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Job Hunting Ideas for Metropolitan State Accounting Students

July 4th, 2010 2 comments

The following was originally written as an email response to one student asking about internships.  In the interest of helping other students that have similar questions about how to approach job hunting (for internships or permanent positions) I am posting it here.  Like all posts on here, I welcome comments from everyone regarding the things I have written and/or with additional resources that I have missed.  Good luck!

Getting an internship is a great idea but has grown increasingly difficult in the past couple years.  Many companies have severely cut back due to the rough economy and may not be offering internships as they have in the past.  Also, labor laws have been interpreted differently of late to make companies leery of offering unpaid (or underpaid) opportunities so those have largely disappeared.

On my blog I have posted some resources that may be helpful:

http://acct320.com/tag/internships/

I think by far the best way to get an internship (and, in fact, any job) is to network with other professionals.  A lot of these positions are not advertised and only “through the grapevine” will you hear about them and meeting regularly with other professionals could be the only way to find out about openings.

You might check into the upcoming Accounting and Auditing Student Conference at the Minneapolis Convention Center (see http://www.studentconf.org/) and consider joining accounting organizations such as the Metro State Accounting Club (see http://accountingclub.metrostate.edu/) to get the ball rolling.

Other resources for networking include local chapters of the Institute of Management Accountants or the Minnesota Society of CPAs.  Both of these organizations have local meetings and that is where the value is when it comes to job hunting.  More information about student memberships can be found at: http://acct320.com/category/accounting-profession/organizations/.

Within the Metropolitan State University community, the best resource is the Career Services office.  They have resources online (at http://www.metrostate.edu/msweb/pathway/academic_success/counselcareer/career_services/) and host frequent events with the goal of connecting employers with prospective employees (like you!).

Last, but not least, a lot of networking happens online these days.  For professional purposes, LinkedIn (at http://linkedin.com) is  a winner.  Every young professional (and most older professionals) should have accounts on LinkedIn and update them frequently.  Because of my involvement on LinkedIn I have built a large base of accounting/business professionals that could help me out if something happened to my current job.  I’ve even been offered the chance to do things like edit textbooks and author articles for the professional magazines and blogs.  These are things that just “came up” because I’m active  on LinkedIn.  I like to think of LinkedIn as a Facebook for business contacts.

To get started, feel free to connect with me on there (LinkedIn only allows you to connect with people you know by using their email address) and build your network from there.  I would imagine there are student groups specific to every topic of interest that you can join and those can expose you to lots of openings and news information that will make you smarter about how things happen in the profession.

If you are in to the social networking thing, Twitter can also be a great tool.  The nice thing about Twitter is that you can follow anyone whether you know them or not and eventually relationships are established if/when people follow you back.  The definitely requires effort, but it can be well worth it if you have a few minutes each day to keep tabs on things.  I use a program called TweetDeck that allows me to see my Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn updates all in one program.

Good luck in your job hunting endeavors!  Things are beginning to thaw out there but the same skills that have helped people to the top in the past are the same ones that are important now: mostly it comes down to who you know and being in the right place at the right time.  You can increase the chance of this happening by putting yourself into opportunity filled situations both online and offline.

MinnesotaWorks.Net Internships

April 28th, 2010 Comments off

Internships are great ways to gain experience but have become harder to find in this economy.  In addition to the other resources I have posted here previously, check out the link below for some more possibilities in the Twin Cities and surrounding region.  Good luck!

MinnesotaWorks.Net Internships

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More Internship Links

April 18th, 2009 Comments off

Here are some more links that may be helpful if you are searching for an internship opportunity.  Good luck!

http://www.metrostate.edu/msweb/community/ccbl/intern/index.html

http://www.metrostate.edu/msweb/community/ccbl/intern/links.html

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Companies That Offer Internships

April 18th, 2009 Comments off

From time to time I am asked by students if I know of any companies that offer internships.  In addition to the programs administered by Metropolitan State University the MNCPA maintains a list of companies that offer internships on their website.  Each employer listed has at least one primary contact that you can email or phone for more information.  Good luck!

http://www.mncpa.org/career/acguide-accounting-internships.asp

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