This blog is Part 2 of a three part series by guest blogger Jeff Phillips. Check out his last blog, Part 1.

Part 2: Get interviews during the off season
Many of you are looking for a job or an internship in the “off-season,” where recruiting activity is less active due to the accounting busy season.  We’ve discussed the topic with recruiters, students, and career center staff and have 3 tips on how to land a great job even when recruiters are off campus.  Last time we covered how to use multiple sources to build a list of firms in your preferred areas and to learn as much as you can about each before contacting them.  Today we’ll take the next step.

Tip 2—Get assertive
It’s time to step up your game.  You either have the degree or are on the right track but it’s your soft skills that will probably be the difference-maker in your career search.  Since fewer firms are on campus this spring, it’s going to take some hard work to land an interview.  Yes, of course you should apply to positions on CollegeFrog and any other website where you find a good lead. But beyond that, being proactive you will increase your odds of success.

Since many of your potential employers are not on campus during the spring, you’ll need to reach out to them directly.  Hopefully by now you know if they have open positions.  But even if they don’t, it does not hurt to make a call.  Call the firm’s main number and ask for the person in charge of  recruiting. It would help if you knew the person’s name from your research.  When you leave a message, or when you finally reach the HR leader, be prepared to quickly explain why you’re calling, who you are, and what you want.  This is your elevator pitch, and you should know it cold. Ask if they still have openings for their summer internship, for example. And if they do, ask for an opportunity to interview.

Look, this process is not easy.  But it will help you land a great job, and you’ll earn the respect of your recruiter for being assertive and confident.  You’ll impress them, and isn’t that a great first step toward getting that offer?

I’m confident that by going through this process you’ll not only land a few great interviews, but you’ll grow in a very important skillset that will help you in your career—how to have a business conversation by getting to the point, asking for what you want and why it’s a good idea.  Next time, we’ll discuss what to do next.  Happy job hunting.

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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.

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