Bottom Line: Retention is Important!

Bottom Line: Retention is Important!

Any business will tell you that retaining employees is important. The costs involved with the turnover of employees equals about a quarter of their annual pay. That takes into account the cost involved in: hiring, onboarding, the new hire’s learning curve and the ripple effects on the rest of the team. Every employer knows that the longer a person stays with a company, the more valuable and productive they become for that company.

At CC Pace, the retention rate for our staffing placements has been above 90% for the past 5 years. This article 4 Reasons why Employee Retention is Important (And 4 Reasons All Business Owners Should Use to reduce turnover) highlights why workforce retention is important, and strategies that can improve employee loyalty.  A great deal of our success with our people is due to our commitment to provide our clients with the best candidates, based on this approach:

  • We work with our clients as a partner, finding the right fit by taking the time to truly understand their business and technology needs.
  • We are a consulting firm first – with full time business and technology experts available to help guide the qualification process and customized screening tools.
  • Most importantly, we make quality a priority over quantity. Knowing people means assessing their technical knowledge, their soft skills, their cultural profile, and everything in between.

Now that you have read about what we offer our clients and how we find the right fit for each position, you must be wondering what’s it really like to work for CC Pace? Let our consultants tell you firsthand about their experience working with CC Pace.

“The primary reason for choosing to work with CC Pace AGAIN is that they have top notch people who will ensure that you are a great fit for the openings, as well as making sure that your values align with theirs.”  – Travis R., Consultant

“At the client site, CC Pace has always made sure I succeeded in doing my job which only shows how much they care about their people and their clients. I particularly appreciated how management was available to answer any questions I had while working on the client’s projects. Even though I worked with CC Pace as a consultant, I should note that I was treated equally as an employee.” ­– Namgyel D., Consultant

“I’ve been involved with CC Pace as an employee, contractor and customer for more than 22 of my nearly 35 years in the working world.  I can honestly say that there is no better employer, contract vendor, or business partner with which I have had the pleasure to be associated. The employee-centric culture, strong business knowledge and technical expertise, and an ethical standard par none are why I have remained associated with them over the years. CC Pace provided me with the experience and opportunity needed to launch my career.  Now, so many years later, I’ve come full circle, rejoining them and leveraging all that they helped provide.” – Paul H., Consultant

Looking to make a change in your career? Think about joining us and check out our latest job opportunities.

CC Pace is an IT consulting firm that has built its reputation on an unwavering commitment to customer satisfaction for over 30 years. We strive for success through our delivery of top-notch, innovative solutions to our clients.

CC Pace is seeking full time Technical Recruiter for our Fairfax, VA office to play a key role in our Staff Augmentation division. This position will be responsible for staffing technical contract/TTP/Permanent positions with our clients. The ideal candidate should be extremely professional coupled with a strong work ethic.

We are looking for an individual who possesses the following:

  • Experience/exposure to full life-cycle recruiting
  • Good computer & research/sourcing skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Flexible personality with the ability to build good relationships with people
  • Technical recruiting and/or agency type experience is a huge plus!

In addition to our competitive salary/commission plan, we offer a generous benefits package including:  Health Insurance, Life Insurance, 401K, dental & vision insurance, Flex Spending, LTD, tuition reimbursement, adoption benefit, training & development, paid leave, profit sharing bonus plan and much more!

CC Pace is seeking an experienced Agile Coach! This position offers the opportunity to work with a variety of clients, experience an array of Agile projects, and learn from leaders in the Agile community. We regularly provide on-going training to ensure our coaches stay at the forefront of up-and-coming industry trends, such as Kanban and advanced Scrum techniques. The ideal candidate is an experienced consultant with extensive business acumen and at least 7 years of experience working in an Agile environment at both the team and program level. We are looking for someone with strong leadership and client relations experience, as well as excellent communication and presentation skills.

CC Pace serves a national client base that includes members of the Fortune 100 to emerging, startup companies and mid-size firms. The majority of clients are within the Washington, DC metro area. We provide training, strategic assessments, project portfolio management, Agile project management, coaching and large-scale lean and Agile transformation.

Specific requirements include:

  • Certified Scrum Practitioner (CSP)
  • SAFe Program Consultant (SPC4)
  • Practical experience as a Scrum Master on software development projects
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Business acumen
  • Good interpersonal and client relationship management skills
  • Flexibility in adopting practices and techniques to specific client needs
  • Project management experience, with 3+ years delivering in an Agile (Scrum) environment

Additional Skills Preferred:

  • Certified Scrum Coach (CSC)
  • Experience in creating and/or delivering Agile course material
  • Ability to map legacy process to the Agile process
  • Experience in Lean Startups, Product Management, and/or Kanban
  • Industry certifications including PMP, ACP, ICAgile
  • DevOps experience
  • Software Development Lifecycle experience
  • Experience with SCRUM, DSDM, Lean Software Development, Extreme Programming (XP), SAFe, and other Agile methodologies
  • Experience with government contracts is a plus

Looking for a new job or Staffing Assignment? Here are some tips from American Staffing to help you land that position. They give you helpful hints in how to construct/format your resume, putting together a cover letter as well as some interview tips. These helpful hints can be used for finding or interviewing for a permanent full time opportunity or a subcontracting/consulting assignment.

https://americanstaffing.net/job-seekers/tips-to-land-a-professional-staffing-job/#panel:accordion-panel-2

At CC Pace, we aren’t trying to fit you into a role; we’re committed to finding the best fit for you. Why? Because we are not your average staffing firm. This commitment is the reason our clients have stayed with us for over 35 years and why many of our candidates have worked with us for over a decade. As a recruiter at CC Pace, I strive to get the best sources available to keep up to our firm’s reputation.

‘Purple squirrel’ is a term used by recruiters to describe a job candidate with precisely the right education, specific, hard-to-find experience and qualifications that perfectly fits a job’s multifaceted requirements (Wikipedia). It may sound unrealistic, but if your hard work pays off, and maybe with a little luck, you find just the right candidate which fits your clients requirement – and that’s your purple squirrel.  You simply cannot afford lose them!

They’re in high demand. As the author of the article below says, you can’t just blast them with impersonal email and expect them to respond. They get dozens of those emails each week and it’s never going to work.  You can’t just tweet them a job title or send an InMail with a link to your job posting and expect them to drop everything and apply online. It just isn’t going to happen.

So, how is it going to happen?  There are some great tips in this article, Recruiting Purple Squirrels? Here’s the Trick, by Stacy Donovan Zapar, for courting your purple squirrel.  Enjoy and hopefully it adds to your recruiting arsenal.