Vault Career Guide to Accounting

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-08-01
  • Publisher: Vault Reports Inc

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Accountants are crucial players in business, monitoring corporate financial activity and providing strategic financial guidance. After recent industry shake-ups, the accounting field is in need of new talent. It's time to start your own accounting career.

Author Biography

Jason Alba worked in tax accounting for PricewaterhouseCoopers and Viacom. He also worked in the financial reporting group at J.P. Morgan.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Overview of Accountingp. 3
The Scoopp. 5
What is Accounting?p. 7
Why Accounting?p. 8
Types of Accountingp. 14
A History of Accountingp. 16
Financial Regulation and the U.S. Financial Reporting Systemp. 18
Financial Statementsp. 20
Industry Trends and Outlookp. 24
Accounting Servicesp. 29
Breakdown of Accounting Careersp. 33
Types of Accountantsp. 33
Public or Private?p. 37
Getting Hiredp. 39
Hiring Process and Interviewsp. 41
How Do I Get a Job?p. 41
The Value of Summer Internshipsp. 42
What Do I Put on My Resume?p. 46
On-Campus Recruitingp. 48
The Interview Processp. 49
Sample Interview Questionsp. 52
The CPAp. 55
Why Should I Become a CPA?p. 55
The 150-Hour Education Requirementp. 57
The Examp. 60
CPA FAQp. 60
Preparing for the Examp. 64
Required Work Experiencep. 67
On the Jobp. 69
On the Jobp. 71
Public Accounting Career Pathp. 71
Nonpublic Accounting Career Pathp. 77
The Training Differencep. 79
The Typical Day in Accountingp. 80
Day in the Life-Auditor Internp. 82
Day in the Life-Tax Staffp. 84
Day in the Life-Staff Auditorp. 86
Day in the Life-Senior Auditorp. 87
The Typical Public Accounting Project Cyclep. 90
Our Survey Says: Accounting Lifestylep. 91
Succeeding in the Firmp. 96
Is There Life After Public Accounting?p. 97
Investment Bankingp. 97
Corporate Financep. 98
Other Industries and Functionsp. 98
Accounting Employersp. 99
BDO Seidman, LLPp. 101
Berdon LLPp. 102
BKD LLPp. 103
Cherry, Bekaert & Holland, L.L.C.p. 104
Clifton Gunderson LLPp. 105
Crowe Chizek and Company LLCp. 106
Deloitte & Touche USA LLPp. 107
Dixon Hughes PLLCp. 108
Eide Bailly LLPp. 109
Eisner LLPp. 110
Ernst & Young LLPp. 111
Goodman & Company, LLCp. 112
Grant Thornton LLPp. 113
J.H. Cohn LLPp. 114
KPMG LLPp. 115
LarsonAllen (Larson, Allen Weishair & Co., LLP)p. 116
McGladrey & Pullen, LLPp. 117
Moss Adams LLPp. 118
Parente Randolph, LLCp. 119
Plante & Moran, PLLCp. 120
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLPp. 121
Reznick Group, P.C.p. 122
Rothstein, Kass & Company P.C.p. 123
Schenck Business Solutionsp. 124
Virchow, Krause & Company, LLPp. 125
Weiser LLPp. 126
Wipflip. 127
Appendixp. 129
Glossaryp. 131
About the Authorsp. 139
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