean you should be jumping out of your seat, but you should at least be prepared to give a genuine answer about why you want the position. Practice your pitch, and if it’s authentic, it’s likely to resonate with the interviewer.

Another tip is to not be afraid to ask for the job. This can be intimidating and requires a tactful approach but displaying confidence and professional maturity can go a long way when interviewing. One way to “ask for the job” is to ask what the next step is in the hiring process. This shows that you’re serious about the position and can make a lasting impression.

UWorld Roger CPA Review hopes these tips will help you find your next job as a CPA, and we wish you good luck in your search!

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