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MS Accounting Career Checklist

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Here at the School of Management, your career development process starts before you even begin your first class. Use this online MS Accounting Career Checklist and calendar to get this process started.

Read and follow the schedule outlined in each section to prepare for on-campus recruiting and the job search process. The summer activities will also ensure completion of CRC requirements during the MS Accounting program. Access the necessary online tools and resources in each section to accomplish the objectives outlined.

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CRC Mission and Staff

The Career Resource Center (CRC) serves as the primary resource for students and alumni of the School of Management in career exploration and job search. The CRC is a key link between the school and employers, offering many programs that bring these groups together, such as career consortium events, the alumni MentorLink LinkedIn group, internships, campus recruiting and career development workshops and seminars. Our mission is to create a caring environment that enables and motivates students to be successful in reaching their individual career goals.

The CRC's dedicated staff is committed to assisting students throughout the career development and job search process. Get to know our team by visiting the CRC staff page.

Summer (before starting the MS program)

Part I (by July 13)

Complete the following requirements prior to beginning the MS program this fall.

  • Build your updated MS Accounting résumé using the tools below. Submit your updated résumé for critique by July 13, 2015. Send an email with your updated résumé as a Word document to mgt-crc@buffalo.edu. Include MS Accounting Resume - Your Last Name in the subject line of the emailThose who submit their résumés by this deadline, will receive their critiqued résumé back by August 15.(CRC Requirement)

Part II (between July 13 and August 1)

Sign in to the BizLink career management system and create your profile, clarifying your job experience and job preferences. Your degree and class level fields should be noted as MS Accounting. (CRC Requirement)

  • Keep your profile up-to-date. The CRC staff uses the data to effectively communicate with students and market UB's MS Accounting talent to prospective employers.  (CRC Requirement)
  • After the CRC has reviewed your résumé and you have made the recommended changes, upload your résumé to the BizLink system. All MS Accounting résumés must be CRC approved and uploaded by the end of August.
    • It is extremely important that your uploaded résumé be error-free and in professional business format.
    • Your résumé will be available for employers to view online through our BizLink system unless you specifically turn this off in your privacy setting, which is not recommended. You will also need to have your résumé ready to submit for early CRC on-campus interviewing opportunities in BizLink and for the Meet the Professionals event on September 16.

Part III (between August 15- September 1)

Begin preparing for upcoming fall on campus interviewing by doing the following:

Fall Semester

  • Sign up and attend an Advanced Interviewing Skills workshop. (CRC Requirement)
  • International Students: Attend various CRC international workshops. In addition, attend all appropriate workshops provided by International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS), especially those pertaining to Optional Practical Training (OPT) and Curricular Practical Training (CPT).
  • Schedule a CRC practice interview after attending the Advanced Interviewing Workshop. To sign up for an interview time slot, you will need a résumé and job posting. Schedule an appointment with a CRC staff member by calling the CRC at 716-645-3232 or stopping by 308 Alfiero. If you would like your interview recorded, please indicate when scheduling your practice interview appointment. (CRC Requirement)
  • In addition to the requirements listed above, use the following resources to prepare for your job search:
    • Be prepared: Some companies (particularly public accounting firms) recruit students in early fall, so it is important to monitor BizLink (and BullsEye) as well as company websites for internship and job opportunities. Some résumé deadlines are as early as late August or early September. The BizLink career system also lists Employer Information Sessions. 
    • Review cover letter and job search correspondence resources. Any letter or email sent to a potential employer must be error-free, appropriately formatted and tailored to the company's needs and the desired employment opportunity. Check the CRC workshops for the Job Search Correspondence workshop. (Optional but recommended)
    • Attend on-campus job fairs, such as Meet the Professionals on September 16 and the Management Career Fair in early October, and networking events within the community. However, do not rely solely on on-campus interviewing for full-time positions. Review the CRC Job Fairs and Events page for more information.
    • Determine your market-value by researching salary statistics by degree, location, career and industry using a number of resources. Begin with the School of Management’s Employment and Salary Statistics; also collect a few data points to determine your salary expectations and range. Understand the cost of living in a new geographic area.

Spring Semester

  • Update your BizLink (and BullsEye) profiles and upload a new résumé if necessary.
  • Get involved and build your résumé and network. Join student organizations and local professional associations that relate to your functional area of interest. Volunteer to serve as a CRC Practice Interviewer to develop your interviewing skills.
  • Conduct informational interviews with alumni working in positions, companies or geographic areas of interest using the MentorLink LinkedIn group. 
  • Attend on-campus job fairs and networking events within the community, such as CareerFEST and Career Conversations (both organized by UB Career Services). However, do not rely solely on on-campus interviewing for full-time positions.
  • Research and identify a list of companies to target for full-time job opportunities. Go directly to company websites for information about how to submit your résumé to them. Conduct a targeted direct mail/email campaign to companies of interest. Also, network with fellow students, faculty and alumni, as well as friends and family.
  • Determine your market-value by researching salary statistics by degree, location, career and industry using a number of resources. Begin with the School of Management’s Employment and Salary Statistics; also collect a few data points to determine your salary expectations and range. Understand the cost of living in a new geographic area.
  • International Students: Launch your Optional Practical Training (OPT) in a timely manner so that you are eligible to begin working full-time for your prospective employer. It takes between one to three months for OPT to be authorized. If you are not eligible to begin working when the employer requests you to start, the employer may not wait for your OPT authorization.  Therefore, it is important you plan ahead on launching your OPT. You can submit paperwork for your OPT beginning three months before your conferral date.  
  • Complete the interactive Managing Job Offers and Compensation Negotiations modules.
    • Whether you are job-hunting in a tight job market or one that is plentiful with opportunities, knowing how to manage and negotiate offers (for internships or full-time jobs) is critical to the job search process. These modules address key topics and also test your knowledge. When evaluating offers of employment, we encourage students to demonstrate their professionalism during the decision-making process. Your acceptance of an internship or job offer is binding. Do not accept an offer, even verbally, until you are certain you are committed. Do not back out after accepting; that's called reneging, and is unethical. It will negatively impact your professional reputation as well as the reputation of the program.
  • Complete the School of Management Job Offer and Employment Update Survey before you confer your degree.
    • It is very important to inform the CRC of your employment status whether you are still searching, accepted employment, returning to a sponsoring employer or postponing your search. If you are still searching, we are here throughout the summer and will continue to assist with your search after graduation. By completing the survey, we collect your new contact information (this includes a non-UB email address) to keep in communication with you. Once you secure employment, you can update your employment status online. If you have accepted employment, we want to be able to congratulate you and ensure your aggregate data is reflected in our reporting to national sources that rank business school programs. As you may know, providing this information is critical to the services we provide to both our students and employers. It also plays a strong role in the School of Management’s efforts to improve the value of your degree. (Information collected, including salary information, remains confidential and is only used in aggregate form.)
  • Join the School of Management Alumni Association and their LinkedIn group.
  • Update your LinkedIn account to show your new employer and job title and keep in contact. The CRC often reaches out to alumni from the program to help advise current students about companies, industries, markets and hiring processes.