Networking Tips and Tricks

It is time to be prepared for the Spring recruit season. Here are some tips and tricks for you to be aware of when going to networking events.

  • Do your research – networking events can be overwhelming. Do some research on the firms attending to help you prioritize your time at the event and maximize the interactions. It is helpful to know which firms you would like to network with as it can take time before you get a chance to speak with recruiters one on one.
  • Ask questions – come prepared with firm specific questions. Lots of general information can be acquired from firm websites, so use this resource to ask specific questions. Recruiters spend much of their day answering the same questions over and over again, so having some unique questions or topics of conversation will allow for a more engaging conversation that will make you stand out from other recruit candidates.
  • Be yourself – firms are looking for authentic candidates. They value who you are and are looking for individuals with a variety of characteristics that don’t necessarily fit a cookie cutter checklist.
  • Bring your business cards – without a business card, recruiters are highly unlikely to remember you. They generally sort the cards they receive throughout the day. Therefore, if you have no card to give they can’t even sort your name into their “yes”, “no” or “maybe” piles, thus, reducing your chances of being rememberedby a recruiter.
  • Follow up – within 24 hours you should follow up with recruiters or whomever you spoke with to thank them for their time. To jog their memory of who you are, mention something you spoke about during your conversation; which means you should take notes immediately after your interactions, if possible, or after the event while the details are fresh in your memory.

Langara Networking Event

We are excited to announce that we will be hosting our first ever networking event at Langara College this coming summer! This will be a great opportunity to learn more about firms, build connections, and to ask any questions that you may have before the second season of recruiting begins.

When: Thursday, August 2nd from 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Where: Langara College, T Building – Gallery
Registration Form: Please sign up via this link

The latest list of firms confirmed to attend are:

  • Deloitte
  • EY
  • KPMG
  • PwC
  • Crowe MacKay
  • D & H
  • Manning Elliott
  • Martin & Henry
  • MNP
  • RHN
  • Smythe
  • Wolrige Mahon

If you have any questions, please email us at langaraaccountingclub@gmail.com. Also don’t forget to follow the Langara Accounting Club Facebook page to get updates as further firms are added to the event along with all the details of other CPA Recruit events.

We hope to see you there!

2018 CPABC Post-Secondary Recruitment Framework

CPABC and the leading accounting firms in the area have just released details of the recruitment dates and framework that will be in place this coming Spring and Fall.

Firms will be adhering to consistent offer acceptance dates which will be June 29, 2018 and October 5, 2018 for the spring and fall recruit periods, respectively. This allows firms flexibility in setting their own application, interview, and offer delivery dates throughout the spring, summer, and fall. It also should help alleviate stress on students by allowing them to make informed decisions in respect of all offers available to them, prior to accepting.  

The firms that have agreed to the Framework are: BDO, Crowe MacKay, Davidson & Company, Deloitte, DMCL, D+H Group, EY, Grant Thornton, KPMG, Manning Elliott, MNP, PwC, Smythe LLP, Wolrige Mahon.

Full details of the 2018 CPABC Post-Secondary Recruitment Framework are outlined here.