The hiring pendulum has begun to swing back since its low point in 2009. More than two-thirds of surveyed companies report extensive or moderate hiring plans. “For businesses in the market for key personnel, especially executives and high-tech professionals, the job of finding and successfully recruiting top performers just got more competitive,” says Dana Jones, founder and CEO of Luna Data Solutions (LDS), one of the fastest growing full-spectrum recruiting firms in Austin, Texas.
Jones is no stranger to dealing with rapidly swinging employment markets. She began providing staff augmentation services in the robust economy of the early 2000s. At the height of the dot.com bubble collapse, Jones’ intuition told her the time was right to start her own company focusing on IT positions within the public sector. She founded LDS in 2000, incorporated in 2003, and became a State of Texas Department of Information Resources prime vendor. In late 2009, Jones expanded the company’s expertise to include private-sector recruiting, specializing in the placement of technical and executive management professionals nationwide.
LDS’ philosophy of quality over quantity earned the company regional and national recognition for its temporary-contract, contract-to-hire and direct-hire placements. “Our clients don’t have the time or resources to wade through resumes of marginal applicants,” explains Jones. “We send fewer resumes for their consideration than other recruiting firms might, but our candidates are more qualified technically and have been assessed to be a culture fit with our client’s organizational values. We know, because we’ve already talked to the managers and candidates face to face. Our approach requires us to have feet on the ground in markets nationwide, but it results in more successful placements, greater efficiency and cost savings.”
By 2011, a three-year sales growth of 155 percent placed the locally-owned and self-funded company on the prestigious Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private businesses in America. LDS also claimed a ranking among Austin Business Journal’s 50 fastest growing companies. It also made the first of two consecutive appearances on Austin Business Journal’s list of “Best Places to Work” – an acknowledgement that the LDS team is engaged and empowered to outperform competitors.
Along the way, LDS earned certifications as both a Texas Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) vendor and a Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) member. A local WBE with a national footprint, this company offers an important advantage to large organizations committed to supplier diversity.
“Luna’s level of customer service is far above the norm,” reports an HR manager of an interactive marketing firm. “Luna has been a tremendous help with our quick-turnaround recruiting needs.”
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