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On the Road to Your Next Audit Senior Role in Public Accounting

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Growth in any career can benefit from good planning, but charting a successful CPA path requires careful preparation, timing, and outreach. If you’re in the early  years of your CPA career, here are the most important steps to prepare yourself for a future as an Audit Senior.

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Bachelor’s Degree and 3+ Years of Current Audit Experience in a Public Accounting Firm

Audit Seniors support multiple operations within an audit practice area and deliver quality audit services as a trusted business advisor to the assigned caseload.

Duties include:

  • Reviewing complete sets of financial statements, related disclosures, and work papers to ensure compliance with reporting requirements and quality control
  • Researching accounting issues and providing solutions
  • Properly planning and managing engagements to ensure completion
  • Beginning to develop new client contacts, building relationships, and recognizing opportunities to provide additional services to existing clients
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Passing the CPA Exam

Expect to spend upwards of 30 hours per week for roughly 16 weeks, studying for the exams. For example, once you pass section 1 – Audit and Attestation (AUD), you’ll then have 18 months to pass sections 2-4: Business Environment & Concepts (BEC), Financial Accounting & Reporting (FAR), and Regulation (REG).

Some helpful resources to aid you in scoring in a top percentile are:

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Prepare Your Resume

As your primary marketing tool, your resume is your passport to better pay, better workplaces, increased responsibilities, and partnership. With over 7,000 CPA resumes on alone, here are some tips for helping your CV/resume be the best it can be:

  • Keep it professional (no color fonts, emojis, unnecessary visuals, etc.)
  • Eliminate the Objective Statement
  • Include your certifications in the header after your name (John Smith, CPA)
  • NEVER embellish your accomplishments
  • Ensure your LinkedIn and resume/CV don’t contradict each other
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Make a Firm and Location Wish List

Are you looking to move closer to family or perhaps live in your dream location? Looking to transition into a National, Regional, or Local-sized firm?

With thousands of CPA Firms to choose from across the U.S.(2), knowing where to look and the hiring outlooks in your target markets can set you apart. It will also help you be more efficient in your job search and make an informed decision.

For example:

  • Houston and New York have the most CPA candidates living in the area (2)
  • Chicago, New York, and Washington, DC have the most open job postings for CPAs (2)
  • Houston, Miami, and Atlanta are the top cities where demand for CPAs outweighs the supply of candidates (2)
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Focus on Transitioning When It’s Slow

(Typically May-Aug or Nov-Dec)

All firms value integrity, commitment, and loyalty. Unless absolutely necessary, never leave your current role during the most crucially busy times of the year. Show you care about doing the right thing and keeping your engagement commitments by preparing for a transition during the slower months.

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Engage with a CPA recruiter

You’ve come so far on you own, let a CPA Recruiter help take you the last mile. Our proven process, experience, and expertise ensure we connect you with the right opportunity based on your personal career goals.

We can help you:

  • Find the firms nationwide that align with your goals
    and interests
  • Review your resume
  • Set up and prepare you for interviews
  • Negotiate your compensation and benefits


Don’t delay! Contact your VALiNTRYfinancial Placement Executive today! 

1 – December 2020 Data      2 – December 2020 Data

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