AS THE HOLIDAY SEASON AND 2015 COME TO A CLOSE AND EVERYONE GETS READY TO START THE NEW YEAR, WE THOUGHT WE WOULD SHARE A BIT ABOUT WHAT BFG HAS BEEN UP TO AND WHAT WE HAVE PLANNED FOR THE NEW YEAR.
2015 WAS AN INCREDIBLE YEAR OF GROWTH FOR BFG AND FOR THAT WE ARE BLESSED AND THANKFUL. WE STARTED THE YEAR WITH A FEW OUTINGS TO RECHARGE AND PLAN FOR THE YEAR AHEAD. THROUGH A TEAM-BUILDING SAILING EXERCISE AND A COMPANY RETREAT IN SANTA BARBARA, WE BUILT OUR VISION AND REAFFIRMED OUR COMMITMENT TO DO GREAT WORK FOR OUR CLIENTS.
BFG sailing adventure in Santa Monica Bay
OUR INTERN LEAH GRADUATED FROM HER MASTER’S PROGRAM IN MAY AND JOINED BAIN & COMPANY’S RECRUITMENT TEAM IN SAN FRANCISCO. WE ARE INCREDIBLY PROUD OF HER AND HOPE HER EXPERIENCE WITH US JUMPSTARTED A SUCCESSFUL AND FULFILLING CAREER!
A SENSE OF HIGHER PURPOSE HAS ALWAYS PERMEATED THE BFG ETHOS. WHILE WE PROVIDE A GREAT DEAL OF VALUE TO A SELECT NUMBER OF CANDIDATES, WE YEARNED TO GIVE MORE VALUE TO THE CANDIDATES WE DO NOT PLACE. IN THE SPRING AND SUMMER, WE OFFERED TWO FREE CANDIDATE SEMINARS TO EDUCATE JOB-SEEKERS ON BEST PRACTICES FOR THEIR SEARCHES. WE ALSO GAVE A FREE PRESENTATION ON HIRING IN THE START-UP WORLD AT A SANTA MONICA INCUBATOR.
IN AUGUST WE CELEBRATED BRENDAN’S 2ND YEAR ANNIVERSARY WITH BFG. MANY OF OUR CLIENTS AND CANDIDATES KNOW BRENDAN WELL, AS HE IS A DRIVING FORCE BEHIND THE WORK WE DO.
Brendan and Leah lead our Candidate Seminar, A
Recruiter’s Perspective (May and July 2015).
The BFG Team celebrating Brendan’s 2nd Year
Anniversary at The Misfit, our favorite local hang out
BFG MOVED TO A NEW WEWORK LOCATION IN SANTA MONICA IN SEPTEMBER. IT IS INCREDIBLE JOINING AS MEMBERS OF AN EXCITING GLOBAL COWORKING GROUP, AND OUR NEW OFFICE INSPIRES US EVERYDAY TO BE AT THE FOREFRONT OF WHAT WE DO. WE UPGRADED THE WEB SITE AND DEVELOPED A CLEAR VISION AND MISSION, THE RESULT OF BRETT’S WORK WITH HIS RECRUITMENT COACH AND MULTIPLE OUTINGS TO DEVELOP OUR SENSE OF WHAT BFG IS REALLY ABOUT.
The new BFG offices in downtown Santa Monica.
The new BFG offices in downtown Santa Monica.
IN DECEMBER, WE WERE ABLE TO VISIT A NEW CLIENT IN LONDON. BFG ENTERED A CONTEST THROUGH WEWORK AND WON A ROUND TRIP – WE GOT A LOT OF GREAT WORK DONE BUT ALSO MADE SURE TO HAVE FUN BY SEEING SOME SHOWS AND MEETING LOCALS AT COMMUNAL DINNERS.
Brendan and Brett visiting their London based client
Enjoying a communal dinner in London.
2016 LOOKS TO BE A BUSY YEAR FOR US. WE RECENTLY HIRED ANOTHER FULL-TIME RECRUITER TO SUPPORT OUR CONTINUED GROWTH. A MORE FORMAL ANNOUNCEMENT ON THAT WILL COME IN THE NEW YEAR. BFG IS ALSO CONTINUING TO EXPAND OUR CORE AREAS OF SEARCH FOR KEY CLIENTS. WHILE WE MAINLY FOCUS ON ACCOUNTING AND FINANCE SEARCHES, WE HAVE SUCCESSFULLY TAKEN ON AND FILLED EXECUTIVE-LEVEL SALES AND MARKETING SEARCHES IN 2015. WORKING WITH CLIENTS NOW IN 5 TIME ZONES, ON THREE CONTINENTS, WE’RE CONSTANTLY STRETCHING OURSELVES TO GROW FURTHER AND RISING TO NEW OPPORTUNITIES. OUR GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE CORE VALUE HAS BEEN THE BIG INITIATIVE FOR 2015 AND WE ANTICIPATE BUILDING ON THAT VALUE IN 2016 TO FURTHER SERVE GLOBAL CLIENTS LOOKING TO SET UP OFFICES FOR THEIR FIRM IN LOS ANGELES.
FROM OUR BFG FAMILY TO YOURS, THANK YOU FOR BEING IN OUR LIVES. WE ARE TRULY BLESSED TO DO WHAT WE DO AND SERVE OUR CLIENTS EVERYDAY WITH THEIR UNIQUE SET OF CHALLENGES, ALLOWING US TO FIND THEM EXCEPTIONAL TALENT THAT ALLOWS THEM TO FULFILL THEIR BIG DREAMS.
HAVE A BEAUTIFUL AND FESTIVE HOLIDAY SEASON AND A
HAPPY NEW YEAR. MAY THE NEW YEAR BRING MEANINGFUL
CONNECTIONS THAT ALLOW HAPPINESS AND CAREER
DREAM BIG IN 2016!
Brett’s twins Ella and Ethan visit Dad on a recent trip to
Santa Monica over winter break (December 2015).
Brett’s twins Ella and Ethan ready in interview
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