With the launch of our latest recruitment idea, Talent Hunter, we started thinking about how companies all over the world have fared in recruiting their staff.
Businesses such as Apple and Facebook have taken on employees who have gone on to change the world with their forward-thinking ideas and creations.
So with this in mind, we decided to take a look at what we believe to be the top five recruitments made by a company.
1. Jeffrey Skoll – Ebay
In 1996 Jeffrey Skoll met eBay’s founder, Pierre Omidyar, and was hired as the company’s first full-time employee and president. At the time, eBay was already profitable, but Skoll wrote the business plan that eBay followed from its emergence as a start-up to a great success. He remained president
until the arrival of Meg Whitman in January 1998, when he became Vice President. Skoll was once eBay’s second largest stockholder, behind its founder, and cashed out a portion of his company holdings, yielding him around $2 billion.
2. Steve Jobs – Apple Inc
Although Steve Jobs co-founded Apple in 1977, it was in 1997 when he was brought back to the company that people really started making a buzz about the multi-billion pound business. Jobs was formally named interim chief executive and terminated a number of projects, such as Newton, Cyberdog, and OpenDoc, to concentrate Apple’s efforts on returning to profitability. Under Jobs’ guidance, the company increased sales significantly with the introduction of the iMac and other new products. At the 2000 Macworld Expo, Jobs officially dropped the “interim” modifier from his title at
Apple and became permanent CEO. The rest as they say is history!
3. Sheryl Sandberg – Facebook
In June 2012, Sheryl Sandberg was elected to the board of directors by Facebook’s existing board members. This appointment meant she became the first woman to serve on the company’s board, in the 11 years since its creation. Upon joining Facebook, its new Chief Operating Officer quickly began trying to figure out how to make it profitable. Before Sandberg joined, the company was mainly interested in building a really cool site, assuming profits would follow. By late spring, Facebook’s leadership had agreed to rely on advertising and with the ads discreetly presented, by 2010 Facebook became profitable. According to the social media platform, Sandberg oversees the firm’s business operations including sales, marketing, business development, human resources, public policy, and communications. Not bad all in a day’s work!
4. Simon Cowell – EMI music publishing
In 1975, a 16-year-old Simon Cowell was hired to work in the mail room at EMI. Four years later, he managed to earn a position as an assistant to an A&R executive, where he was promoted and given the job of talent scout. The time Cowell spent at EMI obviously gave him a taste for the music scene and in the early 1980s he formed E&S Music with his boss at EMI, Ellis Rich. From there, as we know, Cowell went on to have a huge impact on the music and television industry, with an estimated net worth of £300 million. More importantly, if it wasn’t for EMI taking a chance on Cowell, The X Factor and One Direction would never have existed!
5. Matt Derella – Twitter
Twitter appointed Matt Derella as its new Director of Agency Business Development, after controversially ‘poaching’ him from Google. Derella came in to manage the relationships with agencies and was charged with the task of helping those who ‘didn’t get it’, to better understand what Twitter can do for brands and also advertising on the network. With a revenue of $1.4billion (taken in 2014) and 302 million active users, as of May 2015, Derella obviously did something right.
So there you have it. All these people have gone on to impact the world, in a way most would not have thought possible. With the creation of Talent Hunter and the way it allows businesses to recruit their staff, who knows, the 6th person on our list may be found sooner than we thought!
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