Build a Successful Team Without Breaking the Bank
- Identify the needs. Take a look at a 1, 3, and 5 year plan as best as can be estimated and list out the roles that you can anticipate needing.
- Triage: The art of prioritization. One of my favorite reminders to myself throughout my work week is that there is a difference between urgent and important. Urgent things tend to get attention, but sometimes it is at the expense of important things. For example, a ringing phone is urgent, now. We need to answer it, and if it goes much longer, the caller is going to hang up. So we stop our work and we answer it even though it may not have been the top of our list of important items. Finishing a presentation for a client or investor may have been a better use of your time but you sacrificed it for the ringing phone. Same is true for hiring. Identify which roles are the most important to fill (sometimes a role is urgent AND important) and focus on filling those first.
- Big Picture: Just because you’ve prioritized, doesn’t mean you’re wearing blinders. You’ve taken the time to identify your needs and preference of hiring order, but the world isn’t always equally so organized. If a resume comes across your desk that fits a hire you had targeted for next quarter, don’t discount it solely due to your preconceived schedule. Sometimes the best candidate is available a little early, and if you can be opportunistic in your hiring, you can grab great talent when it’s available. We’ve all been in the situation where waiting a month or a quarter costs us 3-4 more months of searching and interviewing rather than bringing someone up to speed. Let’s avoid that if possible!
- Working with recruiters. Recruiting can be expensive so be smart. It goes without saying that you should always mine your own networks first – not only do you save a recruiting fee, but you also often times have a built in reference for the candidate. However, if you do decide to use a recruiter, here are some tips:
- Find a recruiter you like, trust and that has a track record of performance
- Give them the big hiring picture and the immediate priorities
- Give them clear guidelines and feedback – this saves everyone time and money
- Decide what type of recruiting arrangement works best for your needs (contingency, mutually committed, or retained) and then build a relationship with your recruiter. Having recruited for almost 25 years, I can promise you that relationships matter here as much as they do everywhere else. If a hiring manager is committed, respectful and responsive, recruiters will move them to the IMPORTANT file- even if others seem more urgent…
Rob Reeves is the CEO of Redfish Technology (www.redfishtech.com) and has recruited in the Technology and Clean Energy sectors for over 2 decades. He lives in Sun Valley, Idaho with his wife and two kids.
Jenn grew up in Carson City, Nevada and received her BA in History from Hilllsdale College in Michigan. In 2016 she moved to Sun Valley to pursue a career as an Executive Recruiter. She loves to hike, read, and ski in her free time!
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Write a book
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The OG of cartoons- bugs bunny
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Recruiting at Redfish of course
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Idaho Leader PODCAST
Rob Reeves, Idaho CEO of Redfish Technology, By Ben Davidson
Rob Reeves, CEO of Redfish Technology, based in Hailey, Idaho shares his award winning company culture with the community, job seekers, and the Idaho Leader Podcast. Whether he’s recruiting a software engineer into an exciting company or snorkeling with his employees during their 90 minute lunch period; Rob shares his desire to do work that’s rewarding, fun, and betters the world.
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Recruiting Success Stories:
Featured Placement – Jermaine Chism
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Redfish on the #BPTW List for the Third Year Running
POPULUS has named Redfish Technology among the top ten Best Places to Work in Idaho for the third year in a row. The award is given for the company’s efforts and commitment to creating engaging workplaces.
Redfish Technology is thrilled to announce it has been honored as a ‘Best Places to Work’ in Idaho honoree for the third year running. In 2013 and 2014, Redfish won first place in the micro employer category. On April 16, the rankings for 2015 will be revealed, stay tuned to see if Redfish makes it to #1 for a third year!
Being honored as a BPTW company is important because the recognition attests to a company’s commitment to its staff, customers, and community. “We truly care about our Redfish family and our community,” affirms Heidi Clark Read more »
The 2015 Share Your Heart Ball wasn’t voted “Best of the Valley” for Best Charity Event for nuthin’.
It was another rocking great time with inspiring people sharing fabulous stories. The community really comes out to support Camp Rainbow Gold, the oncology youth camp. Many individuals and companies generously donated great silent and live auction items, and paddles were raised to donate cash. Attendees engaged in a variety of games, enjoyed a lovely dinner, and then enjoyed the groovy tunes of No Limits.
Redfish Technology made a strong showing this year with a company 12-top table. The fishes tried their hand at the wine ring toss, sent up pine cone prayers, and not-so-quietly bid at the great variety of silent auction items. When it came time to donate the group raised paddles high all around the table! Then we headed to the dance floor and cut that rug!
Redfish Tech Paddles High at SYHB
Redfish sends out a big thank you to the Share Your Heart Ball leaders and volunteers. Your work is so important and valuable to so many and we salute you and appreciate the opportunity you have given us to contribute. And you throw a great party too!
Rob & Eric Dancing at SYHB 2015
For anyone who doesn’t know, the Camp Rainbow Gold has grown from a week of camp to year-round programs that include five camps, teen support groups, college scholarships and other programs across the state of Idaho dedicated to supporting children diagnosed with cancer and their families.
The Share Your Heart Ball is the primary fundraising event benefiting Camp Rainbow Gold’s programs and each year more than 400 of the region’s most spirited and generous guests join together for an incredible evening of socializing, fine dining, impressive live and silent auction bidding and dancing late into the night, all with the purpose of giving these children joy and hope.
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Featured Placement – Justin McDaniel
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Companies enlist Redfish Technology to recruit Sales and Marketing folks when they are ready to grow aggressively. The bar is set high from the initial conversation. He or she expects tenure with roles, relevant software experience and passion. In this particular role, the CEO needed someone with experience selling to public agencies and a proven track record in selling enterprise software, ERP and SaaS. Founded in 2000, Read more »
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