Working with a finance recruiter can make your job of hiring someone for an accounting or finance role a whole lot easier. Here’s how.
It’s been said countless times before, but it bears repeating – hiring someone for a position is a job in and of itself. Between advertising the role, sifting through resumes, and selecting candidates to interview, the process of hiring and recruiting someone for a position can be incredibly time-consuming, not to mention expensive. Even in the most optimal circumstances, weeks can pass before a new hire is ready to start in their role (and that’s assuming you don’t make a hiring mistake).
If hiring is a full-time job, then it makes sense to work with a recruiter whose full-time job is just that – hiring for others. Partnering with a tenured finance recruiter can simplify and streamline the process on a number of fronts, saving you time and letting you concentrate on what really matters for your business – creating and driving value. Here are some benefits of working with finance recruiters.
Speed to market
One of the major advantages of working with finance recruiters is the speed to market it grants you. The timeline of a hire can depend on a number of factors and a finance recruiter can promise almost instant access to a pool of qualified candidates. Recruiters spend every day of their jobs meeting finance and accounting professionals, networking and building relationships with the kind of people you will want to consider for your position. Rather than having to wait for the right types of candidates to arrive on their own, a capable finance recruiter will bring you to them.
If hiring is a full-time job, then it makes sense to work with a recruiter whose full-time job is just that – hiring for others.
Quality of candidates
There are qualified candidates, and then there are quality candidates – the two categories don’t always overlap. “Quality,” of course, is one of those annoying terms recruiters use that can drive their partners batty.
But quality isn’t just a meaningless buzzword; it’s something that can be measured and compared across different candidates. Finance recruiters measure quality by establishing a kind of baseline from a sample of candidates from the talent pool. Potential hires are then evaluated against that baseline; quality, after all, is a relative term. Finance recruiters are in a position to identify quality talent more easily, since they have a grasp of the marketplace, and can determine if a candidate’s unique selling proposition and expertise have true value, in comparison with the rest of the field.
Finance recruiters understand that you want a team of A-list candidates. Who wouldn’t? Why would an employer shoot for anything less than a star?
But recruiting for superstar performers can quickly prove an exercise in frustration for employers. If you don’t offer the appropriate compensation, or have a clear understanding of what an A-list player looks like for the specific role you’re hiring for – what qualifications or experience to look for in order to secure top-tier talent – you may be disappointed in the results of your search.
Rather than having to wait for the right types of candidates to arrive on their own, a capable finance recruiter will bring you to them.
The candidate pool for specific positions – especially the hottest and most sought-after ones – may be wildly different from your expectations. A finance and accounting recruiter can work with you to clearly define and find a match between your requirements in a hire and your expectations around qualifications and salary, making a successful hire more likely.
Finance recruiters are not all cut from the same cloth. The most tenured among them will have access to a pool of qualified talent, including those highly desirable superstar candidates (who are not always actively seeking a job, but may nonetheless be conducting a passive, confidential search). They understand what differentiates one candidate from another, help their partners understand the vagaries of the job market, and streamline the hiring process. Partnering with a talented finance recruiter means working with someone who can help you to avoid a costly mistake and make the right hire the first time around – and that peace of mind is invaluable.
Let us know what you think! At Clarity Recruitment, we’re always interested in hearing from accounting and finance professionals like yourselves, who are ready for new, exciting opportunities that can take their careers to the next level. And be sure to follow us on Twitter (@clarityrecruits) and connect with us on Facebook for more great tips and advice!