New accountant - Job search strategies?

I am in the middle of a career change. I have just completed 24 credit hours in accounting (3.8 GPA), I am now ready to search for a job in accounting. I do not have a 4-year degree (I am pursuing a BS/BA in
Business), so that may be an issue. I am transitioning from the travel industry (I also have IT exerience) which, in my opinion, is not worth remaining in. I am willing to relocate, even for an entry level position. So, my question is, where should I begin? Sounds real basic, but I have been having trouble finding a position that does not require either a 4-year degree or 1-2 years experience. It will take a couple more years for me to complete my degree (part-time student), and I cannot get experience without a job. I am just looking for pointer where to look and who may be a bit flexible about the lack of a degree or experience.
Thanks in advance
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wrote:

Every place is different, around here they will hire anything with IT experience while experienced accountants are a dime a dozen...
Does your school have an internship program?
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Ron Todd wrote:

No internship programs available through my current school. I am transferring in January to a school that does, though.
Where is "around here"? Currently I am in the DC area, and applying to government, contractors and any other company that may be looking for people.
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I have repeatedly been told by the people who got into them that they produce the best results. AIR, Bolles said they are one of the few things that really work.

Northern California.

Around D.C., the Fed is easy. Check OPM's web site and follow to the USAJobs or whatever they call it these days. I think the agencies still have local heir internships, but they may be connected to the colleges, you will have to check with OPM and your school. Just follow the instructions and keep on applying.
I understand that one or more agencies was having difficulty filling positions for Iran and Afghanistan. It was not clear whether hiring was restricted to status people or if they would accept new hires.
Best of luck
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If you are art a college or other institution, ask the professors. They often know of, or get approached about openings in the community. Another option might be a temp agency. The placements might be very temporary (a few days or weeks) to something a little longer-term temporary - like filling for someone on maternity leave (a couple of months). At least some experience is coming your way. Also, the temp agency might be able to toss you a few other job types in the meantime.
Next would be to hit all the large employers in your area. Don't wait on a position to appear in the paper. Usually by then it's too late.
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