Announcing Union Hill: Our Story

Posted: September 24th, 2009 | Author: Justin | Filed under: Corporate Philosophy | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Union Hill Group Open for BusinessThe idea to launch Union Hill was quite literally a no-brainer.  While the tools in the recruiting industry have evolved immensely over the past 10 years, the way that recruiting services have been delivered have not. With that in mind, the goal behind creating Union Hill was to leverage our deep roots in technical recruiting and unite them with the most modern tools available, offering what some might say is a best of breed approach to recruiting.

Our parent company, Gravity Technologies, Inc., a holding company that owns two other human capital management businesses, began developing the outsourced recruiting services model as early as 1999.  With our principals, having run corporate recruiting programs for over 10 years prior with a variety of service models, different tools, with resources both on-site and off-site, etc., we’ve learned what it takes to make recruiting successful.  For the past few years we’ve been building a recruiting services model suited for growing companies that actually works.

Most technical recruiting companies claim to provide full-lifecycle recruitment, offering the “best and brightest” or only “A-Players” to their clients. We do too. Every recruiting company talks about how they are “different”. We think we are too.  And, there are still some recruiters out there that talk about their “networks”. We have one too. Some recruitment outsourcers use labor overseas to cut costs. We wish that worked.  Still others talk about having a 100% dedicated on-site person. We don’t believe that is efficient so we don’t. So what makes us tick? How are we different?

Technology that helps make hires, not excuses.

After a decade of using paper resumes, email, spreadsheets and legacy software, we finally found technology that allows us to leverage the benefits of internet technology to provide better service to our clients.

What do we mean by better service?  First, with our technology platform, we make rolling out, ramping up, managing, and improving hiring programs a reality.  We can have a new client up and running and reviewing resumes typically within 48 hours of signing a contract.  And, the technology we use is so intuitive, even hiring managers want to use it. [It’s true.]

Second, our technology makes for a collaborative recruiting experience for all users. Yes, team work is great, a must have. But, it’s the visibility that makes our technology the knock-out feature of our service. We give our clients unparalleled visibility into every recruiting project that we manage. While everyone can say they have a partnership with their clients, we go a step beyond and create that link with a shared accountability. Like we’ve always said, recruiters either make hires or they make excuses.  We prefer hires.

Experience learning from past mistakes makes us a better partner

When a technical recruiting company touts experience, what does that mean?  Does it mean that they have done everything right with every customer every time? Have they completed every search they’ve ever touched? Unlikely. When we refer to our experience we talk about exposure to recruiting and solving the problems that typically arise in corporate recruiting programs.  So first, let us admit something; we’ve made and witnessed plenty of mistakes. It’s from these mistakes that we’ve learned how not to make the same mistakes again. For our customers, this proves invaluable. Our ability to identify bottlenecks and to make process improvements, essentially course correct on the fly, is one of the biggest values we bring to every engagement.

Union Hill was officially launched on July 5th, 2009. Unlike most start-ups, we have a mature service offering and technology platform to start with – a proven combination. We’ll be the first to admit that starting a recruiting services company that offers hourly recruiting services during a downturn was at first daunting. But we’ve been greeted kindly by customers who appreciate our complete, efficient and cost effective approach to technical recruiting. We look forward to being a part of the recruiting services community for years to come.

Stay Tuned.

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