Success Story | Hayley Freeman, Human Resource Development

Human Resource Development Intern at Coenen Bros.
How did you learn about this position?Screen Shot 2013-10-11 at 1.03.38 PM.png
I attended the Human Resource Development recruitment event that took place October 2012. I made an effort to meet with the Coenen Bros. partners at the recruitment event.

Describe your position.
I worked with pro-active people with public accounting backgrounds to explore other great options within Finance and Accounting. Most of the people the company represents are not actively pursuing a new position, but are open to hearing about great roles in industry. Coenen Bros. specializes in working with Top Talented professionals from the larger public accounting firms, Deloitte, PWC, EY, KPMG, McGladrey, Grant and Larson Allen. Coenen Bros. find jobs within Tax, Tax Managers, Audit, Audit Directors, IT Audit, SEC reporting, SEC reporting Directors, Financial analysis, Finance Directors, staff, senior, mgr, senior mgr and director levels for mid to large sized companies interested in people with public accounting backgrounds.

What do you most enjoy about your position? What are some of the challenges?
I really love recruiting! Coenen Bros. helps people find that work-life balance and enriches their lives by assisting them in the search for that perfect opportunity in their professional career. I love working with people and this is a different way of interacting. I am excited for this experience! It is challenging getting the hang of talking on my feet and asking continuous questions. I often get anxious to talk to someone on the phone, but I know my nerves will only last so long- I need to experience all types of situations to feel more comfortable. I like feeling prepared before I go into situations!

How does your position fit with your long-term career goals?
This position falls under the realm of Human Resource Development, which is my major. Recruiting is one industry in the HRD field that I find very intriguing. I am grateful I had an experience like this so young in my career.

During your job search, how did you make yourself stand out to employers?
I try to be as honest as possible. I wanted employers to know that I even though I am young, I am looking for new opportunities to help expand my professional outlook. I am always up front and I know how to sell my brand. I have great emotional intelligence and I use that angle to help my employers get to know me in a different way.
What did you find to be the most helpful during your internship/job search process?
I had the help of family and friends that have had similar experience in this field. I also had their support which is always a plus! I came prepared this gave me confidence to success in interviews and my internship search. It was also very helpful that the U of M set up a HRD recruitment event!

Do you have any tips to share with other students about your experience?
I would advise other to not pass up opportunities that are presented to you just because you think you do not fulfill the job prerequisites. Everyone has to start somewhere, and building your resume starts with experience! Do as much as you can while you’re in college, it will benefit you in the long run. You do not want to look back and think ‘oh I wish I would have done that’! I went to the recruitment fair kind of on a last minute whim. I saw it in an email and thought “hey maybe I find something, maybe I don’t”. Always try and go into those kinds of things with an open mind and don’t be afraid to put yourself out there! You will be glad you did.