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Colin Day

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Colin Day
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BornColin Day
🎓 Alma materCornell University (1997)
💼 Occupation
Known forFounder of iCIMS

Colin Day is an American businessman. He founded iCIMS in 1999 and is the company's CEO. iCIMS provides Software-as-a-Service job applicant tracking and management software solutions and in 2011 was recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in North America.[1][2] Day has contributed to numerous publications including Information Week, Employment Marketplace,[3] Human Resource Executive Online,[4]Human Capital Magazine, HRO Today, eScouter Recruitment Magazine, and U.S News & World Report.[5]

Education and early career[edit]

Colin Day graduated from Cornell University with a degree in psychology.[6]

After graduation, Day worked for Comrise Technology, a New Jersey-based IT staffing firm, in sales and business development. While working as a Comrise employee, Day opened a branch in Washington, D.C.[7][8]

iCIMS, inc.[edit]

In 1999, Day developed Comrise Technology's internally developed recruiting software as a web-based Applicant Tracking System (ATS).[9] Day has likened Software-as-a-Service, or SaaS, to the "pay-as-you-go culture of your local water utility: you turn on the tap and pay for what you drink, and let the water company worry about the pipes and filters."[10]

In 2000, iCIMS launched iRecruiter and targetted companies with between 500 to 10,000 employees.[7][11]


Finalist of NJBIZ’s 2011 Business of the Year in the Executive of the Year category

Finalists of the 2009 NJBIZ’s Green Leadership Awards in the Green Executive of the Year category[12]

Recognized as one of the most dynamic business leaders in NJBIZ’s 2008 Forty UNDER 40[13]

Named Ernst & Young’s 2007 Entrepreneur of the Year in the Information Technology Software category.[citation needed]

Rated one of the top 5 forward-thinking innovators in Fast Company's Fast 50 Readers Challenge.[14]

Recognized as 2005 Distinguished Industry Leader by ReedLogic Speaker Board[15]

Winner of Human Capital Magazine’s 2003 and 2005 Future HR Leader[16]


  1. "iCIMS - Hazlet, NJ The Inc.5000". Mansueto Ventures. Retrieved 27 October 2011.
  2. "Deloitte's 2010 technology Fast 500 Ranking" (PDF). Deloitte Development. Retrieved 27 October 2011.
  3. Day, Colin. "Automating Your Day: Saving Time and Money in Competitive Markets". EMinfo. Employment Marketplace. Retrieved 27 October 2011.
  4. Day, Colin (16 September 2009). "The Promise of SaaS". Human Resource Executive Online. LRP Publications. Retrieved 27 October 2011.
  5. "The 9 Best Tips for Submitting an Online Job Application".
  6. "CCMO E-News". Cornell Club of Monmouth/Ocean Counties. October 2009. Retrieved 27 October 2011.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Kutlik, Bill (8 March 2010). "What does iCIMS Actually Mean?". Human Resource Executive Online. LRP Publications. Retrieved 3 November 2011.
  8. "Colin Day, Executive Profile & Biography- Businessweek". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved 3 November 2011.
  9. "Untitled Page".[dead link]
  10. "Online Tools Can Cut HR Costs". NJBIZ. June 26, 2009.
  11. "iCIMS Company Overview". iCIMS. Retrieved 3 November 2011.
  12. Curtin, Thomas F. (June 2, 2009). "Green Leadership Awards". NJBIZ. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  13. "iCIMS' CEO, Colin Day, Named a "Forty Under 40" Award Winner". July 29, 2008. Retrieved 7 August 2016.
  14. "Fast 50: Reader Favorites". Fast Company. Mansueto Ventures. Retrieved 27 October 2011.
  15. "iCIMS President and CEO Recognized as Distinguished Industry Leader by ReedLogic Speaker Board". (Press release).
  16. "Human Capital Magazine Selects Two iCIMS Employees as Future HR Leaders Honorees Colin Day (President & CEO), Chris Bartholomew (CIO) earn prestigious honor from industry-leading HR publication". (Press release).

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