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When Are Temporary Accounting Jobs A Good Idea?


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Those who work in temporary accounting jobs are often people who are between jobs and looking for work, or people who only want to work part time, instead of committing to a full-time job for a variety of reasons.

Temporary accounting jobs are often offered by temporary employment agencies, which hire accounting professionals for a variety of positions. You can also find them on the Internet, and you may be able to find them in newspaper classifieds, too.

Why are temporary accounting jobs a good idea?

Temporary accounting jobs (or accounting temp jobs) are a money saving vehicle for businesses who need temporary rather than full-time accounting help for whatever reason. In addition, depending on the position, they may give you the experience necessary to move until full-time position; in some cases, companies will also begin by hiring employees for accounting temp jobs, and then move them into full-time jobs once it is proven that the employee in question is a good fit.

Who does temporary accounting jobs?

Anybody who doesn't want or can't find full-time employment, but who is an accounting professional nonetheless, can benefit from accounting temp jobs. In today's economy especially, it can be difficult to find full-time employment -- yet still entirely possible to cobble together a full-time career come if you wish, that's comprised of a number of temporary accounting positions.

Oftentimes, too, companies will hire people for accounting temp jobs for particular times of year, such as during tax season, when need extra help with tax preparation or financial services. Some small businesses may hire bookkeeping, accounting, or other clerks temporarily as well, instead of keeping full-time staff all the time.

As stated previously, accounting temp jobs can also be a great way to segue into a full-time accounting position, depending on your background and expertise. Because so many companies hire for temporary accounting jobs as a means to "test" potential employers for full-time employment, this is a great way to find a good fit for yourself as well, if you're looking for full-time employment. By signing up with a temp agency or another type of employment agency, you can test the waters with several different companies before you choose one to go full time with, assuming that's a possibility.

In some cases, you may not want full-time employment, such that temporary accounting jobs are very attractive given your schedule. For example, maybe you are a stay at home parent who can't afford to work full-time at present because children are small; nonetheless, you don't want to be out of the workforce entirely, thus putting you at a disadvantage over other employees. Temporary accounting jobs provide the perfect solution to this, where you can work several days a week, or set your own schedule a based upon when you want to work, and still have plenty of time to spend with your family. When the time comes to go back into the workforce full-time, you may be able to turn temporary accounting jobs into a full-time position. At the very least, though, you'll have maintained your experience and skills so that when you do apply for full-time positions, you'll be able to show on your resume that you still worked in temporary accounting jobs during the entire time you were raising your family.

Students, too, can work in temporary accounting jobs while in school. For example, although accounting positions such as those of a certified public accountant are not available for students still in school, they can nonetheless work in other jobs, like those of the accounting, bookkeeping, or auditing clerk, while in school. These jobs generally do not require education beyond high school diploma (although certification or other education is recommended), so they can be great accounting temp jobs to pursue while you're in school.

What can you expect to make for temporary accounting jobs?

Although industry averages for the various professions in accounting vary, you can roughly expect that you'll make at least the minimum average for a particular industry, broken down by the percentage of time worked. So, for example, if you are a certified public accountant and you only work during tax season, you can expect to make whatever percentage of the roughly $60,000 an accountant makes on average per year (across all industries and levels of experience), based upon experience, sector you work in, and other factors like the current job market. Similarly, accounting, bookkeeping and clerks make about half that, or about $30,000 a year on average across all industries and levels of experience; your income is therefore similarly adjusted based upon that information.


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