Welcome to Accent Professional Recruiting
Accent Professional Recruiting specializes in the recruitment and placement of only the highest quality candidates within Sales and Marketing related professions across a variety of industries throughout the country.
Specializing in Sales and Marketing
We are proud to offer over 35 years of executive search experience, and are dedicated to offering you reliable, consistent and personalized service. We know what it takes to be a Top Producer!
Our reputation for outstanding service is due to evaluating both the candidates and employers needs on a personalized, individual basis. In addition, Accent is SWaM (Small, Woman and/or Minority-owned business) certified.
Frequently Asked Questions
Making the right impression [part 2] During your job interview
At your interview Arrive EARLY Walk in to your interview with good posture - stand tall! Be sure to give a firm handshake and use good eye contact with the interviewer Hand the interviewer a hard copy of your resume, references, etc. Do NOT slouch. Either cross your legs or sit leaning forward and LISTEN Answer questions directly. Do NOT ramble or mumble Take notes and be prepared to ask your questions toward end of interview or where appropriate ALWAYS be honest. Dishonesty will always come back to haunt you Show that you have a genuine interest in the company and the position. Be prepared to demonstrate that you have researched the firm Ask for the interviewer's business card ASK for what the next step is if you are genuinely interested in the position End the interview with firm handshake and good eye contact Following your interview ALWAYS follow up with a handwritten note and email a 'thank you' If you haven’t heard back from the company within a week, call the interviewer to follow up on the status of the position If you asked for the next step in the process, follow the steps above, as you will most likely be going on a first interview again with additional management staff. Continue to act as if you are interviewing for the job until an offer is extended. IMPORTANT: Until an offer has been extended, there is no job! REMEMBER: You are being considered as a representative of the company you are interviewing with. You must set the best possible example you can. Good luck! >> If you missed Part 1 of this series on making the right impression for your interview click here.
Making the right impression [part 1] Prior to the job interview
There are many things you can do before, during and after an interview to help your chances of getting hired for the position you desire. There are things you can do to prepare before the interview, great ideas for the interview itself and what to do after the inteview. This is part 1 in our 3 part series, making the right impression. Part 1) Prior to the Job Interview Look the part. Be sure your clothes match your respect for the interviewer and the position. Most appropriate interview attire? For men or women, a suit or equivalent is always appropriate. Be well groomed. When interviewing for a job you want to be taken seriously. Be sure to have your hair cut and nicely styled. Sloppy hair or attire says, "I don't really care." Get a good night’s rest. Nothing's better then feeling good and refreshed so ensure you get enough sleep the night before. Don't plan a big night out before the big interview. Research the company you are interviewing with. It's a smart idea to know something about the company you are interviewing with. How big are they? Do they have a new product or service out on the market? Do you know how they position themselves? Don't go overboard. Do not wear too much makeup or too much cologne. You want to look your best but have them remember you, not how you smell. Be prepared. Have your folder ready with extra resumes, portfolios and recommendations/references. You never know when you will be meeting with more than one person in the office. It's always best to be prepared. Be more prepared. Bring a nice note pad and pen in case you want to write down things to remember. Also be prepared with questions ready to ask about the companys goals and direction for the future. Put yourself in their shoes. Remember that how you present yourself is a direct reflection of the company you are interviewing for. Put yourself in hiring manager’s shoes and always be respectful. >> Don't miss Part 2 of this series on making the right impression for your interview. Be sure to subscribe to our RSS feed by clicking on the orange square icon at the top right of the page. Then you'll get Part 2 delivered right to your email inbox!
Getting Back into the Workforce
In 2003, I took a new role: stay-at-home-mom. Little did I know that it would be one of my toughest jobs yet, but rewarding in so many ways. Ten years later, I decided to take the plunge and re-enter the workforce. I have a master’s degree and years of professional experience, not to mention all the skills I didn’t know I had being a stay-at -home-mom. My thoughts were, “With my education and all my past experience, how hard could it really be to find a new job?” I updated my resume, re-engaged my network and started interviewing. To my surprise, I was constantly rejected - quite the dose of reality! I was under-qualified and over-qualified all in one! After 6 months of job searching and networking (which became my other full-time job), I started to reap the benefits of my efforts. Leveraging and building my network and support base (both professionally and personally) was key. I have now been back in the workforce for over a year and I am loving it. It’s challenging at times but so rewarding! Bottom line: ensure you are constantly building that network and support base. Whether it’s connecting with a few people on LinkedIn each week or just sending a note to a former co-worker, staying in touch both personally and professionally will always be an asset to you no matter what your future brings.
Always be professional – even with your job recruiter
Even though a job recruiter is not the last stop in finding a new position, it’s still important to make a good impression. Job recruiters have the connections to help you find temporary and permanent placements, so maintaining a professional relationship with them increases the likelihood that they will be able to find the best job opportunities for you. Use these tips for maintaining a professional relationship with your recruiter: 1. Dress well. Wear a suit, a coat and tie, or similar business attire. This ensures that you always appear professional and put-together, rather than as if you just got done at the gym, to the people who recommend you for job openings. 2. Speak professionally. It isn’t appropriate to act as you might around friends or family. Refrain from using slang or profanity, and stay away from jokes that could be seen as political or derogatory to any sectors of society. Speak as you would to someone interviewing you for a job you want. 3. Know your goals. What kind of job do you want? What are your target areas, and what are you qualified to do? Communicate clearly with your recruiter about your goals from the beginning, and let them know promptly if these change. What sort of salary-range and benefits are you looking for? While it’s important to be flexible about some details, having an idea and being able to articulate it clearly help you appear put together and professional. 4. Be honest. It’s never a good idea to lie or embellish your skill set. Be honest about what you know, your education, and what your sales and marketing experiences have been. This helps recruiters find jobs that are truly the best fit for you. 5. Follow-up. Following up with your job recruiter is a polite way to appear interested and engaged in your job search; pestering is not. If you’re waiting for feedback, following up one or two times a week is reasonable and demonstrates tenacity. On the other hand, calling and/or emailing your recruiters eight times a day can make you seem desperate and demanding of attention.