10 Essentials Every First Year Needs In Their Backpack! (Audit and Tax)

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While #3 shouldn’t even have to be on a list like this, I’ve seen it. Yes, I have. A budding new hire is so jazzed to get to the office in the morning and hit the workpaper file, he forgets….. His computer. While partners can ‘audit by iPhone’, that usually just because they never learned…

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Is My Career Dead If I Don’t Go To A Big 4 Accounting Firm?

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From the mailbag: Hi Andrew, I’m almost finished with my Masters program and have run into something of a career dilemma (already!).  I was hoping to get some feedback from you. Quick overview of my recruiting: I interviewed for three of the four Big 4 accounting firms and received office visits from everyone.  I really…

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Office Romance: Here are the Wild and Crazy Ways Auditors Fall in Love


We have all heard stories about office romances that have been mostly utter disasters and recommendations on how not to start a fling in the office (Hint: if you’re married, you probably shouldn’t be starting office flings. I know this is obvious, but shockingly does need to be shared). I am a huge fan of…

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Accounting Resume Objectives, Are They Dead?

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From the mailbag: Hello, Andrew! I guess I do have a question for you about accounting resume objectives.  I’ve heard it said that objective statements on a resume are a bit outdated and they’re all about what you want, rather than what the employer wants, which is most important. Do you have any recommendations about making a…

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Can Applying for an Accounting Internship Hurt My Chances (Sometimes, actually YES!)


From the mailbag: I recently read your article regarding advice to start a career in public accounting. I am in sort of a unique situation as far as accounting majors go. I have only recently declared my major in accounting and I have just begun my senior year with an anticipated undergraduate graduation date of…

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Inside The Mind of a Moss Adams LLP (Top 25 Firm) Recruiter: “Here’s What I’m Looking For” [PODCAST]

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Scott Flanary (LinkedIn) is a recruiter for Moss Adams LLP in the Los Angeles office. He’s a Harvard grad with a very interesting background working in college campus administration and now Moss Adams. Scott’s has been working for the  firm hiring accounts from campuses for two years. He knows the in’s and out’s of what…

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I Have Despair About My Accounting Career, What Can I Do? (Reader Question)


From the mailbag: Hey, I am currently feeling down about going into the field of accounting. I have a Bachelor’s in accounting & I’m almost finished with my Master’s. My undergrad GPA was really low & I pursued my Master’s to give me a better chance of landing an accounting job. I received my bachelor’s…

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How To Be The WORST First Year Associate In Accounting (Even If You Do Good Work)

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It’s true. The worst associate in accounting I ever worked with actually did pretty good audit work. But I didn’t care. They were so distracting and obnoxious and rude, it didn’t matter. The transition from student to professional is bound to be one of the most stressful experiences of your life. I remember the first week of…

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“How To Get Hired by Big 4 Accounting Firms” (WEBINAR) with @AndrewArgue

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Earlier this week, I did a Webinar with AccountingFly.com and covered one of my favorite topics, “”How To Get Hired by Big 4 Accounting Firms”. I even created a full blown course on the subject. I received so much positive feedback, over 150 emails within an hour of doing the webinar, I figured I would…

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First 7 Pieces Of Clothing You NEED To Buy If You’re Becoming An Accountant (For Woman)

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Back to the mailbag: I am 40 years old and have 18 months left in school until I get my MS of Accounting. I am attending an open house for one the firms on your Top 25 Accounting Firms list at the end of the month. This is my first time attending one of these.…

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