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
Handwritten vs email thank you note – which is better?
In today’s technically advanced world, it seems most job candidates opt for the email thank you note. Of course, there is nothing wrong with sending an email saying thank you to a hiring manager but a handwritten note might just set you apart from your competition. In a recent and rather extreme circumstance, it actually could have caused a candidate of mine not to be moved forward in the interview process. I was working with a global company last year and the hiring manager was “old school” if you will. My candidate, Bill, was moving through the interview process and all of the feedback was very positive. After the third interview with the VP of Sales, Bill was offered the job. Come to find out from the corporate recruiter, if Bill had not written a personal thank you note, he would have been pulled from the interview process. Again, this is extreme but it is a true story! WHAT SHOULD I DO? I advise my job candidates to err on the side of caution and do both. A short email immediately following the interview will show you are very interested in the position but following up with a handwritten note within 24 hours of the interview shows your professionalism. Remember, there can be problems with snail mail and email delivery as well so you are basically guaranteed the interviewer will receive one of your notes if not both. Stay tuned for my June blog on the dos and dont's of thank you notes!
What Not to Wear on Your Job Interview
I always thought it was common sense to dress appropriately for an interview. But then a hiring manager mentioned what my candidate wore for his interview. He did wear a suit but it was wrinkled, had obvious stains and was far too big for his size. And, not only was he meeting with the Sales Manager, he was also meeting with the Regional VP of the company. Needless to say, he did not move forward in the interview process. A few job interview wardrobe selections to avoid: Wear clothing that fits you. Not only should you stay away from too tight fitting clothes, but also baggy clothes. Make sure shirts are buttoned up and skirts are not too short. Wear dress shoes. Interviews are not the place to wear flip flops or sneakers. Avoid too much jewelry, it can be distracting. Do not wear a hat, denim, or graphic t-shirts. This is business, not a social outing. Hide tattoos and any crazy piercings. Stay away from heavy perfumes. Wear a neatly pressed suit (without stains!). Invest in a “go to” suit that you can wear specifically for interviews. This way you have something to wear if you get an unexpected interview and you can concentrate on your interview and not stress about figuring out what to wear! Good luck!
Why job training is so important
It is crucial for any new employee to receive training upon hire. It doesn’t need to be a formalized week long classroom situation. It can simply be one-on-one training with your new boss, shadowing a successful rep in another territory, webinars or all of the above. You may be familiar with the product line and your territory; however, company culture and policies & procedures will be different. MY SALES TRAINING EXPERIENCE When I was hired by my last employer, a global textile manufacturer, I asked to travel with one of top reps in the country so I could emulate their successes. In addition, I worked one-on-one with my Sales Manager in my territory. I was also provided sales goals and expectations for the year. I wanted to know what it would require to reach those goals. At that point, I then set my own goals at a much higher expectation. As a result, I became number one in sales for my company. BOTTOM LINE pave the road to success for your new hires. Set the expectations from the beginning and provide the necessary tools and training. After all, your employees are the face of the company and their success is your success!
As a recruiter, I read tons of résumés, cover letters, and emails every day. I am also a nitpicker when it comes to spelling and grammar. I am constantly amazed at the lack of attention to detail given to important documents. Stupid mistakes in spelling and grammar in résumés, business emails, and correspondence have to potential to hurt anyone’s career. When you submit a shoddy résumé for something as significant as a position with a new company, the employer will assume that you will do a shoddy job, too. Whether you can’t (or won’t) proofread, or are in too big of a hurry to send in that document, you will lose out on the interview because of a poor-quality résumé! Please, proofread! Better yet, have someone else look over these important documents before sending them off to headhunters, job recruiters, or potential employers. Remember, four eyes are better than two!