By Keiter CPAs
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Insights from an Accounting Recruiter
Let’s be honest, many people would not consider ‘job searching’ to be fun. Between crafting a good resume and cover letter, researching your desired company, and even having a successful interview, the process can be daunting. Keiter’s Accounting Recruiter Paverick Nicolas shares his insights on how candidates can set themselves apart during the selection process. Whether you are a college student, recent graduate, or even an experienced candidate, these insights can be valuable tools to help you achieve your desired role.
Accounting Candidate Resume Tips
Candidates who stand out to recruiters are those who have an intentional plan. This plan should begin the moment you start drafting your resume and cover letter. It is important to be intentional about what you include in these items. This means having a thorough understanding of what the recruiter is looking for and making sure the information you include addresses that. Paverick states, “If you know that there are certain programs you will be using in the position and you have used them before, put that in your resume. That is going to draw my eye.” Sharing this information shows the recruiter that you can come in and hit the ground running and won’t have to be micromanaged.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a hot button topic in the accounting industry. Many firms are using AI to streamline processes and lighten the workload for employees. There are firms whose recruiting departments utilize AI to review resumes and cover letters. Keiter is not one of them. Each resume submitted at Keiter is reviewed by an actual person in our recruiting department.
In contrast, many candidates are using AI to assist them in crafting resumes and cover letters. Paverick warns against this option. “I see resumes and cover letters using language that is not commonly used. For me, this is a red flag and an obvious sign that AI is involved. Your resume and cover letter should reflect your true voice. I advise against using AI.”
2 Important Topics to Discuss in the Interview Process
Remote Work and Flexible Schedules
A hot button topic in the recruiting industry is remote work. A growing number of candidates are seeking positions that have remote or hybrid work as an option. It is important to communicate what flexibility means to you as an individual. Does it mean you want time during the day to take a gym or wellness break? Do you need later morning hours to drop your children off at school? Paverick shares, “At Keiter, we offer flexible working arrangements for our team members. We also prioritize wellness because we understand how important that is in our industry. That said, it is still very important for candidates to be forthcoming about their remote work and flexible schedule needs. Different roles may have remote work limitations.” By communicating your needs before you have an offer, you save time and possible disappointment for yourself and the company.
CPA Credential Plan
Having your CPA credentials is a big deal in the accounting industry. For entry-level candidates who are beginning their careers, communicating your plan for obtaining these credentials is very important. How do you intend on getting the correct number of prerequisite hours? What does your study schedule look like for the exam? What studying materials are you using to prepare for the exam? Recruiters want to hear this information. At Keiter, we provide academic support and assistance to entry level candidates so knowing this information will help us determine how to best support you.
Finding the Right Fit
Keep in mind that just as a company interviews you to make sure you are a good fit for them, you should do the same as a candidate. You will spend more hours during the day at work than anywhere else. Because of this, you deserve an environment that suits your needs and aligns with your values.
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About the Author
The information contained within this article is provided for informational purposes only and is current as of the date published. Online readers are advised not to act upon this information without seeking the service of a professional accountant, as this article is not a substitute for obtaining accounting, tax, or financial advice from a professional accountant.