ASCEND CEO Scott Whipkey, formerly of Upper St. Clair, says, "We're excited to launch our Pittsburgh practice, and thrilled to have Cathy White at the helm. We're focusing on IT, Healthcare, Sales/Marketing, Engineering and Finance. We plan to shake things up around Pittsburgh. Our services are much different than what companies in Pittsburgh have come to expect from a recruiting firm."
Whipkey points to a product developed by ASCEND called SourceSheet, for clients who might not want a full-blown search. What some of them wanted was real-time, raw recruiting data, replete with names, titles, phone numbers, email addresses, and profile links.
"It's all about convenience," says Whipkey. "These agency databases and company Applicant Tracking Systems are known as 'the black hole of recruiting'. Everybody knows the system is broken, and ASCEND is doing something about it. We deliver, within 24 hours, a spreadsheet of real-time , targeted, passive recruits, that our clients can immediately contact via phone or email. And as crazy as this sounds, we're giving it away for free right now. Our small clients love it because it gives them immediate access to recruits without having to run ads or subscribe to job-boards. Larger companies love it because it allows their HR staffs to focus on recruiting rather than sourcing."
"We take a different approach to Talent Acquisition, and our clients tell us it's long overdue. The only people who don't like it are our competitors, who think we're giving away valuable assets. But we believe that data is becoming a commodity, and we've developed a process to deliver it quickly and conveniently. We even have other recruiting firms who are our clients. So that's the 'science'. But what you do with that data, the 'art', is our Executive Search Services. SourceSheet is an example of how we at ASCEND continuously look for opportunities to add value for our clients, often in unexpected ways."
Pittsburgh native Cathy White, ASCEND's Executive Search Director, adds:
"I'm so excited for the opportunity to grow the Pittsburgh office. We think Pittsburgh will really embrace our new approach to search and recruitment."
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