5 Things To Do This Summer To Kickstart Your Accounting Career

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Schools out! Well for those of you who decided not to take summer classes. You’re probably sitting by the pool, soaking in the rays and enjoying your time off from your accounting professors. Life is awesome. But… There is a little voice in the back of your head asking you about your lack of accounting…

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17 Career Concerns From Readers

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Over the last few weeks I’ve been running a survey from all of you. One of the questions I asked was: “What are your main career concerns?” While I got 300+ responses, I’ve widdled down  some of the more popular and interesting answers. Here are 17 career concerns from fellow Bean Counter Readers: Will I enjoy public…

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Millenials Want to Work Abroad. Here’s 2 Ways You Can Make It Happen.


Millenials increasingly want to work abroad. Here’s an example from the mailbag: Hey Andrew, I will be graduating December 2015 and I was wondering if you had any advice on getting hired internationally.  I have been searching for international accounting jobs and I’m not sure what is a “good” job. Should I look to get…

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My CPA Exam Story

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Believe it or not, when I started University, I had no idea that accounting was a career. Never knew an accountant, no family had ever done it, nothing! Then, when I sat in my first class, it all just clicked. I remember my first accounting professor (who looked like Borat and even has a student tell him…

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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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10 Pieces of Advice College Graduates Are Unaware Of


I was recently asked what my biggest piece advice for recent college grads would be. While I don’t think of myself as an old geezer giving advice, I gave it a try. 1. Don’t live with mom and dad Seriously. Baby bird needs to fly from the nest. Time to grow up. I know you…

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Top Accounting Resume Concerns Addressed!


Last week I held a webinar where I critiqued an accounting resume. With the fall semester right around the corner, now is the time to get your resume in tip-top shape. I received a ton of questions after the resume and I thought it would be instructive to share a few of my answers in…

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What is better… CPA vs. CMA?

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I get this question ALL THE TIME, so here is my definitive answer. First off, the most important thing in your career is not your degree(s), the CPA vs. CMA, it’s YOU. There are a lot of people in the “loony bin” that have professional certifications. People spend tens of thousands of dollars on their education, thousands…

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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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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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A Day in the Life of Audit

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This is all from my perspective of a day in the life of audit. My experience wasn’t always the norm (i.e. everyone in Miami gets into the office around 9:45am as opposed to 7:30am for me). I remember my very first week as an intern and how overwhelming it felt to join the workforce. I had…

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Casual vs. Business Casual


From the mailbag: Hey Andrew, I am attending a BDO leadership conference next Wednesday. The recruiter specified the dress that is appropriate for the three days. She said casual for day one. Day two in the morning is business casual, and in the afternoon is casual professional. Can you elaborate on business casual and casual…

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Graduated. Working in Private. Want to Transition to Big 4.


From the mailbag: Most people mistakenly think you need to be in University and get an internship to work. Not true. In fact most people are hired right after they graduate (no internship) or from another job in public or private accounting. When you are making the move from another company, you are known as…

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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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