Right now Google is in the process of recruiting the best and brightest software engineers in the world to help build one of the most profitable companies in American Industry. Google is hiring these best and brightest at a rate of ten people a day.
They are hiring Brainpower, and so can you!
Google has hit on the mantra that has made companies like Microsoft and eBay successful. Google understands the GREAT people factor.
In an article in the Wall Street Journal, Google Vice President of Engineering Alan Eustace explained the philosophy. One top-notch engineer is worth “300 times or more than the average.” Eustace pointed out that many Google services like Gmail and Google News were started by a single person. How is that for a return on investment for bright people?
The results…Google’s revenue has increased six fold between 2002 and 2004 to $3.2 Billion. In the past 15 months, since its initial public offering in August of last year, Google has grown from 2600 employees to 5000 as of September 30th. That’s 160 people a month.
Yes, it’s the people.
Bill Gates has been credited having a similar passion for the brightest in building Microsoft saying “A great programmer is worth a hundred good ones.”
Yes it’s the people. So what does this have to do with the document industry?
Everything! It is beating your competitors to hire the best and brightest that will ensure your profitability. If you hire better sales people than your competitors, it will be your firm getting the deal. If you hire better technical people than your competitors, it is your firm that will have the better products those better sales people can sell. And if you hire better management, they will be true motivators and leaders of your troops, leading the firm to profitability.
Yes, it’s the people.
So what can we learn from Google? It is simply another example of doing things right, just as Microsoft and eBay have done to build such profitable businesses. The process to fill Google’s pipeline of best and brightest is exactly the same process you can use. The steps are simple:
* Have a good offering. Attracting the best talent to your firm includes offering three key things: competitive salaries, a unique product, and a great management team. If you have all three, you will be in fine shape to attract the best and brightest.
* Have a well screened talent pool. Google is using over 300 freelance recruiters to help identify the who’s who in software engineering. There are several fine search firms specializing in the document industry that can do the same for you.
* Have a thorough interview process to only allow the RIGHT fits in your firm. Conducting a great interview is a challenge for many, simply because they have not been trained. Interviewing is not an art but a planned process.
All it takes is a little training
Improving the interview process will result in immediate gains and benefit to the top and bottom line because of the higher level of talent. A six session Human Resource Track to provide this training GOA/Xplor Global Conference and Exhibit at the Miami Beach Convention Center on February 2nd, 2006.
“The Perfect Interview- Never Make a Bad Hire Again” will be presented as part of the Human Resource Track.
This comprehensive and tactical session has been designed to arm you with the tools and processes necessary to conduct thorough (both behavior and character based) interviews that will result in great hires every time. If you follow the steps you learn in this session, you will never make a bad hire again.
The 5 other HR sessions that make up the Human Resource track include:
“How Does HR Earn It’s Place at the Table” by Johnna Torsone, Chief Human Resource Officer for Pitney Bowes International;
Reducing Health Care Costs by Rob Quadracci, Director of Human Resources for Quad Graphics,
and three sessions on retaining and motivating your employees.
For more information visit http://www.xplor2006.org/conference_doc_hr.asp .
To see the entire 225+ Conference sessions offered, visit http://www.xplor2006.org/.
You too can take your business to the top, just as Google, eBay, Microsoft, and countless others have done. The key to their successes and the key to yours is the people. Attend this conference and you will be armed with the interviewing skills to attract and select the best and brightest in the industry.
About Strategic Search Consultants
Strategic Search Consultants (SSC) is a premiere executive search firm specializing in the electronic document industry since 1994. During this time they have helped build the best service bureaus, software companies and their customers in the mailing, direct marketing, printing and E-biller segments with specialized industry talent, primarily in executive, management, technical, sales and marketing roles.
For more information about SSC visit www.ssc-online.com.