So Adam decided to take on a new professional challenge...establishing a new recruiting consulting business in the New York City market. "I felt that if I could establish myself in a niche, in this case public accounting, it would be the challenge I needed." One successful year later, business is booming. "Its been great," says Karpiak, "the best professional decision I've ever made. Immersion has really been key. The techniques that you have to develop and refine in this era of recruiting are detailed. No longer are companies going to pay an agency to simply slap an ad on an online job board. Companies, rightfully so, expect you to earn your fee as a recruiter."
Karpiak Consulting's successes in NYC have allowed Karpiak to think expansion. "I always loved working in Philly, and I'm looking forward to re-introducing myself and introducing my company to the area." Karpiak thinks his firm can stand out in several ways. "Most recruiting firms are about stretching parameters: Stretching years required, stretching the software required, stretching degree requirements. What agencies have to realize is most companies can stretch their own parameters for free. They are paying a fee to recruiters to actually recruit. My job, as a recruiter, is to go find what my client wants. In my firm's case, that would be accountants."
Karpiak Consulting's niche is recruiting public accountants. "Recruiting for public accounting firms in the Philadelphia market is greatly under-served. There aren't many recruiters around fully dedicated to helping public accountants confidentially and securely find opportunities with new firms," says Karpiak, "and that's the main reason why I've decided to expand my business to the Philadelphia area. My firm understands the specific concerns that public accountants have. The intricacies of firm culture, the path to partnership, organic growth, and exposure to industries. Public accounting has its own set of issues and it:s important that a recruiting partner understands the prestige of the industry." And from what Karpiak is hearing, its going to be an active post-busy season. "Several firms are already lining up interviews now for post-busy season hires. They anticipate a lot of movement and don't want to miss the boat on these accountants. I have to admit I was surprised at the initial response from these CPA's, but that's the reason I wanted to come back to Philly. I knew this would be an active market and the opportunities to assist these CPA firms would be here."
Karpiak's firm will also take on a limited number of engagements in private accounting. "I still have many contacts in the area in private accounting and would love to leverage that into win/win successes for my clients and candidates. Especially in Real Estate." Karpiak's specialty in private accounting has always been in property management and development, and he is looking forward to networking in a real estate accounting market that seems to be extremely active.
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A full-service accounting recruiting firm, serving the New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania markets. We offer both contingent and retained search options for your organization.