January 16, 2020 at 8:18 pm #2890287ShouldHavePickedMarketingParticipant
Looking for some advice. I passed the cpa exam a little over two years ago and still have not been able to land a job where I can use hours towards a cpa license. I did finally get in with the auditors office for the county I’m in, but not as an accountant yet. What ideas do you have regard in g ways to get hours. I like where I’m at and want to move up to an account ant position but it’ll likely take a while before a spot opens up. I received a loose offer to move a different dept with a substantial increase in pay but I would not get hours there either and likely would never get my cpa license than. I’m in my 40’s and don’t want to work for a traditional public accounting firm, but since I went through the hell of the cpa exam process I want to throw some initials behind my name. Any advice is more than appreciated.January 16, 2020 at 10:24 pm #2890449MercenaryParticipant
By hours do you mean total work experience required to obtain the license?
I just passed the exam recently and am now looking for work in WA. I also happened to apply for a position at the auditor's office. What position do you have that the work hours, 2000 or whatever, wouldn't apply? Even if there isn't a CPA you work under, you could just do the verification thing to get it.January 17, 2020 at 9:40 am #2890797vbmerParticipant
In WA, you never need to work in public accounting or work under the direct supervision of a CPA. You only need a CPA from any US jurisdiction to sign off on 1 year of experience. Any sort of accounting, consulting, finance, FP&A, etc. will do. It's also one of the few states that accepts part-time and volunteer experience.February 7, 2020 at 2:10 am #2921583ShouldHavePickedMarketingParticipant
Vbmer thanks for the reply to my question. Do you have any suggestions where I can get some volunteer or part time experience after traditional work hours?February 7, 2020 at 10:45 am #2921871vbmerParticipant
Sorry, I'm not a WA resident, so I don't have any local recommendations.
Serve.gov is a government directory of volunteer opportunities across the country, which could be a good place to start. There are other similar sites, too. There are some long-term paid remote positions posted on Upwork and the likes, but they tend to be full-time.
I think the first priority would be to candidly discuss with your manager about your career goals so that you can maximize your chances of transitioning to a full-time accounting role.February 7, 2020 at 1:51 pm #2922135fassoponyParticipant
If you are near Tacoma, Pierce College may be looking for some help in their finance dept, maybe in cashiering or AR. Having passed the CPA may put you in a good spot. I would reach out to the other community colleges in the area you are in. Colleges and other state positions generally weigh education and certification more than experience.
Make sure your resume has the key words “accounting” “CPA” “bachelors in accounting” etc