Contributed by: Erin Jacobs, VP-Marketing, Jobscience  

It’s award season, and not just for Hollywood. Jobscience is taking home the gold. This morning we announced we won the coveted Brandon Hall Gold Award for Excellence in the Talent Acquisition Technology category.

Social networking is a game-changer for recruiting and will continue to impact the way entire organizations are built. Companies that leverage the social connections of their employees will be the market leaders of the future because of their ability to attract skilled talent while they are passively searching for jobs and engage them before the competition. At Jobscience we approach talent acquisition like customer acquisition and turn recruiting into a marketing exercises. We’re helping our customers create ‘employment brands’ and tap into the leading social networks as well as their internal connections – to create talent pools. These talent pools empower you to quickly access and acquire the top talent in the market.

The Jobscience Recruiting application, built on, leverages customer relationship management (CRM) concepts, workflows, and best practices, which enable companies to gain, retain and grow employees through the full TRM lifecycle for talent optimization. Whether a company is sourcing talent for future growth plans, actively filling open positions, or managing rehires, the CRM approach of creating and managing a pipeline of talent in a searchable and active database is the key to a closed-loop talent strategy that creates a 360 degree view of the employee lifecycle.

“2011 provided us with a unique viewpoint of how organizations are driving business results and performance improvement through technology,” said Mike Cooke, CEO of Brandon Hall Group. “This was the year in which technology providers and their clients have been able to transform the power of mobile, social, talent, learning, sales and marketing technologies, with proven, validated results. Most impressive to our judges was an underlying theme around collaborative relationships, a deep understanding of client needs and how technology can be leveraged to create opportunities and operating efficiencies for organizations of all sizes. I am proud to announce these first-rate solution providers as award winners in the most competitive year yet.”

A panel of veteran, independent senior judges evaluated the entries along with Brandon Hall Group’s industry expert analysts and leadership. We are honored to receive this award.

Great work Jobscientists!

Rachel Cooke

Chief Operating Officer Rachel Cooke Rachel is responsible for business operations including overseeing client services, research events and project management. Prior to joining Brandon Hall Group, Rachel was the Chief Operating Officer Co-founder of AC Growth. Rachel has over 15 years of experience in sales, marketing, business development, and sales performance management. Prior to AC Growth, she held several senior management roles and was on the leadership team at Bersin & Associates, a pioneer analyst firm in e-learning and now industry leading HR and talent Research Company. In her Senior Director role, Rachel developed the strategy and led the commercial execution of the solution provider vertical, and grew the vertical into the company’s largest market segment. In her role as Director of Sales, Rachel developed and led a team of senior account executives focused on acquiring global strategic accounts. Rachel was solely responsible for developing key business relationships with over ninety companies including industry icons, such as: Adidas, Hewlett-Packard, Toyota, Oracle, Starbucks, Avnet, Boeing, Kaiser Permanente, Safeway Inc., Wells Fargo, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Clorox and Affiliated Computer Services. Rachel began her career in the banking, media and hospitality industries. In these industries, Rachel held several key senior management and executive sales positions. Rachel received a BA in social science and interdisciplinary studies with honors from Florida Atlantic University. Rachel continued her postgraduate education by completing a series of executive management education courses from American Management Association.