April 14th, 2011-Caruthers Hall 118, the meeting begins
Patricia Derrick, Ph.D.
Franklin P. Perdue School of Business
Accounting Firm Survey
compiled in Feb. 28. 2011
-95 firms sent invite
-Invited firms included all areas of accounting from Clifton Gunderson,
Ernst & Young, Grant Thornton, KPMG, Price Waterhouse Coopers, and local
here for the
here to view
graduation tables. Example tables-
-First Destination by Major
-Salary Statistics By Major
-Signing Bonus By Career Field
here to view the
resume videos (Why You Really Need a Resume/How to
Structure Your Resume)
here to see
action verbs, keywords,
other helpful information.
Do's and Don'ts-click
Appropriate Keywords in your career area-These are words in your resume that
relate to your career-I
found some keywords in my profession (Career Counseling) that you can view by linking
Keyword examples are:
evaluate abilities, career development, personal counseling, social
development of children and youth, interviewing technique, career counseling,
interest and aptitude assessment tests, job search skills, strong interest
inventory, focus career assessment, resume writing,
interviewing techniques, emotional development needs of students, counsel
individuals who are addicted to drugs, National Certified Counselor.
Make sure you look at the
job description and use keywords that relate to that position.
1. CONTACT INFORMATION:________________________________
-Name-14 font-address, city state zip, email phone-12 font
-Current and permanent addresses can be used
-Can use one line format to cut down space
here for example.
Write your objective to the job and make it short and specific.
Is this a good or bad objective??
-“While I am open to any uses of my educational
achievements, I am decidedly disposed that the task of the
new responsibility be so oriented as to at least partially
configure so as to ultimately lead to the application of
more rarefied facets of financial management as the major
sphere of responsibility.”
for examples of Objectives.
-List your most recent degree first.
List your degree, major, gpa (if over 3.0 both overall and
in major), date and university, city and state.
-You can also list your school-Fulton, Perdue, Henson,
Seidel if you choose too.
-Any certifications can be listed.
-Finally you can list Relevant Courses in this section or
create a separate functional section for them.
for Education Examples.
-List Relevant Coursework only if it directly
relates to the job. If you have other entries that are
more important, use them. Those other entries could be
internships, volunteer work, related experience, awards,
activities, etc. Also you could list this
section within the Education section. If you choose to use
this section you can do it in 2 ways.
1. Simply list the classes in a column format
2. List to or three courses and describe them. Make
the title of the course stand out and use action verbs in
here for Relevant Coursework examples.
5. STUDY ABROAD EXPERIENCE/LANGUAGES:_________________
-List any study abroad experience in a section by itself or
within the Education Section. Same with Foreign
here for Study Abroad-Languages Examples.
6. EXPERIENCE SECTION OF YOUR
-Related Experience-Should be title first and title stands
out-use action verbs. Do a bulleted list or a
-Work Experience-Same as above
-Volunteer Experience-Same as above
here for Experience Examples.
-Use this section to highlight any
other areas that may be important to the job. Titles
to this section could be:
here for Honors-Activities-Volunteer Examples.
for interview link.
for an Internship??
Top 10 Internship
Below are some tips to help ensure a successful interview,
which is the next step in the internship process. By following these ten
interviewing tips you will be well on your way to having a successful
interview and ultimately an internship offer.
1. Be Prepared-Research, Research, Research!
You can prepare yourself for the interview by selecting appropriate
interview attire beforehand (suits for business), researching the company,
and preparing a list of questions you have for the interviewer. Bring a copy
of your resume with you to the interview in case the interviewer does not
have one on hand. Last but not least, practice answering sample interview
questions to prepared yourself and gain confidence before the interview.
2. Make a Good First Impression
The interview is your opportunity to market yourself and it is the reason
you prepared and sent out all of those resume and cover letters. Once you
get the interview, it is your job to create a good first impression by being
prompt, being yourself, attending to your nonverbal behavior such as firm
handshake and maintaining eye contact throughout the interview, and by
taking the first few minutes to develop rapport with your interviewer. You
will want to appear poised, yet comfortable and relaxed during the
interview. A good first impression will set the stage for a successful
3. Emphasize Your Skills and Accomplishments
Focus on your skills and accomplishments, including: high school/college
coursework, volunteer and co-curricular activities, and your computer and
language skills. Previous internships and/or work experiences are important
as well as describing your transferable skills: communication,
interpersonal, organization, strong analytical and problem solving, etc.
4. Provide The Interviewer with Examples of Your
One form of interviewing that is popular today is called Behavioral
Interviewing. The interviewer will provide you with a scenario and ask how
you would handle a specific situation. Preparing for these types of
questions before the interview, will provide a quick reference to previous
relevant experiences. (For example, Describe a situation where you were able
to think on your feet and come to an immediate decision to get a project
completed on time.) In this case, the interviewer is interested in your
thought process and problem solving capabilities.
5. Understand The Question Before Answering
It is OK to ask the interviewer for clarification or to repeat the question.
You want to know what the interviewer is looking for before you go ahead and
assume that you have the right answer.
6. Follow the Interviewer's Lead
Don't' spend too much time on any one question but make sure you have
answered the entire question before going on to the next one. You might want
to check with the interviewer to see if you answered the entire question or
if he/she would like additional information.
7. Emphasize the Positive
You may be asked during the interview to give a list of your strengths and
weaknesses. Remember in these types of questions to focus on the positive.
When referring to weaknesses, recognize those things you feel you need to
work on and quickly shift to actions you have taken to improve in this area.
Specific examples can be helpful to illustrate your progress.
8. Bring Samples 0f Your Work
If you are in a field such as; graphic design, photography, studio art,
education, or communications where a sample of your work would be helpful,
bring these samples with you to the interview.
9. Close the Interview with Confidence
The beginning and ending of the interview can be the most crucial aspects of
the interview. End your interview with confidence. Thank the interviewer for
his/her time and ask when you may expect to hear back from the employer.
10. Follow Up the Interview with a Thank You Note
Take this opportunity to clarify a topic discussed in the interview and to
reaffirm your interest in the organization and the internship. Send a thank
you note to everyone you interviewed with on the day of your interview.
Dress like the serious professional you will soon
be. If you have a suit, wear it. If not, plan to wear a sports
jacket, collared shirt, tie, and slacks (if you’re male) or a pantsuit or
blazer, blouse, and skirt (if you’re female). Choose dark colors—they convey
an air of authority. Practice your smile, good posture, and firm handshake.
Leave flashy jewelry and strong scents at home.
Rehearse/role play answers to typical questions you
may be asked. Practice, but don’t memorize your responses
word-for-word. You don’t want to sound like you are reading from a script!
It is usually better to give up-front, honest responses rather than ‘canned’
answers you think the interviewer wants to hear.
Here are typical questions you could be asked in an
interview for an internship or co-op position:
-Why do you want an internship or co-op with this organization?
-Why should we hire you for our internship program?
-Do your grades reflect your true ability? Why or why not?
-How many hours each week would you be able to devote to this internship?
-Would you be able to work beyond one semester?
-How would you handle conflicts between your school schedule and a surprise,
rush job here?
-What type of supervisor do you prefer to work under?
-How will this internship help you meet your career goals?
-Who is your least favorite professor? Why?
-What are your greatest strengths and biggest weaknesses?
-Give me an example from your past that shows the following: how you dealt
with difficult people; how you overcame an obstacle or solved a problem.
-Which of your courses, jobs, or school activities has prepared you for this
-Prepare questions to ask. This is your chance to make sure that a
particular internship will meet your needs and goals.
-Could you list some tasks and projects I would be involved with?
-Should I expect training or an orientation prior to beginning my
-Would I receive a wage, stipend, or reimbursement for my expenses?
-Is there a dress code I would be expected to follow?
-Would I have regular meetings with my supervisor?
-I will need to take time off during my exam periods; is this acceptable?