Bean Counters Share Their DREAMS!


Today, I did a live webinar with AccountingFly on How to make the successful transition from student to professional! I shared some quotes related to dreaming and spoke about the importance of having HUGE dreams and goals when making the transition from student to professional. You have to have a WHY in the early days.…

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How To Overcome A Conflict At Work


I’m no stranger to conflict at work. One day I was playing a friendly game of foosball. Something we did often (yes, we had a foosball table in the office – see photo proof of me on the right). But this day was different. As I was losing, I decided to use my secret weapon:…

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15 Things Bean Counter Readers Want From Accounting Firms and Companies

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Over the last few weeks I’ve been running a survey from all of you. I shared some of the results last week with 17 career concerns from fellow Bean Counter Readers. Now I’d like to share some of the answers we received to the question: “What are you looking for from an accounting firm or company you will…

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Top 2 Challenges Facing May Accounting Grads

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Many of you are graduating this May and will be actively searching for a job. I’m not going to lie: you are LATE! But that doesn’t mean you are doomed to fail. Here are the two top challenges you are facing: 1. Student Loans What I’m about to tell you is not my own opinion,…

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I’m 40 Years Old and Still Failing the CPA Exam, What can I do?


From the mailbag: Hi, Andrew: My 40 year old daughter took the REG test this morning. She has been passing and failing the CPA exam so many times.  If she passed this time she will have a year to complete the next two.  I don’t know what to say to her anymore if he failed.  Any…

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My Resume Doesn’t Fill Up One Full Page

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From the mailbag: Andrew, I’d love to hear about how to write a resume when you are still a freshment. If your accounting experience is limited and maybe you don’t even have an internship, it can be difficult to get more than half a page. I assume this resume should be one page. Is that…

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How To Reneg A Job Offer For A Better One

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From the mailbag: Hello Andrew, Can you talk about how to reneg a job offer for a better one? Thanks! Bean Counter Fan Finally, you received an offer. What most people starting this fall semester dream of. But wait… You’re dream firm just called and wants you two. What do you do? This is a tough…

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How to Make the Transition from Accounting Student to Professional

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The first week of my PwC internship training, I was OVERWHELMED! Seriously. I mean, I had never: Worked in an office before, Dressed up in business casual every day, Met with clients, Been surrounded by so many smart people competing with me, Been expected to travel alone (with the company card) It was one of…

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How to Find an Accounting Summer Internship in 2 Weeks or Less

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Last week I prepared a live webinar for many of you and it was an incredible success! So much so that I have already scheduled the next one (sign up here). I walked you through the steps I use with anyone who get’s their resume reviewed by me to find a job or internship FAST.…

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I’m 39 Years Old, Can I Still Get a Job in Accounting?


I received this question on my Webinar last week (sign up for my next webinar here). Yes! You CAN still get a job in accounting, but that doesn’t mean it won’t come without its challenges. Technically employers and recruiters aren’t allowed to ask your name, but based on your overall story, physical features, dress, and…

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How Important is Relevant Accounting Community Service on Your Resume?

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I have reviewed hundreds of resume since I started The Bean Counter. I get this question over an over. The short answer it depends. You really have to look at the resume as a whole. Any one thing missing can be made up with a myriad of other awesome experiences you bring to the table.…

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What To Do With A Bad Performance Review

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Working for a public accounting firm can be one of the most rewarding yet difficult career choices to make as you come out of college. Beginning from the first day you step into the office, you will be thrown into a whirlwind of tasks, clients, engagements, software, and sometimes even thrown on an airplane during…

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Which Industry Should I Choose When Working In Public Accounting?

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From the mailbag: Hi Andrew, I love your website and have referred to it many times during the past year so thank you very much for sharing your knowledge. I will be starting my public accounting career in Audit this coming January and have been asked if I want to specialize in any industry right…

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Drafting A Follow Up Email Virtually GUARANTEED To Get A Response


From the mailbag: Good afternoon Mr. Andrew, I am an avid reader of your website. Thank you so much for all the information and knowledge you share with us everyday. Last week my boyfriend met a senior manager at PwC NYC. He also interviews candidates. He talked to him about me as I’m a senior…

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How to be a CPA, and not be a CPA at all (Alternative Accounting Careers)

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Most people think accountants keep their heads down, work in cubes, are boring people, and have a hard time getting a date. They’re not aware there are so many alternative accounting careers where you’re using your experience, but doing something TOTALLY different. You never hear someone say, “Oh yes, accountants are giants, captains of industry.”…

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