Here are some ideas for finding accounting jobs:
· Work with our Career Services office to put together a good resume. You can find more information about these workshops by going to www.oakton.edu. Click on Current Oakton Students at the top and then Career Services under Student Life on the left side. Then look for “Attend a Career Services Workshop” in the bottom left corner.
· Join the Illinois CPA Society as a student member. You can enroll at www.icpas.org/students. Membership is free!
o You will have access to all their job listings.
o You will have access to their site for students and young professionals. There is a lot of good information there about careers in accounting.
o You can attend any of the networking breakfasts, dinners, or other chapter events. Look for the North Shore Chapter, O’Hare Chapter, and Chicago Metro Chapter.
o Before you go to these networking events, it would be good to print a business card that has some brief information about yourself and your contact info. You can get free business cards at www.vistaprint.com. It would also be important to bring resumes with you.
o Develop the 20-second pitch about yourself that you can give to potential employers at these events.
· Register at College Central where employers are posting jobs for students. You can find it at www.collegecentral.com/oakton. Make sure you check this frequently since employers post jobs and take them down all the time.
· Sign up for Oakton’s Internship Program at www.oakton.edu/internships. This is a program where employers can hire you for a temporary period. Some of these might turn into permanent jobs. Some are just temporary jobs but give you good experience.
· Look at www.monster.com and www.careerbuilder.com for accounting positions. Make sure you do a variety of searches for A/P, A/R, Credit and Collections, Payroll, Accounting Clerk, General Accounting, Accounting Assistant, etc. You could also type in keywords such as QuickBooks or Peachtree. Spend some time looking for all the possibilities.
· Look in the local papers for accounting job opportunities. Each city has a paper, like the Niles Herald-Spectator or Glenview Announcements. Some post jobs online at www.triblocal.com, www.pioneerlocal.com , www.glenview.suntimes.com , www.niles.suntimes.com, etc. It could take an entire day just to look through all the possible listings in the surrounding suburbs. Also, the job listings change every week so keep looking. You might need to send out dozens of resumes before you get an interview. Don’t give up.
· Go to Google and do a search for “Accounting Jobs Chicago Area”. You will see that there are dozens of listings out there that are used by a variety of employers and services.
· If you already have some accounting experience on your resume, you could probably work with an employment agency to help find a new job. Consider enrolling with Accountemps, Robert Half, Ajilon Finance, Garelli Wong, Numerate Partners, or Marco Financial Recruiting. You could even enroll with more than one just to get your resume out there.
· Consider joining the Career Resource Center in Lake Forest. You can find them at http://careerresourcecenter.org/. Also, consider using the services of Jewish Vocational Services. Go to www.jvschicago.org and click on Career Services.
· Look at the resources available at LearnHowToBecome.org, which is a comprehensive career resource with a mission to help students and aspiring professionals understand what it takes to land their perfect career. http://www.learnhowtobecome.org/
· Look in less formal places like Craigslist and Yelp. There are often people looking for some help with accounting and they just post their needs out there. Some of these may be more reputable than others so if this is a one-person business, it would be good to meet these people in a public setting like a coffee shop for the first visit.
· Join the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Job Network at www.olphglenview.org. Click on Community then choose Business Network. Maybe your own church, temple, mosque, or community center has some type of network as well.
· Join LinkedIn and try to build a network with people that you know. Try other social networking sites as well.
· If you already have a job that is not accounting related, talk with your manager to see if you can take on some accounting responsibilities at your current employer.
· Join the American Institute for Certified Public Accountants for free at www.thiswaytocpa.com/aicpa-student-membership. They have many resources including information about accounting careers.
· Volunteer your time with one of the income tax preparation services. There are many programs that help low-income taxpayers to prepare their returns. Oakton is affiliated with Ladder Up. You can volunteer with them by visiting www.goladderup.org. There are other services through the IRS or through Volunteer Income Tax Association (VITA). This is a good thing to do for the community and a chance to get some great skills at tax software.
· Volunteer your time with any nonprofit organization like a church or social service agency. This can give you great experience to list on your resume.