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Student Accounting Career Guide


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Everything you need to know about hatching your career in Accounting

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Student Accounting Career Guide

  1. 1. Student Accounting Career Guide:Everything you need to knowabout hatching your career in Accounting Presented by:
  2. 2. is Canada’s leading job board and online careerresource for students and recent graduates looking for careerhatching opportunities.We work with hundreds of Canada’s top employers, and we’rededicated to helping students navigate the sometimes messyschool-to-work transition.That’s why we created the Student Accounting Career Guide –a guide to help you navigate the accounting recruitmentprocess and land your dream job.So what are you waiting for? Get cracking! Be sure to take advantage of the Relevant Reads section on each page. These additional resources provide a ton of important info to help you in your job search!And keep your eyes peeled for tips and tricks onthe bottom of each page!
  3. 3. Where can you work with an accounting education? Just aboutanywhere! The majority of students who go into accounting begintheir careers with a Chartered Accountant (CA) training program atone of the “Big 4” accounting firms.As businesses and accounting firms plan for their futures, skilledcandidates are in high demand! These jobs are predicted to be indemand in the coming years:• Financial Analyst • Credit Analyst• Mortgage Underwriter • Auditor• Accounts Payable Clerk • Accounts Receivable ClerkMany accounting careers require a professional designation: • Chartered Accountant (CA) • Certified Management Accountant (CMA) • Certified General Accountant (CGA)These designations take 2-3 years to earn while working full-time inan accounting role and you must pass a final exam.. Relevant Reads: What size accounting firm should you work at? Continuing education options in accounting Learn what accounting unification means for you All about the CA, CMA and CGA designationsTalentEgg Tip: Bookmark TalentEgg’s AccountingCareer Guide for free accounting career resources
  4. 4. Recruiters for most of the large accounting firms will host events oncampus each fall to get to know potential candidates and so youcan learn more about their career opportunities.To make the most of these recruiting events, come prepared byknowing the answers to these questions:  What kind of opportunity are you looking for?  Which employers are attending? Which ones are you most interested in working for?  What kind of positions are the companies hiring for? Entry level? Co-op? Internship?Take care of all the details the day before the event:  Personal grooming (hair, nails, etc.)  Choose a professional outfit (i.e., business casual or business formal), try it on and lay it out the night before  Practice your introduction – keep it short and memorable  Set an alarm and go to bed early!Now that you’re prepared, find out how to stand out... Relevant Reads: Upcoming employer events September Recruitment Survival GuideTalentEgg Tip: Know what to expect during therecruitment process
  5. 5. Recruiting events are your chance to shine! Follow these tips tohelp set you apart from the crowd:  Hand out business cards to help employers remember you  Be confident (preparing in advance will help with this!)  Ask genuine and unique questions  Interact with both employers and your peers  Collect contact info from employer representatives  Be yourself!What do you do when it’s over? Follow up!Following up is a great way to say thank you, ask additionalquestions, get noticed again and stay in touch. Make sure toinclude information about who you are, where you met them andwhat sort of career opportunity you’re interested in. Relevant Reads: Recruitment tips from a new grad Financial Analyst How to stand out to PwC recruitersTalentEgg Tip: You’ll be shaking hands all day –perfect your handshake
  6. 6. If you’re interested in a career in accounting, you’re probably the type of person who likes to crunch numbers. The salary you earn will vary depending on your role, your experience, your location and what type of company you are working for. Here are the Canadian averages for entry level accounting salaries in 2012:National Public Public Tax Corporate Corporate Corporate Accountant Accountant Accountant Analyst InternalAverages AuditorLarge firms $42,250 to $60,000 to $37,500 to $41,000 to $54,000 to $51,000 $75,500 $45,750 $49,250 $66,000Midsize/ $37,750 to $53,500 to $35,500 to $37,000 to $47,250 tosmall firms $48,500 $70,500 $42,000 $46,000 $59,750 Click here to see the average salary breakdown by city. Relevant Read: CFOs: Previous work experience important for Accounting, Finance graduates 8 tips for negotiating salary TalentEgg Tip: Learn how to evaluate your job offer before you accept
  7. 7. In the life of a new grad accounting employee, every day isdifferent. You’ll be learning new and exciting things such asauditing financial statements and travelling to client sites to workwith clients.As an entry level accounting professional, be prepared to work yourshell off during “busy seasons”! For accountants, the busiest timesof year are typically between January and April, and betweenAugust and October.There’s a stereotype that Accountants are dull loners, but that’s justnot true! There’s plenty of social interaction in an Accountant’s life,working with new people on various teams.Many firms will help you work towards an accounting designationby providing mentoring, training and time off to study for and takeyour exams.Many employers also offer ways to get involved in the communityand enjoy work/life balance through volunteering and flexible workschedules. Relevant Reads: Learn about student and entry level accounting jobs at KPMG The rights and wrongs of accounting ethicsTalentEgg Tip: Start planning now to get promoted
  8. 8. Looking for additional ways to stand out to accounting employers?Take your job search social!Many accounting employers and organizations are becoming moreactive on Twitter – a great platform for you to develop connectionsand relationships!Check out our list of who to follow on Twitter, and try mentioningthem in your tweets and tweeting about topics that might catch theirattention (Think: accounting news and campus involvement).Follow TalentEgg on Twitter for up-to-date accounting careeropportunities and free career resources.Check out the Relevant Reads below for more informationon using social media in your job search. Relevant Reads: Attract employers using social media How to makeover your LinkedIn profile How to use Pinterest to find a job Why every student and new grad should be using TwitterTalentEgg Tip: Learn how to protect your onlinereputation
  9. 9. You’re on your way to hatching your career inaccounting!Here are a few more Relevant Reads to help you land yourdream job:How to answer some of your most difficult job interview questionsMake networking a habitWhat should you drink at a professional networking event?4 skills every student and new graduate job seeker needs Find us online!