Dispelling Staffing & Recruiting Myths: The Concentric Approach

April brings with it a sense of whimsy and lightheartedness, often associated with pranks and jests. Yet, amidst the April Fools’ festivities, some myths persist in the serious world of staffing and recruiting. At Concentric Corporation, we believe it’s time to debunk the staffing & recruiting myths & misconceptions to shed light on the truth behind our approach.

Myth #1: Recruiters Just Want to Sell You a Job

It’s a common misconception that recruiters are solely focused on pushing any available job onto professionals, regardless of their preferences or career goals. At Concentric, we take a different approach. Our recruiters prioritize getting to know professionals on a personal and professional level before even mentioning a job opportunity. We understand that a successful placement is not just about filling a position but about finding the right fit for both the candidate and the employer.

Myth #2: Fear of Confidentiality Breaches

Professionals often hesitate to reach out to recruiting agencies out of fear of jeopardizing their current job positions. At Concentric, we prioritize confidentiality in every interaction. Our conversations are held in the strictest confidence, ensuring that your job search remains private until you’re ready to make a move. Your career journey is yours alone, and we respect and safeguard that at every step.

Myth #3: Concerns About Fees for Hiring Managers

For hiring managers, partnering with a recruiting firm may raise concerns about additional fees and expenses. However, collaborating with Concentric can actually save you both time and money in the long run. Our expertise in hiring allows us to streamline the recruitment process, delivering top-tier candidates efficiently and effectively. While there may be a fee associated with our services, the value we bring in finding the right talent far outweighs the cost.

At Concentric Corporation, we pride ourselves on being more than just a staffing and recruiting agency.

We are your strategic partner in talent acquisition, dedicated to helping professionals find their ideal career paths and assisting businesses in building high-performing teams. So, this April, let’s dispel the myths and embrace a new era of recruitment built on trust, transparency, and true partnership. Let us handle the hiring process, while you focus on growing your business and achieving your goals. With Concentric by your side, the possibilities are endless.

Meet Concentric Corporation: Let Us Reintroduce Ourselves

Hello there, valued reader, meet Concentric 🙂

Thank you for considering partnering with us on your career journey, and as we continue to evolve, we’d like to reintroduce ourselves, shedding light on the exciting new ventures we’ve embraced.

At Concentric, we’re not just about connecting companies with top-tier professionals; we’ve broadened our horizons to serve a wider spectrum of industries. We’re thrilled to share that we now proudly recruit for Information Technology, Accounting, Finance, Marketing, and Sales, offering a diverse selection of opportunities for sustainable growth in these dynamic fields.

Our roots are steeped in over two decades of experience in the hiring and staffing industry. We realized the limitations of the transactional nature prevalent in an industry driven by people. Concentric was created to infuse a more personal touch into the hiring process, transcending the superficiality of keyword-driven evaluations.

Our founder, Andy, often says, “We’re not your average staffing company,” and we stand by that claim. We believe that finding the perfect fit requires more than just filling a job opening—it demands a nuanced understanding of cultural alignment, shared goals, and skill sets. We’re committed to building relationships that strengthen team dynamics, foster healthier companies, and elevate employee retention.

What sets Concentric apart is our holistic approach to recruitment. We invest time in deeply understanding the needs of both clients and candidates, ensuring a harmonious match. Our process isn’t merely about selling a job; it’s about finding the ideal fit for your aspirations.

We specialize in recruiting for Senior level and Executive positions in Information Technology, spanning hardware, software, security, infrastructure engineering, data engineering and intelligence, leadership/management, and now, expanding into Accounting, Finance, Marketing, and Sales.

But it’s not just about the positions; it’s about the people we work with. We understand the frustrations of navigating job boards and seeking a more humanized hiring process. That’s why, from the beginning, our recruiters become your sole point of contact, providing personalized support throughout your journey. Whether it’s resume enhancement, interview preparation, or wardrobe advice for that critical first meeting, we’re here for you—every step of the way, at no cost.

At Concentric, we’re passionate about forging mutually beneficial connections between companies and candidates, fostering growth and success for all involved. We appreciate your time and attention and eagerly anticipate the opportunity to connect with you soon.

Warm regards,

The Concentric Team

Celebrating 20 Years of Success in the Recruiting Industry

On January 29th, 2024, Concentric Corporation proudly marks two decades of business in the recruiting industry. What began as a vision has evolved into a cornerstone of success for both job seekers and organizations in the Midwest. As we celebrate this milestone, it’s essential to reflect on why Concentric has become a vital ally for those navigating the job market and an invaluable resource for hiring managers and owners seeking top-tier professionals.

A Legacy of Creating Connections

At the heart of Concentric’s success lies a commitment to understanding the unique needs of both job seekers and the companies we partner with. For the past 20 years, our dedicated team has invested time and expertise in building relationships, ensuring that the matches we make are not just about skills on paper but are rooted in a deeper understanding of culture fit and organizational goals.

Job Seekers: More Than a Job, It’s a Career Path

For job seekers, Concentric isn’t just a recruitment agency; it’s a partner in their career journey. We go beyond merely presenting job opportunities; we tell the story of the companies we work with, providing professionals with insights into cultures where they can truly thrive. Our approach has resonated, resulting in an impressive 80% candidate retention rate post-hire, a testament to the enduring connections we forge.

Hiring Managers and Owners: Your Gateway to Top-Tier Talent

Concentric has become an indispensable resource for hiring managers and business owners in the Midwest. In an increasingly competitive job market, having a trusted ally like Concentric ensures access to a curated pool of top-tier professionals. Our thorough understanding of your organization’s goals, coupled with our commitment to transparent and honest conversations, means that every candidate we recommend is not just skilled but a perfect fit for your team.

The Concentric Advantage: Building Success Together

Our celebratory milestone isn’t just about the years behind us; it’s about the years ahead, filled with continued dedication to building success for job seekers and organizations alike. As we look to the future, Concentric remains committed to being more than a recruitment agency; we aim to be an extension of your team, working together to achieve lasting success.

Cheers to 20 years of growth, connections, and achievements! Thank you to all who have been part of our journey. Here’s to many more years of building successful futures together with Concentric Corporation!

The Vital Importance of Work-Life Balance in the Technology Industry

In the fast-paced and ever-evolving technology industry, finding equilibrium between work and personal life is not just a luxury—it’s a necessity. At Concentric Corporation, we understand the significance of work-life balance, particularly in the context of the technology sector. Discover why maintaining a harmonious blend between professional commitments and personal well-being is crucial for not only individual success but also for fostering a thriving and sustainable industry.

Avoiding Burnout

Technology professionals are often driven by passion, innovation, and a desire to push boundaries. However, this enthusiasm can sometimes lead to an all-consuming dedication to work, resulting in burnout. The demanding nature of the industry, with tight deadlines and high-pressure projects, can take its toll on a person’s mental and physical well-being. By prioritizing work-life balance, individuals can prevent burnout, replenish their energy reserves, and approach their work with renewed focus and productivity.

How Concentric Boosts Creativity and Innovation

An essential aspect of the technology industry is the cultivation of creativity and innovation. However, creativity flourishes when the mind is allowed to wander and explore beyond work-related boundaries. By creating space for personal pursuits, hobbies, and relaxation, individuals in the technology sector can tap into their creative wellspring, bringing fresh perspectives and innovative ideas to their work. At Concentric Corporation we know that a work-life balance is the for unlocking untapped potential and pushing the boundaries of what is possible.

Nurturing Health and Well-being

Maintaining work-life balance goes hand in hand with prioritizing health and well-being. The sedentary nature of many technology roles, coupled with long hours and high-stress levels, can negatively impact physical and mental health. By carving out time for exercise, leisure activities, and quality time with loved ones, individuals can protect their health, improve focus, and reduce the risk of burnout-related illnesses. A healthy body and mind lay the foundation for sustained success and long-term fulfillment in the technology industry.

Enhancing Productivity and Efficiency

Contrary to popular belief, working longer hours does not necessarily translate to increased productivity. In fact, excessive work can lead to diminishing returns, as fatigue and stress impede cognitive abilities and decision-making. By prioritizing work-life balance, technology professionals can optimize their productivity and efficiency. Time spent away from work allows for rejuvenation, perspective, and the ability to approach tasks with a fresh mind. Balancing work commitments with personal time fosters a more sustainable and effective work ethic.

Attracting and Retaining Talent

The technology industry is highly competitive, with companies vying for top talent. Offering a supportive work-life balance environment becomes a crucial differentiator in attracting and retaining skilled professionals. The companies that Concentric Corporation partners with prioritize work-life balance, demonstrating their commitment to the well-being of their employees, which contributes to a positive company culture and employee satisfaction. A healthy work-life balance becomes a magnet for talent, fostering a workforce that is motivated, engaged, and committed to long-term success.

Work-Life Balance is a Necessity

Work-life balance is not an indulgence; it is a necessity, particularly in the fast-paced and demanding technology industry. Striking a harmony between work and personal life fosters individual well-being, prevents burnout, and boosts creativity and innovation. It enhances productivity, supports physical and mental health, and acts as a crucial factor in attracting and retaining top talent.

In the dynamic world of technology, let us champion work-life balance as a fundamental pillar of success. Partner with Concentric Corporation to embrace the power of personal well-being, prioritize self-care, and watch as the technology industry thrives with fulfilled and inspired professionals. Remember, the key to sustained success lies in finding the delicate balance between work and life—a symphony that harmonizes achievement, happiness, and a fulfilling career.

Connect with Clarity for positions outside of tech

Concentric’s sister company, Clarity Search, teams up with business owners and managers nationwide to create connections between top-tier accounting, finance, and marketing professionals.  

What is Framing and How to Utilize It as a Job Seeker

In the job search process, your rĂ©sumĂ© is often the first impression you make on potential employers. It’s your chance to showcase your skills, experience, and achievements to stand out among applicants. But how do you ensure your rĂ©sumĂ© catches the hiring manager’s attention and lands you an interview? One effective technique is framing.

Framing is the art of positioning your experience and achievements to highlight your strengths and emphasize the value you can bring to a potential employer. By framing your résumé strategically, you can differentiate yourself from other candidates and increase your chances of getting hired.

Build your storyline

It’s common for interviewers to ask job seekers to expand on topics found in their applications, as they are receiving many similar looking résumés. To get ahead, you can creatively present this information to immediately differentiate yourself from the crowd. Think of it like building a storyboard. Each scene, and the order in which they’re shown, shapes your professional story.

To put it another way, it may be helpful to approach it through the lens of the recency effect, which suggests that people remember the last thing they see or hear the best. Depending on your goals, consider placing your skills section closer to the top or even before your experience section. For example, if you have relevant work experience for the positions you’re applying to, place your “Skills” section at the end of your résumé so it remains top of mind. Conversely, if you’re looking to break into a new field, placing this section closer to the top makes more sense.

In addition to the traditional “Skills” section, there are other creative ways to showcase your experience and interests. Consider creating a “Skills and Projects” section highlighting consulting or freelance work or a “Skills and Interests” section showcasing your professional passions. Reframing your job duties as accomplishments is another way to make your resume more persuasive. Rather than simply bullet point listing your responsibilities, focus on quantifiable achievements, such as exceeding goals or managing budgets. By using numbers and statistics, you make your accomplishments more tangible and demonstrate your level of responsibility and expertise. For example, instead of saying “managed budget,” specify the impact of your work, the percentage by which you exceeded your goals, and the amount of money you managed or saved.

The fine line in effective framing

Effective framing doesn’t mean stretching the truth, however. As earlier alluded to, framing is a simple construct but requires critical thinking. Dazzling yourself into a role that ultimately doesn’t fit the big-picture goals you (and your employer) are hoping to achieve will only get you back to square one. To ensure you’re putting your best foot forward, using framing to align your skills with and showcase your long-term goals can be a powerful tool for success in the interviewing process.

The best part about framing your résumé is Concentric has dedicated recruiters that are there to help you tell your story. We don’t require cover letters or other sales techniques to get you in the door, we get to know you and understand your needs to help you land your dream job.

How to strike a balance

  • When presenting your skills and experience, balancing confidence and arrogance is crucial.
  • Avoid generalities like “I can sell anything.”
  • Avoid overstating your qualifications. For example, if you assisted on a project, don’t take full credit; instead, explain your role and contribution to the team.
  • Do not dodge “weaknesses” or “failures.” Frame them as learning experiences or areas for growth. “Pobody is nerfect,” as Pam from the Office would say.

When preparing for an interview, analyzing the job description and the language used carefully is beneficial. This can provide insight into underlying traits that the employer is looking for and how you can frame your skills and experience to align with their goals. Remember, effective framing is a skill that takes practice, but with the right mindset and approach, you can successfully showcase your talents and secure your dream job.

Need a prep talk?

Concentric’s core goal is to build valuable connections between companies and candidates so all parties can grow toward sustainable success. By fostering transparent conversations and trusted referrals, Concentric welcomes and engages individuals into our community, offering opportunities for career advancement in the information and technology sectors.

To do that, our recruiters work with job seekers directly to establish their goals. This individualized approach means providing interview prep, practice sessions, and even defining those “next five years” if they’re a bit murky—the entire job search, with all the personal experiences— at no cost to the candidate.

Concentric specializes in Senior level and Executive IT and Tech Staffing for the following areas

  • hardware 
  • software 
  • security 
  • infrastructure engineering 
  • data engineering and intelligence 
  • leadership/management

Connect with our team today to learn how partnering with Concentric can take your career to the next level.

Connect with Clarity for positions outside of tech

Concentric’s sister company, Clarity Search, teams up with business owners and managers nationwide to create connections between top-tier accounting, finance, and marketing professionals.