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I’m a Bookkeeper – How Do I Find Good Work?

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As mentioned in an earlier post, job boards offer the best-quality jobs for people in professions that translate to any industry; and this includes bookkeeping and accounting jobs.

And as another post showed, there’s a vast number of bookkeeping jobs posted to those sites every day, be it for casual, part-time or full time work. In this post I’m going to explore some ways to do well in the job market.

Do Businesses Use Job Sites to Find Bookkeepers?

Unless the business is looking for a bookkeeper to work for them on a one-off basis or very infrequently, then they may post a task to a gig site like Freelancer.com or Airtasker. However, the majority of good quality, part-time and casual bookkeeping jobs will be found on the major job sites.

Not all good quality job sites are pay-to-list

Seek can charge the fees it does, because it delivers candidates. That fact is indisputable. If it were, the company wouldn’t have turned over $1.3 billion in revenue in the 2017 financial year.

In an increasingly crowded market — its core business now competes with LinkedIn and Indeed — it would have been disrupted by an insurgent already. (As was the case for Monster, which at its peak in 2000 was the largest job board in the U.S., worth $8 billion U.S.; in 2016, after being disrupted by LinkedIn and Indeed, it was sold at fire sale prices to staffing company Randstad for $429 million U.S.)

But other good quality job sites, such as Jora, a subsidiary of Seek, and Indeed let employers post basic listings on their sites for free. (Indeed operates a freemium business model, which means basic listings are free, but premium listings attract a fee-per-click.)

Use a few different sites and networks

There are many good jobs out there for people trained in bookkeeping and accounting. The key to finding good work is to sign up to a couple of job sites (Seek and one of the aggregators — Indeed, say), and make sure you keep your LinkedIn profile current and set to allow recruiters to reach out with opportunities.

This is where you’ll find the best jobs — some of which will be unique to each site, while others will appear across all of them. And the more you use the sites — either to search for jobs or to apply to them — the better the recommendations will be in the future.

And the more you use the sites — either to search for jobs or to apply to them — the better the recommendations will be in the future.


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Steve Slisar

Steve Slisar has been training people how to use computers since 1994, opened a training centre in 1999 in Dee Why and by 2005 had 3 training centres and created over 35 individual courses that include Screen videos with audio commentary, training workbooks for those who prefer to read to learn, and exercise files that are used with the tasks in the workbooks so you get practical experience in the software you are trying to learn. Now the creator of 5 of the most popular online MYOB training courses in Australia.