Accounting Jobs: Networking Tips

Accounting jobs that fulfill career goals can be difficult to find and harder to get. Networking can be the best way to deal with the very complex professional maze of accountancy.

Networking for accountants involves a series of business and professional associations. It’s a very effective, and more importantly, reliable, way of making contacts with clients, finding jobs and finding business for their practices. In all areas of accountancy, these relationships are the bases of effective practices.

Types of Networking

Accountants work in a very competitive and very large part of the employment market. Career progression can be an obstacle course. Job opportunities tend to be sideways moves. Networking is one of the more reliable methods of finding the better jobs.

Accountancy includes a range of specializations and areas of expertise. These are the primary career tracks. Good networks concentrate on these areas. There are two basic types of network:

Professional Networks

The nature of accountancy provides a lot of professional contacts who can be very good sources of information about career options. Specialists in particular industries or roles can get firsthand information about their areas of interest.

Tax accountancy, for example, is a career track that leads to excellent job options. Tax consultancies and major accountancy firms often need extra help during tax season, and these jobs are very much in demand. A good network can help accountants make contact directly with employers and set up these jobs, which may well lead to permanent jobs in the future.

Corporate accountants have a lot of job mobility, working in an area where their skills are very portable. However, the best corporate accountancy jobs are also some of the most difficult to get. Competition for them is intense. Networking and making good contacts is the best way of moving along this career path.

Business Networks

Accountants have a lot of resources--like industry news, financial news, and other continuous feeds from their own sectors--for getting professional information. Accountants who combine networking with good use of these resources can share and benefit from information pertinent to their areas of specialty.

These networks are much more about getting business than getting jobs, although there is a natural overlap of interests. Accountants can get business through their specialties, targeting potential clients. Accountancy is a commercial business, not just a service industry. Most accountants get local business through making their presence known, and their business clients are often obtained through networks.

Accountants can pick up a lot of businesses as clients through personal references from their networks. These clients, in turn, usually provide further references to others. In many cases, the accountants offer specialized services or particular areas of expertise that the clients need.

Tax accountants in particular can thrive on references from clients and sometimes from other accountants or business advisers. Their networks are virtual advertising services, particularly in the more complex areas of tax accountancy for professionals and wealthy people. Specific areas of expertise and reliability are often the answer to a client’s tax issues.