Complete Guide toNetworking for Accounting Jobs

The City of Jersey Village - Houston, TX 

Answer, research and route inquiries from vendors pertaining to accounts payable. Post web, phone, and daily cashiering payment batches.

$50,000 - $57,000 a year

Credit Acceptance - Atlanta, GA 3.5

Flexible scheduling that allows you to pick your own hours on your assigned flex days. Great Place to Work culture that includes a relaxed work environment and…

$18 an hour

City of Coronado, CA - Coronado, CA 4.5

Accounting Tech, Accounts Payable, AP, Accounts Receivable, Finance. To View the Accessible PDF Brochure Click HERE.

$4,000 - $5,100 a month

County of Monterey, CA - Salinas, CA 

The Department of Social Services is recruiting to establish an Accounting Technician list. Follow this link to view the job announcement and apply:

$3,800 - $5,200 a month

Clinical Research Atlanta - Stockbridge, GA 

Maintain and manage Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable, record new invoices and payments received from customers. Must know Quick Books Online.

$18 - $20 an hour

James Hamlin & Co. - Antioch, IL 

Is a licensed CPA firm helping clients maximize their profit potential while achieving and exceeding their business growth goals.

Estimated: $34,000 - $50,000 a year

Concord Hospitality Enterprises Co. - Raleigh, NC 3.4

Verify accuracy of invoices entered in the system as to amount, general ledger coding, date, vendor name and address, terms, and proper approval.

$17 - $20 an hour

City of Walnut Creek - Walnut Creek, CA 4.5

Pays vendors by scheduling and preparing checks and resolving purchase order, contract, invoice, or payment discrepancies.

$62,000 - $74,000 a year

City of Richardson, TX - Richardson, TX 4.0

One year of experience in accounts payable processing preferred. Data entry, keyboard skills, and use of a 10 key calculator are required.

$2,700 - $4,000 a month

SBS CyberSecurity - Madison, SD 2.3

Entry of payments on invoices. The Accounting Assistant will work closely with the Accounting Department providing administrative and accounting support.

Estimated: $36,000 - $47,000 a year

VTN NV - United States 

Responsibilities include researching, tracking, and resolution of accounting problems; Minimum of 2 years’ of business accounting experience.

Estimated: $28,000 - $38,000 a year

luxury goods - Plano, TX 

Prepare and reconcile expense reports with receipts. Update Quickbooks or other basic accounting system. Duties include bookkeeping, expense reports, occasional…

$16 - $24 an hour

City of Fort Lauderdale, FL - Fort Lauderdale, FL 4.0

Assists in resolving problems with banks concerning dishonored checks, bank account discrepancies and credit card discrepancies.

$23 - $36 an hour

Europerfumes - Englewood, NJ 

Bank account statements, credit card statements and e-commerce payment portals reconciliations. Recording and monitoring daily bank activities and monthly bank…

$60,000 - $70,000 a year

Manhattan Surgical Hospital - Manhattan, KS 2.7

This position is Monday through Friday with working hours in accordance to position needs. Coordinates the storage of accounts payable and medical records…

Estimated: $30,000 - $37,000 a year

Credit Acceptance - Tampa, FL 3.5

Flexible scheduling that allows you to pick your own hours on your assigned flex days. Great Place to Work culture that includes a relaxed work environment and…

$18 an hour

City of Placerville, California - Placerville, CA 

Under supervision (Accounting Assistant I) or general supervision (Accounting Assistant II) of the Accounting Supervisor, performs a variety of routine to…

$37,000 - $50,000 a year

City of Monroe, WA - Monroe, WA 

Monroe has a vibrant Hispanic community, historic business district, and a strong regional retail and commercial industry serving more than 45,000 people in…

$4,600 - $5,800 a month

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.