What to Expect
In talking to a Recruiter, did you ever feel like you and the Recruiter were taking part in two different conversations?
You were trying to get across what you were looking for if you were going to change positions and the Recruiter was trying to stuff you into a predetermined size and shaped box. You felt that the Recruiter really didn't care about you or your family and just wanted to get your resume, set up an interview, email it out and hope.
The goal of The Gorge Group is to be able to call back after five years and find you are still with the institution that we placed you with and are happy that you are there. We are not looking for a "drive by" placement. This is completed by:
If you are happy, you will refer business associates to us. If your new employer is happy, they will give us other positions to fill. We wouldn't want to be treated as a commodity and neither do you.
We don't simply throw resumes at the institution and hope through sheer numbers that they will hire someone.
We want to match their corporate philosophy with yours. We know that no matter who you chose to associate with, there will be some bumps in the road. If you and the company have the same outlook, it makes it easier to ride out the rough spots.
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Serving Banks and Credit Unions Across the West
At any time, The Gorge Group and affiliates have dozens of open positions with our client companies. These positions are with banks and credit unions across the West - from Texas to Alaska and Minnesota to California. Each client has a different focus and philosophy. The opportunities are in major metropolitan areas and very small - population under 1,000 - rural communities. If we don't have what you are looking for today, it could be tomorrow.
Interviews have been set up within twenty-four hours that resulted in a new position within two weeks. We have stayed in touch with Candidates for years before finding that very specific spot for them.
Prior to setting up a conversation for you with one of our clients, we will know what it is you want and where you want it. We are not in the business of setting up interviews. The Gorge Group is in the business of making long-term matches between our Client Companies and Candidates.
If you are ready to make something happen in your career, it is time to contact The Gorge Group.
Here are a few personal questions to ask yourself if you are considering a career change.
Am I living where I want to live?
Consider the city, state, atmosphere (rural, urban, suburban), and if you want to be closer or farther away from family and friends.
Do I leave my job each day satisfied and ready to enjoy friends and family or am I constantly stressed out? Is my job adversely affecting my personal life?
Financially, am I able provide for my family and myself in the manner I want to?
Is my current employment situation helping me put together the desired solution for:
• College education for my children
How many hours do I loose from other activities due to the length of my commute? How is that affecting my life?
Career oriented questions to ask yourself if you are considering a career change.
5 Year Plan
Where do I want to be in my career in five (5) years?
Will I be able to accomplish this with my current employer?
What obstacles will I need to overcome?
Do I have a competitive compensation and benefits program?
Does my current employer recognize and reward my contributions?
Do I enjoy working with my manager, my peers and employer?
Is your business philosophy and that of your employer the same?
Where do they clash?
Am I challenged and motivated by my current position?
Is it time to make change on your terms and not your current employers?
What type of positions do you fill?Here are some of the Positions that we have filled: • President • Chief Financial Officer • Chief Lending Officer • Chief Credit Officer • Director of IT • Commercial Loan Officer • Agricultural Loan Officer • Financial Analyst • Manager of Consumer Loans • Manager of Mortgage Loans • Underwriter • Credit Analyst • Loan Processor • Branch Manager • Controller • Special Assets
Where do you find Candidates?Currently, The Gorge Group has approximately 40,000+ banking and credit union contacts in our database. Sources of contacts: • Direct calls in to various financial institutions • Referrals from existing Candidates, Managers or other Contacts • The internet • Company Websites • Resume Boards • Associations • Individuals registering at our website
What geography do you recruit in? What if I need help in several states?While the primary focus is on the Pacific Northwest (including Alaska, Rocky Mountain states) and Texas. We can assist wherever in the U.S. that you need help.
What do you charge and who pays it?The Client Company pays all fees. There is some variation based on the difficulty of the search; the number of positions that a client estimates it will have in the next twelve (12) months and the commitment of the Client Company to working with The Gorge Group.
How long will it take to fill the position?• How rare is the Candidate that you want? • Are you willing to relocate the right type of person? • Are your compensation and benefit programs competitive? • Why should someone leave a perfectly good job and go to work for you? • How focused is your hiring process? How long does it take? • How many Candidates will you insist on seeing? I can't answer your question until you answer ours. Each search is unique. After knowing your parameters, we can give you a "best guess". That will not be a guarantee.
What if I need to fill multiple positions or have special needs?If you have multiple positions to fill, ask us about a Rolling Retainer. This concept is specifically designed to meet this need.
Does The Gorge Group conduct background checks on the Candidates that you bring to us?We do a "Preliminary Background Review" prior to bringing a Candidate to you. This in essence is a confirmation with at least two (2) professional associates that the Candidate is as she/he presents themselves. As we receive these names from the Candidate, it is important that you conduct your normal checks. In our experience, our Client Companies will make an offer to the Candidate subject to a Credit Check, Criminal Background Check, Drug Screen, etc. Our background checks are "Preliminary" and are designed to find the obvious. We strongly recommend that you conduct the same background checks with Candidates that we bring to their attention as they would with someone that walked in off the street.
What other information will I receive on a Candidate?The Gorge Group has created "Profiles" designed to gather specific information for various positions. Each Candidate will complete the profile specific to that position. In addition, we request that you provide us with 3 to 6 specific questions that you would want each Candidate to answer. We will have each Candidate complete your custom profile. By using this tool, you will be able to eliminate Candidates that do not fit your needs prior to taking your time to talk to them.
What are you willing to invest to get what you want for you and your family?
If you think it is time to make a change on your terms, set up an appointment to talk to a representative of The Gorge Group to have a confidential discussion of your career.