Category Archives: Career Advice

How to Study for the CPA Exam During Busy Season

By Megan Bierwirth

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With a few simple strategies to help you manage your time and maximize your efficiency, you can be turning out work reports and achieving your study goals simultaneously. Below, we’ve put together 7 tips on studying for the CPA Exam during busy season to help you come out on the other side ready to pass a section.

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Accounting Students: Your 9 Item Senior Year Checklist

By Megan Bierwirth

Whether you’d like to believe it or not, senior year means that you’re rounding the final lap of your four-year degree program, and will soon be making your entrance into the real world. This time can be particularly overwhelming for accounting students; between keeping up your grades, looking for a full-time job, and reconciling the […]

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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. In fact, the designation has more value to the capital markets than ever before, but fewer new CPA candidates are registering to test for the license. With fewer accounting professionals looking to become a CPA, but a higher demand in the marketplace, you […]

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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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