Is a New Graduate the Right Option for Your Job Opening?

Another crop of new college graduates will be wrapping up celebrations and entering the job market in the coming months with high hopes of landing great careers in the Chicago region. Is your company in the right position to offer a new graduate their first full-time job after college? How can you know that hiring a brand new college graduate vs. a seasoned professional is the right thing to do? If you do hire a new grad, what can you expect?

A survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), revealed that employers are planning to hire almost 10 percent more college grads this year than last year. Recruitment and hiring of new college grads is up for a number of reasons, including:

  • College graduates have learned the most recent skills in technology and business advancement
  • New college graduates are eager to prove themselves to employers, especially millennials and Generation Z
  • Today’s college graduates are better prepared for the workforce due to post-recession changes in the educational system

Hiring college graduates adds an influx of energy and excitement to your workforce. They are excited to start their first “real” job and get their career going in the right direction. Having a balance of college graduates with your seasoned employees can help your business grow.

The traits you should be looking for when offering employment opportunities to new college graduates are:

  • Strong interpersonal communication skills using multiple mediums and technology. College students have grown up with electronic communication. It’s important to evaluate their written and verbal communication since not everything can be done through email (or text messaging!)
  • The ability to work well with other generations in the workforce, especially older employees. Younger employees may think they possess all the answers, but developing a balance of respect for each generation can result in great gains for the company.
  • Above-average work ethic and dedication to long-term success in the company. A lot of employers believe they can teach a number of skills but don’t want to develop a new employee’s work ethic. Getting a long-term commitment would be the best of both worlds, but it’s difficult to expect younger employees to pledge the first 10, 20 or 30 years of their career to the first job.

While new grads will be limited in their work experience, they will be able to show a progression of these traits through their college projects and any practicum. Behavioral interview questions can still be beneficial despite their lack of career experience. The teamwork concepts developed in college provide ample opportunity for experience in a number of situations that can be transferred to the professional sector.

To partner with a three-time recipient of Inavero’s Best of Staffing® awards, contact Casey Accounting & Finance Resources today and find out how a top staffing agency in Chicago can help with all of your accounting and financial employment needs.

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Casey Accounting & Finance Resources, Inc. Wins INAVERO’S 2016 BEST OF STAFFING® Client and Talent Awards

Rolling Meadows, IL – February 18, 2016 Casey Accounting & Finance Resources, a leading staffing organization specializing in the placement of Accounting & Finance Professionals announced today they have won Inavero’s Best of Staffing® Client and Talent Awards for providing superior service to their clients and job seekers. Presented in partnership with CareerBuilder, Inavero’s Best of Staffing winners have proven to be industry leaders in service quality based completely on the ratings given to them by their clients and the employees they’ve helped find jobs. On average, clients of winning agencies are nearly three times more likely to be completely satisfied and talent of winning agencies are 50 percent more likely to be completely satisfied with the services provided compared to those working with non-winning agencies.  Award winners make up less than two percent of all staffing agencies in the U.S. and Canada who earned the Best of Staffing Award for service excellence.

Focused on providing Accounting & Finance Professionals, Casey Accounting & Finance Resources is pleased to be able to provide outstanding services to their clients and candidates.

Casey Accounting & Finance Resources claims an Invaero® Best of Staffing Award for the third consecutive season.

“We are honored to achieve this milestone for our business and winning both awards – Inavero’s Best of Staffing® Client and Talent!  Our team works hard to make our services the best for our clients and candidates, and I am very proud of what we have been able to accomplish together for the Accounting and Finance community!  Currently 1 out of every 2.5 candidates interviewed by our clients is hired, providing a great resource of outstanding talent with a quick response rate.”  Casey Accounting & Finance Resources President and CEO, Patricia Casey said.

“Leaders of growing companies are more committed than ever to staying flexible in this stable yet volatile market making staffing firms the most viable employment partnership,” said Inavero’s CEO Eric Gregg. “Finding the best staffing partner with a proven commitment to service excellence can be really tough. is the place to find the winning agencies that place talent with the skills you need in your city or state. We are very proud of the 2016 award winners.”

Casey Accounting & Finance Resources, Inc.
Casey Accounting & Finance Resources is a nationally accredited, best in class recruitment firm specializing in the placement of Accounting & Finance Resources talent for both temporary placement and direct hire.   Our dedicated staff is well networked in the Accounting & Finance community, tenured and industry certified.   With our strong relationships, referrals and sourcing skills, we can quickly locate top talent to add to your team.  In addition to our outstanding recruiting practices, we are committed to community service and philanthropy.  Our people are our greatest asset!

About Inavero
Inavero administers more staffing agency client and talent satisfaction surveys than any other firm in the world. Inavero’s team reports on over 1.2 million satisfaction surveys from staffing agency clients and talent each year and the company serves as the American Staffing Association’s exclusive service quality partner. 

About Inavero’s Best of Staffing
Inavero’s Best of Staffing® Award is the only award in the U.S. and Canada that recognizes staffing agencies that have proven superior service quality based completely on the ratings given to them by their clients and job candidates. Award winners are showcased by city and area of expertise on – an online resource for hiring professionals and job seekers to find the best staffing agencies to call when they are in need.

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How Teamwork Helps All Aspects of Your Career

Whether you are currently employed or seeking a new job, being a team player can be to your advantage. Why? People skills are often in short supply as more employees lean on technology and interact less in the workplace. Being a great communicator and collaborator can take you far in your career. The ability to relate to many different types of people and situations, using your best skills to support a team effort is something you should work on throughout your career.

Here are some reasons why teamwork helps you in all aspects of your career development.

Teamwork helps you see things from other perspectives

When you open yourself up to working with others in a team setting, you benefit by learning perspectives and experiences. This aids in your development and ability to expand your horizons. It can also help you become better at your job as you learn new ways of handling tasks and seeing things from alternative views.

Teamwork will help you get a better career

At your current job, teamwork develops relationships and leads to increased production. When you’re looking for a new job, people will help you out and you can show examples of when you were a great team member.

Teamwork skills require being more personable

If you struggle with shyness or fear around other people, making an effort to be active on a team can help you come out of your shell. Make the choice to be an active participant and use your talents to contribute to the success of each project. You will earn the respect of your peers and develop more personality.

Teamwork can connect you with the right people and opportunities

In life, being part of a team can bring you closer to the type of career and the challenge of new experiences you need to grow. You can build closer connections with your peers, mentors, and even clients and vendors you work with. Using teamwork principles, you will be viewed as someone that others can rely on to get things done.

Teamwork is the hallmark of a future leader

When you learn how to be a team player, you are also developing the skills you can use as a future leader in your industry. Learning to get along with others, bringing out the best in them, and sharing in successes are the traits that all good leaders possess. Think in these terms as you work on team-building skills and attitudes.

Work with a Leader Among Chicago Recruiters

At Casey Accounting & Finance Resources, we value teamwork among all of our employees. We will focus on your area of expertise and place top financial job candidates with the best financial companies in Chicago and the surrounding area. Contact our award-winning financial recruiters to get started!