Armed with AA batteries, a laser pointer and one-touch snap action fighter pilot wings, Buzz Lightyear sought to change the way the world viewed space exploration. We all remember the saying,"To infinity and beyond!" To some, this might see like a lofty goal, but this certainly was a strong vision statement. Although he never really did make it to the infinite world of outer space, Buzz had it right. He had a clear purpose, a dream, and a long term view that he was concentrating on for the near/infinite future.
Recently, when Pinstripe came out in a similar fashion to announce its new vision for the future, "Boldly Changing the Way the World Views Talent," it only seemed fitting that our esteemed leader, Sue Marks, come out to the applaud of over 350 employees doing her best Buzz Lightyear rendition.
The meeting was met with much fanfare and a level of excitement on the executive team unpaired by any other meeting than the 2012 kickoff that was held in January. This is when I first joined Pinstripe and it was an exciting time. Goals were met, employees were happy, cupcakes were served. It is eight months later and paired with my knowledge of the organization, the new vision statement, and a gentle push by one of Pinstripe's executive leaders, I ventured out into the infinite land that is Pinstripe to seek answers to questions; questions that I had of employees and how this vision statement has changed the way that we operate. How are we Boldly Changing the Way the World Views Talent?
Now I haven’t been here long, so my reach was limited. One of the sources that I found has had a very inspiring path within the organization. She has been a Pinstriper since October 2010. In that time she has held multiple roles. She started as interviewing specialist, then became a recruiting specialist, then talent engagement specialist and is now a recruiter.
One of the first questions that I decided to ask was: What makes this vision statement uniquely “Pinstripe?” We have the internal motto, “Stop being like everybody else and start being more like “Pinstripe;” what does this new vision statement mean to you?
“Be bold, right? We are not like other people, we work hard, we enjoy challenges and we celebrate the accomplishment. We are not just any other company; we have top talent and proud employees who know that they are making a difference.”
I asked one of our bilingual recruiters what he thought of the new vision statement. Very directly, I wanted to know, how he felt that he fit into the new vision statement. Here is his response:
“I believe that in order to arrive where the vision statement wants us to be, we have to challenge ourselves (hourly, daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, and yearly) to ensure that we set ourselves apart in this competitive industry.”
Interested I probed a little further. I wanted to know what the vision statement meant to him personally and what it had changed about the way that he viewed Pinstripe.
“The new vision means a lot to me because it provides motivation, a general direction, and a motto for me to follow and look towards while recruiting on a daily basis.”
Intrigued by that response I asked a segment analyst here at Pinstripe the same questions; he had a great answer that inspired me. He said:
“I see it as a license to be MORE than the status quo. Anyone who has worked with me here knows I like push the status quo, and if Pinstripe lives up to this vision, that means it should be embraced.”
Finally I sought out the help of one of Pinstripes leaders. Currently working In Business Development, I wanted to know; how did he feel that he fit within the new vision statement. Taking a holistic approach and speaking for the entire Business Development segment, he had this to say;
“In business development we are usually the first to communicate our vision to a prospect who might eventually become a client. We are creating a first and last impression when we share our vision statement.”
It became very clear that within Pinstripe this is a credo that has easily been adapted.
Boldly Changing the Way the World Views Talent
It is not just a vision statement; it is a way of life here at Pinstripe. Much like Buzz Lightyear we see the infinite possibilities in Talent Acquisition. Although the infinite is not a possible destination for Buzz; armed with our great talent and driven employees; we have not only started down the path of our vision statement, we live it every day.
That is what makes Pinstripe, well, Pinstripe. We are bold game changers establishing ourselves deeper and deeper into market segments and attracting top talent and clients. With this vision statement, companies will know, our goal is to continue to do so for years to come.
You can hear more Pinstripers talk about how they are being bold and living the Pinstripe vision by checking out the following video:
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Sourcing is an important skill in recruiting today to find candidates, especially for tough-to-fill positions. More and more organizations are looking for their recruiters to have sourcing skills. In this video blog, Tony discusses three keys to basic sourcing skills that every recruiter should have:
- Learn Basic Boolean
- Research in Google
- Be Creative (Think Like Your Candidates)
This is an unbiased recruiting video blog that was produced by me - Tony Stemen (Sourcing Tony), Sr. Sourcing Recruiter at Pinstripe. I've been in the Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) industry for over five years, with most of that time focused on Sourcing Strategy & Candidate Generation.
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I remember the day I started at Pinstripe, there was a lot of talk of RPO, vertical structures, sourcing, pipelining and seamlessly becoming the client. I remember thinking, Wow! Ok, let’s see.
Almost four years into the journey and now I’m making videos to represent a small picture of what we do and what I have learned. Check out my debut below. The most important thing I have learned is that getting to know my clients and being able to focus on their needs makes a difference in being able to deliver better talent. And, Pinstripe affords me the time and resources to do that.
I have worked in several HR roles over the years and was often so busy running from one meeting or task to another that when I finally got back to my desk I had to spend most of my time returning communications to the low hanging fruit, or looking for a position. That worked some days and most days just sated the volume need. Working that way doesn’t produce the best talent or result in the best fit.
At Pinstripe, working on one account, I get to know the company. I get to know what the people I work with at the company are doing each day, and so I know where I can fit in and make the biggest impact. I get to know what the company needs are, what the culture is, and that helps me find and recruit people that will be the perfect fit.
My goal in working with a client is to become part of that company in a way because I’m representing them. The “We Become You: Good Medicine” video showcases a lot of the passion, energy and commitment that goes into “Becoming You.”
We Become You: Good Medicine
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Did you know that movie theaters make more money on selling concessions than on movie tickets? I don't know if this bothers, surprises, or pleases you, but I found it interesting. How much money is continuously invested in the advertising of the latest, greatest and most epic movies only to lead you to the concessions!? Fortunately for us, companies looking to secure a strong partner for their hiring needs don't just watch commercials and look forward to the *free extra butter nights (*only available at some locations).
Pinstripe continues its strong presence in the RPO space with another top ten finish on the HRO Today Baker's Dozen list, a yearly ranking to showcase the top providers, nationwide of RPO services. This is our fourth year in a row securing a top ten place on this list, demonstrating that we are not just posting impressive trailers and promising *free extra butter nights, but an exceptional and real approach to pinpointing top talent for every company that we create a partnership with.
A continued and focused intent on building partnerships, not just forming relationships, and tailoring our recruiting efforts to meet and exceed the needs of our clients, has allowed us to continuously move forward and to differentiate ourselves in the RPO space.
We dedicate teams to each client, working to secure top talent faster. Like an Alfred for Bruce, or a Lois for Clark or even a Q for James, we provide a secure backbone for each partner to build, feel strong and move forward in their dedicated area of expertise.
We continue to strive forward, looking towards next year's fifth part in the Pinstripe series entitled, "Being more like us, and less like everybody else."
Not an ordinary company, not an ordinary partner, Pinstripe continues to prove that we are not just counting on hip trailers, or *free extra butter nights, but that we are creating a team that offers our clients the show and dinner, the meal and the deal.
Congratulations Pinstripe on another excellent year, and in the words of Buzz Light Year… ok, I won't, because I know you already know.
~~ The End, Happily Ever After ~~