Accounting & Finance

Rachel Wilson

Get to Know Rachel

If you were recruiting someone to join the Vaco team, what are three traits you would want to see in this recruit?

To be successful in the recruiting world, it’s important to be motivated, proactive, and have a lot of grit. There are some tough days and tough conversations in this career, so it’s important to stay focused on the end goal and keep pushing forward.

Tell us more about your professional background. What led you to pursue a career at a recruitment company?

I started out in public accounting before switching to an accounting role at a tech company. I worked with Vaco on my job search when I was leaving public accounting, and a recruiter here helped me land a great job at a high-growth start-up in Nashville. After some time in industry, I felt burned out from the world of accounting. I reached out to my recruiter from Vaco and asked how she liked her job; she spent the entire phone call talking about how happy and fulfilled she felt in her role at Vaco. I was sold!

What’s the secret to a great interview?

Always be prepared with questions to ask the interviewer! It’s easy to talk about yourself and your experience, but asking questions to the interviewers will show your interest in the role and the company as a whole. Plus, it’ll give you the information you need to feel comfortable making that career shift!

We know Vaco is your dream job, but if you could do another job for just one day, what would it be?

Writer for SNL! Some days I wonder what life would be like if I went to improv school instead of college.

What’s the most important piece of professional/career advice you’ve ever received?

Focus only on what you can control and control it! Don’t stress about something that’s out of your influence; keep moving forward. 

What’s one cause or organization you are passionate about?

Gideon’s Army based out of North Nashville. They use restorative justice-based programs to build resilient kids and healthy communities in the metropolitan area, with the ultimate goal of eliminating the root causes of the prison pipeline and providing members of the community the resources they need to succeed.


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