It’s no secret that hiring accountants is a buyers market. While the number of accountants in the U.S. is increasing, demand is outpacing the supply, particularly when it comes to CPAs. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of accountants and auditors is expected to grow 10% by 2026, which is faster than the […]
Over the last few months, we’ve provided you with a lot of great content about remote accounting. From what to do before you make your first remote hire to helping your remote workers stay productive to deciding between a pure virtual or hybrid model, we’ve given you a lot of tools that will help you […]
As your firm transitions toward the cloud and remote accounting, what does the end result look like? Should you be moving toward a purely virtual model, abandoning the traditional office completely and connecting to each other and clients purely through technology? Or is a hybrid approach smarter, with some work occurring virtually but some still […]
So you think you’re ready to join the craze and hire your first remote accounting employee. But are you really ready? Really, really legally, every contract signed, every hypothetical planned for, every policy in place ready? Even if you’ve been spending months preparing for your first remote hire, you still may have missed a critical […]
Last year, IBM decided to “co-locate” its 2,600 member US marketing department. Translation? IBM is eliminating remote work. The news is especially shocking as IBM is one of the pioneers of remote work, installing work-from-home terminals for some employees as far back as the 1980s. As more businesses move toward embracing remote work, others are resisting the […]
Articles about how millennials are changing (or per your perspective, ruining,) the business world are everywhere. I even wrote one myself. And I stand by everything I wrote in that blog. You do have to change some things about your business to recruit millennials. But one of those things isn’t viewing millennials as alien beings who […]
Ever feel like you’re stuck in a cycle of upsizing and downsizing your employee roster? Busy season hits, more clients sign up, workloads increase, and you enthusiastically bring on new accountants to pick up the slack. But then the inevitable happens: clients leave, projects disappear, and workers have to be let go.
Remote working is on the rise. In 2016, 22% of American employees did at least some of their work from home. And for those with advanced degrees over the age of 25, the number is even higher—a full 43% reported working remotely at least some of the time. It may feel natural to some accounting […]
Salary, benefits, vacation time—these are all important factors that will determine your firm’s ability to attract and retain high-quality accounting talent. But perhaps the most important factor is one that’s often overlooked: company culture. So how do you determine the current culture at your business? And if you don’t like what you find, how do […]
Whether its because they’re truly fascinating or simply due to the era of widespread and constant communication we currently live in, millennials are without doubt the most analyzed generation in human history. Depending on whom you listen to, millennials are either spoiled, entitled brats or motivated, ambitious big thinkers. They’re either killing the economy or […]
As we’ve discussed in previous blogs, the accounting recruitment world is a seller’s market. To land the top recruits, you need to actively market your brand and make your firm attractive above other companies competing for mindshare. At Accountingfly, we deal with the recruitment and placement of accounting professionals every day. And the #1 complaint […]
Across nearly every industry, project-based or “non-recurring” jobs are on the rise. Millennials in particular are starting to abscond the traditional 9-5 workday, preferring to work on a freelance basis. The accounting industry is no different. Over the past few years, we’ve seen a surge in temporary, project-based, and seasonal accounting employment. To shed some […]
There are many factors that affect the hiring process for accounting and financial professionals. But we’ve found that two of the most important ones, branding and content, aren’t considered strongly enough by most hiring organizations. This blog explores why branding and content are so vital in making better hires, and offers best practices on how […]
Meeting CPA staffing needs is a great challenge and there are plenty of options that are vying for your attention. There are dozens of recruiting agencies out there like Robert Half, the Lucas Group, and Ranstad. And there are online services such as job boards and LinkedIn. These services are fine for recruiting in some […]
In a recent column, we talked about the relationship between onboarding and recruiting. That discussion relates to all firms. Virtual firms face onboarding/recruiting issues, too, but with components traditional brick-and-mortar firms don’t encounter. We spoke with Jason Blumer, managing partner of Blumer CPAs, to talk about how onboarding works in a firm like his. “The […]
Here’s a chicken-or-egg question for you: Is onboarding a part of recruiting or is it a totally separate process? The war for talent adds importance to the issue of whether onboarding is part of recruiting or is a separate endeavor. You know what differentiates your firm from other firms. It’s part of your firm’s tagline, […]
Recently I wrote about the importance of being aware of body language during an interview. Body language creates a picture of who you are—Confident or nervous? Extroverted or introverted? Happy and open? These are cues interviewers look for. But it works both ways. Interviewees are equally interested in your firm’s “body language.” That, too, paints […]
The way your team manages new candidates has a lasting impact not only on your ability to make the hire, but also on how long they stay with you. What’s required is a new process — a simple repeatable formula you can follow, and teach to your team, that leads to better hires and better […]
We all know things are changing in accounting. There have been many stories about how audits are a commodity and how tax software has made it easy and convenient for individuals to prepare their own tax returns. Successful firms don’t compete on price alone because they understand that is not a winning proposition. They look […]
We have a saying about the recruitment issues facing public accounting, and while I’m certain we didn’t come up with it, we’re stealing it anyway: The race for talent is over. And the talent won. If you expect to hire, and more importantly keep high performers, you should know by now the talent has won. […]
Earlier this year we teamed up with Gusto to produce the 2016 Ultimate Recruiting Guide For Public Accounting Employers. In this webinar we present some key findings and important strategies from the guide that are needed to improve the culture within your team to attract and retain talent. Learn the latest tactics and technologies to source […]
Firms must adapt to meet the needs of talent in order to recruit the best and part of that means using the latest and greatest technology. The tools your firm uses can attract or repel talent. Amy Vetter is Xero’s Global Vice President of Education & Head of Accounting and has owned her own firm. […]
Jeff Phillips, recruitment marketing professional and CEO of Accountingfly, walks through the top 5 strategies you need in play to attract high performers to your firm. In conjunction with the Association for Accounting Marketing (AAM).
Pershing Yoakley & Associates (PYA) is a national leader in providing professional services to the healthcare industry. They are a multi-office firm based in the Southeast and like most firms, are working hard to attract scarce lateral talent. They rely on job boards, headhunters, and Accountingfly to deliver leads to hire. In the Summer of […]
It’s important that you understand what’s going on in the labor market for CPAs. Lots of accounting firm partners have unrealistic expectations about hiring high performers. It takes much longer and will cost more than you think it will, and it’s not as simple as posting a job and praying that a high performer applies. […]
“R u hiring? If so, give me a call.” Okay, that was a text message received by an HR manager in retail, not accounting, but it made us think about the well-documented shortage of accountants seeking a career in public accounting. Is there really a talent shortage, or is there just a disconnect between what […]
Busy season is around the corner, and if you’re looking for seasonal CPA talent, we’ll show you what you can do quickly to make key hires.
Accountingfly CEO Jeff Phillips presents his checklist for finding your next generation of leaders. That means being the kind of workplace millennial accountants want to join and communicating your employer brand the way young accountants digest career information. Jeff also reviews how to make the most of Meet The Firms Week 2015 (October 19-23) and […]
Recently, Accounting Today’s Top 100 Most Influential People opined on the most pressing issues facing our profession. Many of them talked about issues around talent. In fact, talent came up a lot. Here are some that got our attention: –Joe Adams, Managing Partner & CEO, McGladrey: In addition to firms taking individual action to […]
Accountingfly, the career center to the Accounting profession, was honored last week when its Co-Founder and CEO, Jeff Phillips, was named one of the Top 100 Most Influential People by Accounting Today. Team Accountingfly is honored by this recognition, appearing alongside many of our friends, partners and role models in the profession. The article recognizes Phillips […]
Recruitment marketing guru and co-founder of Accountingfly, Jeff Phillips, discusses how firms can land top CPA talent by developing a simple recruitment marketing strategy.
It’s frustrating. It’s challenging. It’s discouraging. Wondering what are we talking about? It’s job posts that don’t work. Yes, the talent pool is small, but some firms are getting responses to their job posts. Here are some things you can do to make sure your firm is one of them:
Why do people change jobs? What are they really looking for? What will make your firm attractive to them? Recruiters ask themselves these questions on a daily basis, and so should you. Some of the answers to these questions are practical: a better work environment higher salary more opportunity for advancement We’ve all heard this list so […]