After working in audit at a Big Four accounting firm, Stephanie was ready for a career change. While she was good with numbers, she preferred the networking and client-facing aspects of her role. This helped her realize that she wanted to get out from behind her desk and work with people on a more personal level.
In order to figure out her next career move, Stephanie reached out to several leading recruitment firms that specialize in accounting and finance. After discussing her career goals, one of Stephanie’s recruiters suggested that she try recruiting. Although Stephanie had never considered this before, she decided to give it a shot and started researching the types of firms she wanted to work for. This led her to The Execu|Search Group.
Stephanie is almost at her one-year mark on the Accounting/Finance recruitment team and loves that being a recruiter allows her to combine her accounting experience with her passion for helping people! Continue reading to learn more about her story:
On why she joined The Execu|Search Group
I studied accounting/finance and business in school, but always had a strong interest in psychology and took several classes in this field. When I started working as an auditor at a big firm, I quickly realized that I wasn’t made to sit behind a desk in a pure accounting role. While I had a strong grasp on technical accounting, I felt that my personality was my greatest strength.
I wanted to find a role where I could help other people by leveraging my accounting skills. Recruiting seemed like a great way to do this, so I started looking into different firms. The Execu|Search Group stood out to me not only because it was originally founded as an accounting/finance recruitment firm, but because all recruiters are industry specialists. I also knew that many people on my team had made the switch from accounting to recruiting, so I would have the support I needed to successfully make this career transition.
On what she loves about working here
I love how collaborative it is! Whether I am learning from my peers or helping people in their job search, I get to connect with different people every day. As a result, there is always something new and exciting happening.
Since my work changes every day, I am constantly learning more about the accounting industry. Being up-to-date on the trends helps me get creative in my approach, which is something my team supports without question. We are all here to encourage and learn from each other.
On what she enjoys most about her job
Being able to help people whose shoes I once walked in has been one of my favorite aspects of recruiting. I worked really hard to get my degree in business and become an accountant, so it has been extremely rewarding to be able to utilize these skills in a way that positively impacts other people. One of the best parts is that I am still able to work within the accounting industry, but in a way that lets me focus on what I do best—relationship-building!
On what she thinks sets her apart from others in this field
I know from personal experience that there are a lot of different considerations to make when searching for a new accounting job. My goal at the end of the day is to make this process easier, and I can’t do that if I don’t listen. That’s why I focus on the big picture, from their current employment situation to their long-term goals, when meeting with all of my candidates.
A career is a long game, so recruiting is not about finding someone their next position. It’s about long-term relationship building. If someone ultimately decides that changing jobs is not right for them in the moment, I am still here to provide guidance on all aspects of their career. This way they are educated on the market and prepared to hit the ground running when they do decide that it’s time to make a change.