Accounting Jobs - How to Stay on Top of Technology So Your Age Doesn't Hold You Back

You are seasoned, talented and have impeccable references. But as an accountant in your 50's or older, you can't find a job. It's easy to blame your age. But what might be holding you back from accountant jobs could be as simple as your resistance to change-especially with new technology.

Walking into an interview with an outdated flip phone or blanking when a recruiter asks you about the latest app could be red flags that you are behind the times.  And if one thing is certain, when it comes to accounting careers, those who can't change and adapt to new technology don't stand a chance.

So what can you do?

Here are the three things you can do TODAY to increase your tech IQ and wow a recruiter when you are interviewing for YOUR job in accounting.

1. Beef up your resume to show you are not scared of using Outlook or other popular problems and software brands

One thing that can screw you in an interview is to look unprepared or uneducated about the latest software trends. And if you act like Outlook is too difficult or frustrating to use, potential employers will wonder what other concerns you intend to cut.

2. Increase your knowledge of the latest Web sites, software products, search engines, new software, CRMs-in other words, SPEAK THE LANGUAGE

If you don't know the lingo, you are going to look like a dinosaur when interviewing for an accounting job. Take a class or pick up a trade journal or magazine. LEARN what those young pups in college or business school are talking about and make these tech trends part of your life. Remember, there are plenty of accessible and free or low-cost options to train yourself such as watching YouTube videos or taking lessons at the Apple store.

3. Get a smart phone

Maybe you are happy using an outdated cell phone to call or text, but if you don't know how to harness the power of a smart phone, it puts you at an immediate disadvantage. People in their 20's and 30's with jobs in accounting know how to use their smart phones to get ahead. If you aren't on the same page, you won't have an edge when interviewing for accountant jobs. Visit the Apple store or a cell phone store that sells Android phones. Ask questions. Read a blog or two on the best apps. Upgrade your phone...and consider buying a tablet as well.

When it comes to careers in accounting, the best way to stop looking like you are out of the loop is to get IN the loop.

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