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Posted: 02 Dec 2010 at 14:34 | IP Logged Quote FC.CPA

I recently got CPA certificate and have been putting the
title 'CPA' on my resume. Every time I apply for a job,
they mostly tell me that I don't have enough experience.
That pisses me off so much, how the hell am I suppose to
get experience if I can't even work somewhere? I'm a
bloody CPA now for god sakes!! I have experience in
public accounting doing taxes, bookkeeping as I worked in
a tax office for almost a year. but all the agencies I go
to now, even for a Junior Accountant position, they tell
me that I don't have enough experience. What am I suppose
to do? I can't even apply for small jobs let alone
getting a high paid job. This is so pathetic. I don't
know what I qualify for. I'm not even asking for 50000+,
all i'm asking for is 35000 at least, i don't think it
should be this hard to find a damn job. I thought getting
a CPA designation was suppose to open up doors for me.

Any thoughts?

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Posted: 02 Dec 2010 at 16:39 | IP Logged Quote GSU Josh

My situation is that I have been experiencing and continue to experience the exact same thing.  So far, my CPA license hasn't earned me one red cent.  It's sad that we have to deal with this.  Well educated individuals who can't even find a job (new attorneys are no better off than us, though).  And how are we supposed to explain these ugly gaps on our resumes, right?  Go volunteer somewhere?  I have one year of audit experience and also struggle to find positions that fit.  If these employers would give us the time of day, they might find that we are actually very smart and just as capable as someone with five or more years of experience.


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Sign up for VITA.  That will take care of the resume gap for a few months.
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See my post- job search in L.A. I am in the same position as you. I am not asking for a high starting salary either, just enough to support myself as a 26 year old. Also, I have major college loans to pay off. How am I suppose to explain that my college degree did nothing to help me get a job to pay off all the loans? :( 
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Posted: 02 Dec 2010 at 17:41 | IP Logged Quote FC.CPA

Exactly, this is pathetic! I'm starting to think that
this education doesn't really mean anything except to
make you look good on paper. Experience is all they want,
no matter if they you have a degree, designation or
whatever. I'm in the same situation as I was when I first
graduated from university in 2008. I looked around for a
year to get into an accounting firm but no luck, did some
temporary jobs here and there. Then thought ok lets do
CPA maybe that will get me going but nothing yet.

I hope I get through this desperation otherwise I'm
seriously gonna consider other career paths, seems like
there are way too many accountants and no jobs for them.
Heck, even an entry level electrician or a plumber is
making more money than an entry level CPA. Hahaha!

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