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Old 11-07-2010, 11:15 AM
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I read that unemployment in the Iowa City metro area is 4.6% as of September. This was near the top of the list as far as low unemployment rates go. So does this mean there are jobs available? Specifically, I am looking for an entry level accountant position (I don't have experience). I have a bachelor's degree in accounting and earned a 4.0 GPA. I am specifically looking to work in government (any level), a hospital or health-related setting, college or university, nonprofit, or a small to medium size company that isn't all about corporate greed (lol). I DO NOT want to work for any of the "big 4" accounting firms or really any accounting firm because there is no work-life balance to speak of.

So do you think it's possible to find a job relatively quickly in Iowa City or any of the other lower unemployment rate cities in Iowa? I have never considered moving there before because it is about 10 hours away from where me and my husband and all of our family lives. We are close to our families, but unemployment is crazy high where we live and we are coming to the realization that we need to be willing to move far away to be able to have a good life career-wise. So any advice or opinions about employment opportunities for me?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 11-07-2010, 01:36 PM
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You would actually have a better chance than most places - especially since the U of Iowa has tens of thousands of jobs in Iowa City, and a lot of them are business oriented.

Ironically, my dad works for the university, and he was just mentioning they were looking for a few accountants in the risk services department!
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Old 11-08-2010, 07:41 AM
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Thanks for your reply! I will go to the university's website and check out those accountant positions!
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Old 11-08-2010, 10:05 AM
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how big an employer is ACT?
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Old 11-08-2010, 10:59 AM
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Well, I went to the university's career website and I couldn't find any accounting positions that were available. I searched the professional section and none were listed. Then I searched every category and still nothing.

But that's kind of what this post is about. How low unemployment numbers and "the talk" would suggest that a certain place would have so many opportunities, but when you start to investigate then you find it not to be true. Every article on Yahoo that is related to recession-proof jobs, jobs in demand, what major is the best to be in college, fastest growing jobs, etc, etc, ALWAYS lists accounting. They make it out like all you need is a bachelor's degree in accounting and you're set. But that's not true at all. You might be set if you already had 2-5 years experience, but not so for entry level. Most of the so-called entry level positions still want a minimum of 1 year of experience. It's very frustrating. And I know people say you should volunteer to get experience, but sometimes that's just not possible (i.e. you only have one car that your husband has to use to go to work; his hours change from day to day with one day notice of his schedule; no public transit; can't afford to pay a taxi to take you anywhere; and there's nothing in walking distance where you could volunteer at). I even tried looking for "virtual volunteering" opportunities recently. lol.

Anyways, sorry for the venting. I'm just trying to figure out new places to search for jobs at where I would have a realistic shot of landing a position.

What about temp agencies? I know the ones around here don't really work. You do all the paperwork and testing and then never hear back. Has anyone had good experiences with them? I would be willing to take a lower level job if it paid decent enough to make moving worth it.
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Old 11-08-2010, 11:19 AM
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Be sure to look at jobs in Cedar Rapids too. It's a bigger metro with some pretty good-sized white collar companies and is only 20-25 minutes away from Iowa City.
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