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How BlueSky Can Aid in Your eCommerce Recruiting Efforts

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Josh Woody

Josh Woody

Josh Woody manages global HR functions for BlueSky offices in the US, Canada, and India. He also spearheads talent acquisition efforts to attract and secure top professionals to the organization. In 2017, we formalized BlueSky’s Talent Acquisition division, a recruiting and placement division focused on delivering talent to client companies either on a direct hire basis or contract staff augmentation. Josh manages this division and its team of seasoned recruiters.
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How BlueSky Can Aid in Your eCommerce Recruiting Efforts

While eCommerce is such a booming industry with almost limitless potential, the competition for top technology talent has become even fiercer than before – recently in part to the Covid pandemic and consumers’ interest in in-home delivery and contactless curbside pickup. 

Combined with consumers’ already growing preference for convenience in fulfilling their shopping needs, it has become exponentially more difficult than ever to find, connect with and hire elite candidates in the eCommerce industry.

These facts combined have likely led your company to increase attention and investment into your online presence. You want to have a user-friendly experience that offers intuitive applications and services — and you need to hire and retain the top talent to create them.  

But, in some cases, that can be easier said than done. If you don’t have the skills and know-how to hire for these in-demand positions, how do you find them? How do you even know what to look for in a potential employee?

Luckily, BlueSky Commerce is here to help and can tap our vast network of technology experts in the field, or our internal tech team, to recruit the top candidates you need to stay competitive in the marketplace.

Whether it’s a full-time direct-hire, or a part-time or contract hire, we can tap our deep network of qualified and experienced IT development, engineering, and marketing professionals to search for and place candidates we know will be successful. The proof is in the numbers: BlueSky Commerce touts a replacement rate of less than 1% of our placements, and, depending on the role, our average job placement timeline is 30-45 days. 

Let’s dig into how BlueSky can help with your eCommerce recruiting efforts and help you source the right people with specialized tech skills for open positions in your company.

Popular Tech Jobs We Recruit

As we mentioned earlier, the increased demand for technical expertise has led to an increased demand for technical roles. At BlueSky Commerce, we help recruit for them all, ranging from positions in software engineering, data analytics, and user experience/interface design to marketing intelligence and strategy.

We’re focused on the eCommerce and digital marketing niches and can source and vet direct-hire talent or provide consultants as staff augmentation resources. Our talent pipeline runs deep with experts in:

  • HCL Commerce 
  • Magento
  • BigCommerce
  • WordPress
  • Shopify
  • Fluent Commerce
  • SAP Hybris
  • Salesforce Commerce
  • Marketing Automation
  • Email Marketing
  • Content Creation
  • Social Media
  • Customer Journey Mapping
  • UI/UX Optimization

How BlueSky Helps Streamline the eCommerce Recruitment Process

Now that you know a bit more about the types of positions we recruit for, let’s explore all the ways BlueSky’s Talent team leverages our status as a certified partner for Magento, BigCommerce, HCL Commerce, and other platforms to help meet your eCommerce needs. 

Using Technology to Recruit for Tech Jobs

Since we offer a full range of business strategy, technology, marketing, and talent services to companies worldwide, it makes sense that we take advantage of technology throughout the whole recruitment process for our clients.

For example, our recruiters rely on text messaging potential candidates to eliminate some of the back and forth that typically happens in the screening process. Not only does it shorten the screening process, but it also takes the stress off of the candidate if they are in a work setting where they can’t answer calls.

Technical Vetting through BlueSky’s 360 Approach 

At BlueSky, we get that time is money — you don’t have a lot of time to waste bringing on an inexperienced candidate or getting a new hire up to speed on a new product, project, or initiative launch. Part of what sets BlueSky’s recruiting apart is our internal team which helps with technical vetting.

“We have in-house consultants that work with me to help in the candidate interview and vetting process.  They ask specific technical questions about my client’s projects and help validate that this candidate is qualified and would be great for this open position. This helps ensure that the candidates presented to my clients are at the top of their field and would be an excellent choice for their review.” says Marc Hall, senior recruiter for BlueSky

Marc points to a recent example of technical vetting for an existing BlueSky client. 

“We were doing all the HCL implementation for a company, but they also wanted to hire an eCommerce developer. We had an in-house employee working as the architect lead on that actual project who was able to do the technical vetting and say, ‘Yes, this candidate is qualified and would be great for this open position, and let the client choose from there.”

Leveraging Our In-House and Client Network

Our technical vetting capabilities aren’t limited to just existing clients; BlueSky routinely leverages our network of top talent across the industry, too, Marc says.

“As part of my job, it’s not uncommon for me to reach out to anyone across any arm of our business and ask if anyone knows someone who has a specialized skill set because they have their connections. Our technology arm especially has a deep well of connections, so if we’re looking for specific developers or business analysts, we know whom to ask,” he says. “So, in that way, we have an advantage over our competitors in the industry.”

Maintaining Our Reputation as the Experts in eCommerce

BlueSky’s reputation as the expert in eCommerce didn’t happen overnight. Our team has grown and developed connections in the industry for more than two decades, and it remains a point of pride to this day.

We’re so sure of our recruitment team’s value-add to your company that we stand by it with a 30-day guarantee on any recruitment placement we help you with. If for whatever reason something happens within 30 days of your new hire starting, we’ll work with you to replace that person for free.

Seamless, Connected Process Management

At BlueSky, we also understand recruiting for top tech talent for your organization isn’t your only job responsibility. Especially in today’s hiring market, hiring can be a challenge between finding the right candidates and bringing them up to speed quickly.

That’s where BlueSky’s Talent comes in. We’ll work with you to make the hiring process as seamless as possible so you can continue to focus on keeping your team running.

In addition to technical vetting to source the right candidates, we’ll also manage the interview process and utilize a full lifecycle recruiting approach, keeping you and your potential hires connected through one BlueSky point of contact. 

Even when the recruitment process is complete, we’ll continue to stay in touch.

“As a recruiter, I’m here to continue to do the staffing services, keeping the BlueSky name within the company, even after we’ve completed an implementation for them on the technology side,” Marc says. “When something else does come up that’s going to fit some of our other business units, we already have that connection and know what they’re looking for in a candidate and what projects they’re working on.”

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