Thursday AM May 28th, 2009

A recent survey illustrates the importance of accounting and finance students to gain work experience while in college. Ed Mayberry reports.
image of AccountempsEntry-level job seekers have the "Catch 22" of finding that it's hard to get a job without experience, but it's hard to get experience without a job. Ninety-three per cent of CFOs interviewed say it's important to gain work experience in college, according to Tyra Olson with Robert Half International.

"You know, taking an internship when a full-time position isn't available may be a new graduate's best bet to gain hands-on learning experience in the workplace. Also, trying something part-time. Looking for temporary positions is a great way to get that experience, as well as get your foot in the door. You know, and make the most of your current job, so even if your job isn't in your field or industry of choice, look for creative ways to enhance your skills."

Job candidates should be flexible, proactive and creative, bolstering their resumes with internships, volunteer work and community activities. Job seekers have to be able to distinguish themselves from other candidates, and Olson says a positive attitude is one good way.

"They must be able to contribute immediately in today's employment market, so they must remain polished. Remain positive. This is definitely easier said than done, but employers want to work with people who are enthusiastic and remain poised, perform well under pressure and have that positive attitude. So that would kind of be my final little bit of advice for them."

The national survey was developed by Accountemps based on telephone interviews with more than 1,400 CFOs.

Ed Mayberry, KUHF Houston Public Radio News.
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Ed Mayberry

Local Anchor, All Things Considered

Ed Mayberry has worked in radio since 1971, with many of those years spent on the rock 'n' roll disc jockey side of the business...