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Accounting Jobs Set to Sizzle

May 13th, 2011 Comments off

Even during the recession, the accounting profession has fared rather well.  This trend will continue and certain areas of the profession will be in high demand as companies enter the hiring mode and baby-boomers that have held off retiring leave the workforce.

Jobs in accounting and finance may not be recession proof, but they canopy a range of careers that come pretty close to the mark. That’s what recruiters and experts in the field are saying, and the outlook only gets better going forward.

“Even through the recession, accounting and finance has stayed strong and stable,” says Toby Coffey, director of permanent services for Robert Half Finance & Accounting in Chicago, adding that, while salaries haven’t grown overall in recent years, they maintained their levels. “There are certain skill sets that will be in very high demand coming out of the recession,” he says.

Top Money Makers – INSIGHT Magazine – Spring 2011.

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Do Social Networks Trump Résumés?

May 13th, 2011 Comments off

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For finance professionals, a carefully crafted résumé has always been vital to landing a job. Now some experts say that social-networking Websites have become just as important to a successful job search, if not more so. 

In the last 18 months or so, I’ve run across a lot of recruiting and job-seeking on sites liked LinkedIn.  This trend seems likely to continue as electronic tools take the place of paper-based documents even in the relatively traditional area of employment.  If online dating can be mainstream it makes sense that the job market would move that direction as well.

Do Social Networks Trump Résumés? – Careers –

CPA Firms Aren’t 100% Stodgy

January 22nd, 2011 Comments off

Here is what I think is a great video put together by a CPA Firm.  Think they have any trouble attracting talent?  Is their culture obvious?  I’d love to work in such an environment…

How College Students Should Use Linkedin « The Summa

December 6th, 2010 Comments off

Professor David Albrecht has done a nice job highlighting why you, as a college student, should be using LinkedIn.  In the last year, I’ve had several colleagues find new jobs using LinkedIn after being displaced…not having a robust presence there could be costing you opportunities.

Read the complete post here: How College Students Should Use Linkedin « The Summa.

Accounting & Auditing Student Conference

August 12th, 2010 Comments off

How many times have you heard that it isn’t what you know it’s who you know?  Networking in all of its forms probably leads to more professional doors opening than anything else.  Professional conferences are great ways to meet people and to learn some new skills and I want to alert you to an upcoming conference that is well-suited for Accounting Majors.  If you are interested in networking with potential employers and/or are considering a career in the accounting field, you should strongly consider attending the upcoming 13th Annual Accounting & Auditing Student Conference at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

This one day conference will be held on Thursday , September 16th.  According to the conference website, there will be representatives from over 50 accounting employers in attendance.  Additionally there is a keynote speaker and opportunities to learn important skills in breakout sessions.  Metropolitan State University has had strong participation in the past and I’ve heard good things from formers students.  The registration fee is $15 in advance or $20 at the door.  Your fee covers lunch so everything else is basically free.

For more information visit the link below:

Lack of CPA Credential Hurts Job Seeker

August 11th, 2010 Comments off

In our entire lives, many of us have never seen times with high unemployment like we are seeing today.  The number of people unemployed or under-employed is as high as 35% according to some estimates that I’ve read.  With that kind of competition, any advantage one can find to stand out from the rest of the applicants can be huge.

The Wall Street Journal had a piece a couple days ago that looked at stories of real people that have struggled to find work after being the definition of “successful” for many years.  Paul Hansen was laid off as vice president and director of accounting after 23 years with Hensley Beverage Company.  He was making $90,000/year and probably would make an excellent employee in a similar capacity elsewhere. The problem is that many jobs aren’t even a possibility for him because he lacks a credential, such as CPA, to even get his foot in the door.

Mr. Hansen suspects his lack of a Certified Public Accountant credential hurt him with prospective employers. Promotions within Hensley, the only place he had ever worked as an adult, gave him a false sense of security that he would never need the CPA, he says.

So if you are considering at all pursuing the CMA or CPA credential, I offer you this example of where it could have helped one person in his job search.  Is it a guarantee of lifetime employment?  Of course not.  But there are certain jobs that require one of these just as a minimum qualification.  If your ultimate career-goal isn’t an accounting role, check out credentials that may be available to you in other fields…the more you do to differentiate yourself (think of y yourself as a product) from the rest of the crowd the more opportunities you will have to choose from.

Read more about Paul Hansen and several other job seekers at:

The U.S. Job Market: Faces — and Fates — of the Jobless. Anonymous. Wall Street Journal. (Eastern edition). New York, N.Y.: Aug 9, 2010. pg. A.6

Management Accounting Careers with IMA Chair Sandra Richtermeyer

July 29th, 2010 Comments off

For anyone interested in a career in management accounting, here is a great post from Going Concern that would be great for you to read.  It contains an interview with the IMA Chair so it is obviously coming from their perspective (that’s not a bat thing — just be aware).  Read more at this link:

More on Cost Accounting Careers with IMA Chair Sandra Richtermeyer « Going Concern: Accounting News for Accountants & CFOs.

Job Hunting Ideas for Metropolitan State Accounting Students

July 4th, 2010 2 comments

The following was originally written as an email response to one student asking about internships.  In the interest of helping other students that have similar questions about how to approach job hunting (for internships or permanent positions) I am posting it here.  Like all posts on here, I welcome comments from everyone regarding the things I have written and/or with additional resources that I have missed.  Good luck!

Getting an internship is a great idea but has grown increasingly difficult in the past couple years.  Many companies have severely cut back due to the rough economy and may not be offering internships as they have in the past.  Also, labor laws have been interpreted differently of late to make companies leery of offering unpaid (or underpaid) opportunities so those have largely disappeared.

On my blog I have posted some resources that may be helpful:

I think by far the best way to get an internship (and, in fact, any job) is to network with other professionals.  A lot of these positions are not advertised and only “through the grapevine” will you hear about them and meeting regularly with other professionals could be the only way to find out about openings.

You might check into the upcoming Accounting and Auditing Student Conference at the Minneapolis Convention Center (see and consider joining accounting organizations such as the Metro State Accounting Club (see to get the ball rolling.

Other resources for networking include local chapters of the Institute of Management Accountants or the Minnesota Society of CPAs.  Both of these organizations have local meetings and that is where the value is when it comes to job hunting.  More information about student memberships can be found at:

Within the Metropolitan State University community, the best resource is the Career Services office.  They have resources online (at and host frequent events with the goal of connecting employers with prospective employees (like you!).

Last, but not least, a lot of networking happens online these days.  For professional purposes, LinkedIn (at is  a winner.  Every young professional (and most older professionals) should have accounts on LinkedIn and update them frequently.  Because of my involvement on LinkedIn I have built a large base of accounting/business professionals that could help me out if something happened to my current job.  I’ve even been offered the chance to do things like edit textbooks and author articles for the professional magazines and blogs.  These are things that just “came up” because I’m active  on LinkedIn.  I like to think of LinkedIn as a Facebook for business contacts.

To get started, feel free to connect with me on there (LinkedIn only allows you to connect with people you know by using their email address) and build your network from there.  I would imagine there are student groups specific to every topic of interest that you can join and those can expose you to lots of openings and news information that will make you smarter about how things happen in the profession.

If you are in to the social networking thing, Twitter can also be a great tool.  The nice thing about Twitter is that you can follow anyone whether you know them or not and eventually relationships are established if/when people follow you back.  The definitely requires effort, but it can be well worth it if you have a few minutes each day to keep tabs on things.  I use a program called TweetDeck that allows me to see my Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn updates all in one program.

Good luck in your job hunting endeavors!  Things are beginning to thaw out there but the same skills that have helped people to the top in the past are the same ones that are important now: mostly it comes down to who you know and being in the right place at the right time.  You can increase the chance of this happening by putting yourself into opportunity filled situations both online and offline.

MinnesotaWorks.Net Internships

April 28th, 2010 Comments off

Internships are great ways to gain experience but have become harder to find in this economy.  In addition to the other resources I have posted here previously, check out the link below for some more possibilities in the Twin Cities and surrounding region.  Good luck!

MinnesotaWorks.Net Internships

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Choosing a major in this economy

November 9th, 2009 Comments off

An interesting piece in the Baltimore Sun about projections for job growth in various industries, but the best advice is always to do what you love to do and the money/opportunities are secondary.  There is nothing worse than dragging yourself out of bed each day to go to a job that you dread.  So if accounting is exciting to you, go into accounting.  If computers are your thing, major in a field that focuses on technology.  Also realize that the average person changes careers (not just jobs) several times during their working years.  Just keep an eye on the future and keep learning throughout your life and you will be successful.

Choosing a major in this economy. Gene Trainor, McClatchy Newspapers.