Benchmark Search Newsletter  August 2020
Message from President & Founder Troy Ashby:
When COVID-19 was first declared a pandemic back in March, many of us were scared about our health, losing our jobs, increased hiring challenges, working remotely, etc. Though we are far from being in the clear, it appears that we are learning how to navigate around the virus and the economy is proving much more resilient than many had first anticipated.

In fact, Benchmark Search saw near record placement numbers in July and our August projection is exceeding expectations.  Rather than ceasing hiring altogether, many companies have been simply changing the way they work by hiring virtually, adjusting their onboarding procedures, and adapting other protocols.
Unemployment Update:

In July the U.S. added 1.8 million jobs and unemployment declined to 10.2% from 11.1%. Unemployment for college graduates declined from 6.9% to 6.7%. The BLS also indicated that reporting for May and June were previously underreported by 17,000.

We look forward to seeing the Texas Unemployment numbers in a couple weeks as well.  In June, Texas Unemployment was 1.6% below the national average at 8.6% and DFW came in even stronger at 8.4%.
Referrals Needed:
Here are a few of our top opportunities. We pay referral bonuses for candidates successfully placed.

Senior Fund Accountant
We have partnered with growing fund services firm in Dallas looking for a senior fund accountant.

Accounting Manager
Dallas-based family office founded over 50 years ago is adding an Accounting Manager to the team.

Staff Accountant
We are looking for a self-starting, multi-tasking, critical thinker who can roll up their sleeves in accounting, operations, and special projects.

Executive Recruiter
Join our dynamic, growth-minded and innovative recruitment firm where your voice matters. 100% seasoned recruiters who are highly efficient /accurate

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:

Last month, NASBA approved the CPA Evolution project, designed to better equip newly licensed CPAs. Read this Journal of Accountancy article to learn more about the new initiative.
Troy's Tip:

This month, take action. Cross one thing off of your to-do list. Write that resume. Learn a new skill! It’s easy to become discouraged when the future is uncertain, but the saying “Change is the only constant” rings true. We will not be in a pandemic forever. Prepare for your future- it may come sooner than you think!
Social Buzz:

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