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Asked by Felicia on June 9, 2015

I am accountant and auditor, but in the job market I feel I may need to get a license as an internal auditor. Where is the best place to start with?

Answered by Mandy, Hiring Expert at Mutual of Omaha, on June 10, 2015

Good Afternoon,
I recruit for Internal Auditors at Mutual of Omaha and we don't require a license. I'm not sure what other companies do but you may want to research that before you get licensed.

Thanks!

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Answered by Suzi, Hiring Expert at Hewlett-Packard, on June 15, 2015

Super question, but don’t be too quick to invest time and money in a certification that might not be required, or that an employer would provide to you.
Many companies provide career development opportunities for their employees, including new hires!  Carefully review job descriptions and position requirements, and if you find your ideal job, but are lacking a license or certification mentioned as a position requirement (usually listed as a “preferred skill, not a requirement”), simply include your willingness to achieve the certification as quickly as possible, if selected for the position.   As a recruiter, I would definitely see this as a workaround to get a qualified candidate in front of my hiring managers!
Best of luck to you!

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Answered by Emily, Hiring Expert at Praxair, Inc., on June 19, 2015

This is a great question – It is always tempting in a tough job market to keep layering on certifications and degrees. Before you do this, it is important to fully investigate if getting the license is worth the time, energy and money you will invest.  When Praxair looks to hire Internal Auditors, we do not require them to have any kind of license.  We do like to see candidates that have a certification (CPA, CFE, CIA or CISA) however this is not required.  The breadth of a candidates’ experience is much more important to us than the kind of license or certification that the candidate has.

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