Welcome back to #WeAreGreenKey, where we shine a spotlight on our powerhouse recruiting team.
We sat down with Stu Leifer this week, Principal at Green Key. Stu has been on the Accounting & Finance team for eight and a half years, with previous experience as an accountant helping him along the way. He elaborated on the most important lessons he’s learned in his recruiting career, as well as the current trends within the accounting and finance industry.
How did you first get started in recruiting?
I was an accountant at Morgan Stanley and knew early on that accounting was not for me. I only went into accounting because my father is a CPA and I had no idea what I wanted to do. Green Key represented me when I looked for a new position, but ultimately, I didn’t find a role I liked. I wound up staying at MS for a couple years and one day I saw a job posting for a position at Green Key and I applied on a whim.
How has your accounting experience helped you in recruiting?
My accounting experience has really helped with the learning curve. We recruit for so many different jobs, but the fact that I worked for a bank and a law firm and my brother and father work in public accounting, has helped me relate to and understand my candidates and clients.
What are the trends happening in AF or with your clients right now?
Most of our clients have gone back to the office. At the same time, many professionals have gotten accustomed to being home. Adapting to a hybrid environment is one of the biggest trends and hurdles going on in our industry right now.
What motivates you as a recruiter?
I’m a very competitive person. When I get referred to a new client or candidate, I work tirelessly to find the perfect match for both parties. I take pride in my ability to place my candidates and fill my client’s positions in a timely and efficient manner.
What do you think sets Green Key apart from other agencies?
Too many things to list. The uncapped commission platform we have is unparalleled. Management is supportive and generous in so many ways. Flexible working environment and the best accounting/finance recruiting team in the Tri-State area.
What is the most important lesson you’ve learned in your recruiting experience?
It’s important to be honest and transparent. I take pride in every conversation I have. Making an impact, as well as a good first impression, is an important aspect to building relationships in this business.
What are your goals and hopes for your team going forward?
Growing out our New York office even more. We have made some exceptional recent new hires and I’m excited for our team to become an even bigger powerhouse coming off a record billing year.