Post # 1
Hi ladies. I don’t post too often, but I’m feeling kind of down and I guess I’m looking for advice or support. I’m about to graduate in 3 weeks (yay) with a dual major in accounting and international business. I’ve been working really hard, especially in the last two years, and I joined a beta alpha psi to help me find a decent job when I graduate. I applied to a local accounting firm and went through two of the three interviews, but I got my rejection notice yesterday and I felt kind of heart broken. The rejection sort of made me feel like a failure. i really don’t have experience in the job market, so I know I’m not the best candidate, but I don’t know how to get experience if no one will hire me. The company I applied to is a really good company with a great culture and I really thought I had a good chance of getting the job. Now, I don’t know what to do. I think it’s too late to apply for any full time employment come January since tax season is right around the corner. I don’t even know where to start looking. What should I do? ;_;
Post # 4
@Sutaru: You really can’t pin everything on one job. Start applying everywhere you can think of. Most university career centers have some job boards. Find out from faculty/staff which employers recruit heavily from your department and try to get in touch. If you have any friends who have already graduated and gotten a job, talk to them about opportunities. If all else fails, go on the large Internet job boards and start applying.
Post # 5
Apply everywhere! It doesn’t matter that tax season is approaching, you never know unless you try. And don’t let one rejection knock you flat out. Just think of it as a learning experience and go from there. At least now you have professional interviewing experience! Good luck!
Post # 6
I am also going to be experiencing this soon. I am graduating as a teacher and we all know how that goes. My SO has a great job here so we are unwilling to relocate. Therefore, I plan to apply everywhere and anywhere. I feel as though I have some great connections with higher up people and a positive, smiling attitude which is half the battle. If I can just get an interview and show them my personality and work ethic I hope to get at least something. Stay positive!!
Post # 7
I wouldn’t even try to get an MBA unless I had worked for a few years first. Many classes center around real world experience, and if you don’t have any, that’s rough. Plus, if you can, find an employer who will foot the bill for you, you will save much money later.
It is hard getting out there, just know that you are a bright hard working employee, and th right job is out there for you. Keep looking and keep your chin up!
A temp agency is not a bad place to start, you can gain experience and start making contacts in teh business world. Do a good job and when they are ready to hire, they will keep you on the short list.
Post # 8
In today’s job market, you can’t really afford to get dejected after one rejection. There are 100’s of people trying to get 1 job, a lot of whom have high qualifications for it. Please, please keep on trying as you might end up finding something that’s even better than this one!
Also, don’t be afraid to try out for more junior jobs; a lot of companies like to promote talent from the inside, and you might end up getting a better job quicker that way. Temp jobs are especially great for this; my last temp job ended up turning to a permanent job, which then turned into a promotion into my current great job; all within one year. I’ve got a degree in management & accountancy, I’m partially qualified through professional exams, and I was finding it difficult to find a job in accountancy. So I went to billing/AR to get the experience. I was working alongside a woman who’s got a BA in accountancy, and MBA and owned 3 businesses. Times are hard, and sometimes you’ve got to get experience within an industry before you can go to your preferred job.
Chin up; you’ll get there one day!
Post # 9
Do you want to get a CPA eventually? If so, I would personally recommend starting on that process, since it can be pretty time consuming. I graduated with a BBA in accounting in 2008. I had originally planned to work for a while and then go back for a masters, but the job market was so terrible I scrapped that idea and started in grad school in 2009. I finished an MBA with an accounting concentration in 2011.
I got experience volunteering at a non-profit and they hired me on as a full-time accountant after I finished my MBA. Volunteering can be a good way to get experience if you can’t get hired, plus you can meet people who will recommend jobs to you. I finished the CPA exam while I was at the non-profit; I passed my last section in August.
I’m not a CPA yet, just a candidate until I get the required experience experience, but having passed those exams made all the difference. I started applying for jobs on a Saturday in August, the following Monday I got a call from a partner at a small firm in my area. I work there now and feel like the luckiest girl alive.
Don’t get discouraged, keep applying. I remember ending up in tears after missing an internship I really wanted while I was in school, but things worked out in the end.
Post # 10
Thank you all for your replies! I know I sound dramatic in my first post, but I was really just moping. I don’t want to give up, I just didn’t know where to go from here.
@MissIntent: Congratulations on passing the exam! I do plan on getting my CPA! I’m only 9 credit hours away from being able to sit for the exam, so it’s definitely soething I have planned for my immediate future. Did you take a review course or did you just hit the books? I’m know review courses are supposed to be good, but they’re so expensive… o.o; I’m just wondering if there’s a cheaper alternative that works just as well. I love the idea of volunteering for an NPO while studying/looking for work.
@Selaen: &kerensa Thank you for the encouragement! I’m going to email a temp agency here that specializes in accounting and finance positions. I noticed they have some staff accountant positions on their wensite, so maybe they can help me find an interview.
@VAwife: I know that applying to only one job wasn’t a good idea, but I felt so sure about it that I thought I would be okay. I definitely felt stupid about it afterwards.
Post # 11
I did the Gleim review course, but I borrowed some Becker books from a friend and I would recommend Becker. I thought it was more to the point. My review course was online, not in person, but I definitely could not have passed without a review course. It’s just too much material to try and draw from textbooks.
Post # 12
Apply to everything in your field…and definitely work on getting an internship. Luckily, you’re in business so you will get paid pretty nicely (you know…compared to the internships I’ve done where I was an unpaid volunteer lol).
It wouldn’t hurt to get started on CPA studying. I heard it is hard.
Post # 13
Keep applying for jobs, I know it can be discouraging, but keep at it. It normally takes alot of resumes to even get an interview so feel proud that you got an interview already. Keep at it, and always make your resume specific to each job.
Post # 14
You will be a much more competitive candidate once you sit your CPA, i’d intern until then to get as much job experience as possible!