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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 Ways to Enhance Your Professional Reputation

The month of December serves as a great time to reflect back on all we’ve accomplished throughout the year. It’s an even better time to contemplate how we can position ourselves for continued success in the coming year. Whether you’re ready for a significant change in your career, or simply preventing the feeling of “burnout”, setting goals for yourself and enhancing your professional character is a must.

The latest Brilliant Q1 2019 Accounting, Finance and IT Hiring Forecast indicated that 51 percent of businesses reported open accounting and finance positions for the coming quarter. Although the labor market is very much candidate-driven, the talent continues to strengthen, and it’s time to ask yourself — are you setting yourself up for success in 2019?

Take a look at my 4 Ways to Enhance Your Professional Reputation in 2019 below!

1. Be Resume-Ready At All Times
“If someone offers you an amazing opportunity but you are not sure you can do it, say ‘yes’, then learn how to do it later.” Richard Branson may not have been referring to a resume when he used this line, but it does speak to never knowing when an ideal opportunity may surface. Whether you’re in a serious job search or cruising along in a steady position, having a professional resume saved and ready to be reviewed by a potential new employer is strongly recommended. You never know when your dream job will arise.

2. Assess Your Professional Goals
Where do you see yourself in 2019? What will you have accomplished by the end of next year? What can you improve upon? When it comes to answering these questions and focusing on professional improvements, it’s a good idea to set time to discuss this with your manager. They can help you measure your success and understand the necessary areas of growth. With a clear roadmap of where you want to go in the New Year, you will start to get a clear vision of how to get there.

3. Invest in Continued Professional Development
Whether you’ve been in your profession for 10 months or 10 years, there’s always room to learn and improve. Have you ever thought about taking a course to strengthen your skillset in Excel? How about taking a quarterly training outside of the office with an expert in your field? You may even fancy the idea of finishing sitting for the CPA. No matter your learning path, professional development is vital to ensure that you’re constantly sharpening your skillset and stimulating your mind.

4. Nurture Your Network
When counseling candidates on a job search, I always stress the importance of networking and how impactful building strong community around them can be for their careers. Networking should be an ongoing strategic process, and it can’t begin when in the midst of a job search. Try to set aside time for lunches or coffee on a monthly basis with former co-workers, managers or even professors. This is a great way to stay on track with your relationship-building and stay in-the-know with various industries. When you decided to start a new job search, your professional network should naturally be the beginning of that process.

Do you have any other tips for enhancing your professional reputation? Comment below with your response!

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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