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How do I get a job as a bookkeeper?

Asked Simpsonville, South Carolina

So many sources say that all you need is a high school diploma to be able to work as a bookkeeper, howeve, anywhere I have looked most ask for 3-5 years of experience. I have taken (2 courses) accounting principals in financial and managerial accounting and plan to pursue a bachelors in accounting. I would love a hands on job while in school like bookkeeping. How can I get a bookkeeping job with no experience?
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Shareen’s Answer

Updated New York, New York

<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (</span>BLS<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">, www.</span>bls<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">.gov), if you intend to pursue a career as a bookkeeper, you're required to hold at least a </span>high school diploma<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">. Many employers, however, may also prefer that you complete some</span>postsecondary<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);"> coursework or hold an </span>associate degree<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);"> in business or </span>accounting<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">.</span>

Jillian’s Answer

Updated New York, New York

A lot of companies offer internships and most internships don't require previous work experience. However, they are looking for a decent GPA, previous team experiences (team projects, sports teams, etc), previous leadership experiences (organizations, community service, etc), a positive attitude, and a willingness to learn.


When I was looking for internships, I found it helpful looking at my college's career website, LinkedIn, and just googling internships with certain keywords like "summer", "accounting", "audit", "tax", etc. Good luck! 

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Agree with the suggestion to seek out internships - is there an employment center / recruiting office at your school who can help you out? When you're looking at job postings in the wild, look at the software proficiencies they are looking for and work on those skills as well (e.g., Quickbooks, Excel). If you have experience with such software, include that on your resume. Networking is a great way to go about a job search as well - ask people you know if they can introduce you to someone in the field, or in business in general.
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Thank you so much! I've started going to Clemson University and I finally got access to the joblink and am definitely looking into internships. I would love to learn how to build a good resume now since I don't have any work experience but have good school work ethic. Thank you for your suggestions and I'm definitely in the search for internships!