Benchmark Search Newsletter  September 2020
Message from President & Founder Troy Ashby:
Fall is rapidly approaching and one thing is for sure: we have entered a new season.

Nearly everyone I know is in a transitional time. Some are going back to the office after months of remote work. Others are helping their children navigate online learning and zoom chat rooms, while others are doing the opposite and preparing to send their children back to school.

Many of our clients are starting new jobs this month, while we have helped others onboard new hires with COVID-friendly practices.

This transitional period can be scary and uncertain, but it’s also exciting. It’s a sign of progress.

From our decreasing unemployment rate to COVID recovery stories, it’s clear that 2020 is slowly but surely recovering.
Unemployment Update:

Despite all earlier predictions, the unemployment rate continues to drop every month. In July, unemployment sat at 10.2% and in August, that number decreased yet again to 8.4%. The unemployment rate for those with a Bachelor’s degree or higher also decreased from 6.7% to 5.3%.
Referrals Needed:
Here are a few of our top opportunities. We pay referral bonuses for candidates successfully placed.

Accounting Manager, Real Estate Development
Benchmark Search has partnered with this North Texas Commercial Real Estate Company in search of an Accounting Manager. 

Controller, Midstream Energy
We have partnered with a midstream energy company seeking the next Controller / Director of Accounting.

Accounting Manager, Family Office
Benchmark Search has partnered with this well-established family office.  This company manages businesses in virtually all industries from technology to commercial real estate.  If you like variety, a fast-paced environment, and be on a team of all CPAs then we want to talk to you.

Senior Fund Accountant
The senior fund accountant responsibilities include financial reporting, transaction processing, and proper accounting principles application for complex transactions.

Executive Recruiter, Benchmark Search
Benchmark Search Group is growing and seeking an Executive Recruiter for our Direct Hire Accounting & Finance Team in Richardson, TX. 

For more job opportunities visit our Job Openings Page.

**We are also working with several Regional and Local Accounting Firms searching for Senior Auditors, Audit Managers, and Tax Managers.**

Accounting Update:

Just last week, the AICPA Auditing Standards Board (ASB) published a proposal that will help auditors improve their risk assessment process. Read this Journal of Accountancy article to learn more about the new initiative.
Troy's Tip:

There is one word that has stuck out in my mind the past few weeks: Resilience.

Whether you’re on your second month of looking for a new job or you’ve recently hired 10 new remote employees or you’re supervising your child’s Zoom classes for the first time- be resilient. Things will get better- they already are! Employment rates are dropping, COVID restrictions are changing- hope is here.

As the old saying goes, “It's not how many times you get knocked down that count, it's how many times you get back up. ” 
Social Buzz:

The number of laid-off Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell below 1 million last week for the first time since the Coronavirus pandemic started in mid-March.

Click here to read the full article.
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