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I am a passionate, dedicated and expert recruiter who brings unrivaled experience and expertise to my clients and candidates in the field of accounting and finance throughout the greater Chicago market."

Marc Basil is a Brand Ambassador for Brilliant, and Senior Director of Financial Search, the permanent and direct hire division of Brilliant.

He is a charismatic professional who counsels his clients with his sharp wit and keen knowledge of the staffing and recruiting industry. He has a strong insight into the accounting and finance professions with nearly two decades worth of experience. The Basil Blog is an editorial-based blog from Marc’s point of view on issues affecting his candidate and client base.


4 Essential Tools for Job Seekers

I’ve been recruiting in Chicago for more than 20 years, and can say without hesitation, this is the strongest job market I have ever seen. As the number of job opportunities continues to rise, the clearer it becomes that this is a candidate-driven market. Most job seekers are juggling several job opportunities at once, and weighing the benefits of each.

This puts working professionals, especially individuals in accounting, finance and IT, in a strong position to manage their careers. No matter how good of conditions we’re experiencing, however, it’s a good rule of thumb to remain vigilant with the decisions you make. As the old adage goes, “all good things must come to an end” – and you just never know when that might happen.

Therefore, it’s best to not become complacent. Regardless of the plentiful market, there are still essential guidelines to practice when seeking a new job.

Learn the 4 Essential Tools for Job Seekers below!

1. Be ready to wow with your resume.
Not only is your resume considered your first impression, but it’s also a summary of accomplishments and career management. Recruiters, human resources professionals and hiring managers typically review hundreds of resumes per day, making it impossible to give full attention to many. In order to help your resume stand out from the rest next to it, make sure it accurately and succinctly frames your experiences by using key words and comprehensive descriptions.

2. Know your stance on social Media.
Just like job seekers research the companies and roles they are applying to, hiring managers and recruiters research the candidates they are interested in. Believe it or not, social media is one of the first and primary ways an organizations will research candidates. Not only should your LinkedIn profile be up-to-date (professional headshot used for your photo, etc.) but consider cleaning up other social channels that you’re active on including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, among others – or turn your settings to private. Our firm was assisting an organization with a CFO search last year, and a part of their vetting process was thoroughly research candidates’ social media to ensure there was no questionable content.

3. Have references at the ready.
In today’s market, hiring companies are compelled to move quickly in order to avoid losing talented candidates to their competition. For this reason, organizations typically accelerate through the interview and vetting process, which includes reference-checks. Before you begin the interview process with any company, be sure to reach out to the individuals who will serve as your references to ensure they are ready to field/return a call in a timely fashion. It’s important to use references who either align with the type of work, or who can touch on specific skills or experiences of yours that also pertain to the job you’re vying for.

4. Practice protocol.
Although candidates currently have the upper hand in the market and most are entertaining several opportunities at once, remaining professional throughout all interview processes is critical. Regardless of the circumstance, be sure to return phone calls, arrive to interviews on time and fully prepared, and follow up with hiring managers after interviews. All of these are simple reminders but stand as important initiatives in following interview protocol. It’s easy to under-communicate with an organization that you don’t see fit for employment. However, maintaining your professional reputation is a priority, and following interview protocol is essential to doing so.

Do you have any other suggestions for job seekers? Leave a comment below!

Categories: Hiring, Recruiter, Job Market, Labor Market | Tags: Recruiting , Hiring , Labor Market , Job market |

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Marc's Story Marc's Story

Early in his career, Marc built a solid relationship with now key leaders at Brilliant and was able to foster those relationships for many years, joining the company in early 2010, shortly after the firm opened its doors.

Because of the continued guidance from former CEO Jim Wong and current President Kathy Spearing – coupled with the opportunity to make people’s lives better each day– Marc stays compelled in his role as Senior Director of Brilliant Financial Search. Basil says, “I’m incredibly impressed with the running of the business. That, and the opportunity to work with our great clients, candidates and colleagues are what keeps me here.”

Marc's Philosophy Marc's Philosophy

  • He listens
  • He educates
  • He motivates
  • He coaches
  • He sets high expectations
  • He follows through on promises

Candidate Testimonials Candidate Testimonials

Working with Marc has been great. He helped me obtain the position that was right for me and my skills. Marc is open and honest with his recruits and is an effective communicator. He knows how to get the job done right because he stays organized and is knowledgeable about the job market. Most of all he is friendly and easy to work with. I would, and have done so on many occasions, recommended Marc as a recruiter you can trust to find the right opportunity for you.A Happy Staff Accountant

During my recent search, I worked with a few recruiters. However, none held the expertise nor prepared me for the interview as well as Marc did. Marc's initial meeting asked all the right questions to get me into roles where there was mutual interest. Marc was able to coach me through the process to present myself to my strengths as well as the hiring managers’ needs. It is truly a pleasure working with Marc, and I would be happy to work with him in the future.A Happy Senior Financial Analyst

Checkmark 5 Things to Know About Marc


He’s an avid runner. He’s ran multiple races, including a marathon, and runs 5 miles home from work every day.

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He enjoys good wine. His favorites are Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir.


His relationship with his in-laws is like a TV sitcom. They don’t speak English, and he doesn’t speak Spanish.


Marc was born and raised on the northwest side of Chicago – he is not a “suburban” guy.


Marc is a middle child of two sisters and two brothers.

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