Tools for Job Seekers

The Salary Question

“What am I worth in today’s market?” and “what is the typical compensation for that type of candidate?” are two of the most common questions asked of recruiters during the job search and hiring processes.  The answers are rarely cut and dry. 

Many factors must be considered when developing realistic salary expectations and creating competitive compensation packages
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Preparing Your Resume

You never get a second chance to make a first impression.  Whether you’re looking for a new job, trying to obtain an internship, or just trying to advance in your current organization - the resume is the tool used to get you in the door.  

The resume performs several functions.  It represents you when you’re not there.  It lets the potential employer know what you’ve done, what you think you can do, and what you think is important.  It can also act as a guide for the interviewer during an interview.  However, the most important function of the resume is getting you an interview!  

There are many things a resume can, and can’t do
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Preparing for an Interview

Preparation is the key to a successful interview. Thorough preparation enhances your chances of accomplishing the main objectives of an interview.  

A hiring manager's goal is to decide whether or not to make you a job offer by evaluating your experience, accomplishments, skills and educational background, as well as your behavioral traits such as motivators, modes of thinking and acting, and your ability to get along with others.  In other words, to find out if you're the right person for the job, potential for promotion, and whether or not you will fit within the company’s culture.  

As the candidate, your goal is to satisfy the hiring manager’s goal, as well as learn those things you need to know about the position and the company culture so that you can make an informed decision about the opportunity – all while keeping focused on getting a second interview leading to a job offer.  
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Helpful Links

Salary / Employment Information


Salary information –

Department of Labor –
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Texas Workforce Commission –



Austin Business Journal –


Professional Organizations


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Texas State Board of Public Accountancy –


American Institute of CPAs -

Institute of Internal Auditors -
Institute of Management


Accounting Resources


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Accounting Web –

Tax Links

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Small Business

Small Business Administration -
Small business resources –

Financial Literacy

AICPA Financial Literacy -

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