Client FAQs (Frequently Asked
"Why should I chose AACA Employment?"
Searching for a new position can be a
time consuming and sometimes confusing process. Candidates
utilizing a professional search firm such as AACA Employment
have a distinct advantage over those who chose to seek
out a new position on there own. When we agree to accept
a search assignment we pledge to identify, qualify
and match employable candidates to
When utilizing our services as a candidate you can be
assured that we will analyze and screen potential positions
to eliminate sending you on anything but viable employment
opportunities. You can also be assured of absolute confidentiality.
With over 27 years experience in the insurance industry,
we know the inner workings of companies and agencies.
We will see to it that you get the attention of the
“Decision Makers” and that you obtain the
best “Financial Package” that they have
to offer. We treat this opportunity to assist you find
new employment as a partnership. We will partner
our abilities with yours to find a position best suited
"What are the steps you'll take to
help me advance in my career?"
- Commitment- it is important that
as we give you our commitment to professionally, promptly
and confidentially focus our efforts on a job search,
that you are just as committed to relying on our resources
and abilities. We would ask you to refrain from any
of the following:
o Working with other recruiters in the same market
o Posting your resume on the internet
o Setting up your own interview
By doing any of the above on your own, you may compromise
our negotiating position and our ability to obtain the
best deal possible for you.
- Resume- Provide us with a
current resume. This should provide up to date
information concerning your employment history and education.
It should be accurate, informative and grammatically
correct. Our staff can assist you in “Fine Tuning”
your resume as needed.
- References- It is important to have
at least three (3) good references.
There should include, if possible, at least one current
or former supervisor, a co-worker, and a personal reference.
You should ask them ahead of time to be sure they agree
to act as a reference on your behalf.
- Preparation- Being properly prepared
for the job search/ interview process will help you
in making the right choice. We will prepare
you for the interview by giving you a complete
background on the position and the employer; we will
review what you can expect at the interviews and/or
- Negotiations- Knowing the industry
the way we do, we are in a much better position to negotiate
a compensation program for you then you can usually
do for yourself. Based on our conversation with you,
we will negotiate salary, benefits and additional
perks on your behalf. The final decision on acceptance
of the offer will ultimately be yours.
"What if I receive a counter offer?"
Counter offers from existing employers are fairly common.
Your recruiter will discuss the possibility and consequences
of counter offers before you accept any offer we present
Although a counter offer from your existing employer
may seem like a safe alternative to the uncertainty
of changing jobs, these are some points you need to
• Studies have shown that most employees
who accept a counter offer leave that employer within
a year (voluntarily and involuntarily).
• You have now “burned a bridge” with
the prospective employer who made you an offer. You
also may have alienated the recruiter who worked so
hard on your behalf.
• The insurance community is small and tight knit,
your word and reputation are very important and you
never know when a need for a new position may present
itself in the future.
• You have now “tipped your hand”
to your current employer. They know you have expressed
the potential to leave, and that you may do it again.
The next time it may be their choice, not yours.
• By having to make a counter offer, rather than
have you leave and disrupt the workflow, your employer
is opening the possibility for similar demands from
other employees, which can cause resentment.
• The integrity of the employer, the recruiter
and you are all compromised by your acceptance of a
"I haven't interviewed in a long time
- can you help me prepare for it?"
First impressions are crucial in the interview process.
It is important to be prepared physically, emotionally,
and mentally when meeting a prospective employer. Here
are some general interview tips:
- Your objective is to convince the interviewer
that you are the most qualified candidate and
should be seriously considered for the position.
- Don’t oversell yourself. It usually takes multiple
interviews to be presented with an offer. You want to
present yourself well enough to get to the
- Listen well. It is important to listen
closely to what the interviewer says and answer only
the question asked.
- Be Concise. Time is valuable to the
interviewer as well as to you. Be accurate and concise
in your responses. Do not go off on tangents but answer
the question thoroughly.
- Be On Time. It is important to not
be late for an interview. If possible, take a practice
trip to the place of your interview prior to the interview
date. That way you will know exactly where it is and
how long the trip will take you.
- Dress Professionally. Even if the
work environment is business casual- you are not one
of their employees yet, so you should dress professionally.
- Body Language speaks volumes. Be
aware of how you present yourself, sit up straight,
and look directly at the interviewer when you respond.
- Ask Questions. Don’t’
be afraid to interview the interviewer. However avoid
questions regarding compensation and benefits at the
- “If you do not have anything good to say”
Don’t speak poorly of existing employers or supervisors.
- Tell the Truth. Answer any and all
- Do your Homework- Review all the
pertinent information you can find on the prospective
employer. This can be done via their website, annual
report or advertising material.