Finding a job
When considering your move to the USA, it is essential that you consider where you might work. You will need to be authorised to work and you can learn more about that on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website.
Members have reported success in moving to the US when they have secured a work transfer from their employer. Members also tell us that for those who move to the USA without employment, securing that first job is the most difficult and they have had to take on temporary employment or lower level jobs than they might have held in the past.
Be persistent in your job search, and utilise a variety of resources available to you - including those that are indicated following.
Boasting thousands of job postings within the USA, ACCA Careers should be your first step towards finding employment in the USA. Visit ACCA Careers.
A local resource, AccountingFly can be a great secondary resource along with ACCA Careers. Visit AccountingFly.
American Style Resume
Every country has a preferred resume style and to help our members moving to the USA, we’ve developed the above resource which combines a traditional American style resume along with a current USA member’s experience. Visit American Style Resume.
Consider looking for employment at a global or local ACCA Approved Employer. The following employers are locally approved employers:
- Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company
- The World Bank Group
- IBM Finance
- PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
- The Carlyle Group
- Unisys Corporation
- Maya & Associates LLC
- Emerging Consulting LLC
- Mary Kay Inc.
Access our Approved Employer directory.
Michael Page is a global recruitment agency, with offices throughout the United States, and a frequent speaker at ACCA USA chapter events. Michael Page has helped ACCA members find employment in the past. Visit Michael Page.
Robert Half is a temporary staffing and global recruitment agency, with offices throughout the United States, and a frequent speaker at ACCA USA chapter events. Similar to Michael Page, Robert Half has also helped ACCA members find employment in the past and may prove to be a good resource in your employment hunt. Visit Robert Half.
LinkedIn serves as the job board of choice for many employers and job seekers in the United States. Be sure your LinkedIn profile is up-to-date and check out what jobs are listed there!
Many large accounting firms and multinational organizations do recognise the ACCA qualification; however, it is not as well known among small- to medium-sized enterprises in the USA. Our biggest piece of advice is to locate employment prior to moving to the USA. The Big Four is a great employer of ACCA members as well as large multinational companies. Companies in a large metropolitan area will have greater opportunity than a small state.
Looking to leverage your ACCA Credential to find professional work in the U.S.? ACCA partner Upwardly Global works with fully work-authorized ACCA members to find career track jobs in the U.S. Their free job coaching & skilling program is a unique blend of:
- Online soft-skills training (i.e. "How to create a U.S. style resume", "LinkedIn for Newcomers", "How to negotiate a salary"),
- 1:1 job coaching with finance/accounting industry advisors and mentors,
- Skills training and scholarship opportunities, and
- Professional opportunities through our 50+ Employer Partners.
Upwardly Global has worked with over 7,500 job seekers and helps over 1,000 professionals find career track jobs each year. Check out some success stories and email us at email@example.com to learn more.