Kicking off the new year, Blue Signal would like to use this time to celebrate what we accomplished in 2021. We had set pretty hefty goals for ourselves following the Coronavirus Crash of 2020, and weren’t sure how achievable they may be with all of the uncertainty surrounding the professional landscape. Despite these fears and variables, we charged on — setting goals for placements, revenue, hiring, expanding, and growing as an organization. Every accomplishment we were able to achieve was a series of small steps toward growth. Let’s take the time to reflect and examine them.
Growth in Placements
In August of 2020, Blue Signal achieved 1,000 all-time placements. This was a huge accomplishment, especially given the circumstances of that year! However, closing out 2021 with over 1,500 placements marks the fastest growth period in Blue Signal history.
To us, those 1,500 placements translate to 1,500 changed lives; 1,500 stronger teams; 1,500 career moves; and so much more. These relationships that we cultivate are what make us successful, and result in a lasting impact. When we make placements, it’s not just to get a number on the board — it’s to ensure the best matches possible for clients and candidates. These incredible placements are what set us apart, and that’s clear in the feedback we receive.
Getting people opportunities for growth is why we do what we do. Our core values of excellence, transparency, integrity, commitment, and respect all align with our placement guarantees and each of our recruiting practices. Helping others is in our DNA, and it’s so rewarding to see it come to fruition — especially at an accelerated pace like it was in 2021!
Initiatives and New Offerings
In the spirit of growth and giving back, Blue Signal also took 2021 as an opportunity to update and expand our hiring practices and offerings. We took a look at the market and saw a need in more niche, specialized fields like lighting, emerging technology, and the internet of everything. With needs in these rapidly-growing fields, we’re staying ahead of the tech to best support clients in those industries.
Additionally, we’ve dialed into our existing candidate pool and are actively working to promote the very things that set candidates apart – their unique backgrounds. It's our commitment to finding candidates the job of their dreams. For those with military backgrounds, that means translating their military experience to the civilian world and supporting them through the hiring process. Our veteran recruiting practice will work to assess applicants’ military backgrounds and goals to better align them with a fulfilling role in the civilian world.
Furthermore, candidates asked and we listened when it comes to applicant resources. We began planning the new Resume and Career Services, powered by Blue Signal, which is set to launch in early 2022. This subscription-based service will offer members self-directed coursework to gain the tools needed to empower job seekers on their career projection, job moves, and more.
Although not an entirely new concept, we did update and solidify our diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) goals and practices throughout the company. As recruiters, it has always been our duty to advance and promote workplace DEI. Blue Signal has championed this effort internally by educating and certifying 100% of our recruiters on the subject. Externally, we are educating hiring managers and ensuring the hiring experience is free of discrimination and bias. As we advance into 2022 with these missions in mind, we’re hoping to better the hiring landscape for organizations across the board.
Awards and Recognition
Perhaps one of our fondest accomplishments in 2021 were the awards we were recognized with. In 2021, we were named as one of the Best and Brightest Companies to Work For in the Nation. Industry Wired dubbed us one of the 10 Best Companies to Work for in 2021. We ranked as number 1750 on the Inc 5000 list and were listed as a Best Workplaces Honoree for Inc Magazine. In our headquarter state of Arizona, we were named among the Top Companies to Work for in Arizona, as well as Ranking Arizona’s #2 Executive Search and #4 Technical Placement Firm. We were also named as a Top Recruiter for Best of Tempe, and won the Copper Award for Healthy Arizona Worksites.
As a result of the hardships of 2020, Blue Signal realized its full potential. Despite being a company of under 50 employees, we’ve accomplished so much following what had been the hardest year yet. The recognition we’ve received from these awards humbles us in our mission, but also gives us reassurance that we’re on the right path when it comes to transforming the recruiting industry for the better.
Overall, this small but mighty team prospered. Blue Signal grew its internal workforce by 25% in 2021. With that, we now have professionals positioned in 13 states across the US – providing better coverage nationally. 2021 marked 3-year revenue growth of 261% – and counting! With more support internally, we were able to get back to doing what we do best – helping others. We are looking forward to the growth that 2022 is sure to bring, and what that will mean in terms of results for candidates and clients alike.
When defining goals and examining what growth will mean for the company in 2022, we’ve set the bar high. Internally, we are looking to hire 25 more recruiters by year-end, meaning a 50% increase in our workforce. We are positioning ourselves for the anticipated growth in professional services, manufacturing, healthcare, and transportation and warehousing industries. Leveraging our tried-and-true resources, we are expecting even more success this year.
It’s a very exciting time for us here at Blue Signal. The last year taught us that no matter the conditions, staying true to our core values and mission will lead to success. We look forward to continuing our partnership with each one of our clients and candidates, and hope to help them all on their own growth paths in 2022. Thank you to all who helped contribute to an incredible 2021 – here's to what lies ahead!