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submitting resumes

I'm an Accounting major going into my senior year. I was wondering if you could touch on resumes, when to submit them, and interviewing. How early is too early for submitting a resume for entry level? I've heard some firms look for them the beginning of your senior year and for others that's too early. Any insight would be great.

Sophomore year - Submit your resumes for the Firms' special programs geared for Sophomores. These programs range from 1 day to 2 weeks depending on the Firm. If you get in here, it gives you an automatic interview for an internship.
Junior year - Submit your resume for a summer/winter internship during your junior year. This is key. You should do this if you have every intention of trying to get into public accounting. Interns are almost guaranteed job offers unless they do something stupid during their internships.
Senior year - If you didn't get an internship, it's not too late. Try again, the Firms still have slots for non-interns.


CPA said…
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Bobert said…
I have spent the last week off and on reading through every single post & comment on this board! Just want to say thanks for all of the insight and advice you have given others!

I have a few questions that hopefully you can answer. I am graduating in December and it seems the big hiring season is in September. I don't know if I should apply in Sept. or after I graduate. The thing is, I only have like a 3.2 GPA so I don't know if that would get me an interview at a Big4. So I was going to start studying for the CPA exam and hopefully pass at least a couple tests so that I can put that on my resume when I apply. Would being able to put that you passed two sections so far help land an interview?

I also was looking to distinguish myself more since I have a light load this semester, I was thinking of taking a course that teaches you MS Access. Is that something that can be useful and look good on a resume for a Public firm?

One more thing, I promise haha. I haven't done a public accounting internship or even an accounting internship, but this Summer I did an internship at Blue Cross Blue Shield in a Learning & Development department. Does that matter at all?

Again, thanks so much for the awesome blog, I really enjoyed reading through everything!
Kevin H said…
@Bobert As an audit senior at a Big 4 firm, I can tell you that it would be better to apply in September. That way you can take advantage of campus interviews and if for some reason you aren't able to get in, it would be good to at least have your foot in the door or build on your relationships.

Having the CPA exam not done before you apply doesn't necessarily work against you of you are looking for an interview. Most of the time they don't expect that you have any sections done.

In public accounting we typically use word, excel and some powerpoint. I've rarely used MS Access, but it may be good to learn for your own purposes.
Anonymous said…
Is it possible for auditing work to one day be outsourced like some of the IT sector has? Or do the various exams, credit hours etc prevent that?
Tax preparation said…
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