MPA Peer Career Consultants’ Top Recruiting Tips

Recruiting TipsCourtney 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.

MPAs – As you start preparing for first round interviews, here are some things you want to do to ensure you stand out among the other candidates:

  • Do your company research – Your interviewer does not want to get the sense that you would be equally satisfied with any internship offer. Company research will demonstrate that you are serious about that particular firm. You want to avoid conversations with company professionals that could apply to any other company, i.e. you could simply fill in the blank with another firm’s name.
  • Develop thoughtful questions – The questions you ask the company representatives will allow you to learn more about that particular firm and how well you might fit in there. Coming up with thoughtful and creative questions is easier said than done, but dig deep. Research the service line you are applying for, and ask about things you don’t understand. Envision your ideal work environment, and find out if you would get to experience that at Company XYZ. The questions you ask may end up swaying your interviewer’s final decision, and the answers you receive may end up swaying yours.
  • Review your own resume and experiences – I found it helpful to review all of my experiences, good and bad, to help me prepare for interview questions. This is a better use of time than rehearsing answers to common behavioral questions, because you never know what an interviewer is going to throw at you. You may have an insightful, polished answer to the question, “Tell me about a time you worked well with a team,” but what if the interviewer wants to hear about a time when you had conflict while working with a team? If you have a list of scenarios to mentally refer to, you will be able to adapt to any question with no hesitation.

Kelly 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! Submitted by Courtney Crosby

Telling Your Story to Recruiters

So, third-year internship recruiting is in full swing, congratulations!  You are making progress towards getting a great internship and learning more about what you can do with your Accounting degree.

Fourth/Fifth/Traditional students who are still seeking, this is a great opportunity for you to connect or re-connect with employers that may be around campus.  So, be on the lookout for MPA events that you can participate (OCR > Events Tab).  You’ll need to bring your story as well; firms have openings for 2014 and 2015 still, so emphasize your grad date!

Now, let’s talk briefly about the story you are going to start telling employers from here on out.  Consistency is your friend (regardless of year).  I know that there a lot of questions being asked of you right now and you may not know.  Like, what are your long-term career goals?  What location do you prefer?  Why?  What track are you pursuing?  What kind of Accounting work is most appealing to you?  And many more.  Many times students don’t know what they want to be, where they ultimately want to end up, or why they *think* this career path is for them.  Many times we don’t even know all the options that are available!  So, if this resonates with you, the good news is – you are not alone!  Take heart, it’s okay.  With that being said, I encourage you to have these types of conversations with a Career Consultant.  We will help you sort some of this stuff out; as of right now talking with a Career Consultant can be a place to explore.  When recruiting; however, you want a prepared and direct story.  Why?  Because that is where you are trying to find a job.  It’s like going into a flower shop and when the flower shop owner says, “What can I get you?”  You answer, “Well I like ALL the flowers, maybe I like tulips, or roses, oh but my sister really loves peonies, I don’t know which one is for me!”  Now, if you come in (after having done research) you can say with confidence, “I like pink peonies in a large elaborate decorative vase.”  Now the shop owner can help you help yourself.

The point is, being able to communicate your story (location, position, and internship/full time + grad date) can go a long way in driving your own career in recruiting events.  When change happens, the story can change.  If you are considering a change, come in to speak with a Career Consultant because changes and how you communicate your change are very individualized.  But, don’t feel like you have to know everything about your future.  For now, just focus on location, position, and when you graduate.  Preparing questions for the firms would be a good strategy as well.  But not having a strategy at all can hurt you more than help you.

Here is a good example, ‘Hi, my name is Dawn Shaw, I am a fourth-year MPA looking for audit positions in New York.  I will be graduating in Spring 2015 and really look forward to learning more about the firm.”

THEN, prepare for follow up questions like, why New York?  Why audit?  Why our firm?

Here is a not so good example, “Hi, my name is Dawn.  I am a third-year, I’m not sure about my track yet, what kinds of positions are available right now?  And I really would love an internship in New York, but most of my family is in Texas.  What are my chances in getting into the New York office?”

There is a time and place for these questions.  They are actually great questions!  Make an appointment with Vinh, Michelle or I and let’s talk about it.  For recruiting though; I recommend you settle on something first.  THEN, if there is a change in your story, you communicate the new story.

Best of Luck,

Dawn Shaw, Career Consultant

MPA Etiquette Dinner

Eat Your Way to Success! Attend the MPA Etiquette Dinner

Wednesday, February 26
7:30-9:30 p.m.
AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center

Learn how to navigate business and recruiting dining occasions with class at the MPA Etiquette Dinner. MPA Career Services staff teaches valuable tips and strategies, while representatives of sponsoring organizations participate as table hosts. A networking dessert reception at the end provides an opportunity to connect with all participating employers. RSVP by February 14. Space is limited.

**Please note that the time for the dinner has changed to 7:30 p.m. to alleviate academic conflicts.**

Creating Opportunity in 2014

The New Year is here!  No matter where you are in your recruiting timeline, academic year, what happened last semester, or just tired of it all; there are new opportunities to be had in 2014.  Putting the past behind, however wonderful or miserable, what lies ahead are endless options.  Sometimes it seems like there is only one way or the absolute other direction.  We either get the job we want or all the others won’t satisfy.  We pass or fail.  This or that.  My challenge to you, in this New Year, is entertain the shades of grey.  There are always more options than what it seems.  Here are a couple suggestions to keep an open mind in creating opportunities this year:

1)      Look for what you want – to be successful here, you must know what you want.  Or at least have a vague idea.  “I want a tax internship in my home town.”  “I want a new TV.”  “I want to ace my midterms.”  What you are looking for may be right in front of you, say in OCR.  And it may not.  There are multiple avenues to find what you are looking for.  For example, through an acquaintance, a Career Consulting appointment, a random bumping into someone in line at Starbucks.  The idea is to remain open and looking for opportunity wherever it presents itself.  Sometimes, even in the unexpected.

2)      Be ready – that means clearly communicating what you want.  It means having ready what your goals are.  If you are not ready for the opportunity, it will be hard to find.  Although, some things fall right into your lap, most things are given only when you are ready to receive them.  So, be prepared for the good grades or the great job!

3)      Don’t give up – if you don’t see the position in OCR or anywhere with your intelligent searching skills, ask.  Ask us, ask your friends, ask your parents.  Don’t give up.  Keep asking and searching until you get closer to the goal.

4)      Avoid negative thinking – no matter what situation, negative thinking usually doesn’t help us in getting what we want.  Emotions can drag us to thinking negatively; however, just like doing a push-up, you can mentally shove out negative thoughts like “I’ll never find what I want.” or “No one will want to hire me.”

  • If you want to talk it out or learn more tips, come see me.  Walk-ins for Spring 2014: Mondays 2 – 3 p.m. and Thursdays 9 – 10 a.m.
  • Make an appointment online: 

Have a great Spring 2014 semester!

Dawn Shaw, MPA Career Consultant

Spring 2014 Career Consulting Walk-In Hours

Career Consultants

Monday – 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Thursday – 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

Monday – 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Thursday – 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Tuesday –  9:00-10:00 a.m.
Wednesday –  2:00-3:00 p.m.

Peer Career Consultant

Tuesday – 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
3:00-5:00 p.m.
Wednesday – 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Thursday – 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Courtney Crosby
Kelly Ayers

Career Walk-In Hours December 16-20

Here are the career walk-in hours for the week of December 16 through 20. Come on by if you have a question!

Career Consultant:

2 – 3 p.m. Dawn
3 – 4 p.m. Michelle

9 – 10 a.m. Vinh

3 – 4 p.m. Vinh

10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Michelle

10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Dawn

Peer Career Consultant:

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Accounting Intern Opening in Austin

INTERN – STAFF ACCOUNTANT has an immediate opening for a detail oriented Accounting Intern.  In this role you’ll work with and learn from our amazing Accounting team.  You’ll have the opportunity to gain some real world accounting experience and practice skills in identifying discrepancies, ensuring timely reporting, and effectively prioritizing tasks. 


  • Input monthly invoices into QuickBooks
  • Assist with credit card and bank reconciliations
  • Obtain required approval for invoices and assist in weekly check runs
  • Prepare 1099 documentation
  • Assist accounting team with special projects
  • Ad hoc duties such as research and filing

WHY WE WANT YOU We strive to hire the best and brightest Interns!  We are looking for individuals with an enthusiasm for Accounting that can quickly ramp up. The ideal Intern candidate is:

  • Good with Numbers:  You’re interested in identifying issues that affect the company’s gross profit.  Bonus points if you are a whiz at Excel and have experience in QuickBooks.
  • Left Brained:  You have amazing attention to detail.  You have patience and perseverance for pursuing a problem until it has been resolved.
  • Independent Thinker:  You are interested in learning the “how” and “why” of Accounting principles.  You have a passion for improving processes and seeing the results of your work.
  • Preferred Majors:   You’re currently pursuing an Undergraduate or Masters in Accounting
  • Hours:  You should be able to work 20-30 hours per week.


  • This is a paid internship
  • Catered lunch every Wednesday
  • Fully stocked kitchen

ABOUT VERTIVE AND OFFERS.COM is the face of the parent company Vertive, LLC. saves consumers time and money by helping them find the best coupons, deals, and offers from more than 5,000 online stores and brands. has over 200 categories including travel, software, clothing, and more. The site has over 50,000 of the best offers, including promotions, coupons and coupon codes, deals, free trials, and free offers. Offers are verified, rated, and updated daily by the Deals Team. The company, based in Austin Texas, has been profitable since its inception. 

Please send resumes to [email protected].

Submitted by Ashley Wallace

Communication Job & Internship Fair

The career fair is a great way to get started on your job or internship search.

Date: October 16, 2013
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: North End Zone-The Club of DKR Stadium (enter at Gates 14 & 16).

You can join the Facebook event here and see a full list of employers on CareerSource.

Please contact Julia Dow at [email protected] or (512) 471-9421 with any questions.

PCC Walk-In Hours

If you have a quick resume, OCR, or cover letter question; visit our Peer Career Consultants during walk-in hours!

Monday: 9:30  - 11:00 a.m., Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 11:00 a.m. – Noon
Wednesday: 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Thursday: 11:00 a.m. – Noon
Friday: 9:30 – 11:20 a.m.

McKinley Rother DiMarco Insurance Services

This Accounts Payable, Receivable and Administrative Support position has been created due to the growth of McKinley Roth DiMarco. Candidates should be available 15-20 hours per week. Our company is located in the Oak Hill area and is small, casual and offers a flexible environment. Our ideal candidate will have:

  • Minimum 2 years of experience in accounting role
  • Reconciliation of all accounts
  • Accounts Payable and Receivable experience
  • Great knowledge of Excel and Word
  • Awesome “Can-do” and “Will-do” attitude
  • Ability to work independently without supervision
  • Outstanding communication skills
  • Phenomenal organizational skills
  • Able to work in faced paced, sometimes stressful small business environment
  • Knowledge of insurance accounting and reconciliation a HUGE bonus

Interested parties should e-mail their resume and salary requirements to Amy Parker at [email protected] Salary is tied to experience/qualifications.