How I recruited a Rockstar Lead Developer in 3 weeks with Visage

It’s no secret, finding a good developer is a heck of a complicated and tedious task. When we raised our last round, I found myself in the situation of using our own platform to find a kickass lead developer with a very short timing. Although I built the platform from scratch, I only relied on metrics and users feedback to know if it was any good… Not only I found a great engineer but I nailed the hiring in 3 weeks.

Here is my use case on how our developer search went and what made it successful.

Numbers, numbers everywhere

First of all, I registered as an employer on our own platform. I posted a job in minutes like on any job board (but it is not). I did two important things though:

  • In the job description talked only about our values, the challenges we want to overcome and the perks of working with us IN THAT ORDER
  • I answered to very specific questions of what would be the ideal candidate. I needed a kickass lead developer used to work with the classic MEAN stack, a quick learner, a great team player etc. I am synthesising but it was way more specific than that, I know I could afford it because Visage was gonna look at hundreds of candidates for me.
  • I was provided with 10 developer profiles as a sample. Some were OK some were not, took me 10 minutes to approve the 4 I liked out of the sample to clarify my search.

Here is what I saw 48 hours after :

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  • 9 recruiters submitted candidates on my job opening
  • 248 profiles were submitted by our freelance recruiters
  • 63 profiles were approved by an actual developer for my job opening

All these 63 perfect fit were provided with a “call for interview” email that I previously prepared specifically for them. In the meantime, I was able to review their profile on the app. Here is how the email campaign went:

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After gathering their commitment, the app automatically provided me with the best 15 interested and suitable candidates, I interviewed 10 of them. The most difficult part was to know which one I was gonna make an offer to because I had 4 really good candidates. I hired 1 and kept in touch with 2 others that I will surely contact when we raise money again.

Conclusion

No one can say if I could have made a better hire. But what I know from experience is that it’s the first time that I had the feeling to “be lucky” 4 times in a row. Interviewing 4 people that share the same values as us, that are exactly doing what we need and have the right experience.

And seeing the process I can tell it has nothing to do with luck, it’s all about numbers and people skills.

  1. There were 9 recruiters250 profiles involved in the search on every possible medium over dozens of countries.
  2. All these profiles were reviewed by a developer that understood my requirements for this job and it allowed him to pick the most suitable candidates.
  3. I only talked to people that understood my challenges and requirements for this job. I was able to show them the true nature of the company and by being handpicked, they saw the interest I had in their profile.
  4. All of that in 3 weeks,  my cost per hire was ridiculously low, and I have 2 other good interested developers ready to join me next.

Of course, I could say that if it worked really well for me it doesn’t prove that it works all the time. But I really believe that this is nothing magic, just a smart process that can work for every case. It’s just about dispatching the right job to the right recruiters and expert. And this is something that our machine learning algorithm is already training for 😉 .

Why recruiters quit their day jobs to freelance with Visage? Testimonials from our top recruiters

17% of recruiters worldwide are freelancer or independent. The trend has accelerated dramatically in the recent years with millennials in pursuit of more flexible work arrangements. Visage, a crowdsource recruiting platform is surfing on this trend to revolutionise the way recruitment is done. See how here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3vIM_sXHgE

Visage now counts 1,000+ Freelance recruiters earning cash referring candidates for hundreds of employers. Unlike all the other recruitment referral schemes, Visage pays for every suitable candidate submitted on the platform. No more waiting for the remote possibility your candidate gets the job.

Refer candidates today, get paid instantly (not on success).

Our top recruiters make $500 a week. It represents a constant source of revenue for them. They manage their time and make money leveraging on their recruiting ability and network. These are their testimonials:


Aleksandra S. — Recruit for Visage since Mars 2016

“The recruiter has to be very focused, detail oriented and to perform meticulous scan of the cv”

1. What is your Personal background?

I have been working as a recruitment and staff selection manager for more than 8 years. My field of interest is mainly hospitality and tourism industry but I have also dealt with selecting various positions in the IT, youth counselling, administration, storage, casino, sales, entertainment etc. departments.

2. Why do you work with us?

I love finding the best person for the right position. The responsibility of the recruiter in finding the most qualified staff for a company influences the future operations and success of a company as well the personal life of the selected candidates. Visage provides the possibility for people to find their dreams come true job and I am happy that I can contribute to it.

3. What is your experience so far?

Working for Visage has been exciting and challenging. The recruiter has to be very focused, detail oriented and to perform meticulous scan of the cv in order to be certain that candidates meet the position requirements. It is a real pleasure when the validated candidates confirm their interest in the job offer and they are looking forward to the new professional opportunity. The successful match making outcome is very rewarding and I love the fact that I have contributed to a successful business story.


Dawood N. — Recruit for Visage since Oct 2015

“It is an awesome opportunity to make extra income and that too with uncapped potential of earnings.”

1. What is your Personal background?

I am a Recruitment Professional with 9 years plus diversified experience of managing complete recruitment cycle, account management and business development in local and international markets. With hands-on experience of recruiting for vertical sectors such as Real Estate, Information Technology, Oil & Gas and Telecommunications, I have worked with Middle East ( KSA, UAE and Qatar ), UK and USA markets. I have got exposure of working with the market leaders in their respective industries, few of my prestigious clients were Q-Tel ( Qatar ), Du Telecom ( UAE ), Visionet Systems ( USA ), Nasco ( UAE ), Sainsbury ( UK ), American International Group and British American Tobacco

2. Why do you work with us?

Visage is future of recruitment with a unique concept of working with freecruirters. Hundreds of specialized recruiters within their respective fields work simultaneously on an open position and use their diverse skill set to engage the most appropriate talent in market.

3. What is your experience so far?

Visage makes me learn every day, they are a team of superstars to work with. It is an awesome opportunity to make extra income and that too with uncapped potential of earnings.


Artcher S. — Recruit for Visage since Jan 2016

“they pay a competitive rate for each candidate referral and I get paid every week.”

1. What is your Personal background?

I am a graduate of BS Psychology way back 2012 and used to work in Manila for a year as an HR, after that, I move to Dammam, Saudi Arabia in 2013 and worked as an HR Assistant until May 2015.I have passion in recruitment as it allows me to discover more about the resources of people and variety of jobs available in market.

2. Why do you work with us?

I work with visage because they pay a competitive rate by referral, depending on performance delivered every week. Also, the opportunity to work with experts is really great.

3. What is your experience so far?

I am having a great experience with experts. I like it when you communicate by email instead of phone. I realised in my experience that we can be connected virtually. I feel my success rate is improving every week. Experts are really great and how they interact, also, the response for each query is answered immediately.

Post a job here, hire a rockstar for $990

Announcing the 1.11 release !

 

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Today we released the new version of the Visage platform ! It has been quite an intensive week for our engineering team to bring the best possible experience for our clients and our amazing recruiters community.

Here is the list of main features that have been shipped with this new version:

 

  • Employers
    • Social profiles : We integrate with FullContact. Which means for every candidates we pick for you, you will be provided with all their social medias public infos such as the LinkedIn account or Twitter account if available. Also, if made public you will see the profile picture of the candidates
    • Enhanced job posting experience : To help our customers understand their needs for their job openings, we worked a lot on the job posting feature. Instead of a long boring form we now ask you only the essential key points that will help our recruiters to find the most suitable candidates for you. We leverage on Typeform to give you the best possible User experience. We also removed a lot of steps from the process to make it quicker for you.

Continue reading “Announcing the 1.11 release !”

Job-hopping; is it the new normal?

overcoming-job-hoppingJob hopping; what are our thoughts?  Well, quite honestly, it used to be something that would raise a red flag on your CV. However, recently we’ve learned that it’s not so uncommon or frowned upon anymore; and we’ve got our hands in 2 very different markets!

So, what are the reasons that loyalty behaviour is shifting?  It could be the dramatic increase in start-ups. They either win or fail right, and evidently- so do their employees- right?  So, we decided to have a look and find out factors are making this the new normal.

Money: people say you should never make a decision based on money alone, but if you’re chasing a quick bump up; some may think a job change is the way to do it.  In our opinion, culture and work environment should be given more priority.

Career growth: a lot of people are driven by development and seek roles that will provide them that opportunity.  Many companies struggle to communicate development plans effectively.  That’s not to say they don’t exist, but it does mean that if you don’t convey the importance of career growth to employees, some may jump the gun and leave.

Candidates want to be as fast-paced and adaptable as the industry they work in.  If things are ever changing and evolving, employees feel they want to move on to bigger and better.

We are an ‘impatient generation’.  Staying with a particular company for your whole career is not something you see much of anymore.  People have become impatient and want to see a faster return on the investment of their time- which is not necessarily a good thing.

We’re not advocating job-hopping, nor are we saying that it’s completely disappeared as something recruiters look out for.  We’re just saying that if you’re contemplating a job change, make sure it’s for the right reasons.  Consider culture, your peers, the leadership team, the opportunity for you to learn and whether or not you believe in their product.

Have you recruited the best or just the best who applied?

Passive candidates make up 75% of the talent market

Passive candidates are the ones who don’t apply for jobs but would ultimately consider a job opportunity if it represents a good career move. They typically have an updated LinkedIn profile and wait for a recruiter to contact them with the job of their dream.

At Visage, we believe companies should spend 75% of their resources to hunt passive talent when recruiting. Passive candidates indeed make up 75% of the talent market. They are also of higher quality for a number of reasons: a) they know they can wait to be contacted by a recruiter b) they are less likely to be job hoppers, and c) your job offer won’t compete with 10 others.

So how do I engage with this passive talent? They are not applying for jobs. They are not responding to Inmail on Linkedin. Before Visage, the only way was to scout LinkedIn (send invitations) or engage a headhunter who will reach out to them on your behalf. Those methods are either time consuming or pricey.

This is why we came up with the idea of having a crowd or recruiters sourcing talent for our client’s job openings. Our goal was to be the platform used to find talent instantly across all roles, levels and geographies.

Employers post a job and get a highly curated list of passive candidates. It costs $250 if they decide to contact them directly or $990* if they wish to have support from one of our talent experts. We include a detailed CV, email address, and other important profile information. You can download it all and own the data.

Hello America! Joining the Alchemist

Do you ever wake up feeling something great is going to happen to you during the day? That’s the feeling I had last Wednesday morning. I knew the Alchemist accelerator results were due the night before. Although I knew we had a chance, I wasn’t overly confident having been rejected when we applied last. I decided however to trick my mind into believing an email had come saying: “Congratulations, you guys are rockstars and your product is dope”. This was the actual email:

and my reaction:

So why the Valley?

It starts with our ambition. My co-founders, Emmanuel and Barry, and I have always considered Dubai as a lab for what we think could have a global impact on the way recruitment is done. We have been able to experiment and make mistakes on a relatively tricky talent market. We knew however the local market even extended to the region wasn’t big enough. Visage’s ideal client is indeed one that requires to attract the top 10% of the talent market. It’s a client who operates in a candidate driven market where it is required to pro-actively target passive talent.

There is a reason why 98% of the unicorns are born in the Valley. This place has the most extraordinary concentration of brains, energy, and venture money.

We know it’s a cut throat place where winners take all. We embrace that. We don’t want to build another lifestyle average business. We want to revolutionise the way recruitment is done allowing talent and opportunities to connect instantly.

And the Alchemist?

We couldn’t dream of a better launchpad than the Alchemist for Visage. They only accept B to B startups and take them through a 6 months program designed to facilitate access to enterprise clients, mentors and, investors. They only take small cohorts (we will be 9 startups). The Alchemist track record is extraordinary. They’ve actually topped a survey ranking the accelerators by funding their graduates receive. Their startups median fund raise is twice higher than YC.

We are due to join the program on the 30th of November but we’ve already been connected to 3 mentors. My first mentorship session is with the former CEO of a freelance platform everybody knows…

So what now?

We are now busy preparing our acceleration program. It means making sure we carry on our growth in the Middle-East servicing clients. We are also closing a bridge round which will give us the ammunitions required to push our tech and marketing before graduating the Alchemist.

Feel free to reach out if you would like to participate in the venture. We need talent, smart money, and encouragements!

Joss Leufrancois is the co-founder & CEO of crowdsourced recruiting platform,Visage.