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.
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.”
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.
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!
Angela was extremely helpful to me during my search. She took care of all the details and arranged everything for me. Within one week of meeting with her I had a job offer in hand for the exact position I was looking for. Angela and the Talance Group were incredibly helpful for me in finding a great new job.
It's rare to come across a recruiter with the talent that Angela has. I had the pleasure of working with her for almost 3 months, and the entire time she was patient with me, always had my best interests at heart, and extremely professional. I would recommend her to anyone who wants a hard-working, honest recruiter. Thanks for being the best, Angela!
Audit Associate (KPMG alum)
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.
IT Candidate Testimonials
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
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
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
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 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.
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.
Adam is simply awesome to work with. He doesn’t just talk the talk but also walks the walk.
He is extremely helpful and will go to great lengths to make things work out for you.
I would gladly recommend him to all of my friends and co-workers.
Sr. Business Analyst
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.