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Read where C&A Industries, our staffing and recruitment affiliates, and our other affiliates have made the news in our industry and in our community.

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New learning approaches, talent needs arise with changes in area employment
Midlands Business Journal – December 25, 2015
(Aureus Group)

A 24-7 “on” world is converging with skilled labor shortages and underemployment to drive new learning models and approaches to recruiting. Aureus Group regional manager Chris Walker noted many metro employers are experiencing growth and implementing systems and processes resulting in the need for interim and full-time professionals and to relieve current employees’ workloads. However, in its accounting, finance, IT, HR, and executive niches, staff have more opportunities than qualified candidates to fill them. Candidates in turn are getting multiple job offers and counter-offers. The competitive market for full-time employee is occurring amid low unemployment. “With the market being so tight right now, many local companies are looking to us to source and share qualified candidates for their critical roles at all levels,” Walker said.

Qualifications, projects drive brighter economic outlook with engineer shortages
Midlands Business Journal – December 11, 2015
(AurStaff)

“At this time engineers are still in high demand, but you must still do your homework before making an offer,” said AurStaff Account Manager Kevin Browne. “Portfolios are nice companion pieces and give you many more details about project the engineer has worked on. But I feel by conducting a thorough interview and contacting professional references gives the employer the information they need to make an informed hiring decision.” Browne note partnering with an engineering recruiting firm like AurStaff eliminates the candidates who would not be a match for the client – saving not only money but also valuable time.” “References are a good way to find out not only what type of projects the candidate has worked on but which projects they excelled at and which ones they struggled with,” he said. “There are interview questions you can ask to try to obtain this information as well but normally we are able to get the bigger picture with a good reference check. AurStaff conducts all interviews and completes thorough reference checks before presenting to clients who should visit prospects’ projects in person.”

Omaha job market good for economy but makes for tight labor pool
Midlands Business Journal – November 27, 2015
(Celebrity Staff)

Omaha has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation which is good for the local economy but also makes it difficult to secure top talent in a tight labor market. Eric Beck, sales manager at Celebrity Staff, said that entry-level office-clerical and support staff positions are difficult to fill because as new software becomes available, there’s a shortage of individuals with the necessary skills. Customer service is also hurting at this time of year when stores ramping up their seasonal staff drain many job seekers out of the availability pool. The biggest upward trend has been firms hiring HR staff, from generalist to HR manager level – the generalists because the employment market is so low firms need individuals who can recruit candidates and managers because employees are aging out of the market. “I’ve probably seen more HR openings in the past 60 to 90 days than I used to see in six months,” Beck said.

Consider opportunities for gifting, relief as tax filing deadlines approach
Midlands Business Journal - October 6, 2015
(Aureus Group)

As with the holidays, tax-filing deadlines will be here before we know it. Are you ready? Managing director Chris Carlson-Dennell’s Aureus Group is on the ground floor as it relates to tax preparation: its staffing services are targeted to fields that include accounting and finance. “We can help organizations plan ahead,” she said. “Corporate tax return preparation and submission follows a similar cyclical workflow each year. As a result, it is possible to prepare for the process far in advance of its annual arrival.” Carlson-Dennell suggests using prior-year experience as a tool for planning the upcoming year’s strategy. Learn from what was (and was not) effective in the past. “Ask your team these questions: ‘What challenges do you foresee?’ ‘What they think will be more complicated and will we need additional resources/hours?’” she said. To additional resources, proactive interviewing assures you are staffed with appropriate manpower prior to tax season. She noted even seasonal/temp workers are typically committed by November (for a January start). She also suggests training sessions and assigning mentors to new staff/temporaries a month before business season; creating flex work arrangements for employees to disperse hours; and providing access to email and shared drives from home to increase productivity while providing further flexibility. Consider business needs. “Look at your current workforce and try to find skill sets that balance or complement the current bench strength or competency gaps,” she said. “Education/CPA, experience, knowledge, talents and culture fit are all critical for this critical time.”

Tight job market makes it difficult for companies to attract workers
Midlands Business Journal – August 21, 2015
(Aureus Group)

It’s a tough job market for area employers with Omaha’s low unemployment rate. Demand for employees is huge and the supply is low, said Linda Aughenbaugh, branch manager with Aureus Group, an affiliate of C&A Industries. “The demand for our services is as high as ever,” she said. At Aureus Group it has been difficult to find people to fill all the requests being made for employees, Aughenbaugh said. It is especially difficult in the information technology industry where it is nearly impossible to find enough employees to fill openings, she added, nothing some companies are turning to temporary contracting employees to fill in, but even that is difficult. Some companies in other areas of the country are hiring employees who live in other states to work remotely, and Omaha companies should consider doing that, she said. “It’s an amazing dynamic in the marketplace,” she said of telecommuting.

Tight job market makes it difficult for companies to attract workers
Midlands Business Journal – August 21, 2015
(Aureus Group)

It’s a tough job market for area employers with Omaha’s low unemployment rate. Demand for employees is huge and the supply is low, said Linda Aughenbaugh, branch manager with Aureus Group, an affiliate of C&A Industries. “The demand for our services is as high as ever,” she said. At Aureus Group it has been difficult to find people to fill all the requests being made for employees, Aughenbaugh said. It is especially difficult in the information technology industry where it is nearly impossible to find enough employees to fill openings, she added, nothing some companies are turning to temporary contracting employees to fill in, but even that is difficult. Some companies in other areas of the country are hiring employees who live in other states to work remotely, and Omaha companies should consider doing that, she said. “It’s an amazing dynamic in the marketplace,” she said of telecommuting.

C&A Industries Named 50th Largest Staffing Firm in the Nation
August 11, 2015
(C&A Industries, Inc.)

C&A Industries, Inc., a national leader in staffing and recruitment, has been named the 50th largest staffing firm in the United States by Staffing Industry Analysts. C&A is the parent company to four specialized staffing firms including Aureus Medical Group, Aureus Group, AurStaff, and Celebrity Staff.

C&A joins an elite group of firms included in Staffing Industry Analysts’s 2015 market share report, released in June. Of the more than 7,000 staffing companies in the United States, C&A was one of 122 firms which reported more than $100 million in revenue for the previous year, the criteria for inclusion in the report. C&A rose nine positions from its #59 ranking in 2014, placing the company in roughly the top 1% of all staffing agencies nationally.

Staffing Industry Analysts is the global advisor on contingent work, known for its independent, objective insights and proprietary research related to the staffing and recruitment industry. Staffing Industry Analysts defines staffing revenue as revenue from temporary, direct hire, and temp-to-hire (Match Hire®) staffing services as well as managed services revenue. The 122 firms included in its 2015 report generated a combined $69.4 billion in staffing and talent engagement revenue, which represents 55.9% of the total market.

“We are proud to be recognized among the largest and most respected staffing firms in the country. As the staffing industry continues to grow at a pace ahead of the economy, our improvement of nine positions over last year’s ranking is of particular significance to us,” said Scot Thompson, president and CEO, C&A Industries, Inc. “Our ability to capture market share while retaining our loyal customer base is directly attributable to the extraordinary employees of C&A. Their dedication to our customers and to quality of service is what enables us to be successful in a highly competitive industry.”

Demand for accountants high as career opportunities are abundant
Midlands Business Journal – July 10, 2015
(Aureus Group)

Those pursuing careers in the accounting industry are facing a promising job market. The accounting field is projected to have about 15 percent growth over the next five years, said Christine Walker, regional manager of Aureus Group, an affiliate of C&A Industries. Today’s accounting professionals are more of a business consultant versus the stereotypical “bean counter,” Walker said. “We continue to see a steady demand for degreed accounting professionals with the ability to analyze and interpret data, identify areas of opportunity for improving profits and making recommendations for best practices for the organizations,” she said. The educational requirements for accountants have been consistent with recent years. Most employers require a bachelor’s degree in accounting or other business-related major to be considered for professional accounting positions. For senior level accounting or management positions, some employers prefer advanced degrees such as master’s in business administration or a master’s in accounting, Walker said. A CPA license or certification may also be required depending on the position, she said.

Shortage of qualified candidates hindering employers across industries
The Lincoln Business Journal – May 1, 2015
(Celebrity Staff)

Today companies need qualified workers as businesses grow but many are faced with a small pool of candidates. Lincoln’s low unemployment rate has created increased demand for trained recruiters, both in recruiting firms and in-house corporate recruiting staff, said Patty North, general manager of Celebrity Staff, a division of C&A Industries. In a low unemployment market where few people are not working, businesses need to be more open to hiring people with transferrable skills, North said. Employees need to be willing to train on-the-job-specifics in order to fill vacancies. The other option is for companies to use recruiting firms that build relationship with candidates and can match prospects to the jobs. Knowing how to leverage search engine optimization for online ads is critical to getting the most out of recruiting efforts and many businesses may not be up to date on these techniques, North said. “Every company should examine starting pay and where every employee is at with regards to compensation at least once a year to make sure they are competitive,” North said.

IT professional job opportunities remain robust as demand is high
Midlands Business Journal – April 10, 2015
(Aureus Group)

Information technology professionals continue to be in high demand in the Omaha metro. “I have been recruiting and staffing for 28 years and the demand for IT professionals is higher than ever,” said Linda Aughenbaugh, branch manager at Aureus Group’s Systems division. The Omaha metro area has had fewer than 1 percent unemployment in IT for several years, Aughenbaugh said. “That means all the best talent is already employed, with relatively few IT professionals between contract engagements or full-time employment,” she said. The skillsets with the most demand and those that command the highest salaries are application/Web/mobile developers, business intelligence analysts and cloud computing professionals. Organizations of all sizes are adopting cloud technology, providing much more opportunity for those with knowledge of the cloud, she said. One of the most effective ways to land the best job is to use your network, Aughenbaugh said. Make connections through co-workers, former co-workers, family and friends, mentors, previous managers and college placement coordinators. “There’s never been a better time to be a candidate in the IT field,” she said.

Healthcare Staffing Leader Aureus Medical Group Launches New Website
Omaha, NE, (April 13, 2015)
(Aureus Medical Group)

Aureus Medical Group, a leading healthcare staffing agency, has announced the launch of its new website, aureusmedical.com. Aureus Medical places healthcare professionals from a wide variety of specialties in full-time and travel medical careers nationwide, including travel nursing jobs, physical therapy jobs, and other opportunities across allied health.

The redesigned website features a fresh, contemporary look, simplified navigation, and streamlined content designed to further improve the user experience for job seekers and healthcare facilities. It also incorporates a responsive design that adapts to resizing and reduces / enlarges based on the type of electronic device – computer monitor, mobile phone, iPad, or other device.

Aureus Medical’s website provides comprehensive information for each of its specialty areas of medical staffing, including nursing, therapy, medical laboratory, imaging, oncology, cardiopulmonary, and neurodiagnostics. Pages focusing on travel nursing, travel physical therapy jobs, occupational therapy jobs, and other travel healthcare careers provide a snapshot of the mobile lifestyle and illustrate the benefits of this career option which entails working contract assignments in hospitals across the U.S. for pre-determined periods of time.

The website also houses informational videos, infographics, and resources relating to licensing and certifications, Aureus Medical’s tuition reimbursement program, continuing education, interview tips, and more.

Healthcare professionals have the ability to search for jobs and medical careers on aureusmedical.com and apply online. Healthcare facilities are also able to submit a staffing request for medical personnel through the website.

Aureus Medical Group is a national leader in healthcare staffing specializing in the successful placement of professionals within the fields of nursing, therapy, medical laboratory, imaging, oncology, cardiopulmonary, neurodiagnostics, and more with hospitals and medical facilities nationwide.

Aureus Medical also offers services in the areas of advanced practice and physician search. With more than 30 years of experience, Aureus Medical offers a full range of staffing options, including national contract (travel), local contract, and direct hire (full-time). Aureus Medical is the largest affiliate of Omaha-based C&A Industries, a leading provider of human capital management solutions for more than 45 years.

Outsourced IT provides added benefits
Midlands Business Journal – March 13, 2015
(Aureus Group)

As technology gets more complicated, companies are outsourcing IT and help desk services to keep up on all the moving parts. Linda Aughenbaugh, recruiting manager of the Aureus Group, Systems Division, said that a small or medium-sized business often has limited resources for finding the talent to support an internal help desk. “Aureus Group assists firms which provide help desk and IT outsourcing by recruiting skilled IT professionals for their teams,” she said. “We are able to provide help desk professionals on a contract basis.” Help desk positions are a stepping stone and training ground for people new to IT or recent IT grads. “They may spend a year or two on the help desk and then will be ready for a more challenging IT job creating the need to backfill their position. It’s a high-turnover role because of this and requires constant recruiting,” she said.

C&A Industries Named #1 Employment Agency by B2B Magazine for Seventh Year in a Row
Omaha, NE – March 4, 2015
(C&A Industries)

C&A Industries, a national leader in staffing and recruitment, has been named the #1 Employment Agency in Omaha by B2B Magazine for the seventh consecutive year. The announcement will be featured in the March 2015 issue of the magazine.

The publication’s annual “Best of B2B” awards, with results based on readers’ votes, recognizes the top businesses and service providers in the Omaha area. B2B is Greater Omaha’s premiere business publication, featuring the latest business developments as well as features on Omaha’s most prominent leaders.

C&A is the parent company to four specialized staffing firms, Aureus Group, Aureus Medical Group, AurStaff, and Celebrity Staff.

“As a market leader in staffing and recruitment, we understand the correlation between great employees and business success and we’re proud to play an important role in helping people and companies achieve their goals,” said Scot Thompson, president & chief executive officer, C&A. “To be named as the best among employment agencies is a testament to the employees within our own organization who dedicate themselves to consistently providing our customers with an outstanding level of service and to striving for excellence each and every day.”

Networking, referrals, staffing agencies can help to meet staffing needs
Midlands Business Journal - March 6, 2015
(Aureus Group)

When looking to fill staffing needs, staffing experts suggest finding qualified candidates through referrals, staffing agencies, and networking through social media and professional groups. Chris Carlson, managing director at Aureus Group said that the first step to finding new employees to fill staffing needs is to have the role and expectations clearly defined, and then determine the top three or four competencies required to be effective in the role and in the organization. “This information will be essential and is a successful sourcing campaign,” Carlson said. She said that the best way to add talent to a company is through employee referrals but employee referrals do no typically meet the needs of growing organizations. Carlson said that some other sourcing options are job boards, social media, trade associations, and partnering with a specialized recruitment firm. In order to see if a candidate will be a good fit for the company, Carlson said during the interview process to be sure to align career aspirations with the mission, values, and goals of an organization. “This is critical for acquiring and retaining top talent,” Carlson said. “Talent, skills, and knowledge, education and culture are what we consider when we recruit and interview for our customers and ourselves.” Carlson also said that behavioral and performance based questions, references, skills and personality assessments are good practices to ensure a good fit.