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BWBacon is a flute sponsor for Playing for Change Day!

July 27, 2012 Leave a comment

BWBacon is a proud flute sponsor for the next Playing for Change Day event, scheduled for September 22!

PFC Day is a global benefit event to promote peace and positive change through music. The Playing for Change Foundation makes it its mission to create positive social change in the world through music education. By providing children a safe place to learn, flourish and express themselves, PFCF helps provide a creative alternative to the struggles many of these children face daily. To date, they’ve built eight schools, often in locations that suffer from extreme poverty, lack of basic resources, limited medical care and educational resources, past conflicts and genocide, unstable governments, and a host of infectious diseases.

BWBacon has a long history of supporting Playing for Change and it’s missions in a variety of ways. Dave Bacon himself acts on the board of the directors. BWB has also connected them with some of our BWBacon’s friends like HiDef, Inc. and mGive to support last year’s Playing for Change Day event. Recently, BWBacon Group has connected them with Denver’s very own music project, Flobot.org’s Youth Media Studio, being built In the South Lincoln/Mariposa community near the 10th & Osage station.

And finally, if you were appreciating those sponsorship icons, yours truly is thrilled to be able to actively support them through an in-kind donation of design work:

These are the sponsorship icon’s Jacklynn from BWB developed for the event. They feature some of the instruments the children of the Playing for Change school’s learn: the flute, the sarangi, and the djembe.

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BW Giving donates another $600+

April 17, 2012 Leave a comment

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.

Are you a programmer? Because you have some good lines.

March 1, 2012 Leave a comment

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Pick-up lines for Web Developers*

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“Hey, babe, U & I should interface together sometime.”

“Do they get a 404 error when they look you up in heaven? Because you’re an angel.”

“Our love as a position? Absolute.”

<div>: “You complete me.”
</div>: “Awww.”

“Let’s remove the &nbsp; between us.”

“How tall is my dream girl? Probably like 650px.”

“Dang gurrrrl with a <head> and <body> like that how r u single?”

“If I could, I’d set your smile as my favicon.”

“Oh man, do you you work out? <strong>You look so</strong>”

“Our love could <span> the ages…..we’ll never have to refresh.”

.heycutiecanigetyour {
color: # _ _ _  _ _ _  _ _ _ _
}

“Can I see your CSS? Cuz boi, you got alotta style.”

“Stick with me, honey. I will never <br /> your <3”

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*In my free time, I spend my time being a nerd with my friends and this is what happens. You’re welcome.

“6 Ways Recruiters Can Make a Difference”

February 29, 2012 Leave a comment

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.

via ERE

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…

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ooOO! SVGs may be coming to a browser near you!

January 16, 2012 Leave a comment

Smashing Magazine published an article today (Resolution Independence with SVG by David Bushell) that should certainly made me excited and I thought I should share for all the web designers out there.

The article basically discusses the benefits—nay, the necessity!—of implementing scalable vector graphics in web design.

“When we look at the breadth of Web-enabled devices, responsive design is sure to provide a better user experience.”

Think about all the devices we navigate the web through, many of them have have the capability to zoom in and when you have created your designs in a pixel-based program, like Photoshop, the designs get…well, pixelated. Bushell points out that SVGs have probably been under-appreciated and underused in the past because of poor browser support, “but things are better now!” If you’re a UI designer who has yet to dip his quill in the ink of SVG coding, you should check out this article where Bushell gives a great discussion about implementation SVG in web design, both pros and cons.

Your admittedly-biased SVG fan,
Jacklynn

2012 here we come!

December 30, 2011 Leave a comment


Hope you all have a truly wonderful New Year’s Eve to lead up to the new year. Great things are in the works for BWBacon and we wish you the same!

 

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When three great things come together…

December 27, 2011 Leave a comment

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Beer. Donuts. And Bacon.


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Hope you all had a great holiday, but it’s not over yet. New Year’s is just around the corner, do you know how you’re going to celebrate?

Rouge Brewing has created an ale based off of Vodoo’s Bacon Maple Doughnut and we know you want to try it…