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Recruiting Process

The Career Services team within the MAC Program maintains close relationships with some of the nation’s largest and most respected firms and corporations. We leverage those connections to help our online and on-campus students find opportunities to start their accounting careers. To this end, we have a three-step process, which we call Structured Recruiting, that helps our students quickly transition from new student to new accountant.

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What if you already have a job? Are you looking to get promoted? We recognize that, in some cases, students will be seeking specialized opportunities for career advancement. In these situations, in place of the formal recruiting process listed below, students receive customized career coaching.

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The recruiting process, in detail

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1. Meet the firms.


The job search starts in June, at the start of the program. Students attend virtual panels with industry experts and virtual networking events with key employers, all great opportunities to ask questions and figure out what interests them most. During this time, our Career Services team provides expert coaching on professional communications, interviewing, and resume writing to help students maximize their experience with potential employers.

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2. Interview for jobs.

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Toward the end of the summer, employers post open positions on a job website exclusive to UNC MAC students. Students review the postings and apply online. In late-September, employers return for virtual interviews with students. Following the interviews, selected students are invited for second interviews at the firms’ offices, with travel costs typically covered by the employer. These follow-up meetings usually involve dinner prior to an interview and office tour the following day; a great chance to learn about the firm, its culture, and the city it calls home.

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3. Select an offer.

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Within days of the site visits, students receive job offers. Many students, in fact, receive multiple offers and need to choose the opportunity that best suits their needs. Throughout the process, the Career Services team is available to help students manage the steps involved and evaluate key decision criteria.

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Recruiter perspective: Why UNC MAC students stand out

Amy Baker is an Assurance Partner and Market Leader for EY. She also actively recruits for her Big 4 public accounting firm. Here, Amy shares her thoughts on the unique characteristics that UNC MAC graduates bring to the profession.

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