How SkillLab hired for the niche senior developer role with TalentGrid and relocated to Netherlands

How SkillLab hired for the niche senior developer role with TalentGrid and
relocated to Netherlands

Key takeaways:

  • SkillLab was looking for a Ruby experienced senior developer to fill in software engineering roles supported with relocation packages
  • The challenge revolved around finding senior developers candidates who’d be willing to relocate to the Netherlands
  • After thorough candidate screening, assessment, and selection of the most suitable candidates, the first batch of pre-vetted candidates was shared with Skillab
  • The perfect candidate for the senior backend developer position was found and relocated to Amsterdam within 1.5 months!

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A personalized career pathway generator SkillLab

  • Founded in 2018
  • Based in Amsterdam
  • Develops a mobile solution that allows people to identify their unique skill set and connects them to education and employment opportunities
  • The solution builds on the 13,485 skills of the European Union’s European Skills, Competences, Qualifications, and Occupations framework
  • Used by public and private employment agencies, education and training providers

The problem: SkillLab was having difficulty to hire Senior Backend Developer

As SkillLab entered the scale-up phase, they needed to expand their tech team, simultaneously hiring for multiple engineering and product manager positions. Some of the challenges they faced revolved around the following:

  • Finding suitable candidates who’d match the ideal candidate profile they had in mind
  • Attracting Senior Software Engineers as the role entailed a specific focus, with the required frameworks and tech stack being on the rarer side
  • Sticking with a relocation option as most candidates were interested in remote-only jobs
  • Hiring with recruitment agencies due to high fees & commissions

Considering the complex nature of these challenges and the fierce competition for talent, SkillLab decided to seek external help and leave the tech recruitment in the hands of professionals. This was when the TalentGrid team got to work right away!

The outcome: Senior Software Engineer hired and kicking off their first work week!

The recruitment process started with clearly defining Skillab’s hiring needs, making sure both teams were aligned on the common goal. Once top priorities and hiring criteria were identified, the hiring journey took off and consisted of the following steps:

  • Skillab’s ideal candidate profile was shared with TalentGrid’s Talent Partners,
  • Check-in calls were scheduled to get a better understanding of the requirements of the roles and additional specifications
  • After thorough candidate screening, assessment, and selection of the most suitable candidates, the first batch of pre-vetted candidates was shared with Skillab
  • To ensure the transparency of the recruitment process, the Talent Partners were in constant communication with recruiters at Skillab
  • The perfect candidate for the Backend Engineering position was found and relocated to Amsterdam within 1.5 months!

As Elissavet, Recruitment and People Operations at SkillLab, also shared, the fees some HR agencies charge prevent smaller companies from seeking for external help with hiring. She emphasized the importance of balance between price and quality, and this is something she appreciated with TalentGrid:

“Your fees are very competitive. We had experiences where some recruitment agencies would charge vast amounts, which would be fine for a bigger international company but could be an issue for a start-up. What you offer is great quality combined with a great package that is approachable to smaller companies like us.”

(C) Elissavet Diamanti, Recruitment & People Operations at SkillLab

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