By Jim Wong, CPA | July 30, 2014

“The secret to successful hiring is to look for the people who want to change the world.” –Marc Benioff, Salesforce CEO

It’s not everyday that I use this blog to report our company successes. However, I’m so grateful and proud of our recent hiring numbers that I felt compelled to share this positivity surrounding my business with you, my colleagues and peers. We believe that the triumphs we are experiencing are indicative of not only what’s occurring here at Brilliant™ but we think the economy and hiring activity for accounting, finance and IT professionals are continuing to improve.

All–in–all: Things are looking good.

Who Is Brilliant™?

Our company Brilliant™ is a search, staffing and management resources firm that specializes in the accounting, finance and IT professions. The name Brilliant comes from our logo that is based off of the Chinese translation of the sun and moon – which when combined – creates a heightened awareness, or a brilliant state of mind. We use that heightened awareness in our processes to achieve the expectations of our candidates and clients. And, our clients are typically hiring companies within a variety of industries such as manufacturing, distribution, health care, professional services, retail, and not for profits, among others. We collaborate regularly with them in order to find top talent to fill their open positions.

Record Internal Hiring

But, besides finding top hires to work for our clients, we’re using that same state of mind to find new talent for our own business – and at a rapid pace at that.

In the first half of 2014, we hired 21 internal employees, our single highest number of new hires in that timeframe, since the company’s inception in 2009.

Client Demand

This significant increase in our internal hiring is a direct result of the high demand we’ve been seeing from our current client base. As a middle–sized firm with three locations in Chicago, Schaumburg and Fort Lauderdale, we’ve added new employees to each branch, across each of our four business units, which include Financial Search, Financial Staffing, Management Resources and Technology Staffing.

Each of our business units consists of business development and recruiting professionals who consult with hiring companies and job–seeking individuals in order to connect the two parties and place the high–quality individuals into our clients’ open jobs.

We’ve added new employees to our accounting, administrative, internal recruiting and marketing teams that support the company’s search and staffing efforts, as well.

Overall, the pace we’re hiring right now is unprecedented, and we don’t anticipate it slowing down anytime soon. In fact, we plan to add at least 10 more internal hires before the end of the year.

I’m happy to report that this is the first time in the history of our company that we’ve been fortunate enough to hire the number of internal talent as we have this year. But, this isn’t just about how this has helped our company’s success. We’ve increased the value of our services that we offer our clients by bringing on these 21 new internal hires. And, we’re able to offer them, and our existing employees, an outstanding work environment in return.

Best and Brightest Place to Work

Our company’s dynamic culture was recently recognized when we were named one of Chicago’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® in 2014. This recognition was a reflection of the unique human resources benefits we give to our staff including a thriving and fun work environment. In fact, all of our employees are encouraged to keep a healthy work–life balance and we reward them for good work on a consistent basis.

Q3 2014 Hiring Forecast

Further, just as reported by our Q3 2014 Hiring Forecast, the accounting, finance and IT professions are slated to see a steady increase in hiring trends in the second half of 2014. I believe our internal hiring rate is a perfect reflection of that. Which is, ultimately, why I felt obliged to share the good news.

To learn more about Brilliant™, call 312.582.1800 or email today.

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