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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Holidays may not be slow for jobs

Plante Moran Director of Recruiting notes uptick in hiring trends for its professional practices             
“The Holidays are Not a Slow Time for Job Offers”

Southfield - Plante Moran, the nation’s 12th largest public accounting and business advisory firm, is seeing an uptick in hiring, according to Paula Frerichs, the firm’s director of recruiting.
“We are seeing increased hiring needs at Plante Moran and hearing about growing employment demands from peer firms as well. This corresponds with recent national statistics pegging unemployment among accounting professionals at only 3.5 percent,” notes Frerichs.
Plante Moran has 135 firm-wide accounting, tax and management consulting interns and entry-level staff, hired from on-campus spring and fall recruiting, scheduled to begin in January 2012. This is not a record number according to Frerichs but is closer to peak recruitment levels than recent years. From an experienced hire perspective, the firm openings are at a three year high and Frerichs senses a positive employment trend overall. She adds that there are several opportunities in the specialized management consulting fields, in addition to the more traditional audit and tax roles. 
“The majority of our open positions are for experienced personnel with highly specialized knowledge in niche accounting, finance and consulting areas,” offers Frerichs. “These openings are the result of continued firm growth and new or expanded areas of business expertise that are seeing demand increase nationally; they include technology, strategy, enterprise risk and investments.” 
Heading into the holiday season, Frerichs debunks the myth that companies don’t hire over the holidays.
“For companies in active hiring mode, recruiting doesn’t take a holiday. The only difference may be a longer lapse between acceptance of the offer and the actual start date. Most December hires do not come on board until the new year,” explains Frerichs.

About Plante Moran, PLLC
Plante Moran is among the nation’s largest certified public accounting and business advisory firms, providing clients with tax, audit, risk management, financial, technology, business consulting, and wealth management services.  Plante Moran has a staff of more than 1,600 professionals in 21 offices throughout Michigan, Ohio, and Illinois, with international offices in Shanghai, China; Monterrey, Mexico and Mumbai, India.  Plante Moran has been recognized by a number of organizations, including FORTUNE magazine, as one of the country’s best places to work. For more information, visit

Submitted by Barbara Fornasiero
EAFocus, Inc.

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