What Distinguishes CFA?
In a word, experience. Experience of the architectural variety. It’s what we know. It’s all we do. Our talent pool is deep and our client base is exceptional. We spend our days helping architects.
CFA is owned and operated by architecture and design professionals with years of experience reviewing portfolios and evaluating candidates. As a result, we know which skills to seek and which questions to ask in order to supply the best talent for your position. We can also help assess your hiring needs and the associated costs. And we understand the delicate balance between a firm’s desire to produce great design and, at the same time, operate a profitable enterprise.
CFA alleviates your staffing burden and helps reduce your overhead by simplifying and accelerating the process of finding the right person for the job. We provide a variety of personnel with targeted skill sets on a per-project basis, eliminating the pains of hiring and firing as workloads fluctuate—and helping you complete projects on time and on budget. We take away the stress of recruiting, sorting through resumes and interviewing applicants, freeing you to focus on billable activities and core business operations. Our time records for project consults and client firms are web-based for easy project expense and overhead tracking.
Access to Talent.
We target both active and passive job seekers and work hard to cultivate those relationships. Based on our rigorous screening and interviewing process, we maintain an extensive growing database of hundreds of available candidates. CFA also maintains strategic relationships with local recruiters to bring additional candidates to us.
Speed to Completion.
We stay connected with qualified candidates, so when the need arises we can help you find the right person quickly from among many top experienced professionals.
Our project-to-hire program provides an opportunity for you to work alongside candidates and, without actually putting them on your payroll, determine if you want to hire them permanently. Insofar as serious personal and property liability is today, CFA’s clients can be reassured the risk is minimized by our array of comprehension insurance policies – including Architects Errors and Omissions protection upon request. No competing placement firm carries Errors and Omissions insurance.
Return on Investment.
For project placements the consultant’s hourly rate may first impress you as high, but when compared to the hourly rate of your full-time staff the rates are not higher. Not after your add back the typical 1.50% multiple for DPE (“Direct Personnel Expenses”) defined as taxes, paid vacations, health care costs, bonuses and 401K contributions, and even severance pay The placement fee costs of hiring a full-time employee pays off within 6 months of the start date. The cost of in-house recruiting and downtime alone justify the short-term investment. CFA never invoices clients at time and a half for hours worked above 40 -all billable hours are straight time only.
We use state-of-the-art staffing industry software to manage our recruiting and placement database. CFA’s competitive edge in this niche becomes your competitive edge. For your convenience, we provide online tools for tracking the progress of your search as well as time cards, invoicing and payments. Our website is Smartphone compatible too so take CFA with you wherever you go!
Autodesk Skills Assessment.
Every participating candidate’s skills are evaluated during our interview and screening processes, and as new software releases come to market. CFA’s proprietary web-based, Autodesk Skills Assessment Tools are state-of-the-art. Our Autodesk Skills Assessments are available to our clients also, whom often purchase “packages” of assessments to gage their employees’ technical software skills and develop on-house training.