On April 14, 2015, the Zicklin Graduate Accounting Society (ZGAS) hosted “On Campus Recruiting (OCR) Declassified.” As many of us know, OCR is the best opportunity for a student to gain a foothold on their dream job. Since many students do not understand the OCR process and how to take advantage of this opportunity, we invited five current Baruch students to share their stories on how they successfully received offers during the previous OCR season. The main agenda of this event was to share OCR experiences and insights with the students, and ultimately, give them ideas on how to build their own strategies during the upcoming recruiting season.
During the event, the moderator, Nikki Gao, asked our panelists common questions, such as how they prepared for OCR, their networking strategies, and “dos and don’ts” for the OCR process. Many panelists expressed that we should fully exploit the services offered at the Graduate Career Management Center (GCMC). For example, we can find our strengths and weaknesses through mock interviews, and have our resumes and cover letters reviewed at the Resume Clinic.
Undoubtedly, building a strong personal network is a crucial element of landing a job; however, the networking process could be difficult, if not frustrating, for many of us. Fortunately, our panelists gave us helpful advice on how to standout during networking sessions:
- Marlena Mason, Internal Committee of Event Planning of ZGAS, highlighted that preparing for possible questions and convincing personal stories were the keys to landing her internship.
- Renee Yang, Internal Committee of Communications of ZGAS, shared that she always engaged in conversational discussions with the professionals instead of asking mechanical questions, since people can get to know you better through informal exchanges.
- Zhen Huang emphasized the importance of sending timely thank you notes and follow-up e-mails.
- Mohammed Masroor, emphasized that students must remain optimistic, and shared a story of how he turned an embarrassing situation into an internship opportunity.
After the panel, through a roundtable discussion, students had the opportunity to interact closely with panelists to ask them questions and attain tips. Many students enjoyed the conversations in this collegial atmosphere, and in the end, we were glad to see that everyone had key takeaways from this event.
Again, OCR is the best way to land internships and full-time jobs, but the competition is high. How to stand out amongst hundreds of peers can be difficult. Through our event, students can now better prepare themselves for the coming fall recruiting season. We wish all students a lucky and successful OCR season this fall.