With three months to go before the tax deadline, many accounting professionals may be on the hunt for this unique type of seasonal work. Workers across the country have received their W2s, 1099s and other tax forms. Although people with relatively simple tax situations can use home software to prepare and submit their own taxes, people with complex economic arrangements still rely on the help of finance experts. No one wants to miss out on their full refunds, after all.
"During this time of year, CPA firms are busy assisting clients with tax needs and do not have the staff to support everyone," says Tim Bolduc, Division Manager of Beacon Hill's Financial Division in Boston. "That's when they reach out to firms like ours to help augment their staff through tax season. These circumstances make it an excellent opportunity to not only make some additional money, but also build references and your skills as you conduct your perm search."
With that said, here are three jobs to consider at the height of tax season:
1. Tax preparer
For many Americans, their taxes are either too complicated or too time-consuming to handle on their own. Many people would rather have a professional handle their taxes so they can avoid the headache of tackling this task alone. That means many accounting firms across the country will be adding employees to help out with the influx of seasonal customers. This can be a great way to earn some money while looking for a long-term position.
2. Tax auditor
Tax jobs extend to a number of professions, including data entry, administrative work and auditing. With so much paperwork flying around - both literally and digitally - someone needs to make sure it's all correct. If you have a keen eye for detail and are willing to put in the hours, an auditing position may be right for you. According to consulting agency Study.com, tax firms often require auditors to have a bachelor's degree in accounting. For those still in school, there may be open bookkeeping and clerk positions under the supervision of a licensed auditor.
3. Corporate tax manager
It isn't only individuals who need to worry about tax season. Businesses also need tax managers who can ensure compliance, process paperwork and report on financial statements. Corporate tax managers often work closely with CFOs to analyze financial data and develop projections for future months and years. Unlike tax preparers and auditors, tax managers are more likely to be full-time employees. Recruiters can help skilled professionals present their talents to companies and help them find work quickly, even at the height of tax season.
Keys to success
On the first day of your new tax job, it's important to be an active listener. CGMA Magazine, a publication of the American Institute of CPAs, explained that new accountants need to be open to learning about new workflows and methods of task completion. At the same time, new accountants will be successful if they can show they are dependable and personable. Professionals who can demonstrate these traits may have a better shot at staying with the company beyond tax season.
If you can handle the rush through April 15, hiring managers will be more likely to consider you for a full-time position. Work with your recruiter to become an ideal candidate that hiring managers just can't ignore. Tax season is a great time to get your foot in the door. Then it's up to you to show just how valuable of an employee you can be.
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