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Any advice about finding job in California? I'm from the Philippines, got my Bachelors degree in Accounting and have 10 years work experience. I've been here 5 months, I started looking for a job the last week of March and I have had several interviews but after that I didn't get any response from the employer. I'm feeling hopeless now. Any input will be much appreciated. :)

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So here are few tips i can give you.

Do you know Quickbooks. QBO or even Xero?!

With a recent change you can get certified with QBO for free and get listed on their directory.

Xero is gaining momentum too.

With that you can start freelancing until you get a permanent job.

Having a degree and being certified with these two companies will get you much further then just having a degree, when you are trying to break the job market.


I am a Advanced Certified ProAdviser with QB, and Silver partner with Xero.

There is A LOT of work out there.

When I am hiring for my practice I do look for certified advisors myself.

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Ok thank you for that .. I think I need to work on my accent . How long did your friend look for work?

I have been in US for 20 years, I still have my accent, and I plant to keep it and I used it to my advantage many many times.

But, I also have over 50 clients, few subcontractors and do pretty well

As for the bank jobs... you are more likely to get bookkeeping /accounting job/ payroll clerks or so, then job at the bank.

Work on getting yourself familiar with local laws, CA EDD, BOE, ...

Check out Craigslist, sign up with schoolofbookkeeping.com / its an amazing community of 3200+ members where we help each other daily

I have referred couple of clients that are not best fit for my practice to the members, and I see small companies posting daily, looking for temp or permanent help.

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I dont think accent has something to do when you look for jobs. As long as your able to communicate well you will be fine. I must say i have a strong accent too but i have been in the same line of job for 9 yr now.

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So my spouse is in accounting and finance - 12yrs experience. Here he was actually just promoted from Senior Chief Accountant to Finance Manager. Once we're in the US ... he said would probably have look for bookkeeping jobs. And his plan is to work in bookkeeping or accounts payable until he learns the ropes then apply for higher positions.

>For someone with background what's probablity of finding work in Cali ... and also moving up the ladder?

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