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WhitePages made some valuable investments in their employees in 2013.  With a full office remodel, new equipment brought in and an inaugural company trip….it’s hard to imagine how we could top that in 2014.  But we have placed our bets on building a collaborative culture amongst our employees, and our bets are big!  We believe the odds are better at attracting and retaining top performers if we can find a way to incorporate team building and camaraderie in our investments in our employees.  Last Friday, the WhitePages team saw a big return on that investment when the team returned from their annual company trip full of spunk, vigor and a much greater appreciation for one another! 

The entire team flew out to Vegas from various locations last week to celebrate a great 2013 with another amazing company trip.  The Budapest team arrived early on Saturday to acclimate themselves to the time zone as well as take the opportunity to experience Vegas in all its glory!  On Monday the engineering teams from Seattle and New York began arriving early to have breakout sessions and planning meetings for 2014.  Tuesday was the big arrival day with the bulk of the employees checking into the ARIA resort throughout the day. 

Scavenger Hunt WinnersTuesday evening was kicked off with an adventure-packed scavenger hunt involving pictures of people hugging trees as well as taste-testing at some of Las Vegas’ infamous drinking establishments!  Oddly enough, our CEO’s team won the contest.  Rigged?  Apparently not!  We all celebrated our team bonding over some drinks, appetizers and funny-money gambling at a welcome reception.spacer

Vegas meetingsWe started the day early on Wednesday with breakfast and an All Hands meeting.  That afternoon, we split off into teams and had some very productive breakout meetings.  Following the meetings, we reconvened at Sirio in the Aria for some amazing Italian food followed by an early showing of Cirque du Soleil’s “O”.

Thursday morning came early as we headed off into another full morning of special presentations followed by an afternoon of fun!  The employees had a choice between five fun-filled offsite activities:  Golf, ATV driving, Exotic Car racing, Hoover Dam tour or just a leisurely day at the Spa!  Thursday evening we met up again for a goodbye reception and then an AMAZING dinner at STK steakhouse at the Cosmopolitan.  Apparently there was still steam left in some of our sails and a group headed out to hear “Above & Beyond” spin their magic at Hakkasan.spacerATV Vegas

No one can deny that it was an action-packed four days!  It was so great to bond with our fellow employees and create memories that will live long past the time it takes for our livers to recover!  Thanks to everyone for making it special and especially to our CEO, Alex Algard, for investing in our employees and raising the stakes for the people of WhitePages.  #whitepagesvegas

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codefellowsLast night WhitPages sponsored the inaugural Code Fellows “Get Awesome” job fair and recruiting event. The evening consisted of a presentation from SEOMoz CEO, Rand Fishkin, as well as a panel discussion of Start Up CTO’s from across Seattle. Included in this panel was our very own CTO, Scott Sikora. Scott, along with the other CTO’s, gave first-hand advice on how to impress (and how to disappoint) a hiring manager in your first impression. Approximately 100 attendees filled the South Lake Union Discovery Center and the caliber of candidate was extremely high. We are optimistic that we made some great connections in the Start Up community!

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Give up the job search over the holidays?  Bah Hum Bug!

Fact or Myth? Companies stop recruiting over the holidays. Myth! Contrary to what many job seekers believe, companies do not stop looking for talent over the holidays. Many think that hiring managers are too busy to review resumes or don’t have time to interview.  The truth couldn’t be more opposite!  In fact, many hiring managers increase their recruiting activity during the latter part of the year.  On average, it takes 3-6 months to fill an open requisition…even longer if it’s an engineering position.  There are two things going on during this time of the year:

1.       Hiring Managers are losing requisitions that haven’t been filled. 

2.       Hiring Managers are doing forecast planning for 2013 headcount. 

If you consider the time frame involved in hiring a new employee, they won’t have their positions filled until much later if they wait until after the holidays to engage with candidates.  That puts first quarter initiatives and goals at risk.

Don’t let the sleigh leave the station without being on it!  WhitePages is actively recruiting right now!  We have openings in Engineering, Sales and Product Management. Check out our current openings and see if there might just be something special for you under the tree this year!

Last week, a few of the women from WhitePages were fortunate enough to attend the 2012 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference in Baltimore, MD. The event involved 4 days of keynotes, breakout sessions, networking and a code-a-thon. The opening keynote was an inspirational presentation given by Nora Denzel, Technical Executive and Board Member of SABA and Overland. Nora’s message included a quote from Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper herself, noting that “A ship in harbor is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for.” In other words, we should bravely go out into the world and explore and challenge ourselves, rather than clinging to the safety of the known.

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