Are you a freshman or sophomore who is considering accounting as a possible major and future career? This website from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants provides helpful information about careers in accounting and what you can do as a student to prepare.

Fall Recruiting Season

Make sure you are well-prepared this fall to meet potential employers and make your best impression during recruiting season. Plan on attending these important events:

Accounting Reception

  • Sept. 23, 2015, Calvin College
  • Seniors arrive at 5:30 p.m., juniors at 6 p.m.
  • Meet with representatives from accounting firms and businesses that hire accountants
  • Dress professionally (See our "Best Dressed Candidate" handout for more info on attire)
  • Research the companies that will be attending (you'll be sent the list in the late summer/early fall)

The Accounting Reception is a mini job fair for accounting and finance students from Calvin and Aquinas. You'll go from table to table, introducing yourself, handing out your résumé (which should be printed on résumé paper), and asking appropriate questions.

Employers use the Accounting Reception to determine which students they would like to interview further. First impressions count, so dress professionally, present a firm handshake, and prepare a brief introduction about yourself. Research the participating employers ahead of time and prepare questions to ask. (See our handout for more info on career fairs).

Office Mixers/ Meet & Greet Sessions

Office visits and meet & greet sessions are an important part of the recruiting process. Firms want to tell you about themselves, but they are also interested in observing you and how you interact with others. Therefore, behave professionally. Dress code is business casual, which means you don't have to wear a suit, but you shouldn't wear jeans either. Wear (clean and ironed!) khakis or dress pants, a conservative top (button up shirt, or plain sweater, etc), and dress shoes. You will be able to sign up for these visits in class.

  • Melton and Melton Info Session: Sept. 11, 2015, NH 160, 10 a.m.
  • Plante Moran Office Mixer: Sept. 16, 2015, 5:30–7 p.m.
  • Beene Garter Office Mixer: Sept. 17, 2015, 5–7 p.m.
  • Rehmann Office Mixer: Sept. 24, 2015, 5:15–8:30 p.m.

On-Campus Interviews

Who When
Biggs Hausserman, Thompson and Dickinson Sept 28
VanderPloeg Bergakker Sept 28
Deloitte Sept 29
Beene Garter Sept 30
Melton and Melton Oct 1
Plante Moran Oct 5
E and Y Oct 6
Rehmann Oct 7
Dolinka VanNoord Oct 8
Crowe Horwath Oct 8 (at their office)
BDO Seidman Oct 9

Accounting Résumé Book

Each year, the Career Center publishes a résumé book of accounting students. Employers use the résumé book to pre-select candidates for on-campus interviews or to contact students directly regarding office visits or other recruiting events. Attend walk-in hours weekdays from 3:30–4:30 or schedule an appointment if you have questions about your résumé.

Résumé Book Deadlines for Accounting majors in Bus 204

  • TBD- résumé uploaded to Moodle
  • TBD- résumés returned via email
  • TBD- submit final résumé - electronically on Handshake

Résumé Book Deadlines for Accounting majors in BUS 205

  • TBD- first draft of résumé emailed
  • TBD- critiqued résumés are returned via email
  • TBD- submit final résumé - electronically on Handshake

Résumé Book Deadlines for BUS 302 and all other junior and senior accounting majors

  • TBD- first draft of résumé either uploaded to Moodle for those in BUS 302 or emailed
  • TBD- critiqued résumés are returned via email
  • TBD- submit final résumé - electronically on Handshake