Portland Technical Recruiting and EnGn Revved up in 2011
At Generator Group and EnGn we have much to be thankful for. 2011 brought so many things. We certainly got to see the market and economy capitulate significantly with many businesses still unclear on new regulations and policy coming from Congress and the current administration. Healthcare reform still remains a significant question mark for businesses and HR, and as if recruiting technical talent (java, C#, Salesforce, visualforce, cloud, .net, systems, networking) wasn't hard enough, OFCCP hiring audits have been and will continue to rise.
Recruiters you better be on your game tracking every candidate source and disposition! Recently when talking with my colleagues and clients who are "in-house", seven out of ten corporate recruiters said tracking this information was over 25% of their job. For larger clients (fortune 500) it was 5 out of 5 and the percentage of time spent was higher. While we all unnanimously agree with non-discrimanatory hiring, what if our colleagues in-house could spend more time recruiting? Hmmm... perhaps I should count my blessings :-)
On to the good stuff. EnGn, LLC which used to be the Technical Services Practice of Generator Group, launched in June and revved to a 230% growth in top-line revenue from 2010 to 2011. This was certainly one of our highest growth years since I helped found Generator Group in 2001. Based on our goals for 2012 we hope to once again get recognized by the Portland Business Journal as one of the fastest growing private businesses.
We expect the continued focus on just software, information technology, and engineering professionals at all levels to help make this coming year another good one. It is also very apparent there is a growing title wave of demand for cloud and mobile applications development. Experience with iOS2-iOS5 or Android is skyrocketing. In addition to the focus we have invested heavily in back-office automation components of the recruiting process. This ranges from contractor time tracking, background screening, and to one of the most powerful recruiting Business Intelligence (BI) tools I have ever come across. When you marry those efficiency gains with a completely integrated suite of apps that are connected to social media, and hanging out in the cloud, we believe it enables us to do more of what we do best. That is to connect with our clients, candidates, and the community.
I also have to call out a team member on EnGn who made it happen in 2011. While we have a solid team, his performance was monumental and stood out. Michael Korn was instrumental in helping to sell, recruit, or close over $500k in revenue. It is because of this and a personal drive to grow EnGn after only 1.5 years of working at Generator Group, he is now a partner and owner in the business.
A warm appreciation must also go out tothe 20+ clients we helped fill positions with in 2011. Thank you for trusting us to help grow your companies! We greatly appreciate the opportunity to work with such a diverse group of people and organizations.