Accounting Industry's Largest Meet The Firms Event Is Set To Launch Again Next Week

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During Accountingfly Meet the Firms Week, a virtual career fair held February 9-13, 2015, employers meet accounting students and recent grads, and students discover new employers and access career advice from experts at Wiley CPAexcel, Xero, and accounting education leaders from schools such as University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.

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Accountingfly Meet the Firms Week gives employers a way to find high-potential students from around the country who might be a good fit.

Elizabeth Rabe has a problem: accounting majors are more in demand than ever, yet 300 accounting students at Northeastern State University are still struggling to connect with recruiters for open positions. Rabe teaches accounting at the university in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, which is 75 miles east of Tulsa and off the beaten path for recruiters. “We have an outstanding accounting program – as good as any in the state – but it’s tough to convince recruiters and CPAs to make the trip to Tahlequah,” said Rabe, an instructor of accounting.

Joy Batteen, Director of Talent Development with Kaufman, Rossin & Co., has a challenge too: as recruiting manager at a growing South Florida firm, she must hire dozens of outstanding new accountants every year. She goes to four campuses in the area, but she can’t reach out to the top talent who might move to South Florida. “National Meet the Firms Week helps me cast a broader net,” said Batteen.

Accounting grads are in especially high demand. According to Trends in the Supply of Accounting Graduates and the Demand for Public Accounting Recruits, a report by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (July 2013), accounting graduates are enjoying an unprecedented level of demand from public accounting firms. It also reported that 89 percent of those firms forecasting the same or increased hiring of graduates, and that level of demand is expected to continue.

Despite the demand from so many employers, students are not aware of all the opportunities available to them because only the largest employers visit their campuses. Thousands of employers, including public accounting firms, government entities and corporations, are looking for new ways to connect with students.

“Accounting employers want to identify top accounting students in a cost-effective way earlier in the students’ careers,” said Jeff Phillips, CEO of Accountingfly. “Accountingfly Meet the Firms Week gives employers a way to find high-potential students from around their country who might be a good fit.”

Employers can post their jobs for free and will be offered a digital resume book of all the students in their state. Students benefit by having their resume included in the digital resume book and by having the opportunity to discover other jobs and internships on Accountingfly.com.

Colleges traditionally host Meet the Firms events—career fairs where students can interact with representatives from hiring firms. However, firms that are eager to find the best available talent may not always be able to afford to travel to multiple campuses. Accountingfly Meet the Firms Week enables firms to have a presence on campuses nationwide.

Accountingfly is joined by Co-Host Wiley CPAexcel in presenting the event. For a full list of partners and benefits, and to register, students and firms can go to MeetTheFirmsWeek.com.

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Accountingfly (formerly CollegeFrog) is changing the way accountants are hired by providing recruitment services to the accounting industry. Accountingfly matches accounting candidates to internships, entry-level, and experienced opportunities and then helps firms manage their own recruitment process with a simple and intuitive candidate management tool.

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