Woke Wednesday, WW for short, is a monthly event hosted by our Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) committee; it is an open forum that allows Bincers to discuss topics that surround the themes of both diversity and inclusion. Our most recent WW topic was on Demographics and Diversity in Tech...
This month, Binc is celebrating our 16th anniversary. Yep, that’s right, it’s our Sweet Sixteen! Reflecting on the past sixteen years, one thing that stands out in my mind the most are the many lessons we have collectively shared. As a team we provide each other with an overflowing treasure chest full of knowledge, but that knowledge means nothing if we keep it locked up internally. So, as a present for our Sweet Sixteen, we went around the company and gathered a list of lessons learned by recruiters during their time here at Binc. After all what’s an anniversary celebration without presents?
Who are we? What do we stand for? Why do we do what we do? Those are all questions we started asking ourselves as a company a little over a year ago. We had an established set of core values; values that drove us, values that empowered us, values that were the building blocks to who we were, the foundation for all our actions, values that made up our DNA. Teamwork, Commitment, Growth, Intelligence, Humility; the five values we related to the most, the five pillars of Binc. But, did these five words truly reflect who we were? Did they genuinely encompass that which takes dozens of unique individuals and personalities and unites them as one fluid team? The answer was not completely.
I’m really lucky to have been able to join Binc so soon after finishing college. While I never dreamed about becoming a recruiter as a child, I can definitely see a mountain of progress from just these past three months and am extremely grateful for some of the things I’ve learned thus far. I’ve learned how to source like a machine, craft some pretty decent pitches, and control my sassiness when emailing unresponsive candidates for the third time in a row. But more importantly, I’ve learned that recruiting relies on both concessions and rejections. It is an industry that lives and dies upon communication and collaboration. This has probably been the single most rewarding and frustrating piece I’ve come to understand since joining Binc.
My journey to tech recruiting began with my undergraduate degree-- and just to make it clear, my degree has almost no relationship with tech, or with recruiting.
I had an interesting path going into college because I didn’t want to attend at all. I grew up as a triplet, so college touring was an emotional and strange family endeavor. My brother and sister were excited to go to college; I was not. I was a hormonal teenager during our entire trip up and down the California coast: headphones in, “napping,” lips pursed shut, pure protest.
For the first time in my long career, I really felt like I was being interviewed by people who I really wanted to work with and that the job was one that I really wanted to do not because of the title, money or product that the company was making but because it felt right. It also felt like this is something I would love to do, to go to work every day excited, eager to learn, and wanting to put in the hours, just like I felt the first time I hired my own team. It was then I realized that with the new job, I could work on my game designs, still teach, still code, and enjoy the work I am doing.
On Oct 12 of this year, CA Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a statewide ban on employer inquiries into a candidate's salary history. This law is expected to go into effect on Jan 1, 2018, at which point California will be joining Oregon, Massachusetts, Delaware, Puerto Rico, New York City & Philadelphia in enacting this law. As such and with the full embrace of our mission and values, Binc will be taking steps between today and Jan 1 to prepare our full company to operate within the full spirit and compliance of the law. Find out what we are doing in the latest Binc Story.
Pumpkin pie, cornbread stuffing, mounds and mounds of mashed potatoes, oh boy do I love Thanksgiving. Not only are we given the green light to eat ourselves into a full-blown, guilt-free food coma, we are also given the opportunity to sit down in the presence of our friends, family, and loved ones to mull over all the extraordinary things in our lives and express our sincere thankfulness.