Jen: This is the PKF Texas Entrepreneur’s Playbook, I’m Jen Lemanski, this week’s guest host and today we’re telling the stories of what PKF Texas means to our people. Emily Smikal is a tax manager here and she’s gonna share her story with us. Emily, welcome to The Playbook.
Emily: Thanks for having me Jen.
Jen: You know, recruits have told us that our people are really our greatest strength and it allows them to get to know PKF Texas, and kind of prove that we are who we say we are. So you know with that, how did you get to PKF Texas?
Emily: Well I was recruited directly off campus, I came in through the internship program here my last summer before I graduated and then was offered a full-time job so came back in the fall of ’09 and have come up the ranks ever since.
Jen: So what’s your role with PKF Texas?
Emily: I’m a manager in the tax department.
Jen: Okay, cool, now what made you choose PKF Texas?
Emily: I think a lot of things but one of the big ones is I connected with the people but you’ll hear that a lot and then I was excited about the variety of work that I would get here. I think most importantly was really just that I felt I could really contribute and make a difference. PKF uses its people really well to do a lot of different trainings and recruiting and I knew I could contribute in that area.
Jen: And have you done any of those special kind of things?
Emily: Yes, I’m very involved in training and recruiting and a lot of things we call task forces here to make decisions.
Jen: Oh cool, cool, now so what advice would you give a recruit going through the recruiting process?
Emily: You know I think you should look for a place that you want to have a career and not just a job, you know look for things that will fit for you and not just follow the trends of everyone else and you know you might not be the happiest person on earth every day at work but you want to have joy in doing it. So I think look for those things.
Jen: Perfect, perfect, well thanks so much for being here today, we really appreciate it.
Emily: Thanks for having me.