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9/8/2014 - KPMG - Shady Grove ABA

Posted on September 8, 2014 at 10:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Effective Business Communication

  • Why is business communication important?
    • Accounting is a client/service business
    • Goal is to make sure the message gets to the receiver effectively
  • The ONLY way to improve communication skills is PRACTICE
  • Language is the primary form of communication BUT there are many other forms

Written Communication

  • Make sure you can answer the "5 W's" when using written communication
    • Who - make sure all parties are included and ONLY those parties
      • Avoid sending requests for information/action to multiple people
    • Why - are there better ways to convey/send the message?
    • When - written communication (even e-mails) are not always immediate and they often don't elicit immediate responses
      • Deadlines are always something to consider in public accounting
    • Where - remember that e-mails can be easily distributed
    • What - are you conveying the right tone/message with an e-mail?

E-mail Etiquette

  • Use the correct salutation
    • PwC (and most other accounting firms) do not use formal names internally
      • No Mr./Ms. just use their first name
    • External communication (clients for example) may use more formal salutations
      • Ideally you will have already met personally and know how the client would like to be addressed
  • Write a meaningful subject line
    • Help the receiver:
      • Know the content of an e-mail
      • Find it later
    • Avoid words such as "urgent", never overuse
  • Maintain professionalism and tone
    • Keep a neutral tone at all times, do not send an e-mail when mad, hungry, etc.
  • Keep it brief
    • If an e-mail is too long, another form of communication might be more effective
  • Spell check!
  • Avoid trivial attachments
  • Don't overuse e-mail
    • It doesn't foster close relationships or trust
    • Convenient for the sending, not so much for the receiver
  • Use CC (carbon copy) sparingly
  • Avoid BCC (blind carbon copy)Comes off as trying to be "sneaky"

Telephone Etiquette

  • Setting up your personal voice mail
    • Be professional, clear, and brief
      • This is the rule not only when in a working environment, but also when trying to get in a working environment (like when you are a student!)
  • Answering your phone
    • Speak clearly
    • State your name when answering (especially for unknown callers)
    • Be courteous at all times
  • Leaving voice mails
    • Be short and to the point
    • Always leave contact information
    • If you have an urgent message think of other/better ways to get a hold of a person

Instant Messaging

  • Most modern firms have internal instant messaging
  • Statuses are used to let others know your availability ONLY
  • Use good judgement when communicating through this channel
    • Although less formal, communications are recorded


  • Utilize available templates
  • Know your presentation
    • Location
    • Organize ideas
    • Who is the audience?
    • Know subject matter inside and out
    • Anticipate questions
  • Remember to introduce yourself and tank your audience
  • Consider time constraints
  • Keep slides brief

Tips for Success

  • Effective communication takes time and patience
    • Commit to continuous improvement
    • Compare yourself today with yourself yesterday NOT to others!
  • Ask for feedback and be open to coaching
    • Seek out a "proofreading buddy"
  • Be an active listener
    • Ask questions and take notes
  • Strive for greatness
  • Test your spelling skills! (can you beat Kelsey's 70?)


ABA Boot Camp 8/22/2014

Posted on August 23, 2014 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (0)

The ABA at Shady Grove completed a very successful event on Friday, August 22, 2014. 

40 incoming accounting juniors joined Dr. Gary Bulmash and the Accounting and Business Association (ABA) at Shady Grove for a few hours as the executive board facilitated sessions to give new juniors a better understanding of the jobs landscape and prepare them for the Fall recruiting season.

This inaugural event was designed by the ABA at Shady Grove who felt it was best to host a career strategies event for new Smith students BEFORE the first day of classes. The sessions included HireSmith training, social media and professional etiquette, and an overview of the accounting industry and recruiting cycle.

Thank you to all of you who came to the Boot Camp. We hope we provided you with useful information, and we hope you make good use of it as you pursue your career in public accounting! We also want to thank the ABA's new faculty advisor, Dr. Gary Bulmash, for being so accessible and willing to work both with us and with you.

Below are helpful links and information from presentations: 

Typical Entry Level Accounting Jobs

  • Audit/Assurance
  • Tax
  • Consulting/Advisory
  • Internal Accounting
  • Managed Accounting Services
The Recruiting Cycle
  • It starts now!
  • Use this to your advantage
  • Opportunities are already on HireSmith website
  • Fall, Junior Year – Internships!
  • Spring, Junior Year – Last chance for summer internships
  • Fall, Senior Year – Full-time job recruitment
  • Fall-Spring, Senior year – Sign contract
Recruitment Tips
  • Networking
  • Campus leadership
  • HireSmith
  • Career Fairs
  • Other job search sites
  • Campus Resources
  • Offices of Career Services
  • Mock Interviews
  • Resume Reviews
  • Cover Letter Reviews
  • BMGT 367 – Career Search Strategies

 Create a professional resume according to the OCS guidelines for undergraduate students at the Robert H. Smith School of Business.

Create a professional cover letter according to the OCS guidelines for undergraduate students at the Robert H. Smith School of Business. is the one-stop resource for recruiting with the Robert H. Smith School of Business. 




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Posted on September 12, 2013 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (0)

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