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
Lauren was extremely helpful during my recent job search. I was looking in a small area of Houston, so I could work close to home, so it was a bit challenging. Lauren was very patient with me and understood what I was looking for. She did not try to place me in the first thing to come along downtown or in other areas of Houston. She checked in on me often and continued to search for me where all other recruiters had given up. She helped prepare me for interviews (which I had not done in 11 years so to say I was nervous is an understatement). She found me a great job close to home and I’m very happy! I highly recommend Lauren and the other staff at the Talance Group since a few others helped out along the way. Lauren will be the first person I contact if I need help again in the future.
Tim is amazing! He is very knowledgeable about the job market and has tremendous ideas on how to market yourself out there. I think his interviewing strategies are definitely what locked me in the interview and you should listen to his advice. He knows what he is talking about. It is very refreshing to find someone who is so passionate about his job and so personable. I wholeheartedly recommend Tim!
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.
I have known Stephan for five years and he has been a helpful mentor and over time became a friend. He has shown loyalty and confidentiality over the years. Stephan had plenty of opportunities to place me in roles that would have only benefited his practice and he did not. Stephan discussed each opportunity’s pros and cons with me thoroughly. My latest move has been great and I could not be happier with this opportunity that Stephan found and negotiated for me.
I was a manager with EY and was referred to Tim by a friend of mine at a time when I was ready for a career change. Tim was absolutely great to work with. From the very beginning, I could tell he genuinely cared about me and was interested in building a long term relationship. To make sure he would match me with an opportunity of my interest, he invested a lot of time to really understand the type of career I was seeking. When going through the interview process, he guided me every step along the way to get prepared (and he knew exactly what the hiring manager was looking for). After I have transitioned to my new job, he still checks in on me periodically to make sure I am happy where I am. I would definitely recommend Tim to any of my friends and colleagues who may be looking for a job.”
Lauren is the ONLY recruiter I’ve met that actually listened to my needs. Not only is she personable, but very good at keeping an open line of communication during the entire job hunt process. She also did a great job of prepping me for an interview which helped me land a great job in the industry I desired. Lauren will go above and beyond to make sure her clients are treated fairly. I would highly recommend working with Lauren on your next job search.
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
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!!!
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
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
I found Angie to be extremely professional and knowledgeable. She is very pleasant to work with and communicated with me throughout the process. I would highly recommend her as she went the extra mile to ensure all went well.
Gary – it’s been three weeks since I joined SCI that you recruited me for. I want to tell you I really enjoy it here and I appreciate all your help. Your guidance and insight have prepared me well for the interview and the job is a great fit for me.
Senior HR Project Analyst
I recently had the pleasure of working with Gary during a career change. I found him extremely personable, professional and patient as we discussed my career aspirations. He was an excellent coach throughout the recruiting process and always timely with his responses to my questions. I highly recommend him.
Business Process Architect
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
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
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.