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Can I Lie About My Experience?

How to get real-world experience in a short amount of time

This story appears in the May 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Q:Can I say I specialize in bookkeeping for lawyers and chiropractors even though I have no experience doing so?

A: Unless you're as convincing as the con artist portrayed in the 2002 film Catch Me if You Can, you need to have some training or experience to back up your claim of specialization. Specialized training in bookkeeping for lawyers or chiropractors is probably not available, but you have several options for getting the experience you need. One is to get a job as a part-time bookkeeper in a law or chiropractic office. This will familiarize you with the procedures, vocabulary and jargon of that field.

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