Preparing for the College Recruiting Process

Human Resources

By Michael Collins

It’s January. NCAA basketball is heating up. A new season of The Voice is in the works. You’re taking your required accounting classes. Your employment plan is to have your parents email your resume to their friends during your senior year. Life is good.

Not so fast!

In my experience, I’ve found that accounting students who develop and execute a “find a job” plan during their early college years often leave school with several employment offers in hand. They get to choose where they want to go, and who doesn’t like choice?

Let’s look at some things you can do during first two years of college to prepare for the recruiting process.

Freshman year

• Think about what you might want to do with your degree. If you’d like to be a CPA, think about how you’ll acquire the 150 credit hours required. This is a condition of entry-level employment with many firms. Develop a plan.
• One of the first attributes accounting firms consider when reviewing your resume is your intellectual capacity. It’s not enough to learn a subject matter. You need to maintain good grades or you won’t make it past the first cut. Start now.

Sophomore year

The endgame here is information. The more information you acquire about yourself and potential employers early on, the better-prepared you will be to make an informed employment decision.

• Know yourself and work on your resume.
• Research employers. Do your homework so you can talk knowledgeably with a recruiter if you’re invited to interview. Learn what’s important to them. Consider where you’d like to live after graduation and which companies   have a presence there. Do they recruit on campus?
• Attend events on campus. Network with recruiters. Talk with professors and alumni.
• Get to know the Career Services staff. Do some mock interviews and have them video-recorded.
• Join a club on campus. Contribute. Though good grades are essential, your activities tell a potential employer a lot about you.

While you’re enjoying NCAA basketball and The Voice, remember to keep your professional life in focus early on. Life really can be good!

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