ATTRACTING TOP TALENT, HIRING THE BEST
We heard this story about how the firm seeks out the best from Managing Partner Steve McDonald and Learning Director Jana Cinnamon.
Abdo, Eick & Meyers has always sought out top talent, but it wasn’t until recently that the firm amped up its recruiting efforts. “We put together a recruiting strategy a little more than five years ago,” says Managing Partner Steve McDonald. “It’s safe to say that, since then, we’ve been blown away by the results.”
The firm has focused its recruiting efforts on Minnesota state colleges—primarily Minnesota State Mankato and St. Cloud State. “Graduates from these two schools are often a good fit for our culture,” explains Steve. “Most of our staff members are from small towns and went to state schools. Hiring people who already share our values—and Midwestern work ethic—just makes sense.”
The first order of business in the firm’s recruiting strategy was to hire a learning director. In addition to helping staff members further their careers, the firm’s current learning director, Jana Cinnamon, spends a lot of time on recruiting efforts. She visits and speaks to accounting clubs, attends career fairs, and oversees the firm’s intensive two-week summer program, “Experience AEM.”
Jana is quick to point out that social media has played a key role in the firm’s recruiting strategy. When the firm decided to explore social media, it engaged the Minnesota State Mankato chapter of Delta Sigma Pi to develop its social media strategy. “Our Facebook page has connected us with prospective hires in a new and meaningful way,” says Jana.
Since Abdo, Eick & Meyers first implemented its recruiting strategy, the number of applicants for the firm’s internship program has more than quadrupled. “We once had 10 applicants and five internships,” says Jana. “Now we have 90 applicants vying for 10 internships.”
“We’re able to hire people who really fit our culture and, best of all, are poised to grow with the firm.”