Bird's Eye View: Spotting The Geospatial Experts From Afar

ROI Facts

  • 30+ candidates found in 10 days 
  • Agility in service to meet new demand 
  • Full capabilities to expand offering without new onboarding  
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What DZX Brought To The Table

  • Managed Services 
  • Recruiting Services

Degree of Difficulty

  • 8/10
  • Short timetable to hire 
  • Highly specific talent needed 
  • Difficult-to-locate talent 
  • Government clearances and testing required 

The Dilemma

A surprising win over a competitor, our client landed a big piece of business from the United States government for its services in geospatial processing – i.e. taking highly detailed aerial images of large chunks of area to evaluate the land for a multitude of uses. The only problem was they didn’t have enough pros in place to properly service the project…until our experts came along.


The Strategy

Headquartered in the Midwest, our client wouldn’t be able to easily find such talented individuals with very specific skills in their backyard. Not only that, but recruiters would need to sell these potential employees on moving to and working in the Midwest. Our team of experts scoured the country using its expertise and vast network to find 30-plus candidates for 25 openings in 10 days. Impressive results were achieved quickly and efficiently.


The Impact

Our work was “spot on” according to the client, and we couldn’t agree more. In a six-week timeframe to find, recruit, interview, and fill these roles, we met all project demands and had feet on the ground for the client onboarded and ready to jump in. Because of how successful we were in recruiting this talent, the client extended our relationship through the year for more ongoing projects.


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Geospatial Industry Fast Facts

$1.4 trillion in annual business savings provided by geospatial industry

35% annual growth rate in geospatial market 

$270 billion in annual industry revenue 

$90 billion+ paid in annual wages 


In today’s world of infinite data – both the big and the impossibly small – the old adage that a picture says a thousand words is not only inaccurate and underwhelming in the digital age, but should be thrown out of our vocabulary altogether.

A picture now provides more than a thousand words ever could, especially when it comes to geospatial image processing and planning. From the millions of pixels that show every minute detail of what makes a specific area of land usable (or unusable) to where potential challenges may lie and problems can be averted, geospatial image processing provides critical information to governmental agencies and commercial companies that feet on
the ground, land surveying, and search engine satellite images never could. And judging by the fact that the geospatial market is growing at a 35 percent annual rate, those who use this type of data most are realizing its importance as well.

Our client, a leader in the geospatial space, earned a surprising piece of business away from a competitor of theirs and didn’t have the talent on hand to handle such a project. In an environment where nimble is a necessity, this type of practice wasn’t at all uncommon. But instead of drying the shrinking well of resources available in the company’s own hiring department, they called on our experts for help. Previously working with the client in an
Managed Services capacity, we had a relationship with the client, knew its business, knew what types of talent they needed to hire, and went right to work.


Who Wants To Work There? 

The biggest problem in hiring these geospatial experts for our client was that they were in a big pond with very few fish. Located in a hub for geospatial experts and national mapping, there simply wasn’t much unemployed talent waiting to be employed in this Midwestern city. Less than a decade ago this region was saturated with geospatial engineers, but after budget cuts in the national mapping center forced cutbacks, most of the industry veterans
and recent grads were forced to look elsewhere for work.

So we sent our recruiters out on a mission to not only find these often young, highly skilled individuals, but to pitch them on the idea that relocating to the Midwest was the right decision for them. This was not exactly an easy task when most of the other jobs in the space were clustered in sunny Florida and stunning Colorado.

Since the client needed to get offers out and employees onboarded in six to eight weeks, our team of recruiters used all of the tools and resources it had in its cavalry, including social media, job boards, direct calling, ads and more, to pull together a group of qualified candidates in less than two weeks.


Acting As A Client's Compass

As a partner with the client in another capacity, we had the benefit of knowing the client’s business and its needs almost as well as they did. Because of our versatility of services, diverse expertise and ability to adjust to fit specific needs within an organization’s varying specialties, succeeding on this project was practically a given. Our experts met with project leaders in one afternoon and had a dedicated five-person recruitment team up and running,
making calls, and posting jobs just two hours later. We take pride in our consistent agility.

Looking for individuals with two to five years of experience who had specific familiarity of governmental geospatial imaging or other similarly high-detail work, searching needed to be strategic and quick. Considering many candidates would need to relocate to a different area of the country for the position, that cost would need to be figured into each and every piece of outreach as well.

Because of our expertise, our dedicated talent acquisition team shared more submittals and candidate activity than ever before – tripling what the client’s recruiters had previously provided over three months prior to working with us. In a timeframe of less than 10 days, we gathered 50 plus candidates for 25 openings. And because of the unique nature of this market, 90 percent of the candidates we found were from outside this Midwestern city.

Now, months after the delivery of a full list of employees, the client’s own recruiting team is able to focus resources on other projects and less time-sensitive hiring needs. To date, each of the individual’s we found for the project has remained with the client. The reduction of employee turnover to zero has allowed our client to maintain full momentum with their own clients, enriching those relationships by producing consistent high quality work.

Our relationship with the client in this capacity continues, ready for whatever new project, enhanced capability or growth opportunity is thrown our way. Whether the request is 1,000 mechanics to build a plane engine, or 10 engineers to translate photographs taken from a plane, our dedicated teams will be there to get you what is needed. Short term or long term, ASAP or in a year, we’ll be there.


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