Meet The Firm
Candice Amaral, Assistant Director of Professional Services
17 September 2020
Our firm prides itself the most on our exceptional client service – our valued-added service. You’re probably wondering, what exactly ‘value-added services’ are from an accounting firm? O’Connor and Drew’s value-added services are those that go above and beyond the
standard services. These services set us apart from our competitors.
In this industry, we’re not only competing for clients – we’re competing for personnel. Potential candidates are interviewing us as much as we are interviewing them. The most sought-after recruits have their choice as to where they want to work. We want to be their choice.
Therefore, our approach to recruiting is no different than our tactic to securing a new client – we provide potential candidates with value-added service. You’re probably thinking, how? Well, we won’t give away all of our secrets, but we will let you in on this one: our annual Meet the Firm event. Every September, we invite both recent college graduates and current accounting majors to visit our Braintree office for this great event.
This year, due to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19, the most recent Meet the Firm was our first-ever virtual event. Although virtual, this event still allowed potential recruits to socialize with all levels of our professional staff, learn about the various divisions of our firm: Audit, Tax, Forensics and Fraud Investigation, OCD Tech, etc. and participate in career-building activities: both resume editing and mock interviews. The virtual take on Meet the Firm was a great success and the necessary substitution to our traditional in-person event.
Our six Meet the Firm events have brought a combined total of 100+ potential candidates to our office. We’ve interviewed several of these candidates for both internship and entry-level positions. We’ve even hired some who still work with us today.
One of our more recent hires, Christopher Pastena, a graduate of Bridgewater State University, was a candidate we met at our 2018 Meet the Firm event. He left our event “with a feeling that this was a company that I definitely wanted to pursue any possible opportunity I was given. The staff and partners I met with were incredibly friendly and informative. I got the sense that this was a company that
prioritized its employees and wanted to give them the best opportunity to succeed. Looking back on it, deciding to attend was probably one of the best decisions I have made to start my career.”
Attending Meet the Firm can result in candidates who may have never considered working at O’Connor and Drew to want a job here. At the very least, this event is a more tangible impression of our firm.
Dean Kosow, an audit senior here at O’Connor & Drew and graduate of Boston University, attended our first Meet the Firm event and noted that attending was “a great opportunity to get familiar with the firm as opposed to just reading about O’Connor and Drew on the website. I learned about the industries the firm specializes in, that I’d be exposed to both audit and tax – which most other firms don’t offer – and received useful feedback on how to improve my resume and
Our goal is always, regardless of the circumstance, for attendees to leave our event feeling they have really met us, our firm; and even with this year’s event being virtual: it was a success! COVID-19 or not, we provide the same value-added service to our recruiting candidates that we do to our clients