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Marc Basil
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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.

As we complete the first month of the New Year, we find ourselves in a very incredibly unique market. On one hand, there are significantly more opportunities available to candidates as the hiring climate has significantly recovered. However, offsetting this is the fact that hiring organizations are more selective than they have been in recent memory…
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As 2016 begins, many of us take time to reflect on the year ahead and vow to make changes, both personal and professional. Be it losing weight, quitting smoking or changing jobs, with the New Year comes the commitment to a fresh start. As a recruiter, I cannot truly understand how to assist an individual in their job search without a true and honest understanding of what is motivating this change…
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Categories: | Tags: Superboss
I recently had lunch with a CFO (Chief Financial Officer) who had engaged our firm to assist with the hiring of a Controller for his team. In discussing his career and how he had successfully reached the level of CFO, I was fascinated to learn he had never “applied” to a job…
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As someone who recruits talented individuals in accounting and finance for a living, I have a unique vantage point (a front row seat) to how individuals of different generations approach and think about the idea of tenure with a company…

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For those of us in the staffing/search industry, we are blessed to find ourselves in an incredibly robust market. Despite the discipline for which your particular firm recruits – accounting, finance or information technology – the need for our services is as strong as in recent memory…
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Today’s CFO is keenly aware that an organization’s employees are its most valuable asset. Measuring performance from a human capital perspective is often times housed in a separate system versus that which measures overall financial performance of an organization…
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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.

Wine Glass

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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