I am a strong proponent of working with a BV recruiter when embarking upon the…
MJ, a young professional now in the Midwest office of a Big Four BV practice, writes about what it’s like to work with us.
I remember when I first started looking for a new opportunity to grow in my career, I followed the same path everybody else does. I posted my resume on several online websites and waited for the phone to start ringing. At the time, I really didn’t know what my options were, until I made contact with John Borrowman.
I knew of John through his quarterly newsletter which always has interesting information on careers and advice along with articles about what’s going on in the BV recruiting market. When I first emailed John asking for his help I thought my email was going to be received by someone else and that maybe another staff member would give me a call later. That was not the case. John called me right away to discuss my situation and my expectations. I thought the process would take a long time. But through his network of connections in the industry, John opened the doors for so many great opportunities for me right away.
Probably this might sound like a cliché for some of you who have been through the process of working with a recruiter, but Mr. Borrowman distinguishes himself from others. He is a Business Valuation recruiter who is very respected by professionals in the industry, easy to talk to, and above all a great communicator.
Before we started working together John asked about where I posted my resume, if I had interviews already scheduled, and with whom I have already interviewed with before contacting him. This was a very important stage in building trust, and I knew that telling John where I had already sent my resume would help him avoid duplication and wasting his time. This relationship was not only about matching supply and demand. It has the warmth of a friendship and talking with John was like talking to one of my good friends. I knew I could trust him with my career decisions.
John always makes sure to understand your situation; where you’re at and where you want to be. This is very important because you are really talking to somebody who understands the Business Valuation Industry, and speaks its language.
Just as an example, when I first started talking with John he asked me about those things that are very important to me, as well as those of lesser importance, like the type of work content/responsibilities, growth prospects, compensation, and geographical location, to name a few. After a couple days John had lined up a series of opportunities for me, and in keeping with his strict rule, he always made sure to call me to get the green light to put my resume in front of potential employer.
If your situation sounds like mine, your best bet in selecting a recruiter is to ask for a referral from someone in your industry/area of specialization. You want to work with someone who has placed other people in your field because most likely that someone will have the greatest number of contacts and industry resources to help you.
Today I am speaking from a different situation. By now, I know that a recruiter works for the company or organization that pays for his or her services, pretty much like a real estate agent who represents a home seller, but wants to help you find the house that you would like to buy. In my situation, I called on John’s services and advice and it was truly a great experience.
Some of you might be thinking that this is just a marketing article to get John more leads. Well, for those of you who might have that thought you are wrong. John did not make a dime by helping me. I got a job offer through a prior application that I had filled before contacting John. As soon as I was contacted, I informed John, and he was one of the most supportive people. He congratulated me and offered his support and advice. I have learned a lot through my interaction with John.
Will this be the last time I will need John Borrowman’s services? No, this is just the beginning. You can think of him like a coach, to win your future career challenges you will need a great coach.
Thank you John!