eading this on your off time, but if you have not added renewable energy into your portfolio, I think after reading this article you might want to consider it at least as a potential growth area. For the quick spin, look at page 13 and I think you will see why I brought this to attention with the Midwest Recruiters.
Some other research I've done strongly points out that we've also got to figure out a way to distribute the energy from one location to the others that need it. (in the utility industry, this is what we are calling the Transmissions department) As you see on the map, there is some distance where you build the wind turbine and where you send the energy and right now we have to figure out something that will allow it to transfer without losing it's power strength. (Personally I think maybe if they could set up some storage locations and pump the energy in short distances and store then somehow build up it's strength and shoot it out to another station until it reaches the area that needs the energy) Another thought is if we could build some storage device on a truck/train and transport it without losing it's level - maybe sun panels on top of the truck/train to keep the levels up during transportation to the storage location. I've got too many spikes going on in my head right now ;-) Feel free to contact me if you think you want to get serious about this sector of the business. IMO we are going to have to work together to make this a successful venture because I think if the new gov't signs onto this as it looks like they will, this is going to be a big trough everyone is going to line up to feed out of and it will be very competitive to find talent.
*NOTE* I've only researched this about 2 -3 weeks seriously so far and made about 25 calls to potential clients and I should know next week if I get 2 of them signed up to work with me. One COO told me they had already hired 10 people from a firm this year they were working with and they are a smaller player in the market. Now take that figure and x 3-5 decent sized clients and I think you would have a good book of business going for you. You could go the way of Wind/Solar/Water for renewable and there are a huge number of areas to expand your services (Engineering, Transmission, Construction, Proj.Mgmt, Technology, Regulatory, Science and much, much more)
Summary - If you have doubts about this sector of business, turn on your TV or read a newspaper, it's spoken/written of daily - but think about where the energy came from for you to be able to read this ;-) Enjoy…
. With that in mind, I’m in favor of using every media, medium that is available to me to get the message out that my company is here, and it’s great and we are hiring! I think people get “tired of it” when there is nothing going on; but social media activity has a life cycle like anything else, so if you’re tired of it, don’t’ worry. It will spark up again.
I also think that each (FaceBook, Twitter) has a separate demographic, and audience that works well for social media. So for larger companies, with jobs throughout the country, and globally, the social media is an excellent and inexpensive way of getting the message out about your firm, what it has to offer, and draw in interested candidates from a wide range of experience and locations. The ROI on having a social media presence when compared to the cost of TV advertising, newspaper ads, I think is invaluable. Also, with most of the media sites, you have the ability to upload videos, have interactive chats, and serve as the “informational interview” for not one or two potential candidates, but thousands.
For smaller companies, it really works well to show that even though you are small, you still keep up with what is going on in the world around you, especially in the area of technology. Few companies today are not affected in some way by what goes on in the area of technology. Also, due to the low/no overhead, the small companies can compete for candidates just as well as the big ones.
I’ll even go so far as to say that in the long run, having a social media presence will be the same as having a listed phone number, or business address; someone will get the idea to make the FaceBook/Twitter, etc a required part of the package of articles of incorporation, that comes with a certificate, license, (i.e. you’re not really in business without them).
Finally, I'm predicting (She dons a black pointed hat) that the Twitter technology will be added to FaceBook (I think it kind of is already) and Twitter will go away; MySpace will merge with Face Book and be free for individuals, but charge a scaled rate for corporate accounts, (with the advent of cloud computing) which will include a dedicated webmaster, a certain number of pod casts, web meetings, e-mail accounts, and feeds, etc.
Great question and comments!