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May 31, 2024

#WeAreGreenKey: Spotlight on Jon Danko 

Welcome back to #WeAreGreenKey, where we shine a spotlight on our powerhouse recruiting team.  

We recently caught up with Jon Danko, Executive Director on the Healthcare team at Green Key. Jon started his recruiting journey after gaining experience working in sales. Since joining Green Key, he has transitioned to travel nursing recruiting and is looking forward to streamlining that area even more.

Can you share your career journey and how you progressed to your current role? 

Sure, so after I graduated, I started working in sales and worked my way up to management where I became the area manager at a car rental company. I then I took a leap of faith and started recruiting with no experience at an agency where I worked my way into a sales role there after that, I switched over to travel nursing. After working in this role, a colleague of mine and I came to Green Key and started the division a few years ago. He has now moved on, and I have taken on the division along with Victoria Ceballos.  

What have been some of the most rewarding aspects of your career? 

My job is rewarding. I love staffing to be honest. It’s such a good feeling when you make a placement and they’re so thankful. Life is tough and you were able to help change their situation or even just give them advice. That means a lot to me. I also enjoy seeing my colleagues grow and succeed. For instance, Victoria and I took a leap of faith and switched over to travel nursing. To see our ideas blossoming is so rewarding. 

How do you balance the use of AI technologies with traditional recruitment methods in healthcare, ensuring a human-centric approach while leveraging the benefits of automation and data-driven insights? 

In my role, I love using AI to help increase the professionalism in my writing. However, I see a lot of people have been using AI as a writing tool, so I have dialed it back a little because I want to still have that human touch as well. I also love using AI to help me create eye-catching titles or subjects for my emails. Overall, AI has been a great in my toolbox.  

What advice would you give to candidates looking to stand out in the healthcare job market? 

Oh, be sure to tailor your resume for every job. You cannot have the same resume for every job that you apply to because a lot of these companies use AI to review resumes and it looks for certain buzzwords in a resume. You also need to be very direct and clear about all your experience as job titles can differ for the same role.  

How do you stay updated on changes and developments within the pharmaceutical industry to better serve your clients and candidates? 

I use LinkedIn a lot and read different articles. I also stay connected with many of my clients, who always have a lot of insight into conferences and can inform us of what is coming. I am also in a lot of healthcare groups on LinkedIn and Facebook.  

Do you have any new professional goals, either for yourself or your team?   

Yes, we are aiming to continue to grow the division and hire more passionate team members. 

Green Key Unlocked: Accounting & Finance Experience in the Staffing Industry

In a world where change is constant and opportunities abound, professionals in accounting and finance are increasingly seeking new paths to channel their skills and expertise. Transitioning from a traditional accounting and finance role to a career in accounting and finance recruitment offers an exciting opportunity to embrace change and chart a new course towards professional fulfillment and success. We caught up with Antonia Piazza, Recruiter on our Accounting and Finance team to discuss her journey of transitioning careers and share advice for other professionals who might be considering how their experience can transfer into a recruiting career.

Antonia shared a little on how she got into Accounting and Finance recruiting, saying, “I was looking to relocate to Pittsburgh, so I spoke with a GKR recruiter about accounting openings in Pittsburgh, and, after speaking about accounting roles, she mentioned the possibility of recruiting. I was honestly surprised I hadn’t thought about that career path sooner, as it seemed like a perfect fit given my accounting foundation and appreciation for working with people.”

Understand the Recruitment Process

“There was definitely a learning curve when I transitioned out of accounting and into recruiting,” said Antonia. So, before diving into recruiting, be sure to familiarize yourself with the recruitment cycle. Understand how recruiters source candidates, conduct interviews, and evaluate qualifications.

Assess Your Accounting Knowledge

When asked how her accounting experience has helped her, she said, “I was excited to learn and grow in these ways, and my foundation in accounting continues to be very useful today.”

Your accounting background is an asset. Use it to your advantage by understanding the specific skills and qualifications needed for accounting roles. This knowledge will help you identify suitable candidates.

Learn About Recruiting

Study the basics of recruiting. Explore topics such as candidate sourcing, resume screening, and interview techniques. Consider taking online courses or attending workshops related to recruitment. Antonia adds, “I had to learn about our clients, the accounting and finance functions across different industries, the markets in different cities across the US, and a lot about sales, especially relating to interactions with candidates.”

Network with Recruiters

Connect with experienced recruiters in the accounting field. Attend industry events, join professional associations, and participate in online forums. Learn from their insights and experiences.

Build Relationships

As an accounting recruiter, building relationships is crucial. Cultivate connections with accounting professionals, both active job seekers and passive candidates. Understand their career goals and aspirations.

Develop Soft Skills

Recruiters need excellent communication, negotiation, and interpersonal skills. Practice active listening and empathy. Be persuasive when discussing job opportunities with potential candidates.

Leverage Technology

Use applicant tracking systems (ATS) and social media platforms to streamline your recruitment process. Familiarize yourself with tools commonly used by recruiters.

Understand Job Descriptions

Study accounting job descriptions thoroughly. Know the specific skills, certifications, and experience required for different accounting roles. This knowledge will help you match candidates effectively.

Learn About Industry Trends

Stay updated on accounting industry trends. Understand emerging roles (such as data analytics in accounting) and the skills in demand. This knowledge will make you a more effective recruiter.

Join Recruiting Agencies

Consider working for recruiting agencies specializing in accounting and finance. Gain practical experience in candidate sourcing, client management, and job placements.

Remember that transitioning to a recruiting career requires continuous learning and adaptability. By combining your accounting expertise with recruiting skills, you’ll be well-prepared for success as an accounting and finance recruiter.

Dig into the services, featured jobs, and contacts for our Accounting and Finance team by checking out our AF practice page.

May 24, 2024

Can LinkedIn’s New Games Boost Your Networking Skills?

LinkedIn, the professional networking giant with over 1 billion users, has consistently innovated to enhance user engagement and utility. Recently, it introduced a less traditional yet impactful feature: LinkedIn games. These games aim not only to entertain, but to foster professional growth and networking on the site.

The Games

LinkedIn’s game offerings include three NYT-style games:

Pinpoint: In this game, players guess the category based on provided clues. The goal is to identify the category using as few clues as possible.

Crossclimb: Crossclimb combines trivia questions with word placement challenges. Players must find four-letter answers to the clues and rearrange them so that each answer differs by only one letter from the one above and below.

Queens: Similar to Sudoku, Queens involves placing crowns correctly. It requires attention to multiple elements and can evoke both love and frustration due to its trial-and-error nature.

Accessing the Games

Wondering how to access these brain-teasing games? According to a LinkedIn FAQ, you can find them through various channels:

  • Games Hub
  • Search for Games using the LinkedIn Search bar
  • My Network Page
  • Today’s Games section under LinkedIn News (Desktop only)
  • Side Panel in the LinkedIn mobile app
  • Notifications
  • LinkedIn’s Perspective

A spokesperson for LinkedIn told TechCrunch, “We’re playing with adding puzzle-based games within the LinkedIn experience to unlock a bit of fun, deepen relationships, and hopefully spark the opportunity for conversations…”.

While LinkedIn’s games may seem like a departure from the platform’s professional focus, they offer a unique way to engage with your network. As you play, consider how these puzzles can enhance your cognitive skills, creativity, and ability to think critically—all valuable traits in the professional world. So go ahead, solve a crossword, or place those virtual crowns strategically. Who knows? It might just lead to a meaningful conversation or a new professional connection!

#WeAreGreenKey: Spotlight on Olivia Eberle

Welcome back to #WeAreGreenKey, where we shine a spotlight on our powerhouse recruiting team. 

Recently, we caught up with Olivia Eberle, Recruiter on the Accounting and Finance team at Green Key. Olivia started her recruiting career at Green Key about a year ago after she transitioned from a career in public accounting.

Can you share your career journey and how you progressed to your current role?

Sure. After I got my Bachelors in Accounting, I started my accounting career in public audit with a firm that no longer exists and after spending some time there I realized that accounting might not be for me, so I wanted to try a different route. That’s when a recruiter from Green Key reached out to me about an accounting role, which I ended up working in for about 6 months. That role helped me solidify my thought that accounting was not for me, but I still wanted to use my degree. So, I reached out to my recruiter from Green Key to ask about recruiting and now I am here.

What have been some of the most rewarding aspects of your career? 

Even though I had to learn the sales side of the business, there are a lot of rewarding aspects to my career. Firstly, I love being able to help candidates who are looking to change not just their career or role but their lifestyle. I love that I can help them take their careers to another level and I can successfully place them in a role that will help them reach whatever goal they want to achieve. Another rewarding aspect is the fact that I can be my authentic self in this job. It’s very nice to be able to work in a role where I can express my personality and connect with people every day.

How do you balance the use of AI technologies with traditional recruitment methods in accounting and finance, ensuring a human-centric approach while leveraging the benefits of automation and data-driven insights?

I use ChatGPT almost every day for a couple in a couple of different ways specifically for searches and when I am recruiting for a new role. I also use LinkedIn recruiter’s AI tools that are really helpful when it comes to building searches, so I use those and then I also go back to ChatGPT. I use ChatGPT sometimes with resume writing because I really like helping my candidates with their resume. Some people just have never had resume guidance, which is something that I received at my college.

What advice would you give to candidates looking to stand out in the accounting and finance job market?

To candidates, I would say your resume is the thing that makes the first impression, so spend a good amount of time writing it and have a couple of different resumes on file. Especially, if you’re looking for different types of jobs, for example somebody like me, coming out of public accounting looking to go to private. There are a couple of different tracks that you can go on and you can write your resume in a couple of different ways to be a little bit more tailored to each. Additionally, I think that being yourself in interviews is really important. A lot of people don’t realize that even though they are working within accounting, which at times can be very solitary work you have to be interactive, and I think candidates are more successful when they’re willing to step outside of the box.

How do you stay updated on changes and developments within the pharmaceutical industry to better serve your clients and candidates?

I have a few main ways, I follow probably hundreds of companies on LinkedIn, some of which are our clients. I’m also a member of different CPA Society groups on LinkedIn where people will talk about different changes to the CPA exam or changes to audit guidance or tax guidance that kind of helps me stay in the know. I also use Reddit, there are a lot of accounting and finance pages on Reddit where I hear or read about things like layoffs before, they are public or, if there’s a merger happening sometimes like somebody will post it on Reddit before you even hear about it in the news. Lastly, I read a lot of news publications like the New York Times and Microsoft News like the articles that just pops up on your computer.

Do you have any new professional goals, either for yourself or your team?  

Yes, so in the grand scheme of things, I am pretty new to Green Key but with the growth of our Morristown office I would really love to continue to help others and help find another recruiter or two to join our office. I would also like to continue to help my co-workers develop their skills especially if they didn’t come from an accounting background.

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