Every two weeks, we highlight one of our amazing recruiters so you can get to know the Morgan Hunter team a little bit better. This week we spoke with Sr. Recruiter and Co-Director of our Accounting & Finance Division Harry Brewer!
What did you do before you were a recruiter with Morgan Hunter?
I started my career in a finance role with Wells Fargo and decided to go to a search firm to find a new job and ended up taking a job working at a search firm. I have been at this for 22 years and really enjoy seeing the growth candidates have made in their careers from Staff Accountants to CFO’s. I think the right moves early on set you up for a long, happy career.
Where did you go to college?
I attended a small school — Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, IA — and graduated with degrees in Finance and Corporate Communication. The school offered a strong academic path in accounting and finance, and it also allowed me to play college football. It created a lifetime of career options, memories, and friends.
What did you earn your bachelor’s degree in and why?
My primary degree was in Finance (with a heavy background in accounting) and I also picked up a double major in Corporate Communications. I really liked numbers and understanding how a business makes money and what valuation they have in the market. I also knew that a role like this would require the ability to effectively communicate to all levels of a business, so that’s why I added in the communications piece of my education. Both have been huge pieces of my professional career.
What is your favorite ‘90s jam?
AC/DC was almost always the go to band.
What would I find in your refrigerator right now?
We’re on a very healthy kick at our house, so a lot of vegetables, fruits, turkey, and anything unprocessed or low fat.
If you won $100 million in the lottery, what would you spend your money on?
Since I have a son at Marquette, daughter at KU, and a son ready to start at Rockhurst, I would spend it on tuition — it feels like I need a $100 million for that! After that I would help my immediate family with other needs, travel the world, buy a second home somewhere warm, invest, and contribute to medical research, kid’s educational assistance, and other needy non-profits.
What would you do if you were given a month sabbatical from work?
I would travel all of Europe, making sure I hit Italy and Germany.
If we were to open your snack drawer, what would we find?
Almonds, popcorn, and an occasional Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.
What should employers expect in the 2018 market?
I see the market being very strong with the stock market at an all-time high (even with the recent correction) and the unemployment rate at a 45-year low.
What should job seekers know about the 2018 job market?
The market will be very strong 2018, but the market has become very specific in what they are looking for when filling a role. Don’t get frustrated if the first job interview or the second doesn’t work out — the right fit always comes to those who are patient and are looking for the right move in the market.
If you could provide one tip to job seekers what would it be?
Bring energy to the interview — you’re the person for the job!