Benchmark Search Newsletter  February 2021
Message from President & Founder Troy Ashby:
Things are looking up, folks!

The unemployment rate is continuing its steady descent back to normalcy, jobs in the professional services sector have remained in demand and nearly 100,000 jobs were added last month.

January’s stats are a vast improvement from December’s and we expect this trend to continue well into 2021. The economy is showing resilience and growth.

Employers and job seekers alike can relax, knowing that stability is on the horizon. In the meantime, we have seen employers in our industry resume their searches for new talent and have even matched several new hires with positions this year.

We are excited and optimistic about what 2021 will bring. 


Unemployment Update:
In January, 49,000 jobs were added and the unemployment rate dropped by 0.4% to 6.3%.
Unemployment for college graduates over the age of 25 increased slightly to 4%. These professionals are the hardest to find candidates. 
The top 3 industries based on growth include Professional Services (95k), Government & Education (85k), and Information Technology (16k).
Referrals Needed:
Here are a few of our top opportunities. We pay referral bonuses for candidates successfully placed.

High Net Worth Tax Manager
Growing boutique wealth management and financial planning firm hiring Tax Manager to lead the practice.

Accounting Manager, Startup Culture
Fast-paced, agile real estate company with diverse interests in both commercial and residential real estate. Position reports to the CFO

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

Senior Accountant
We have partnered with a growing Middle Market Real Estate Developer in Grapevine searching for a Senior Accountant.

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

Financial Analyst
PE-Backed Financial Services Firm hiring newly created role that reports to the Finance Director

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 week, the AICPA Auditing Standards Board proposed three new standards as part of an updated quality management approach. These propositions highlighted a greater focus on risk management and scalability.

Read this recent Journal of Accountancy article to learn more. 
Troy's Tip:

What have we learned about hiring during a pandemic? 

In today’s tips, Troy explores the ongoing effects of COVI-19 in part 1 of this 4 part series, “Benchmark Search Hiring Forecast”, studying the ongoing effects of the pandemic on hiring, interviewing, onboarding and networking.

Click here to read the LinkedIn article.
Social Buzz:

Tracy Dodd celebrated her 1 year anniversary with us in January.
Benchmark Search News!

February 4 marks our 3 year anniversary.
Insurance companies were providing cheap capital for many years prior to the low interest environment we’re in today. This ‘soft’ market saw lots of insurer competition, annual insurance renewals with rate reductions for clients, and a buyer behavior that was dictated by the insurance market. Put simply, insurers were giving away cheap capital which made the capital trade an easy decision.  Now that the market has shifted to a ‘hard’ market, buyers should adjust accordingly. 
Read more from our friend Mike Smith from Lockton. 
Insurance Capital Optimization – Avoid Trading Dollars
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