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

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Earlier this week, I did a Webinar with 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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How Can I Add Value To A CPA Firm As A Staff Accountant?

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I got this question a few days ago from a Bean Counter reader: “How can I add value to a CPA firm as a staff accountant?“ It’s an exciting time. You are just starting your career in public accounting. The most important thing you can do in this new period of your life is to…

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Should I Quit My Full-Time Job For An Internship?


From the mailbag: Hey Andrew, So yesterday I got  a message from them (McGladrey) saying to call to discuss an offer! I was so psyched, I thought this was my big break. (I went back to school late in life and am trying to make a career change) but when I called them they only…

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The New Way To Find Accounting Internship & Jobs [PODCAST] with CEO of AccountingFly

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AccountingFly matches accounting and students and full-time professionals with companies looking to hire students and recent graduates. The picture to the right shows Co-founders John Hosman, James Hosman, Frank White, and Jeff Phillips. Jeff is the CEO and the guest we had on the show.

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I Just Started My First Accounting Job, What Do I Do? [HINT: Don’t Jump In The Pond, Yes It Happened]


Preparation In your first accounting job attend as many company events you can before you start. Put yourself out there and start building relationships. Reach out to key people at the company via email and see if there is any advice they have on starting. Even if you don’t think you need it, they will…

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Will Being Jewish Affect My Accounting Career?


From the mailbag: Good Evening Sir, Thank you for some of your recent posts. I have read a few of them and have found some helpful information. I would appreciate any general thoughts or advice you may have for me and where I am holding on a somewhat unique situation. I currently work for a large…

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Need To Find An Accounting Internship or Job This Semester? Start Here.


I am SO pumped for all of you! A new semester and a NEW year! The slate is clean. Whatever goals you had in the past, time to start fresh. If you’re still looking for a job, now is the time to get serious! This semester firms will be hiring for: Summer Leadership Conferences Accounting Internships…

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How To Get A Summer Leadership Conference At Large Accounting Firms


From the Bean Counter mailbag: Hi Andrew, I am studying accounting at Binghamton University. I really want to apply for the leadership conference programs of big firms this year, and I have tried to look for any related information of those programs, but I could not find much information. I heard that it is very competitive.…

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Is Gay OKAY in Public Accounting?


From the mailbag: Hi Andrew, I’m a gay male and I’m looking to find a job in public accounting some time in my next two semesters. How receptive are accounting firms to hiring a gay person? What about once I start working? Are there any prejudices you have experienced? This question is actually more complicated…

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The Secret To Become The #1 Employee At Your Accounting Firm

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When I first joined Beta Alpha Psi, the accounting honors society, I remembered something in my first few meetings that still sticks with me today. Representatives from firms would come to the meetings and almost every time they said the following: [while speaking to a crowd of students] “Oh, when someone comes to you saying they…

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How To Get A Personal Recommendation To Work At Any Accounting Firm (Script Included)


From the Bean Counter mailbag (read the entire story): Hello Andrew.  I am a junior accounting student. First of all I want to thank you for what you do for the community, your passion and energy is definitely contagious. I am looking into getting your program and I would like to know if you have…

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How Can I Get An Accounting Internship In New York?


I remember in University, so many people dreamed of the big city. It’s allure had many people questioning, what can I do to work in New York? Hi Andrew, I saw you at a Beta event at FAU a little while ago and I thought you gave some really great advice. If you could I’d…

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