Not only is September a time for many of you to head back to school but it also brings with it a new recruiting season. I know our Human Capital Department has been working really hard to make sure that you all get the information you need to be a successful candidate. Seeing as how I was in your shoes not too long ago, I thought I’d offer some tips.
Brush up on your current events
Being up to date on your current events can really help you fill those “awkward silences” which might come up when you’re talking to one of the firm representatives and can keep the conversation moving. Having one or two things in the back of your mind to help you break the ice with someone will also give you confidence and make you less nervous. I know this is something that really helped me and it makes the conversation more natural.
Start on your CACEE forms early
The deadline comes up faster than you think! Having the majority of you CACEE’s done now will give you time to really think over the content as well as give you plenty of time to have someone look over it, provide feedback and proofread it. School can get busy fast and assignments and midterms start to creep up towards the end of September. Start sooner rather than later.
Wear a conversation piece at events
We meet a lot of people during recruiting events and it can often be hard to remember names. Wearing something memorable can help us remember you at the end of the night. For men, I recommend wearing an interesting tie or a bright shirt. For women, a great pair of shoes or a noticeable piece of jewelry will help us associate your name with you. Just remember to keep it professional!
This is probably the most important. Not only is recruiting about us getting to know you, it’s about you getting to know us. The best way to do this is to be yourself. Talk about some of the interesting things you’ve done, the places you’ve travelled or what your ambitions are. Save most of the “resume items” for the CACEE and ask questions of us.
This year, the PwC BC Region is looking to hire full-time, co-op and summer positions for our audit and tax groups. I look forward to meeting many of you at the recruiting events and hopefully my tips help.