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To answer our most commonly asked questions

  • How does Arena's Fractional Recruiting offer flexibility for businesses?
    Flexibility is at the core of Arena's Fractional Recruiting services. Businesses can scale their recruitment efforts based on the evolving needs of the company. This adaptability allows for adjustments in time and resources, ensuring that our recruitment strategy aligns with the dynamic nature of the business as it grows.
  • Why choose Fractional Recruiting over traditional hiring models?
    Fractional Recruiting presents a more flexible and cost-effective alternative to traditional hiring models. Arena's approach enables businesses to navigate the challenges of recruitment without committing to the financial burdens of full-time salaries or the steep fees associated with Retained and Contingency recruiting. This flexibility is particularly advantageous for startups and SMBs looking to optimize their recruitment strategy.
  • What are the key features of Arena's Full Cycle Fractional Recruiting Services?
    Arena's Full Cycle Fractional Recruiting Services encompass a comprehensive suite of offerings. From Job Scoping, where requirements are identified and job descriptions crafted, to leveraging technology and processes for effective recruitment, Sourcing, Recruitment Marketing, Application and Screening, Interviewing, Talent Identification, Offer and Negotiation, and finally, Onboarding – Arena ensures a seamless, end-to-end recruitment process for businesses seeking an integrated and expert solution.
  • What cost-saving benefits does Arena's Fractional Recruiting offer?
    Arena's Fractional Recruiting achieves cost savings through its part-time or project-based approach. By eliminating the need for a full-time recruiter and avoiding the high fees associated with traditional models, businesses can allocate resources more efficiently. This cost-effective solution allows startups and SMBs to invest wisely in their talent acquisition efforts.
  • What if we make our hire(s) in the 1st month of the three month engagement?
    Great! If your immediate hiring needs have been met, Arena can spend the remainder of our engagement building out or enhancing your HR function for the future…all at a lower cost than deploying in house resources or the hefty placement fees charged by traditional recruiting firms.
  • How does Arena help companies tap into a pool of high-caliber candidates?
    Arena's Fractional Recruiting model allows businesses to access a talent pool of high-caliber candidates. Unlike the financial commitment required for a full-time team, Arena's approach enables companies to attract and secure top talent without the associated high costs. This ensures that startups have the right individuals to drive their growth.
  • How does Arena provide access to expertise in the recruitment process?
    Arena mitigates hiring risks by deploying fractional recruiters who bring specialized expertise to the table. These recruiters go beyond conventional assessments, conducting in-depth evaluations of candidates. This ensures that businesses tapping into Arena's Fractional Recruiting benefit from a comprehensive and insightful hiring process.
  • How does Arena help improve hiring outcomes and reduce risks for companies?
    Arena empowers businesses to enhance hiring outcomes by maintaining control over the process. By leveraging the expertise of their recruiters who understand specific industry needs and cultural nuances, we ensure a tailored approach that reduces the risk of bad hires. This client-centric focus contributes to successful and sustainable hiring outcomes.
  • How does Arena expedite the hiring process and save time for businesses?
    Arena streamlines the hiring process by taking on the responsibility of sourcing, screening, and presenting only the most qualified candidates. This proactive approach saves valuable time for businesses, allowing them to focus on their core activities while entrusting Arena with the intricacies of recruitment.
  • How long does a typical engagement last?
    The majority of our clients engage with us for one to two days a week for a minimum of three months. Our service agreement renews on a month basis after the initial three months.
  • What is Fractional Recruiting, and how does it benefit businesses?
    Fractional Recruiting is a progressive staffing model where organizations leverage part-time support to address their hiring needs. Arena's Fractional Recruiting tailors its services to the unique requirements of small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs), offering the expertise of a full-time Head of Recruiting or HR team without the associated high costs. This model empowers businesses to access top-tier talent strategically and economically.
  • In-House vs Agency vs Fractional Recruiting
    In-House Recruiting Average Annual Cost per Recruiter Salary & Burden (per employee): $110,000/yr Applicant Tracking System (ATS):$1,800 Recruiting CRM: $1,500 Sourcing Tools: $5,500 Contact Info Finding Tools: $4,000 Drip Email Sequencing Tool: $2,400 LinkedIn Recruiter: $12,000 SMS Texting Tool: $1,200 Job Boards: $10,000 Outsourcing Research & Name Generation: $25,000 Training & Development: ? Administrative: ? Opportunity Cost: ? TOTAL: $174,300 Additional Considerations: Salary and Benefits for Recruiters: This includes the base salary, bonuses, health insurance, retirement contributions, and other benefits for in-house recruiters. Recruiting Software and Tools: Costs associated with applicant tracking systems (ATS), job boards, resume databases, and other recruitment software. Advertising and Marketing Expenses: Expenses related to job postings, social media ads, career fairs, and other promotional activities to attract candidates. Training and Development: Costs for training programs, workshops, and certifications to keep in-house recruiters updated with the latest trends and skills. Administrative Costs: Overhead costs such as office space, utilities, and administrative support for the recruiting team. Agency Recruiting Agency Fees (hypothetical, 25% of estimated $120,000 salary) TOTAL: $30,000 Additional Considerations: Agency Fees: Agencies charge a percentage of the candidate's first-year salary or a flat fee per successful placement. Retainer Fees: Some agencies may require a retainer fee upfront or throughout the recruitment process. Contractual Agreements: Agencies will have agreements outlining the scope of work, timelines, and payment terms. Contractual Obligations: Potential costs associated with contractual agreements, such as exclusivity agreements or minimum hiring commitments. Technology and Tools: Fractional recruiters use their own tools and technology, so there is no additional cost or subscriptions associated with this significant line item. Travel and Expenses: If the agency needs to travel for client meetings or candidate interviews, travel expenses may be included in the overall cost. Additional Services: Some agencies charge for additional services like candidate sourcing, background checks, and onboarding support. Fractional Recruiting Fractional Rate: $7,200/month for a 3 month engagement TOTAL: $21,600 Additional Considerations: Project-Based Engagements: Fractional recruiters charge flat rate project-based fees for their services. Contractual Agreements: Similar to agencies, fractional recruiters will have agreements outlining the scope of work, timelines, and payment terms. Technology and Tools: Fractional recruiters use their own tools and technology, so there is no additional cost or subscriptions associated with this significant line item. Communication and Reporting: Regular communication, progress updates, applicant tracking, metrics and reporting are included. Additional Services: Fractional recruiting is designed to be all-inclusive, there are no additional fees.
  • How does Arena Recruiting address common hiring challenges for startups and SMBs?
    Arena Recruiting understands the complexities that startups and SMBs face in building a robust team. By offering cost-effective Fractional Recruiting solutions, Arena becomes an extension of a company's HR capabilities, overcoming limited resources and the challenge of establishing comprehensive HR departments. This tailored support streamlines the hiring process, ensuring efficiency and effectiveness.
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