A common challenge that many businesses face as they grow is the need for greater resources: labor, expertise, physical assets, financial capital, and/or something else that adds value. Over the last year, International Computer Concepts has been consistently expanding to such a degree that we have always been pushing the upper limit of our capacity. To better meet the increasing demand for our services, at the beginning of 2014 we implemented a new HR initiative focused on sourcing local talent from a variety of different sources, including local colleges and technical schools.
The most recent outreach occurred back in February when we attended a job fair at Wilbur Wright College in Chicago, IL. The primary focus of our presence at this event was to supplement our production line with additional server technicians. During the event, over 20 people approached us with interest in learning more about our company and the position we were seeking to fill. From approximately 10 qualified sign-ups at the job fair we successfully vetted and hired a new server technician who came on board the following month and helped contribute to the completion of new projects for our customers.
Wilbur Wright College helped to facilitate hiring an exceptional talent to our growing team. As part of the City Colleges of Chicago system, the school offers 2-year associate’s degrees in a variety of fields, including occupational training in information technology & manufacturing.
Through these outreach initiatives, we can tap into the strong local base of students, graduates, freelancers, and other professionals from colleges like Wilbur Wright (and the broader networks that these schools belong to). Over the next few months we will continue to attend similar events in order to complement our growth with additional team members and resources, with next being an upcoming fair at Chicago’s Truman College. Moreover, building connections with a local pool of technical experts extends our ability to rapidly ramp up production temporarily for large-scale but short-term projects. We can quickly contract supplemental personnel as needed, with potential avenues to making them regular team members.
We’ve always considered ourselves a “small business with a large reach”. Supporting SMBs and large enterprise customers alike, we are proud to have built a business that is trusted by some of the most successful companies in the world. But, more importantly, we’re proud of our fantastic team that we have been fortunate to put together. At ICC, we have the energy and vision of a big player and the flexibility of a small agile organization!
If you or someone you know might be interested in becoming part of our team, please drop us a line at email@example.com