We’re a thriving recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) company now, but we started like every business — small. In fact, our company was as small as you could get in 2018. Dom was hustling as a solopreneur recruiter and making big things happen for her clients by herself, but she reached the point where she needed to expand.
One night, Dom was having dinner with a friend and brought up the idea of turning her solo endeavor into a growing business. Her friend immediately responded by telling Dom that she needed to expand her operations. After a great conversation about growth, Dom agreed that building her dream company was the right way to go.
In January of 2019, DotConnect was born. Dom began hiring people who were one to two degrees removed from her and others who were already within her network. Many of her hires had little to zero recruiting experience, but she knew they had a technical aptitude and a willingness to learn. During this initial building period, Dom learned a lot about what it means to build a company and who she was as a leader.
As 2020 began, DotConnect continued to grow as a company, and Dom continued her personal journey to becoming an inspiring leader. We expanded from 25 to around 40 people, and it looked like that growth pattern would continue. But then, in March, the COVID pandemic turned things upside down.
Even though mid to late 2020 was a valley, Dom worked hard to line up clients and prepared us to start climbing back up the mountain of growth. By the end of 2020, Dom had signed on a new batch of clients, and DotConnect began to grow again.
In full transparency, there have been moments where we hired quickly and without intention, which didn’t work well.
However, that lesson taught us that you find the right talent when you’re very clear on your values and behaviors. Being intentional with what you want helps you find the best people for your team, and it enables you to build a better culture within your business.