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    5-Step Guide to Becoming an Accountant

    In this era of economic uncertainty, it’s not just about making money. For businesses and individuals alike, minimizing expenses and documenting all business transactions correctly and honestly have become just as important as maximizing revenue. That’s where accountants come in. Despite the “bean counter” stereotype, accountants are invaluable employees who lead clients through the ever-changing worlds of tax and finance. ...
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    Fight Fraud as a Forensic Accountant

    Fight Fraud as a Forensic Accountant
    An employee embezzles millions of dollars from his company, but he doesn't know his firm is on to him. To combat his schemes, the company brings in a forensic accountant, a professional with a combination of financial expertise and investigative prowess, to determine exactly what's going on. Eventually, the forensic accountant uncovers the fraud, gathers evidence and turns it over to ...
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    Finance Will be a Job Market Force in Next Decade

    Finance Will be a Job Market Force in Next Decade
    The financial services arena has taken its share of job-market hits over the past couple of years. The latest proof comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which listed bookkeeping, accounting and auditing clearks among the nine professions saw the most job losses in 2009. An interesting note in that MSNBC article, though: "The free-for-all on Wall Street that led to ...
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    Environmental Accountants Do It for the Green

    Environmental Accountants Do It for the Green
    Accountants can do more than count beans and push back against the occasional executive who wants to borrow a few hundred million from petty cash. When financial geniuses specialize in environmental accounting, they'll find themselves analyzing internal and external costs of environmental impacts and sometimes jumping up and down to get the attention of executives who'd rather stick their heads in ...
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    Play Ball as a Sports Accountant

    Play Ball as a Sports Accountant
    You could say that Bowie Baysox Controller Christy Hoos was born into her job. She grew up in a sports-obsessed family, and her father was a professional baseball player. A friend of a friend helped her find her first sports accounting job, working for the Baltimore Orioles, and her love of sports has kept her in the game. "It's more interesting ...
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    Salary Guides: Accounting Clerk III

    Job Description: Performs routine accounting activities such as maintenance of the general ledger, preparation of various accounting statements and financial reports and accounts payable or receivable functions. Requires a high school diploma or its equivalent and at least 5 years of related experience. Familiar with a variety of the field's concepts, practices, and procedures. Relies on experience and judgment to plan ...
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    Entertainment Accounting

    Entertainment Accounting
    Lights! Camera! Audit! In the multibillion-dollar entertainment industry, accountants have found a glitzy niche providing financial services to Hollywood studios, production companies and a whole universe of artists and technicians -- from box-office superstars and music-industry moguls to truck drivers and B-movie bit players. With some connections and knowledge of the entertainment industry, a bachelor's degree in accounting and a knack ...
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    Career Profile: Bookkeeping Clerk

    Career Profile: Bookkeeping Clerk
    What is this job like? Expenditures. Receipts. Accounts payable and receivable. Profits and losses. Any organization that uses money has to keep records—records of where money came from and where it went. Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks, as well as other financial clerks, keep these financial records. Bookkeeping clerks add, subtract, multiply, and divide many numbers each day. They must be ...
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    Salary Guides: Accountant I

    Salary Guides: Accountant I
    Job Description:Prepares balance sheets, profit and loss statements, and other financial reports. Responsibilities also include analyzing trends, costs, revenues, financial commitments, and obligations incurred to predict future revenues and expenses. Reports organization's finances to management, and offers suggestions about resource utilization, tax strategies, and assumptions underlying budget forecasts. May require a bachelor's degree in area of specialty and 0-2 years of ...
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    More accounting grads than ever. Anyone hiring?

    More accounting grads than ever. Anyone hiring?
    Accounting's staffing crisis may be nearing its end. Finding and keeping talented CPAs has been an ongoing concern in recent years. This year, for instance, staffing was among the top 10 concerns for firms with two to 20 professionals, according to the AICPA's 2009 CPA Firm Top Issues Survey. That could be about to change. A new report from the AICPA ...
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    Salary Guides: Controller Assistant

    Job Description: Assists the corporate controller in directing an organization's accounting functions. These functions include establishing and maintaining an organization's accounting principles, practices, and procedures. Oversees the preparation and evaluation of budgets and other financial operating reports, and presents findings and recommendations to top management. Requires a bachelor's degree in a related area. Familiar with a variety of the field's concepts, ...
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    Salary Guides: Accounts Payable Manager

    Job Description: Responsible for all activities in the accounts payable function. Ensures timely payments of vendor invoices and expense vouchers and maintains accurate records and control reports. Review applicable accounting reports and accounts payable register to ensure accuracy. May require a bachelor's degree in a related area and at least 7 years of experience in the field. Familiar with a variety ...
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    The Undergraduate's Guide to the Big Four Interview

    The Undergraduate's Guide to the Big Four Interview
    If you're looking to sign on with a Big Four accounting firm after graduation, a solid grade-point average, leadership in extracurriculars and internship experience will all put you in good position. But to land the job, you'll need to nail a competitive, complex interview process. Interviewing at one of the Big Four -- Deloitte & Touche USA, Ernst & Young, KPMG ...
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    Seasonal Tax-Preparation Jobs

    Seasonal Tax-Preparation Jobs
    Interested in keeping money out of the government's hands? Consider a seasonal job as a tax-preparation professional. Each year, large tax-preparation firms such as H&R Block and Jackson Hewitt train and employ thousands of people to prepare tax returns in their storefront offices. H&R Block hires 80,000 tax professionals to work from January until the end of April. Ninety percent of ...
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    Career Profile: Budget Analyst

    Career Profile: Budget Analyst
    Description: Examine budget estimates for completeness, accuracy, and conformance with procedures and regulations. Analyze budgeting and accounting reports for the purpose of maintaining expenditure controls. Sample of reported job titles: Accounting Supervisor, Budget Analyst, Budget And Policy Analyst, CFO (Chief Financial Officer), Cost Accountant, Staff Analyst What It Takes to Do this Job... Tasks * Direct the preparation of regular and ...
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    Salary Guides: Accountant IV

    Salary Guides: Accountant IV
    Job Description: Prepares balance sheets, profit and loss statements, and other financial reports. Responsibilities also include analyzing trends, costs, revenues, financial commitments, and obligations incurred to predict future revenues and expenses. Reports organization's finances to management, and offers suggestions about resource utilization, tax strategies, and assumptions underlying budget forecasts. Requires a bachelor's degree in area of specialty and 6-8 years of ...
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    Salary Guides: International Controller

    Job Description: Responsible for directing the international accounting functions for an organization. These functions include establishing and maintaining the organization's accounting principles, practices, procedures, and initiatives. Prepares financial reports and presents findings and recommendations to top management. Requires an in-depth understanding of both US and international accounting principals. Requires a bachelor's degree and at least 15 years of direct experience in ...
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    Salary Guides: Accounting Clerk II

    Job Description: Performs routine accounting activities such as maintenance of the general ledger, preparation of various accounting statements and financial reports and accounts payable or receivable functions. Requires a high school diploma or its equivalent and 2-5 years of related experience. Familiar with standard concepts, practices, and procedures within a particular field. Relies on limited experience and judgment to plan and ...
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    Salary Guides: Accounting Clerk I

    Job Description: Performs routine accounting activities such as maintenance of the general ledger, preparation of various accounting statements and financial reports and accounts payable or receivable functions. Requires a high school diploma or its equivalent with 0-2 years of experience in the field or in a related area. Has knowledge of commonly-used concepts, practices, and procedures within a particular field. Relies ...
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    Salary Guides: Chief Financial Officer

    Salary Guides: Chief Financial Officer
    Job Description: Responsible for directing an organization's overall financial policies. Oversees all financial functions including accounting, budget, credit, insurance, tax, and treasury. Designs and coordinates a wide variety of accounting and statistical data and reports. Requires a bachelor's degree and at least 15 years of direct experience in the field. Demonstrates expertise in a variety of the field's concepts, practices, and ...
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