Chicago-based technology employer gave free lunches to area’s most in-demand tech talent, to help grow company’s new Loop headquarters
Chicago, IL – January 23, 2012 – (RealEstateRama) — HomeFinder.com, Chicago-based digital real estate search site, recently partnered with a local food truck to offer free lunch to the area’s most in-demand developers, marketers and sales professionals, in exchange for checking out opportunities at a self-proclaimed “grown-up startup.” The event kicked off HomeFinder.com’s 2013 recruitment efforts and provided lunch recipients a glimpse into the company’s creative thinking and fun culture.
“Tech recruitment in Chicago is tough and many companies are fighting for the same great talent, so it’s important to differentiate from the competition. Partnering with a food truck is something new to our market and our goal was to stand out to Chicago’s tech-focused job seekers as a company that is creative, innovative and stable,” said Doug Breaker, president and CEO. “We hope job seekers see us a company that is willing to invest in finding the right talent in a non-traditional way.”
Duck N Roll food truck, stationed at 600 West Chicago during lunch time on January 8, 2013, displayed a flag that said, “Hungry for a New Job?” Hungry job seekers had the opportunity to meet with Breaker and Senior Management team members and received a lunch bag packed with their free lunch and a menu of open positions.
“In a tough job market, it’s so refreshing to see a company like HomeFinder.com think outside the box to promote their open job positions,” said Amy Le, owner of Duck N Roll. “Partnering with food trucks is a creative way for companies to showcase their personality and allows them to go straight to the perspective candidates instead of waiting for them to come to you. And who doesn’t love free food?”
HomeFinder.com spun out from Classified Ventures, LLC in 2009, moved out of Classified Ventures’ Loop offices in December 2012 and is now re-establishing itself in a new 17,785-square-foot space in Chicago’s historic Civic Opera Building (20 N. Wacker Drive). As the company continues to make its mark on both Chicago’s tech community and the digital real estate space, its new corporate headquarters will offer the opportunity to further expand its business within the real estate community and hire more Chicagoans.
“As we steadily grow and improve our digital product offerings, HomeFinder.com’s goal is to build our current talent pool and continue to attract the best of Chicago’s Internet community,” said Breaker. “Our new headquarters will provide us with the vessel to continue to grow.”
HomeFinder.com invests in its employees, by offering a 401K match that is 100% vested the day employees start contributing – different from the stock options many startup employee are offered. While startup employees rarely see payout from stock options, HomeFinder.com’s vested 401K program gives its employees real cash.
“Many of our employees are “startup refugees” and were attracted to HomeFinder.com for the opportunities, a stable business model, fair pay, great bonuses and work/life balance,” said Breaker.
HomeFinder.com embodies the best of what an Internet company can offer its employees: a startup feel with solid funding, strong management and a clear roadmap. The digital real estate search site has survived more than a decade of real estate cycles and Internet bubbles, and is now thriving in Chicago’s tech community. To view HomeFinder.com’s career opportunities, visit HomeFinder.com/careers.
HomeFinder.com is a leading online real estate search site and provider of strategic digital marketing solutions. 3.4 million visitors each month gain access to almost 4 million online real estate listings. The 20,000 real estate agents that comprise the HomeFinder.com advertising network utilize a unique suite of product offerings; including a patent pending Single Property Website. Through a national affiliate network of 375 online newspaper partners, HomeFinder.com is the only real estate search site to also provide relevant listing content to homebuyers through local online newspaper portals.
HomeFinder.com is owned jointly by three leading media companies, Gannett Co. Inc. (NYSE: GCI), The McClatchy Co. (NYSE: MNI) and Tribune Co., and is an affiliated company of Classified Ventures, LLC, which owns and operates three leading online businesses: Apartments.com, Cars.com and HomeGain.com.