Finding a recruiter isn’t too difficult, but you don’t want just anyone. The recruiter you choose can make or break the success of your job search, so you need a reputable professional who specializes in accounting and finance.
Most recruiters can talk a good game, but don’t allow yourself to get sidetracked by someone who doesn’t specialize in placing talent for accounting and finance jobs. In addition to having a network filled with all the right hiring managers, accounting and finance recruiting firms truly understand the field so they will present you with relevant opportunities that match your skills and experience.
4 Steps to Identifying the Best Finance and Accounting Recruiting Firms
1. Ask for Referrals
Recommendations from people you trust are pretty much always the best route to take. Survey other professionals in your network to see if they have any suggestions. Reaching out to relevant professional associations is also another savvy route, as many accounting and finance staffing agencies actually belong to local/national industry associations. Some examples include the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Association For Financial Professionals (AFP), and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).
2. Conduct Online Research
You can be certain any accounting and finance recruiter worth partnering with has a dynamic online presence, so search online for leads. Cover all the bases by conducting a LinkedIn search and using Google to find relevant results. Once you have a few names, learn more about them by consulting sites like Glassdoor to see what other professionals are saying about their experience working with the person, or independent market research sites like ClearlyRated to learn about the best staffing and recruiting firms.
3. Review the Firm’s Website
Quickly scrolling through a recruiting firm's website won’t tell you too much, so you have to dig a little deeper. Look for a thorough ‘about us’ page, testimonials, their job board filled with accounting and finance jobs, resources to help job seekers, and easy-to-find contact information. The best websites will make you want to pick up the phone and speak with a recruiter.
4. Request a Consultation with a Recruiter
As noted above, after identifying a few finance and accounting recruiting firms and conducting your online due diligence, reach out to two or three of your top picks to request a consultation. Pass on anyone who doesn’t seem excited to meet with you or is too busy to make time for a conversation during the next week. The best recruiters are eager to help you take the next step in your career and will always make time for you.
Maryland, DC, Virginia, and North Carolina are filled with exciting accounting and finance jobs that can help grow your career, but finding the right fit can feel overwhelming. Allow the expert accounting and finance recruiters at Sparks Group to guide your search and help you make the best decision for your future. Contact us today to get started!