Our Pick & Pack Position Now Starts at $15/hr

We recently bumped the starting pay for the pick & pack job in our warehouse from $14/hr to $15/hr (for reference, the New York State minimum wage is currently at $12.50, and the Federal Minimum Wage is $7.25). Like many small businesses right now, we’re finding hiring a challenge. It’s a bizarre job market for a variety of reasons, and making this change has already helped us land a quality employee. But it’s also more than that. $15 is something that I think we all… Continue reading


T-Shaped People

A few weeks ago Mark left a comment with a link to video game maker Valve’s company handbook.  That triggered my memory of a NY Times piece profiling them back in September that had garnered quite a bit of attention because of Valve’s “flat” organization (there are no managers) and 100% time (employees can work on whatever they want, kind of like Google’s 20% time…except all the time). Curious to learn more, I then sat down with my iPad and read the whole employee handbook. … Continue reading


From Applicants to Making a Hire

Sit back and relax because this is going to be a LONG post 🙂 Again I’ll pick up right where I left off at the end of Attracting Quality Job Applicants. At this point we had crafted our job application to act as a natural filter by making the application process take a little thought, and we had promoted the posting using our sites and social media accounts, the career center websites at local colleges, LinkedIn, and Craigslist. Reviewing the Applications Pretty quickly applicants started… Continue reading


Attracting Quality Job Applicants

Picking up where I left off at the end of Why Most Hiring Processes Suck, the primary philosophical difference between our hiring process and most traditional hiring processes is that we want to first assess a candidate’s aptitude at performing the skills required for the job prior to conducting any interviews or making any job offers. For some jobs this is easier than others. Developers, for example, can be evaluated by their prior work and/or by giving them a small sample project to complete. A… Continue reading


Why Most Hiring Processes Suck

My partners and I are all too familiar with a “traditional” hiring process. We’ve all been on both sides of the fence – as the applicant and the one doing the hiring, for companies small and large, for companies old and new. The common theme amongst us was that every hiring process we’ve been through has sucked. So we set out to do something about it. While it’s impossible to pick the right person 100% of the time, we sought out anything we could do… Continue reading


Welcome Reece & Bobby to the Pure Adapt Team!

We’re extremely excited to be welcoming two new full-time members to the Pure Adapt family. In September we set out to hire a “Sales, Marketing, and Customer Support Specialist” for Detailed Image. We recently made an offer to our leading candidate Reece for this position. He accepted and is scheduled to start in January. Reece is a recent graduate of St. Rose college. He handled everything we threw at him exceptionally (and believe me, we didn’t make things easy on our applicants). He’s also a… Continue reading


New Pure Adapt Site and…We’re Hiring!

Over the years we’ve unfortunately neglected the PureAdapt.com website. Aside from changing a few bits of information, we hadn’t updated the design since the 2008 redesign. For better or worse there’s always been something more important to work on, and the old site got the job done, so we just left it. However, as we started to discuss our hiring plan, we realized that the Pure Adapt website all of a sudden became a more important piece of the puzzle. We needed something that showcased… Continue reading