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A photo of thecookiemonster thecookiemonster
Hey everyone,

I want to apply for a summer job at some CA firms.

As you can see, I go to Laurier. I have a high GPA, some previous work experience (including some related work experience), what I feel is a pretty good resume (my mom works in HR, but I plan to take it to a business writing professor or something as well), some decent ECs and what I feel are pretty good interviewing skills (we shall see).

I wanted to get into the Big 4 (who doesn't?), but I hear that recruiting season is in September-October. Do I have any chance at these places? If so: I know some people that work in the Big 4, should I try emailing them or something?

What about other firms? What are the chances of getting in there? I don't take accounting until second year, so I can't be overly useful.

If anyone has any information/advice, that would be much appreciated.
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A photo of Gymmonkey Gymmonkey
Do you mind sharing your GPA in a pm? It usually is a high indicator of whether you get recruited by a CA firm or not.

Since youre only in first year you probably wont get much of a look from national firms (they hold out for Co-op students). Id say your best bet would be to apply at small local firms and brag about your experience in cover letters/resume once you're in co op after second year. It will be a huge leg up on the competition to get into a CATO.

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A photo of Nick0rz Nick0rz
You've missed recruiting season at this point. Try some smaller firms to get experience. By recommendation is to get into co-op. Recruiting for accounting co-ops for first years just wrapped up now actually - had a friend get an offer from EY. To be competitive you need a 10 GPA, with higher desired of course. If you feel you have great EC's/experience, you may get in with a 9.5ish.

Also, if you think your resume is good, it probably sucks (sorry). If you want you can pm me a copy with identitying parts blacked out and I can offer some tips.
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A photo of thecookiemonster thecookiemonster

@Nick0rz wrote
Also, if you think your resume is good, it probably sucks (sorry). If you want you can pm me a copy with identitying parts blacked out and I can offer some tips.


Well as I said my mom works in HR and I have done a lot of research/spent a lot of time working on my resume. I also have a family friend who has his own CA firm (small gig but still his own) and he's looked it over and provided some advice. I was also planning to take it into a business writing professor or something similar. I heard they're the ones to go to for resumes (not sure if they exist in Canada or at Laurier).

Thanks for the offer though, and thanks for the other information.
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