Recruiting Guide

Looking to snag that coveted accounting job?

You’ve come to the right place. 

“So, I’m looking for an Accounting job…”

The real question becomes, what are you doing about it? The reason some students find securing an accounting job to be difficult is because it seems like they have so little time to prepare. The moment school begins, recruiting begins. It is up to you to keep on top of things and although it can be overwhelming at first, you will have lots of support at the Haskayne School of Business. From resources like the Career Centre to the ASA to your accounting instructors, there will be several people willing to offer you all kinds of advice.

Just remember that you need to act right away! While you may be tempted to put off job-hunting, by mid-October the primary recruiting season will be over and most (if not all) positions will be taken and opportunities become scarce. Below are a few quick and easy tips to help make your recruiting experience a smashing success.

Also check out the schedule at the bottom of this page to organize your fall recruitment experience!

1. PREP YOUR RESUME & COVER LETTER 

There is just enough time for you to update your resume and have it critiqued by the Career Centre before sending it in to companies. The most important things to remember are:

>> Highlight the things that make you unique.
>> Your resume and cover letter give you the chance to brag about your best qualities!
>> Emphasize your strengths and adjust your resume to suit the position you are applying for.
>> Be honest and be yourself.

The Career Centre could be your best friend during recruiting – if you utilize it!
Check out their resume and cover letter tips here and make sure you familiarize yourself with Career-Link

2. SAVE OR PRINT OFF A COPY OF THE JOB POSTINGS YOU’RE INTERESTED IN 

This is a good way to keep track of what jobs you are planning on applying to. Write notes on the posting, reminding yourself that you still have to work on the cover letter for this company. Each company may ask you to apply in a different way, so make sure you read all the instructions thoroughly and include all requested documents. Some companies may ask for official or unofficial transcripts, or maybe even letters of recommendation.

3. ATTEND AS MANY INFORMATION & NETWORKING SESSIONS AS YOU CAN

How are you going to meet the recruiters from each company you are planning on applying to? How about whether or not the company is a right fit for you? Information sessions are a great place to meet all the different people in each company, learning about the different accounting designations, deciding on which designation you think suits you best, and perhaps an even better place to make a recruiting list.

A helpful tip to remember is that you should try talking to all industry representatives who attend the many info sessions. Each person helps the recruiters in a company decide who should be part of interviews. This is good to remember, especially when 50 people are waiting to speak with the company’s main recruiter. You can make some very valuable business contacts at these sessions!

4. ATTEND THE ‘HOW TO SURVIVE RECRUITING’ INFO SESSION, AB. ACCOUNTANT’S MIXER, & AB. ACCOUNTANTS’ SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT

While this might sound like a shameless plug for ASA events, it really isn’t. Events like the ASA How to Survive Recruiting Info Session, CPA Mixer, & CPA Softball Tournament are organized with the students in mind. We organize these events to provide students with the tips and tricks of recruiting for accounting positions, as well as an opportunity to ask questions and hear success stories from students who have gone through the process before. In addition, we help facilitate networking in a casual environment through the CPA Softball Tournament.

For the CPA Softball Tournament, many different recruiting firms will be present – they attend our events looking to meet potential recruits. Firms find these events to be particularly helpful when deciding who to shortlist. What’s more, the CPA Softball Tournament takes place before the information sessions start and if you make a good impression at this event, as well as the info sessions after, recruiters will most certainly remember you and look for your application!

2015/2016 FALL RECRUITING DATES

September 1, 2015: Jobs to be posted
September 21, 2015: Job postings deadline
October 9, 2015: Final offer date. Offers may be given throughout September and October as long as 5-10 business days are provided for students to consider the offer.
October 16, 2015: Offer acceptance deadline

Acceptance time-frame for offers: There is no requirement for firms to hold offers open until a specified date. However, the ICAA requests that firms provide students a reasonable period (at least five business days) to consider whether to accept the offer.

For more CA Recruitment Info please visit: http://www.cpaalberta.ca/Become-a-CPA/Post-Secondary-Students/Student-Recruitment