The job market for accounting is hot mostly for recent grads who are CPA candidates. Corporations want lower cost non-CPA employees for their finance staffs. Large accounting firms want fresh graduates who they can work excessively. However, smaller local accounting practices have difficulty filling staff accounting jobs. Most of these entities focus on tax. If you don’t have any work history in tax preparation, local tax practices will hire people with no experience as long as they have some proven skills.
You can develop tax expertise by studying for the Enrolled Agent exam. Passing the EA exam is much easier than the CPA exam. However, you need a course that focuses on more tax subjects than CPA study. Take the course at fastforwardacademy.com/enrolled-agent-exam-prep.htm and you'll have all the knowledge needed for preparing every type of tax return. A small tax practice will then train you with software and file documentation procedures.
I’ve advised several accountants to take this avenue in the past three years – including some CPAs who thought they would not like tax jobs. They all ended up enjoying the work at a smaller operation where they had contact with a multitude of interesting clients.