The recruiting industry is like no other. In all other transactions, only one party needs to be comfortable with their decision. In a hiring situation, the company can be completely sold on the candidate, but if the candidate doesn’t feel the same, there is no deal. Dealing with the human element successfully on both sides is what separates a great search firm from the rest of the pack, and that starts with making sure the candidate is set up for success.
Content is what makes a resume stand out – not fancy formatting or flowery words. Make sure you’re keeping it clear and simple for the reader.
The interview process is highly flawed and hasn’t changed in years. Ask transition questions to understand the interviewer’s needs to maximize the limited time you have.
How can you get the highest offer without shooting too high and losing the opportunity? Get educated or get a trusted recruiter.
There are lots of career decisions you make beyond taking a new job. Making the right calls at various junctures along your career path will keep you on track with your long term plan.
It’s easier to make a career decision when you feel like you fully understand your options. This includes knowing who is hiring and what is currently in demand.
Believe it or not, some of these interview mistakes are more common than you think. The Talance Group is experienced about what not to wear to an interview, because we’ve been there and seen that.
Finance & Accounting Candidate Testimonials
Jeff, to say you have what it takes to understand my background, experience, personality and in general, me, would be an understatement. You understood and valued the fact that the right fit was high on my list of priorities in finding a new position. You put in the effort to get to know me and therefore you were able to match me with what I was looking for in a company. You were available to take my call and called me on a regular basis to stay in touch. I appreciate that extra care. I am not exaggerating when I say you and The Talance Group are the best I’ve seen at what you do. Thank you again.
Senior Financial Analyst
I have been working with The Talance Group for about a year now, and I would like to thank my recruiter Lauren Ogrodowicz for all of her hard work. There is really no words to say how much I appreciate how hard she has worked for me. I can honestly say I have not been without a job since working for Talance. Not only does Lauren care about your career, she makes a point to keep in touch with how things are going with you outside the work search. I would like to say that Lauren is dedicated at what she does and has never failed me in my work search. Lauren really cares and will take care of you. So if you are looking for an awesome recruiter think of Lauren Ogrodowicz.
Tim was incredibly helpful in my search for a new position. He took the time to listen to what I was looking for, helped me re-write my resume, and provided guidance throughout the entire interview process and even after I had accepted a position. I was working late hours during this time and Tim was extremely accommodating to my schedule often holding conversations with me late in the evening after I had gotten off of work. I had a great experience working with Tim and I would recommend him to anyone wanting to have a positive job search experience.
I believe Jeff is the best recruiter around. He takes the time to fully understand the candidate’s skill set, strengths, desired job responsibilities, ideal work environment, etc. Jeff will only present opportunities to the candidate that fit within the candidates’ requirements. From interview preparation to guidance after an offer is presented, Jeff provides excellent support and communication through the whole recruitment process. Throughout my career, Jeff has placed me in two great companies/positions. I highly recommend Jeff and will continue to utilize his expertise in the future.
Angela is awesome! From day 1, she really took the time to understand what I liked and I didn't like to make sure she was sending me the jobs that fit me. She was always there for me to give me advise, prepare me for interviews and for anything I needed. Anytime I hear that someone is looking for a job, I tell them about Angela and what an amazing job she did helping me find a job that I absolutely love. I would 100% recommend Angela to anyone!
Accounting Manager (Former Big 4 Manager)
Over the course of my 20 plus years in business, I have worked with all the major search firms – retained and contingent – across the country and Talance is a breath of fresh air. Talance’s approach to placements is one of true investment in their clients. The other firms are hot and cold, Talance brings an honest, committed and human approach to the search business. Doug not only represented me, he partnered with me throughout the entire process; he listened, he guided, he advised, he persevered. I was and continue to be impressed with all those associated with this firm. It’s one of a kind.
VP and Treasurer
Jennifer Silveira was by far the most professional recruiter I have ever worked with. She was very detailed in setting up the best match for both her clients; the Company I was hired on with and myself. Jennifer was a pleasure to work with. I never felt pressured into anything I was unsure about or uncomfortable with. Jennifer was very candid with me and always gave solid advice when solicited and delivered extremely valuable advice. I would recommend Jennifer to every CPA I know and if she isn’t available, the entire Talance group is excellent. A very refreshing experience! Thank you Jennifer & The Talance Group; I love my new job!
Joint Venture Accounting, SWN
Stephan was outstanding and exceeded my expectations throughout the job search process. Stephan took the time to understand what I was looking for and was patient with me in knowing that I was only looking to leave for an outstanding opportunity. Stephan made the entire process easier and was an enormous help the entire way. I am very appreciative for the service which Stephan provided and would recommend him to anyone who is considering a new opportunity.
IT Candidate Testimonials
Adam is an outstanding recruiter. He has a skill for matching future employees to their employers based on skills and corporate fit. Thanks again Adam for all your help and I will definitely recommend you and Talance Group for anyone in the job market!
Solution Delivery Manager
By far the best recruiter I have had the pleasure to work with in my 15 year career. He was able to pinpoint place me into a position that has been both rewarding and challenging. He was able to give sound advice through research and current trend analysis that solidified my decision to take my latest position. He was also a polite and well-mannered individual who respects all parties involved when changing companies. He was a true professional and continues to conduct himself as such as we remain professional acquaintances.
Sr. Systems Engineer
Gary from The Talance Group was not only friendly and personable, but very thorough and professional in helping me obtain my new position. Everything went along smoothly throughout the interview process, providing tips and everything else I needed along the way. Needless to say I was impressed, but what I value the most is that this was the perfect position for me and had all the requirements I was looking for; and the few things I questioned, Gary was able to work out for the better. I am tremendously appreciative for all Gary’s help and thankful of the fact he considered me in the first place.
Sr. Systems Administrator
Gary has provided me with a great pool of talent. He listens well to what my needs are and then strives to bring candidates that meet those needs. He is very good at pre-screening candidates before they ever make their way to me which saves me a great deal of time. I am very pleased with the resources that Talance has provided. Gary also makes it easy to square the contractual process away quickly and efficiently.
Director CTRM Solutions at ATOM Solutions LLC
Working with Vik was a refreshing experience. Vik is someone who truly cares about your future, keeping what’s in your best interest in the forefront. Very open and honest with every step.
I found Adam to be very communicative throughout the process of securing me a great opportunity. He’s easy to work with, transparent, and went out of his way to prepare me for what the client was seeking in a team member. His detailed knowledge of the client, their upcoming business initiatives and pain points helped me prepare to open a dialogue with the client to effectively elaborate on how I could be a value-add in the role, a very interesting opportunity, I might add. I would highly recommend Adam to anyone looking for a career transition or new consulting opportunity. Thanks, Adam!
Shireesha “Siri” E.
Having interviewed only 3 times in 12 years, I was pretty nervous about performing well in interviews. Gary not only had real world, applicable advice, he also took the time to work with me on my interview skills; it paid off because with Gary’s help, I nailed the interview for the great job I now have.
It was a pleasure working with Gary Kirkes at the Talance Group during my job search. During the time I worked with Gary, he was proactive in providing updates on opportunities that he was pursuing on my behalf and inquired on the status of opportunities that I was pursuing. Gary takes the time to understand what you are looking for in a position and is cognizant of opportunities that may not be a fit with your skill set or career goals. I would highly recommend Gary to other professionals who are seeking a new job.
Sr. Manager IT