Simplified Strategies to Help You Become a Better Leader this Month!

July 14th, 2017

Right now, some leaders are only interested in working on their tans, but you’re better than that. You’re committed to sharpening your leadership skills, and like any talented professional, you’ve set an actionable deadline — the end of this month.

Being an effective leader takes hard work and dedication. The accounting recruiters at Accountingpros Recruiting + Staffing understand guiding a team of people isn’t easy, so follow this advice to sharpen your strategy.

5 Tips to Become a Better Leader in July

Get to Know Your Employees

You have a great team of people, so take some time to bond with them this month. Ask them to lunch or for after-work drinks to get acquainted outside the confines of the office. It’s hard for people to respect a leader who doesn’t take any interest in them, so let them know you care.

Learn From Your Mistakes

No one is perfect, including you. Be humble enough to admit your mistakes, learn from them, and move on. Anything but of waste of time, failure is an incredible teacher that will make you a stronger leader. If you adopt this approach, others will follow suit.

Stop Trying to Do It All

You have a lot on your plate, so let your team pitch in. Delegating work to others allows you to focus on top priorities and helps employees expand their skillsets. It might be a little hard to let go of certain tasks at first, but when you see how well your team handles their newfound responsibilities, you’ll wonder what took you so long to start this practice.

Empower Your Team

Micromanaging does nothing but frustrate your team. Your way of doing things is great, but it’s not the only means to successfully complete an assignment. Show employees you trust their judgement by giving them the freedom to tackle projects on their own terms. They’ll feel empowered by the independence, and you might even learn something from their approach.

Lead by Example

As a leader, people look to you for guidance. Your attitude and behaviors set the tone for the team, so make an example of yourself. For instance, if you tell employees to stay off Facebook at work, send the right message by following your own rule. This will allow you to gain their cooperation and respect.

Your company deserves the very best accounting and finance talent, so team up with Accountingpros Recruiting + Staffing to choose the right person every time. Contact us today to discuss your hiring needs!

Back to the Fundamentals of Hiring All-Star Employees

June 27th, 2017

If you’re having trouble finding all-star employees, it’s time to head back to the basics. Anything but luck of the draw, choosing the best candidate for the job is a process. Taking shortcuts might allow you to fill the position faster, but probably won’t result in a great hire.

As experts in the field, the accounting recruiters at Accountingpros Recruiting + Staffing know a thing or two about choosing the right person for the job. Follow these tips to adjust your strategy.

Five Fundamentals of Hiring All-Star Employees

 

Hire for Cultural Fit

It’s easy to get sidetracked by the candidate with the flashiest resume, but that alone doesn’t make someone a great fit for your company. If the person doesn’t have a personality that meshes well with your team, they won’t last long — and in the interim, they’ll throw your whole dynamic off-kilter.

Check References

Calling a candidate’s references is an extra step that adds time onto the hiring process, but you can’t afford to skip it. Speaking with people the candidate has worked closely with in the past — e.g., former managers, colleagues, clients — can provide a first-hand glimpse at what they’d be like as part of your team. Find out about the person’s strengths, weaknesses, and if the reference would hire them again — when speaking with former managers — to decide if they’re right for your organization.

Don’t Overlook Red Flags

You don’t want to nitpick a candidate’s every move, but some offenses are worth noting. For example, if a candidate shows up late to a job interview, this is likely an indicator they don’t value punctuality. Similarly, if a candidate’s resume has a spelling error, don’t expect them to submit flawless work, if hired.

Make the Hiring Process a Group Effort

Every hiring decision you make effects the entire team, so you shouldn’t be the only one doing the interviewing. It’s okay to screen resumes yourself, but when you bring candidates in for an interview, include a portion for immediate team members to join in. They might pick up on things you won’t and this will give you the chance to see how the person interacts with the group.

Partner With a Recruiter

Staffing professionals fill open positions for a living, so partner with a local firm to make your search a success. Recruiters know exactly what to look for in the right candidate and they’re often the only way to connect with passive talent only looking to make a career move for the right opportunity. Many will even guarantee their placements, so if things don’t work out, they’ll find another candidate free of charge.

Finding all-star accounting and finance talent is no easy task, so allow Accountingpros Recruiting + Staffing to assist. Whether you need temporary, temp-to-hire, or direct-hire talent for your Seattle area company, we won’t stop searching until we find the right fit for your team. Contact us today to get started!

Important Elements Every Job Seeker Should Include in Their Cover Letter

May 23rd, 2017

Anything but a formality, your cover letter can make or break your chances of scoring an interview. You need to put a great deal of time and effort into it, so it stands out from the rest. Short and sweet, it should be no longer than a few paragraphs. This requires a lot of detail to be worked into a relatively compact space, but it’s nothing you can’t handle.

Follow these tips from the accounting recruiters at Accountingpros Recruiting + Staffing to make sure your cover letter hits all the key marks.

Five Must-Have Cover Letter Essentials

Personalization

No one wants to read a cover letter that could fit any number of jobs, at any company. Personalizing it to fit the specific opportunity takes extra time and effort, which isn’t lost on the reader. Start by addressing it to the hiring manager — do everything in your power to find their name — and continue by referring to the by job by the exact title listed in the posting.

Keywords

Many job postings receive a high volume of applications, so companies scan cover letters for specific keywords, and those without a certain percentage of these words are often pushed to the side. Ensure yours makes the cut by carefully scanning the job description for words and phrases used multiple times. Work these keywords into your cover letter content in a manner that sounds natural, so you’ll make the cut.

Unique Content

Job seekers often make the mistake of simply restating their resume in the cover letter, but that’s just a waste of space. Use this valuable real estate to present new information to the hiring manager. This is your chance to really sell yourself and explain the value you can bring to the position. It’s also a great way to let your personality shine through and show your fit for the company culture.

Contact Information

It may seem obvious, but many job seekers forget to include contact information in their cover letter. You want it to be as easy as possible for the hiring manager to reach out and extend an interview invitation, so be sure your phone number and email address are clearly stated. If you have an online portfolio, blog, website or use any social networks strictly for professional purposes, this is also the place to share links to these pages.

Actionable Close

End the cover letter by reiterating your interest in the job and your enthusiasm for the next steps. Suggest the two of you meet in person for an interview or say you’ll follow up by email in a few days. This displays confidence, shows you’re not afraid to take initiative, and displays your genuine excitement about the position.

Searching for a new accounting or finance opportunity in the Seattle area? Contact Accountingpros Recruiting + Staffing. We’re here to help you find a job that checks all your boxes.

Reasons You Should Clean Your Workspace BEFORE You Get Started This Morning

April 21st, 2017

If your desk is in a perpetual state of disarray, it’s time to make a change. You probably cringed at the sight of it — as always — when you walked into the office a few minutes ago, so stop everything and clean it right now.

Accountingpros Recruiting + Staffing — one of the Seattle area’s leading accounting recruiters — wants you to understand the negative impact of working amid a sea of clutter. Consciously making an effort to put things where they belong will allow you to enjoy the following benefits.

Boost Productivity

It’s hard to get anything done when your workspace is in chaos. If you need a search party to find every paper, folder, and business card on your desk, you’re wasting valuable time that could be spent actually working. Prepare to be amazed at what you can accomplish when working in a neat and orderly environment.

Decrease Stress Levels

Misplacing important paperwork is terrifying. You probably eventually find it in your jumbled mess of a desk, but the race to track it down is incredibly stressful. Lower your blood pressure and your level of anxiety by cleaning up your workspace now, creating a system of order, and actually keeping it.

Look More Professional

Whether you’re in an office or a cubicle, your untidy desk is an eyesore. It’s probably difficult for your colleagues to take you seriously when you’re sitting amongst a mountain of clutter. Present yourself as the talented professional you are by straightening up your work area, making it a place you’re proud to call your own.

Get Additional Workspace

If your desk is always a mess, it’s probably challenging to find anywhere to actually work. Backing yourself into a tiny corner of your desk is cramped, awkward, and completely unnecessary, so clear your space out and enjoy having plenty of room to spread out and work comfortably.

Accountingpros Recruiting + Staffing wants to help you take the next step in your career. Contact us today to start your search for the right temporary/contract, contract-to-hire, or direct-hire accounting or finance opportunity with a top Seattle area employer!

Is There a Gender Bias in the Accounting Industry? And If So How Can We Eliminate It?

February 14th, 2017

In 2017, it can be hard to believe a gender bias still exists in any employment industry, but unfortunately, this is still a very big problem — and the accounting industry is no exception. For the past 20 years, more than 50% of accounting graduates have been women, but only 19% of partners in U.S. accounting firms are female, according to the American Institute of CPAs.

As accounting recruiters, Accountingpros Recruiting + Staffing is tired of this unfair treatment. From having the same opportunities as men to earning equal paychecks, it’s time for women in accounting to finally get what they deserve.

Ways to Eliminate the Gender Bias in Accounting

For far too long, gender discrimination has held female accounting professionals back. Find out how you can play a role in finally stopping it for good.

Make Some Noise

As an employer, you’re in a position of authority. Channel this power to draw attention to the gender bias in accounting. Use your company blog and social media channels to highlight key information on the issue, to educate other companies and the general public. A change will never happen if this problem is continuously swept under the rug, so do your part to stop it.

Update Your Company Culture

Many accounting professionals hold long hours that make it impossible to have a life outside of work. Consequently, this tends to force women with families out of the field or keep them in entry-to-mid-level positions. The value of a strong work-life balance has never been more evident, so shift your company culture to one where success isn’t defined as an 80-hour workweek.

Break the Cycle

You’re very aware that women hold a disproportionately low number of leadership roles in accounting, so defy the odds at your company. This doesn’t at all mean you should promote or hire women because of their gender — a practice equally insulting in its own right — but take a look at your hiring practices to make sure everyone is offered equal opportunities to get ahead.

If you need to expand your team, partner with Accountingpros Recruiting + Staffing to do it right.

Our talented recruiting managers are here to help you find the very best accounting and finance, audit and taxation, cost accounting, analytics, and reporting, or accounting support candidates in the Seattle area. Contact us today to discuss your needs!

 

Accountingpros Recruiting + Staffing (a specialty division of Provisional Services, Inc.) has been the Northwest’s leader in specialized accounting recruiting and staffing services since 1994! We use a consultative approach to provide customized accounting and finance staffing solutions, which includes contract, contract-to-hire, and direct-hire placements.  We guarantee the best-personalized service in the recruiting business!

 

 

Forget Annual Reviews! Set Up Quarterly Check-Ins With Your Team in 2017

January 6th, 2017

In the past, employees met with management annually to discuss their performance. Often dreaded by all parties involved, many companies have shifted away from this model.

Results of a 2015 Towers Watson survey of 169 large and mid-sized U.S. and Canadian companies revealed only 8% have completely abolished performance reviews. However, half of respondents have changed or are considering changing the process to increase the number of interactions between employees and managers.

Rather than only meeting with employees once per year, the accounting recruiters at Accountingpros Recruiting + Staffing are completely in favor of quarterly performance reviews. Learn why it’s best to schedule frequent meetings.

Five Benefits of Quarterly Performance Reviews

Adjust Goals As Needed

Business plans rarely stay unchanged throughout the course of a year, and this can directly impact the goals of your employees. If you only hold performance reviews annually, many or all of a staffer’s goals may become obsolete well before year-end. Quarterly reviews allow the opportunity to assess objectives and make any necessary changes.

Provide Meaningful Feedback

When preparing an annual performance review, it’s hard to remember specific ways each of your team members excelled and where they needed to improve in the past year. When you meet on a quarterly basis, this information is fresh on your mind, allowing you to provide valuable feedback. Increasing the frequency of reviews will be appreciated by your millennial staffers, as this generation craves managerial critique.

Address Problems Quickly

Addressing problems well after the fact is essentially useless. There’s no point in reprimanding an employee for coming to work late multiple times in April at their performance review in December. When you hold quarterly meetings, you can catch problems while they’re still an issue —or before they turn into a bad habit — and work with the person to find solution.

Open the Lines of Communication

Quarterly performance reviews are a time of open dialogue between employee and manager, but there’s no time to build a relationship if you’re only meeting with each person once per year. Quarterly meetings make staffers feel more comfortable with you and provide them with a set time for uninterrupted discussion. This is a great opportunity to chat about their level of job satisfaction, additional responsibilities they’d like to take on, and ideas for the company.

Make Employees Feel Appreciated

Employees know you’re a very busy person with a constantly full calendar, so it feels great to know they’re valued enough to get one-on-one time with you on a quarterly basis. Annual performance reviews are nothing but a formality, but meeting four times per year really makes people feel like they matter. This can boost retention rates and job satisfaction levels.

Searching for a talented accounting or finance professional to join your Seattle area team?

Contact Accountingpros Recruiting + Staffing to find top accounting and finance, audit and taxation, cost accounting, analytics and reporting, or accounting support professionals.