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Favorable Outlook for 2017 Accounting Graduates

BY: Clique Studios | May 22, 2017


This year’s accounting graduates face a favorable job market. The U.S. Department of Labor reports 11 percent growth from 2014 to 2024 for auditors and accountants, a growth rate that is faster than the average growth rate for all other occupations. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that during this time period 142,400 accounting jobs will be created.

Many factors contribute to the growth of available accounting jobs including a growing economy and increasingly complex financial regulations. Stricter laws and regulations, particularly in the financial sector, and tighter lending standards contribute to demand. New graduates can also expect to see organizations place an emphasis on audits as stricter lending standards require firms to prove their creditworthiness. While IPO’s have slowed in recent months, any companies preparing to go public must have adequate accounting staff on hand to prepare legally required financial documentation.

Graduates looking to pursue professional recognition in the form of a Certified Public Accounting (CPA) or a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designation will have the best long-term job prospects compared to their peers. Those with a master’s degree in accounting or a master’s degree in business with a concentration in accounting will also have an advantage when looking for employment opportunities or career advancement.

Mike Garelli, Managing Partner of Marco & Associates – an accounting and finance recruiting firm based in Chicago – states “The continued high demand for accounting professionals is evident as companies are increasingly challenged with financial professionals leaving their current jobs for higher pay, better work life balance, and stronger company cultures. Hiring managers looking for accounting talent are just now starting to understand that the war for talent is real. They have seen key employees leave in response to offers which include sign on bonuses and 3-4 weeks of vacation time. New accounting graduates will benefit from the current state of the labor market as companies must compete for accounting and audit talent.”

For more information on accounting opportunities please visit our Opportunities page. To discuss your career outlook with one of our representatives, please contact Marco & Associates at 312.546.9800 or via e-mail at


$250-$1000 Referral Opportunity

BY: Clique Studios | April 27, 2017

A rewarding referral opportunity is now available through Marco & Associates! We know that individuals like you know other professionals looking for challenging engagements and rewarding opportunities.

Refer an accounting or finance professional and be rewarded $250 when that individual works on an interim or temporary engagement through Marco Management Solutions or Marco Strategic Staffing. The $250 referral reward will be paid after the referred individual has worked on assignment through Marco Management Solutions or Marco Strategic Staffing for 240 hours.

Refer an accounting or finance professional and be rewarded $1000 when that individual is placed in a direct hire position through Marco Financial Search. The $1000 referral reward will be paid following 90 days of the referred individual’s employment and collection of the placement fee by Marco Financial Search.

Multiple referrals qualify for multiple rewards.

Contact Marco & Associates today at 312.546.9800 to discuss this rewarding referral opportunity! To view current employment opportunities please visit



Three Phases of the Interview Process

BY: Clique Studios | March 19, 2017

With today’s low unemployment rate the majority of employers are looking to retain existing staff. While the pool of candidates competing for accounting and finance positions is smaller than in years past, it is still critical that those looking for a new role learn to master the interviewing process. In a recent presentation to the Northwest Suburban Chapter of Management Accountants, Mike Garelli, Managing Partner of Marco & Associates, detailed the three key phases of the interview process.


1. Preparation: 

• Confirming the dress code, the location, and practicing answers to frequently asked interview questions almost go without saying; however, making sure these are done in advance allows you more time to address the things that will help you stand apart from other applicants.

• Review not only the company’s website but be sure to review their financials if they are a publicly traded company. Plan to discuss how this impacts the company and its outlook for the coming year.

• Review the profiles of everyone with whom you will be meeting – the key is to look for common ground and similar professional interests. An interview is meant to help the employer see beyond your resume and build rapport.

• Review the duties for the position and tailor your resume to reflect the work that you have done and how it relates to the job for which you are interviewing.

• Prepare documentation (non-proprietary projects, spreadsheets, etc.) that you can bring with you which will allow you to showcase your abilities.

• Prepare 3-4 questions for the interviewer. These may be questions about the industry, the role as it relates to others within the organization, or how the company differentiates itself from its competition.


2. The Interview:

• Arrive 10-15 minutes early and bring a pen and paper with you. The interview should evolve from a Q&A session into a conversation. Having a means to take notes and formulate questions during the interview will help you gain a better understanding of the organization and their mission.

• Body language is key. Posture and eye contact are two of the easiest ways for an employer to identify your level of confidence.

• Practice “active listening” when being asked questions and when listening to the responses to the questions you have asked.

• “Show What You Know” – relate what you know about the company when answering questions and align your career accomplishments and skills to what the company is looking for.

• Close the interview by asking for a business card and finding out the next steps in the hiring process.


3. Follow Up:

• Send a thank you note to everyone with whom you have met, remembering to include key details from your conversation and confirming your interest in the position.


The interview process is more important than ever. Technology has the ability to enhance, but cannot replace, the job search process. There are key traits (professionalism, energy, passion, confidence, communication skills) that cannot be found on a resume. Networking and working with a reputable recruiter remain two of the most important ways job seekers can gain access to a hiring manager. For more information, or to discuss your job search, please contact Marco & Associates at 312.546.9800.