Wednesday October 1, 2014 12:30 PM -
Ernst & Young
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Festus Acha (Audit Department - McLean, VA); Shady Grove Alum
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Elliot Pepper (Tax Department - Baltimore MD); Shady Grove Alum
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Marie Accius (Campus Recruiter)
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Ernst & Young LLP
Westpark Corporate Center
8484 Westpark Drive
McLean, VA 22102
Direct: (703) 747-1102
Cover Letter Tips
- Target cover letter to specific employer
- Review job posting and include criteria the employer is seeking
- List relevant skills and experience
- NEVER overstate your skills!
- Don't rehash your resume
- Complimenting your resumes does not mean duplicating
- Expand on resume and highlight your background
- Instead of tasks performed (resume), list your accomplishments during employment
- Back up general statements with specific facts
- Write simply and clearly
- Get to the point!
- No more than one page
- Paragraphs should be 3-4 sentences at most
- Personalize it!
- Let the employer know where/how/who you learned about the job/internship
- You can always e-mail a cover letter
- Keep it short
- Don't send as an attachment unless directed to do so
- Spell check and proof read!
- Keep copies for your records
- You don't need to start a NEW cover letter in order to personalize each one to a specific employeer
- Track who you are sending each cover letter to
- Make sure it's addressed to the correct employer!
- Reflect your attitude
- Use action verbs to reflect your:
- Communication skills
Cover Letter Content
- First paragraph = Why
- Why are you writing?
- Who/where you saw the listing
- Why you are interested in the employer?
- Second paragraph = What
- What qualifications do you bring to the job?
- Do NOT reword your resume
- Third paragraph = What you want
- Conclusion/summary of the letter
- Refer to resume
- Indicate a follow-up response
Navigating the Recruiting Process
- Getting started
- Update resume
- Get approved by Office of Career Services (OCS) on HireSmith
- Attend R.H. Smith Career Fair and ABA Career Fair
- Bring enough copies of your resume
- Be prepared if some employers do not accept them
- Dress professionally
- Research employers before the event
- Prepare an elevator pitch
- Ask important/relevant questions
- Tailor to specific company
- Don't try and "stump" the recruiter
- Connect on different levels: e-mail, office hours, company events
- Create a plan of attack
- Research floor plan of the career fair
- Know what employers you want to talk to and where they are located on the floor
Applying for Jobs
- Understand the recruiting time frame
- Fall = full-time internships
- Spring = remaining internships and externships (underclassman only)
- Apply for on-campus interviews on HireSmith
- Be prepared to apply on company website as well
- Attend mock interviews, company events, etc.
- Prepare! Each is a chance at a mini-interview
- Often the next step after an on-campus interview (if it goes well) will be an in office visit!