Career and Management Insights for Finance Professionals

What advice can Robert Half recruiting professionals offer to help you find a job? And how do they feel about their jobs as recruiters for Robert Half? To answer these questions, we spoke with Joe Avignone, Director of Permanent Placement Services for Robert Half Finance & Accounting, who is celebrating his 15-year anniversary with the company’s Midtown office.


What did you do before joining Robert Half?

I worked for a firm down on Wall Street handling market research and business development. 


What do you like most about your current job with Robert Half?

I enjoy that every day is very fast-paced and different.  It is also very gratifying to be able to help people out with their financial jobs search on a daily basis.  I feel like I work on the best team in the industry.


What trends are you seeing in finance & accounting?

The job market is very active.  Many candidates applying for financial jobs right now are receiving multiple offers so we need to educate our clients that speed is extremely important to landing their top choices. 


What advice can you offer job seekers?

Be honest.  Be prepared.  Do extensive research prior to an interview not only on the company, but also the managers you will be meeting with along with any recent news on the firm.


What is a way to stand out from other applicants?

Preparation, professionalism and enthusiasm.  Be sure to do your homework prior to an interview and be prepared to ask questions.  Speak passionately about your current and past financial jobs.  Employers prefer candidates who truly enjoy what they do and are excited about their job. 


What’s the biggest job search mistake you see people make?

The biggest mistake I see people make is assuming companies don’t hire during certain months of the year.  I always tell people, it’s beneficial for you to work harder to secure an interview during those times because other applicants might be thinking the same thing and not apply or interview as aggressively. 


Any tips for job seekers considering working with a recruiter?

Make sure you are working with a recruiter who specializes in your area of expertise.  Recruiters have access to a network of great job opportunities and hiring managers in your field.