Recruiting Is Not a Numbers Game, It’s A Jigsaw Puzzle

By James Cairns

Proper recruiting for senior finance and accounting positions requires a solid understanding of “fit” to present the right candidates. Our clients are constantly amazed at how the very few people we send their way always seem to make it to the very top of the list of favorites and take the position, while the firms […]

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How Recruiters Tell Your Story is Key

By James Cairns

Over 80% of the candidates we place are not looking for change.  We have to share news of your opening in a manner that creates a win-win window of opportunity.   If you’ve ever posted a job in the hope of Prince (or Princess) Charming popping up in your inbox, you were really living a […]

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It’s What’s Between the Lines That Matters Most

By James Cairns

Before the best candidates are willing to engage about an opening, they need to hear what’s really going on in that department and the company. They want to hear about the day-to-day life and culture of the company they would be walking into and a recruiter with credibility tells that story best.   A proper […]

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Quick Guide to Interviewing for Finance & Accounting Positions

By James Cairns

Candidates interviewing with a company for the first time often ask if I have any basic pointers for them.  I’ve put together this quick overview that you can read the night before the interview to maximize your chances of getting an offer. First of all, MAKE SURE YOU ARE PREPARED.  That means read the job description, […]

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HR Phone Interviews: What You Need To Know

By James Cairns

If you’ve applied to a position with a larger company, either through a recruiter or on your own, the next step is most likely a phone screening with someone from Human Resources.   You may be a perfect fit for the position and the strongest candidate, but if you start looking to the in-person interview and […]

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How to Interview For Finance & Accounting Positions

By James Cairns

Whether you are 20 years into your career and have been actively looking for a job for the last 6 months, or you’re fresh out of college and testing the market for the first time, you’ll want to go over your game plan before every interview.  The following is what I recommend. Appearance Don’t take any chances […]

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1 Simple Resume Formatting Trick to Produce More Interviews

By James Cairns

As a professional recruiter, I have seen thousands of resumes and I am absolutely certain that more than once I’ve missed out on a great candidate because of a resume that was not formatted thoughtfully (I blame myself but I am only human).   In fact, not understanding the power of formatting is one of the most […]

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How to Notify Your Employer That You’ve Accepted Another Job Offer

By James Cairns

Accepting a new job can be extremely exciting.  It’s a fresh start and usually means you’ll be earning more money, have more responsibility, and get a clean slate to work from.  As soon as you sign your offer letter, however, you may get a sinking feeling in your stomach when you realize the next step is to notify […]

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3 Principles of Writing a Winning Resume

By James Cairns

 As an executive recruiter I spend a significant portion of my time proactively meeting with potential candidates for my clients.  Some of these people are “fee worthy” candidates – meaning they fall within my recruiting niche – and some are not, but almost all of them ask me for resume advice.  And I’m glad they […]

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