What To Do With A Bad Performance Review

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Working for a public accounting firm can be one of the most rewarding yet difficult career choices to make as you come out of college. Beginning from the first day you step into the office, you will be thrown into a whirlwind of tasks, clients, engagements, software, and sometimes even thrown on an airplane during…

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#1 Thing You Need To Get Hired In Accounting This Fall Semester

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Summer is over! Basically. I know, you’re sad. But it’s time to get excited! This could be the semester where you land an internship with a major accounting firm. Or maybe even a full-time offer. Then you’ll be able to relax while finishing your degree and they would pay for all your CPA review products!…

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Which Industry Should I Choose When Working In Public Accounting?

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From the mailbag: Hi Andrew, I love your website and have referred to it many times during the past year so thank you very much for sharing your knowledge. I will be starting my public accounting career in Audit this coming January and have been asked if I want to specialize in any industry right…

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5 Side Hustles All Accountants Should Consider

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I recently was sent an email from a fellow Bean Counter follower asking me for advice on how to bring in side income as an accountant. I started listing out some ideas for bringing in a few extra bucks, on top of your regular job, and realized that there are tons of opportunities out there. I…

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How Does Being A Picky Eater Affect Your Career?

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Being a picky eater myself, this was a perfect question for me! From the mailbag: Hi Andrew, I’m starting at my firm in the fall in Audit. I’m very excited to start but I have one concern that causes me quite a bit of anxiety and need to know your opinion on how I approach…

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Public Accounting: Audit or Tax? Here Are The Pros & Cons!

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The age old question for every young accounting student asks, “What Line Of Business Should I Chose In Public Accounting: Audit or Tax?” For me the answer was simple, and here’s why. Logic, evidence, reason = Audit Rules, legislations, research = Tax Things need to make sense in my brain. I don’t find opinions interesting unless…

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How To Avoid $40K In Student Loan Debt & Become A CPA

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From the mailbag: Andrew, I wanted to get your thoughts on a Masters Degree in Accounting. I graduate this May with an undergrad in accounting and plan to start taking the CPA exam this summer. I have always planned on going to grad school, but just wanted to get your thoughts on if the benefits…

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10 Must Know Audit Acronyms For Your First Year in Public Accounting

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I remember my first internship with PwC, I was so nervous. I may be The Bean Counter today but back in the day, I had no clue what I was getting myself into. The first week on a client, my senior kept saying: “check the P&L, check the P&L, check the P&L” I had absolutely…

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Accounting Resume Templates, Critiques, & Webinars

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Yesterday, I was invited by AccountingFly to give a webinar called “Watch Me Critique An Accounting Resume” and gave everyone a free accounting resume template. For those of you who missed out, I included the video link below. Resumes are much more art than science. Rather than give you hard rules, I want you to…

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#1 Worst Accounting Resume Mistake I See This Year

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Over the past few weeks I’ve been reviewing accounting resumes like crazy helping people gear up for career fairs and interviews! Here is the #1 worst mistake I’ve seen! Should your resume be longer than one page? Here is a discussion I jumped into in one of the best accounting student groups on LinkedIn. Here was the question: And here were the…

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Should You Consider An Online Masters Degree?

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I’ve been getting questions a lot about whether you should be getting an online masters degree. Let’s clear things up about when online is better than going to an in-person University. From the mailbag: First off let me say thank you for The Bean Counter it has given me a lot of insight and it’s…

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The Top 10 Excel Tricks Every 1st Year Needs in Their Arsenal (VIDEO)

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From the mailbag: Hey Andrew, I wanted to follow up with you in regards to the webinar yesterday. I really enjoyed it. I recently discovered The Bean Counter and am really glad that I did. I really like all of the information that you put out and I am looking forward to continue following you.…

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How I Paid Off $55,000+ in Student Loans in 14 months

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In January 2014, I first merged my bank account with my wife and we realized that after 4 months of quitting my full-time job, we had drained our checking and savings down to $1,500. We just paid for our wedding and I was starting two businesses. We were broke and now living on one income. On top…

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How To Work Two Jobs Without Getting Fired (Reader Question)

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From the mailbag: Hi Andrew, I was thinking about starting my own business part time, nothing to compete with my current accounting job, but I was wondering how you communicated to your managers that you were starting The Bean Counter. I have a fairly strict conflict of interest’s policy I have to sign and I…

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I’m the First to Point Out. You Should NEVER Buy My Big 4 Course If….

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I’m the first person to tell you when you shouldn’t be buying my course, “How to Get Hired by Big 4 Accounting Firms“. That’s exactly what I did for this guy. Hi Andrew, I’m currently making $95K plus bonus (around $110K annually). I understand that if I change my career to a Big 4 Accounting…

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