Lissette Penrod and Jessica Stravino meet with every accounting and finance candidate to discuss open job opportunities in accounting and finance in the Tampa Bay Area, how the recruiting process works, their backgrounds in recruiting and job interviewing tips.

Why Use a Recruiter

Looking for your next professional position can be a daunting task, and can start to turn into a full time job. Using Stravino Penrod allows you to stay focused on the positions that truly fit what you are looking for in terms of responsibilities, pay parameters, location, and corporate culture. 

When looking for a new role, you should consider important variables that won’t be found in an online job posting. Because of the relationships we have with our clients, we are able to provide insight about variables such as long-term growth, team structure and dynamics, culture, management style, and background on the position before you have to take time off from work to interview.

How to Identify the Right Recruiter For You

There are lots of recruiters out there; so how do you know who is the best fit for you? We recommend that candidates reach out to friends and colleagues who have recently made a career change and ask about their experiences: Did the recruiter present the right types of jobs? Could they provide information about the role outside of the job description? Did they offer valuable advice? Did they prepare you well for the interview? Did they follow up to see how things were going after they placed you? Were they professional? Would they use them again? This will ensure you are working with someone who has a proven track record and a strong reputation.

Another important consideration is to look at your recruiter’s background: Do they have a thorough understanding of the positions you are interested in? Are they familiar with the Tampa Bay market? Do they understand your background? Do they understand what the role means to you? Remember that your recruiter is an extension of you. It’s important to meet face to face with that individual to ensure you’re being well represented to potential employers. First impressions are important, and your recruiter is helping make that first impression on your behalf by the way they interact with potential employers and in how they present you. Your reputation is one of your most important assets. It is imperative to work with someone who understands that and is willing to protect it for you.

Our Process

At Stravino Penrod, we meet with you face to face to discuss your background, career goals, wants, and needs. We take the time to get to know you so we have a thorough understanding of both your short and long-term career goals, as well as the reasons you are looking for a new opportunity. Everyone has different reasons for pursuing a new role and our learning about these reasons is an important part of the process to match you with the right manager, team, and corporate culture to ensure long-term happiness and success. We also want to give you the added comfort of knowing the team who is representing you in your search.

We invest in you. After sitting down with you to discuss what you are looking for, we will present you with the positions we have identified as a strong fit and discuss a targeted marketing plan to specific clients. At Stravino Penrod, we never present your resume to a third party without your consent; we also cover in depth with our clients the importance of maintaining the anonymity of our candidates as confidentiality is pivotal to a successful job search.   

We are with you every step of the way.  When it’s time to interview, we provide you with the preparation you need to ensure success and we are always available to answer any questions or to discuss concerns. When the interview process is complete and there is a fit all the way around, we negotiate with our clients on your behalf. 

Our relationship doesn’t end with offer and acceptance. We personally walk you in on your first day at your new job, and we are always available afterwards as a resource whether it’s a question on best positioning yourself for a promotion, the ins and outs of giving and receiving reviews, help with writing job descriptions, or for assistance in sourcing your own team. Your success is our success! 


Our goal is to get you the job that is going to fulfill your goals and needs on a long-term basis and to maintain a long-term relationship with you. Our fee is paid by our client, the company looking for a new team member. It’s important to us that you accept the right role for you as we provide our clients with a guarantee; we too have a vested interest in your professional fulfillment. Just as you put your reputation in our hands, we put our reputation in yours.