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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 Build a Strong Network

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.

I recently read an article from Inc. Magazine, which spoke to the power of networking in various facets of business. This was dedicated specifically to entrepreneurs who are looking to grow their company. While it’s crucial for these individuals to follow the rules of networking, it’s a necessity for nearly all professionals who are either searching for a job or seeking career growth in general.

That’s why I wrote my latest blog on 4 Ways to Build a Strong Network. Take a look below:

1. It’s Never Too Early
One challenge that recent graduates and entry-level professionals run into when building their network is lacking professional relationships to leverage. Although they may be new to the accounting and finance markets, there’s still network opportunity in your everyday life! Start to connect with friends, family, professors and even classmates from school on a professional level. All of these individuals can be a great resource for you in both relationship-building and career development. As professionals move further into their career, roughly 75 percent of opportunities will come from their own network. Therefore, building a strong foundation early on is imperative.

2. Be Active Online & In-Person
A network is a living, breathing concept, and needs to be tended to as such. LinkedIn, among others, is a useful social media platform to organize and grow your network. Connecting with close colleagues, mentors and simply those who share like-minded ideas with you will only enhance your professional network. Although LinkedIn has become one of the top ways to build relationships – it’s not the only way. I truly believe there’s no better alternative than connecting face-to-face and sharing insightful discussion with other professionals. Embrace opportunities to attend networking events with larger groups of peers – these open doors for more intimate professional gatherings such as meeting at their office or even for lunch or coffee.

3. It’s a Two-Way Street
One of the most frustrating phrases you can voice when discussing network strategy is “I didn’t get anything out of it.” It’s easy to feel discouraged if you didn’t successfully build your network through a strong effort, but this negativity is the wrong way to approach relationship-building! Think about a time when you’ve taken the initiative to introduce a colleague to another close connection of yours. When serving as a professional reference, you’ve truly embraced the spirit of accountability, credibility and loyalty – actions that will almost certainly be returned. Although you may not constantly be garnering new relationships to your professional circle, nurturing every inch of your existing relationships is just as important.

4. Keep Your Bridges Intact
Let’s face it, almost all of us have experienced a manager who we don’t work effectively with, as well as a position that we were unhappy in. When leaving a job or facing difficult conversations with a manager, no matter the circumstances, remaining respectful and professional is essential for strong career management. You truly never know where you may intersect with previous colleagues or companies again. It’s true that we will be remembered for how we leave and how we continue on our journey, and showing respect to all branches of your network will only help build relationships in the future.

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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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