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We’re Growing!

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American Recruiting & Consulting Group is once again proud and happy to see that our most recent press release was picked up by such a great and credible website such as MarketWatch.  When you have some time please click the following link to read about the upcoming changes at ARC Group!

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About ARC Group© 

American Recruiting & Consulting Group, a national executive recruitment agency was established in 1982 and has been consistently ranked in multiple issues of The Business Journals’ “Top 25 Executive Search and Consulting Firms” for the last 14 years. With over a hundred employees and a score of locations throughout the country, we have asserted ourselves as a leader in the recruitment, staffing, employment and consulting sectors. 

At ARC Group, we focus on helping our clients grow by offering a unique blend of staffing, employment and temp services in the talent acquisition space. Our services include helping clients find the best talent for contract, temp to perm, and permanent placement opportunities. We also offer a unique and trademarked research recruitment solution, Recruitment Intelligence™, as well as retained, contingency and consulting services. 

With our proven 7 stage end-to-end recruitment process we provide unsurpassed quality that most employment and temp staffing agencies are unable to offer.

Big News from Recruitment Intelligence Division!

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Recruitment Intelligence™, a division of ARC Group, is proud that our recent press release has been picked up by such a credible and popular website such as Yahoo.com.  When you have a moment, take a look at the news of our recent major partnership with a Fortune 500 company:

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About ARC Group© 

American Recruiting & Consulting Group, a national executive recruitment agency was established in 1982 and has been consistently ranked in multiple issues of The Business Journals’ “Top 25 Executive Search and Consulting Firms” for the last 14 years. With over a hundred employees and a score of locations throughout the country, we have asserted ourselves as a leader in the recruitment, staffing, employment and consulting sectors. 

At ARC Group, we focus on helping our clients grow by offering a unique blend of staffing, employment and temp services in the talent acquisition space. Our services include helping clients find the best talent for contract, temp to perm, and permanent placement opportunities. We also offer a unique and trademarked research recruitment solution, Recruitment Intelligence™, as well as retained, contingency and consulting services. 

With our proven 7 stage end-to-end recruitment process we provide unsurpassed quality that most employment and temp staffing agencies are unable to offer.

Press Release: American Recruiting & Consulting Group Announces New Hire

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Weston, FL – American Recruiting & Consulting Group (ARC Group) announced Monday that John Burke has joined the firm to further develop their growing portfolio of accounts in and around the Jacksonville, FL area.  John Burke comes with a wealth of experience in sales, specifically in the recruiting industry, with over 15 years of experience specifically in recruiting and account management. 

John joins ARC Group as the Director of Business Development and will have a focus on medium to large companies that have hiring needs.  With his extensive sales and account management experience, ARC Group’s CEO, Gregg Podalsky, said “John’s wealth of experience and industry knowledge will make him a key addition to our organization.  We hire talented individuals like John as a sign of our commitment to continually enhance the level of service we provide to our clients and to be the leader in the recruitment industry space.”  

On his hiring, Burke stated, “I’m thrilled to be working with ARC Group and doing what I love to do, which is building relationships and helping clients grow their businesses by identifying and recruiting the most qualified talent in the market.”  

John Burke will be based in our Jacksonville, Florida office. 

About ARC Group© 

American Recruiting & Consulting Group, a national executive recruitment agency was established in 1982 and has been consistently ranked in multiple issues of The Business Journals’ “Top 25 Executive Search and Consulting Firms” for the last 14 years. With over a hundred employees and a score of locations throughout the country, we have asserted ourselves as a leader in the recruitment, staffing, employment and consulting sectors. 

At ARC Group, we focus on helping our clients grow by offering a unique blend of staffing, employment and temp services in the talent acquisition space. Our services include helping clients find the best talent for contract, temp to perm, and permanent placement opportunities. We also offer a unique and trademarked research recruitment solution, Recruitment Intelligence™, as well as retained, contingency and consulting services. 

With our proven 7 stage end-to-end recruitment process we provide unsurpassed quality that most employment and temp staffing agencies are unable to offer.

Avoiding High Employer Costs for Vacant Positions

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For many companies, the high cost of leaving a position vacant for an extended period of time is becoming a matter of great concern. More than 50 percent of employers report having open positions that they are finding it difficult to fill. Many of these positions remain vacant for more than 12 weeks.

High employer costs for vacant positions are a real concern for many employers. One such cost is simply the expense of trying to find a qualified candidate for the position. If you are spending a significant amount of time recruiting applicants and interviewing potential candidates, this can take time away from day-to-day operations.

In addition, having positions remain vacant for an extended period of time can affect the morale of the rest of your employees. They may wonder why you are having such a hard time finding anyone to fill the position. They may not realize how much effort you are putting into this task, and instead assume that you just do not care about hiring someone for the job.

Vacant positions can also significantly decrease the productivity of your entire organization, especially when these are critical positions that come with a lot of responsibilities. When these jobs are unfilled, their duties will not be performed in a timely fashion.

Since other employees will have to step up and do the work, this means that their regular duties will be put on the back burner. This can cause a cascade throughout the entire organization, eventually causing employees in different departments or branches to be affected as well. The ripple effect from even a single vacant position can be significant and last for months.

Even after a position is filled, it can take a while for things to get caught up and back to normal. The longer that a position remains empty, the longer it will take for the rest of your employees to catch up and get things back on track. Even an extra day or two can cause real difficulties.

In addition, even after a new person has been hired, it can take them a while to master their new responsibilities and get up to speed. This means that other employees will have to take time away from their regular tasks to assist the new hire in learning these skills. The training process can often increase costs for a company, since other employees will be affected.

When positions remain vacant for extended periods of time, this can affect the company’s position in the marketplace as well. If orders take longer to fill, customers may end up taking their business elsewhere. Over time, this can cause a company’s reputation to suffer.

Other employer costs for vacant positions include lost orders, overtaxed resources, and increased employee turnover. If a customer knows that an order will take an extra week or two to complete, for example, they may decide that the delay is not worth it. While your oldest and most loyal customers may stick with you, it can be hard to attract new customers if they know that they cannot expect timely service.

When your employees are asked to do more work with fewer resources, they may eventually decide to leave your organization and seek a more pleasant work environment. This just exacerbates the problem, since now you will have even more vacancies to fill. Over time, the problems caused by vacant positions can snowball rapidly.

As you can see, the employer costs for vacant positions can cause real problems for a company. Organizations need to be aggressive in filling such vacancies to avoid these very costly problems.  And if they cannot do it themselves, they should be contacting a recruitment agency to help them.  There is money to be spent there, but the money lost while having a position vacant, far outweighs the money spent on an employment agency to help you fill it.

About ARC Group©

ARC Group©, the parent company of Recruitment Intelligence™, has been an industry front runner in the last 30 years in the full-time, contract and temp-to-hire staffing and consulting industries.  Awarded to the South Florida, Jacksonville and Minnesota’s Business Journal’s collection of “Top 25 Executive Search & Consulting Firms” we have a national presence, and provide a service throughout the US, including Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Minnesota, Chicago and Washington. 

In Recruiting, Relationships are Key

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Being a recruiter, working in a staffing agency or recruitment agency, is not an easy job.  It can be quite rewarding but the path to the reward is rarely easy.  There are several key skill sets that a recruiter has to be good at in order to be successful.  You should have the ability to perform research when trying to identify the candidates that best fit your client’s needs.  You have to have a certain tenacity, like in a sales role, to continue to pick up the phone and call potential candidates.  You have to be able to multi-task, even more so than most other jobs, due to the fact that on any given day you could be trying to fill anywhere from 3-30 different open positions.  But, in my opinion, nothing matters as much as having the ability to establish and develop relationships with your candidates. 

Most employment and temp agencies will train a recruiter on their processes, how to find candidates and even about the technical jobs that you wouldn’t normally know anything about.  These are important pieces to being a recruiter and certainly should not be overlooked.  But the one thing that is hard to train someone on, either you have it or you don’t, is the ability to effectively communicate with people and quickly build trust.  Gaining a candidate’s trust is essential to building relationships, and ultimately being a successful recruiter.  Let’s take a look at a few reasons why: 

Exclusivity – It’s not fair to expect a candidate to only work with one recruiter.  Think about it, if you are searching for your next opportunity, would you only work with one person and just wait around until they tell you about a new opportunity that makes sense?  Probably not.  But if you have a good relationship with your recruiter you just might.  So as a recruiter, it is very important to establish trust quickly with the candidate.  Make them feel that they are most important to you, which they should be, and that you have their best interests at heart.  This will lead to them working with a minimal amount of recruiters, and potentially, with just you and you alone.  This will save you from competing with other recruitment agencies for the same candidates. 

Referrals – When you have the trust of a candidate they are more likely to try and help you with other positions you need to fill.  Finding the right candidate is harder than you might think it is, but getting referrals can be your best source.  They are usually passive candidates that you may not even know exist without the referral and many times are the best candidates.  So when you have a good relationship with your candidate, and they know and feel you have their best interests at heart, they will many times help you locate a candidate for other positions.  And if not a candidate, they may be able to connect with you someone they know that would potentially know the types of candidates you are need.  Or they may just know a friend that is looking for their next step in their career and will point them to you first.  In the recruiting industry, referrals can make your career. 

Repeat – Finally, having a great relationship with a candidate can make you money multiple times by placing them again on down the road.  Maybe you placed them in a contract role that has a definitive end date.  When that date comes around, if you have a great relationship with your candidate, you will likely be the first person they call when it is time for a new opportunity.  Or maybe you placed them in a permanent role and 3 years down the road, the company is bought by someone else and major changes happen that causes them to look eslewhere.  That candidate will likely call you and ask for help in finding a new opportunity.  Regardless of what type of position you help them with, having the ability to further help them, and in the process make money for yourself, can help you continue to be successful for years to come. 

The moral of the story is to treat your candidates with respect, be communicative and do your best to establish a relationship with them.  Recruiters, sometimes unfairly, can have a bad reputation not unlike a used car salesman.  That’s usually because a lot of recruiters are not good at what they do and certainly not good at building a relationship with their candidates.  Make yourself stand out, and who knows, you may even gain a new friend in the process.

 

About ARC Group©

ARC Group©, the parent company of Recruitment Intelligence™, has been an industry front runner in the last 30 years in the full-time, contract and temp-to-hire staffing and consulting industries.  Awarded to the South Florida, Jacksonville and Minnesota’s Business Journal’s collection of “Top 25 Executive Search & Consulting Firms” we have a national presence, and provide a service throughout the US, including Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Minnesota, Chicago and Washington. 

Press Release: American Recruiting & Consulting Group Completes Acquisition of The Marver Group

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Weston, FL – American Recruiting & Consulting Group (ARC Group) has completed the acquisition of The Marver Group, led by Nancy Marver-Ilhan, which is a respected Executive Search Firm in Chicago that opened in March 2003 and specializes in Commercial Insurance Search.

With this strategic partnership, ARC Group has added an additional level of expertise to their portfolio and will be able to help better service clients in the Insurance Industry, not only in Chicago, but also on a national level.   Nancy and The Marver Group bring a wealth of experience to ARC Group. Nancy has been recruiting professionals in Underwriting, Claims, Operations, Loss Control, Human Resources, Marketing and Management for over 25 years.

“We are very excited to have acquired The Marver Group for several reasons,” said Gregg Podalsky, CEO of ARC Group.  “We have had great success over the past 30+ years and are always looking for ways to better service our clients’ needs.  The Marver Group acquisition helps enhance our existing capabilities and accomplish this goal.”

 

About ARC Group©

American Recruiting & Consulting Group, a national executive recruitment agency was established in 1982 and has been consistently ranked in multiple issues of The Business Journals’ “Top 25 Executive Search and Consulting Firms” for the last 14 years. With over a hundred employees and a score of locations throughout the country, we have asserted ourselves as a leader in the recruitment, staffing, employment and consulting sectors.

At ARC Group, we focus on helping our clients grow by offering a unique blend of staffing, employment and temp services in the talent acquisition space. Our services include helping clients find the best talent for contract, temp to perm, and permanent placement opportunities. We also offer a unique and trademarked research recruitment solution, Recruitment Intelligence™, as well as retained, contingency and consulting services.

With our proven 7 stage end-to-end recruitment process we provide unsurpassed quality that most employment and temp staffing agencies are unable to offer.

We’ve Moved!

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Due to a high demand in our services, American Recruiting and Consulting Group has recently moved their corporate headquarters to a larger office to support the growth of our business. 

American Recruiting & Consulting Group, a national executive recruitment agency, was established in 1982 and has been consistently ranked in multiple issues of Florida Business Journals’ “Top 25 Executive Search and Consulting Firms” for the last 14 years. With hundreds of employees, and multiple locations throughout the country, we have asserted ourselves as a leader in the recruitment, staffing, employment and consulting sectors. 

At ARC Group, we focus on helping our clients grow by offering a unique blend of staffing, employment and temp services in the talent acquisition space. Our services include helping you find the best talent for contract, temp to perm, and permanent placement opportunities. We also offer a unique and trademarked research recruitment solution, Recruitment Intelligence™, as well as retained, contingency and consulting services. 

Schedule an appointment today to meet our staff and see how we can support your hiring needs.

 

About ARC Group©

ARC Group©, the parent company of Recruitment Intelligence™, has been an industry front runner in the last 30 years in the full-time, contract and temp-to-hire staffing and consulting industries.  Awarded to the South Florida, Jacksonville and Minnesota’s Business Journal’s collection of “Top 25 Executive Search & Consulting Firms” we have a national presence, and provide a service throughout the US, including Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Minnesota, Chicago and Washington. 

Some Work is Better Than No Work

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If you are like millions of Americans over the past 7 years you may look at your resume and realize at some point you have a significant gap between jobs.  This is a problem that has many implications.  Outside of the fact that time lost on a job is money lost in your bank, it poses a very real and serious threat for your future….getting hired again.  

While it may seem natural to think that organizations realize you may have a job gap because the economy tanked in 2008, and took several years to recover, but the reality is many of them don’t care.  From a company’s standpoint, they realize that the economy caused a lot of job losses, but they feel there must be a reason that you aren’t hired soon after being let go.  They may think that if you didn’t make the cut at your previous employer then you won’t make the cut at their company.  Or they think that even if your termination was unavoidable that you should still be hired soon afterwards if you are a good employee with good skills.  They may even think that you are lazy and aren’t trying to find new employment, and if that were the case, of course they aren’t going to be interested in you. 

I tell people in the unfortunate position of being laid off that the best thing they can do for themselves is to get a job as soon as possible.  Even if that means you are taking a less desirable position.  That way when you apply to a position that you do want the company will not look at you as someone to shy away from.  Plus it keeps money in your bank and keeps your skills sharp.  

If after being let go from your employer you find that there aren’t any positions available that you really want, at the pay you want, then I suggest taking on a contract role.  Many companies these days have moved to a “try before you buy” approach where they hire people on a contract basis, usually for anywhere from 3-12 months, then if it works out they will offer that person a permanent role.  Sure there are some drawbacks to contract positions such as lack of benefits and paid time off, but there are many positives too.  For one, the recruitment agency that you work with may offer benefits after 60-90 days.  You are also typically paid more on a contract position than permanent positions due you having to pay for health benefits on your own.  

But the biggest and best reason to take a contract position when you can’t find a permanent one that suits you is that you get to keep working.  And if you are continually working, then you are attractive to companies that seek a person with your skill set.  Plus it is easier to explain multiple jobs in a short period of time if those jobs are contract positions that have a start and end date compared to just jumping around. Not to mention you don’t have a loss of income. 

Sometimes having a job gap is completely unavoidable.  Maybe you have a sick family member to take care of, or you were sick yourself for an extended period of time.  Those are legitimate excuses and most companies will look beyond the job gap if you have a valid reason for it.  But if you don’t, I would recommend doing your best to have no more than a 2 month gap on your resume.  

So if you find yourself without a job for whatever reason, get back on the horse.  Call a temp agency or staffing agency and see if they can help.  But don’t let your ego keep you from working or finding work will eventually prove harder than you think.

 

About ARC Group©

ARC Group©, the parent company of Recruitment Intelligence™, has been an industry front runner in the last 30 years in the full-time, contract and temp-to-hire staffing and consulting industries.  Awarded to the South Florida, Jacksonville and Minnesota’s Business Journal’s collection of “Top 25 Executive Search & Consulting Firms” we have a national presence, and provide a service throughout the US, including Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Minnesota, Chicago and Washington.