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:
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 Typeformto give you the best possible User experience. We also removed a lot of steps from the process to make it quicker for you.
Job 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.
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.
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.