What I Wish I’d Done During Recruitment Season

From pre-recruitment events and firm tours to end-of-recruitment cocktails, the accounting recruitment season passes by fast. But through the stress, excitement, and all of the waiting, you might be lucky enough to get a call from your favourite firm. Looking back, here’s what I would have done differently. 1. Talk to people with the intention of getting to know them, not the intention of being remembered.

Sure, every event you attend with a firm is a chance to get noticed, but memorable conversations come from genuine questions and sincere connections. At the end of the day, you want to have a good sense of what it’s like to work at that specific firm. Try to make the most of it. While I tried to have natural conversations with as many people as possible, I sometimes let the stress of recruitment distract me from the incredible opportunity to meet and get to know accomplished professionals in my prospective field.

2. Go to as many firm tours as possible.

While it’s difficult to schedule firm tours between classes, work, and other engagements, one of my regrets is not going to as many as possible. I didn’t want to miss classes to go to firm tours, but that meant I missed out on opportunities to get to know more people. Not to mention, going to as many firm tours as possible allows you to practice your networking skills and learn how to have great conversations that service you and recruiters. If you can, go to pre-recruitment events, too.

3. Order business cards early.

Don’t make my mistake—design and get your business cards printed as early as possible. You don’t want to be worried about getting them in time. Also, make sure your picture is recent, professional, and not blurry.

4. Start your CACEE form early.

While I started my CACEE form during the summer, I didn’t get to the summary/essay part until September. Although you’ll end up changing up your CACEE form after going to firm tours and learning more about the firms, it helps to have a first, second, or however many drafts done so that you’re not too overwhelmed.

5. Talk to other students.

Throughout the process, I met so many amazing, hardworking students who went through the process with me. Take time to get to know the people around you—you’ll take classes with some of them and have someone to vent to when you’re worried about getting calls.

 

If you’re going through recruitment or thinking about it—good luck and stay strong!

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