The best thing about CareerBuilder.com is the attentiveness of our rep. He's called back, offered suggestions, and stayed on top of our account. That's huge for smaller employers, or people in locations like me, because we need that "bell-ringer" to keep you motivated to keep you on track. And he's been very good about that.
Linda Graham, Human Resources Director
Anderson ZurMuehlen & Co. P.C. is a mid-sized public accounting firm with multiple offices in Montana and Washington. The firm, employing over 230 employees, specializes in tax accounting, and has a seasonal demand for experienced accountants. One difficult challenge in bringing in these experienced accountants is location. Anderson ZurMuehlen & Co. P.C. is located in areas with sparse populations, making it very challenging to find the right candidates.
Linda Graham, the director of Human Resources, feels that Montana and Washington are areas that people live in because of the area, these locations do not attract candidates because of the job. If a candidate was to move to these areas, it would be because of the location itself, not the job, and more people are moving away from rural areas than into them currently.
Being a public accounting firm, Anderson ZurMuehlen & Co. P.C. faces many concrete deadlines, and has to have people in place at certain times due to these deadlines. If accountants are not in place around tax-time, business fails to get done. Montana specifically does not have a large population to draw candidates from, so Linda Graham and Anderson ZurMuehlen & Co. P.C. have to be creative in bringing in workers. Linda works hard to find part-time and seasonal employees for the busy tax season and has gone as far as to recruit teachers from schools to help with the work load.
"But in the last two years, we've grown, and we've had a staff population who are mid-range in career, who have left, because they've made career changes, or our clients hire them. Banks are hiring our auditors because they need them, and going into private sector is appealing. This leaves us with high-end accountants who are costly, or the lower-level accountant. So the mid-range accountant is who we have to recruit. When we go to trainings, or consortiums, all firms are looking for the same skill-set (mid-level, $40K – 55K, with 3-4 years experience), so that's when we've gone to CareerBuilder.com, or other sites."
Linda Graham and Anderson ZurMuehlen & Co. P.C. have used Job Postings and Resume Database to fill their seasonal needs. Through the Resume Database, Linda has contacted candidates in Colorado, Idaho and Wyoming, and while not all have been eager to make a move, Linda has been able to find the right candidates to fit her needs.
"I've probably worked with CareerBuilder.com for a couple of years, or 18 months possibly," says Graham. "In the years past we haven't done a lot of posting positions on Career Sites. And the reason for that is that Montana is more of a destination place. The people who live here either have a spouse, they've left Montana and have come back, or they want to be here. We don't have a huge economy to pay a lot for people to stay here. So we focus on getting resumes from people who want to be here by creating a buzz online."
As a result of utilizing CareerBuilder.com, Anderson ZurMuehlen & Co. P.C. recognized outstanding results:
"CareerBuilder.com is an effective way to advertise your open positions. By extending its recruitment efforts online with CareerBuilder.com, we’ve seen a significant increase in the quality and quantity of applicants. As a result, we are able to fill our positions quickly with the right candidates. Additionally, the individuals we've worked with at CareerBuilder.com are wonderful. They are friendly and quick to assist us."
"The CFO and President are very happy with CareerBuilder.com. From a financial perspective, we've had substantial costs reductions while providing access to lots of qualified resumes with just a click of a mouse. CareerBuilder.com allowed us to use one media for recruitment and save us significant time and effort."
"We feel CareerBuilder.com is an effective way to advertise your open positions and brand your company. The pre-screening function has allowed us to maintain a qualified applicant database that we can reach out to when there are positions to fill. Additionally, everyone we have worked with has been great and quick to respond. Pro Clean has seen a reduction in initial recruitment spent, but an increase in applicant flow."