It is hard to believe, but I am celebrating my six year anniversary as President of Advanced Resources. Just like a proud father and husband, I like to take the opportunity at anniversaries and milestones to reflect back on all the happenings that occurred along the way.
Six years ago, I was drawn to Advanced Resources because of the company’s great foundation, solid infrastructure and reputation of providing quality talent. Although the company was much smaller at the time, these factors paved the way for us to grow our service offerings and position ourselves as a major competitor ready to meet the needs of Chicagoland companies.
I’m proud of many accomplishments we’ve had over the last six years, but the following stand out in my mind as game changers for the company:
“It’s all about the people”. Not only has this simple phrase been core to my management philosophy over the years, but since joining Advanced Resources this philosophy has served me better than ever. Although many may view this philosophy as basic, I think many companies struggle with truly embracing this as their mission. Shortly after joining Advanced we adjusted our make a difference mission to include our team. I think this one simple adjustment made us focus, every day, on what we can do not only for our clients and associates, but also for those who help make Advanced Resources possible. Six years later it’s been truly amazing to see how we impacted the lives of our teammates, hiring managers and associates.
Back in 2009, we were helping 1,000 people per year find employment. We now match over 4,000 people per year with top companies in the Chicagoland area. We’ve helped numerous clients with projects that have propelled their businesses in the market.
Along with adjusting our mission, we made a conscious decision to make sure we were a top workplace that embraces the best in class hiring practices as a first step to eventually advising our clients on what works. One of my proudest moments and the start of our inflection point was when we won Chicago Tribune’s Top Workplaces in 2010. Not only were we the only staffing company to make the list, but it really confirmed that all our hard work was paying off.
Through our hard work, dedication and leadership, Advanced Resources has become a top employer and the most award-winning staffing firm in Chicago.
Advanced Resources will continue to forge the way for the staffing industry by providing innovative and quality work. Through listening to our clients, we have been able to continue helping our clients and associates by expanding our business through our Technology, Healthcare, Finance Project Resources and Human Resources divisions. Expanding our service capabilities and areas of expertise helped us experience more than 400% growth.
With all of our achievements in the last six years, I’m looking forward to seeing what’s next!