Vault Career Guide to Accounting, Second Edition

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by Andrew Morkes; Introduction by Jody Padar
Publication Date: 2017

Accounting is often ranked as one of the most desirable professions available—including being ranked as one of the top 25 jobs in 2016 by U.S. News & World Report. Also, despite a sluggish economy, corporate revenue and profits continue to grow, spurring steady demand for accountants. Hoovers places annual revenue in the public accounting industry at $125 billion, and with rising interest in emerging specialties such as international accounting, investigative and forensic accounting, and environmental accounting, the industry promises to remain dynamic and rewarding for years to come. Nevertheless, employers will be seeking to hire the best and brightest, and competition for top jobs will be stiff.

The Vault Career Guide to Accounting, Second Edition provides an insider's perspective on what's happening in the industry, what it takes to break in and how to advance your career. Whether your goal is to land a position with one of the Big Four accounting firms or at an international corporation, this guide can help you master every step of your job search.

Vault Career Guides offer an industry insider's view of what it takes to land a job in your chosen profession. Each volume provides a comprehensive overview of the industry and expert advice and tips for uncovering job opportunities, networking, preparing your cover letter and resume, interviewing and keeping current on industry news and trends. Interviews and case studies offer behind-the-scenes glimpses of what hiring managers look for in a candidate and how others have succeeded in landing their jobs or advancing their careers. Day in the Life profiles place you in the shoes of an established professional for one day, and an extensive glossary and resource list put all the industry knowledge you need to succeed at your fingertips.

Each Vault Career Guide includes:

  • The Scoop: Everything you need to know about what your industry does, its history, who works in it and where it's going.
  • Getting Hired: Practical information on researching potential employers, networking, interviewing and getting in the door.
  • On the Job: A look at life on the job and the industry culture.
  • Talk Like a Pro: A glossary of industry jargon and key terms.
  • Resources: Associations, organizations, websites and other resources to help you plan and advance your career.


Andrew Morkes is a freelance writer and editor in Chicago, Illinois, who has been writing about college- and career-related topics for more than 20 years. He is the owner of College & Career Press, the editorial director of the CAM Report and College Spotlight, and the author of The Morkes Report: College and Career Planning Trends blog. Andrew has written and edited many books for Ferguson's including the Encyclopedia of Careers & Vocational Guidance, the Vault Career Guide to Accounting, and many volumes in the Careers in Focus, Discovering Careers, and Career Skills Library series. He is also the author of They Teach That in College!?: A Resource Guide to More Than 100 Interesting College Majors and Programs, which was selected as "A Perfect Ten" by the library journal Voice of Youth Advocates, and Nontraditional Careers for Women and Men: More Than 30 Great Jobs for Women and Men With Apprenticeships Through PhDs. His poetry has appeared in Cadence, Wisconsin Review, Poetry Motel, Strong Coffee, and Mid-America Review.

Jody Padar, CPA is the CEO and principal at New Vision CPA Group in Arlington Heights, Illinois. She is a regular blogger and contributing columnist with Accounting Today, and a featured speaker at accounting industry conferences. Jody has received several industry awards, including being named one of "The Top 100 Most Influential People" in the accounting profession and one of "10 Women Worth Watching" by Accounting Today, a "Woman to Watch, Emerging Leader" award recipient by the Illinois CPA Society, and a "40 Under 40" award recipient by CPA Practice Advisor. Jody has emerged as a "feeling leader," a leader driven by a passion to foster real change in the accounting profession, and she represents the next generation of accounting professionals and the new movement of "digital CPAs." Embracing the Cloud, social media, and other highly advanced technologies and practices, Jody is out to alter the way CPAs think about firm culture and serving their clients via speaking engagements, podcasts, published articles, and screaming it from the rooftop.

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