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Articles on Accounting Careers, Job Growth, Occupational Profiles, and Salary Trends in Accounting:
What Do I Put on My Resume?

When you’re searching for an accounting job, a solid resume is your opportunity to market your skills and highlight your qualifications to potential employers. Because you’re new to the field, recruiters won’t expect you to have massive amounts of work experience. Rather than worry about the amount of experience included in your resume, focus instead on the specific skills you’ve acquired that are relevant to a career in accounting. Potential employers want to see what you can offer their firm. Here is a summary of key in-demand skills you should emphasize to convince employers that you have what it takes for the position.

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Accounting Resume

If you’ve worked in the accounting field for a few years and are considering a job change, you may wonder what types of experience to list on your resume.  Understanding the skills employers seek and listing them on your resume can help you stand out from the competition.  Potential employers want to see what you can offer their firm, especially skills that may benefit their organization. Here is a summary of key in-demand skills most accounting professionals have after a few years’ of experience to include on your resume:

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Accounting Job Interview

Whether you’re applying for an internship or a full-time position with an accounting firm, expect some interviews in your future. A strong interview ensures that you’ll be a memorable candidate for the position. The main difference between the recruiting process for internships and full-time positions is their hiring time frame.  Internship interviews are generally conducted at the beginning of each spring semester, typically in February or March, while interviews for full-time positions may be conducted any time of the year but most frequently occur in the fall.

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Accounting jobs

Many people assume accounting is a boring or tedious career path, with offices populated exclusively by geeky math whizzes. Though this may indeed have been true at one point, the accounting world has changed for the better in recent years. Many formerly tedious accounting functions are now automated in many offices, and the focus of the job has shifted as well, allowing for a greater emphasis on analysis, interpretation, and business strategy.

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Over the years, regulatory organizations have been formed to ensure that accounting institutions are held to the same high standards as other professional organizations. These regulatory groups consist of either government or nongovernment agencies whose primary function is to define and enforce guidelines that are then applied to various facets of the accounting profession.

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To prepare for your career in public accounting, try to get a head start while you’re still in school. By choosing relevant college-level courses that emphasize critical thinking, communications, and technical accounting knowledge, you can begin to acquire the skills necessary for your professional path.

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North Dakota

Examining Accounting Careers in North Dakota

The North Dakota accounting industry has been hit hard by the recession. In just three short years, the number of accountants decreased from fewer than 3,000 to less than 2,500. The good news is that the average salary has increased, and not just by a few dollars. In 2006, the average salary for accountants was a little over $43,000. In 2009, it was over $50,000.

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District of Columbia

Examining Accounting Careers in District of Columbia

The District of Columbia is the place for accountants — especially government and forensic accountants! The district is home to more than 10,000 accountants and the average salary is what keeps them there. Accountants there average nearly $80,000 a year, and salary growth shows no signs of slowing down. Although the number of accountants in D.C.  has decreased over the years, there are still plenty of jobs to be had.

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Accounting History

Though accounting as we know it today didn’t emerge until the 19th and early 20th centuries, rudimentary forms of the profession existed in early civilization. In fact, the first recorded instances of writing were inventory records produced in the Near East.

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North Carolina

Examining Accounting Careers in North Carolina

North Carolina has a lot to offer accountants! The state has enjoyed steady job growth in this career field for three years and salary growth too. In 2006, just fewer than 24,000 accountants lived in North Carolina. Today, more than 26,000 live there. And accountants living in North Carolina now earn an average of $7,000 more than they did just a few years ago. 

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