Newly Certified CPA? How To Find A Job

May 18, 2023

The CPA credential is highly respected in the business world and can help open doors to a variety of exciting and challenging positions, ranging from internal auditor to IT manager, forensic expert, compliance officer, and even CEO of a major corporation. Today's CPAs are in high demand due to their expertise and ability to provide critical financial insights and guidance. If you're considering a career in accounting, becoming a CPA is a great way to set yourself apart from the competition and position yourself for success.

When it comes to job hunting, newly certified CPAs (both domestically and abroad) have a few unique considerations.

First and foremost, they need to be mindful of the type of accounting they want to practice. Public accounting is a broad field that encompasses many different specialties, from auditing and tax preparation to financial planning and consulting. accountants should make sure their resume reflects the specific type of accounting they're interested in pursuing.

You should be aware of the different types of employers that hire accountants. While many public accounting firms exist, there are also a number of corporations, nonprofits, and government agencies that employ accountants. Each type of employer has different needs and expectations, so it's important that job seekers research the specific employer before applying for a position. If it's possible, speak to CPAs in industry and in consulting firms to get an idea of which may be more relevant for you.

Finally, public accountants should keep in mind that the job market for their chosen field is highly competitive - put your best foot forward!

Here are some tips:

  • Start the process early. Don't wait until you've completed your CPA to start looking for a job - start your search well before finishing.
  • Don't be afraid to reach out to your network of contacts - your friends, family, and former classmates. They may be able to put you in touch with someone who can help you get your foot in the door.
  • In order to stand out, you'll need to make sure your CV is error-free and highlights your unique skills and experience. Be sure to tailor your resume and cover letter to each individual job you apply for. Don't just use a generic resume - customize it to highlight your skills and experience that are relevant to the specific job.
  • Remember that you have something to offer that other job seekers don't - your fresh perspective and eagerness to learn.
  • Finally, don't be afraid to be creative in your job search. Think outside the box and look for opportunities in industries and companies that interest you.

Recent CPA graduates are often seen as being more trainable and adaptable to new environments and situations which goes to your advantage. Use these qualities to your advantage in interviews and you'll be sure to stand out from the competition!

Article written by Alistair Marriott, the Founder of Blackden Consulting, a niche US tax recruitment firm in Europe. If you're looking for a new role in the US tax field, contact Alistair by clicking here.