The American Institute of CPAs has opened a free online job finder to help accountants find work during the recession.

The CPA Job Finder is part of the AICPA’s recently launched Economic Crisis Resource Center (see AICPA Creates Online Crisis Center Site). In addition to assisting job seekers, the site is also designed to help accounting firms attract qualified staff.

“With some firms downsizing while others are adding professional staff, we are in a unique position to be able to help firms to work together in resolving their staffing challenges,” said AICPA president and CEO Barry Melancon (pictured) in a statement. “Because of our relationship with firms and members, the AICPA is able to help fulfill each firm’s staffing objectives, while simultaneously assisting accounting professionals affected by layoffs with immediate employment opportunities.”

The AICPA said that member firms should begin posting any open professional positions to the CPA Job Finder immediately. The institute is also strongly encouraging firms to suggest to any professional staff who are affected by layoffs that they upload their resumes to the CPA Job Finder as soon as possible. Listings on the CPA Job Finder are free of charge to AICPA members and firms. Corporate employers and recruiters will continue to be charged a standard posting fee. CPA2Biz, a subsidiary of AICPA, manages the site.

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