Complete Guide toNetworking for Accounting Jobs

TSA (Transportation Security Administration) - Springfield, VA 3.1

In cities across the country, you would secure airports, seaports, railroads, highways, and/or public transit systems, thus protecting America's transportation…

$106,362 - $164,856 a year
Revenew International, LLC - Remote 4.5

The reviewer will be responsible for reviewing and pulling invoices from our client system, evaluating to determine if all documentation is present for that…

$25 - $30 an hour
Belcan Government Services - Sterling, VA 

New office in Sept in Sterling 100% remote work until then. Follow proper accounting principles, policy and methodology.

$70,000 - $77,000 a year
Dulles Plumbing Group, Inc. - Ashburn, VA 3.0

Process vendor and supplier invoices/payments, data entry to correct general ledger account coding, matching invoices to appropriate authorizing documents,…

$45,000 - $65,000 a year
Clearly Amazing - Sterling, VA 3.0

Maintain general ledgers and sub-ledgers (i.e. Prepaids & Accruals, Debt), oversee the GL account analysis, and prepare recurring and other journal entries.

$80,000 - $120,000 a year
Moon Shot Juice Co - Remote 

We are looking for a person that knows Quickbooks online software, to do accounts payable/ receivables, bill pay, payroll, billing and type estimates .

$19 - $20 an hour
VTG - Chantilly, VA 3.6

Review and work with PMs on approving all invoices prior to customer submission. Understand unbilled data, accounts receivable and accounts payable relative to…

Estimated: $69,000 - $90,000 a year
Optimum Staffing Solutions - Remote 

Experience in a manufacturing environment a plus. 2 years’ experience in Accounts Payable preferred. High School Diploma or equivalent.

$25 - $35 an hour
Tellus Solutions - Remote 4.1

Work closely with wholesaler chargeback team to manage in-process queue to ensure timely resolution of chargeback payments to the wholesalers.

$37.00 - $37.66 an hour
The NorthStar Group - Remote 

Processing accounts receivable and payable. Reconciling sales taxes, payroll taxes, 401k, and bank accounts at the end of each month.

$29,231 - $68,983 a year
Home Depot / THD - Atlanta, GA 3.7

Typically requires overnight travel less than 10% of the time. This position assists in the preparation of economic- and financial analysis and forecasts for…

$140,000 a year
Make-A-Wish Foundation of America - Remote 4.3

Prepare bank reconciliations and balance sheet reconciliations for review. Records journal entries for monthly financial activity.

Great Opportunities - Manassas, VA 

Assist in entering vendor invoices into the Accounts Payable system in a timely manner and ensure proper authorization and supporting documentation is received…

Organize To Scale - Remote 

This bookkeeping position would be responsible for creating and sending invoices; inputting bills and making payments to vendors; tracking and applying for…

$20 - $25 an hour
Starboard Group - Remote 

2-5 years of accounting experience. This position reports directly to the Assistant Controller. Preparation of Month-end Journal Entries.

$55,000 - $65,000 a year
Scott-Long Construction, Inc - Chantilly, VA 3.8

Perform direct cost entries to all jobs including safety, accounting and insurance allocations. Coordinate and review all account reconciliations with…

$114,352 - $124,402 a year
Stoke - Remote 4.3

Run reports from accounting software. Experience working in finance or accounting. The ideal candidate will be detail-oriented and proactively look for…

$20 - $25 an hour
UtiliSave LLC - Remote 

The role and responsibilities are traditional for the position and specifics will be discussed during the interview. Job Types: Full-time, Part-time Pay: $15…

$15 - $20 an hour

Complete Guide toNetworking for Accounting Jobs

Networking can help you land your first job or advance your career. This in-depth guide to networking for accounting jobs can help you make this technique work for you.

How to Network

Meeting employers and making a great impression on them requires a lot of effort, professionalism and sincerity. Fortunately, you can begin by contacting people you already know, then use these tips to branch out until you have a large enough network to meet your goals.

The first step toward creating a formidable accounting network is reaching out to people like your business school classmates, former or current colleagues, friends and family members. These individuals know you on a personal basis and will be happy to point you in the right direction.

When you rely on classmates and work associates, the fact that they know you on a professional and/or personal basis certainly helps. They can vouch for your accounting skills and talent to people they refer you to. The downside is that you will be giving them a lot of power and authority in your job search. Sometimes, this can have adverse consequences in the long run.

With friends and family, however, you will feel comfortable enough to get them involved in a process that might be off-limits to others. The pitfall of their input is that their bias in your favor can make it difficult to have fruitful negotiations.

Finding online opportunities is another great way to network.

Since the vast majority of professional endeavors have ties with the online world, it comes as no surprise that nearly all accounting jobs are posted somewhere on the internet. For example, the Big Four accounting companies — Ernst & Young, PricewaterhouseCoopers, KPMG and Deloitte & Touche — all have their own job network where they showcase current openings. The same applies to many mid-market or smaller firms.

If you are not sure where to start, joining LinkedIn would be a great idea. With more than 500 million members, it is the single largest professional networking website on the planet. So, your odds of encountering a hiring manager or recruiter in the accounting field are incredibly high. To get started, you should make your profile as current and thorough as possible. Then, you need to research local job openings and accounting recruiters. Once you find them, getting connected and reaching out to make an introduction would be a great course of action.

Although LinkedIn is the leader, it is not the only platform that offers networking to current and prospective accountants. You can also use platforms like Facebook or Twitter. With Facebook, you can join accounting or other professional business pages. You can join in on discussions and make connections doing so. The process is similar on Twitter, where you can contribute to conversations using hashtags or follow accounting companies or executives.

Keep in mind that for all of your online networking options, you want to make real connections with people. Make sure to act professionally and engage in topics that interest you, so you make a good impression.

Besides online networking, you should get connected with the local accounting market. After all, accountants and CPA offices are so common that they practically exist in every midsize community. During this stage, you should also spend some time learning your local market and figuring out the ins and outs of the accounting concepts and standards that apply to your region.

If you are not sure where to begin, going to some local organizations like your local American Accounting Association chapter. You can also go to your chamber of commerce to find businesses that are looking for an accountant or for networking.

Although there are many ways to interact with other accountants, taking advantage of popular conferences might be the best solution. This is because these gatherings attract a never-ending number of CPAs who are eager to get to know their colleagues and discuss expansion goals.

Networking tips

The first crucial networking tip is to dress appropriately and demonstrate a pleasing professional attitude. Since accounting is a formal business sector, business professional attire is to be expected. This means a suit for men and a skirted suit or pantsuit for women, with high-quality accessories. After you're hired, you will probably see that most people in your accounting office wear business casual clothing.

It's a good idea to acquire a few hundred identical business cards that include your name, job title or job search goal, city, email address and phone number. That way, everyone you meet and want to keep in touch with will have a way to retain your contact information.

After speaking with others, be sure to thank them for their time. This will show them that you are appreciative, and you will give them a good impression. It will also make them more likely to engage with you in the future.

Common mistakes

The most common mistake after every accounting networking session is failing to follow up. Even if a recruiter truly enjoyed getting to know you, they will seldom take the time to reach out again. Keeping communication going is up to you. When you're a candidate for a job, you must show enough initiative to be selected. Also, be authentic in all the ways you present yourself since untruthfulness and insincerity usually come to the surface, with undesirable consequences.