You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take [PODCAST] with Kristen Rampe

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It’s a consistent thing here on The Bean Counter, there are many many opportunities in accounting. Look at me, I write for The Bean Counter and started my own company Ten Key Heroes. Kristen Rampe is another great example of someone who has broken out of the traditional mold to do something very different and…

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Graduating with 125 Credit Hours? That’s a stressful idea…


Today we dig into the Bean Counter mailbag for this special question!

Hello Andrew,

Thanks for writing for us, I appreciate it greatly. I’m already a fan of your writing; they are very helpful especially for students. I’m graduating December 2014 with a BS. I would like read about the best path to take after…

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Every trick I’ve learned to get hired by the Big 4 Accounting Firms


Can you relate to this?

When I was around 6 years old I used to daydream that someone would come and save me. The first dream happened when I used to swim.

I would swim in a pool with many people around and would try to have perfect form. I believed that someday, someone would…

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The first job you NEED to have before starting an accounting career

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Today we go to The Bean Counter’s mailbag to discuss what is the first accounting job you need to have before you start your accounting career.

“What beginning jobs help you toward your career in Accounting?” I am a senior accounting major and…

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Everything you wanted to know about the Top 25 accounting firms


Today we announce the release of the Top 25 Accounting Firms Database for Fall 2014!

I have research each of the top 25 accounting firms in the US and provided the following information completely free to you:
-Key HR and recruiter contacts
-Links to their company locations
-CPA exam and bonus policy
-Average salaries for each firm…

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[Accounting Interview] Office Visit doesn’t mean: “Come check out the break room”


When I first started out in accounting, it was 2007 and I was taking a required business course, Financial Accounting I at 8:30am.

It was the only 8:30am class I regularly attended for entirety of my freshmen year.

No joke…

I remember seeing the equation Assets=Liabilities+Equity up on

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Most challenging interview question (Shocking: don’t respond using boyfriend examples)


I have helped hundreds of students prepare for accounting interviews with firms since 2009. There is one question that seems to provide the most stress and fear.

In fact, I received

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Breaking News: College Student Starts A Bookkeeping Practice (Surprise, it’s actually you)


Now, make sure you’re sitting down because in the next 45 minutes, you’ll have all the tools you need to start your own bookkeeping practice (in college!).

What do I…

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Get in the door at ANY CPA firm (Hint: show up in your pajamas)


Here is a step by step method that if you implement AND it does not work, email me and I’ll offer you:

-A free Resume Review ($250)
-Free access to The Bean Counter Course
-And I’ll build a 5-page action plan for you to get hired.

That’s >$500 value for free, I’m that confident. And…

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Fall Recruiting Hack: Did the recruiter click on my email?


Technology has come a long way. Back in the olden days, you’d send a letter and who knew if they ever received it.

Unfortunately, even today, if you use Gmail, or Yahoo, you still don’t always know.

But now you can change that.

Will some very sneaky and FREE technology, you can see: Whether the…

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Want to get hired by a Big 4 Accounting Firm? All you have to do is…

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Learn this process (keep reading this post), and execute on my simple advice.

This may include being relentless, stepping out of your comfort zone, and yes, being pushy at times.

The good news for you is that it isn’t a mystery why certain people are hired over others. We know, I know, and you will learn.

The big 4 accounting firm (PwC, EY, Deloitte, and KPMG) have been hiring thousands of students every year

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How Long Should My Resume Be? +FREE Accounting Resume Template


For accounting students, the answer to the question is simple: no longer than one page. No exceptions. And what about the answer to these questions? Should I include my GPA if it’s below a 3.5? Do I need to include my accounting GPA? What’s more important, education or work experience? Can I put that I passed…

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Started his own accounting firm from scratch, with only two years of experience [PODCAST] with W. Michael Hsu

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That’s what I think about when I finished recording this podcast with Michael. It’s an incredible story of someone who knew he wanted something different from his job, and made it happen.

Incredibly, in building Deep Sky and only two years after working in public accounting, he went three years without a paycheck. But…

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How to find an accounting job OUTSIDE your city by finding a job in your city


Listener Questions

1. Andrew, if I am seeking opportunities outside my area (Kansas), what can I do to maximize my chances? Also, what about non-public accounting opportunities? How can you find them and what are the differences between interviewing for industry and big 4?

-Alex, Kansas

2. My Beta Alpha Psi chapter historically struggles with…

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You Can Learn Anything In One Year, Here’s What I Learned In My First Year As An Entrepreneur


Is it true? Can you learn anything in about a year?

Rod Drury, CEO and Co-Founder of Xero says you can.

It’s hard to doubt someone who has built a large and fast growing company with over 300,000 customers and oh by the way, Peter Thiel invested (yes, the first investor from that Facebook movie and Co-founder of Paypal).

It’s a shocking idea,…

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