Accent Professional Recruiting, a nationwide search and recruiting firm specializing in placing sales, marketing and management talent, is proud to announce its ranking within the top 25 on two industry-specific Forbes lists—America’s Best Professional Recruiting Firms (#12, up from #14 in 2019) and America’s Best Executive Recruiting Firms (#23).

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While the Forbes rankings are primarily comprised of large national organizations with multiple offices across the country, Accent runs a single lean operation based in Mechanicsville, Virginia. Owned and operated by Brooke Hall, who purchased the business from mentor Steve Barley last year, Accent is staffed by a small group of seasoned recruiters. Hall, who worked for Accent for 10 years prior to buying the business, manages many of the firm’s clients herself. 

As Covid-19 continues to shutter businesses and render many workers jobless, Hall has found that strong hiring needs remain: “Very few clients have asked me to put the brakes on hiring,” she says. “The majority want to hire through the pandemic but are aware that the process may take longer. If a client has open roles, we encourage them to at least start engaging talent now, because everyone will be dipping into the same talent pool when hiring dollars begin flowing again.”

Hall notes that she’s eager to keep growing the business and continue building on Accent’s 46-year track record, and hopes to see the firm’s reputation and ranking continue to rise. “We have an incredibly thorough process, great referral sources, and a tight network because of our long history,” she said. “Those elements are priceless.” 

Forbes Ranking Criteria

Forbes partners with market research company Statista to determine its annual ranking of America’s best professional recruiting firms. The top 250 professional search firms focused on placing positions with salaries of less than $100,000. The top 200 executive search firms specialized in filling positions with salaries of at least $100,000.

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