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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.


5 Reasons to Never Accept a Counter Offer

The best time to be a talented professional looking for a new position is NOW. Companies are thriving, unemployment is historically low and the opportunities are plentiful. Because the demand for top talent is so significant, hiring organizations are going to extreme measures to secure the right candidates for their open roles.

Once a candidate accepts a job offer and sends notice to their current organization, however, they have to be prepared to handle if and when their current employer extends a counter offer. Often times, when an individual is a well-performing member of the company, a manager will ask them to reconsider their decision and stay with their respective team. And although it’s enticing, I’m going to put it out there and say it’s never a good idea to accept.

Learn how to stick with your decision and respectfully decline a counter offer by following the five steps below.

1. Identify Your Motives BEFORE you begin your search.
A job search can be a long and sometimes frustrating process, but in most cases, it’s a necessary part of your career. Before embarking on a new job search, however, it’s important to reflect on your current situation. Try to determine what you enjoy about your role, the company and the culture, and identify the pros and cons of your day-to-day. What problem will be solved by transitioning into a new company? What will you gain by leaving? How do your career goals align with your current position?

It’s true that no job or company is perfect, but many issues can be resolved. So, it’s important to discuss current issues before even considering a job search.

2. Be open to discussing the Issues.
Once your challenges or frustrations are identified, the next step is to discuss them with a manager. Often times, managers may not even realize your frustrations until you voice them. If your issue lies within the work of your direct manager, it’s best to talk to his/her manager about your concerns. Fierce conversations such as these are not always easy, however, you must navigate through these concerns before seeking a completely new opportunity. You never know how issues can be solved until you address and discuss them.

3. Take Action
Once you’ve had discussions over your specific concerns and the outcome doesn’t yield the type of results expected, it may be time to seek a new position outside of your current employer. Make sure to have a clear understanding of why you’re seeking a new opportunity, why you’re open to leaving your current position and what you’re looking for in a new one.

4. Commit to Change.
Upon accepting a new position and giving a formal notice to your current organization, be prepared to explain your reasons for transitioning out of your current role. If your current employer believes you’re a valuable asset to the team, they may steer you into the direction of staying with the company. It’s common for your original concerns to suddenly be taken more seriously upon giving a resignation notice. But then, what is their motivation? Why have your concerns been ignored until this point? Clearly, the organization has had ample opportunity to rectify the situation and chose not to. Be transparent about your decision and what led you to seeking a new opportunity, and stay committed to your original decision!

5. Understand the Risk.
It’s easy to be enticed by a counter offer when it involves a salary increase, promotion or maybe even more flexible work hours. If you are swayed enough into accepting a counter offer, it’s important to note that your loyalty to the company will continue to remain in question after considering a new opportunity. In other words, “If they did it once, what is stopping them from doing this again in a few months?” Believe it or not, 75 percent of individuals who accept counter offers typically don’t stay with that company for more than six months, due to either the company’s decision or their own.

Do you have any other suggestions on how to avoid risky counter offers? Comment below!

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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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