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

Today we meet with Tim Durkin, Director on the Accounting + Finance Long Island team. After many years working directly in Accounting, Tim transitioned to recruiting and never looked back. He shares what about Green Key keeps him coming back every day, as well as his plans to continue growing the team.  

How did you first get started in recruiting? 

Prior to recruiting, I worked in Accounting. I got my degree from Hofstra and signed on full time at a CPA firm. That was back in September 2007 and I did audit for about five years, making a lot of connections. After that, I became a Financial Analyst at NYU, and from there I went to another public firm. But after thinking about my long term goals, I decided it wasn’t for me. After thinking for a while, I contacted one of my old connections, who was currently working at Green Key. I came to the office one day for a couple hours and talked with the Long Island team. It was a perfect fit. I knew I could sell Accounting because I had the experience and knowledge. Having personally worked in the field helps create stronger connections with candidates. 

What about recruiting makes you come back every day? 

I love that every day is different here. I recruit for jobs on Long Island, NYC, and nationally, so I like that my client and candidate pool is very broad. It allows me to call my own shots and schedule my own day. No one is breathing down my neck, so I get to decide my own success. Moving to Green Key was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Everyone is committed to the goal of making this the best place that it can be. 

What is your favorite thing about recruiting for Accounting + Finance? 

The relatability to my candidates. I’ve been in their shoes. So it’s awesome being able to help someone get out of a bad career situation.  

What makes your team so successful? 

The Long Island team is really diverse and we all look out for each other. There’s a lot of new people, but we all gel together pretty nicely. Having a range of experiences allows us to play to everyone’s strengths, which only helps with sourcing and placing different candidates. 

What are your goals for the Accounting + Finance team going forward? 

 We’d really like to grow the team on Long Island. We have such a diverse teaching platform, and we all teach different skills, so we’d love to take on some new recruiters who will use the tools we provide. Our team has a lot of opportunity. The thing about Green Key is that you’re not locked into one specific region; you have the ability to work nationally.   

Survey: Half Of All Companies Expect to Hire This Year

Despite concerns the economy may be stalling, half of all companies still plan to add staff this year.

Global outplacement and executive coaching firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas says of the 150 companies it surveyed, 46% said they’ve been hiring throughout last year and intend to hire more workers in 2020.Another 5% of them said they expect to up their headcount “significantly.”

Tempering the news is that far fewer companies feel the economy is improving. In 2018, 65% of the companies in the Challenger survey said they felt the economy had improved. When that question was asked last month, only 38% said the economy had improved. Another 35% felt there had been no change in 2019.

“The fact that half of companies are hiring this year is a positive for job seekers and indicates companies are continuing to enjoy a solid economy. That said, we are seeing some indicators, such as slow-growing wages, an increase in job cuts, and an exodus of CEOs, that may portend rough waters ahead,” said Andrew Challenger, company VP.

According to Challenger, Gray & Christmas, 1,640 CEOs left their posts last year, the most since CEO tracking began in 2002. The firm also reported that employers at US-based companies last year announced plans to cut 592,556 jobs, a 10% increase over the cuts announced in 2018.

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