BWBacon Stories Of Recruiting– Going The Extra Mile

Posted on March 23, 2020 by .

When we face any kind of adversity, it’s important to have strong values to fall back on and remind us to keep moving forward. Years ago, when BWBacon was gaining its footing in the Denver tech scene, our team sat down together and brainstormed our values. We established our company’s purpose and our mission of making recruiting a creative and rewarding experience.

We connected thoughtful expressions to our values of openness, enthusiasm, honesty, and authenticity that help keep us on track. They allow us to reflect on being better recruiters, team players, and human beings. Fast forward a few years, and we still rely heavily on these values to guide us and find lessons learned from our shared experiences.

In our world of connecting people, the stories of growing companies and lasting partnerships are overflowing. We’ve had our fair share of struggle and strife as well.  That’s why we’re launching our very first Blog Post Series with BWB Stories of Recruiting.

Inspiration For BWB’s Stories Of Recruiting

We’ve all had those moments where you question everything about how you got here. Whether that ending is positive or negative, you might wonder what series of events led to that truly unexpected ending. That’s exactly what we want to explore with BWB Stories of Recruiting, all of the takeaways from this crazy ride.

Ultimately, we hope sharing our experiences can give you a good laugh, a moment to reflect, or a lesson learned.  All names and details have been altered to protect the privacy of our candidates and clients.  Each month we’ll spin a tale of recruiting, stories that made us laugh, struggle and sweat, or feel immense gratitude.

Going The Extra Mile

Many years ago, our team was working on an support-level help desk role. After not entirely finding the right people for the role, a member of our team stumbled upon a talented developer from out of state, John. He was eager to move to Colorado and start forming a new life, as he was going through an extended period of struggle and underemployment.

Despite his hardships, he did exceptionally well during the interview process and received an offer from a company here in Denver. John was stoked, we were stoked, but it wasn’t the end of the story.

While making logistical arrangements of when John would start, the team started sensing hesitation and something adrift in his communications. Surprised by this quick turnaround, we soon discovered that John had run extremely low on funds during the interview process. He barely had enough money for the transportation to get to Colorado.

Following Through

Seeing that the skillset was there and that he had already gone through a rigorous interview process, our recruiter felt compelled to see it through. We managed to help John get a bus ticket out to Denver, and picked him up at Union Station. In partnership with his new company, we helped him find housing near work and get his feet on the ground in order to start the job.

In this circumstance, something stronger than money swayed a member of our team to go above and beyond for this person. John’s good heart and personality inspired us all to help him get to Denver and start a new path. Being in a position where you can truly help someone is rewarding in itself, and seeing this opportunity through taught us that talent is talent regardless of situation.

This story resounds with us now more than ever. In times of hardship, feeling a sense of responsibility to lift up others reveals our true character and how we will make it through these challenging times. Going the extra mile for someone invigorates our community and brings the kind of hope we all need.


Here at BWBacon Group, we know and live what you are experiencing as an employer or job seeker in Denver, Boulder, Dallas, San Francisco, New York City or any of the other cities we work in. We believe great recruiting starts and ends with understanding people.

If you have any questions about living, working or playing any of the areas we serve, please contact us. We are happy to help. Seize the day, every day, that’s what we say!

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