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David "Stock" Baird, founder of BairdTech, is not your average headhunter. With 20 years of experience as a hip hop artist, he brings a unique perspective and set of skills to the table. His music has been heard in films such as "White Chicks" starring the Wayans Brothers, November Rule produced by Queen Latifah, and TV Shows such as "House of Lies" Starring Don Cheadle. He has released music under the moniker Stockmashin and David "Stock" Baird and has a catalog of 50+ fully mastered songs he has yet to release. But how did his musical career lead him to a successful headhunting firm?

Writing a song and being a headhunter may seem unrelated, but they both require creativity, attention to detail, and the ability to connect with people. In the same way that a musician must understand their audience and craft lyrics that resonate with them, a headhunter must understand their client's needs and culture in order to find the perfect candidate.

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Baird's experience as a hip hop artist taught him the value of building relationships, loyalty and connecting with people, skills that he now brings to his headhunting business. He uses his network and industry knowledge to find top talent for his clients, resulting in a high success rate and a personalized approach to talent search. While he pursued his music career Baird worked and lived between London, UK and Detroit, his hometown. He would perform to a crowd of 30,000 one day and the next day you would find him in the office working within sales, Stockbroker in London, or maybe a Headhunter. His experience within music and business gave him the perfect edge over other firms when he started BairdTech in 2017.

But why would a company choose to work with BairdTech over other headhunting firms? The answer lies in the statistics. Research shows that many musicians, who have become successful tech entrepreneurs, bring a unique combination of creativity and technical expertise to the table. Musicians are in essence their own mini-startup. The search to find people that believe in their talent and story is no different than a headhunter looking for an engineer that will believe in their client's vision and story. By working with a headhunter who understands both the music industry and the tech industry, companies can tap into this valuable talent pool, network, and custom search expertise. Someone like Baird has had decades of experience finding needles in a haystack and has developed unique sourcing methods in order to land on someone's radar.

How can a company trust that Baird would know technology if he was a musician? Baird started by tapping into his passion for music and opened up a music tech Startup in 2012, called Selocial. He researched who his competitors were, what languages their platforms were written in and then sought out engineers that could write in the stack. After forming a rockstar team, that believed in his vision, they had coded over 100,000 lines of code and built a unique platform that was noted by the press as Instagram meets Spotify app for musicians and fans.

Baird worked tirelessly with the developers and stayed up almost every night until 5AM until he was able to set up his own local environment and code in the changes he wanted to. He learned how to work with AWS, Github, NodeJS, CSS, HTML, MongoDB, Javascript, Angular and QA and resolved any Github conflicts if needed. Selocial went on to receive a Detroit Fintech Award in 2018 and earlier in 2014, their innovation landed him and his team on Richard Branson's Private Island called Necker Island for the first Extreme Tech Challenge, originally started by Susi Mai and Bill Tai.

Baird developed a connection with Sir Richard Branson and has since been invited into a couple Virgin Group companies where he was a part of brainstorming sessions with upper management. Out of Selocial, BairdTech was born, and Baird has been consulting with well-funded startups on their direct hiring ever since. He and his team have worked with thousands of candidates and filled numerous roles within technology and software development including CTO, VP of Software Development to Junior Full-Stack Engineers. He and his team also built their own Applicant Tracking System called to help streamline the headhunting process and keep track of their own candidates.

In conclusion, a company looking to fill technology positions would benefit greatly from working with BairdTech. With Baird's background as a hip hop artist and successful headhunter, his company offers a combination of creativity, expertise, and personalized attention that sets it apart from the competition. So if you're looking to build a strong tech team, let BairdTech help you find the right rhythm.

The technology industry has been hit hard by recent layoffs, but there are signs of hope on the horizon. In January 2023, 514,000 non-farm jobs were added to the economy, 41,000+ of which, were within technical, professional, and scientific services according to a Labor Department report on Friday.

In this unpredictable job market, companies need to take extra care when hiring to ensure they make the right choices for their future. This is where a headhunter can make all the difference.

Compared to standard recruiters, headhunters have a higher success rate in filling open positions, according to recent studies. This is because a headhunter takes a proactive approach to talent search, reaching out to potential candidates and building relationships with them. They also bring industry expertise and connections to the table, allowing them to find the best fit for a company's unique needs.

At BairdTech, we take a partnership-based approach to headhunting, working closely with our clients to understand their specific needs and culture. Our success is a testament to this approach, with high placement and retention rates.

In short, the current job market in the technology industry may be challenging, but working with a headhunter like BairdTech can provide a competitive advantage. Our proactive and personalized approach to talent search ensures the best possible outcome for your company and your team. Don't let the volatile job market hold you back - partner with a headhunter and secure the top talent for your tech team.

The recent pandemic has thrown a curveball at the economy, causing many companies to experience layoffs. But just because things are tough, doesn't mean finding top talent has to be too! Enter BairdTech, the tech headhunting firm that listens to your needs and brings you top talent in a turbulent time.

Here's why you need BairdTech on your team:

  1. Access to a massive pool of tech talent: With BairdTech, you'll have access to a huge network of tech professionals, even during layoffs. They can also find hidden gems who aren't actively searching for a new gig, but would be open to a fresh opportunity.

  2. Time is money: Recruiting and hiring can be a real time-suck, especially during a time when companies are facing financial difficulties. BairdTech streamlines the process and provides you with a pre-screened list of qualified candidates, so you can get back to business in no time.

  3. Tech hiring experts: BairdTech has the know-how and expertise to handle all aspects of the tech hiring process, from sourcing to salary negotiations. They provide valuable insights into the tech job market and can help you find the perfect fit for your organization.

  4. Budget-friendly: Working with BairdTech is a budget-friendly solution compared to traditional recruitment methods. They have flexible options that you can choose such as contingency (charge a fee once successfully placing a candidate) or offer an option where you can pay an Engagement Fee to start the search and a pay a smaller percentage once the placement is successful, making it a smart choice during a time when companies are trying to cut costs.

  5. Retention rates skyrocket: BairdTech will help you find the right candidate who fits in with your company culture and stays with your organization for the long haul. This saves you time and money in the future, so you don't have to go through the hiring process again anytime soon.

BairdTech is the tech headhunting firm that will help your organization soar, even during tough times like layoffs. With their huge network, expertise, and budget-friendly solutions, BairdTech is the key to unlocking top tech talent and overcoming the current economic crisis. So, what are you waiting for? Contact BairdTech now!

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