When you’re looking for your next accounting job, timing isn’t everything – but it does make a difference. Many candidates wonder whether they should begin applying in the spring when firms wrap up their year-end and first-quarter deadlines or wait until the summer. Spring is prime hiring season because that’s when managers focus on refilling their requisitions. With the first quarter behind them, hiring managers are eager to bring in new staff so they can tackle projects they put on hold earlier in the year. April through June tend to be some of the busiest months for hiring. Hiring tends to slow down after the July 4th holiday and continue through the end of August, which is when many managers take vacation.
If you have the time and energy for the search, it’s ideal to land a position before July 4th.If you have the time and energy for the search, it’s ideal to land a position before July 4. But all hope is not lost if you wait until mid-summer to begin your search. You can gain an edge on your competition in July and August by putting in the work while other candidates lounge on the beach. With fewer people applying for jobs, you stand a better chance of getting an interview. Here’s how to succeed in your summer job search:
1. Spruce Up your ResuméApril, May, and June are critical preparation times for public accountants. Before hiring activity slows in mid July, update your resume and ask mentors and peers for advice. Solicit feedback about what to include on your resumé and how to present yourself. Research the industries and companies that interest you, and reach out before they leave for vacation. Hiring managers feel a sense of urgency to connect with candidates once their busy seasons wind down, so be prepared to pursue those opportunities starting in the Spring.
Hiring managers feel a sense of urgency to connect with candidates once their busy seasons wind down, so be prepared to pursue those opportunities starting in the Spring.
2. Pass the CPA ExamIf you’re in public accounting and haven’t taken the CPA exam yet, summer is a great time to do so. Sign up for a review course and take any parts you haven’t completed. Before you know it, you’ll get busy again and will need to put it off. Take advantage of the slower season and finish the exam.
3. Catch Up on CPE CreditsCandidates who don’t work in public accounting and already have their CPA licenses can use the summer months to catch up on Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits. You need a certain number of CPE hours per year to maintain your license, and it can be difficult to stay on top of those obligations during the first quarter of the year. No matter when you’re searching for a new job, you always want to appear strong and competitive. Leverage the opportunities available in spring and summer to connect with hiring managers and boost your credentials.
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