Regardless of the accounting position you seek, here are some suggestions to better prepare yourself:
Before You Need a Job
- Continually improve yourself. Small consistent improvements add up. For example, if you are not familiar with accounting software, take a night class to learn QuickBooks.
- Network. Join a professional organization and begin networking in advance of the need to find a job.
- Get the experience that employers look for. Consider volunteering bookkeeping services to a local church or not-for-profit organization.
- Learn about business models. Understand how companies earn revenues and turn profits.
- Learn basic etiquette. Know manners and other social skills before you have lunch with a potential employer.
When Seeking a Job
- Let the people in your network know that you are searching for a new position.
- Use your school’s placement office. Even if you have already graduated, your college is likely to assist its alumni as well as its current students.
- Use the Internet to learn more about the types of positions that are available.
- Search within to determine who you are and what your calling in life might be. Where do you find personal satisfaction and joy?
- Be prepared. Do an Internet search on the company’s name. Start with the company’s website. Know the company from top to bottom, inside and out.
- Look your best. Make sure your appearance is consistent with the look the company would want to project to its clients or customers.
- Project an air of confidence. Give a firm handshake, look the interviewer in the eye, and use proper grammar. Let the interviewer know why you want to work for this company.
- Be grateful. Thank the interviewer for the opportunity to meet and to learn more about the company and its opportunity.
After the Interview
- Follow up immediately with a letter thanking the interviewer for the opportunity to discuss the position available at the company. Be sure to let the interviewer know that you want to be part of the company.
- You can expect to receive a letter or call from the interviewer stating that you 1) received the job, 2) have been granted a second interview, or 3) have been rejected for the position. If you do not receive a letter or call, be certain to contact the interviewer. Your interest in the position and the company will be well received.