Top 3 Articles of 2014

December 22nd, 2014

Everyone wants a highly coveted accounting position at one of the best firms in the area, but only the best candidates get ahead ─ and we want that to be you! At Accountingpros Recruiting + Staffing, we’re proud to provide you with tips throughout the year to help you land your ideal new job.

Our top three job seeker posts of 2014 are listed below. If you haven’t already had a chance to check them out, don’t forget to do so prior to beginning your job search.

Top 3 Job Seeker Posts of 2014

If you’re planning to start the new year out by embarking on a job search, use these valuable tips to get started:

Looking for a New Job? Clean Up Your Social Media First!

You may not realize it, but your social media activity can significantly impact your chances of getting a new job. It’s important to audit your social profiles to make sure there’s nothing you wouldn’t be embarrassed for a potential employer to see. Enable privacy settings or simply avoid posting anything that doesn’t present you in the most professional manner possible.

Interview Strategies to Increase Your Chances of Getting Hired

Tired of making it all the way through the interview process and not getting an offer? The job market is more competitive than ever, so it’s important to fully prepare for your interview to present yourself as the most competitive candidate. We offer five helpful tips sure to help you make a great impression and convince the interviewer that you’re the best person for the job.

Can Specific Keywords Enhance Your Resume?

Hiring managers receive dozens ─ sometimes even hundreds ─ of resumes for each open position. Many employ the use of resume scanning software to effectively sort through these applications using specified keywords. If your resume doesn’t contain a high enough percentage of these words, it may never even be reviewed. We explained three ways to effectively spot and incorporate these keywords, to ensure you’ll never be passed over.

Want to start 2015 with an exciting new job? Contact Accountingpros Recruiting + Staffing. We offer guaranteed access to more professional accounting job opportunities than any other Northwest employment service!

3 Ways to Find Top Employees During the Seasonal Rush

December 19th, 2014

Tax season is just around the corner! Right now you’re probably enjoying your last few weeks of peace and quiet before your office turns into mass chaos. While you’re preparing for the long hours and heavy workload ahead, make sure you’re properly staffed to handle the rush.

There’s a good chance you’ll need to take on additional staff during your busy season, to help manage the extra work. It’s important to how to find the right people, as you want to make sure you’re adding professionals of only the highest caliber to your staff.

3 Ways to Find Top Employees During the Seasonal Rush

Want to make sure you’re properly staffed during your busy season this year? Use the following three tips to find the best people to add to your team.

Ask for Referrals

Often times your current employees are your best resource when searching for new talent. Their networks are filled with qualified professionals that they’re willing to recommend for a job at your company. Your team members won’t put their reputation on the line for just anyone, so you can be sure their endorsement holds weight. Trust your employees to refer a connection who will have a positive impact on your entire organization.

Partner with a Staffing Firm

Work with a staffing firm to find top talent when you need it. Accountingpros Recruiting + Staffing can help you fill open positions during your busy season with the highest quality employees. All candidates go through an extensive background screening process to ensure only the best people join your team. Hire workers for as long as you need them, without the pressure to keep them on permanently.

Position Your Company as a Top Employer

Earn a reputation of being a great place to work and you’ll have no shortage of candidates applying for positions at your organization. Offer competitive wages, flexible working arrangements and a supportive office environment to position your company as the place every accounting and finance professional wants to work.

Preparing for Your Busy Season?

Partner with Accountingpros Recruiting + Staffing. You can count on our recruiting managers to provide you with a personalized, relationship-based approach throughout the entire staffing process.

Ending 2014 Successfully. How to Prepare for the New Year

December 12th, 2014

It’s easy to get caught up in the chaos of the holiday season and put your job search on hold until the new year. However, taking this approach can cause you to fall behind. Instead, use this time to polish yourself into the ideal candidate and begin creating a plan of action to start 2015 off strong.

5 Ways to Prepare to Find Work in 2015

Ready to take your career to the next level in 2015? Use the end of December to tackle the following five initiatives sure to get your job search off to a promising start in the new year:

Audit Your Online Presence

Do you have privacy settings enabled on your social media accounts? If not, it’s time to either put some in place or clean up your accounts. Employers search popular social media sites like Facebook and Twitter to learn more about you. If you’re posting content they don’t like, you won’t get hired ─ it’s that simple.

Seek Professional Resume Advice

Your resume could be holding you back from achieving your full potential. Consider hiring a professional writer to review it and make really work for you. As resume writing experts, they know exactly what hiring managers want to see and they’ll rework yours to make it stand out.

Commit to Networking

Often times it’s who you know that gets you the job, as people want to hire those they already know and like or who come highly recommended by a trusted reference. Vow to make new connections in 2015 by going to at least one event per week and maybe even joining a professional organization.

Perfect Your Elevator Pitch

If you’re going to attend networking events, you’ll need to learn how to sell yourself to your new connections. Practice explaining your background and the type of job you’re looking for in 15 seconds or less. You can’t expect to receive a recommendation for a job if you’re unable to articulate your strengths and objectives.

Set Actionable Goals

Make your job search a priority. Decide now how much time you’ll commit to it each day and hold yourself accountable for achieving this goal. It’s easy to become distracted and lose focus, so commit yourself to staying on track.

Determined to find a new job in 2015? Contact Accountingpros Recruiting + Staffing. We’re proud to be the leaders at matching specialized accounting talent with top local employers. Choose from temporary/contract, temp-to-hire and direct-hire opportunities.

How to Prepare Your Staff for the End of 2014

December 5th, 2014

Whether it flew by in a flash or seemed to drag on forever, the year is quickly coming to an end. December can be a very busy month, so it’s important to plan ahead to ensure you’re prepared for the frenzy that can ensue when pairing a large number of time off requests with year-end deadlines.

The new year is the ideal time for a fresh beginning, so you need to ensure your employees are ready to wrap up 2014. You can’t start the new year with a clean slate if you’re still busy wrapping up loose ends from the previous year.

Preparing Your Staff for the End of 2014

Already looking ahead to 2015? Use the following three tips to properly close out the current year:

Request Feedback

The end of the year is a great time for reflection. Ask your employees to provide feedback on areas where they feel your organized shined and suggestions for improvement on things you could have done better. Taking the time to look back is a great way to wind operations down for the year.

Hold a Planning Session

Gather your team together to start planning for next year. Discuss new projects, ideas and initiatives to take on and create an actionable timeline. Use the feedback garnered on this year’s performance to change policies and procedures that didn’t work so well during 2014. Using the time at the end of the year to create a strategic plan for 2015 is savvy move that allows your team to get off to a strong start at the beginning of the new year.

Create a Holiday Coverage Schedule

During the holidays, most employees want to take time off to spend with their families and friends. As a good employer, you want to satisfy as many of these requests as possible, while ensuring there’s enough people on hand to satisfy business needs. Ask employees to submit their holiday time off requests early, so you can create a schedule that accommodate as many people as possible.

Looking to add a talented accounting or finance professional to your team? Contact Accountingpros Recruiting + Staffing. Each of our candidates goes through an extensive screening process to ensure we deliver the highest quality worker each and every time!