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17/09/2014

Why I chose PwC – Jon

JonWhen I was trying to choose a firm, I found they all seemed very similar. Like most people, I was looking for the right fit, and being openly gay, I was concerned about being accepted  for who I was in its entirety. For me, PwC was the most welcoming firm for all diversity and genuinely views diversity as an asset, rather than a hindrance. That was true 9 years ago when I first joined the firm, and it’s still true today.

As I got to know the recruiting team, the culture here also really appealed to me. It’s definitely a work-hard-play-hard culture that’s energetic, hardworking, fun and well-balanced. The people really make all the difference, and when you’re sometimes working long hours it’s so important to enjoy who you work with. When people ask me why I’m still here after 9 years, I tell them it’s because I enjoy what I do – but really, it’s about the people. The amazing people I work with are not just my colleagues, but I’m also proud to call them my friends.

Every year here is completely different. There are always new challenges and opportunities here for me – because I ask for them. I am very vocal and interested in my own development, and PwC has always supported me in that. Whether it’s travelling or teaching – PwC is open and encourages me to take on new opportunities. Since day one here, I’ve never been told “No”– I could always count on the firm to help me achieve my goals, with a sound business case to support me.

The best advice I have for those trying to choose a firm right now, is: Get to know the people at the firms you’re interested in, but also make sure you let them get to know you because we’re looking to hire the person. So, have the confidence to be yourself, don’t be someone you think we want you to be – and definitely ask lots of questions along the way.

-          Jon

Pourquoi j’ai choisi PwC – Jon

JonAu moment de choisir parmi différents cabinets, je les trouvais tous très semblables. Comme tout le monde, j’essayais de savoir lequel me convenait le mieux. Étant ouvertement gai, j’avais peur qu’on ne m’accepte pas vraiment, tel que je suis. Selon moi, PwC était l’endroit où la différence était le mieux accueillie. Toutes les formes de différence étaient vues comme des atouts, et non des obstacles. C’était vrai il y a neuf ans et ce l’est encore aujourd’hui.

En discutant avec l’équipe de recrutement, j’ai découvert une culture d’entreprise qui m’attirait vraiment. C’est un milieu dynamique et agréable où les gens travaillent fort, certes, mais tout en ayant beaucoup de plaisir. Mais le plus important, ce sont les gens, parce qu’on passe parfois beaucoup de temps au travail et c’est important de bien s’entendre avec ses collègues. Quand on me demande pourquoi je suis encore ici après neuf ans, je réponds que j’aime ce que je fais, et surtout que j’aime les gens avec qui je travaille. Des gens exceptionnels qui sont pour moi plus que des collègues, et que je suis fier d’appeler « mes amis ».

Ici, les années se suivent, mais ne se ressemblent pas. Il y a toujours de nouveaux défis et de nouvelles occasions pour moi. Normal, j’en demande. Je m’intéresse beaucoup à mon développement, alors j’en parle beaucoup. Et PwC m’a toujours soutenu à cet égard. Que ce soit pour une affectation ou une formation, on est ouvert à tout, chez PwC, et on m’encourage à saisir les occasions. Depuis mon arrivée ici, je ne me suis jamais fait dire « non ». J’ai toujours pu compter sur le cabinet pour m’aider à réaliser mes objectifs, avec preuve à l’appui.

Si j’avais un seul conseil à donner aux personnes qui veulent choisir le bon cabinet pour eux, je leur dirais : découvrez les cabinets qui vous intéressent, mais aussi faites-vous connaître. On recherche la bonne personne. Alors, soyez vous-même et non la personne que vous croyez qu’on recherche. Et posez beaucoup de questions.

-          Jon

12/09/2014

Writing a winning cover letter and resume

A well-written, well-structured, and well-thought-out Resume-writing-pwc-canada
resume will help you stand out as a superior candidate, and help get you through to the interview stage.

So, what makes a resume stellar?

Avoid submitting your resume last minute

Before you even begin, give yourself plenty of time to create a quality product. Waiting ‘till the end of recruiting season could leave your resume looking sloppy.

Be authentic in your cover letter

This is your opportunity to summarize (in one page or less), your key skills, interests, and why you think you’d make a great candidate. Incorporate the required skills from the job description into your cover letter (and resume). Keep it real by paraphrasing those skills and connecting them to a specific role or project where the skills were crucial to success. Include names of recruiters or staff you’ve met, and show your insight into the firm. If you can swap out one company’s name for another, your letter is too generic and won’t impress.

Avoid simply listing your responsibilities -- ask yourself, 'So what?'

Beyond your contact details and job descriptions, your resume should contain extra-curricular activities, volunteering, special interests and skills. Align your resume and cover letter to match the job requirements. Always check and recheck it for spelling and grammar, then ask a friend to check it again.

But here’s the real key to writing a winning resume: don’t think of it as just a laundry list of your work experience. Write it with purpose – and with the goal of capturing a potential employer’s interest – enough so that they are motivated to call you. So, instead of just listing your responsibilities, ask yourself “So what?” or “What resulted from that?” When you can answer those questions for each of your job responsibilities, you’ll have created a resume of someone who achieves results – and someone employers want to meet.  

Good luck!

03/09/2014

Networking 101

From our Aug 27th live chat, we noticed a lot of
interest in Networking-101-pwc-canadaand questions about networking. As always, we’re here to help, so we’ve put together our very own 'Coles Notes' on networking – straight from our amazing team of campus recruiters.

First of all, remember that networking is a skill and most people aren’t born with the ability to network without practice. So, as the recruiting season gets into full swing, you’ll need to hone your skills to make sure you get that coveted interview …
and job. Here are our top 10 networking tips:

            Before the event

  1. Plan some intelligent conversation starters or themes, do some research, get a list of delegates attending, manage your nerves, and have your contact details easily available.

    During the event


  2. Introduce yourself and shake hands (firmly).
  3. Be yourself. Be confident. Be articulate. And be genuine.
  4. Take an interest in other people by asking questions.
  5. Give a little about yourself. Be enthusiastic. Be friendly and appear approachable.
  6. Be a good listener. Ask yourself: Who is doing all the talking? Make sure you aren’t talking too much. Ask relevant, pertinent questions.
  7. Provide an explanation of what skills you bring to the table.
  8. Don’t be exclusive – don’t huddle in a corner with others in an exclusive way, don’t shut people out who are trying to become involved in your discussion. 
  9. Don’t drink too much wine!

    After the event
  10. Follow up with an email (that isn’t loaded with questions). Or, just follow up by sending a tweet or even an old-fashioned postcard.

Let us know if you have any other questions on networking via our virtual chats and Facebook page. Stay tuned for resume tips up next.

 

02/09/2014

Top 10 qualities of an inspiring manager

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I recently read this on LinkedIn and it got me thinking about my manager or ‘coach’ as we say at PwC – and how much this truly encapsulates her management style. She is supportive and provides guidance, but is by no means a micromanager. She trusts her employees to deliver quality, allows room for them to breathe and think creatively – and even to learn from their mistakes.

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