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Rules for Using Accounting Recruiters: Adrian O'Connor
Episode 317th August 2023 • Accounting Talent Podcast • Rob Brown (Accounting Influencers Roundtable - AIR)
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Through expert interviews and high-level panels, Talent in Accounting explores talent, culture, recruitment, leadership, mental well-being, and more with expert interviews and high-level discussions.

How Accounting Firms Should Use Recruitment Firms: Adrian O'Connor represents a global headhunting search recruitment and staffing firm for mid to senior accounting and finance positions and shares valuable insights for accountants looking to grow their firms. O'Connor discusses the changing landscape of the accounting profession, acknowledging both innovation and resistance to change due to new technologies and automation. He highlights the challenges public accounting firms face, including an image problem, difficulty in differentiation, and the desire of many candidates to move away from audit roles after qualification.

Aidan discusses the importance of employer branding for accounting firms to attract top talent, noting that more companies need to consider this critical aspect and explores the evolving recruitment ecosystem, the challenges faced by internal recruiters, and the debate between offshoring and on-shoring and critiques the traditional recruitment model, suggesting a more candidate-driven approach to recruiting.

Guest Bio

Adrian O'Connor is a highly experienced finance and accounting recruitment professional boasting over two decades of expertise. With a strong belief that recruitment can be transformed into a force for good, he has made it his mission to challenge and change the broken aspects of the industry. Adrian has diligently built teams of recruiters with specialised knowledge and focuses on providing exceptional consulting, valuable advice, and innovative solutions for clients and candidates.

Adrian offers a refreshing approach for disillusioned finance and accounting professionals seeking a more meaningful and personalised recruitment experience, ensuring each interaction is tailored to meet their unique needs and aspirations.

Your Host

Host Rob Brown is a renowned presenter, facilitator, and chair for high-level conferences and events in the accounting and fintech profession worldwide. He's an expert on trust, reputation, talent, career development, and more. Author of Build Your Reputation and a TEDx speaker with over 300,000 YouTube views: stroke survivor, a committed Christian, and a black belt in kickboxing. Based in Nottingham, UK, he enjoys chess, backgammon, and orange chocolate but is allergic to grapefruit.





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