(Excerpted from the 2009 Roger CPA Review AUDIT textbook)

The steps in planning an audit include (Planning Procedures):

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cpa-accounting-careerAs children, we spend our early years proudly proclaiming our plans of becoming something glamorous like an astronaut, a movie star or even a driver for NASCAR. I know I was constantly practicing 4 Non Blondes' "What's Up?" in order to prepare for my future career as a lead singer in a band. Looking back, I don't remember too many of my sandbox companions sharing their dreams of leases, pensions and bonds, and my guess is that not too many youngsters did. However, as bright, eager minds enter their college years, one of the top degree choices is in Accounting.

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Learn how to dress for success at professional events. Roger CPA Review staff shows you what to wear and, more importantly, what NOT to wear when meeting recruiters, hiring managers, or attending banquets, and other networking occasions. Find out why professional attire is so important, and how body language and attitude can make or break your outfit. Funny, fast paced, and informative, this video is a must see for students and job-seekers alike. Make the most of your opportunities and put your best foot forward by showing professionals that you know how to dress for success!

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Name: Jeremy Bucket

Notes: Nice guy. Above average GPA. Involved in Beta Alpha Psi, but is not an officer. Has attended all the Meet the Firms and Banquets since second semester Junior year.

Grad Date: December 2008

Major: Accounting

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You know you are on the road to success if you would do your job, and not be paid for it. --Oprah Winfrey

What did you want to be when you grew up? Did you want to be an astronaut, lawyer, model, rock star, or the president? You probably wanted to be many things as you got older. But, the odds are good that you never said I want to be a CPA when I grow up!

There is a fine line between dreaming and finding your dream job. And you may find out that your dream job isnt what you thought it was going to be. Its not hard to dream about the perfect job. The hard part is identifying which real world jobs have the qualities that are right for you, how to get into them and when to turn them down.

Follow these three tips and youll be well on your way to landing your real dream job.

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If you want to land that dream job as an accountant or CPA, you'll eventually need to have a killer resume that makes a lasting and professional impression. Creating such a resume can be tricky, but, by putting yourself in the hiring managers shoes, you can discover the qualities that make some resumes more memorable than others. Follow these tips and you can make your resume stand out from the stack without changing the paper size!

The first thing you'll need to understand is that there are thousands of resume styles. It's up to you to tailor your resume to fit your individual circumstance. When deciding on a resume style, consider the type of job you are applying for, your professional goals, and any accomplishments your potential employers would find attractive.

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Make the most of recruiting events. Network, network, network!
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Everyone is hurting these days and while CPAs made it through much of disastrous Q4 2008 seeming virtually recession-proof (from Rick Telberg's CPA Trendlines), the financial fallout has inevitably made its way to firms across the globe. But there's no reason to fret; opportunities still abound for CPAs and there are plenty of ways to buff up your resume and profile just in case you find yourself fighting for a top spot on a recruiter's list.

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Seems like no news is good news these days, what with the poorly-performing dollar, increasing costs of living, and continued freezing of credit and lending.

But once again, CPAs come out on top!

In a landscape of financial unknowns, it helps to have an expert on your side. This could explain why CPAs continue to be in demand - individuals concerned about their financial futures want to confide in a trusted and experienced adviser to guide them through the economic landmines. Consumers and businesses looking for breaks wherever they can find them are turning to CPAs to unlock the secret treasures of tax returns and for assistance with loose internal controls to tighten their grip on the bottom line.

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With the recent financial turmoil in the U.S. economy and beyond, there has been a lot of talk about bad accounting. First, fair value came under fire after mortgage-based securities took the first painful hit in a long line of economic beatings and again when Congress was mulling over the $700 billion TARP bailout package. Just this past week, bad accounting was back in the headlines after the arrest of former Nasdaq Chairman and veteran investment banker Bernard Madoff in a $50 billion Ponzi scheme

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