#WeAreGreenKey: Spotlight on Jason Kien

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

We sat down with Jason Kien, Partner at Green Key leading the Accounting & Finance New York team. He elaborated on the most sought-after jobs in accounting right now, as well as his advice on how a candidate can successfully break into this industry. 

What are some major hiring trends happening in Accounting & Finance right now? 

We are starting to see the job market level off a bit.  This was expected as the pace over the last couple years was not sustainable.  Green Key has lived thru up and down markets and our teams are prepared to shift gears when necessary.   We can’t control the trends, but we stay ready for them.   

What are some challenges you foresee for clients and candidates in the year ahead? 

I think trying to find the right balance between requiring employees to come into the office versus allowing them to work remotely will continue to be a challenge. Many companies are requiring employees to come back 2-3 days a week. but we still see great positions being offered fully remote that can be based anywhere in the country.   

Are there any roles you’ve been seeing significant growth in recently? 

Private Equity and Hedge Funds are a steady space for us, and we don’t see any signs of this industry slowing down.  Strong Fund Controllers and Assistant Controllers should continue to see great opportunities available.  In addition, a few of our Public Accounting clients are experiencing significant growth and will be looking for Audit and Tax professionals of all levels throughout the year. 

How can a candidate break into Accounting & Finance Recruiting? 

Anyone with the right personality, communication skills, and work ethic can break into recruiting.  However, most of our successful recruiters come directly from the Accounting and Finance industry.  This background is helpful because they tend to relate better to the candidate’s experience and what they are looking for.  We always have our eye out for talented Accounting & Finance professionals that are looking for a more entrepreneurial path. If interested, I suggest you reach out to a trusted recruiter and start there.   

What are your goals for the Accounting & Finance group at Green Key in 2023? 

We have such an amazing and dedicated group and would love to help elevate our recruiters to be as successful as possible.  In addition, I am always looking to develop new relationships and break into new clients. 

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