Roughly four years ago, I was pondering a career change from Graphic Designer (which doesn't pay well and has very few job openings) to Accountant (which does pay well, and seemed to have plenty of jobs), and inquired about it here in the GRS forums.
My original post was titles "What Sort of Job Do You Have? Also: Suggestions?", and can be found here: viewtopic.php?f=9&t=4261
In order to make this career change, I went back to college in 2010.
In December of 2012 I received my Bachelors of Science in Accounting, with Honors.
This May (2014), I will be graduating again with my Masters in Accountancy (GPA is currently 3.96).
However, despite there being accountant jobs out there, I can't seem to land any job offers.
I've been applying at a wide variety of places: The "Big Four" public accounting firms, smaller public accounting firms, federal government positions, state government positions, regular corporate jobs, etc.
Usually my resume gets passed over altogether, and I never hear anything back. Once or twice, I've made it to the interview stage, but they always ended up going with someone else.
Accountants generally get hired 1 year before they graduate college, and most of my classmates already have jobs. I'll be graduating in less than 4 months, and I still have nothing lined up. Part of it may be due to my location (I'm located in the middle of nothing in southern Utah, and am NOT part of the dominant religion here), and I suspect part of it is my age, but there is no way of knowing for sure.
I'm willing to relocate to anywhere in the country, and I make this clear to the employers. My GPA is high, I'm involved in the college accountancy club, and I've done Volunteer Income Tax Preparation (VITA) through the IRS for the past 3 years.
I guess what I need to know is "How do I get a job?"
Can any of you great folks out there help me? Do any of you have an "in" to a public accounting firm that is hiring? Or has the economy eaten up a lot of the entry-level accounting jobs too? I'm hoping to be hired on as an Auditor with a public accounting firm, but at this point, I'm willing to do Tax work too.
Any suggestions, helps, tips, or contacts for companies would be very much appreciated! Thank you!