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How can I convince a prospective employer that I can do an accounting type job without an accounting degree?

I have my degree in Elementary Education and I don't have any experience in accounting nor my accounting degree, but I know I could easily be a bookkeeper. What skills are employers really looking for in a bookkeeper, accounts payable, etc.? Or do I just need to get my degree? I do have experience creating purchase orders and invoicing...does that help?

Asked By: k~prez - 6/11/2008
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P.O.'s and invoicing helps with an a/r position. To get experience in an a/p position, someone will have to take a chance on you. Another helpful skill is general ledger. It's all part of book keeping. Throw some payroll in there, and you can get a job without a degree. I did.
Answered By: Christy C - 6/11/2008
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give them the proof of past work done.
Answered By: anissia - 6/11/2008
 
It's a bit hard trying to convince a prospective employer if there are tens of other candidates... More
Answered By: Mrs Yellow Dango - 6/11/2008
 
you'd have to have some accounting education and work experience - if you can get a temp agency to give you try as an AP clerk (you would probably get tested at keyboard and possibly some bookkeeping basic questions) - it would help
Answered By: Doctor Deth - 6/11/2008
 
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