A new national network and booming Houston job market mean we are on the move. Here’s what to expect from our team in 2018.
When Stephan Patsch and I founded the Talance Group in 2008, it was safe to say we had made an extremely risky business move. The Great Recession had just hit full force and local economies across the country were laying witness to increasing unemployment rates and decreasing job opportunities. As the national economy grew worse, crude oil prices dropped from $159.27/barrel in June 2008 to $52.81/barrel by December of the same year. So you may be asking yourself, “Why take the risk of starting a new business?” For us, the answer was simple. Our firm was being acquired by a large national chain and we wanted to continue offering our loyal network the same relationship-focused service they were used to getting from us. Obviously, our former co-workers agreed as most of them joined back up with us over the next couple of years and still make up 50% of our current team of 24.
As we enter our 11th year of business, we could not be more proud of how The Talance Group has grown. We now offer both permanent placement and contract staffing services in Finance/Accounting and Information Technology. Our tight-knit team has experienced the lowest turnover in the industry. To celebrate this milestone, we move forward into 2018 by first saying thank you to all those who we work with on a daily basis. We truly couldn’t be more thankful for all of our success given the tough market conditions we encountered in 2015 and 2016 as oil prices once again plummeted to $54/barrel and our team came through 100% intact.
2017 In Review
2017 was an AMAZING year at The Talance Group. As oil prices stabilized we saw demand increase substantially for skilled accounting, finance, and IT professionals. As a result, we helped to place more professionals than ever before in The Talance Group’s history.
In addition to having our best year ever, we also were recognized by the Houston Business Journal in several areas. In October 2017 The Talance Group was named by the Houston Business Journal as one of Houston’s Best Places to Work, ranking 6th in the Small Business category. Also, for the first time ever, both our service lines in permanent and temporary placement were recognized among the top 20 largest firms in Houston based on number of people placed. An honor we could not have received if it weren’t for the amazing employers and candidates we work with every day.
Lastly, 2017 brought with it a new national network for the firm. In December, TheTalance Group was recognized by the American Association of Accounting and Finance, or AAFA, as Houston’s premier accounting and finance recruitment agency. TheTalance Group now serves as the sole Houston representative of an international network of locally owned accounting and finance recruitment agencies. This honor expands upon our historic service offerings by helping employers source executive accounting and finance talent from across the continental United States and Canada. In addition to assisting employers, we are now also equipped to help local professionals with identifying premier accounting and finance positions in over 40 major metropolitan areas. For more information regarding our new affiliation with the American Association of Finance and Accounting, continue reading the Press Release.
What to expect in 2018
With all that was achieved in 2017, what can you expect to see from The Talance Group in 2018? The Talance Group is anticipating yet another strong year for both candidates and employers. Even though oil prices have stabilized and look to steadily rise over the next several years, we are working to diversify our client base to better serve all industries within Houston. Also, in response to increased demand from our current clientele, we have added placement of transactional, or clerical, level roles, essentially offering any level of finance/accounting needs up to the CFO level. We are also taking steps to increase our brand awareness to make ourselves more visible to potential new clients and candidates, as well as continuing to attract our own top talent for internal hires. Beginning in February, we have begun marketing our hottest job opportunities on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter, as well as our corporate website. If you are passively exploring jobs or looking for a great source to stay on top of recent hiring and management trends, make sure to follow us for daily updates.
We couldn’t have done it without you
Again, on behalf of our team at The Talance Group I would like to thank the candidates and clients we work with for their trust and ongoing business. It is truly a privilege to work with an amazing network of accounting, finance, and IT professionals throughout their search and it is not one we take lightly. Here’s to 2018 and all that it has yet to bring.
If you are interested in learning more regarding our accounting, finance, or information technology recruitment services, contact a member of our Talance Group team! To learn more, visit us online at http://talancegroup.com/.