Here’s an interesting set of requirements for applicants for an accounting position at a local community college (emphasis added):

  • One (1) year of job related experience is required.
  • High School diploma or equivalent.
  • Knowledge in accounting/bookkeeping principles, and pertinent computer software applications; sales/use tax laws and regulations and 1099/W-9 guidelines.
  • Demonstrated skill in operating standard office equipment, using pertinent software applications, performing standard bookkeeping, and processing and maintaining accurate records.
  • Ability to adapt to changing work priorities; communicate with diverse groups; meet deadlines and schedules; set priorities; and work with detailed information/data.
  • Clear evidence of sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.
MEETING MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS DOES NOT ASSURE THE CANDIDATE OF AN INTERVIEW. Applications will be evaluated taking into account the breadth and depth of relevant education, experience, skills, knowledge and abilities.
  • Two (2) years of increasingly responsible job related experience AND one (1) year of experience utilizing computer data collection and documentation system.
  • Coursework in accounting.

In other words, coursework in accounting is desirable, but it’s more important to prove you are able to toe the politically-correct line.


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