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Cara’s Top 7 Tips for Preparing for the CPA Fall Recruit

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1. Sleep well. If you don’t get a good night’s sleep you can’t function well under high pressure networking environment. You should be well rested so you can really enjoy the conversation with the people that you are talking with. When you’re well rested you’ll be more relaxed and able to show your genuine personality.

 

2. Exercise and stay fit. It might be hard to drag yourself to the gym or go for a run after a long day, but it goes a long way to release tension and stress. It’s a good habit to have and to maintain.

 

3. Dress code. Keep in mind the venue of the networking event. Some events are indoors and some are outdoors. You should always dress appropriately according to the situation. Know the venue well, so you know what is best suited (for example if it’s going to be on grass, don’t wear pointy high heels!). It’s always good to wear something that makes you stand out in a good way (a bright blazer for example), because it will help recruiters to remember you from the sea of black blazers.

 

4. Research. Use the company website and prepare questions and interesting points that you want to ask the firm representatives. Don’t use valuable time asking questions that you can easily get the answers to off the website. Prepare questions in advance and have them ready, but keep in mind the flow of the conversation and use your prepared questions appropriately.

 

5. Enjoy the process. When you’re enjoying yourself, representatives will notice. And the best way to enjoy it is to practice and to be confident in yourself and your abilities. Recruiting is not an easy process to go through, but a positive attitude will go a long way.

 

6. Be nice to everyone. You never know who you will end up working with.

 

7. Business card. Invest in a business card that’s professional but stands out. A good quality business card goes a long way, and it’s a good investment to make.

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