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Old 07-07-2014, 08:12 AM
 
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I spotted it from reading the first sentence. You will see the word "client base" and "Firm." That means it's a public accounting job. Public accounting means you work for a firm that has clients (companies or individuals) and you do their taxes for them. I've been there and done that and hated it because it requires very long hours and is very stressful.

What I do now is corporate tax accounting. I work for a corporation whose primary business is NOT doing taxes for other people and businesses (clients). I work in the tax department for my company and ONLY do tax work for my company. There are no clients or anything like that. So, whenever you see words like "public accounting" or "firm" or "CPA" or "clients" that means it's a public accounting jobs.

It can be hard to distinguish which jobs are public vs. nonpublic accounting jobs because the titles for the positions are generally the same (i.e. tax accountant, tax analyst, corporate tax accountant, tax associate, tax specialist, etc.). You have to actually read the job background a bit to see if it's public accounting or not. Luckily on Indeed search results, you can sometimes see those keywords without even clicking on the job posting link itself.

Does that make any sense?

Here is an example of a job that I am well qualified for and is a corporate tax job (not public):

https://external-careers-sodexo.icim...Redirect=false
Ok, that clears things up.... It sounds like you need something more corporate. So, would something like this, be more appropriate?: http://ihr.suburbanpropane.com:8800/...1&PostingSeq=1&

As for the Boise position, I'd say to go for it, as the COL is going to be quite a bit lower.
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Old 07-07-2014, 09:30 AM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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Ok, that clears things up.... It sounds like you need something more corporate. So, would something like this, be more appropriate?: http://ihr.suburbanpropane.com:8800/...1&PostingSeq=1&

As for the Boise position, I'd say to go for it, as the COL is going to be quite a bit lower.
Yup! That position you showed me here is precisely the type of job that I am qualified and interested in. I'm probably a great fit for that one, too.

That Boise job only pays $46K. I can live off that, but I'd be living paycheck to paycheck UNLESS I drastically reduce my 401k contributions down from like 10% to like 4%, which I don't want to do either. Besides, they probably wouldn't even want to bother with me, since I'm not a local candidate, and the Boise area isn't strong on accounting jobs either. They probably have local candidates who are plenty qualified for the job.

However, I wonder if Boise is similar to Salt Lake City, in which the city is surrounded by a large conservative LDS population.

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Old 07-07-2014, 11:14 AM
 
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Nep,you might not be living pay check to pay check. It all depends on comparative cost of living. What are housing prices like out there- how about rentals ? .

Apartment for Rent at 173 East Mallard Drive, Boise, ID 83706 - realtor.com®
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Old 07-07-2014, 11:32 AM
 
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Nep,you might not be living pay check to pay check. It all depends on comparative cost of living. What are housing prices like out there- how about rentals ? .

Apartment for Rent at 173 East Mallard Drive, Boise, ID 83706 - realtor.com
Of course I looked into all that. I assumed a monthly rent of $775 and a 30% reduction in utility costs, no motor vehicle tax (not sure if ID has one) and a reduction of 11% for general spending (groceries, clothes, etc). This is all based on a COL calculator I found on CNN Money. I also went onto the ADP paycheck calculator website to get a more accurate net paycheck amount that factors in federal and state taxes based on a salary of $49K.

The result is that I would be worse off, and living paycheck to paycheck, unless I drastically reduce my 401k contribution rate down to about 4% (right now I do 10%). THEN I would be able to save about $400 a month after all of my expenses.

I don't know man, going from $75K to $49K or lower is rough, even with the reduced COL. It becomes moot.

However, I have $46K saved up for a home downpayment plus transaction costs. It may be possible to obtain a total monthly mortgage (PITI) payment of less than $700.
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Old 07-07-2014, 11:39 AM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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What did you like about Boise? Just interested to hear, of all places you have considered that seems a bit random. Generally as a rule utility costs in many parts the West are a lot lower than what you pay in the Northeast which is something else to factor in when seeing the big picture on COL savings.

Nep you could also start the 49K level job in Boise and settle in with that while you get familiar with the area and network to find a better opportunity. That was my experience here in ABQ as my first job I took a big cut in pay when I moved two years ago and now irononically on my second job here in ABQ I'm making more than I ever did in Massachusetts.

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Old 07-07-2014, 12:13 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Not so much for me though. I have a master's degree and I'm invincible. I've never had a problem finding a job. However, all of my jobs were located in NYC, Hartford and Stamford, CT. These three areas are strong for high paying accounting jobs.
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Old 07-07-2014, 12:16 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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What did you like about Boise? Just interested to hear, of all places you have considered that seems a bit random. Generally as a rule utility costs in many parts the West are a lot lower than what you pay in the Northeast which is something else to factor in when seeing the big picture on COL savings.

Nep you could also start the 49K level job in Boise and settle in with that while you get familiar with the area and network to find a better opportunity. That was my experience here in ABQ as my first job I took a big cut in pay when I moved two years ago and now irononically on my second job here in ABQ I'm making more than I ever did in Massachusetts.
I thought Boise was a good size. Not too big, not too small. Beautiful scenery/surroundings and the people seemed friendly. It just seemed like a decent place to live.

In my field, I have never gotten a job through networking, ever. I've always gotten a job through recruitment or direct application online.
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Old 07-07-2014, 12:59 PM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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I thought Boise was a good size. Not too big, not too small. Beautiful scenery/surroundings and the people seemed friendly. It just seemed like a decent place to live.

In my field, I have never gotten a job through networking, ever. I've always gotten a job through recruitment or direct application online.
Neither had I before this job I have now. This second job I got was from somebody who approached me who had worked for the company I worked for in the 1st job I had here in ABQ. Sometimes the universe can line up unexpected opportunties like that. You don't have to write your future based on what has only worked for you in the past.
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Old 07-07-2014, 03:11 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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Neither had I before this job I have now. This second job I got was from somebody who approached me who had worked for the company I worked for in the 1st job I had here in ABQ. Sometimes the universe can line up unexpected opportunties like that. You don't have to write your future based on what has only worked for you in the past.
Right, I know. I mean, also consider the fact that I'm only 30 years old. So my network isn't that large and matured yet. I suppose you could say that I know some other professional people in the Hartford area. Whether they have a positive or negative perception of me is debatable. But for example, one of them got promoted to manager level at a company near Hartford and e-mailed me one day and said that if I'm ever looking to return to her company, I should feel free to e-mail her if I'm interested. Is that considered networking? (I would never go back there though, as I had a horrible experience there).
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Old 07-07-2014, 05:17 PM
 
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Here is a map showing where the accounting jobs are concentrated across the nation (based on something called location quotient from the BLS website). The green dots represent areas that have a concentration of accounting jobs that is higher than the national average, on a per capita basis. But the three places that I like the most (Idaho, Nevada and Oregon) have virtually nothing

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