Which Recruiter is Right For You? Part 1

We started this series, Find Your Dream Job in 2020, in January with so much enthusiasm and so little idea of the severity of the disease that lingered half a world away. We had an optimistic outlook on the future of 2020 and we were excited to take you through your job-hunt journey with a series that was designed to help empower you through challenging times and help you define your worth in exciting times.

Once we realized that there were grim months in the queue, we decided to shift our focus on putting our money where our mouth was and feed our energy to the ones who make us who we are: our clients and candidates.

With that being said, it is with great pleasure to share with all of you that we will be revamping our series with a monthly how to, of sorts, to help you navigate through the process of finding your dream job this year. First in this rendition is: How Do I Know Which Recruiter is Right for Me? / What Questions Should I Be Asking? as a continuation of What are the Benefits of Partnering with a Recruiter.

Chock-full of many years of accounting experience and extensive knowledge of the recruiting industry (17, to be exact!), AquantUs’s managing partner, Tiffany Hoffine, was our first choice when it came to answering some of the questions you may be having before, or during, your conversations with a recruiter.

Understandably, Tiffany advises that a recruiter should be your first call. However, she doesn’t just say this to push her own agenda. She points out that, aside from helping to match you with a company, a recruiter may help you learn some things about yourself and your goals that you may have not thought to advertise if you were to conduct your own search. Not only that, but think of a recruiter as your connection to the company. We work directly with the hiring manager, which means we’ve already built rapport with the decision makers. So, instead of submitting your resume to a form where it will get scraped by data analytics tools, we place your resume straight into the hands on the person that is filling the open role and we get to advocate for you!

So, let’s say you’re open to working with a recruiter, but you don’t know where to start. We know that there are a lot of options out there and it can be overwhelming to make a decision on who to entrust in your job search. Sometimes it may seem that all recruiters are the same; Tiffany is here to tell you that they are most certainly not.

“Find a recruiter who has expertise in your area of expertise,” she says. “Ours are Accounting, Audit, Analytics, Finance, and Tax and I’m not the person to call if you need a marketing job, for example. If you’re in something like marketing, sales, etc., there are other firms who specialize in those areas who will do a much better job. The key thing is: you want their expertise to overlap with yours so that they understand what you do and have a better idea of what a great opportunity in your space looks like.”

Whether you’re new here, or you’ve been following us for a while, you may be wondering what our credentials are and how we are so confident in our abilities to place you in a role where your skills and experience will align; after all, you know yourself better than anybody else… right? We’re not arguing with that, but we’re here to assure you that we’ve been doing this for a long time and our managing partners have pretty impressive connections as a result of their lengthy backgrounds in accounting and finance. After ten-years of dominating (humble brag) the Atlanta market, we have formed everlasting relationships with our clients and we have turned many of our candidates (that’s you) into clients. We partner with you throughout the entire process, meaning you’ll have your recruiter every step of the way. In the beginning, we will provide you with an interview package and conduct interview preps via Zoom or Skype to ensure that you will have all of the information you need in order to have a successful interview.

Before contacting a recruiter, consider outlining your goals of working with one and come equipped with some questions to ask! We will, of course, ask you a ton of questions, but it is always easier to get a better idea of what you’re looking for when you are able to challenge us as well. If you’re curious as to what types of questions you should be asking, keep an eye out for the second part of this article, dropping next week!

 

Returning to Work Soon? Us too. Read Our Guide on How to Transition Back!

Like a bear coming out of hibernation, returning to “the wild” (i.e. our offices) will bring about a hunger for familiarity. And, just like those bears, we will be a little skittish, and at least six-feet apart from other humans.

This quarantine, arguably, has changed how we will forever conduct business and live our daily lives. Being located in Atlanta, in the first state to reopen, we have seen the city reemerge from the not-so-metaphorical ashes and pave the path for proper post-COVID protocol.

Drop by drop, person by person, June 1st will be when we start to trickle back into our offices. There are rumors of plastic partitions, talks of staggered arrivals, promises of adequate separation from others, and requirements of diligent sanitation.

As it pertains to the future of our work environments, though, all most of us can really do is continue to be adaptable for the sake of keeping ourselves and our peers safe. In the meantime, the one thing you can control is yourself, and that includes some of the habits you may have developed while in quarantine – some that may not translate over to your normal work schedule. Let’s go through them together!

Waking up earlier

I think everyone in our office is guilty of this one! It’s hard to deny that extra hour of shut-eye when your alarm goes off and you don’t technically need to get up just quite yet.

Remember when you were in grade school and your parents “trained” your sleep schedule? Whether it was an attempt at reclaiming alone-time, or not, they might have been on to something! According to sleep.org, your body has an easier time making sleep adjustments on an incremental basis. The website suggests turning your alarm clock back by fifteen-minutes at a time in order to have you springing out of bed by the time you need to return back to your normal work schedule!

Working out at different times

One of the things that our team really enjoyed with working from home was getting to break a workout routine. Many of us at AquantUs were big fans of playing around with different workout times, but unfortunately, that will soon come to an end. Use this transition period to reacquaint yourself with your typical exercise schedule. Or, if you’ve always wanted to be an early-bird fitness-enthusiast, this would be a great time to train yourself to work out early, while you’re still working from home!

Transition back to your normal lunch schedule

Those hunger-pangs don’t have quite the same effect when you have your entire pantry at your disposal. Getting back into the habit of eating during the times that you would typically eat while at the office is a good idea, in order to keep hunger at bay!

Transition back to your normal work hours

Work-life balance was one of the biggest issues that many faced once their dining rooms became their offices. There’s something just so easy about sitting down for ten-minutes to finish a task at 8PM. While this advice packages all of the other tips together, we believe it deserves a category of its own. Aim to work your normal hours. When the laptop shuts, resist the temptation to open it up again!

 

While we’ve all just been trying our best to do what works best for us during quarantine, knowing that we’re all going to be reunited soon makes it easier to get back into our normal routine. What habits have you developed that you’re going to have to break?! Let us know in the comments below!

 

 

Onboarding Like a Pro, Hiring Manager Edition!

Virtual backgrounds? Online introductions? Cutting through the awkwardness of knowing a new employee through a computer?

You thought you’d at least have some training before having to do this.

Sure, there has been talk floating around the rumor mill for a couple of years now about working from home, but as somebody in a hiring position, you never thought your job would be taken totally remote.

Virtual interviews certainly aren’t a new concept, but onboarding? Now that, that’s something you don’t have experience with.  Afterall, there are still so many things rooted in physical presence when onboarding a new person. Handshakes have been replaced with waves and elbow bumps (P.S. do you know why we shake hands when we meet someone?!), physical signatures have gone digital, and equipment is now being shipped through the mail to its rightful new owner.

While COVID has disrupted our normalcy and forced us to change our patterns and our daily lives, it comes with a certain kind of comfort – one that we tend to seek, knowingly, or not – a sense of understanding and patience with our peers, our loved-ones, our colleagues. So, while you may feel like Christopher Columbus navigating the unmapped seas, know that there are a thousand ships backing you up – one of which, is AquantUs (hey, we don’t have the word Aqua in our name for no reason!).

Being the liaison between candidate and hiring manager for some time now (and having onboarded multiple employees 100% remotely), we’re quite familiar with getting to know somebody through some sort of digital channel. Keep reading to learn how you, too, can become a pro!

  1. Over communicate

Right now, there’s no such thing as talking too much. As a new employee, it’s already nerve-wracking enough to start a new job, meet new people, learn about your boss – but to do that over a screen (?!) that takes it to a whole ‘nother level!

By opening the doors to communication, you are showing your new hire that yes, you understand, and yes, it’s okay to ring when they have a question. This will iron out any first-week kinks and awkwardness and open the door to communication.

  1. Hit the record button

Consider taking some time to create a virtual training, orientation, and onboarding program. Platforms such as Zoom and BombBomb have made it easy to record your screen and add audio to it. By recording yourself walking through programs, timelines, policies, etc., you will not only have something for your new employees to reference, should they need it, but you’ll also have it for future employees for when you return to the office! (Saving time for Future You!)

  1. Create a detailed plan, but know when to slow it down

I don’t need to say it because we know you’ve heard it a thousand times: we’re living in unprecedented times. Everything has come to a standstill and we’re all trying to do many jobs at once by taking care of the kids, working alongside our housemates, etc.

A little bit of understanding will go a long way here. Provide your new employee with a detailed plan, but know that they may have a lot of other background noise to handle. Luckily since you’ve overcommunicated (right?!) your new employee will feel comfortable sharing their WFH situation and won’t leave you in the dark!

  1. Have a team happy hour

This one is pretty straightforward. Since we’re not in the office, it’s important to go above and beyond to help your new hire feel like a real employee! Consider setting up a team meeting so everybody can get to know the new addition!

  1. Embrace the experience!

Like it or not, at some point, we probably will be working from home much more. Use this time as practice to become an expert at it!

 

 

Onboarding from home, like a pro!

Let’s play a game of ‘what’s more nerve-wracking’, shall we?

  • Meeting your new coworkers vs. meeting your new coworkers via video chat
  • Learning your company’s culture vs. trying to gauge the culture in conference calls
  • Being trusted with company equipment vs. receiving a shipment of your new equipment
  • Learning all of the things in your first week and speaking up when you have questions vs. learning all of the things in your first week and video calling your boss when you have questions

I think the winner is clear.

We’ve all been in that position — we’ve all been the new kid on the block and it’s exhausting having new info fly at you in every direction at 100 MPH. Now, could you imagine having to do all of that through a screen?!

With the onset of COVID-19 and the practice of social distancing, companies have shifted to remote work, whether they were fully-prepared to do so, or not. While this taste of a commute-less life has been welcomed by few and loathed by most (which, hey, if you’re struggling, read our article about how to up your production efforts!), most people haven’t even thought to count their lucky stars that they’re settled into their role at their company and not navigating the treacherous waters of starting a new job remotely.

Now, this isn’t to say that we’re unaware of the tight grip this virus has on our economy, and this isn’t us turning a blind eye to the millions that have been laid off this past month. It is, rather, us acknowledging that, while many are being let-go or furloughed from their jobs, loads more are starting new jobs because, yes, there are companies still hiring (email info@aquantusllc.com if you’d like to receive a copy of our jobs listing).

So, if you’re one of the ones that is starting a new job during this pandemic, let us be your resource to help you maneuver through the unfamiliarity of remote work, new job edition!

 

Establish who you will be reporting to and any direct reports you will have

You’ve probably already received this information, but it never hurts to double check! Since this will be your closest-knit group in the company, it’s best to familiarize yourself with them ASAP. In fact, it could even be beneficial to do a little sleuthing and see if there are any personal connections you can make with them since you’ll be lacking human-to-human contact.

Try to schedule a meeting with your ‘inner’ work ‘circle’ before your first day or sometime within the first week

This ties directly into the first bullet point. If possible, see if you are able to schedule a meet-and-greet meeting with your ‘inner circle’ either before your start date or very soon after; this will help you get acquainted with everybody!

Create a folder in your inbox for all onboarding documents

It is, admittedly, much harder to stay organized when you don’t have a proper desk, drawers, a file cabinet, etc. Since your boss will most likely be sending all of your documents via email, keep them all filed together in an onboarding folder in your inbox.

Verify that your internet is able to withstand high-broadband tasks

This is probably something you haven’t thought about if you haven’t worked remotely before, but believe us, you’ll be glad you checked after you get going. Double check with your provider that your network is able to handle high-broadband tasks.

Set up your work station

Just as you would do in office, set up a station equipped with a planner, pens, notepads, etc. The more you can recreate a professional working environment, the better your chances for succeeding!

Make a checklist with specific goals and expectations

Of course, your first week will be mostly filled with learning the ropes, but it’s always a good idea to write down your goals and expectations since you won’t have anybody around to check on you. This will help you stay on track and help keep your priorities in-line.