Emily Komendera (BEC Community Employer Engagement Lead) and Katelyn Tamm (Assistant Director & Career Specialist at the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business) hosted the Morrison & Morrison Tax and Audit Recruitment Event with guest speaker James Mahon, a DePaul alum and accountant for Morrison & Morrison, Ltd. He sat down [virtually] with DePaul students and alumni to speak about his experience in public accounting and how to get started in the industry.
Morrison & Morrison, Ltd. is one of Chicago’s top public accounting firms based in the South Loop neighborhood and provides tax, consulting and accounting services with clients in real estate, manufacturing, construction, distribution, professional and financial services, entertainment and non-profit. In this session, Mahon discussed the day-to-day operations of the employees within the firm and the goals they set to accomplish for their company and clients. He also answered some great and insightful questions from students.
Check out the below video of the full interview to hear more about this amazing company!
By: Lynn Gibson, Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) mentor and DePaul University marketing graduate
DePaul’s first major career fair of the season is days away—are you ready? Your time with each recruiter will be limited. So, using every moment strategically is a worthy goal. Making a great first impression will “condition” the recruiter to expect a good conversation; so, appropriate attire, good posture, eye contact, a firm handshake and a smile are your first steps toward achieving that goal.
After the introductions, it’s time to get down to business. This is where your resume takes center stage and provides the foundation for answering the one question in every recruiter’s mind: Why should we call you in for an interview?
When anyone looks at a written document, they start at the top. And, just like your “visual” first impression conditions a recruiter, so does what they read first. So, how does your resume create a positive impact that influences recruiters desire to know more? It starts with a compelling summary that highlights your strengths and values.
Here are two before and after summary sections. Can you see the transformations?
While your summary is the key to getting recruiters’ attention, your bullet points are what reel them in, and what will get you the interview. These points should validate your brand and potential to add value in two ways:
They define the scope of responsibilities and the types of challenges you have faced in past experiences.
They identify specific accomplishments and achievements.
Here are examples that illustrate ways to make the most impact in the experience section of your resume.
Recorded and tracked financial transactions using QuickBooks Software. Wrote checks, made deposits, and prepared monthly bank reconciliations to prevent accounting errors. Helped prepare an annual financial report, enabling a firm to assess its financial status and compute tax obligations. Computed taxes owed and prepared a corporate tax return using Drake Tax Software.
Met all deadlines and expectations by accurately completing a wide variety of accounting functions (example of value added)
Staff Accountant (Entry level)
Completed bookkeeping, billing and monthly bank reconciliations for four high-value companies as well as monthly payroll and quarterly employment tax returns for 15 companies. Performed analytical reviews of financial statements to ensure accuracy and prepared tax returns including 1120, 1120S, 1065, 1040, and additional forms for 50+ clients
Generated a 10% increase in company revenue by cultivating strong client relationships through outstanding accounting service, professional demeanor and communication skills
Successfully won 10+ new clients by demonstrating ability to perform tests of internal controls, identify and resolve issues, and make recommendations to enhance business efficiency
Professional Skills: QuickBooks, Excel, individual and corporate tax returns, sales tax, payroll tax, bookkeeping
Allow these examples to guide you as you prepare for upcoming career fairs and fine-tune your resume. Although what is covered in this article is limited, your resources are not! Make sure to contact the Career Center and Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) for resume and interview help before and during your next job fair visit.
Reminder: To connect with Lynn and other ASK mentors like her, visit Handshake!
By: Tara Golenberke, marketing professional in the education industry, and former digital media & marketing manager at the DePaul Career Center
Whether you are looking to uncover career interests, discover new job seeking skills, connect with top recruiters or learn about current job or internship opportunities, the Career Center’s events and fairs can jumpstart the quest.
Lucky for you, this fall is packed with exciting opportunities for you to learn more about the career search and connect with the biggest and brightest companies in Chicagoland and beyond.
Fall into fall with these 3 career-boosting events:
Meet the Firms September 14 | 4-7 p.m. | The Congress Plaza Hotel
Beta Alpha Psi’s Meet the Firms is designed exclusively for DePaul’s accounting, finance and Management Information Systems (MIS) students. This exciting event allows students and recruiters to make new connections and develop strong relationships. Pwc, Allstate, Deloitte, Grant Thornton and many more will have representatives available! Learn more, here.
Fall Job & Internship Fair – Day 1 October 6 | 3-6 p.m. | Lincoln Park Student Center, 120 AB Fall Job & Internship Fair – Day 2 October 7 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Lincoln Park Student Center, 120 AB
Interact with top employers recruiting for jobs and internships at this two-day event! Companies such as Yelp, Aon, Groupon, MillerCoors, Teach for America and many more will be there seeking candidates from all majors and experience levels. This fair is designed exclusively for DePaul students and alumni. Discover more on Handshake.
Technology Job & Internship Fair – Day 1 November 2 | 3-6 p.m. | DePaul Center, Concourse Level Technology Job & Internship Fair – Day 2 November 3 | 3-6 p.m. | DePaul Center, Concourse Level
DePaul students and alumni of all experience levels are encouraged to attend our tech fair to learn about full-time and internship opportunities in technology-related fields. Companies such as Abbott, CME Group, United Airlines, CDK Global, and Medline Industries are expected to attend! Plan ahead and learn more, here.
The DePaul Career Center hosts career-related events, workshops and fairs all year long. Keep an eye on Handshake and be the first to know about upcoming career events at DePaul.