Provisional Blog

Reaching Your Breaking Point? Make a Career Move Before 2018. Here’s How

December 5th, 2017

The holiday season is supposed to be the merriest time of the year, but if you’re seriously unhappy at work, this is probably impeding your ability to enjoy it. You’re probably planning to start searching for a new job in January, but there’s no need to delay.

Many companies put hiring on hold during the holidays, but the best ones are working with Seattle accounting recruiters right now to get a strong team in place by the new year. Don’t forget — tax season is just around the corner, so use this to your advantage by acting now.

Three Ways to Make a Career Move Right Now With a Staffing Partner

You’re far too talented to waste another day in job you hate. Step back from your breaking point by teaming up with a recruiter to find a new position immediately. Several different options are available, because you should always have complete control of your career.

Temporary/Contract Work

If you’re not ready to commit to another full-time job just yet, there’s plenty of temporary/contract accounting and finance opportunities to choose from. This is a great way to boost your resume in a short period of time, so when you’re ready to settle down into a full-time job again, you’ll be an even more competitive candidate.

Contract-to-Hire Opportunities

You’re trying to leave a bad employment situation right now, so you’re understandably a bit leery about rushing into another job. A contract-to-hire position is a great option, because it allows you to try the job — and the company — on for size to see how it fits. If you don’t like it, there’s no obligation whatsoever to stay.

Direct-Hire Positions

Some people are only comfortable in a traditional, full-time job. If this is the case for you, feel confident in knowing your recruiter will get to work immediately to find a position that checks all your boxes. In fact, they might be working to fill your perfect job right now, so if you don’t make a career move immediately, you could miss out.

If you want to find a new job before 2018, Accountingpros Recruiter + Staffing is here to assist. Contact us today to learn about temporary/contract, contract-to-hire, and direct-hire opportunities with top Seattle area employers!

Three Ways to Prioritize Your Inbox

September 27th, 2017

The average American worker spends six hours per day or more than 30 hours per week checking email, according to a 2015 survey conducted by Adobe Systems. If email has taken over your life, it’s time to get a handle on your inbox.

As Seattle recruiters, the Accountingpros Recruiting + Staffing team knows a thing or two about email. Use these tips to prioritize your inbox, so you can spend more time doing actual work.

Get Rid of Unnecessary Clutter

It’s hard to navigate an inbox filled with junk. Delete emails you no longer need to make space for new ones. Archive messages you’ve already responded to, but want to keep. Lower the volume of incoming emails by taking the time to unsubscribe from newsletters and other automated mailers you don’t read anyway.

When your inbox is filled with fewer distractions, it’s a lot easier to get in and get out. A tidy inbox will allow you not to feel overwhelmed every time you log in.

Create Inbox Filters

Every email you receive doesn’t have to be read right away. Create filters to automatically send certain messages to specific folders. For example, if you’re on a list to receive a daily performance email you only sometimes need, direct it to a certain folder. This way it won’t clog up your inbox and you’ll know exactly where to look to find it. Make as many folders as you like, as long as you can keep track of what’s inside them.

Tackle Your Inbox Head-on

Some emails require an immediate response, while others can wait awhile, or need none at all. When checking email, open all messages to see what’s requested. If you need to reply and it will only take you a few minutes, do so right away. Divide the rest of the messages that need a reply, but will take longer to craft into two categories — time-sensitive and not time-sensitive.

Reply to those of an urgent manner as soon as possible. Schedule time later in the day or the next — if you’re really busy — to reply to the others.

If you’re hiring accounting or finance talent in the Seattle area, team up with Accountingpros Recruiting + Staffing. Our skilled recruiting managers are here to fill your open positions with the best and brightest temporary/contract, contract-to-hire, and direct-hire professionals in the Northwest. Contact us today to get started!

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!