You’re an accounting student. You are from a small percentage of the population who understands the difference between cash and accrued expenses. You’ve spent the last few years studying and perfecting your accounting skills.
Now that you’re about to graduate, you want to be sure that you have taken all the necessary steps to help you stand out from the crowd. How do you go about doing this?
Dustin gave four major tips to the audience which will help our students get their resume to the top of the recruiting director’s pile.
1. Get an internship
“Getting an internship prior to graduating is one of the best things you can do to help prepare yourself for the working world,” Dustin explained. “An internship can help you pinpoint what you want to do and don’t want to do. In addition, it helps put real world experience on your resume.”
2. Network with local employers
Dustin talked quite a bit about networking within your field. “Sometimes, it’s all about who you know. Network through your internship, attend local networking events, stop by businesses and drop off your resume. All of these things help employers remember your name and could help lead you to a potential job.
3. Specialize in your field
“I recommend that any accounting student try to specialize in a particular area. Get a certification—either your CPA (Certified Public Accountant) or CMA (Certified Management Accountant). Having a certification in addition to your degree makes you more marketable to a future employer.”
4. Use a portfolio when interviewing
One of the last pieces of advice that Dustin provided to the students was that they should bring a portfolio to each interview they attend.
Aligning with what the students learn about in their Professional Development course taught at Globe University, Dustin commented, “Bringing a portfolio will make you stand out exponentially from other accounting candidates that interview. It shows the interview panel that you are prepared, detail oriented, and that you have initiative. It’s also a great way to showcase some of your work samples such as Excel spreadsheets.”
Accounting students Lorna Nelson and Shelly Coey were both very receptive to Dustin’s message on how they can stand out from their competitors and plan to take his advice into consideration.
Bringing in Dustin to speak to our accounting class was extremely beneficial for our students. Dan Shuda, accounting program chair, commented on the importance of bringing in guest speakers to the classroom. “Guest speakers are beneficial in the classroom as they bring in subject matter from an expert level—which allows for a deeper and richer educational experience.”
Thank you to Dustin for visiting Globe University-Eau Claire and sharing your insights on deferred taxes and how our accounting students can bring their resume to the top of a recruiting director’s pile. Guest speakers like Dustin help bring in outside knowledge from community members and allow our students to get the edge they need to succeed in their field after graduation.