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

Staff Spotlight: Alyssa Hamilton

Please help the MPA Office welcome our new Career Consultant Assistant, Alyssa Hamilton! Here are some interesting facts about Alyssa:

What are some things you like to do in Austin?
- I like to go kayaking and going to Barton Springs

What is your favorite junk food?
- I love pizza and chocolate.

Do you have any pets (names, ages, etc.)?
- I used to have a fish but currently no pets.

If you weren’t at work right now, what would you be doing?
- I would be reading or watching TV.

Who is your most memorable MPA student and why?
- I will always remember Kristy Han as she was the first person I met at orientation.

Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
- My favorite hero is Harry Potter.

If you won the lottery, what would you buy first?
- I would buy a small apartment.

Is there anything else about you that we can share with MPA students?
- I am a homebody and like to stay in on my free nights.

Come by the office and say hi to Alyssa!

Submitted by Jenny Tseng

Mandarin Chinese CPA Exam Review Informational Webinar

Join instructor Jean Huang and Becker Professional Education for a complimentary webinar where attendees will receive the following:

  • Tips to overcome common obstacles international students face in preparing for the CPA Exam in English
  • Instructions on how to submit international undergraduate transcripts to the state board to sit for the CPA Exam
  • Sample CPA Exam questions with instruction in both English and Mandarin Chinese
  • Information about the CPA track and the requirements necessary to obtain your CPA license

This event will be presented in both English and Mandarin Chinese. This event is complimentary, but space is limited.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

4:00 – 6:00 p.m. PST

5:00 – 7:00 p.m. MST

6:00 - 8:00 p.m. CST

7:00 - 9:00 p.m. EST

Webinar Login instructions will be emailed 48 hours in advance to those who RSVP.

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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.

Last week, Kelly provided an in-depth look at the upcoming pre-interview dinners. Today, I will focus on the other half of interview week – the interviews themselves. Here is what you can expect for each of your interviews:

  • Before: When you arrive at the FCC, you will interact with a greeter. This individual is usually a staff associate, and you may have interacted with them the night before at the pre-interview dinner. The purpose of this small talk is twofold – the greeter wants to make you feel comfortable before your interview, but he or she is also evaluating your professional demeanor. Be friendly and engaged in the conversation, because it is part of your interview. At the end of the day, the interviewer will likely ask the greeter for his or her thoughts on each candidate.
  • During: The direction the interview takes will depend on the interviewer. Some interviewers ask formal behavioral questions, some look to you to lead the conversation, and some just want to have a conversation about your interests and hobbies. Likewise, the structure of the interview differs from firm to firm – I have had back-to-back interviews with two individuals, two-on-one interviews, and basic 30 minute interviews with one interviewer.  Regardless of the scenario, you want to remain flexible, energetic, and enthusiastic. The company research and interview preparation you have been doing will help you be successful in any interview setting.
  • After:  Do not forget to email thank you letters to your interviewer(s) and greeter. You will want to do this as soon as possible, because you may forget specific points or conversations after having multiple interviews and pre-interview dinners in a row.

The recruiting process is ultimately about fit, because the firms know you have a strong technical skillset. The objective of all recruiting events – dinners, interviews, casual social events – is to identify which students would be the right fit for each firm. Keep this in mind as you interview; while your interviewers may seem intimidating, they are not trying to stump you. They simply want to assess whether or not you would fit in with their firm’s culture.

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 interview preparation!

To Be or Not to Be: Yourself

Coming back from your Spring Internship? Getting ready for Interviews? Or looking forward to that full time position you accepted? Learn more about what to bring up in the interview or a new position.

Be Yourself in Interviews

There is no better person to be, than to be yourself! And you’d be surprised at how much authenticity can help you come across as confident on the job or when talking with recruiters. However, there is a limit about how much to share in your work environment. Here are some of the Yes’s and No’s of how much to share about yourself on the job or in the ‘tell me about yourself’ question:

YES

  • Share your Enthusiasm – excitement is contagious. Don’t be afraid to let your employer know your excitement about the opportunity with the company. Enthusiasm can be shown through asking questions; non-verbal’s (smile!); or gratefulness for dinners, opportunities, and time.
  • Let your Personality Shine – It’s okay to be yourself at work and at the interview. Many get nervous, which is understandable; however, it’s more awkward if you are trying to be something that you think others want you to be. Everyone is unique and can offer a different perspective that would otherwise go undetected. Influence in the areas that come natural to you. Laugh. Have fun.
  • Get to Know your Team Members – the people you work with, you end up seeing….a lot! Although not every time, often there are people we connect with at work that can make our work experiences that much more enjoyable. Get to know your fellow teammates. Explore their interests. And get to know them as people. It can help share the workload, take a load off, and build support when natural work frustrations arise.

NO

  • Avoid highly controversial subjects – although these topics are often very fun to talk about and you may have strong values, the work place (initially) is not the safest places to battle these out. Recognize that not everyone will have a similar background or inclination. That being said, sometimes we find friends at work where these subjects become safe to address.
  • Tread lightly on your extracurricular activities – Did you attend Round Up? Perhaps not the best way to start a conversation on ‘what did you do this weekend?’ Yes, college life is fun and there are experiences that we learn from and carry with us. However, not all of these experiences help you leave a positive first impression in the professional world.
  • Don’t Gossip – Don’t gossip.

Good Luck with Interviews! Good Luck on the job! Come see us if you have any concerns.

Dawn Shaw, Career Consultant

Submitted by Jenny Tseng