Hire EQ is a creation of the Vann Group, a professional business advisory firm in Springfield, Massachusetts. Like many businesses Hire EQ doesn’t have a traditional beginning as the concept is one that was derived from an evolution of ideas. Over the past couple of years our clients kept asking us to helping them find people. It wasn’t our core business, but we did it so well that one of clients asked us why we didn’t do recruitment full-time. We couldn’t think of a good reason why not, so in 2009 we formed Hire EQ to help small and mid-size businesses find the right fit and set out on our mission to make sure companies never made a bad hiring decision again.
To fulfill this mission we created a customized yet standardized hiring process based on our experience in advising companies and by leveraging our best practices and began offering it to our clients. We also partnered with Talent Fusion, one of the leading Recruitment Process Outsourcing companies in the country.
When our clients began to rave about our services we quickly realized that offering small business recruiting services was a great way to provide value while adding to the bottom line. We found that in addition to providing extra income to our practice, it was a great value-added service for our clients because as their trusted advisers’ we know their businesses and their people as well as anyone.
As professional service providers we know first hand the challenges or running a service practice in this day and age. Technology has changed our customers expectations of timeliness and it is rapidly commoditizing many of the services we provide, diminishing the perception of value of both our time and knowledge. It’s a very scary time to be an accountant, lawyer, insurance agent, consultant or other provider who is considered a business owners trusted adviser.
Recognizing the value recruiting services provides to us and our clients, we developed a Partnership Model so other service providers can deliver customized small business recruiting services to their clients. It’s a great way build revenue, add value, strengthen relationships and most importantly of all it helps us move our mission to reality.
As the great recession begins to recede, small/mid-size businesses will begin hiring again and the challenge in finding the right talent to fit their company will be even harder. We have developed two very unique offerings – Single Source for the occasional hire and in 2011 have added Constant Source. Constant Source is the first Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) model that allows companies to always be searching even when they are not hiring. This allows us to provide companies a custom hiring solution that fits their unique needs.