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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.


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…

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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 …

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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...

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In the 20 years that I’ve been recruiting for accounting and finance positions in Chicago, it’s true that the market has never been as strong as it is today. With the unemployment rate at less than 3 percent, job seekers tend to have the upper hand in the hiring process…

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When it comes to networking, most people don’t jump up and down saying it’s something they love to do. However, if you ask someone how valuable it is to have a strong network, most would agree it’s an important aspect of any professional’s career…

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The most recent report concerning the employment picture in the U.S. presented some startling, unprecedented findings: There are now as many open positions as there are unemployed individuals. Compare that number (per Bloomberg) to 2007 (the beginning of the “Great Recession”), when there were “1.9 people” for every opening and it puts it even more into perspective…

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We often hear about work-life balance and how beneficial it is for workplace culture at the team level. However, can a healthy balance exist between work and life outside of the office at the CFO level? How about for the startup CFO? The answer is yes…

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With unemployment sitting at historic lows, job seekers are thriving in the labor markets. CareerBuilder released a report this month which stated that the overall employment picture looks strong, as March marked the 90th consecutive month of employment growth. With this in mind, it’s safe to say that the scale is certainly tipped in the favor of the candidate…

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As an executive recruiter for nearly two decades, I’ve witnessed some great and not-so-great behaviors by job seekers I’ve either interviewed personally or heard about from hiring managers retelling the stories. For the purpose of this post, I’ll focus on the not-so-great behaviors…

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There has been a significant amount of debate and press as of late concerning the disclosure of compensation, compensation history, etc. during the interviewing process. Is it ethical? Is it legal? Is the question necessary…

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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 CEO & President Jeff Mariola – 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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