Accounting Jobs Rank High on 2013 UC San Diego HOT Careers List

Accounting Jobs Rank High on 2013 UC San Diego HOT Careers List

One of the biggest challenges for college grads is to find a job when they don’t have experience working in their field. In the February 2013 issue of the Monthly Labor Review, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 12.6 percent of recent college graduates under the age of 30 were unemployed, and lack of real world experience often holds them back.1

This factor isn’t necessarily true for all occupations, though. The University of California, San Diego (UCSD) recently released a report that would help college students identify career options that required a minimal need for supplemental experience or education. In its report, “HOT Careers for College Grads and Returning Students 2013,” the school compiled a list of “HOT Careers” that took into account the ability to secure a job after graduation with little on-the-job experience or an advanced degree.2

UCSD refers to this factor as “bridgeability,” and it is based on “whether a college graduate could bridge into a career with one or two years of study or reskilling.”

The school also considered four other factors in their evaluation, including:

Current rates of employment.

Projected growth for jobs in the field.

Median wage for jobs in the field.

Typical work environments in the field.2

These four factors could each contribute up to 25 points to the total score of 100. The “bridgeability” factor then came into play. If the occupation in question didn’t fit “bridgeability” guidelines, it didn’t make the list.2

How Did Jobs in Accounting and Finance Fare?

If you’re a recent college graduate looking for an entry-level accounting job and a role as an accountant or auditor is your goal, congratulations! Accountants and auditors fell under one umbrella and landed at No. 4 on the list, with a total of 67 points. Careers focused on software development (71.4 points) and market research analysis (69.5 points) topped the list.2

For graduates looking for entry-level finance jobs, two occupation categories also made the HOT Careers list. Financial analysts ranked No. 11 with a total of 57.7 points and Securities/Commodities/Financial Services Sales Agents came in at No. 14 with 54.6 total points. Both of these finance careers ranked high in median wage, with each scoring 20 points, but the current levels of employment weren’t nearly as high as for the accountant/auditor category.

Why Are Accountants and Auditors So “HOT?”

The accountant/auditor occupation ranked the highest in points across all occupations listed for current rates of employment with a score of 22.5. According to the UCSD report, 1,129,340 people in the U.S. were employed in these occupations at last count and growth rate for the field is strong with a rate of 16 percent projected by 2020. Finally, accountants and auditors can expect to see a nice growth in salary as well, as the mean salary (presently $71,040) has increased by close to $10,000 in the past three years.

If you are preparing to launch a career in finance or accounting, your prospects are brighter than many other fields. Across the board, the number of open positions remains high, pay rates are competitive to high, salary growth estimates are solid and opportunities for career advancement abound.

For recent college graduates in accounting and finance, the “bridgeability” factor is also working in your favor. And if you’re looking to secure one of the more coveted positions in finance or accounting, Doostang can help give you the edge. We specialize in helping recent college graduates with bachelor degrees and MBAs stand out from the competition.

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1. Spreen, LT. “Recent college graduates in the U.S. labor force: data from the Current Population Survey.” Bureau of Labor Statistics, Monthly Labor Review. 2013 Feb. Vol. 136, No. 2. Available at Accessed Oct. 24, 2013.

2.  DeVries, H., MBA; Baru, S, Ph.D.; Shapiro, J., Ph.D. “HOT Careers for College Grads and Returning Students 2014,” (special report). 2013. UC San Diego Extension. Available at Accessed Oct. 24, 2013.

20 Inspirational Quotes for Job Seekers


“The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” -Steve Jobs


“Success seems to be connected to action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they never quit.” -J.W. Marriot


“I want to look back at my career and be proud of the work, and be proud that I tried everything.” -Jon Stewart


“Desire! That’s the one secret of every man’s career. Not education. Not being born with hidden talents. Desire.” -Bobby Unser


“You can’t build a reputation on what you’re going to do.” -Confucius


“We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.” -Jesse Owens


“Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.” -Thomas Jefferson


“One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.” -Arthur Ash


“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” -Wayne Gretzky


“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” -Robert F. Kennedy


“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” -Mark Twain


“Learn how to be happy with what you have while you pursue all that you want.” -Jim Rohn


“Are you bored with life? Then throw yourself into some work you believe in with all your heart, live for it, die for it, and you will find happiness that you had thought could never be yours.” -Dale Carnegie


“Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” -Theodore Roosevelt


“Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work.” -H.L. Hunt


“Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, you can achieve.” -Mary Kay Ash


“What we think or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only thing of consequence is what we do.” -John Ruskin


“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” -Steve Jobs


“Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is.” -Vince Lombardi


“The best revenge is massive success.” -Frank Sinatra


What are you favorite motivational quotes?

What if I Have Resume Gaps Because of a Long-Term Disability?


A few weeks ago, I wrote about keeping your resume fresh during unemployment. It’s important to fill the gaps, change your resume format, and be completely honest.

But, what should you do when a long-term disability is the reason for your resume gap?

Remember that the same rules apply. Like with unemployment, you need to be honest.

You should start by changing your resume format. In this case, a functional resume is your best bet. This resume format highlights your skills and experience, instead of your chronological work history.

Employment gaps make employers worry about your commitment to the job. They want to make sure they hire someone who will be around for a long time. If your skills show you are a qualified candidate, hiring managers will be willing to look past your employment gap.

When it comes to the interview, be honest.Tell the interviewer the reason for the employment gap was a long-term disability. Keep your explanation brief and move the focus back to your skills. Make sure the interviewer knows you’re excited to get back to work.

The purpose of a resume is to get an interview. If you emphasize your skills and accomplishments in your new resume format, your long-term disability should not be a problem. Your qualifications are what count most.

What advice do you have for filling resume gaps due to a long-term disability?  

 For this post, Doostang thanks our friends at Come Recommended.

Personal Branding Without Purpose: A Job Seeker Failure Story



There’s so much emphasis personal branding as a “critical” job search skill. Yet so many of us genuinely suck at branding ourselves.

And for most of us, there’s one simple reason for our shortcomings: our endgame is unclear. We haven’t identified – and in some cases, even thought about – our goals for why we want to engage in personal branding.

We have… no clear purpose.

“Simple,” you may say… “my ‘purpose’ is to get a job!” So you create a Linkedin account, and lurk on twitter chats. You get an page and join BeKnown and Google+. Depending on your chosen career field, you may even develop an online portfolio to show off your work, blogs and your smiling face in a professional headshot. You are the perfect personal brand. Right?

And yet… you don’t receive a single job offer. Fail.

Here’s what you may not realize: The purpose of personal branding is NOT to get a job. Not one recruiter ever said, “Ooh, this guys’ personal branding is really good. I’ve never heard of him, but I’m going to call and offer him a job!”

With that in mind, here are three tips to getting the most out of your personal branding efforts:

1. Determine What You Want to SELL

If you don’t know what you want to sell – no one is going to buy. And, despite what most people seem to think about personal branding, you are NOT selling YOU.

You are selling your ability to do a specific job within an existing company culture.

Try to be everything to everybody, and your personal brand is doomed for failure. Be too specific, and you’ll be seen as rigid and less than a team player. Find the right balance. Include a conservative yet professional picture. Most important, SELL how YOU would help accomplish the goals of the employer.

2. Know that Personal Branding is NOT a Standalone Task

You can have the best possible branding… and if no one notices you’re just getting sucked into yet another round of false expectations and disappointments. Just like those hundreds of resumes sent through that mega job board without a single call back… you’re wasting your job seeking time.

Personal branding is only effective when combined with networking and hard work!

No matter how introverted you may be, or how uncomfortable you may feel in public arenas meeting new people, you must take baby steps toward becoming a networking phenom – or your personal branding falls on deaf ears.

3. Set Quantitative Goals to Drive Eyes to Your Brand

It’s easy to set goals for your personal branding – and networking. Todd Herschberg, one of the most connected people on Linkedin, says it really comes down to working a plan: “Add two or three new Linkedin contacts a day. In three to four months, the absolute minimum time frame of an average job search, you’ll add 200 to 300 new contacts and influencers who may be tempted to recommend you next time they hear about an opportunity.”

Goal setting can apply to just about every other aspect of your job seeking efforts including twitter, face-to-face networking, and building mentor relationships – all critical tasks that will result in more views of the personal brand you’ve worked so hard to create.

Despite the hype by buzzword chieftains, and the strong emphasis placed on personal branding, this is not some golden ticket to getting a job. Instead, personal branding is just one more important weapon in your candidate arsenal.

Determine what you want to sell, incorporate networking and a little elbow grease and set achievable goals. Now, your personal branding will soar above your job seeking competition – and you’ll avoid yet another job seeker fail.

For this post, Doostang thanks our friends at YouTern.

About the Author: CEO and Founder of YouTern, Mark Babbitt is a serial mentor who has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Mashable, Forbes and regarding job search, career development, internships and higher education’s role in preparing emerging talent for the workforce. A keynote speaker and blogger, Mark’s contributions include Huffington Post, Switch and Shift, The Daily Muse and Under30CEO.

Mark has been honored to be named to GenJuice’s list of “Top 100 Most Desirable Mentors” and was recently featured on HR Examiner’s “Top 25 Trendspotters in HR” and several top blogger lists, including JobMob’s “Top Career Bloggers of 2012”. Contact Mark via email or on Twitter!


5 Worst Ways to Answer: ‘How’s Your Job Search Going?

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“How’s the job search going?”

This seemingly innocuous question is an inevitability for most, if not all, of the 11.7 million unemployed folks in America. The questions shows up everywhere: dinner with your parents, small talk at get-togethers and even networking events with strangers.

When faced with this question, you can answer by going down one of two paths: The easy path, where you simply mutter an evasive response (It’s going alright)and then change the topic (How about those Kings?).

Or you can go down a more difficult, but productive path, which can potentially turn dull jibber jabber into a great, new job opportunity.

We encourage the latter. “Remember every person you know, and every person you meet is a potential employer, or knows a potential employer,” says Carisa Miklusak, CEO of TMEDIA.

If you want to make a great impression, don’t say:

1. “I’m really open to anything.”

It sounds too unfocused and desperate. “Instead, take the time to explore the type of company and position that you are seeking and then ask for relevant intros!” says Michelle Proehl, Slate Advisers.

Mary Westropp, Vice President for Communications at New Directions offers a much more proactive answer: I’m giving it everything I got. I’m on the lookout to meet folks in [insert your field of interest].

 2. “When I get a job, you’ll know it.”

This one is just a bit closed off and rude. Another, nicer alternative: “Well, it’s taken longer than I expected. In the meantime, I’ve been volunteering and building my resume.” Miklusak suggests.

3. “Would you be able to help me find a job?”

Asking anyone for a job puts them in an awkward position – even your acquaintance in HR, she may not really have any influence over new hires.

A less awkward route is to be honest about your position (“I’ve been searching daily, and I haven’t found the right opportunity yet”). And then follow it up with: “How are you doing? Is there anything I can do to help you?” suggests career coach Lavie Margolin. Be remembered by your thoughtfulness rather than awkwardness.

4. “It’s not going very well”

This response may be honest, but it makes it seem like you’re hopeless.

To sprinkle a little sunshine in your tone, talk about a recent milestone you’ve achieved. For instance, if you “arrangedan informational interview at one of your target companies,” says Proehl. Or, you “advanced to a second round interview at another.” It can even be something small, like “I’ve been attending networking events once a week.”

5. “I’m not really sure what I want to do anymore”

The problem with this answer is that it’s a combination of No. 1 and No.4. If you really don’t know what you want to do, talk about signs of progress.

You can be honest and explain how you’re clarifying your goals. “For instance, when you met with a product manager at a tech startup, you realized that you really liked the startup environment, but being an engineering manager was actually more up your alley,” Proehl says.

For this post, Doostang thanks our friends at CareerBliss.

Fighting Off Negativity During Your Job Search

It’s no secret most job seekers experience a roller-coaster of emotions while embarked on their hunt for employment. Every day presents a challenge with the likelihood of facing some of your highest highs and lowest lows. The current job climate also isn’t doing much to help in the way of daily job search struggles.

From frustration to lowered self-confidence, the list of job seeker emotions rattles on almost endlessly. The easiest way to encompass all of these challenging emotions is by simply labeling them as negativity. Handling inevitable job search negativity is something every job seeker must have an efficient and effective approach for.

Why Combating Negativity Is Essential To Your Success
Your job search is likely to be filled with a varied amount of off-days. Whether you’re facing a rejection letter or just not finding the leads you’d hoped for, these circumstances often breed negative emotions. Handling job search emotions — both the good and the bad — will help you stay on track to getting hired.

Over time, negative emotions can wrongly portray you to potential employers both online and face-to-face during interviews and networking interactions. When your negativity builds up, you might not even notice how it affects your actions until it’s too late. No hiring manager wants to deal with a negative candidate with lowered self-esteem.

Many job seekers enter their job search without the slightest clue of what to expect during their experience. This blindness is likely to cause an even greater plethora of emotions due to unpreparedness for what you may experience. But there’s one surefire way to combat whatever is thrown your way: create a plan of attack for managing your challenges.

Take Action
There’s no one-size-fits-all plan for managing the day-to-day emotional challenges experienced during the search for employment, but there are a large variety of things you can do to cope:

▪ Maintain a routine.
▪ Exercise regularly.
▪ Partake in regular social activities.
▪ Manage your expectations.
▪ Maintain a support network.
▪ Focus on the positives.
▪ Motivate and inspire yourself.

These are just a few simple ways to enhance your experiences during the job search. Taking an overall positive outlook on your circumstances may be hard at times, but it’s crucial to staying afloat in the face of less-than-positive  outcomes.

What has helped you stay positive during your job search?

For this post, Doostang thanks our friends at Come Recommended.

About the author: Brittany Schlacter graduated from Ball State University with a B.S. in public relations and a minor in fashion. Before joining Come Recommended as a content creator trainee, she gained valuable experiences in public relations, community management, blogging, integrated marketing, and business operations.

6 Tips for Avoiding Burnout in Your Job Search

Searching for a new job — even with the multitude of tools and resources available — can be almost immediately overwhelming. So it’s no surprise a large amount of job seekers experience job search burnout at one point or another.

Want to get back on track to new employment? Here are some ways to avoid burnout in your job search:

1. Replace Applying to Jobs With Networking

It’s easy to get burned out in the job search process and just give up. When you’re feeling like you can’t look at one more applicant tracking system, it’s time to switch gears. Instead of giving up entirely, work at networking instead. It can be way more fun to meet new people and build new relationships than to fill out another form. Plus, these new contacts can turn into hot job leads, and help your video resume or cover letter get in front of the right set of eyes.

– Josh Tolan, Spark Hire

2. Mix It Up

Today there are about a dozen different ways to find a job. By playing in all the buckets (job boards, social media, networking, temping/contract work, volunteering, etc.), candidates have a varied day and maximize their chances of success as no one can predict which bucket will lead to the job.

– AnnMarie McIlwain, Founder and CEO,

3. Find Job Search-Life Balance By Staying Active

Burnout often accompanies a long, strenuous job search. Job seekers can avoid burning out by keeping themselves busy outside of their search for employment. This means staying active, spending time outdoors, enjoying hobbies, and making time for friends and family. Similar to the work-life balance you try to maintain while employed, it’s important not to let your job search consume you.

– Nathan Parcells, InternMatch

4. Focus On No More Than Four or Five Jobs Or Companies At The Same Time

Don’t stray from your original search criteria. Know and learn about the three or four companies that best support your search and focus on the specific roles that align with your interests, strengths and goals. Do not look at too many (more than four or five) jobs or companies at the same time.

– Emily Krull, PNC Financial Services Group

5. Force Yourself To Do Something Physical

Walk, run, lift weights, etc. Do this away from home. It’s so hard if you have been out for a while, and you get more and more desperate, but job search burnout will hurt you the long-term. You could also volunteer for something — whether in your church, your community, or even for a friend who is working. Doing something that gets you partially in the workforce will keep you engaged.

– Sudy Bharadwaj, Jackalope Jobs

6. Focus Your Search With Alerts

If you must look at job postings, don’t spend hours surfing the web. Set up email alerts with a job aggregator like Commit to looking at the results over coffee for 10 minutes each morning. That really should be all you need. Set up alerts using Google news alerts to alert you of companies in your industry of choice that have activity. An example is: Medical Device Companies+Growth+Texas. You can also track individual companies this way.

Mary Elizabeth Bradford, Resume Writer and Job Search Coach

What do you think? What other ways can job seekers avoid burnout?

About the Author: Heather R. Huhman is a career expert, experienced hiring manager, and founder & president of Come Recommended, a content marketing and digital PR consultancy for job search and human resources technologies. She is also the instructor of Find Me A Job: How To Score A Job Before Your Friends, author of Lies, Damned Lies & Internships (2011) and #ENTRYLEVELtweet: Taking Your Career from Classroom to Cubicle (2010), and writes career and recruiting advice for numerous outlets.

3 Advocates That Greatly Increase Job Search Success

A job search can be long and difficult… and lonely. After a while, frustration sets in. At first, nothing but your dream job would be acceptable.

Now, maybe you’ve considered settling for something outside your ideal career path, joining the growing ranks of the “under-employed”. In the most frustrating situations, perhaps you’re included in the million-plus 18 to 24-year olds who have completely stopped their search for a full-time job. Maybe you’ll go back to school, or move back in with your parents.

Clearly, it’s time to take your job search to the next level… by enlisting assistance from three sources of instant credibility:

  • The Champion
  • The Mentor
  • The Coach

These three advocates, each with very different roles, can serve as a “living reference” for you. Most important, they serve as a vocal sponsor to influencers, recruiters and hiring managers,  greatly increasing your ability to secure a job.

1. The Champion

Role: Your Champion is an industry expert who knows you well, adamantly and vocally supports your career choice, and who is confident in your ability to perform well in the industry they represent. By definition, they will not endorse you if they have any reservations. After all, their reputation is at stake.

Key Traits: Specific expertise within the industry you’re pursuing; credibility; longevity; influence

Where to Engage: Industry-specific associations; internships; social networking; your local Chamber of Commerce

2. The Mentor

Role: The Mentor has first-hand knowledge of your personal growth and career path, and has been influential in your development. The Mentor plays a critical role in your job search as they speak expertly to several critical points including your work ethic, willingness to listen and learn, and overall strengths.

Key Traits: Passion; excellent communicator and teacher; patience

Where to Engage: Social media, professors and department heads; volunteer and civic organizations; mentor-driven internships; student leadership activities

3. The Coach

Role: Ranging from the career services team at school to a professional career counselor, the Coach may be someone very new in your life – and perhaps should be. Your Coach, which usually charges a competitive fee for their services, fills a much-needed void in an ultra-competitive job market: objective (and sometimes blunt) advice designed to get you to that next level

Key Traits: Job market expertise; vast personal and professional network; success stories within your industry or geography; objectivity

Where to Engage: Google; Twitter chats; social networking; personal referrals

For those still in school, engaging the Champion, Mentor and Coach is much easier than it may be for non-students, those who have graduated or are in career transition. However, even if you fall into one of these post-college categories… it’s never too late to secure and nurture these vitally important relationships:

  • Immediately strengthen your online influence through social networking, especially on LinkedIn and Twitter
  • Rather than get that job waiting tables or at McDonald’s, seek a paid internship within your career path
  • Volunteer at change-oriented non-profits or civic organizations
  • Attend trade association and Chamber of Commerce meetings – and be assertive with your message: “I am coachable, I have a strong work ethic, and I am looking for work.”
  • Reconnect with those who may fill these roles: former supervisors, educators and colleagues who have gone on to success

Are any of these suggestions a “quick fix” for getting you a job? Obviously, no.

Get started today, however, and your enthusiasm will become clear to all those around you – including your potential Champion, Mentor and Coach. And with these three advocates at your side, your job search will improve dramatically.

For this post, Doostang thanks our friends at YouTern.

About the Author: CEO and Founder of YouTern, Mark Babbitt is a serial mentor who has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Mashable, Forbes and regarding job search, career development, internships and higher education’s role in preparing emerging talent for the workforce. A keynote speaker and blogger, Mark’s contributions include Huffington Post, Switch and Shift, The Daily Muse and Under30CEO.

Hidden Jobs for the Unemployed or Underpaid [Infographic]

Recently released statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show that more than 60 percent of the U.S. workforce do not currently have a bachelor’s degree or higher level of education. 12.3 million are unemployed and 8 million additional people are employed only part-time due to current economic conditions. With the unemployment rate remaining steadily within the 7-8 percent range, many Americans are searching for ways to make ends meet. A surprising list of jobs with no degree requirements has been released that include enticing salaries and a large amount of openings.

Special thanks to Job-Applications for developing and sharing this infographic.

7 Terrible Ways to Search For a Job

Let’s face it: We’ve all heard our fair share of job search horror stories. From addressing the wrong company in your cover letter to blowing a job interview, mistakes come in all shapes and sizes — and can happen to anyone.

Here’s a mistake you may not realize you’ve been making: the way you search for a job.

Although it’s never fun to evaluate your own performance, the job search is based heavily on trial and error–and there are certainly wrong ways to go about seeking employment. Don’t waste valuable time, energy, and money on a terrible job search. It’s time to take a deeper look at the way you’re searching.

Here are seven terrible ways to search for a job–avoid these so you don’t become a job search horror story legend:

1. Never Leaving Your House. We now live in an age where it’s completely possible to be too immersed in technology. One sure-fire way to fail at your job search is to confine yourself to your home. The job search might leave you feeling a little like a hermit, but you need to maintain relationships with your network to tap into their valuable resources. Make a point to stay in touch with your connections, as well as putting effort into expanding the network you already have.

2. Thinking Only Inside The Box. The job search is no place for routine and standard thought processes, especially in this highly competitive job climate. Job seekers who don’t stand out won’t get hired. Go above and beyond to get noticed by employers by looking for new ways to boost the presentation of your qualifications throughout the hiring process.

3. Trying To Fit A Mold. No worthwhile employer is looking for a drone candidate. Too many individuals find themselves attempting to fit a certain mold during their job hunt — this certainly isn’t a positive tactic. Break the mold by cashing in on your niche and showcasing yourself in a way that leaves hiring managers unable to pass you up. This means truly assessing what you can bring to a position and marketing yourself appropriately.

4. Failing To Get Personal. Far too many job seekers overlook the need for a personal touch during their job search. Getting personal spans many areas including: personalized interactions throughout the hiring process, expanding your network through personal interactions, and more. A successful job search demands a level of personalization that can only be reached through focus and energy.

5. Forgetting To Strategize. While timing and luck do play a special role in the job search, all job seekers are certain to fail without a set strategy. The amount of time and effort you put into developing a strong and well-thought out job search strategy, the faster you’ll get hired. Develop goals, create lists, manage your time, track your applications, and network until you’re blue in the face.

6. Failing To Explore Other Avenues. Your job search should involve a variety of different elements. Getting hired today means finding new avenues to reach out to employers. Gather a list of companies that you want to work for, join professional organizations, attend conferences, and build an unbeatable online brand.

7. Not Learning From Mistakes. Errors are bound to take place during the job search, but the real mistake is not learning from them. You may have sent out one too many mediocre resumes, but you’ve grown through this and developed a hard-hitting resume for your latest opportunity.

During the job search, it’s important to be both a critic and a marketer of your own work. Transform your employment search by repeatedly evaluating its effectiveness.

What’s the best job search advice you would offer first-time or out-of-practice job seekers? Let us know in the comments.

About the Author: Afifa Siddiqui is the COO and Co-founder of Careerleaf, an all-in-one job search platform that cuts the time to apply in half. Connect with Afifa and Careerleaf on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.