We would love to introduce you to eight new charities BWBacon is proud to support on thanks to our thoughtful resources:
Our BW Giving program helps us acknowledge the hard work our resources do for the companies we’ve connected them with by supporting the causes they care about. They represent us and so we want to represent them.
This quarter, we donated over $600 dollars in our candidate’s names towards organizations they choose, including these eight new foundations! This brings our grand total to $10,062 we have donated to charities since beginning this program.
- Project Yes: Provides leadership opportunities for young people through the arts and service-learning located in Lafayette, Colorado.
- UNICEF: Helping to build a world where the rights of every child are realized by providing child survival development, education, gender equality, medical aid, and protection.
- Electronic Frontier Foundation: Defends people’s rights in an increasingly digital world.
- Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters: Whether a child needs hospitalization, ongoing care for a chronic illness, outpatient surgery or primary care, CHKD Health System provides the staff, facilities and technologies that address the unique demands of childhood.
- Mountain States Children’s Home: For 50 years on 155 acres, MSCH has provided room for a child to find peace, protection, and a place in a world where their needs will be met.
- Denver’s Road Home: Denver’s Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness approved by Mayor Hickenlooper and the Denver City Council.
- American Cancer Society: A nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem.
- Camp Kesem: A college-student-run summer camp for kids whose parents have (or have had) cancer whose goal is to provide plenty of laughs and lots of emotional but non-therapeutic support for their campers.
Imagine if you will, our own motley crew coming packing into one or two cars to your company. The Bacon group, in the flesh. Baring gifts and a endless amount of enthusiasm….
This year, we have been doing team visits to our clients, especially new clients, so that everyone (from recruiters to sources) gets to meet the company, their hiring managers, and their technical team. We’ve always had a good relationship with our clients, but in the past it was usually through one or two members of our team. We decided to do more team visits as a manifestation one of our fundamental ideas on how we do business: truly working with companies and resources as part of a team to match the best resource with the most fitting position. We are all on the same level and we are all working together towards the same goal. So naturally, we should all know get cozy, right?
It’s important for us to do this for many reasons. Everyone gets to personally see the offices where a resource could potentially work, we get to meet the team, and we can talk candidly to the hiring manager about his/her expectations, managerial style, and the open positions. Our team is better equipped to more honestly advocate for the company and their team, as well as give a more in-depth description of the job requirements (such as, sing-alongs on Fridays or siestas at 2pm every day). To tell you, the candidate, why you would like working with their team. Plus, one of our favorite parts of client visits is seeing resources we’ve already placed enjoying their new job!
But we don’t stop there, we like to personally meet our candidates as well. Besides, an excuse to show off our Batter 621 offices, it’s an opportunity for both of us to put a face to to the people who we have been communicating with. Resources can about their skills, their goals, and their lives; where they want to be, what they’re looking for, and how we can help them. Sure, we communicate a lot through phone and email, but there is something different about just getting to hang out with our resources and get to know them. More than once, after a great meeting with a talented person we have gone back to encourage a company meet them as well. With a strong relationship with both candidates and companies, we can be the best matchmakers possible.
It’s a little more effort on our part, but it’s completely worth it for all of us. It’s fulfilling for us to help candidates and companies complete their teams…to help someone find a job and to make someone else’s job easier. We love with we do.
Never before has the time been riper for recruiters to make a real difference to the profitability of their firms. The differentiator between profits, innovative products, and long-term success is, very simply, the quality of talent.
As gatekeepers, your function is far from trivial. You are key to finding the best talent and therefore ultimately a core player in corporate success. But we continue to act like our job is about as important as sorting screws or stocking shelves. We are rarely influencers or early adopters of technology.
Really great article from ERE that might give you some insight into what we do and how we work! (Read the full article here).
01. Narrow the Field.
“Determine who the most critical hires are for your firm — the ones who generate revenue, create new products or services, or build strong customer relationships — and then focus primarily on locating where the best of those people are. Use social media, targeted messaging, and focused branding to attract them. Every recruiter should have a community of interested, qualified, and available talent so that they can quickly fill any open position.“
At BWB we have 15 minute morning stand-ups to discuss what our priorities for the day. This allows us to concentrate our efforts and be more effective.
02. Get relevant data.
“Spend the time to establish measurable and meaningful goals that can be proven by facts and data. Your goals and what you focus on have to be approved and believed by the hiring managers. The best way to establish the measures is to include hiring managers in formulating them.“
Keeping with our pseudo-Agile management, we have burndown charts of specific candidate data which we collect each week in order to establish concrete statistics on our workflow. We also make sure to keep our hiring managers involved and love when the entire team meets with our clients and talks about the requirements for an open position.
03. Go for the Crowd.
“Leverage your employees and seek out connections, referrals, and recommendations of good people. Don’t worry about specific professions or skills. Go for anyone who your employees think is a high performer, unusual thinker, entrepreneur, and doer. You can screen them later and, as work changes and new needs arise, who knows whom your firm may need.“
Did this remind you of our awesome BW Loyalty Program? I thought so. We work with great people. Great people know other fantastic people. It just makes sense. We are proud of the fact that our resources enjoy working with us enough to recommend us to their friends.
04. Move the Transactional Out.
“Outsource or automate whatever is routine, transactional, and doesn’t directly lead to a new candidate, a close, or a hired person. Your job is to find and get great people hired. It’s not to administer paper, write reports, manage budgets, and schedule interviews. Someone else (or a tool) can do this, freeing you and your team to hire the most critical contributors.“
While our team members have specific duties like sourcing or managing our social media (ahem, yours truly), we also work together to “remove impediments” from each other, #Agile. People working with us will notice that we have also switched to e-signatures in order to dramatically reduce the time spent on paperwork—both for us and you. Plus, we have some great things in the works…
05. Empower Hiring Managers.
“Let them do more. This is their hire, not yours. You are the scout, the initial evaluator, and the coach. You should be coaching the hiring managers and advising them how to probe, sell and close.”
If our hiring managers were peanut butter. Man, you know we’d be the jelly. The people we work with are our partners and good relationships are extremely important to us.
06. Use Technology.
“Everything including branding, sourcing, interviewing, assessing, marketing, onboarding and workforce planning can be augmented or even completely offloaded to technology.
For example, social media, and crowdsourcing techniques can relive you of most of the need for Boolean search, job posting, and other time-consuming tasks with low return on your time investment.”
You’re reading this right now? Great, that’s half the battle…
You know you want to.
Who wouldn’t want to work with us?
So, if you’re ever on the corner of 6th & Kalamath, you’ll have to drop in and visit us!
Maybe the west coast is the best coast? The food truck craze that has quite literally been swiffering the nation may have reached its greasy pinnacle. The Bacon Bacon Truck opened up truck this week in San Francisco (SOMA), offering passersby bacon-infused goodness in many a delicious form. They’re also offering badass t-shirts that assert what we’ve long held as gospel truth: you had me at Bacon.
We’re holding out hope that the bacon truck will eventually take cues from the rest of the nation by moving to Denver, driving poorly, congesting traffic and never leaving. In the meantime, we continue to hold down the proverbial bacon fort here in Denver, representing bacon interests of all types, the most clear and present being our interest in finding the best and brightest web, software, mobile and interactive development and design talent in Colorado. Contact us if we had you at bacon.
When Dave sent me this photo with corresponding caption, “from the man upstairs,” I thought he meant chocolate-covered bacon was a gift from God. Turns out I was right.
But this photo of chocolate-covered bacon is courtesy of Steve Sokolik, photographer extraordinaire and owner of Soko Photo LLC, co-tenant in our incredibly diverse, talent-infused building, Battery621. Whatever your photographic fancy, chocolate-covered pork fat or otherwise, Steve Sokolik is the man. Upstairs.
We recently moved out of our double-wide digs, and into our sweet new offices at Battery621, but that song sure does make me nostalgic for the days of “bacon, bacon in my double-wide.”