City man creates job search platform
TechHiring.com unites professionals and industries related to computer science, technology
David Hite knew he wanted to be a recruiter.
“I like to hunt down good talent. Getting people better jobs is very fulfilling,” said Hite, 46, of Hollidaysburg.
In 2004, after working in human resources for a company in Florida, he moved back home and started David Hite Executive Recruiting LLC, which he still operates today.
In his 12-year career, he has recruited more than 100 people for companies ranging in size from startups to Best Buy Corp.
However, Hite, a graduate of Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School and Penn State, decided he needed more options for recruiters to use.
So in 2012, he teamed up with a computer scientist originally from Altoona, Aubrey Alston, who recently graduated from Columbia University. Together they created TechHiring.com.
Hite serves as CEO, and Alston is chief technology officer.
“He has built the product website, written all the software code and supervises computer scientists and software engineers on writing code,” Hite said.
TechHiring.com is a job search platform for professionals in industries related to computer science and information technology.
“We operate by developing and introducing new technologies aiming to bring together companies, recruiters and candidates in ways which are more convenient, natural and efficient than is currently possible,” Hite said. “We are targeting technical recruiters at any corporate scale, small businesses, small to medium businesses, enterprise companies or any company that is hiring.”
Any company that needs computer science and IT people can use his product, Hite said.
TechHiring.com also works well for computer science and IT students looking for internships, graduates looking for full-time jobs and professionals looking for better suited jobs.
TechHiring.com’s tool is called the Talent Detective. More tools are under development.
“Talent Detective is a tool that recruiters may use to automatically field the skills and potential contact information of candidates encountered while looking for leads to fill positions online. Using this tool, even a name mentioned in an article may become for a recruiter a lead in the form of a passive candidate,” Hite said.
Alston calls it an automated search agent.
“Recruiters will generally browse various sites like LinkedIn to try to find viable candidates for open positions: the Talent Detective assists in this process by automatically and simultaneously searching multiple parts of the web with the goal of finding more information on potential candidates the recruiter comes across,” Alston said.
Several companies — including Allianz Life Insurance Co. of North America — are trying out the Talent Detective.
“Talent Detective is a great new easy to use product that recruiters can use to speed up the recruiting process. The tool quickly researches the public web to find contact information for potential hires. My company is considering using this tool in the future,” said Robert Reed, Allianz IT and marketing director.
In order for TechHiring .com to succeed, the platform has to concurrently execute two unique recruitment strategies, one for companies and one for individuals, Hite said. Companies can also post their jobs on the site for 30 days at a time online for candidates to apply directly.
The company does face some challenges.
“The biggest challenge is getting customers to use your product, getting known, getting your name out there,” Hite said.
“The biggest challenge facing the business is scale. The approaches we use at TechHiring are new and suited to the market, but the market itself is very saturated at the current time. In some ways, we simply aren’t large or loud enough (yet) to be able to distract potential users and customers from our better established competitors,” Alston said.
Both Hite and Alston are optimistic their venture will be successful.
“I feel really good about it. We plan to stimulate the economy and hire some people and create some jobs in the Altoona area, that is for sure,” Hite said.
“Our approach is new and our methods can definitely streamline the process of technical recruiting. We simply need enough traction to attract investment at a scale comparable to other businesses and start-ups, which have appeared recently with the goal of solving the same problems to facilitate marketing and development,” Alston said.
Officials of Ben Franklin Technology Partners, which invested $35,000 in TechHiring.com last summer, also are optimistic the venture will be successful.
“I think the challenge for TechHiring is that the market for software and automation in recruiting is rapidly evolving, with companies quickly adopting techniques or directions and then discarding them in favor of new ones,” said D. Brian Krier, Portfolio Manager for the Southern Alleghenies Region, Ben Franklin Technology Partners.
“This makes it difficult to develop a product offering. However, if he can weather these changes for the next six months or year, we have every confidence that he can be successful,” Krier said.
Mirror Staff Writer Walt Frank is at 946-7467.