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"It's what you do, not what you say. If you're not part of the future, then get out of the way." John Mellencamp
Here's why, how and what Dayaway does:
- Targets growing Alt. Energy companies through a "follow the money" strategy to . . .
- Aggregate, filter and organize online, entry level Alt. Energy job listings to . . .
- Attract elite university students curious and/or passionate about sustainable energy, from which a subgroup . . .
- Builds personal relationships with Dayaway (1 out of 20 students) and . . .
- Becomes a diversified (degrees, location, age) elite network of personal contacts that Dayaway uses to . . .
- Attract Alt. Energy companies wishing to supplement their existing hiring network so that Dayaway can . . .
- Replace online job listings with jobs sourced from corporate hiring representatives, which in turn . . .
- Attracts more elite university students curious . . . [you get the virtuous cycle point]
Oh yes, we have some pretty good technology, funding and just a ton of determination.
I don't see how Dayaway improves upon existing hiring networks--career centers, job fairs, corporate HR relationships.
About Alternative Energy - For us, this term includes (1) sectors producing energy and (2) specific sectors directly related to the producers. Sector 1 includes: solar, wind, bioenergy (biomass & biofuel), fuel cells, geothermal, hydro (traditional, wave and tidal) and CHP. Sector 2 includes: smart-grid, carbon management, EVs and battery storage.
About Getting Jobs - Some students are hiring directly into alternative energy, but most, in my opinion, will transfer in after building desired skills in their first job elsewhere. This results from a sluggish economy and a still emerging industry. These students know that their first job will be one of many and that a satisfying career comes from strategic job changes made possible by good vision and a valuable skill set.
About Dayaway's Contacts - Our HR/recruiting contacts are growing but pretty modest presently. Our "future contacts" really excite us. These are the spectacular graduates we've met since 2009 who now work at alternative energy companies. While Dayaway did not place them, they have not forgotten what Dayaway has done and can do for them. The best relationship is the C-level person you started working with when they were a rookie. These are our contacts and there are lots of them.
About False Hope - Online job listings are valuable as leads and clues. Resourceful students take these listing to their career centers and alumni networks to see how they can go beyond the online application and get an inside track. The listings also are clues as to which companies are hot, what skills they are looking for, etc. This intelligence also provides an inside track.
About Existing Hiring Networks - Presently, Dayaway adds modest quantitative value to employers' networks. Labor supply exceeds demand; existing relationships are sufficient. In the future, Dayaway believes that there will be a talent shortage and that employers will need to supplement their existing relationship network, especially if it is regional. Dayaway's national network of relationships will add value in this context. Beyond "numbers, however, traditional hiring networks find workers who are just looking for jobs, the Dayaway network attracts passionate individuals who are not just focused on paying the bills, they work hard because they want to change the world.
About Getting Jobs From Dayaway - The short answer is that few students, less than 5% of it's registered members, get jobs directly from Dayaway's listings. But as stated, an impressive number of students now working in alternative energy have used Dayaway and keep in touch. They and we see future value in this relationship. As the economy and alternative energy warms up, so will the 5% number.
About Career Centers - We have few CC relationships. I believe this is because the centers rightfully see that Dayaway offers little near term value to them and the majority of their students. For now, Dayaway encourages its members to take Dayaway's listing to their CCs so as to get these terrific alternative energy companies on the Centers' radar. If the students value Dayaway, the CCs will, too, as we both want to help the students.
About Finding the Jobs - We follow the money. We target alternative energy companies with good revenue growth and/or who are getting funding from the government or private equity. These companies also must be big enough to hire a recent grad. We're always adding and pruning. We re-list fresh listings from their websites and/or other job boards (with attribution).
About Preparing Students - Several initiatives here: we're interviewing recent graduates working in alternative energy to hear how they got hired and what they do; we're profiling the best university energy centers to report on their graduate, research and outreach programs; we're profiling the companies with the best track record for hiring recent graduates; and, we're data mining our job listings to identify the skills and experiences alternative energy employers regularly are looking for. I also speak directly with students to answer questions as best I can.
About "Free" - I do this to drive my wife nuts! More seriously, I think energy is one of the few things that influences a lot of things, not quite like air, water and food, but perhaps close behind. Beyond that, I love: to work with young people, to build things and to not follow the crowd. I am hopeful that Dayaway will be able to get paid for placing experienced young professionals (i.e., the second job) and then use that revenue to provide free support to fresh grads and interns. This is not going to happen any time soon, however.
About 501c3 - No. Dayaway is organized as a for profit LLC so that it has maximum flexibility to achieve (and occasionally revise) it's vision without being burdened by the regulatory compliance obligations of being a charity. Plus, we don't seek contributions. So, we pay a modest price to be flexible and independent.
- Hundreds of Graduate and 3.0+ GPA Undergraduate student members from the best schools in the country
- Thousands (about 2200) jobs/internships listed since late 2009, all entry level alternative energy
- Half a Million hits to the site per year
On the qualitative front, I am more sure than ever that this idea is working. Our brand, network and competency are growing. We're simply proving that when you do good things for good people, they will do good things for you and each other.
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