MPA Peer Career Consultants’ Top Recruiting Tips

Courtney Crosby and Kelly Ayers are your MPA Peer Career Consultants.  They’ve successfully navigated the MPA recruiting process and want to help you do the same.  Check out their posts here each week for valuable recruiting tips.

Office VisitsAs the school year comes to a close, office visits are right around the corner. Office visits provide an opportunity for students and employers to finalize their assessments and selection decisions. The following provides some general information and advice based on my previous office visit experience:

  • Scheduling: Each firm will work with you regarding driving, flying, and hotel information, but it is best to make sure you handle this as soon as you receive the information. If you have questions, immediately reach out to a recruiter. Typically each firm will have multiple office visit time frames as multiple schools will often be in attendance. I had two one week and two the next which I liked as it allowed me to spread things out and not feel overwhelmed by the end. However, many students like to schedule them all at the same time in order to make side by side comparisons. The events usually will not overlap, but again if you foresee any challenges contact your recruiter.
  • Structure: When you arrive for the office visit, you will check in at your hotel and all meet in the lobby before heading out to dinner. Some firms will divide you by practice and take you to smaller group dinners while others might take everyone to a single location. The night prior is really about allowing you to reconnect with the people you have met during recruiting and making you feel comfortable. The next day you will typically go to the office and receive a full tour. You will usually be assigned a buddy for the day to escort you around and answer any questions that you have. The day will consist of presentations, networking, and final interviews.
  • Final Interview: Sometimes you might have just one interview while other times you will meet with multiple people. The individuals you meet with might be people you have become well-acquainted with, but they could also be a new face. The final office interview typically involves the employer assessing where you are at in your thought process and if there is anything more they can do to help sway your decision or solidify things. This final interview is a chance for you to talk with the employer and ask all the last minute questions you might have. The office interviews are typically very conversational, so your preparation will consist of reviewing your time with each firm and drafting some final questions that will assist you in making an informed decision.
  • Advice: Having an office visit does not guarantee an offer. Some firms might distribute offers at the office visit, but others will wait until the conclusion to make their selections. Therefore, you will want to continue putting your best foot forward and conveying why the firm should ultimately choose you to join their team. The office visits can be an exhausting process, especially if you do them all back to back. However, you need to remain fully engaged and interested no matter how tired you might be.  This is the final impression you will give the firm, so it is imperative to make it a good one!

Office visits immerse you in the city, office environment, and people of the firm you could potentially be working with and provide you with perspective to help in making your final decision.  Utilize your time with each firm and enjoy the process!

Courtney Crosby and I will be offering you words of advice throughout your recruiting journey this semester, so be sure to check out our posts in the newsletter each week! And, as always, if you have any questions about recruiting and want to talk about how to prepare, please feel free to email us at [email protected] or come to our walk-in hours on Tuesday 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 – 5 p.m., Wednesday 9 – 11 a.m., and Thursday 11 a.m. – Noon. Until next week…best of luck!

Submitted by Kelly Ayers

iFLY FT Accountant Position Opening

Who: iFLY

What: FT-Entry Level Accountant

Responsible for the general recording and analysis of the revenue cycle and for generating, reconciling and analyzing revenue reported via a retail Point of Sale (POS) system. A strong systems orientation and comfort with gathering, analyzing, and reconciling large amounts of data. Able to diagnose errors and inconsistencies and develop systemic solutions.

When: Deadline to apply is April 30th

Where: Austin, Texas

How: Apply via OCR, click here

 

Submitted by: Shaan Patel

 

 

 

Scholarship for Students Accepted into to Law School

The Broden & Mickelsen Scholarship Award was established to support students enrolled in Texas law schools who desire to pursue employment or are currently employed at a Federal or State Public Defender Office. These employment opportunities can include paid or unpaid internships, full time employment or completion of a short response on a student’s desire to be employed at a Federal or State Public Defender’s Office. To offset the cost of more lucrative opportunities, Clint Broden and Mick Mickelsen are rewarding students who meet the requirements below with one $1,500 scholarship award.

Requirements:

1. Accepted into a Texas, American Bar Accredited Law School

2. A desire of employment, pursuit of future employment, or currently employed by a Federal or State Public Defender’s Office. Can be located anywhere in the country and include unpaid or paid internships or full employment.

3. Completion of a 500 word response in application on why you wish to pursue employment with a Federal or State Public Defender Office (if not currently employed)

Deadline to Apply:

Completed applications must be submitted no later than May 1st, 2014. Application materials should be emailed to the attention of Sarah Klein at:

[email protected] or mailed to:

Attention: Sarah Klein
Broden & Mickelsen
2600 State St, Dallas TX 75204

Download the application form and read more about the scholarship here:

http://www.brodenmickelsen.com/criminal-law-student-scholarship.html

It’s Okay, It’s Not About You

RejectionRejection is never fun.  Recruiting, interviewing, or being new on the team can sometimes feel like you are on the ‘ins’ or you are on the ‘outs’.  The message that is essential that you NOT take away from situations like this are that it is a personal attack on you.  The recruiting process, with all the events, dinners, and interviews are subjective.  If you get a rejection along the way or even on the job, don’t take it personally.  Easier said than done, I agree.  So, here are a couple tips to help you:

1)      Others’ actions are about them, and your actions are about you.  You are only responsible for you and you only have control over your own actions.  So, a common and understandable question that arises when you don’t get selected for 2nd rounds or you get left out of lunch plans with the group is what’s wrong with me?  Why wasn’t I chosen?  Well, the answer is not so clear.  There could be areas of improvement which are in your realm of control.  So, take a good look at some things you could change.  Practice interviewing by doing more mock interviews; make an appointment with a Career Consultant to help identify areas for improvement; ask someone on your team to lunch instead of waiting to be asked.  There is a big distinction, however, between improvement and telling yourself it’s who you are and you just don’t fit in.  The problem may be that it really isn’t a good fit and that is a good thing for you too.  Realize that the decisions others make have to do with their priorities, not you.

2)      Intentions are not obvious.  Intentions cannot be seen.  It is so easy to make up stories about why others act the way they act.  And we can convince ourselves that we know the exact intent behind someone’s actions.  For example, we may think they didn’t choose us because it was the end of a busy day and they were too tired to pay attention.  Or we may think, it’s just a popularity contest.  Really, unless someone reveals their true intentions, there is little we really know as to why someone does what they do.  The risk of making up stories like this is we may believe in something that is entirely untrue.

3)      You are valuable and have unique strengths to offer any team.  It’s true that no one is perfect.  It is true that there are always areas that we could improve.  It is also true that everyone has unique strengths and adds value to a team.  Don’t pick on yourself too much when you get rejected.  Remember that you have unique value as well.

4)      Have a personal cheerleading squad.  To help you remember what those good qualities are, turn to your support who can remind you.  We all experience rejection (even though we may hide it on the outside).  Everyone, at times, has felt on the ‘outs’.  So, when this happens, it always helps to be reminded by those who choose you!  And don’t forget to be that person to your friends as well.  We could all use the reminders of greatness! 

Good luck, MPAs are wonderful,

Dawn Shaw, Career Consultant

MPA Peer Career Consultants’ Top Recruiting Tips

Courtney Crosby and Kelly Ayers are your MPA Peer Career Consultants.  They’ve successfully navigated the MPA recruiting process and want to help you do the same.  Check out their posts here each week for valuable recruiting tips.

standoutKelly described recruiting events last week and mentioned several fun events that she attended herself as a third-year, such as a game night and a cooking class. As you start receiving invitations for similar events, keep in mind that the most important part of any outing is the networking. You may find yourself playing blackjack, painting a picture, or enjoying a day at the spa with your recruiters, but the priority is always to make a good impression. Here are some strategies you can use to stand out among your peers:

  • Build rapport: When you are with your friends and family, do you like to talk about your accounting coursework 100% of the time? Probably not. Recruiters and representatives are happy to talk about the company and their work, but they also enjoy having conversations that are not focused on accounting. When you are getting to know a company employee, ask them about themselves – learn about their background, their hobbies, their favorite restaurant in City XYZ, etc. This will help you build a relationship with that individual, which will be beneficial to you in the future.
  • Do your research: You have already done company research to get to this point. However, you must keep building on this as you learn more about the firm. Whenever a company employee mentions a client, task, or engagement that he or she worked on, go home and learn more. This will give you great follow up questions for the next event, because it can be difficult to keep making conversation with the same individuals over and over again.
  • Stay professional: After you attend multiple events with the same employees, you will start to feel very comfortable around them and may start to consider them as friends. It is great if you get to this point; however, never forget that they are in a position to influence your hiring decision. You do not want to share anything you would not tell a partner at an interview, i.e. deeply personal matters, wild weekend escapades, or offensive/untasteful jokes. When the employee is back in the office and is discussing interview candidates with upper management, any unprofessional moments may sway their decision.

There is a lot to think about when you attend recruiting events.  However, don’t forget to be yourself, have fun, and gather as much information about the firm as you can. This will help you make an informed decision about where you will best fit in.

Kelly Ayers and I will be offering you words of advice throughout your recruiting journey this semester, so be sure to check out our posts in the newsletter each week! And, as always, if you have any questions about recruiting and want to talk about how to prepare, please feel free to email us at [email protected] or come to our walk-in hours on Tuesday 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 – 5 p.m., Wednesday 9 – 11 a.m., and Thursday 11 a.m. – Noon.. Until next week…good luck with the recruiting events!

Jobs in the Federal Government and at the CDC (Workshop)

Who: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in partnership with The University of Texas at Austin – Liberal Arts Career Services, to discuss federal-wide internship, fellowship, public health training, and career opportunities nationwide and in Texas

What: Find & Apply Workshop  with CDC Staff

When: Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 6-8 P.M.

Where: The University of Texas at Austin
Flawn Academic Center (FAC), Room 21
2304 Whitis Ave.
Austin, TX 78712

Registration: This event is free and open to all majors. Students are strongly encouraged to attend with laptops. Click here to pre-register.

https://blogs.utexas.edu/urbadvising/2014/04/02/finding-and-applying-to-jobs-in-the-federal-government-and-at-the-cdc/

Submitted by Shaan Patel

Spring 2014 Career and Internship Fair

Who: Liberal Arts Career Services & Liberal Arts Council

What: Meet recruiters from a variety of companies and organizations, including Morningstar, Teach For America, National Instruments, US Dept of State, Center for Disease Control, DHL Express, American Cancer Society, Yelp, and more! Explore the list of attending employers

When: Wednesday, April 9, 2013, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Where: Texas Union Ballroom, The University of Texas at Austin

Attire: Business Professional to Business Casual

Submitted by: Shaan Patel

Teacher Education Career Fair

When: Tuesday April 8, 2014

Location: Frank Erwin Center

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.(Browsing) 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.(Interviews by Recruiter Invitation)

FREE and OPEN to the public!

Meet with 130 + School Districts and Discuss Career Opportunities

Professional Attire Encouraged

Bring Your Résumé

For more information: Education Career Services (512) 471-1306/471-3223 [email protected] http://www.edb.utexas.edu/career

Submitted by Alyssa Hamilton

MPA Career Consultants’ Top Recruiting Tips

Courtney Crosby and Kelly Ayers are your MPA Peer Career Consultants.  They’ve successfully navigated the MPA recruiting process and want to help you do the same.  Check out their posts here each week for valuable recruiting tips.
MPA Recruiting

Recruiting season is in full swing! Now that the first round of interviews has come to a close, it is time to continue building relationships with each of the firms as you attend a wide array of recruiting events. Below, I will provide you with some insight on the events based on my previous experience to hopefully give you a better idea of what to expect.

  • The goal of these recruiting events is to really show the firm’s personality and demonstrate that accounting can be more than just debits and credits. You will continuously hear that it is the people that make the difference and these recruiting events aim to show you the people you could potentially be working with in the future. While you are determining whether you can see yourself working with these individuals, the firm will also be evaluating if you are a good fit for the company.
  • A big thing to remember is that just because you made it past the first round of interviews, your spot with the firm is never a guarantee. Each firm has different selection methods, but cuts can be made throughout the process. The more familiar you become with the employers, the more comfortable you will feel, but always ensure you are putting your best foot forward and acting professionally because at the end of the day you are being evaluated.
  • Recruiting events include a wide variety of activities and dress. During my recruiting experience, some of the events I attended included a cooking class, game night, golf outings, dinners, etc. The events are not what you might expect from a typical recruiting event, but they are a lot of fun and provide you with a great opportunity to get to know the employers on a more personal level. While these events are intended to be enjoyable, remember again that the main purpose is to assess your fit with the firm. Dress for many of these events tends to be casual, but be sure you still look well kept, put together, and conservative. The recruiters will provide you with all the details of the event including appropriate dress, but if you ever questions don’t hesitate to reach out to them.
  • If you are ever unable to attend an event, whether because of school or a prior commitment with a student organization, notify your recruiter immediately. The employers expect that you will attend all the events offered, but they are very understanding when something comes up as they know this is a busy time for you. Definitely prioritize attending these recruiting events because these are the only opportunities for you to get to know the firm better and vice versa in order to make an informed decision at the end.
  • In addition to always acting professionally, be sure you are always engaged, participating and appreciative. The firms have dedicated a great deal of resources to these events and the employers in attendance have given up their time to be there, so be sure to express your gratitude and show that you are enjoying the event.

Participating in recruiting events will be unlike anything you might have envisioned or previously experienced. One of my biggest pieces of advice is to really enjoy the process, the places you will go, and the people you will meet!

Courtney Crosby and I will be offering you words of advice throughout your recruiting journey this semester, so be sure to check out our posts in the newsletter each week! And, as always, if you have any questions about recruiting and want to talk about how to prepare, please feel free to email us at [email protected] or come to our walk-in hours on Tuesday 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 – 5 p.m., Wednesday 9 – 11 a.m., and Thursday 11 a.m. – Noon. Until next week…best of luck!

Submitted by Kelly Ayers