The Illinois CPA Society is here to help as you launch your career in the accounting profession. Post your resume and search for jobs on the Career Center, or join our Young Professionals Group to continue networking and gaining an edge.

Why Accounting?

There are lots of college majors to choose from but accounting offers it all - great pay, stability, lots of job possibilities and the opportunity to travel!

Be a CPA

Now that you've decided on accounting let's talk about the CPA credential. The CPA sets you apart as the best of the best, opens lots of doors and increases your opportunities as well as increasing your earning potential.

Social Media Etiquette

That spring break party photo is part of your permanent record. No matter what they say, savvy employers can and do check you out before they offer you a job.

Your social media presence is part of your brand and you need to think about how you want your brand to be perceived. You should deliberately build your brand to present your achievements and accomplishments.

Find lots of good social media tips in this article from the Huffington Post Social Media Etiquette for College Students and Young Professionals.     

Resume Writing and Interviewing

A resume is a fact sheet about you. 

  • Keep the resume brief, summarizing the information into short statements or bullets.
  • Emphasize any awards and/or your outstanding grade point average.
  • Include a cover letter or email with your resume. Taylor the letter to the specific job for which you are applying.
  • Check with your school to see if they have a career center with references and staff to assist you.

The interview is an exchange between the employer and you. 

  • While many companies are now business casual, always dress professionally for the interview.
  • Arrive on time and be prepared. A candidate who is prepared and asks questions about the position and the company impresses employers. 
  • An interview may have a few levels, including meeting with Human Resources and taking skills tests, so be sure to schedule your time accordingly.
  • Check with your school's career center for resources.

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Student Accounting & Business-Related Organizations

Joining an organization on campus is the first step to making professional connections. 

  • Beta Alpha Psi
    A national fraternity encouraging and giving recognition to scholastic and professional excellence in the business information field which includes accounting, finance and information systems.

  • Association of Latino Professionals For America (ALPFA) 
    ALPFA helps Hispanic/Latino CPAs throughout the country to enhance their professional capabilities while supporting the development and expansion of the nation's professional work force.

  • National Association of Black Accountants (NABA)
    Since 1969, the the leader in expanding the influence of minority professionals in the fields of accounting and finance.