Tips to Finding your First (Accounting) Love
I still feel twenty-five, most of the time…” – those George Strait lyrics definitely resonate with me nowadays and it’s hard to believe, but a decade has passed since I was a Junior at UGA embarking on the seemingly never-ending recruiting process. It was January 2006 and the first firm I ever met was none other than PKM. Guess you can say you never forget your first love – but this post isn’t about me or my decisions but rather you and some things to keep in mind to help lead you to your first love and hopefully a decade and counting journey!
- Meet as many people as you can during the recruiting process – both the number of firms and different individuals within those firms. Meeting multiple firms gives you more options to choose from and enables you to see differences in personality and culture (yes, even accounting firms have personality!) Meeting different people within each firm is important as well. It allows you to get a clearer picture of who it will be that you are working with on a daily basis and either reinforces that “fit” you feel or reinforces that it may not be the best fit for you.
- Always respond to any and all communication sent by firms. One of the quickest ways to fall off the radar of a firm’s recruiting efforts is to not respond to emails sent to you. It is totally fine (and expected) to not be able to attend every recruiting event, but a timely response thanking the firm for the invite and explaining that you have a prior commitment is important. Firms understand that you have a lot going on with school, work, volunteering efforts, etc., but be sure to always be courteous and simply respond. It goes a long way.
- Go with the firm where you feel most at home or where you feel like you fit. At the end of the day, all public accounting firms do the same thing, so why not go with the firm (or people because a “firm” is nothing more than a collection of people) that you genuinely like to be around. You will appreciate your decision even more when the hours are longer and the stresses mount. I know I do!