The accounting job market is extremely competitive right now. This can make finding high-quality talent a challenge. One of the best ways to ensure your firm has the best talent is to engage with an accounting recruiter. Recruiting firms are efficient and can give you access to candidates you would otherwise not be able to reach.
Access is an important reason to engage with a recruiting firm. Recruiters target candidates who are not actively looking for a job. These passive candidates are the hardest to connect with, but they are usually the candidates with the most talent and drive to succeed. Well-tenured recruiters are experts in their field and stay aware of trends in the marketplace. Their expertise also provides them with access because they have connections with the major accounting firms, and they know the big names in the field. They can put this knowledge and access to work to land the best talent for an organization.
An accounting recruiting firm is focused on one thing – recruiting only for accounting and finance positions all the time. They are proactive instead of reactive and have a long-standing network of talent and referral resources to pull from when they begin a search. Because they have the ability to focus solely on recruiting, they make sure they find candidates that are committed. They look for candidates that want to stay with the company long-term. Thus, engaging with a recruiter also helps with retention.
Even if your company has an internal recruiter, they are rarely equipped to look for specific skills in a candidate. Recruiters have access and already know those who are confidentially looking. They already know exactly what they are looking for. Moreover, recruiting departments within a company tend to be less proactive than a designated accounting recruiting firm. When hiring for competitive positions, you need to be aggressive or you will lose talent to rival companies. External recruiters will take the time to get to know the candidates, so they can gauge how interested they are in the position. This ends up saving hiring managers a lot of trouble during the interview and offer phases.
You can find great talent much faster using a recruiting firm than you could by placing an ad and hoping for the best. The recruiter will be familiar with your company, and they will already have a shortlist of candidates in mind who have the right skill set to fill the position. A recruiting firm does not just look to fill the position as fast as possible. They put time and attention into finding high quality talent. Recruiters are committed to finding the right fit and they guarantee their success. Retained searches often come with a longer guarantee and include a more proactive process.
If you want to fill positions in your accounting or finance department or accounting firm, working with a recruiting firm can give you the edge against your competitors. By reaching out to passive candidates and helping to determine the interest level and skill level of potential candidates, recruiters can make the hiring process faster, more effective and give you access to passive high performers.
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