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Youth Ambassador’s Corner November2013 By: Angelica Tolentino, Tax Associate at PwC and Youth Ambassador for ISFFA

Things You Already Know But Should Be Reminded Of – Fall Recruiting Are you a graduating college senior? Worried about the upcoming Fall recruiting season? Been there. Done that. Let me share with you some tips to securing a job after graduation. What you need to do for the recruiting season: 1. Develop your resume. In fact, don’t just develop your resume; perfect it. You want to make sure your resume is free from simple errors in grammar and spelling. Your resume is what gets you an interview. Do your best to not fail step one. 2. Don’t put your eggs in one basket. Yes, of course you have your dream company to work for. Yes, you have excellent grades that might impress a potential employer. Yes, you have been the most well-balanced student in your class. So be smart and don’t let your pride step in. Apply to as many companies as you can (and would at least really consider working for). It is better to be in a situation where you have to choose among several offers than be in such where you did not get an offer at all just because you only applied to a couple of companies. 3. Don’t miss the deadlines. Make sure to research ahead of time when the deadline is for students applying for full-time positions. Most CPA firms have their deadline from late September to early October. Their in-house interviews start the second half of October and offers are given early November. 4. Ace the interview. Once you applied to a number of companies, there is a bigger chance you will get called in for an interview. Most companies now hold phone interviews before inviting candidates to an in-house interview. Ace the first and ace the second. Develop your interviewing skills by practicing by yourself or through the help of others (e.g. mock interviews). 5. Follow up. After the interview, send thank you notes to each interviewer. E-mail is the most common medium to send these notes but if you want to stand out, give out handwritten thank you notes. 6. Wait and plan ahead. Here comes the waiting game. It usually takes 2 weeks before hearing back the results of in-house interviews. Meanwhile, list the companies you applied to in order of preference so that if you get multiple offers, you already know which one to accept.

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ISFFA Los Angeles:

Youth Ambassador’s Corner November2013 By: Angelica Tolentino, Tax Associate at PwC and Youth Ambassador for ISFFA

Things You Already Know But Should Be Reminded Of – Fall Recruiting (continuation) If you did not get a single offer by the end of recruiting season (just like I did), don’t fret. It’s not the end of the world! As my favorite quotation by Joshua Fredenburg, a great motivational speaker, says, “Rejection is a direction to something better.” What you should do after recruiting season: 7. Utilize your network. Hopefully, you have done some networking during at least your final two years in college. This is the perfect time to utilize your professional connections, even though you may have done this already when you applied during recruiting season. 8. Be forthcoming with what you want. This is no time to be shy. Be clear about what you want (as far as job search) when you reach out to your professional connections. Hopefully, someone knows an open position or someone knows someone who does. Make your network work to your advantage to land your dream job. 9. Learn from past mistakes and do not make them again. If you are fortunate to find and be considered for an open position during off-recruiting season, make sure to review your past interview performances and learn from your mistakes. If you are not sure what you did wrong before (believe me, there’s always room for improvement) or how to answer particular questions, ask the help of a professional to hold a mock interview with you so you can receive constructive feedback and tips about interviewing. 10. Never give up! If you did not succeed the first time around, try again! Just never give up! Somehow,

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