Bringing in the Best: Recruiting Tips for Small CPA Firms

April 8, 2013
As a Managing Partner or a Human Resources professional for a Small CPA Firm, hiring new staff can be stressful. With budgetary constraints, limited resources, and Big Firm Competition, there are plenty of factors working against you. We at Protexure Accountants specialize in creating Professional Liability Policies for Small CPA Firms and we consider ourselves advocates of our clients. We are here to help! One thing to keep in mind is that many Accounting students and CPA Exam Takers have the goal of getting a job in a Big Four Accounting Firm. The key to recruiting these students is to focus on the advantages your Small Firm can offer over these big firms: 1. Work Environment Small CPA Firms can offer a more personal, friendly environment than a Large CPA Firm. With everyone typically on a first-name basis, lifelong friendships and connections are created. This is especially beneficial to a candidate seeking their first job as a CPA. The relatively more relaxed work environment promotes learning on the job without the extreme pressure experienced at a larger CPA Firm. Also, there will be opportunity to talk face-to-face with a client, building interpersonal skills that are of the utmost importance later in any young professional's career. 2. Diversity of Work As any Small Firm CPA knows, there are a variety of client-related tasks to perform on a daily basis in a Small Firm. For a young CPA, the exposure to all different types of tasks will help them grow as a professional. This can be used as a key selling point at the beginning of the interview process for a recruiter. 3. Work/Life Balance Depending on your firm's individual Work/Life Balance policies, the employee is given more freedom in a Small Firm versus in a Large Firm. If your firm offers flexible scheduling during non-peak seasons or flextime/work from home programs, be sure to mention it to prospective employees from the get go. As a Small Firm, it is extremely important to get out and recruit. Attending local university career fairs and expos is a start, but to differentiate your firm from the others, you may consider contacting the Accounting Department/Business School and ask to sponsor an event at the university. Also, building relationships with Professors in the Accounting department can be vital to finding the right "fit" for your vacant position because of the knowledge they possess about the student's work ethic day in and day out. Employing these strategies could lead to the discovery of someone who can help your firm get to the next level of success. We at Protexure Accountants wish you the best of luck! At Protexure Accountants, we provide our clients with the utmost professionalism and competitive policy rates that are among the best in the industry. Our policies are tailored towards the needs of smaller Accounting firms. This allows us to provide a more personal form of customer service along with a policy that satisfies the specific needs of a small firm. Our online application process is streamlined and simplified. We allow you to spend more time running your business, and not filling out paperwork. For a quick, free quote, visit our website at or give us a call at (888) 803-9898. Also, be sure to “Like” our Facebook page and Follow us on Twitter @ProtexureACCTS to stay up to date with the latest news regarding Professional Liability Insurance for Accountants!

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