Recruiting in the finance industry is challenging. Many companies struggle to attract and recruit top talent. They are competing with companies within finance and have competition from other emerging industries such as fintech and insuretech.
Demand for accounting and finance talent has increased greatly. Unemployment rates are very low. The integration of technology into the industry has also changed how companies do business. The type of skills and expertise required by finance professionals has shifted. These factors have impacted the way companies recruit within the industry.
Here are some important ways finance recruiting is changing today:
The need for technology skills has never been more important in finance, and in all industries in general. Advances in data analytics, blockchain, and automation have changed how finance professionals work. Companies are looking for candidates with the right blend of technology and finance skills. But companies are realizing technology skills can be taught and are investing in additional training in this area.
While a lot of the focus is on technology, soft skills are becoming more important and desirable. Soft skills cannot be taught and are intangibles that can be a big difference maker internally and have a big impact on company culture. Finance companies are being more progressive and changing to a more modern company culture and environment.
In the past, finance companies would be looking to recruit a specific type of candidate. They wanted graduates with an MBA. If you didn’t meet a specific profile, you wouldn’t be considered for the job. Today, this stigma is changing. Companies are more open to international candidates and those who may not exactly fit the mould but have potential.
Many companies, not just in finance, are using video as part of the recruiting process. They are using video for initial interviews or are requesting candidates submit pre-recorded video answers to questions as part of the application process.
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Jack Kalb is a Recruitment Consultant as part of the Accounting & Finance team, specializing in placing talent with mid-sized public accounting firms.