CPA: Ahead of the Crowd in Accounting

by Jason Smith

Many recruiting firms and staffing agencies hire great people, but some of those consultants who get hired do not understand how a CPA is different from a staff accountant or a full charge bookkeeper.  Here at KNF&T, The CPA designation is sought after by all of my consultants and many of our clients as it is one of the most widely recognized and highly trusted professional designations in business.

Obtaining the CPA status will take hard work and commitment. First, candidates must make it through 150 hours of college course work, including some of the most difficult business classes offered. After graduation and a year of corporate experience under the supervision of another CPA, all candidates must pass a grueling test of business, auditing and general accounting skills.

The CPA exam is not the only requirement to be a CPA. CPAs are also required to follow a strict code of ethics and perform within the high standards of the profession. In addition, CPAs are required to complete continuing professional education (CPE) courses to keep up with the new rules and regulations in the financial, accounting and business world.

When we speak with our clients (venture capital firms, private equity firms, hedge funds, investment firms, etc) about qualifications they are looking for from a candidate perspective; the CPA designation is a request we hear very often.  A Person seeking a career in accounting & finance should obtain their CPA in our eyes.

I believe any Boston staffing firm would agree that obtaining a CPA will put you ahead of many other candidates when your resume is being reviewed.

Jason Smith is the Vice President of the Accounting and Finance division at KNF&T Staffing Resources. Let him know your thoughts on the CPA topic at jsmith@knft.com.