At the beginning of tonight’s meeting, we went over announcements including the upcoming career fair. There was also a reminder to download the Suitable app and to continue checking Handshake for career opportunities. Nancy, the PwC campus recruiting manager, along with other PwC professionals, came to speak with us. Nancy gave us some background on PwC. Five dimensions including relationships, business acumen, technical capabilities, whole leadership, and global acumen form the critical framework of PwC. The firm provides lots of feedback to their associates and interns in these categories. PwC also offers a casual and supportive environment as well as payments towards student loans for their associates. Nancy then gave tips for resumes and the career fair. She said it is essential for students to set up their voicemail, so recruiters can contact them. Nancy also recommended having a short objective on a resume to make it easier for recruiters to find information. Resumes should also include when the student will have 150 credits and their overall GPA. A student’s resume should be limited to one page and include any study abroad and leadership experience. Nancy said the best ways to impress a recruiter at a career fair are to be positive, genuine, and direct. She also recommended speaking to staff members at the career fair. Nancy also discussed the WMTS seasonal winter internship opportunity at PwC.
At the beginning of tonight’s meeting, we went over announcements including the upcoming career fair. There was also a reminder about the site visit to EY this upcoming Friday. Then Kirsten, the campus recruiter from Deloitte, spoke about interviewing. Deloitte utilizes behavioral interviews, where the interviewer asks about personal experiences. Students often go off on tangents while answering behavioral questions. To correct this mistake, interviewees should use the STAR method. Students should describe the situation, talk about their task, tell of the action taken, and then explain the result. Kirsten also mentioned that if a student gets an interview with Deloitte, it means he or she met all the requirements on paper. Therefore, the purpose of the interview is for the company to get to know the student and vice versa. Kirsten also said that it is important to keep body language under control in an interview, and it is not necessary to take notes. Kirsten recommended researching the company to come up with questions that allow the interviewer to tell a story. At the end of an interview, it is good to send a thank you email. Kirsten also talked about the positions Deloitte is currently recruiting for.
Tonight, we had our first meeting of the semester. Each member of the executive board introduced themselves and described their position. In addition, the board went over the schedule, dues, and information regarding active membership.
Dues are $25-give to Nick or Richard as soon as possible!
Tonight, Tina Pelone from the audit practice at Baker Tilly came to speak to us. Baker Tilly is one of the fifteenth largest public accounting firms in the nation. It is continuing to grow through mergers and acquisitions. The firm is also part of an international network. Tina talked about the large amount of face time she has with clients at Baker Tilley and the ability to network. She also discussed the strong culture at the firm. Baker Tilley is currently driving to have more women in management positions. Baker Tilley also offers a flexible dress code, good paid time off benefits, and the ability to work from home on Fridays.
Tonight, Mary Patterson from Becker CPA Review came in to talk to UPAA. She mostly discussed the various materials offered by Becker. She went over practice problems and simulations. Mary also told us about a 50% off scholarship offered to current seniors.
Tonight, UPAA did a service project. The club made beaded string that will be used for stress relief games for mental health patience. We also went over announcements.
Tonight, a representative from Surgent CPA Review came to speak to us. Mostly, he gave us test advice. He emphasized the importance of completing all four parts of the test within 18 months, because if you do not, they expire. He also talked about pre-test questions which are not graded, but still appear on the test. Once you complete a section and move on, you cannot return to it. The test is adaptive, meaning if you do well on the first questions, the test gets harder. He talked about the five-minute intro timer. If you do not click continue passed the introduction before five-minutes, you fail the test. He emphasized being mindful of the clock. He also discussed the ability to protest if you get a 74%, because 75% is passing. Lastly, he raffled off two free classes.
Catie, the recruiter from Grant Thornton, as well as Melissa, Grant Thornton’s tax partner, talked to us tonight. Their presentation focused on Grant Thornton’s middle market advantage. Grant Thornton is not a Big 4 firm, but they are also much larger than a regional firm. They have 60 offices across the United States and maintain operations in over 125 different countries. Their size allows them to have the benefits of both big four firms and regional firms. Their customers include larger companies, start-ups, companies that are going public, and smaller firms. The presentation also emphasized Grant Thornton’s culture and talked about how an employee at Grant Thornton is not just a number.
Tonight, Marybeth Allen, a recruiter from EY talked to us. She also brought tax, advisory, and audit associates. First, Marybeth went through some general information about the company and mentioned how EY has consistently been ranked one of the top places to work. She also went over EY’s values. Each of the professionals then talked about their individual line of service and discussed clients they worked with – as well as travel. At the end, we had the opportunity to ask questions to the associates.
Tonight, Carley Mendez from Schneider Downs talked to us about resumes and cover letters. She emphasized keeping resumes to one page and also recommended cutting out the “relevant coursework” section if length was an issue, because most students take similar classes. She then highlighted the need for proofreading and organization in both resumes and cover letters. Resumes should not have weird fonts, colors, or formatting. She also went over the basic sections of a cover letter. The first paragraph is an introduction, the next paragraph highlights skills, and the third paragraph has contact information.