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Don’t have much experience? Here’s how to boost your resume
It’s one of the most frustrating experiences any job seeker faces: After a rigorous search, you’ve found a job that you’re really excited about, where you’ll work on interesting things with like-minded people and in a great location. The catch? The job requires experience, often more than a recent college graduate has under his belt. As disheartening as this situation is, it isn’t necessarily the end of the line.
Here are some ways you can boost your resume to help you secure your dream job:
Become an intern
Many colleges and universities require students to complete an internship prior to graduation. This might lead some to believe that internships are only for students, which is untrue. Some internship programs do require that their interns receive class credit, but those typically are unpaid and rely on the class credits as compensation. Many paid internships have no student-status requirements or age limitations. Internships offer excellent experience and networking opportunities, and they can often lead to a full-time job offer.
Experience doesn’t have to come from the private sector. While volunteer work is mainly associated with altruism, there’s no reason it can’t benefit your career as well. Doing nonprofit work that is associated with your education and your desired job is a great way to hone your skills, gain real-world experience and help others in the process. Many companies encourage their employees to volunteer their time, which is a great opportunity for you to network with professionals and show how you’d fit in with the corporate culture.
Just because you’ve graduated, it doesn’t mean that you’re done learning. One question employers commonly ask in a job interview is how you’ve been spending your time since graduation. Telling them you’ve been sleeping late and filling out the occasional application isn’t going to make you stand out. However, talking about continuing-education classes or industry-related seminars you’ve attended, and discussing how they relate to the position, will likely make a lasting impression.
Strengthen your cover letter
The cover letter is your opportunity to explain to an employer how your experience measures up to the company’s needs. Highlight similarities between work you’ve done and the work that will be required in the open position. Smart employers don’t make their hiring decisions based on years of experience alone. This is your chance to sell them on why your specific experiences make you uniquely suited for the job.
Industry News and Updates
First things first. Please make sure that you have added my new email address to your contacts. It is email@example.com.
With Q1 behind us lets jump right into the update for Houston. I am sure everyone is curious about the oil & gas prices and what impact they are having on the job market in Houston. I have been in the recruiting industry for almost 14 years and have already been through 2 full blown recessions. 2015 has been an interesting year so far. I feel like our local economy has taken a hit from the drop of Oil & Gas, but it’s not as severe (knock on wood) as I thought it would be. Some might beg to differ but, let me explain!
Obviously, Houston has been impacted by the depressed prices. Most Exploration & Production companies are not hiring at all. Some are even laying off, but downstream and midstream companies are still hiring. They are actually benefiting from the drop in price. Not to mention the back log of construction projects that are still on the books. We are also seeing increased demand from consumer products based companies (retail, restaurant, healthcare). Houston has gained nearly 570,000 residents in the past 5 years!
Just imagine the resources they will need from housing, healthcare to groceries and cars!
So, is the job market as good as it was last year? The simple answer is no, but there are still a lot of opportunities out there in several other industries outside of “oil & gas”.
Until next time..
- National / Houston Unemployment rate:8/4.3
- Price of Oil:$56.71(last year $100)
- Oil Rig Count:1109 (last year 1803)
- Industries hiring:Manufacturing, Construction, Consumer Products related companies, Real Estate & Homebuilding, Healthcare
- Positions in demand:Controller, Financial Analyst, Tax, Internal Auditor, Payroll,
– Property Accountant – Staff or Senior
– Treasury Analyst – Heavy Cash Management
– Treasury Analyst – Must speak Spanish
– Treasury Accountant – Must speak Spanish
– Controller – WIP / POC a MUST
– Full Time – Consultant – Transactions Advisory Services – All Levels!!!!
– Full Time – Consultant – Financial Advisory Services – All Levels!!!!!
– Hyperion Financial Analyst – HFM, Hyperion or Smartview experience – 1 to 2 years of experience!!!!
– Staff Accountant – work under 3 amazing controllers and learn from the best!!!!! no more than 2 years of experience needed.
– Internal Audit Manager – Pre-IPO company!
– Sales & Use Tax Accountant – staff and senior
– Payroll Manager MUST have Canadian payroll experience
– Financial Planning and Analysis Manager – HEAVY acquisition based
– AP Manager – SAP experience!!!!!
Still Looking For:
– Controller with domestic & international accounting experience (SEC too!)
– Controller, CPA with SEC
– AP Manager – bringing AP in house!
– Senior Accountant – Corporate accounting
– Director with International and Federal Tax experience – Partnership too
– Senior Auditor (less than 10% travel)
– Operational Auditor – 50% travel
– AP Supervisor – small company, family atmosphere
– Senior Accountant – Oil & Gas – Right hand person to the Controller
– Tax Analyst – Federal & State – Amazing tenure in this group!
– CFO – San Antonio – retail background preferred
– Budget Analyst – banner experience preferred
– Billing Clerk
– AP Clerk MUST speak French
News and Resources
Our client is a professional services firm with locations all over the world. They are currently adding a Director to their team. We are looking for someone who maybe got their start in Tax and is now handling international accounting or vice versa. We are also searching for future CFO material. Please email me if you have a CPA and this type of background and are interested in hearing more.
• Develop and coordinate all federal, state and international tax policies and procedures
• Engage in review of all non-U.S. tax preparations, prepared both by outside preparers and internally
• Develop and coordinate international accounting and finance process and procedures for our non-U.S. offices
• Supporting the needs of the CFO and department in the performance of special projects and other tasks, as assigned
• Research, analyze, model and evaluate tax impacts on the firm and recommend courses of action
o CPA license and college degree required
o MPA or MBA preferred
o Seasoned accountant with 10 plus years of experience
o Deep knowledge of partnership taxation
o Knowledge of international taxation is a plus
o High level of proficiency in Excel and the rest of Microsoft Office
o Experienced in use of tax research tools
Industry News and Updates
Where has time gone this year? I just realized this newsletter should have been published in September. I am sorry about the delay, so lets get right to it! Houston leads the nation in job growth again according to the GHP. We added 112,000 jobs from July 2013 to July 2014. Furthermore, since the bottom of the recession our economy actually added a total of 420,000 jobs. Houston’s unemployment rate sits around 5.4% now. According to the GHP this is full employment for our local market. That means if it drops below 5.4% there will be a bigger war for talent (shortage), thus driving up salaries (demand).
This growth is not only coming from our booming oil & gas industry, but also from all the people moving to Houston. With the increase in our population, the demands for a lot of specific services is also increasing. It looks like the price of oil has been dropping a lot lately. That always worries me, but our nation is also in a place where we are able to produce much more than we ever have been able too. So that is the basic theory of supply and demand at work. I have been told not to worry about the price of oil unless is dips under 70 to 75 dollars and we are definitely not there yet. So, it looks like Houston continues to be one of the best places to be!
Below you will find a list of our openings. Please keep in mind that CFS is looking for recruiters too. We are looking for Accountants who are 1 to 2 years into their career who might not be happy doing that role and would prefer to be in a sales/recruiting role. Please contact me for more details.
Until next time..
· National / Houston Unemployment rate: 6.3/5.4
· Price of Oil: $93(last year $106)
· Oil Rig Count: 1930 (last year 1763)
· Industries hiring: Manufacturing, Construction, E&P, Consumer Products related companies, Law Firms
· Positions in demand: Tax, Staff and Senior Accountants, Controllers, Billing & AR Managers
Royalty Accountant – DT
AP Specialist, East Houston
Practice Growth Analyst – DT
Commission Specialist / Payroll – Galleria
Bookkeeper / Office Administrator – DT
Staff Accountant – NW
Entry Level Financial Analyst – SW
Senior Accountant – WEST Houston
Senior Accuntant – NW Houston
Financial Analyst – NW Houston
Controller – SEC – Galleria
Cognos Financial Analyst – Galleria
Tax Accountant – Woodlands
Revenue Accountant – DT – small family business
Auditor – Woodlands
AR Manager – Woodlands
Internal Controls Manager – West
Assitant Controller – DT – CPA & Public Accounting
Controller – growing division party of billion dollar company – SE Houston
Controller – Sugar Land – Must have Mfg exp
HR Recruiter – temp to hire
SOX Auditor – Contract role- North and DT
Payroll Manager – NW Houston
Senior Auditor, DT, CPA Firm
Assistant Controller – West Houston
Senior Cost Analyst – West Houston – 90’s
Tax Senior with short track to Manager!
Tax Manager ready for Partner!!!!! Existing book of business
Senior Production Accountant – North Houston – 90 to 100K
Senior Accountant – Midstream – DT
Senior Income Tax Manager – North Houston – 120 to 150K
International Tax Senior -North Houston – 90’s
Law Firm Billing Analyst – 75K
Staff Accountant – Galleria and SW Houston
Senior Accountant – SE Houston – 75K
Project Cost Accountant Staff – GWP
Senior GL Accountant – DT 85K
SEC Accountant – Staff or Senior – GWP
Senior Audit Manager – DT – Public Accounting – 120 to 150K
AP Lead, Katy – 60’s
Revenue Accountant – DT
News and Resources
8 Tips For Working With a Headhunter by Jordan Greenberg: http://wp.me/puDjI-Me
Diane Delgado LeMaire
5718 Westheimer Suite 800, Houston, Texas 77057
Key Success criteria:
Individual Job Responsibilities– four to six key areas
1. Team leader and builder for local accounting related issues
2. Coordinate a thorough G/L review and monthly closing process
3. Perform variance analysis and comments for management’s discussion and analysis
4. Maintain consistency with respect to accounting procedures and files
5. Ensure procedures are in place for timely and accurate reporting.
6. Assist with Journal Entries and account reconciliations where necessary
7. Perform accounting review and month-end metrics.
Expected Outcomes– list for each responsibility
1. Timely and accurate monthly financial reporting
2. Accounting processes executed within established and document policies and procedures
1. Strong Skill with Microsoft Excel.
2. Experience should include at least three years accounting experience in manufacturing environment.
Qualifications – Competencies
1. Position requires professional written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills.
2. The ability to motivate teams to produce quality materials within tight time frames and simultaneously manage several projects.
3. Microsoft Excel proficiency- Expert.
Job Complexity –
Difficulty is dependent upon experience with Excel with ability to handle, manage, and mitigate manual close and consolidation process and change implementation. This Position will be controller’s right hand.
Assists Controller with various aspects of managing the department and Financial Accounting objectives.
Hires, trains, coordinates and supervises accounting personnel involved in the preparation of detailed accounting entries and transactions.
Responsible for internal and external reporting, including preparing Monthly, Quarterly, and Annual Financial Statements.
Responsible for preparation of reporting for management, special and ad hoc, and assisting with regulatory reporting as applicable.
Ensures appropriate controls exist and are completed to assure the integrity of reported results.
Prepares, reviews, and maintains the appropriate ledgers, ledger entries and reconciliations.
Responsible for analysis of financial data.
Assists with the budget process, including actual verses budget and actual verses actual variance analysis.
Responsible for integrity of results reported and confidentiality thereof.
Keeps abreast of current developments in accounting and the retail industry for financial impact.
Responsible for researching authoritative literature for proper treatment of accounting topics.
Duties may change and associates may be required to perform other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree in relevant field of study or equivalent years of related work experience required.
Bachelor’s degree in Accounting preferred.
Certified Public Accountant or MBA preferred.
Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Word and accounting software experience.
Knowledge of accounting principles and practices
Custom Homebuilder searching for his right hand office / accounting manager.
Job Costing of multiple multi million dollar projects
Coordination with lenders for construction draws
Coordination with vendors for discounts
Responsible for all aspects of monthly close and reporting function
Works with CPA on year end tax planning
Interface with high net worth families
Position is for a 40 hour work week M-F 8-5.
Benefits include 2 weeks paid vacation plus holidays. Health Insurance is not provided.