#1 Worst Accounting Resume Mistake I See This Year


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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I saw another student had a 3.99 GPA. Mine was 3.23, I thought it was over. I got the internship, he didn’t.

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Fall recruiting can be stressful experience. I remember thinking:

“I’m going to be about $50K in debt when I graduate, I need to pay that back. I MUST find a job.”

I was determined. I’m sure you can relate.

This is the most important part

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


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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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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How To Make 75% Of Your Annual Accounting Salary, In 3 Months


Last week I talked a about How To Work Two Jobs Without Getting Fired and I got a TON of emails about it! People want to know more about so many pieces of that story. But one of the main questions was: Can you really make 75% of an employee’s annual income in just 3 months…

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Watch Me Critique A Resume (VIDEO)

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This student came to me and couldn’t afford a resume review or the course Get Hired by Big 4 Accounting Firms.

I offered to do it for free and record it.

If your writing your accounting resume, this is a MUST watch.

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Do I Need To Work During My Masters Degree?

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From the mailbag: Great question Wyatt and there are a number of considerations when thinking whether or not you should even work during your masters! Money. Do you need the money to pay for school? I always try to have people go through school without incurring debt so your don’t have to pay off $55,000…

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What To Expect In Your Top 10 Accounting Firm Office Visit

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From the mailbag: Hi Andrew, I have an office visit with a top 10 accounting firm coming up. What should I wear? What should I expect out of the visit? Thanks, Brandon First off, congratulations! You are probably MUCH better off than I was. When I had my first “office visit”, I thought it was…

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10 Questions To Ask Yourself During Your Big 4 Summer Internship


From the mailbag: Hi Andrew, As I’m going into a Big 4 summer internship, my question would be what skills would you recommend polishing up on (if any) before the internship begins? (IE Microsoft Excel, specific area of accounting to study, etc…). Basically, what should I be working on in my down time leading up…

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If You Don’t Get Your Job Offer, LEAVE!

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Yesterday I had the please of speaking with a Bean Counter reader. She called me out of the blue as people sometimes do. She had an internship with a Top 25 accounting firm this Spring. Going into the final exit meeting, she was confident, worked hard, showed up early, and asked for feedback consistently. She…

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Basic Steps to Build a Meaningful Connection with Accounting Recruiters and Staff

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From the mailbag: Hi Andrew, Hope you are having a good day out in Florida. I’m currently a fourth year student in Finance, and considering to stay a fifth year in order to complete CPA required courses. I will be attending an KPMG info session tomorrow where there will be staff accountants and the head…

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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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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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“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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The Trick To Being The BEST Senior Associate Is Doing Very Little Work


Sorry, sorry, sorry. I have got this question A LOT and I’m just getting around to it. For those of you that aren’t aware, a senior associate: The first promotion you’ll have after starting at a public accounting firm. Typically this occurs after two years, however some firms (like PwC) wait an extra year. You’re…

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