How One Recruiter Hires for Digital Entertainment

VonChurch Recruitment
Employees at VonChurch’s San Francisco office work with companies and job seekers by phone, computer and in person.

Alex Churchill can sum up his firm’s recruiting strategy in four words: “Go deep, not wide.”

Churchill, founder and CEO of San Francisco-based VonChurch, overseas a five-year-old digital entertainment recruiting firm. Last year, over 51 percent of the people it placed at digital music, film, TV and video game companies were in engineering.

In a recent interview with Dice News, Churchill discussed not only his firm but what job seekers need to know about working with recruiters and the view his clients have about hiring those in their 40s and beyond.

Digging through the Database

VonChurch has a database with over 60,000 potential job seekers through which its employees in San Francisco, New York and Berlin search to fill the 300 to 400 jobs they are trying to fill on any given day. But Churchill notes that not every person in the database may land a job. Some job seekers may require work in a particular city, with a certain type of technology and schedule.

“I may not have something for them today, next week or next month, but I will build a relationship with that person and get to know them,” he says. “So, when the perfect job comes in, I can say, ‘John, I got this role for you and I know what you are looking for.’”

4 Responses to “How One Recruiter Hires for Digital Entertainment”

  1. wardgn

    While colleges and universities should remain relevant, companies should not rely on them for just-in-time sourcing needs (read Capelli’s “Why Good People Can’t Get Jobs: The Skills Gap and What Companies Can Do About It”). Many “un-young” do work to retool themselves but are frustrated by their employers lack of support of company or self-supplied training.

    About values — What about an inclusive workplace as opposed to a country club? Does everyone have to get drunk on Friday?

  2. Interesting video clip. Alex’s age analysis isn’t complete.
    Company’s HR start targeting age 40 as a no go. Big issue is
    health care. The idea is, when you get older your going
    have more health problems. These companys are in for a
    shock. The EEOC has launched multiple investigations

  3. BambiB

    So the reason 45-year-olds are not employable is because they don’t like to get drunk, sleep under their desk and may have a dog or a family?

    These companies deserve to fail… and most of them will.

    • Tony de Sousa

      Keep in mind he did say this about startups. Not every compnay in tech is a startup, some are pretty mature ( Oracle, SAP, Cisco, Brocade, etc …) these companies have different values than startups. If I were over 35 i would not waste my time trying to get hired by a startup. I would be targetting mature companies like a bank or telecom company.