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
Landing Your Dream Sales Job – Do You Have Job Security?
You just landed your dream job...do you now have job security? This is the million dollar question. We, as Sales Recruiters, have had the pleasure of placing Sales Professionals at all levels in their dream job. Several have become partners or shareholders with their new organizations, while others have been promoted to key executives. Unfortunately, not all sales candidates have fared as well. We don't know which firms will be acquired, merge, fold, management changes, or go through RIF ("reduction-in-force"). At Accent, we try to place every candidate we work with in a lasting role they can succeed at. However, occasionally these unexpected events do happen, and sales professionals end up back on the job search before they intended. Before accepting your next sales role, help yourself by doing your research on the company, meeting with management, going on a field ride, and getting to know a member of the sales team. Most importantly, ask questions about the company, expectations of the sales team, and their five year growth plans. All of these efforts can help you make an educated decision about which position and company are the best fit for you.
Be aware of “Pie in the Sky” Job Offer
I recently interviewed a sales candidate, 'John,' who had a very stable work history, until just a few months ago when he was offered the "opportunity of a lifetime." This opportunity, which he saw as a dream job, promised uncapped income potential, an almost too-good-to-be-true scenario. Unfortunately, it was. The promises this company made to the sales candidate did not come to fruition. In fact, the compensation plan changed repeatedly and, by the end of it, offered significantly less earning potential than his previous longstanding sales role. John was understandably disappointed that he'd left employment in the previous stable sales role to risk joining this new team, only to find out that the new position wasn't even comparable to his old job. When seeking a new sales opportunity, do your research on both the company and management team. Ask to speak with both a senior and junior member of the sales team in order to get their different perspectives. Do your homework enough to know the difference between something that is a great opportunity and something that's just too-good-to-be-true. Remember, you are interviewing your potential employer as much as they are interviewing you.
Believe it or Not, Your Voicemail can Land You a Great Job!
You may not think about it as a professional development tool, but one simple way to leave a positive first impression is your voicemail greeting. Believe it or not, many sales professionals do not have their voicemails set up. They are so reliant on text messages that they overlook the importance of a professional greeting. Sounds simple, doesn't it? I was recently at an industrial sales trade show where I met with a Regional VP of Sales. He shared with me these biggest personal frustrations when following up with sales candidates: he said that either the candidates don't answer their phones, they have an unprofessional greetings, or worse yet, have not even set up their voicemails! Recording a brief, professional voicemail greeting is a courtesy to callers that can truly benefit you in the long run. What if an HR representative at your dream company called, but didn't leave a message because the voicemail greeting was not set up? Whether an incoming call is of interest or not, always be professional and follow up. Leaving a positive impression may just land you your next sales role!
Want to Know the New Job Search Secret?
Social Media - That’s right! According to Under30Careers, 37% of employers currently use social media to research candidates and more will continue to do so in the future. Recruiters and hiring managers are relying on social media to pursue candidate résumés and cover letters. Here are four sites that can help with your next career move. Are you on – and active on – each of them? LinkedIn – Often touted as the professional social networking site, LinkedIn is most used by hiring managers and recruiters. You can increase the likelihood that it will help you in your job search by filling in your profile completely, asking for recommendations from former bosses (and giving recommendations), having friends/co-workers endorse your skills, and remembering to keep all your pictures professional. Facebook - Though this is mainly a social tool, do not overlook that recruiters, hiring managers, and current employers are likely to check out your Facebook page. In order to ensure that your Facebook is a help, not a hindrance, in your job search, make sure to conscientiously set your privacy settings and remember that anything you write or upload on to the site can be tracked! Twitter - Many of us use Twitter as a personal way to follow friends. However, make sure to create a professional account if you are following a company or a potential employer. Following companies and employers will help you follow the trends of those companies and possibly open discussions with a potential employer. About.me - This a quick glimpse at who you are and your social connections. Add a professional picture, an attention-seeking headline, write a memorable paragraph about your background and include social networks you are on.