Growth Trends for Related Jobs

How to Get an Entry Level Accounts Payable Position

careertrend article image
Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images

The accounts payable department at many companies is responsible for making sure that all of the bills are paid. The office often works closely with the accounts receivable department to ensure that the company's finances are in proper order. While it may seem as if you require a degree in accounting to work in an accounts payable department, this is not typically the case for entry-level employees. However, you should have some basic experience you to help you get the job.

Gain experience in a position that requires money-handling skills. The nature of an entry-level accounts payable job is knowing how to handle money. While you may do a good job of handling your own checkbook at home, an employer will want to see tangible evidence that you are able to handle monetary matters. A job, such as a bank teller or store clerk, can serve as a good stepping stone to an entry-level accounts payable job.

Display good communication skills. Even entry-level accounts payable jobs require you to have some interaction with vendors and other employees at your workplace. A potential employer wants to know that you are capable of communicating with your coworkers and vendors to complete your job in an efficient, thorough manner.

Obtain the appropriate education for the job. Most entry-level accounts payable jobs only require that potential candidates have a high school diploma. However, an employer may prefer for you to have an associate's degree in a related field, such as accounting or business. A degree is often not necessary, though.

Check your background before you apply for an accounts payable job. Because of the amount of money you will be responsible for handling, your employer is likely to conduct a background check. If you cannot pass this check, you will not get the job. Some issues, such as passing bad checks or stealing, will have an impact on your ability to get a job in the finance field.

Exhibit your computer skills to any potential employers. If you have taken classes in software the company uses or have used programs necessary for the job in other jobs you have had, make note of that in your resume or on your application to show you are familiar with computers and require less training in the software.


Other office or customer service jobs can give you an edge at getting an entry-level accounts payable job.


Kimberly Turtenwald began writing professionally in 2000. She has written content for various websites, including Lights 2 You, Online Consultation, Corpus Personal Injury and more. Turtenwald studied editing and publishing at Wisconsin Lutheran College.