Part 1. Find employers online
Many of you are looking for a job or an internship in the spring semester, or as I like to call it, the “off-season,” where recruiting activity slows due to the accounting busy season. We’ve discussed the topic with recruiters, students, and career center staff and we have three tips on how to land a great job even when recruiters are not at your campus. Today is tip number 1: Find Opportunities Online
So you’re about to graduate and need to secure your job or internship, but the spring semester is light on recruiting activities at your school. You need to identify firms and job leads quickly! I want to show you how.
But first, a word of caution: finding the right match for your career is critical. Know yourself and your preferences and think about what kind of firm (international/Big 4, Regional, Small/Local) is the best fit. Don’t know the answer? Intern this summer and find out. If it’s too late to intern then investigate. Remember, it’s your responsibility to determine what the best match is for you.
Now, back to the subject at hand. Your first step is to make a list of all the firms that are in your preferred regions and find out everything you can about them, including their location(s), primary focus, client industries, size and open positions. Here’s how to build your list:
1) CollegeFrog: My apologies for the shameless plug. We have over 200 firms on CollegeFrog that may not be visiting your career center this spring.
2) iShade: A great place to find local firms. Build a profile and search for firms.
3) Your State Society: They almost always have lists of member firms in your state
4) Accounting Today: This is the leading news resource for the profession and is a great way to identify and research potential firms.
5) LinkedIn: Join relevant groups on LinkedIn, research firms in your area. Follow your favorite firms.
You’ll want to learn as much as you can on each firm. When you get your opportunity to show the firm why you are a great candidate, knowing their business may make the difference between landing a job and starting over.
Next time, we’ll talk about how to get interviews in the off-season. Happy job hunting!
Jeff Phillips is a guest blogger representing CollegeFrog.com. Established in 2011, CollegeFrog aims to redefine the campus recruiting model across multiple industries. We strive to empower firms by connecting them with top candidates. Many of the best firms already use CollegeFrog to attract universities’ highest- performing students and graduates.