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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How To Find Any Accounting Recruiters Email Using Google & LinkedIn [VIDEO]


One of the biggest challenges people have when going through recruiting is finding accounting recruiter emails. This is SO important. Contacting a recruiter direction via email gives you a 5-10 times higher likelihood of getting a phone interview than only applying on the website. I went ahead and create this quick video to show you…

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How Do Big 4 Accounting Firms Evaluate You?


From the mailbag: Hi Andrew! I hope you are having a great day. I wanted to let you know that I recently went to a Big 4 accounting firm summer student program. It lasted for two days and I really appreciated having the opportunity to learn more about the firm. I was amongst 27 other…

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5 Accountants You Should Be Following On Twitter


The #1 tool I recommend to people for getting engaged in the accounting profession is Twitter. LinkedIn is second, but Twitter is really where you can meet some of the most influential members of the industry! Follow them, read their tweets, and engage. The Twitterati of accounting are more than happy to help you in ANY…

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Excel Budget Template We Used to Pay Off $55k Student Loans in 14 Months (Video Walkthrough)

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A few weeks ago, I wrote an article detailing how my wife and I managed to pay off $55,000 in student loans in 14 months. After a TON of requested, I shared the excel budget that we used available to anyone who wanted it. (Download the excel budget) Everyone knows the student loans problem exists, heck…

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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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10 Essential Steps to Guarantee Your Public Accounting Promotion [VIDEO]

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How can we do things quicker and better than we’re expected to? “Do what others don’t do.” – Unknown Disclaimer: This post does not cover the basic requirements for being promoted at companies, such as passing required trainings or obtaining a CPA, CISA, CIA, or other license. It should also be mentioned that this advice…

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I Have Despair About My Accounting Career, What Can I Do? (Reader Question)


From the mailbag: Hey, I am currently feeling down about going into the field of accounting. I have a Bachelor’s in accounting & I’m almost finished with my Master’s. My undergrad GPA was really low & I pursued my Master’s to give me a better chance of landing an accounting job. I received my bachelor’s…

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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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Can My Resume Show I Passed the CPA Exam, Before I am Licensed? [VIDEO]


Congratulations! You have passed the CPA exam. But wait… You still need a year of experience before you can call yourself a CPA? WHAT! That’s right. Becoming a CPA usually involves: Obtaining educational requirements Passing the CPA Exam Passing an ethics exam (depending on the state) Gaining 1 year of work experience (length varies by…

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How Does Being A Picky Eater Affect Your Career?


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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3 Phone Interview Tips You Probably Missed [VIDEO]

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Phone interviews are scary! Many of us present well in person but we may not be given a chance! Here is a question I received this week from a Bean Counter reader: Hi Andrew, do you have any tips for a phone interview? I don’t recall if you have written an article on that on…

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How Important is an MBA for Accountants? [VIDEO]

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From the mailbag: Hi Andrew, I was curious to get your thoughts about acquiring an MBA for accountants? Is it something that is necessary for upper management, or general upward mobility? Or does it have substantive bearing on your potential promotions, etc…? For a technical skill set job such as Accounting, would it even be…

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In case you missed it… This week in the Bean Counter


I crafted three posts you do not want to miss… The first was in my student loan email, sent last week, that has made a huge impact on the Bean Counter community. Tons of people have reached out to me, and asked for the excel budget we used to pay off $50,000 in student loans in 14 months. I have also…

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My Anxiety Disorder Is Hurting My Accounting Career

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From the mailbag: Hello Andrew, I messaged you the other day about your Big 4 course and my anxiety and you told me to email you my resume and tell you more about my story. Recently we had our second child and after she was born I developed postpartum depression (PPD). I sought out help for…

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