Category Archives: Career Advice

Benefits of the CPA Credential

By Ray Ruiz

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The benefits of becoming a CPA in today’s economy continue to grow. The designation has more value to the Capital Markets than ever before, however, fewer new CPA candidates are registering to test for the license. With fewer applications to become a CPA and more demand in the marketplace, this creates tremendous opportunity for new […]

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The end of the year means finishing finals, spending time with family, and gearing up for your internship. Many auditing and tax internships start in January, so you’ll want to be as prepared as possible. Whether you’ll be starting your internship in a few weeks or not for several months, you’ll want to check out […]

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Career Advice for College Students: What to Do After Accepting a Job Offer

By Elizabeth Kolar, MBA, CPA, CGMA

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Whether you endured a grueling and extensive job search or were lucky enough to experience a smooth and relatively easy hiring process, there are few things more exciting than receiving that phone call or offer letter from your new employer, and graduating with a job offer in hand. But there are a few things you […]

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7 Steps to Create the Perfect Elevator Pitch

By Shirley Claude, M.A.O.M

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Full disclosure: an elevator pitch doesn’t require an actual elevator. The reason for its name is that you should be able to deliver it in the amount of time it takes to complete a short elevator ride. What is an elevator pitch? An elevator pitch (sometimes called an elevator speech) is a 30-60 second speech […]

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Building an established network is a sure way to jumpstart your professional career. Networking can help students and professionals get to know what job opportunities are currently available, possible future career paths, and the requirements for different positions within a company. Besides the aspirational career aspects, networking is also an opportunity to have intellectual discussions, […]

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Ryan Hirsch, Director of Market Development (MDM) for Universities at Surgent, gives his top networking tips at University of Central Florida’s Meet the Firms event. If you’re trying to get an internship or a full-time job and you’re attending Meet the Firms events, Ryan suggests that you come prepared. Research the companies who will be […]

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Top Excel Skills for Accountants

By Megan Bierwirth

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Ask any accountant in any field which software they use on a daily basis, and the most common answer will be Microsoft Excel. The spreadsheet tool is perfect for anyone working in the finance and accounting fields due to its versatility and specific financial applications. At this point, it’s expected that you be proficient in […]

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Surgent CPA Review recently hosted its first ever Virtual Roundtable, titled “Is the CPA License Losing Its Luster?” The online event was moderated by Surgent Exam Review Co-founder and Chief Knowledge Officer, Liz Kolar, CPA, CGMA, and featured six distinguished panelists — all at different stages in their respective careers — with experience spanning a […]

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summer study cpa exam

It’s already the end of May, and summer is upon us! That means it’s the end of the school year for some and graduation for others. As an accounting student, or recent accounting graduate, the summer is the perfect time to study for the CPA Exam, whether you have one more year of school left […]

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Preparing to Retake the CPA Exam

By Elizabeth Kolar, MBA, CPA, CGMA

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Let’s face it, becoming a Certified Public Accountant isn’t easy. Pass rates indicate that nearly half of all CPA candidates fail at least one section of the CPA Exam on the first try; but that’s no reason to get discouraged. The good news is, if you don’t pass part of the exam, you can always […]

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