KPMG to hold 48-hour virtual 'World Jobs Fair'

Experienced professionals, recent and prospective college graduates, and others interested in career opportunities with the KPMG network of professional firms, providing audit, tax, and advisory services, can participate in the September 24 - 26 "KPMG World Jobs Fair," a live, 48-hour global virtual recruiting fair.

The "KPMG World Jobs Fair," taking place online from 9 a.m. GMT, Wednesday, September 24, to 9 a.m. GMT, Friday, September 26, aims to provide qualified, interested candidates with information on hundreds of job opportunities, particularly in tax, advisory, and specialized audit services, with KPMG member firms worldwide. More than 10,000 interested applicants have already registered for the online event through KPMG's global Web site.

During the event, KPMG's first external virtual job fair, participants will have the opportunity to chat with KPMG recruiters and network with KPMG professionals, particularly in high growth markets where KPMG expects to substantially expand its operations over the next several years.

"As an increasing number of companies conduct business internationally, there are growing opportunities for professionals in many KPMG member firms – especially in emerging markets such as Brazil, Russia, India, and China," said Timothy P. Flynn, KPMG chairman. "We're also focused on adding thousands of jobs to support KPMG member firms' continued growth in developed markets such as United States and Europe, including drawing specialists from around the world experienced in IFRS (International Financial Reporting Standards) as the world moves to that global accounting standard."

"The KPMG World Jobs Fair reflects a remarkable transformation in how KPMG member firms are attracting talent in a global economy – and a transformation in the way that professionals are seeking employment," said Flynn. "This event allows interested job candidates to easily explore opportunities and a potential career with KPMG, and it gives us an opportunity to tap into a global workforce. We expect it will attract thousands of qualified professionals and recent graduates worldwide."

The World Jobs Fair follows the success of a similar internal online event that 12 KPMG member firms held in May for employees and partners interested in exploring international rotation opportunities. The internal event attracted nearly 5,000 KPMG employees and partners, representing 104 countries, with the highest percentage of participants from the U.K., followed by the U.S., Germany, and China. The largest groups of participants by level were associates and senior associates, at 42 percent and 34 percent, respectively.

45 Member Firms

The global, virtual event this month will include an exhibition hall that features booths covering 45 participating KPMG member firms. Job seekers will be able to learn more about available opportunities in specific countries, and information on KPMG's culture, values, corporate citizenship goals, training and development and work/life programs.

Participants will also have the opportunity to watch live webcasts, chat with KPMG audit, tax, and advisory professionals about a career with KPMG, and apply for positions directly from the event.

"Clients are global and they need professionals with global audit, tax, and advisory skills," said Flynn. "Taking advantage of global opportunities through an event like the KPMG World Jobs Fair helps people expand their skills and cultural perspective. At the same time, it gives KPMG a chance to help our member firms better serve their clients. It's what helps make KPMG an employer of choice."

In addition to KPMG member firms in Brazil, Russia, India and China, other KPMG member firms participating in the KPMG World Jobs Fair include Albania, Australia, Bahrain, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Oman, Pakistan, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Switzerland, U.K., U.S, United Arab Emirates, and Vietnam

Menlo Park, Calif.-based software maker Unisfair is providing the technology KPMG is using to power its virtual career fair event.

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