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Win the Green Hiring Battle with Applicant Tracking Software

America recently tuned in to see President Obama’s first official oval office speech in reaction to the BP oil spill crisis.  Although Obama spoke specifically to ‘fighting the oil spill’ the speech changed directions  midway towards the administration’s continuing strategy to pull America away from its oil dependence.

The oil spill has furthered our country’s determination to get off of oil dependence and embrace clean energy solutions.  Clean energy not only will prove far safer for our future global environment, but also is projected to be a massive piece of future economies.  China has already begun to invest billions of dollars in clean energy, signifying that most economies of scale that want to stay relevant will need to fully immerse themselves in green technology.

Obama spoke directly to our country’s innovators and entrepreneurs to develop the ground breaking businesses and technology necessary to pace the country towards winning the battle against oil:  “Now is the moment for this generation to embark on a national mission to unleash American innovation and seize control of our own destiny.”

Although there are sure to be some specific new innovators, startups and existing companies that lead the way towards our oil-independence through new forms of green technology, in reality most of the fight will likely occur in the trenches.  It will be the engineers, the researchers, the lab technicians and the software programmers that win the war against oil.  These are the individuals that will be going to work everyday with the goal of completing a task that furthers our path towards clean energy.  They will be the ones who will build new technologies from the ground up and test them to make sure they are safe enough for mass production.

These individual will be the ‘green talent’ that make all of the behind the scenes operations function.   The question is: how can the right companies, whether a miniscule startup or a multi-billion dollar conglomerate, land the right talent? It is absolutely  integral that the companies that are leading the way in our battle against oil dependence find the best people to carry out the fight.

Startups that are building their clean energy empires from the ground up will need brilliant talent from the get go.  Whether a startup sinks or swims is almost entirely decided by the people that are working there – the decisions made in hiring this initial talent are the most important decisions a startup will make throughout its lifetime.

Many larger companies that are transitioning towards clean energy production also need to have the right staff in place to make sure they are successful.   The human resources battlefield will be the first, and also perhaps most integral battle for big business.  Green talent will be a valuable commodity that these companies cannot overlook.

Luckily, there are specific ‘weAdd an Imageapons’ that companies of all sizes can equip themselves with to make sure they win the hiring battle.  Cutting edge applicant tracking software enables companies large and small to efficiently navigate the often turbulent waters of hiring talent.  While the competition can be fierce, employing a worthy applicant tracking solution will enable a company to find, track, target and land the perfect candidate.

One thing is clear, winning the war against oil dependence is going to need to be a unified effort.   The country and the companies that will be leading the way in clean energy  need to make sure that the right team is put together on all fronts.  Every individual green candidate will make a difference, and it all begins with finding the right candidates.

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The New Valley – Tech Solutions for all

1157215_san_fransisco_nightSilicon Valley entrepreneurs, tech wizards and venture capitalists have been branded with several select words in the past:  brash, arrogant, impulsive.    From the outside, some of these ‘California Cowboys’ seem deserving of the titles, having built and burst the bubble.  Perhaps this turn-of-the-century confidence was arrogant – stratified with over-hyped web services and premature victory celebrations.

Recently a new wave of optimism has come over the Valley though, not one built on million dollar parties or hyped up products- but on tried and true services that fill a need and provide  solutions at a deserving cost.   Silicon Valley has become a new shining beacon of American entrepreneurship, a symbol of the American dream: the ‘can do anything attitude” that had disintegrated sometime during the cold war era.

The internet has given the Silicon Valley entrepreneur the tools to build websites and applications that range from tiny niche services to  immense  ‘save the earth’ initiatives.   New cloud computing infrastructure and open source code has cut the barrier to entry – enabling fledgling  business owners to set up shop without buckling under tremendous bank loans or VC investments.  All in all, things are looking good, and confidence seems like something well-wielded by today’s tech maverick.

Even during this recent economic recession,  Silicon Valley entrepreneurs have proven resilient, continuing to produce a steady stream of innovation.   In fact, the start up mentality was built for the trenches.  Unlike the gluttonous tech companies at the turn of the century, today’s start up thrives on low cost innovation, minuscule resources and minimal encouragement.

This new age of technology is epitomized by the Silicon Valley hiring culture, where at times it can seem like the true Wild West.

From Wired Magazine:

Valley culture has an unwritten rule that if you don’t like a job, or if you think your company isn’t going anywhere, you leave. Instead of hanging around the office whining, you walk out the door and find something better and cooler to do. Because skilled tech workers are hard to find and interesting companies abound, employees, not employers, call the shots.

Employers need not fret though: they also can utilize new cutting edge tools and software to gain the edge on acquiring the best talent out there.  New high tech online recruiting software solutions allow start ups to track, manage, and hire job applicants with pinpoint accuracy.   Even if businesses are losing employees consistently to other enticing options, they can make up for their lost talent utilizing today’s best hiring software tools.

So what’s next for the valley?  Hopefully the contagious atmosphere and confidence will continue to spread outward.  It can already be seen that this era of the internet is finding new hubs, from Paris and Boston to Bangalore and Tokyo.   The valley has also been quick to put together solutions for pressing issues,  from green technology and alternative energy to social reform.   Start ups like Twitter have drawn attention to happenings a world away from the Valley and companies like Facebook have brought people together within their own neighborhood.

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