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About to graduate with no real job! [Mar. 28th, 2010|12:41 pm]
Accountants - new, experienced, aspiring

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[425runner]
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Hello everyone -

I'm 34 and finally getting my Bachelor's degree in July, however even though I went to all networking events through our school's Career Center, applied to myriad of jobs, had a couple of interviews only to get rejected, I haven't received any offers! and I'm stuck doing stupid data entry....in fact I've been doing that for the last 3 years...it allowed me to go to school but now I feel like a total idiot.

I'm so dissapointed and discouraged from not being able to find employment within the accounting field, that I can't even focus on anything else.

Did I just waste hours of education? Am I destined to be a data processing clerk forever?
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[User Picture]From: lolobird
2010-03-28 10:05 pm (UTC)
Since you've been working doing data entry while in college I'm guessing you didn't do any internships? Many public accounting firms don't like to hire people straight out of school without "test driving" the person first, so they mostly hire those who intern for them (unless you've got a 4.0, were an officer in BAP, etc, etc).

You're not doomed to just be a data entry clerk, but you may have to either do an internship or work your way up from the bottom in an industry job, like doing receivables first and then getting promoted from within.

Good luck! I've been one of the most successful in my class, but it's all been about making sacrifices and working part time and internships to gain experience and move up.
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[User Picture]From: 425runner
2010-03-28 11:21 pm (UTC)
No, I didn't...but I did a temp gig for Accountemps in 2006 and worked for a CPA during the tax season. I applied for about a dozen internships but they always wanted someone "fresh" who wouldn't mind $15/hr.
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[User Picture]From: jem_endured_fit
2010-03-29 01:16 am (UTC)
I'd say, keep trying. Public accounting is just winding down from its 'busy season'. (Not that other areas aren't busy.) Hiring might not be the first priority right now.

A lot of places are still feeling the squeeze of the economy and not actively hiring.
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From: (Anonymous)
2010-05-01 10:44 am (UTC)

this is late, but...

I think the important thing is to emphasize the experience you have had, even if it's just data entry. Office experience of any kind is good, and accounting firms also look for people with good "soft" skills--people who are good with people, can communicate well, etc. Experience in networking can also give you an edge if you play it right.

My GPA is a modest 3.7 and I didn't intern for a big CPA firm, but I still managed to get a job offer from one of the big local firms right after my interview. Before that I'd done three years of part-time web design work and a year of part-time book-keeping and data entry. That's probably about as much experience as you have.

I hope you've already gotten a job offer and this comment is completely redundant, but if not, don't give up! You just have to sell yourself and your good points. If you're already losing faith in yourself, how can your potential employers feel confident that you'll be able to do the job?
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[User Picture]From: 425runner
2010-05-01 11:08 am (UTC)

Re: this is late, but...

Well said...thank you for the encouragement. Yes, I've been let down many times and lost hope but I'm now learning how to sell myself, something that doesn't come easy to me as an accountant...oh well.
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