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Why Influential?

We are deeply committed to our relationships and to improving the search process for hiring managers and job seekers.


We take the time to get to know you and your goals. We understand your unique needs and challenges. We ask questions. We provide feedback. And, we are responsive.


We bring to light the best of you; what can’t be seen on a resume or a job description. We facilitate prosperous career connections that last a lifetime.

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Why choose us?


Hi! I'm so glad you're here!

Let’s start at the beginning. I’m a 4th generation native of the San Francisco Bay Area. After graduating from Santa Clara University, I started my career in public accounting at PwC in San Francisco where I obtained my CPA license. A few years later, I made the jump into hedge fund accounting, and rode the wild rollercoaster that was the 2008 financial crisis.   


The following year, I pivoted my career outside of accounting and into sales, where my clients included well-known VCs, founders, and government officials. My heart was always in accounting and finance though. 


In 2012, I found the perfect marriage of my professional skillset: Finance & Accounting Recruiting. I spent nearly 10 years at a national search firm, running searches, managing a team of recruiters, and scaling the direct hire function. I created Influential Search to have a singular focus on permanent placements and to provide the best direct hire search experience possible.

Whether you are looking to hire or searching for a new career opportunity, you are in the driver’s seat and I can’t wait to be right next to you in the passenger’s seat. Let’s go!

- Meghan Hanson


10 Fun Facts About the Founder

When I’m not matchmaking, I can be found: (a) with my family on the basketball court, the baseball field, or the dance floor, (b) cheering for the Golden State Warriors or the San Francisco Giants, or (c) nose deep in an Elin Hilderbrand summer special.

I grew up around gambling. I can talk odds, spreads, overs and unders, and parlays all day. These days, I prefer the craps table and my money is on 8.

I love raw oysters. Briny, meaty. East coast, west coast. I love ‘em all and can never get enough.

I’ve always wanted to learn how to drive a stick shift. My then-boyfriend, now-husband tried to teach me once. It didn’t go so well. Maybe because we were in San Francisco?! 🤔

I am an Aries 🔥🔥. Through and through!

I’m a total chocoholic and prefer dark chocolate. All chocolate works though. Except I don’t like chocolate ice cream. At all. It’s weird, I know!

I drink my coffee straight black. Lots of it. Unless I’m feeling festive, and then I’ll go for a Vanilla Latte.

Incline Village and Coronado Beach are my happy places.

If I wasn’t a recruiter, I would be a DJ. I have a wide variety of musical tastes. At any given moment, you’ll find me listening to everything from Chris Stapleton to Kendrick Lamar, Pearl Jam to Fleetwood Mac, Muse to Bon Jovi, and the Rolling Stones to Taylor Swift.

I birthed 3 kids in 5 years. Phew! 2 boys, 1 girl. 2 harrowing experiences and 1 easy peasy. Along with my husband, they are my life.

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Trust our team to tailor a search strategy to meet your unique needs. Get started with us today and experience the difference when you unleash the power of Influential Search.

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