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.
Finance & Accounting Candidate Testimonials
Jennifer Drake is the best recruiter out there, hands down!! She really listens to both sides, whether you are a client or a candidate. She has a special knack for picking out the “stars” and pairing them with the best industries. She knows a good match when she sees it, and she genuinely cares about the interest of both parties. Not only is she a recruiter but she’s also a “counselor”. She gives the best advice and helps you achieve your goals. The thing I love most about working with Jennifer is how responsive she is! She’s always following up and never leaves you in the dark. No one likes the waiting game, but she’s always pushing and keeping you up-to-date. I am so grateful to have met Jennifer from the Talance Group!!!
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
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
The Talance Group consists of an exceptional group of people who strive to find you the perfect opportunity by carefully understanding your background, experience, and personality. Angela Godfrey and Stephan Patsch both provided me continuous support throughout the entire placement process. Their professionalism mixed with their drive to see every candidate succeed, helps create a powerful and comfortable environment. Angela’s assistance and guidance at each step of the interview process exceeded my expectations and proved to have exceptional results. I am very thankful for the opportunities and assistance that both Angela and Stephan have provided throughout my placement process. I highly recommend using The Talance Group for anyone who is looking for a dedicated team that works hard to find the perfect opportunity for each candidate.
When I first talked with Jennifer Drake over the phone, I knew she was the recruiter I wanted to work with. Jennifer is trustworthy, reliable, personable, and has a wide-range knowledge of Houston’s job market. She did not pressure me into making a quick job switch, and was very interested in helping me find the job that would make me happiest. Jennifer made an effort to get to know me and always made time to talk with me, whether it was giving me tips and advice in enhancing my resume and interviewing skills or getting to know who I was and what the best job fits were for my career goals and personality. If you are looking for a recruiter, it doesn’t get any better than Jennifer.
Risk Analyst (D&T Alum)
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.
My experience with the Talance Group was very positive due to the fact that the team that I worked with took the time to learn about my career interests both short and long-term. After several discussions on my interest and prior work experience, Doug and Jennifer began marketing my resume in the industry of interest. Within a short time period, I was interviewing and had received an offer. In addition to placing me, the Talance Group has provided me networking opportunities by inviting me to a happy hour with other professionals in the industry. Going forward, I will reach out to the Talance Group for job placement for myself and when looking to build a team.
Controller (Deloitte Alum)
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)
IT Candidate Testimonials
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
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.
Adam has been a great resource for project procurement. He is very dedicated to his work and ensures that you are always informed. Furthermore, he is resilient in making sure you have new projects available when you are in the transition phase. I would recommend Adam to any of my professional connections.
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.
After reviewing my LinkedIn profile, Angie and her Talance Group associate contacted me regarding a full-time opportunity with their client, a plastics and chemicals manufacturing company based in Houston. During the initial telephone conversation, Angie explained the opportunity, and we discussed how the role aligned with my skills, experience, and professional goals. In an effort to well represent her client company, as well as me (candidate), Angie insisted on meeting me in person prior to submitting me to the client. At the end of our face-to-face meeting, where we further discussed the role and my career ambitions, Angie immediately contacted the hiring manager directly, and arranged an in-person interview for two (2) days later. During the series of interviews with the client, I was impressed at how Angie and Talance accurately presented the expectations of the new role to me. Thanks to Angie, I felt very well-prepared for the client interviews, and ultimately, accepted an offer to join the company. Thanks Angie!
Supply Chain Reporting Lead
I met Gary Kirkes through a cold contact I put out to him shortly after I had relocated to the Houston area. He immediately followed up with me and took time to learn what I was looking for and what my qualifications were. Unlike many recruiters, he insisted on a face to face meeting before ever submitting me to a client, which I feel is very important for senior management roles. He was engaged in a search for a senior IT management role with a unique client that he felt I’d make a good candidate for. He was very quick at getting interviews set up and coordinated. He stuck tight to the process as I went through several rounds of interviews. In the end however, the company felt that I wasn’t going to be the right match for their environment and opted to pursue other candidates. I have only good things to say about how Gary conducted the process and would recommend him and his firm to other candidates seeking technology roles.
Director of Operations
Gary Kirkes was instrumental in helping me land my current position with an industry-leading company. I would have faced an uncertain 2012 if Gary had not contacted me and gotten me an interview. Not only was he responsible in landing me that interview, he also imparted valuable tips and nuggets of info before, during and after the entire process that will help in future job searches. The Talance Group, especially Gary, gets you the right position for your skill set.
T-SQL Business Analyst
Adam Vree of the Talance Group did exceptionally great recruitment when he placed me in an amazing Project Server Technical lead role at the American Bureau of Shipping. I am very passionate about Microsoft technology and this role has helped me grow both technically and professionally in more ways than I can recount. Regardless of what the future brings I’m forever grateful that he decided to contact me for this particular opportunity. Adam has an enormous understanding of recruiting the right roles for my background. I feel fortunate for having the opportunity to add him to my professional network.
Project Server Technical Lead