Benchmark Search Newsletter  December 2019
Message from President & Founder Troy Ashby:
2019 is coming to an end and I cannot help but be extremely thankful.  Because of your introductions and referrals, we far exceeded our goals and served nearly twice as many clients/candidates as we did in 2018.  I am grateful to be a small part of this journey and how Benchmark Search is helping you stand out from the crowd.  I hope you enjoy this holiday season with friends and family.
Unemployment Update:

US Unemployment rate fell from 3.6% to 3.5% (matching a 50-year low) while college graduate unemployment is down from 2.1% to 2.0%.  Employers added 266,000 new jobs which was not only higher than expected, but considerably more than the 2019 monthly average of 180,000 per month.
Accounting Update: 

FASB has issued several groundbreaking announcements this year.  Last month, the organization announced two new Accounting Standards Updates (ASUs) that delayed several effective dates.

Read this Journal of Accountancy article to learn more about how the FASB updates may affect you.

Troy's Tip:

If your New Year’s resolution is to find a new job, do not wait!  While others might wait until January to begin networking, you can get a jump on everyone else by updating your resume and making others aware of your intentions now.  You might be surprised what leads you uncover to better set yourself up for that next role with a little extra effort today.
Social Buzz!

Welcome to Texas y'all! “California’s job market has rebounded on the strength of Pacific Rim markets, Silicon Valley, and the creative industries. It’s only a matter of time before California’s high-tax, heavy-regulation policies will cause the state to once again lead the nation in job losses.”

Texas low-tax, business-friendly environment is the biggest beneficiary of California business losses.
Referrals Needed:
Here are a few of our top opportunities. We pay referral bonuses for candidates successfully placed.
Assistant Controller
Benchmark Search has partnered with this North Texas Commercial Real Estate Company in search of an Assistant Controller

Accounting Manager
Ideal candidate will have 3+ years in public accounting. Position is located in Frisco, TX

Accounting Manager, E&P Company
Ideal candidate is a senior auditor at a public accounting firm with energy clients. Position is located near East Plano.

Tax Manager
Public Accounting Professional; We are seeking a dynamic Tax Manager to join the growing tax team in our client's Dallas office.

Senior Accountant
Plano client seeking senior accountant with corporate experience.

Staff Accountant
Hiring 3 staff accountants near Frisco following an acquisition
Financial Reporting Senior Accountant
9 month contract assignment
Benchmark Search News!

Last month, Dean Carter shared at LinkedIn Talent Connect Patagonia’s intentional focus on balance for employees and investing in children and the planet.
Here are just a few things that they are doing:

1) Reading resumes from the bottom up instead of the top down…looking at community involvement, hobbies, and interests. We are hiring human beings
2) Seeking a culture add vs a culture fit
3) On-site daycare so moms do not have to choose between career and parent – leading to nearly 100% women returning to work at Patagonia
4) Our kids are our best product
5) Jail bailout program for peaceful protesting environmental issues
6) Let them surf, build community, think regenerative
The next book I plan on reading (ok, listening to) is “Let My People Go Surfing” by Patagonia’s founder Yvon Chouinard
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