ASA x Grant Thornton – ‘Careers in Tax & Audit’

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Looking to continue your professional development over the summer break? Considering a potential career in Tax and Audit?​ ASA has partnered with Grant Thornton to answer all your burning questions! Attend our Q&A event, where GT representatives will provide their first-hand experiences of working in the tax and audit service lines.​
When: 4th of December, 12 – 1:30pm
Where: Zoom (link will be provided through email)​

Don’t miss out, register with the link below!​​

Keep up-to-date by clicking “interested” or “going” on our event page!​

Intro to CAANZ – Q&A Information Session

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Looking to get certified as a Chartered Accountant (CA) but not sure how to get started? 🤨​

ASA has proudly partnered with CAANZ to bring to you ‘Intro to CAANZ – Q&A Informational Session’.​

You will have the opportunity to speak with CAANZ reps and have all your burning questions answered during our Q&A! Come and find out more about the CA Accreditation, the Achiever Program, and how it may benefit your career! 🙆‍♀️​

Date: 9th October 2020​

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM​



ASA x MUBS Resume Workshop

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COVID-19 will not stop us from being career ready! 📑 📑

What do I include on my resume? What are employees looking for? Is my resume right? 📝
We are always asking ourselves these questions when it comes to job applications. 🤔
Tune in to the MUBS x ASA Resume Workshop to build a great resume for your future. 👨‍💻 👩‍💻

Date: Thursday 10th September 2020 📆

Time: 5-6pm 🕔

Location: Zoom


Missed the Resume Rescue Workshop? CV Please has you covered!

No worries! ASA has got your back! Here’s a quick rundown on all the amazing and insightful tips CV Please’s founder and EY’s senior consultant, Morgan Caroll had for you! 

CV Do’s and Dont’s: a Breakdown of your CV 

Your prospective employer doesn’t need to know your religion, marital status or blood group. Ask yourself before giving out information: why am I giving this information?

With that addressed, here are a few things that should ALWAYS go on your CV:

  • Your email address: It is the first point of contact for your employer. Be sure to give a professional email that you check regularly. 
  • Your phone number: For a lot of vacationer or graduate roles, the third round is usually phone interview. Make sure to give the right number!ASA tip: answer your calls with, “Hi, This is [your name]”  instead of a simple ‘Hello’ – makes it a bit more professional. You can also set a voicemail, so your caller knows they have the right person if you miss it.
  • Your LinkedIn: Your recruiter may not look at your Facebook, but they will almost always look at your LinkedIn.

CV Structure: 

  • Executive Summary:  The goal is to let the recruiter know who you are and what you want! In a third-person point of view, aim to write 75-100 words to addresses the following: 
    • Who are you?
    • What can you bring? 
    • Your values
    • Your long-term goals
  • Education: If you have a good GPA or WAM, do mention it! But it is okay not to if your grades are not that great. Companies prefer a candidate with average grades with more work experience compared to a candidate with just high grades, so get some work experience!
  • Work Experience: Don’t forget to tailor it to the role you’re applying for! More on it in the customizing section. 
  • Skills: Mention any skills you have, even if it’s unrelated. For example, jewellery designing might not be relevant to your job, but it does speak for your creative juices. 
  • Extracurriculars: All your volunteer work, be it for not-for-profits or University societies, goes here. 
  • References: Be sure to let them know which role you have applied for so they can talk about relevant skills. 

General formatting: 

Pick a font that is easy on your eyes and add a bit of colour to your CV. It doesn’t necessarily have to be black and white, pick some professional colours!

You can also download a template for free from CV Please’s website.


Insights from CV Please’s partners: What gets your CV thrown in the trash

In short, typos, grammatical mistakes or identical executive summaries, CV’s or cover letters will get you kicked out of the race right away! Be sure to run it through CV360 offered by MQ Career Zone before you submit it. Refer to the next section to customise your CV!


Tailoring your CV to suit individual roles:

To start with the obvious,  always do your research! Look into values, mission and vision statement of companies and see how they align with your values and goals. Look at the job description/requirement and identify which ones overlap with your skills. Be sure to address this in the first bit of work experience in your CV.

Tip: don’t copy-paste the exact wording of the skills in the job description, use synonyms!


Application Tracking System (ATS) Algorithm: getting past the gate-keeper: 

This is the Cindrella’s shoe that you must fit to get to your Prince Charming – aka your desired job. In non-Disney words, it filters applications based on different criteria such as keywords, skills, years of experience.

If you have tailored your CV to suit the role, you’re pretty much good to go as ATS essentially matches the required skillset with contents of your CV. If your CV doesn’t clear this hurdle, it will be chucked into trash electronically. 

Tip: Do address the actual questions asked as they go through ATS as well!


LinkedIn – the art you must master! 

As mentioned before, recruiters look at your LinkedIn 80-90% of the time, and it plays a significant role when it comes to job recruitment. Almost 75% of recruiters use LinkedIn to look for potential employees, so be sure to add some sparkles to your digital CV! For more on LinkedIn, check out MQ CareerHub for some amazing workshops!

Here are a few tips from today’s workshop:

  • Profile Picture: Ideally, you should have a high resolution, plain black or white background with your shoulder up.
  • Executive SummaryThe LinkedIn summary is similar to your resume but written in the first-person point of view


Hope this helps!

If you have any questions, feel free to drop us a message on our Facebook page at ASA Macquarie or contact CV Please. 


About CV Please: 

CV Please is an affordable service that provides young professionals and university students with professional career advice and helps them stand out from the crowd. For more about CV Please, visit their website at



ASA x Enactus MQ Excel Workshop – Hosted by Nicky Bull

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Attention all students! ❗️❗️
Interested in learning about Excel?

Enactus Macquarie and ASA will be partnering up to present an EXCEL WORKSHOP. It will be run by Nicky Bull on Friday, 28th August. ✅
Excel is a valuable tool that will help you during university and beyond!

If you are interested in perfecting your excel skills or looking to gain some new ones come to our EXCEL WORKSHOP!
It is open to all year groups and disciplines.
Date: 28.08.2020🗓
Time: 12 PM – 2 PM⏱
Place: ZOOM 📹

Registration required!! Please find the registration form here:



Join the Team!

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Are you interested in gaining valuable leadership skills and forming connections with some of the top companies in Australia? 🏢


Positions Available:
– Marketing & Publication 📣
– Secretary & Events 🤝

Whether you are a fresh uni student or a near graduate, we encourage everyone to apply regardless of experience.

Submissions close on the 31st of July at 7 PM. ⏳

✨ Make your mark TODAY! ✨

APPLY HERE:…/1FAIpQLScKyIH60g5qWpFex…/viewform…


Pancakes Charity Event 2019

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🥞Treat yourself with not only pancakes but helping a great cause too!🥞

ASA has got your back at our upcoming Pancakes for a Purpose event. We are delivering pancakes with multiple toppings of your choice for ONLY a $2 donation in support of your choice of a charitable cause. 💵💵

All funds raised will go directly to:
⭕️Amazon Watch – To protect the rainforest and advance the rights of indigenous people in the Amazon Basin. 🌎
⭕️One Girl – To drive change for girls and their communities so that they
have a right to an education and the same rights and opportunities as boys. 👩‍🏫
⭕️Beyond Blue – Breaking down barriers preventing people from speaking out and reaching out for support on mental health. 🦋

Every dollar donated will go to these charities that we are sponsoring which can make a huge difference in someone’s life. So come join us on:

When: Wednesday 16th October
Where: Outside MUSE
Time: 12pm-2pm

#asamq #pancakes #charity

To stay updated click here.


EY x ASA: Launch Your Career

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Put the pieces of your university degree and future work together.

Join EY and ASA to find out how in Week 1 of the new semester and kickstart your professional development with a leading Big 4 professional services firm.

This is your chance to connect with EY representatives to learn about their top career-building tips, plus the professional development programs and job opportunities available with EY. Whatever year of your degree you’re in, EY could potentially help you launch your career with Vacationer, Graduate, Cadet roles and more.

Free food will also be provided on the day. Dress code is smart casual, but feel free to dress to impress!

This event is catered towards domestic students from all disciplines such as commerce and STEM.

Click ‘going’ on our Facebook event page here for further updates. We’ll see you there!

#EYAustralia #EYCareers #FutureofWork #BetterBeginsNow #ASAMQ #workshop


ASA at O Week: Session 2, 2019

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To find out about ASA’s upcoming events, publications, organisations we’re working with, subcommittee opportunities, how to join ASA and free goodies for Semester 2 be sure to look out for us at O-Week! 🎉

If you want to plan even further ahead, be sure to join us at our FREE food networking event with EY Australia in Week 1:

We’ll see you soon!

#ASAMQ #OWeek #MQU #EYAustralia


CAANZ Career Kickstarter 2019

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Calling all first-year students!

Join Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand for their Career Kickstarter event!

You will have the opportunity to network with industry professionals and find out about cadetship, scholarship and work opportunities from leading employers and universities.

Click ‘going’ here: secure your spot for this FREE event.

When: Thursday 30 May
Where: 4:00 – 8:00 pm
Time: Chartered Accountants ANZ Sydney Office – 33 Erksine St, Sydney


Excel, Deloitte, Grant Thornton!

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Looking to brush up on your Excel skills? Or for internship and graduate job opportunities? If so, you won’t want to miss out on ASA’s upcoming events!

EXCEL MASTERCLASS: Our 30 April workshop from 3.30-6pm in collaboration with MQU Women Entering Business (WEB) and the Macquarie Marketing Student Association (MMSA) will be hosted by Dr Prashan Karunaratne who will guide you through an interactive class of important functions, tips and tricks to using Excel. There will also be the opportunity to hear from and network with our sponsors including Deloitte, who will provide you with comprehensive insights on how Excel is used in their line of work! For more information and to stay updated, click GOING here

GRANT THORNTON NETWORKING EVENT: Our 15 May event from 12-2pm in collaboration with WEB outside Macquarie University Library will not only have FREE ice cream, but also give you the chance to speak with Grant Thornton representatives about internship opportunities, graduate roles, and more!  For more information and to stay updated, be sure to click GOING here.

If you still want to find out more about ASA or the events above, be sure to like and follow us on Facebook and Instagram. Hope to see you soon!

#excel #networking #free #icecream #asamq