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April 22nd, 2012 at 05:45 pm

During my two-month job search (February & March), I applied for 32 jobs, had 8 interviews, and netted two jobs, both of which I took--sequentially. (So my hit rate is 25% both for applications getting interviews and for interviews getting jobs....though there were 6 rejections before either acceptance).

The first job that I took was an end-of-tax-season position at a small CPA firm. The firm owner got my name from the business internship director at the college where I got my accounting degree, and contacted me, unexpectedly. Like me, she is a career changer who went back to study accounting in her 40s and passed the CPA exam just before her 50th birthday, so it was a good match, and I enjoyed the 3 weeks that I worked there very much--despite the long tax-season hours.

That job would actually have lasted at a part-time level for several more months, and possibly beyond, save for another opportunity arising, this one through Accountemps. I've gotten my first corporate tax job, and started right on Wednesday,the day after tax season ended. The work is very different than what I'm used to but seems interesting. And working in a corporate cubicle environment is quite a change! I took a $5/hour pay cut from what I was getting at the small CPA firm to take this, which hurts--but that job would have become part-time after tax season, and the long-term potential was unclear, and while I was learning some new things, it was mostly consolidating knowledge I already had. This job, if I do well at it, could be a temp-to-hire job at a fairly large and reputable industrial company where, if things work out, I could be working not only full-time but be back to earning near or above my old salary from academia in a fairly short period of time. And if it doesn't work out, at least I'll have gotten more exposure to corporate tax, which will make me more likely to be hired by a regional CPA firm or in another corporate job, so it is more helpful to my resume in any case. We'll see how things work out!

5 Responses to “Jobs”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Glad to hear you have work and income! Congrats.

  2. PatientSaver Says:

    Sounds great! I don't think my interview to application ratio is nearly as good as yours.

  3. Dido Says:

    It helped, I think, that I worked with a staffing manager at a local agency. He helped me get 5 of the 8 interviews by selling me to clients; I got 3 of the 8 on my own.

  4. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Congrats on the job(s)!

  5. Jerry Says:

    There is nothing like the insurance of working with a good staffing manager... it can really lead to a boost in interviews, and they can cut out a lot of the junk postings that waste time, as well. But only a GOOD one! A bad one only makes things worse, and I have worked with both kinds. Smile Jerry

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