Heading to a Career Fair – Here’s How You Can Make the Most of Your Time Spent There!

October 20th, 2017

Career fairs can be a great way to meet dozens — or even hundreds — of potential candidates at once. You’ll probably come across many who hadn’t previously heard of your company or didn’t know much about the business, allowing you to captivate a new audience.

As one of the most successful accounting employment agencies in Seattle, Accountingpros Recruiting + Staffing encourages you to set up shop at job fairs marketed to your demographic. Of course, simply showing up won’t accomplish much, so use these tips to get the most from it.

Create an Eye-Catching Setup

The more enticing your booth, the more candidates will want to stop by. Creating a polished and professional structure will capture attendees’ attention and reflect positively on your business. Just make sure you know the size of your spot, any restrictions set by the organizers, and that you have enough help to get it up and running before participants arrive.

Get Out in the Crowd

Job fairs can be overwhelming for attendees, so if you don’t draw them in, many will pass by your booth. Always stand in front of the table, and when possible, step out in the crowd and introduce yourself to passersby, because a little extra effort can go a long way.

After standing for awhile, you’ll probably be tempted to sit down and take a break, but resist the urge and tough it out. Sitting down sends the impression you’re not really interested in connecting with candidates.

Know What Jobs You’re Trying to Fill

People attend career fairs because they’re looking for work, so know what you have to offer. The best candidates won’t waste their time talking to a recruiter who doesn’t know if there’s a place for them at the company.

Engage Attendees

During the event, you’ll talk to a lot of candidates, so you have to find a way to identify top prospects. Preparing a couple questions to screen those interested in applying is a smart move, because it allows you to get an idea of who might be a good fit. Takes notes, because you won’t remember many specifics by the end of the day.

Make Connections

People attend a job fair to make connections. If you simply pitch your company to them and point them to your website to find job openings, they’re going to feel like talking to you was a waste of time. Bring plenty of business cards to hand out to interested prospects and encourage them to reach out. This will temporarily flood your inbox, but it’s just part of the process.

Need to hire accounting and finance talent for your Seattle area company? Count on Accountingpros Recruiting + Staffing to connect you with the best temporary/contract, contract-to-hire, and direct-hire professionals in the Northwest. Contact us today to discuss your needs!

Fired? How to Approach Job Loss in an Interview

August 7th, 2015

Finding a great new job is always challenging, but if your work history includes being fired, you have an extra hurdle to overcome. Many interviewers will flat out ask if you’ve ever been involuntarily terminated from a position, while others will question a gap in your resume that will inadvertently cause you to have to reveal the unpleasant truth. Either way, it’s important to realize that getting fired isn’t the end of your career.

Many of the most successful people in the world have been fired at least once. Whether you were let go for a legitimate reason or no fault of your own is really irrelevant at this point. Hold your head up high and approach each interview with confidence, because you are a talented professional with a lot to offer.

How to Approach Job Loss in an Interview

Need a little help explaining why you were fired? Follow these three steps to handle it eloquently:

Don’t Get Emotional

Getting fired isn’t a pleasant experience. No matter how long ago it happened, the memory probably still stings a bit. You’ll need to put these feelings aside for the interview and keep your emotions out of it. If you were recently fired, discuss your frustrations with a friend or family member, so they don’t come tumbling out during your interview.

Keep Your Explanation Brief

There’s no need to divulge a lot of information about the situation that caused you to lose your job. Offer a brief overview to answer the question and move on. If you don’t dwell on the fact that you were fired, the hiring manager probably won’t either. Use your interview to discuss more important things, like why you’re a great fit for the job.

Explain What You Learned

Most interviewers are sympathetic to the fact that getting fired can happen to anyone. Turn the experience into something positive by explaining what you learned from it. This shows your ability to accept your mistakes and move on, which will certainly impress the hiring manager.

If you’re in the market for a great new accounting job, contact Accountingpros Recruiting + Staffing today. We specialize in matching top accounting talent with leading companies in the Seattle area.

Tax Season Starts January 31. Are You Ready?

January 27th, 2014

Some love it, others dread it, but either way, the busiest season of the year for tax professionals kicks off on Friday, January 31. If you’re in the tax preparation business, it’s time to rest up now, as your schedule will be pretty hectic through April 15th.

Whether your firm is relatively small or larger in size, it’s important to properly prepare for tax season, to keep your clients satisfied and coming back again next year.

Four Tips to Effectively Manage Tax Season
As a tax professional, you want your firm to be crazy busy during tax season. While the early mornings, late nights, and time away from friends and family can be frustrating, you know it’s only for a short period of time.

Surviving tax season can be a lot less stressful when you have an effective plan in place to keep the flow running smoothly. Here’s how to do it:

  • Provide Proper Training: If you’ve adopted new forms of technology to handle this year’s workload or have added new members to your team, it’s essential to provide a training session to make sure everyone knows what they’re doing.
  • Streamline Administrative Processes: Sometimes it’s okay for your staff to do things their own way, but during tax season it’s not. Create a set of processes and procedures your team must strictly adhere to with each client. This can include not starting work for a client until they’ve provided all necessary information, setting rules for handling missing information, and making sure same person who starts a return also finishes it.
  • Assign Returns Appropriately: Put your most experienced staff members on the larger, more complicated returns. You don’t want to risk a mistake by a younger staff member or have your experienced workers constantly have to stop what they’re doing to help them tricky questions.
  • Don’t Forget to Communicate: Proper communication between your employees and your clients and internally, within your staff, is imperative for success. Make sure you’re on the same page with client needs and expectations, as mistakes can be costly and time consuming.

 

Looking for temporary workers to add to your team during tax season? Contact Accountingpros Recruiting + Staffing. We have a network of skilled accounting and finance professionals eager to help out during your busiest time of the year.