Hunter Hamilton- finance and accounting staffing and recruiting
Finance + Accounting Recruiters

Few people live without regrets. Anyone growing up in the 80s can probably attest to that. The big hair alone is reason enough to travel back in time. But a mile-high mullet is small potatoes when compared to the rest of your life.

As recruiters, we have a unique opportunity to help others avoid some of the same stumbles we’ve taken over the course of our careers. Not that we don’t enjoy our jobs, but our experience has taught us a few things, and there’s definitely one or two things a number of us would now do differently.

So the question is: If you could, what sort of career advice would you give your younger self?

1. Start building your skills set as early as possible
“Apply for internships as you can. Start in high school and continue into college. Internships not only help you build skills early on but serve as great resume boosters. They also give you an idea of what you might like to study in college and expose you to different work cultures before starting your first ‘real’ job.”

~ Ashley, Senior Creative Recruiter

2. Weigh your growth opportunities thoughtfully
“Decide early on which direction you want to focus your career path — and put a plan in place to make it happen. When I started working at an early age, it was out of necessity. Now that I look back, I realize 95 percent of my career had been in helping people and client facing. Ask yourself, ‘Is this job building skills in something I’m interested in?” If the answer is yes, you’re probably moving in the right direction.”

~ Kati, Technical Recruiter

3. Ask for help whenever necessary
“My advice to my younger self would be to not be afraid to ask for help. You don’t need to know everything. There’s so much value in utilizing your resources and seeking out a mentor early on in your career to help guide, direct, coach, and challenge you. You actually learn so much more — and it’s so much more fun!”

~ Jody, Vice President

4. Commit to bringing your best each day
“The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today. Even when things aren’t going your way or as expected, challenge yourself to put in 110 percent — no matter the task at hand. Just strive to do your best each and every day. A strong work ethic will eventually get you where you want to be, both professionally and personally.”

~ Tori, Branch Operations Manager

5. Understand it takes time to build a career
“Be patient. Everyone starts at the bottom. You may not like your job duties now, but if you put in the hard work, you’ll get recognized for your efforts—and that recognition could lead to a promotion with a whole new set of job duties.”

~ Ashley, Business Development Manager

6. Start networking early in your career
“Network. Keep an open mind to what other professionals might tell you. They’ve been down this path before, so take advantage of their knowledge in the industry or field. And don’t be afraid to work with recruiters. Plenty of people are out there ready to help. You just need to ask.”

~ Erin, Finance/Accounting Recruiter

7. Plan for change
“Change is a constant in business. Don’t let it rattle you. Stay focused and stay humble! You’re responsible for your own outcomes. When confronted with difficulties, look for solutions instead of just complaining about them. It’s your attitude that can change the whole dynamics of your team.”

~ Frank, Managing Director

8. Remain open to possibilities
“Always remain open to new opportunities, and have an open mind to new ventures even if they take you out of your comfort zone. You never know if something unconventional will offer up a career path perfect for your professional niche”

~ Stephanie, Recruiting Center Lead

9. Trust your gut
“One thing I’ve always relied on is my gut feeling about situations. It’s been an invaluable tool not only in my professional career but my personal path. If you get an uneasy feeling, don’t ignore it.”

~ Kati, Technical Recruiter

10. Learn some serious self-awareness
“The one thing I’d share with my younger self is that having some self-awareness would be key to not just career growth but professional development and overall success. If I’d gained that earlier on in my career, it would’ve helped me be a more effective performer — not to mention a more effective leader.”

~ Sarah, Group Managing Director

11. Don’t get caught up in office politics
“Don’t get caught up in the noise of office politics or negative rumblings. From time to time, everyone will complain or get aggravated about one situation or another. Look for the positives, and then be that for others. Your attitude can be contagious — be it good or bad.”

~ Frank, Managing Director

12. Consider your alternatives
“College isn’t for everyone. I’d tell my younger self that getting an Associate’s Degree or going into the trades is an incredibly valuable alternative. And with manufacturing companies all moving toward automating processes, combined with baby boomers nearing retirement age, it’s created a huge skills gap for technician level work.”

~ Mike, Sr. Technical Recruiter