Accounting and Finance departments are integral to every organization, even if they do not directly contribute to top-line revenue.
The most successful companies understand that generating revenue is important and that it is also critical how effectively each dollar is utilized. They recognize the value of collaboration between accounting & finance and operations teams, and they place a premium on the talent that can live in both worlds.
These are the companies that partner with recruitAbility. We pride ourselves on helping our clients identify, hire, and retain key talent.
Accounting and Finance Salaries In Chicago
Salaries in the area vary, but these are the best estimates:
$59,894 as a financial reporting accountant, according to Salary.com
$54,208 as average base salary for accountants, according to ZipRecruiter
$102,004 as mean salary overall for accounting managers, according to Comparably
Accounting and Finance Jobs Data In Chicago
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are currently 129,090 people working in the accounting industry and 84,350 working in finance in Chicago. There are also many jobs open.
There are 3,383 job openings in Chicago listed on Indeed.
There are 11,948 job openings in Chicago listed on ZipRecruiter.
How We Consider Accounting and Finance Candidates
We interview every candidate before we present them to our clients to confirm that s/he possesses the requisite skills for the role, but also to ensure that the role fits the candidate’s personal and professional career goals. A few of the key items we addressinclude:
ERP and other accounting software experience (implementation and use)
Understanding of the accounting cycle and how it is affected by operations
Knowledge and understanding of financial statements
Career background and future goals
Process improvement experience and its relative value
Leadership experience and successes
Communication style and effectiveness
Level of attention to detail
Reviewing Accounting and Finance Resumes
Resumes do not paint a complete picture of a candidate. This is one of the reasons why we never judge candidates based on their resumes alone and why we ask probing and clarifying questions during our interviews.
These are some of the areas we touch on in our candidate screening process:
The industries that candidates have worked
Size (revenue and employees) of previous employers
Depth of experience and accounting/finance knowledge
Employment duration and reasons for leaving
Accomplishments and successes
Software experience and comfort level
Location and commute preferences
What to Consider as an Accounting and Finance Candidate
Job searches do not exist in a vacuum. The jobs marketplace is dynamic, and a candidate’s credentials, career goals, and “fit” at prospective companies are constantly weighed against their peers.
Understanding that, here are a few questions candidates should be able to answer before they embark on a job search:
Is your resume an accurate reflection of the level of quality you offer?
Does your resume read like a job description, or does it convey what makes you successful?
Why are you being paid what you are currently being paid and how does the value you currently provide translate to the role you are interested in?
What are the qualities that set you apart, and why should a hiring company care about them?
Do you have a clear understanding of what you want from your next position aside from “more money?”
What is it about your experience that makes you worth speaking to about THIS specific role? Can you effectively articulate that?
If you can positively answer those questions and can match the “fit,” you stand a very good chance of moving forward in the process! These questions are important in finding the right match for both the candidate and client. For all parties involved, it is our job to make sure we find the alignment that will make everyone happy and successful.
Typical Positions that our Clients are Looking to Hire
Senior Financial Analyst
Director of Finance
VP of Finance
Chief Financial Officer
Examples of our Clients’ Industries
Software as a Service (SaaS)
Who needs recruitAbility?
If you have read this far then the answer is you! At this point there is no reason we should not set up time to speak. Get in touch today with Financial Services at recruitAbilityand we can schedule a time to discuss your unique situation.