Benchmark Search Newsletter  January 2021
Message from President & Founder Troy Ashby:
Last week we celebrated a new year and 2021 is upon us.  While 2020 had it’s challenges, I believe our resilience during the pandemic and social unrest only makes us better.

We continue to be optimistic about hiring in 2021, specifically in DFW.  As employers continue to flock to Texas, so do residents.  According to the U.S. Census, Texas added nearly 375,000 residents (basically the size of Arlington). While the state continues to grow, the employment market in Dallas-Fort Worth remains strong. 

We believe the COVID-19 vaccine being rolled out across the country will create additional optimism and unemployment will begin to decline again.  Additionally, following a polarizing election cycle, the future is now more clear than it was 2-3 months ago…allowing decisions to be made that may have been on hold.

We are excited for 2021 and how we can help you!
Unemployment Update:

In December 2020, 140,000 jobs were lost while the unemployment rate remained steady at 6.7%. The job loss ended 7 consecutive months of growth, but losses were primarily in the leisure and hospitality segment (498,000) due to some temporary closures.

Meanwhile, unemployment rate for college graduates decreased from 4.2% to 3.8% in December and strong job gains in professional services, retail, and construction.
Referrals Needed:
Here are a few of our top opportunities. We pay referral bonuses for candidates successfully placed.

Senior Controller
Middle Market Company hiring Sr. Controller; responsible for both Accounting and Finance duties

Finance Director
Middle Market Financial Services Company hiring Finance Leader to report to the CFO

Accounting Supervisor
Growing Consulting Firm adding to the team, responsible for financial statement prep, reconciliations, 1099s, etc.

Senior Accountant
A growing construction company creating a new position

Senior Fund Accountant
Real Estate Investment Company adding a position to the team due to growth!

Power Settlement Analyst
Exciting company near Rowlett; reporting directly to the Controller with exposure to CEO and CFO.

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:

The unemployment rate has been steadily decreasing since May 2020, but what will it do in 2021? Will companies still be hiring? Will salaries change this year?

Read this recent Journal of Accountancy article to find out.
Troy's Tip:

Invest in your career this year! Jobs for college graduates have remained steady and the outlook is great for the rest of the year. Take that free course, freshen up your resume, talk to one of our recruiters about the possibilities! Your dream job could be one simple step away. 
Social Buzz:

Learn from Oprah Winfrey how to have a more productive meeting by starting with these sentences. #LeadershipSkills #Productivity
Benchmark Search News!

Last month we enjoyed delighting clients with our smiles and festive attire. 
Benchmark Search News!

Happy Anniversary to 2020 Performance Incentive Trip Winner and Director, Tracy Dodd!
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