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
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!!!
I had the opportunity to work with Jennifer Silveira when I started looking for my next job. I had never worked with a recruiter before, but from what I understand, the process is never as seamless and enjoyable as the process I experienced with Jennifer and the Talance Group. She was extremely personable and easy to work with, always asking me important questions to determine the jobs that fit my well with my career goals and the work life balance I was seeking. I couldn’t be happier with the job I have accepted. The whole process from when I sent my resume to Jennifer to when I accepted my offer took less than one month. She gave me an exceptional interview prep, and walked me through every step of the process, including my resignation letter. I would recommend her to anyone and I have already referred a number of my friends to her. She’s amazing!!
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 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.
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.
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.
My experience with Angela has exceeded my expectations, and I would recommend her to anyone. I was very specific in the type of experience I wanted going forward in my career, and she delivered in a tough job market and weak economy. Throughout the whole process, Angela was very informative and always available. She takes pride in meeting and exceeding her clients’ expectation, and I am happy to have the opportunity to work with her. Thanks Angela!
I was referred to Stephan by a former colleague. Stephan had great reviews and placed my colleague in a really great company. I was already working with a few other recruiters and when I contacted Stephan, he called me right away and set up a meeting to meet me in person the next day. He worked on updating my resume, found me a great position that I knew would be a perfect fit, and helped me with preparing for the interview. Let’s just say that the other recruiters did not do that at all!! He is professional, succinct when the occasion calls it, and really knows the work environment. He offered all sorts of information, “the good, the bad, and the ugly.” He understood and was respectful that I was working with other recruiters and was able to provide helpful insight on the other positions. In comparison, he was just better! I have already recommended him to my friends and colleagues.
Manager (PWC Tax alum)
IT Candidate Testimonials
Gary is a unique type of recruiter. His is knowledgeable about the clients and helps to steer the candidate in the right direction. His takes time to coach the candidates on the interview process and maintains good follow up until the final stage. You don’t have to follow up with him like other recruiters because he does that for you. It’s a great experience to deal with him; he makes the whole process transparent and helps you in every stage. You are never lost with him.
I had the fortune of working with Angie directly; the best way to describe her is a very competent and positive individual who knows what she’s doing. She made the contract experience very pleasant; she is a dedicated and talented recruiter. I look forward to working with her again in the future.
Akash J. P.
Sr. Software Engineer
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
Gary is a high-energy, dynamic professional who exemplifies the platinum standard of the recruiting industry. Using his connections, intelligence and industry know-how, he met and exceeded all of my personal needs. I will not hesitate to work with Gary from the Talance Group when it comes time for me to add headcount or explore new and exciting opportunities.
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
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.
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
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