Easy Tips For Landing An Entry-Level Accounting Job

2 min read
23 December 2022
Landing your first accounting job can be intimidating given the level of competition. Fortunately, you can give yourself the best chance of success by understanding what employers are looking for. We'll cover some tips to help you stand out from the crowd, and land that entry-level accounting job to kickstart your career.

1. Get an accounting degree

In order to become a graduate accountant in Australia, you need the relevant qualification such as Bachelor of Accounting or Master of Professional Accounting, or you need to complete a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA) program. There are also accounting courses available — from short courses to diplomas — so it is important to choose one that will best prepare you for the role you are interested in. 

2. Gain experience through internships or part-time jobs

You can also improve your chances of landing an entry-level accounting job by gaining experience through internships or part-time jobs. Many accounting firms offer internships to college students, allowing you to learn about the ins and outs of having a career in accounting. Additionally, working in an accounting-related field while in college can also be beneficial as it will give you a chance to develop your skills and knowledge.

3. Develop strong computer skills

Many entry-level accounting positions will require you to use various software, so it is important to be proficient in them. There are many online resources available that can help you develop your computer skills, like Udemy and Coursera.

4. Have strong communication skills

You will need to communicate effectively with clients, co-workers, and superiors. If you are not a strong communicator, many resources are available on platforms, like LinkedIn Learning, that can help you improve your critical thinking and problem solving skills.

5. Be detail-oriented

It is important to be detail-oriented to be successful in an accounting career, as attention to small details helps you keep accurate records. If this is something you need to develop, you can always start by practising either with assigned coursework or on your own.

Land a job and build an accounting career today at Kelly+Partners

We’re always on the lookout for driven, motivated people who want to help shape the future of our business — if that sounds like you, we’d love to hear from you. Get in touch with us today and see how we can help you take your accounting career to the next level.