2014 Fall Recruiting Workshop Presentation ()

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ACCOUNTING
RECRUITING
WORKSHOP
September 11, 2014
Tonight’s Agenda
 Introductions,
Welcome, Brief Overview
 Deborah Medlar
 General
 Career
background on careers in Public Accounting
Services Staff
 More
about the recruiting process
 Specifics about who’s hiring and the use of “Husky Jobs”
 Preparing for interviews
 Q&A with
Recruiters: Jennifer Kane (Bernston Porter)
& Lizzie Rahm (Clark Nuber)
Careers in Public Accounting
Presented by Deborah Medlar
Careers in Accounting
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Your accounting degree will open the door to many
different career paths!
 The
Private Sector
 Companies
 The
like Boeing, Amazon, Microsoft and many more
Government and Not-for-Profit Sectors
 The
State Auditor, IRS, various regulatory agencies, etc.
 Public Accounting
 This
is the topic of today’s workshop
 The recruiting process for public accounting is very
structured and it happens very early in the year (now!)
Public Accounting Firms
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Provide specialized accounting services to their
clients (let’s discuss briefly the difference between
publicly held companies and private companies):
 Annual Audits:
 Of
their financial statements
 Of their system of internal controls (new with SOX)
 Tax
Services
 Consulting Services
 Although
such services were severely curtailed by SOX
Various sizes of public accounting firms
Local Firms:
Clark Nuber,
Sweeney Conrad
Berntson & Porter,
Bader Martin,
Falco Sult
Peterson Sullivan
RH2
Various sizes of public accounting firms
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The “Big 4” International Firms
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Deloitte
 KPMG
 PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PWC)
 Ernst & Young
National Firms
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BDO,
Grant Thornton,
McGladrey
Regional Firms
Moss Adams, Clifton Larson Allen,
.
Public Accounting Recruiting
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Who?
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Public Accounting Firms
What?
Recruiting interns for summer and a few winter jobs
 and full-time associates to start mostly NEXT Summer
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When?
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Why?
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September-December
To get a great job and explore career options!
How?
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Through on-campus interviews and recruiting events
Positions Available
Paid Internships
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Audit, Tax, Advisory
Local or Nationwide
Winter 2015 or Summer
2015 Internship (fulltime)
More than 1 year away
from CPA eligibility
(225 credits)
Full-Time Professional
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Audit, Tax, Advisory
Local or Nationwide
Summer or Fall 2015
start date
Will be CPA eligible by
Fall 2015 (225 credits)
Process

Events (Now-October)
Meet the Professionals Night
 BAP Meetings
 Networking Events
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HuskyJobs
Resumes and other documents
 Upload NOW!
 Deadlines begin in early October
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On-Campus Interviews (October)
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Occur in Career Services (UW Seattle & UW Bothell)
throughout mid-October
Process (Continued)

Second Round Interviews (October-November)
 Interviewing

at the firms office
Offers (November-December)
 Usually
out by mid-November, varies by firm
Process (Continued)


Audit vs. Tax
What are firms looking for?
 Resume
 Cover
Letter
 Types of Experience

Interview & Professional Etiquette Tips
Requirements to sit for the CPA
exam

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View them yourself at:
http://www.cpaboard.wa.gov/CertificateLicense/educat
ion_requirements.shtml
Generally speaking:
A college degree
 225 credit hours – resulting in the infamous “5th year”
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
The 180 day provision may be relevant to many people
36 credit hours in accounting, of which 22.5 must be “upper
level” (Our program achieves this)
 36 credit hours in general business courses (Our program
achieves this)
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Specifics about the process…
Presented by Evan Carman
UW Bothell Career Services
How it works…
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Prepare your application materials
Apply for positions online via HuskyJobs and
company websites
Receive invitations to interview
Sign-up for interview times
Prepare your interview outfit
Interview on-campus (Seattle or Bothell)
Interview on-site
Receive your offer(s)!
Prepare Your Application Materials
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Make sure to include on your Resume…
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GPA
Graduation Date
CPA Eligibility
Beta Alpha Psi involvement
Leadership positions
For your Cover Letters…
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Address which position you are applying for
Address how you plan to complete your 5th year requirements (ie –
when will you be CPA eligible?)
Make an appointment and come to the Career Center to have your
resume and cover letter reviewed!
Apply via HuskyJobs

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Log-in
Set up your profile
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Upload your application material
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Complete ALL of the tabs
Resume, cover letter, transcript, occasionally writing
sample
Apply for OCI (on-campus interview) positions
When applying, you can select what application material to
include with each application
 All of the firms will also ask you to apply via their website
as well. YOU MUST DO BOTH.
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Interview Invitations
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At the end of the resume drop period, the employer
will review applications
If you are selected for an interview, you will be
notified via email as well as in HuskyJobs
On the date interviews open, you will be able to
select an interview time
 Keep
in mind that SOME of the interviews will be at
the Seattle campus
 Leave enough time for parking and finding your way,
1.5 hrs is suggested
Preparing for your Interview…
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Resources
 Make
an appointment for a practice interview
 Learn about the Elevator Speech
 Visit www.uwb.edu/career
Preparing for your Interview…
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What to wear
Men: Clean and pressed suit and tie, polished shoes, dark
socks
 Women: Suit (knee length skirt or pants), panty hose (no
bare legs!), minimal jewelry, no perfume, closed toe shoes,
small purse
 What does this look like? Please see handout
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Preparing for your Interview…
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Mock Interview
Bothell Interview Dates
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Interviews will be held in a room in the Student
Success Center. Come to UW1-160 to check in.
10/8/14 Moss Adams
 10/10/14 Peterson Sullivan
 10/16/14 Vine Dahlen
 10/17/14 Clifton Larson Allen
 10/20/14 Clark Nuber
 10/21/14 Bader Martin
 10/22/14 Rekdal Hopkins Howard
 10/23/14 Bernston Porter
 10/24/14 McGladrey
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Beta Alpha Psi
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National honorary accounting society
Requirements:
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3.0 GPA; Cumulative and upper level accounting
Significant service hours (community service and professional development)
All students are welcome to attend the meetings.
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October meetings will have speakers from accounting firms talking about
careers in public and private sector
Note on the sign in sheet if you are interested in BAP
THIS IS YOUR BEST OPPORTUNITY TO NETWORK AND FIND A JOB!
BUT BETA ALPH PSI HAS LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AND
RELATED OBLIGATIONS, SO DON’T JOIN JUST FOR THE
NETWORKING!
Upcoming Dates
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Presentations will be held in the Discovery Hall
Building. Come to DISC-162 to check in.
09/24/14 Falco Sult
 09/29/14 Moss Adams
 10/01/14 McGladrey
 10/06/14 Peterson Sullivan
 10/08/14 RH2 (Rekdal Hopkins Howard)
 10/13/14 CLA (CliftonLarsonAllen)
 10/27/14 Bader Martin
 11/05/14 Sweeney Conrad
 11/17/14 VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance)
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