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We are seeking additional audit staff as a result of the continued growth and expansion of our practice. Candidates must be CPAs (or eligible to sit for the exam in Tennessee) and have between one and seven years of recent experience in public accounting. We offer a competitive compensation package and outstanding opportunities for professional growth. Interested candidates should respond in confidence by e-mail to or by fax to 865-523-6318 or mail to:

Human Resource Coordinator
Mitchell Emert & Hill, P.C.
416 Erin Dr.
Knoxville, TN 37919

Our firm offers a rewarding career with the opportunity to broaden your experience, education and background.

We offer a comprehensive benefits program for you and your family, including:

  • Career path and professional development mentoring by partners
  • Paid vacation, holiday and personal time
  • Group medical with H.S.A., group life and retirement benefits
  • 401-K

Surrounded by a world of flux and change, the surest way to enrich your existence is to continuously learn and grow. Our practice offers the resources to help you evolve: personally, professionally and intellectually.

We know that the broader our employees' experience, education and backgrounds and the more diverse their opinions and insights, the deeper our organization's collective understanding becomes. We foster innovation, diversity, ethics and integrity to strengthen our organization and our people, and to respond to our clients' needs. The result is a collaborative environment that respects individual needs and promotes ongoing development.

Accountants have always had an image problem, stuck in the public consciousness as a profession populated by math geeks who love crunching numbers but little else. While this stereotype may have been accurate at one point in history, it no longer presents an accurate picture of what the career is like. While the base level mechanics of accounting can certainly become tedious, such functions are increasingly becoming automated, with accountants focusing more on analysis, interpretation, and business strategy.

As a matter of fact, accounting has been rated one of the most desirable professions available. According to The 2002 Jobs Rated Almanac, "accountant" was the fifth best job (out of 250) in the nation in terms of low stress, high compensation, lots of autonomy and tremendous hiring demand.

A strong knowledge of accounting is applicable across all management functions, including purchasing, manufacturing, wholesaling, retailing, marketing and finance. It provides a base from which to build broad knowledge about virtually all business functions and industries. As the collectors and interpreters of financial information, accountants develop comprehensive knowledge about what is occurring and close relationships with key decision makers, and are increasingly being called upon to offer strategic advice. Senior accountants or controllers are often selected as production or marketing executives because they have acquired in-depth general management skills.

If you are a junior or senior accounting student, you are almost certainly contemplating your work options after graduation. Before interviewing with prospective employers, ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Do I prefer to work at the same office location all the time or am I willing to travel regularly?
  2. Do I prefer an "easygoing" office environment or would I be able to handle an "intense" one?
  3. Do I prefer to do more mundane yet essential tasks, or do I want diverse and complicated assignments?
  4. Do I prefer a regular, nine-to-five workday, or am I willing to work additional overtime and weekends on a normal basis?
  5. Do I want to work with a small, local firm or a large national firm?
  6. And more specifically, do I want a clear, fast path to advancement, or am I willing to wait awhile, until a path opens up?

Be honest with yourself when answering these questions. For instance, it's easy to say, "I'll do anything for the right amount of money," but it's very different to be paid well but to be unhappy with your job. Often you can't know how much you will enjoy your job until you are well into it. But you can certainly ask your interviewer specific questions about the firm they are representing and the position for which you are applying. Also, researching the company, visiting the job site and talking to current employees can provide valuable insights into what to expect if you were to choose that particular place to spend most of your waking hours.

So, what can you expect when you walk through the doors for your first day of work? For one thing, before you go directly to work, you will need information - and it doesn't just come from a book! You will have to access the computer, acquire source documents, run reports, and do research in books, periodicals, journals, and other secondary sources. Beyond that, you will need to interview the people you work with: managers, co-workers, clients, and others with valuable information.

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