Accounting is the creation, management, analysis, and reporting of financial information to stakeholders. Accounting can involve direct oversight of annual reports and quarterly financial statements, or the creation of recordkeeping controls within companies. The industry is heavily regulated by the federal and state governments and almost always requires specific education and technical knowledge.
Accountants work for public accounting firms of all sizes. Many work in corporate accounting (from Fortune 500 companies to “mom-and-pop” shops), in government accounting, and for nonprofit organizations.
Job Title Examples:
- Accounting Manager
- Accounting Officer
- Business Analyst
- Accounting Supervisor
- Project Accounting
- Nonprofit Accounting
- Public Accounting
- Government Accounting
- Problem solving and analytical skills
- Critical thinking skills
- Attention to detail
- Analytical skills
- Organizational skills
- Bachelor's degree required for entry-level position
- MBA may be required for upper level position
- CPA certification is required for audit and tax work
Please note, it’s common for companies in this industry to post directly to their own website’s employment pages - it’s recommended to also check these for opportunities.
Accounting firms are on-campus in the Fall recruiting and interviewing for both full-time positions and internships. Most firms have summer leadership development programs designed for younger students (typically sophomores); the recruiting for these programs is typically in the Spring. Corporate full-time opportunities are typically in the fall, and internships in both the fall and spring.
Applying and Interviewing
Your resume will often be the first impression for a potential employer. You want to make sure that your resume is concise, direct, and specific. Ensure that your resume is tailored for the position and for the industry. Highlighting relevant coursework can demonstrate your fit for a particular position. Review our guide on resumes for more information on how to construct one.
A cover letter introduces you to a potential employer. Use the position description to make specific connections between your skills and experience and what the organization is looking for in a candidate. The cover letter should be concise and well-written—if a potential employer reads your cover letter and is intrigued, they will then read your resume. Your cover letter should not repeat your resume verbatim, but enhance it. Together the cover letter and resume can help land you an interview. Review our guide on cover letters for more information on how to construct one.
The hiring process generally consists of two steps. The first round is typically on-campus; you will present your resume to hiring officials and answer a variety of questions (including questions about your educational background as well as personal, community, and work-related information) as they would relate to your performance at the firm/company.
Firms tend to look for candidates who fit their corporate culture. In order to gain knowledge of different companies’ culture and services, you are encouraged to meet and build connections with employees through networking events and other opportunities.
Most interviews will contain a mixture of resume based questions (questions about your past experience) and behavioral based questions (your ability to handle prospective situations at work. Most positions will begin with an interview that has a mix of these questions. Review our guide on common interview questions.
Preparation is extremely important for interviews. Research the company/organization, current and previous projects they’ve worked on, and even the people that you’re interviewing with. This will not only help provide talking points but will show your knowledge and genuine interest in the position. Utilize our resources on how to best prepare yourself to excel in your interview.
- Journal of Accountancy
- Financial Accounting Standards Board
- Bloomberg Businessweek
- CFO Magazine
Ray Vander Heyden
Assistant Director, Accounting, Actuarial Science, Corporate Finance, Insurance, Real Estate
- Notre Dame Accounting Association
- Beta Alpha Psi
- National Association of Black Accountants (NABA)
- Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA)
- Undergraduate Women in Business
- Student International Business Council
- Grant Thornton
- Baxter Healthcare
- General Motors
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