Hello everyone. This may sound unusual but here is where I am at:
I am a licensed attorney that is ready to leave law and become a CPA - I am still under 30. I am eligible to take the CPA right now (I plan on taking AUD this month and I'm confident I'll pass as long as I keep it up). The only accounting experience I have is working at a small company fixing their books and assisting them with coming up with processes to prevent errors in the future. I have been there only a few months but I feel I have learned a lot.
I am looking for a new position but I have not received any interviews or positive responses so far.
The thing is that I know I can do these jobs. I don't know if it is because no one else where I work is an accountant or because I am good at what I do, but accounting seems easy compared to law in my humble opinion. I've seen some positions with requirements like these that I do not understand:
- Need at least one year QuickBooks experience
I had never used QuickBooks before my current job and it took me about one week to figure it out. I am not sure why someone would ever need an entire year (or more) to learn QuickBooks.
- Need 1 (or 2) years relevant accounting experience
For many of these smaller companies, their accounting is not rocket science unless they are selling collateralized mortgage obligations or something like that. The bookkeeper I work with now has been there about six years and I have been the one to explain to her how to book this, that, and the other thing. I am not sayng she is a bad bookkeeper, just that no one ever told her these things. I can't help but feel I will still need that week or so to get the hang of any new company regardless of whether I have six months or five years of accounting experience.
- Need to know VLookup
The only reason I haven't learned this is because I haven't needed this yet. Does my potential employer really think that I will just throw my hands up and say "I don't know Vlookup, I don't know what to do!" ? There is a course I found online that takes 30-40 minutes. I am willing to bet I could learn everything I needed to know about Vlookup for my job a day or two before I ever started. And it might take me maybe an hour (I could do that at lunch!) to learn it at work since I would know what I would be specifically using it for.
I also have a PTIN and I'm in the process of also becoming an authorized IRS e-filer.
I might also have a government clearence but I have to check if it is active and current.
I also know how to create nonprofits and get a 501c3 tax exemption from the IRS (I would consider this to be related to accounting).
I see all these jobs I know I can do but I haven't had any interviews or offers yet. I have spruced up my resume as best I can and I write out customized cover letters for each position. Does any one have any thoughts or suggestions about how what kind of accounting job I could get with only a few months experience, being a CPA candidate, and for at least $15/hour (I don't think I am asking for much - I realize I am starting over in a sense). There must be something someone will hire me for.