Following a 2014 inception, German venture hackajob has pushed forward monumentally within the last several years, growing from a passing fancy buy college friends to a hugely innovative online recruiting firm in the area.
Just four years since their launch in London, the pair behind the concept, Razvan Creanga (CEO) and Mark Chaffey(COO) now have offices around the continent as they relentlessly help to streamline the hiring process and match the most exciting tech candidates to their next employment.
Just last month, the company also raised £5m from an investor pool led by AXA Venture Partners, as the company sets its sights on further expansion as far as the US.
Based in London, the platform offers a fast track recruitment process for hiring software engineers and tech specialists.
By allowing prospective candidates to demonstrate their coding ability, the platform’s AI can then assess that data, and the developer’s talent, and match them to specific job opportunities.
‘‘The average time to hire a technical person in the UK and Ireland is 51 days,’’ Romanian CEO Razvan Creanga recently reminded 150Sec. Having come to London to study computer science, his journey to hackajob had been preceded by the launch of three earlier startups and a fateful meeting with Mark Chafey in one of the CEO’s favourite London locations, Cafe Nero in Liverpool Street.
The reality is that the recruitment process, especially in tech startups, is becoming increasingly difficult because of the huge competition for talent. The option that many entrepreneurs face when looking for new developers varies from job posts on LinkedIn to the help of recruiters. What’s more, companies are in competition to snag the best tech minds from taking up roles at leading enterprises such as Google or Microsoft.
Hackajob has the answer to all of the dilemmas that accompany the hiring process. The platform is free for software developers to use and essentially reduces the average hiring time by slashing recruitment costs and time constraints. ‘‘The core package is actually basically to help people get the job based off their skills, not their CV, and the vision for us is to become the biggest recruitment company in the world.’’
As well as streamlining the recruitment process, Creanga told 150Sec that the platform also makes the hire specifically about the code. ‘‘We’re basically helping companies hire more diverse talent, as well, because it’s suddenly not about their name, their backgrounds or if they’re women.’’
Besides the platform, hackajob has further introduced a personal side and each candidate is assigned a Talent Advocate to support their job search. This person is not incentivized place the candidate in a specific role and instead remains on call to discuss applications and guide them through the job hunt.
It’s not, however, only to the benefit of budding tech candidates that have the chance to present their code in their profiles.
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