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We've had the pleasure of telling the stories of some of the world's most iconic brands. Here are some of those stories.

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Our production lite offering enables brands to professionally produce authentic emplyee generated content. We help brands curate and produce more stories more often and empower global brands to rapidly localize brand stories around the world.

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Case Study

Activating and localizing an employer brand across the globe, with employee-generated stories.

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Case Study

Activating and localizing an employer brand across the globe, with employee-generated stories.

The Opportunity

​Our friends at Thermo Fisher are some of the most innovative Talent Acquisition professionals we know. Before it became the new normal, their team recognized that by 2020 (this year!), 80% of internet traffic would consist of video. They knew they needed to integrate video into their employer brand strategy to lead that change

Thermo Fisher has locations all over the globe, working on everything from Life Sciences to Analytical Instruments to Laboratory Products. Their mission: To enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer, comes to life within the context of the location and jobs at each facility.

What we Created

Thermo Fisher chose a mix of Full Production and Production Lite video engagements. For some projects, our team came on site with cameras to film, for other projects the teams used our Video Kit to capture stories. This fulfilled their need for local content, and fit within a scalable budget to roll out across dozens of locations from Tijuana, to Brno to Singapore. These videos were featured on recruiting micro-sites, in advertising and to infuse local hiring teams with content about their specific location.

Impact

The video below (also a Skill Scout production!) shares the impact of Thermo Fisher’s achievements activating their employer brand globally. They rose to the #2 most viewed company in their industry on Glassdoor, reached over 100M job seekers with their videos and social content, and have 3 times the level of engagement on their career sites as their peers.

Our Team

CEO // CO-FOUNDER

ELENA VALENTINE

Elena is an expert in leveraging video stories in the workplace. With the motto “you cannot be what you cannot see” Elena started filming jobs as a way to get young people excited about the world of work. Since then, her team at Skill Scout has since built a world class media company. Their films have helped clients like Nike and American Airlines engage candidates and employees alike. She was recently named “HR Superhero of the Year” by DisruptHR Chicago. She is also the co-founder of Mezcla Media Collective. A non-profit that elevates women filmmakers of color. Next up for Elena and her team is the Humans@Work documentary series that shares stories of people who find passion and meaning in their work.

CFO // CO-FOUNDER

ABBY CHEESMAN

Workplace storyteller and IO Psychologist, Abby spends her days leading the team to bring jobs to life on video. Every workplace has a story to tell, and Abby helps tell those stories to attract the right candidates for the job. Abby really geeks out on: new media (360, VR, POV videos, silent storytelling), data & analytics, product development for Skill Scout's DIY Video app and client happiness.

ChIEF CREATIVE OFFICER

NATE BROWN

Nate gives leadership to Skill Scout’s production and operational efforts. He’s responsible for ensuring our video process is not only delivering high quality videos but also delivering videos that are effective in achieving our client’s objectives. He also gives creative leadership to our workplace film initiatives and production lite video product development. When he’s not working on Skill Scout projects you'll likely find him shooting narrative projects or geeking out over the latest big tech business acquisition.

Lead Producer

CAROLINE OLSEN

Caroline is one of Skill Scout’s lead producers, using her natural curiosity and organizational skills to discover stories and bring them to life through video. She enjoys the challenge of dipping between a creative and operational mindset to produce documentary-style workplace stories. She came into the video world from her work in journalism and photography and remains inspired by the power of visual storytelling.

Lead Producer

NICK HILL

Always captivated by the sights, sounds and musical scores of film, Nick has been moved from an early age on the power video and film can have in telling a story. The relationship between music and film is what pushed Nick to explore a life behind the camera and as a video editor. As a musician, he figured the two walked hand in hand. As he developed his skills in videography and editing through his YouTube channel and working with local musicians, bands and businesses, he felt he could lend his hand to telling deeper, more human-driven stories. Nick states, “I’ve had the opportunity to learn so much, meet so many amazing humans and to assist in telling their stories through the work they do. It’s been nothing short of a privilege to do so as part of the Skill Scout team.”

Director of Photography // Production Lite Producer

BRIANNA DORN

Having a passion for creating, Brianna is one of Skill Scout’s Lead editors and a Director of Photography. Her background and interest in utilizing film to tell stories led her to Skill Scout, where she has been able to explore this medium in a new way. She excited to continue growing in this field through her work.

Lead Editor

JASON GIRARD

Jason is passionate about all realms of storytelling; whether that be through visual mediums, creative writing, or music composition. Being an integral part of Skill Scout’s team for over 2 years has helped Jason grow into a more mature filmmaker; able to mix his child-like sense of wonder with the real-world themes Skill Scout likes to tackle. Some hobbies of Jason's include competitive volleyball, lifting weights, and cooking in order to stay healthy and active when not staring into the abyss of editing software.

Social Media Content Producer // Photographer

JOEL GONZALEZ

As content producer and creator, Joel supports the creative element and development of Skill Scout. His passion for storytelling fuels his craft and work. Joel is a visual storyteller and it is this flow that serves as the template for his photography and content creation. Joel also supports Skill Scout’s social media element as well as serves as a lead photographer throughout projects.

Our Story

Our story began on the shores of the Baltimore Harbor in 2011. There, lies a small, humming woodshop filled with young people. They are learning valuable lessons beyond bandsaws, lathes, and drill presses. These young adults were after a fresh start to their lives, and exposure to a world outside of their neighborhoods. One that supported them in seeking and securing viable career paths.

But the problem was, job descriptions don’t show what a job is like. And, you cannot be what you cannot see. The opportunity became clear. It’s hard to know what a job is all about if you’ve never done it before and your window inside of it is a list of bullet points on a job description. The dynamic, human spirit of work is missing there. We saw an opportunity to use the power of video storytelling to expose young people to the world of work. And, provide them the chance to decide whether that kind of work was a good fit. With that in mind, we started filming jobs - featuring a “day in the life” of the person doing the work. We saw it as our mission to help make more meaningful workplace connections through the power of film.

Six years later, we have built a media company that some of the world’s biggest brands entrust with sharing their stories on video. What remains, is our commitment to capturing and sharing authentic stories of the workplace. Stories that attract and engage candidates and employees alike. Stories that show the humanity of work. Whether you’re a small manufacturing shop in the suburbs of Illinois or household brand like Nike, American Airlines, or McDonalds. You have a unique story to tell about your company and the people behind it. And, it would be our privilege to help you tell it.

Creed

We exist to capture the humanity of all work. Everyone has a story of work and why it’s meaningful. And, it’s our job as workplace documentarians to capture those stories with humility, reverence, and curiosity.