Time Management During Recruitment

July 3, 2014

Elizabeth Toms
Tax Staff

The fall semester of your senior year in college tends to become pretty stressful for most accounting students. Between classes, extracurricular activities, recruiting dinners, interviews, office visits and Beta Alpha Psi meetings, one has little time for anything else. Understanding how to manage your time during the recruiting process will help you survive, and you may come out at the end with a job that you will love. Here are some helpful hints for managing your time:

  • Always keep track of important dates for class assignments- Even though you are starting to think about life after college, tests and papers are still very important.
  • Don’t try to recruit with every firm- Figure out before recruiting in which state or city you would like to live, in what size firm you would be comfortable, and in which type of firm culture would you be comfortable working in every day. Knowing your preferences will help you narrow down your choices and will prevent you from having more recruiting dinners and events than you would ever have time for.
  • Don’t be afraid to speak up and ask questions- Recruiters will be more than happy to give advice and advise you on their firm’s culture. I always share with students that I am available to answer any questions they may have about the recruiting process and life as a public accountant. I love what I do at PKM, and I am always willing to share my experiences.
  • The key is to not get overwhelmed. Chances are you have met someone at a firm that has recently gone through this process. Reach out to them for advice. If you need a starting point, then try PKM.