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The Illinois CPA Society is here to help as you launch your career in the accounting profession. Post your resume to our online Career Center, find salary information, or join our Young Professionals Group to continue networking and gaining an edge. We're here to help. 

Resume writing and Interviewing

A resume should be a fact sheet about you. Be sure to emphasize any awards or outstanding grade point average you received. Keep the resume brief, summarizing the information into short statements or bullets. A cover letter or email should accompany your resume and be tailored to the specific job for which you are applying. Check with your school to see if they have a career center with references and staff to assist you.

The interview is an exchange between the employer and you. A candidate who is prepared and asks questions about the position and company impresses employers. While many companies are now business casual, always dress professionally for the interview, arrive on time and be prepared. An interview may have a few levels, including meeting with Human Resources and taking skills tests, so be sure to schedule your time accordingly. Again, check with your school's career center for resources.
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Social Media Etiquette for College Students and Young Professionals

  1. Determine how you want to be perceived on Facebook, Twitter, and all social media outlets. Like it or not, your communication becomes a strong part of your overall image. Recognize this as an opportunity to set yourself apart as a person with integrity.
  2. Know that employers DO check your social media accounts. Some may tell you they don’t have time to visit everyone’s profile, but smart employers know it’s worth the effort before saying “yes” to a new hire.
  3. Take your online presence seriously. Social media is a phenomenal way to connect, build a community of like-minded friends and stay current on what’s going on in the world. Use it wisely and you will reap the benefits. Abuse it, or disregard its importance, and you will eventually face the consequences.
  4. You are what you tweet or post. People make judgments based on what they see and every post matters. Read through your stream and ensure it reflects your character.
  5. Don’t rely on privacy settings. Anything can be shared on the web. Download an app that will alert you if something is posted online where your reputation could be in question. Google Alerts will monitor the web and notify you when your name has been mentioned. You can find a variety of tools by searching “Reputation Management”.
  6. Dedicate posts emphasizing your achievements and accomplishments. Link to charities you support and let others know how they can get involved. Vary your content to retain interest. And, of course, only post if it’s the truth.
  7. Take your online presence seriously. Social media is a phenomenal way to connect, build a community of like-minded friends and stay current on what’s going on in the world. Use it wisely and you will reap the benefits. Abuse it, or disregard its importance, and you will eventually face the consequences.
Source: Gottsman, D. (n.d.). Social Media Etiquette for College Students and Young Professionals. Retrieved August 17, 2016, from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/diane-gottsman/social-media-etiquette-fo_1_b_6838796.html

 

Student Accounting & Business-Related Organizations

Joining an organization on campus is the first step to making professional connections. 

  • Beta Alpha Psi
    BETA ALPHA PSI is a national scholastic and professional fraternity for Financial Information Professionals. The primary objective is to encourage and give recognition to scholastic and professional excellence in the business information field which includes promoting the study and practice of accounting, finance and information systems.
  • Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA) Formerly know as American Association of Hispanic Certified Public Accountants (AAHCPA)ALPFA helps Hispanic CPAs throughout the country to enhance their professional capabilities while supporting the development and expansion of the nation's professional work force
  • National Association of Black Accountants
    Since 1969, the National Association of Black Accountants, Inc. has been the leader in expanding the influence of minority professionals in the fields of accounting and finance.