Because the job market continues evolving, you’re no longer expected to stay in the same role with one employer for your entire career. Learn how you can take advantage of the fluid job market by making necessary changes in your accounting career.
If you decide to relocate, start by studying the job market and where there are many openings in accounting. Research the companies you’d like to work for. Use your phone, email, and social media to learn more about the companies’ hiring managers, and network into the companies. Also research the area you want to move to. Discover what the climate is like, whether the area offers your type of entertainment, and whether you can afford to live there based on your potential salary range. Set up in-person meetings with your contacts. Let them know you’re interviewing with several companies in the area and you’re serious about relocating. Provide valid reasons for moving to the area. For example, you have family or friends nearby, or you want a simpler lifestyle away from the city.
Identifying transferable skills may help you move into the public or private sector. Transferable skills may be role-related, technical, or general skills you can use in a variety of jobs across various industries. For example, communication, research and planning, and management and leadership skills apply to typically any accounting job in either sector. Perhaps you’re done making money for corporations and want to use your skills in the nonprofit sector. You’ll need strong business skills, precise communication, analytical skills, and be able to work with multiple people of various disciplines.
Perhaps you want to expand on your education and/or certification for a job promotion. If you haven’t already taken the CPA exam, start preparing as soon as possible. Take your time utilizing exam preparation classes and studying, as the exam gets more comprehensive over time and requires more work to pass.
Currently, the U.S. Virgin Islands is the only U.S. jurisdiction that does not require at least 150 hours of education for licensure. For specific state or territory requirements, visit ThisWayToCPA.com. As a result, you may want to earn an MBA or a Masters in Accounting. You’ll have something to show for your additional education then. If you choose not to get a Masters, you can always take online classes to fulfill your CPA educational requirements.