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  • Competition for talent strong; advisers aid with employment issues
    Midlands Business Journal – November 18, 2016
    (Aureus Group)

    The hyper-competitive market for local talent shows no signs of waning, with partnerships representing allies for employers who are struggling with recruitment, among other day-to-day challenges. Aureus Group’s...
    Midlands Business Journal – November 18, 2016
    (Aureus Group)
    The hyper-competitive market for local talent shows no signs of waning, with partnerships representing allies for employers who are struggling with recruitment, among other day-to-day challenges. Aureus Group’s Chris Carlson-Dennell, managing director, said because there are only so many available executive positions, many in the Midwest are “underemployed.” Further, she notes the search and staffing firm specializing in finance and accounting, information systems and tech, and executive search has experienced a significant uptick in direct hires – while contract, temporary, and project wok remains flat. “Succession planning, interim consulting roles and ownership transitions are still hot,” Carlson-Dennell said. “The demographics indicate this will continue to be an opportunity for many executives.” She also notes alternative insurance plans and cost are requiring more time and expertise, while IT security, remote workforce, employee development, branding, and culture round out other top-of-mind concerns.
  • Research, networking, communication can help IT professionals land job
    Midlands Business Journal – October 14, 2016
    (Aureus Group)

    Most industries are looking for IT professionals to help their companies; there are several ways that these in-demand professionals can land the best jobs in these companies. Businesses have invested considerable...
    Midlands Business Journal – October 14, 2016
    (Aureus Group)
    Most industries are looking for IT professionals to help their companies; there are several ways that these in-demand professionals can land the best jobs in these companies. Businesses have invested considerable time and dollars in building cultures within their IT operations in an effort to attract, recruit and retain top talent, said Bruce Peterson, regional manager, systems division of Aureus Group – an affiliate of C&A Industries. “They are very protective of these cultures and will look or individuals who have the values and working behaviors that align with their culture,” he said. “Therefore, attributes such as being a strong team player comfortable with collaboration and above average communication skills are now held up as the must-have skills even over technical skills.” Peterson said when candidate work with a recruiting and staffing firm such as Aureus, they have a distinct advantage. “When we secure an interview for you with one of our clients, we help you prepare for the interview,” he said. “When you’re prepared you will feel more comfortable and confident, which will increase your chances of success.” Once you get an interview, make sure to dress professionally. “Even in this day and age where casual dress or business casual dress codes are the norm, it’s still important to dress for success for the interview,” Peterson said.
  • Negotiating salary comes down to professional and positive approach
    Midlands Business Journal – September 30, 2016
    (Aureus Group)

    You have been offered a new job, but how do you negotiate the salary you need? Midlands HR and staffing professionals suggest doing your research and staying professional and positive. Professional HR and staffing...
    Midlands Business Journal – September 30, 2016
    (Aureus Group)
    You have been offered a new job, but how do you negotiate the salary you need? Midlands HR and staffing professionals suggest doing your research and staying professional and positive. Professional HR and staffing services can provide basic information on pay scales in markets and specific industries and can assist with the negotiation process, said Linda Aughenbaugh, recruiting manager, systems division, at Aureus Group, a staffing and recruiting affiliate of C&A Industries. Aureus often plays the role of a third party service provider for job candidates as well as client companies. “Most companies try to offer a 5 to 8 percent increase from your most recent salary, that’s their targeted average,” Aughenbaugh said. “Sometimes they can and will go above that, if you make a good case for what you want. You should know a salary amount you’d like to have and what your absolute bottom line is.” If the prospective offer is not enough, make a firm counter-offer and let them know that’s what you need, she said. “They can either come up or tell you what you need is out of their range. Then the decision is up to you. You always have the option of not accepting the offer.” If you accept a position, there is nothing wrong with asking for a raise later, but it can be scary, Aughenbaugh said. Her advice? Keep track of significant contributions you’ve made and be able to communicate those when stating your case.
  • Millennials weigh in on what makes them ticket in workplace
    Midlands Business Journal – September 23, 2016
    (C&A Industries, Inc.)

    Not content to sit on the sidelines and watch, the millennial generation is tech-savvy and ambitious, even if it manifests itself differently than their forerunners. “The most common myth about millennials in the workplace...
    Midlands Business Journal – September 23, 2016
    (C&A Industries, Inc.)
    Not content to sit on the sidelines and watch, the millennial generation is tech-savvy and ambitious, even if it manifests itself differently than their forerunners. “The most common myth about millennials in the workplace is that we are entitled; we want to get paid well, but don’t want to work for it. That’s not true at all,” said Brett Hicks, 24, training and development project manager for C&A Industries. “We have a really strong desire to succeed and to work for a company that we are proud of. If we can’t get behind our employer’s values or the reason why we’re doing our tasks, we will look elsewhere.” Hicks said the impact of technology on this generation cannot be overstated. Growing up wired, millennials learned early to be self-sufficient and with that comes an unwillingness to serve a pecking order. “Millennials are challenged by and have little tolerance for arbitrary deadlines and trial tasks,” she said. “There needs to be deep intentionality behind the work we’re given and why it needs to be done at a certain time, otherwise our motivation plummets.”
  • Need for tech talent on the rise; professionals offer staffing tips
    Midlands Business Journal – September 16, 2016
    (Aureus Group)

    With the technology industry growing at a rapid pace, the need for new tech talent is on the rise. Bruce Peterson, regional manager at Aureus Group, an affiliate of C&A Industries, said companies are turning to...
    Midlands Business Journal – September 16, 2016
    (Aureus Group)
    With the technology industry growing at a rapid pace, the need for new tech talent is on the rise. Bruce Peterson, regional manager at Aureus Group, an affiliate of C&A Industries, said companies are turning to the aggressive direct recruitment of individuals versus the “post and pray” passive methods traditionally employed in corporate environments. “Much of the talent is not actively seeking a change of employment so they have to be enticed into considering a new opportunity,” he said. Bruce Peterson said the demand for mid-level to senior developers has remained constant for many years. “Java and .Net are the two platforms consistently requested by our client base,” Peterson said. “However, full-stack Web developers with strong experience in a variety of JavaScript frameworks are coveted as well.” He said quality assurance and testing (automated) are on the rise, as companies find maintenance and support savings with better testing early and often. “The pool of active candidates is small,” he said. “Get aggressive and make yourself attractive to passive candidates.”
  • C&A Industries Named Among the Largest Staffing Firms Globally
    September 7, 2016
    (C&A Industries, Inc.)

    Omaha-based C&A Industries, Inc., a national leader in staffing and recruitment, has been recognized by Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA) as among the largest global staffing firms. SIA’s annual report ranks the top...
    September 7, 2016
    (C&A Industries, Inc.)
    Omaha-based C&A Industries, Inc., a national leader in staffing and recruitment, has been recognized by Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA) as among the largest global staffing firms. SIA’s annual report ranks the top 100 firms by 2015 revenue. C&A, for the first time, has been included on the elite list at #100.

    The top 100 companies combine for a total revenue of approximately $186 billion, equating to 45% of the global staffing market revenue in 2015 at $410 billion. Among the firms recognized, 39 are headquartered in North America, 35 are publicly listed, and the majority operate in multiple countries. C&A is privately held and does business exclusively in the United States. The company ranks as the 39th largest staffing firm in the United States.

    C&A’s 2015 revenue, $321 million, was bolstered by the performance of the largest of its four affiliate staffing firms, Aureus Medical Group, named by SIA as the 6th largest healthcare staffing firm in the United States. Aureus Medical ranks 6th in travel nursing and 2nd in the allied health sector nationally.

    “To be recognized on a global scale is an accomplishment we are incredibly proud of,” said Scot Thompson, President & CEO, C&A Industries. “This is especially significant to us, given the fact that all of our growth has been organic. It also further substantiates that our employees are some of the very best in the world. They bring passion and dedication to our business and strive as a collective team to earn market share, to outperform our competition, and to serve our customers in an exceptional way. It’s what has enabled C&A to be best in class.”

    SIA is the preeminent advisor on staffing and workforce solutions worldwide. Rankings were established utilizing data collected by third party sources and from the companies directly as well as estimates based on research by SIA.
  • Aligning skills with workforce needs spawns new development approaches
    Midlands Business Journal – August 19, 2016
    (Aureus Group)

    Demand for talent is driving new programs and public-private partnerships to help employees remain employable and meet the changing workforce needs. As it relates to “career transitions”, Aureus Group...
    Midlands Business Journal – August 19, 2016
    (Aureus Group)
    Demand for talent is driving new programs and public-private partnerships to help employees remain employable and meet the changing workforce needs. As it relates to “career transitions”, Aureus Group Managing Director Chris Carlson-Dennell noted succession planning, interim consulting roles and ownership transitions come to mind. “The demographics indicate this will continue to be an opportunity for many executives,” she said. “We are seeing a lot of second or third career transitions. Many people are spending time to self-assess what they are good at and how they want to use their skills in a different way.” More “dramatic” career changes usually require lower compensation and more employer flexibility/training when someone moves industry and/or job function, she said. Carlson-Dennell suggests anyone looking to pick up additional skills “get out there.” “It’s important to network and build your brand and skill set outside of your current employer,” she said. “Connecting with a search firm specializing in your niche and level can also be invaluable. We have market intelligence about employer brands, networking opportunities and relevant training sessions.”
  • Retaining best employees starts with hiring process, partnering with agency
    Midlands Business Journal – May 27, 2016
    (Aureus Group)

    One of the hottest trends to hire the right candidates is social recruiting. “The tools, techniques, and best practices are evolving. LinkedIn is an amazing tool and has free and paid options,” said Chris Carlson-Dennell...
    Midlands Business Journal – May 27, 2016
    (Aureus Group)
    One of the hottest trends to hire the right candidates is social recruiting. “The tools, techniques, and best practices are evolving. LinkedIn is an amazing tool and has free and paid options,” said Chris Carlson-Dennell, managing director at Aureus Group, an affiliate of C&A Industries. “That said, it is time consuming and not something to just do occasionally. The challenge for small businesses is in order for social recruiting to be effective it has to happen continually with the employer brand.” Small businesses have the luxury of more customized rewards and personal incentives to entice top job candidates. “Finding out what is most important to their employees individually and responding accordingly is my recommendation,” she said. “Favorite restaurants, movie tickets, time off to spend with kids or elderly parents, cash and public recognition for a job well done are a few of the most popular rewards recently.” Finding out what makes people ticket and align their strengths with the business goals can go a long way in retaining good employees, Carlson-Dennell said.
  • Employment agencies can offer several placement options for job seekers
    Midlands Business Journal – May 13, 2016
    (Celebrity Staff)

    There are many reasons to use an employment agency as an employer and job seeker. Partnering with an employment agency is the best way to go, said Kiley Clausen, operations manager with Celebrity Staff, and...
    Midlands Business Journal – May 13, 2016
    (Celebrity Staff)
    There are many reasons to use an employment agency as an employer and job seeker. Partnering with an employment agency is the best way to go, said Kiley Clausen, operations manager with Celebrity Staff, and affiliate of C&A Industries. “There is no cost to you as a candidate band by completing one application, you have the opportunity to be considered for multiple positions,” she said. Working with an employment agency allows people access to positions they may not find on their own, Clausen said. An agency will help a person get his or her resume in front of the right people and will serve as a voice when applying for jobs. When deciding to work with an agency, look for one that specializes in the career field of their choice, Clausen said. “You want to make sure you’re working with an organization that can get you in front of as many clients as possible and increase your chances of finding your dream job,” she said. After applying with an agency, reach out to that agency, Clausen said. Take it upon yourself to reach out to the agency and request an interview. This will speed up the process and show the recruiter you are serious about your job search. “If you have questions, want an update on a position, or see another opportunity you may be interested in, call us. We love it when the communication goes both ways and it keeps you top of mind as new positions become available,” Clausen said.
  • Lincoln employers see a growing demand for workers
    Lincoln Business Journal – May 1, 2016
    (Aureus Group)

    Lincoln is a hot job market, with plentiful jobs and high demand for workers. Lincoln has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country an employment remains strong in almost all key sectors, said Nate Elgert...
    Lincoln Business Journal – May 1, 2016
    (Aureus Group)
    Lincoln is a hot job market, with plentiful jobs and high demand for workers. Lincoln has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country an employment remains strong in almost all key sectors, said Nate Elgert, sales manager with Aureus Group. With an unemployment rate of 2.8 percent, employment in Lincoln is strong, Elgert said. The job sector with the biggest increase recently has been construction, which also is the largest job gain sector nationally. “This is a good indicator of a really strong housing market, and with housing process continuing g to rise while inventory remains short we can see that people continue to be able to afford to buy and build property,” Elgert said. In addition to sustained job growth in construction, the global demand for digital media and technology has created an explosion of opportunity, he said.
  • Employers continue to see challenges in hiring quality staff
    Midlands Business Journal – March 16, 2016
    (Celebrity Staff)

    Attracting and retaining quality employees is a tough job. Candidates want to know more than the job description, said Patty North, general manager of Celebrity Staff. Prospective employees need to know...
    Midlands Business Journal – March 16, 2016
    (Celebrity Staff)
    Attracting and retaining quality employees is a tough job. Candidates want to know more than the job description, said Patty North, general manager of Celebrity Staff. Prospective employees need to know about the company, North said. “Share the ‘why’ behind what you do,” she said. “Employees of today want to know how their work is contributing to the greater mission.” Employers have the challenge of there being so many different job boards, and reaching a target applicant is harder than ever before. Before staring a search for candidates, do research to find similar jobs, just like an applicant would, North said. Determine where those similar jobs are listed. This can also help companies stay up to date on fair market pay rates. Once employees are on staff, talk to them to find out how to retain them, she said. Sometimes people want simple things like monthly meetings with a manager. Connecting the company to the community can help with retention as well, North said. Letting employees donate time to a worthy cause once a month can create a stronger connection because they feel a part of something bigger.
  • C&A President & CEO Thompson Named to Staffing Industry 100 by Staffing Industry Analysts
    March 14, 2016
    (C&A Industries, Inc.)

    Scot Thompson, president and CEO of C&A Industries, Inc., a national leader in staffing and recruitment, has been named by Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA) as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Staffing within...
    March 14, 2016
    (C&A Industries, Inc.)
    Scot Thompson, president and CEO of C&A Industries, Inc., a national leader in staffing and recruitment, has been named by Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA) as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Staffing within the North American Staffing market, a $123 billion industry.

    During Thompson’s 15-year tenure, C&A has risen to 8th largest healthcare staffing firm in the United States (affiliate Aureus Medical Group) and the 50th largest staffing firm overall. Through his transformative leadership and strategic vision, C&A has recorded seven-fold organic growth, launched eight new business divisions, and created extensive training curriculums in sales and professional development for in-house personnel.

    Thompson has been instrumental in enabling the company's growth and success as well as fostering a positive, team-oriented, results driven culture focused on maximizing the engagement of both its employees and clients. In 2015, C&A recorded its highest employee engagement ratings in the company’s history, which also resulted in record setting retention levels, referrals, and revenue. Most recently, C&A was named one of the “Best Places to Work in Omaha” for the sixth time in eight years and was recognized with the Circle of Excellence Award from the National Business Research Institute (NBRI).

    SIA is the global advisor on staffing and workforce solutions known for its independent, objective insights and proprietary research related to the staffing and recruitment industry. The Staffing 100 is a composite of leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs who have made significant contributions to the staffing industry over the past year and who have influenced and shaped the world of contingent work.

    Selection is based on nomination, followed by review and final determination by SIA’s editorial team. SIA releases its list of the 100 Most Influential People in Staffing annually.
  • C&A Industries, Named #1 Employment Agency by B2B Magazine for Eighth Year in a Row
    March 7, 2016
    (C&A Industries, Inc.)

    C&A Industries, a national leader in staffing and recruitment, has been named the #1 Employment Agency in Omaha, Nebraska by B2B Magazine for the eighth consecutive year. The announcement will be featured in...
    March 7, 2016
    (C&A Industries, Inc.)
    C&A Industries, a national leader in staffing and recruitment, has been named the #1 Employment Agency in Omaha, Nebraska by B2B Magazine for the eighth consecutive year. The announcement will be featured in the March 2016 issue of the magazine.

    Omaha-based C&A is the parent company to four specialized staffing firms. Aureus Group, AurStaff, and Celebrity Staff each hold market leading positions in the Omaha metropolitan area and have a strong regional presence. Aureus Medical Group does business on a national scale.

    The publication’s annual “Best of B2B” Awards 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 business leaders. Results are based on readers’ votes.

    “As a local and national leader in the staffing and recruitment industry, we understand the common denominator among the most successful organizations – great people. The same is certainly true within C&A,” said Scot Thompson, president and CEO, C&A Industries, Inc. “Our ability to consistently deliver an exceptional level of service is largely due to our outstanding team of employees who are customer-focused, passionate about our business, and keep excellence top of mind. We are proud to be named the top employment agency in Omaha by B2B Magazine and we congratulate our employees on a job well done.”
  • C&A Industries Earns Circle of Excellence Distinction from NBRI
    March 1, 2016
    (C&A Industries, Inc.)

    C&A Industries, Inc., a national leader in staffing and recruiting, has been named by the National Business Research Institute, Inc. (NBRI) to its Circle of Excellence, which recognizes organizations that demonstrate...
    March 1, 2016
    (C&A Industries, Inc.)
    C&A Industries, Inc., a national leader in staffing and recruiting, has been named by the National Business Research Institute, Inc. (NBRI) to its Circle of Excellence, which recognizes organizations that demonstrate outstanding achievement in employee engagement and customer satisfaction.

    To evaluate the attitudes and perceptions of C&A’s workforce, NBRI analyzed employee responses to questions covering a variety of organizational topics. C&A qualified for this honor by scoring at or above the 75th benchmarking percentile when measured against companies surveyed nationally.

    NBRI has conducted scientific, psychological research for thousands of organizations, including a majority of the Fortune 500 companies, since its inaugural study in 1982. One of the world’s leading business research firms, NBRI conducts millions of online surveys, paper surveys, and telephone surveys per year in order to help organizations achieve their full potential.

    C&A began NBRI’s Best Practice of Continuous Improvement with its first employee survey in 2005 and has since participated every two years.

    “C&A is proud to have earned the Circle of Excellence distinction from NBRI, which is highly respected in the field of business research,” said Scot Thompson, president & CEO, C&A Industries. “Our ability to consistently deliver an exceptional level of service to our loyal customer base is reliant on attracting, developing, and retaining the very best employees who are engaged, passionate about our business, and committed to excellence. The surveys conducted by NBRI continue to be an invaluable tool to provide insight, identify areas in which we are particularly strong, and to pinpoint opportunities for improvement. Ultimately, the information garnered serves as a guide for us going forward as we work to meet the needs of our dynamic and evolving workforce.”
  • C&A Industries Named Among Best Places to Work in Omaha for Sixth Year
    February 24, 2016
    (C&A Industries, Inc.)

    C&A Industries, Inc., a national leader in staffing and recruitment, has been named among the Best Places to Work in Omaha. The parent company to staffing firms Aureus Group, Aureus Medical Group, AurStaff, and...
    February 24, 2016
    (C&A Industries, Inc.)
    C&A Industries, Inc., a national leader in staffing and recruitment, has been named among the Best Places to Work in Omaha. The parent company to staffing firms Aureus Group, Aureus Medical Group, AurStaff, and Celebrity Staff has been recognized in the large company category of organizations with more than 200 employees.

    The annual initiative, sponsored by the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce and Baird Holm, recognizes a select number of companies annually based on the results of surveys taken by the employees of participating organizations. Surveys measure employee engagement, satisfaction, morale, opportunities for professional growth, and workplace culture. This is the sixth time in eight years that C&A has earned the Best Places to Work in Omaha distinction.br> “We are proud to be recognized alongside a group of highly respected and successful organizations. To be consistently honored by our own employees is incredibly meaningful to us,” said Scot Thompson, president & CEO, C&A Industries. “There is no question that our success in business on both a local and national scale is largely due to the people within our organization. Being a great place to work starts with having an extraordinary group of employees who are passionate about our business, embrace our mission and values, and infuse our workplace with a spirit of teamwork and a focus on excellence.”

    Thompson cites C&A’s accredited training and professional development programs, mentoring programs, health and wellness initiatives, and emphasis on community involvement as key contributors to keeping its workplace positive and employee morale high. "We make significant investments in our employees to give them to tools they need to be successful and to cultivate a positive and dynamic environment. Ultimately though, while we may set the tone as a company our employees carry it through. We can’t say enough about what they bring to C&A."

    C&A will be recognized along with other Best Places to Work in Omaha recipients during a luncheon in April 2016.
  • Celebrity Staff announces the promotion of Lauren Piper to recruiting manager
    February 11, 2016
    (Celebrity Staff)

    Celebrity Staff is pleased to announce the promotion of Lauren Piper to the role of recruiting manager. Celebrity Staff is a leading provider of staffing solutions serving the administrative, management, and legal...
    February 11, 2016
    (Aureus Group)
    Celebrity Staff is pleased to announce the promotion of Lauren Piper to the role of recruiting manager. Celebrity Staff is a leading provider of staffing solutions serving the administrative, management, and legal sectors.

    In her role, Piper oversees all candidate recruiting activities of Celebrity’s regional office locations, including Omaha, Lincoln, Des Moines, and Kansas City.

    Piper joined Celebrity Staff in 2011 and previously held the position of senior recruiter. She is an active Ambassador of the West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce and sits on the board for the Central Iowa Society of Human Resource Management as the VP of Young Professional Engagement and College Relations.

    Celebrity Staff is headquartered in Omaha, NE.
  • Strategic plan necessary when navigating employment needs
    Midlands Business Journal – January 22, 2016
    (Aureus Group)

    The strategy for finding suitable employees can be challenging. Several Questions should be answered before developing a strategies staffing plan, said Christ Carlson-Dennell, managing director of Aureus Group, an...
    Midlands Business Journal – January 22, 2016
    (Aureus Group)
    The strategy for finding suitable employees can be challenging. Several Questions should be answered before developing a strategies staffing plan, said Christ Carlson-Dennell, managing director of Aureus Group, an affiliate of C&A Industries. Innovation and customer satisfaction is critical to business. Consider how frequently new solutions, methods, technologies, or workflow enhancements are embraced or implemented, she said. Look at whether the company has the talent and competencies to meet objectives and deadlines. Consider whether employees are complaining about work conditions or workload. “Many companies have invested significant dollars in professional development, team building culture rallies, improved health insurance benefits, added vacation, flexibility in working hours, and remote access to help retain and promote employee referral bonuses,” Carlson-Dennell said. “It takes a village to build a strong team. Some companies have worked hard on their employer brand and culture, which attracts and retains talent, she said. That said, the unemployment rate is so low and the supply of skilled workers does not meet the demand. “Our local market is experiencing some talent entering the job market due to layoffs or future layoffs. However, matching competencies, experience, talents, compensation and career aspirations to organizations’ vision, mission, career opportunities and ultimately culture is an art, not a science,” she said. The obvious factor to consider when determining staffing needs are revenue inventories and cash flow, Carlson-Dennell said. Staffing needs, however, require more elusive and complicated analysis beyond the numbers.
  • Higher education, employment outlook positive with additional growth to come
    Midlands Business Journal – January 15, 2016
    (Aureus Group)

    Higher education and employment in the Omaha area continue to flourish with big highlights in 2015 and more changes for the New Year. “Our finance and accounting divisions saw an increase in direct hire and a slight...
    Midlands Business Journal – January 15, 2016
    (Aureus Group)
    Higher education and employment in the Omaha area continue to flourish with big highlights in 2015 and more changes for the New Year. “Our finance and accounting divisions saw an increase in direct hire and a slight decrease in our temporary workforce,” said Chris Carlson-Dennell, managing director at Aureus Group, an affiliate of C&A Industries. “On the contrary, our systems experts have seen an increase in the needs for contract temporary IT/IS talent. The supply and demand is definitely out of whack. Even with the local layoffs, the skills and salary expectations aren’t matching up with the career opportunities.” Many candidates are pushing the “working remote” envelop, but most of the Midwest has not fully adopted this option, she said. “Our pipeline reveals that all of our practice areas will see an uptick in hiring for contract and direct hire in the first quarter,” she said.