FAQ
Here you can find the frequently asked questions. If you cannot find the answer to your question, please contact us at hello@talented.fi!

General

Talented is a secret society of experienced makers of digital services. We established Talented to change how IT recruitment works and turned the focus from companies to talents. Essentially, we are building a community where we can provide value to our members. Our community is two-sided, there are over 1800 Talents and 140 partner companies. We are developers, software engineers, designers, DevOps, product owners and project managers who are shaping the digital world.

We bring value mainly in three different ways:

1. Finding new jobs for job-seekers
2. Finding new projects for independent consultants
3. Organizing events to educate and entertain our community

Our services are 100% free for Talents.

Job seekers

Any experienced developer or designer can apply to Talented as we are not here to fill companies’ needs but your career goals. Very often our partner companies don’t have open positions, but they will create one if interested in your profile.

By applying to Talented you do not commit to anything. You can stop the process at any time and if you find a new job on your own, that’s totally okay! The most important thing for us is that you’ll achieve your career goals and enjoy yourself at work.

Each member will apply for membership. First, you submit your application. We review your application, and if everything looks good, we’ll invite you to a meeting.

The meeting is a one-hour laid-back discussion, where we assess the professional skills of the applicant. We talk about how they got started, what’s their job history like and what they would like to do in the future. The personal needs and criteria for the future job are also discussed, as well as the applicant’s career goals. We have some technical questions so we can verify your technical skills. If it’s possible, we would also like to see some of your code.

The baseline for Talented membership is that you are good at what you do, and you have a track record to prove it. We expect you to have several years of work experience.

Three things:

1. We build a profile of you. Think of it as a mini-CV. It has a list of your professional skills, and a few paragraph description based on your job history and the meeting.
2. You become a member of the Talented community. You get access to our members-only Slack.
3. We start matching you with our partner companies that match your preferences and career ambitions. Our partner company representatives have access to our “Talent portal” where all our job-seeking talents are listed. If they find what they like, they can initiate the interview process from there.

Based on your profile and your preferences, we build a list of potentially fitting companies. Then we contact each of those companies and see if your profile is something they are looking for. The companies can use our portal to search the talent they need, but we also actively represent our Talents to our partner companies. (Represent = sales process)

If both parties (the Talent and the partner company) are interested, we start scheduling the first interview. After that, the process follows the recruitment process of the company.

If everything goes smoothly, the Talent finds a job, and the partner company finds an employee. We support our Talents during the whole recruitment process, smoothen the path and provide guidance along the way.

No, we can hide your profile from a specific company/companies.

We can also hide your profile from all of our partner companies. Even though your profile is hidden, we can do our matching process.

We are very strict about the privacy of our Talents. Switching jobs is a huge personal transformation, and we understand the sensitiveness of the matter.

The possibility of remote work depends on the partner company. Some of our partner companies are 100% remote, some of our partner companies are open to remote work, and for some companies, the remote work is not an option, for a variety of reasons.

In a typical software team, there is a project manager role, a designer, a few QA people, and many software engineers. This is why there is such a high demand for programmers.

Due to the lower demand of roles as designers, QA, product owners and project managers, we keep the bar higher. To get accepted into our community, we expect you to have several years of relevant job experience and technical skills with these roles.

Consultants

Yes, we have a rather big number of freelance consultants that we help find new projects. The freelancers will go through the same application process as job-seekers: Submit application – application review – meeting.

If you want to make the most of the outsourced customer acquisition at Talented, all you need to do is apply for community membership. Once you’re one of us, we want to know all about the technologies and projects you simply can’t wait to get to work with. We’ll set out to find projects that match your skill set and wishes, and present them to you. We won’t be waving your CV around town, but instead we’ll actually check that you’re interested in the project before contacting the client with you in mind.

We have a great rotation mechanism – When your current project is about to end or you want to, for one reason or another, move to the next project, you can see all our open projects through the tool we have built for freelance consultants and notify us that you’re open for new adventures. We offer you a window to the market, which makes planning the future easier.

Normally our projects are 6+ month on-site projects with 100% allocation, but as always, there are exceptions. Most projects are located in the Helsinki area.

Each consultant is responsible for determining their hourly rate themselves and should invoice Talented at the end of each month. Talented will then pay within 14 days and invoice the end client.

Talented’s commission is added on top of the consultant’s hourly price. Our services are free of charge for the consultants.

Companies

We help companies with the following, to name a few:

– Challenging, single tech recruitments
– Ongoing needs
– Recruiting multiple technical roles in the near future
– Freelance consultants for urgent or fixed-term needs
– IT-recruitment consulting

Please call one of our Partner Agents or get in touch at hello@talented.fi and tell us about your needs. We look forward to getting to know you and hearing more about your company and your needs!

You’ll only pay according to the contract you sign if you find a new colleague through Talented. There’s no opening fee.

 

In recruiting, there are two options to choose from: 20% from the hired Talent’s yearly salary paid at once, or 2% from the hired Talent’s yearly salary paid monthly. The latter is paid for 12 months or for the duration of the employment if it’s under 12 months.

 

In subcontracting, the price depends on the freelancer’s hourly price and Talented commission that are both negotiable, as well as the working hours.

 

You’ll find more information about our pricing here.

We are interested in working with modern, like-minded companies who endeavour to be the leaders in their field. Your work environment must represent today’s world in having modern ways of working, a relatively flat hierarchy and spread autonomy – your company should be built on trust towards individuals.

Yes. We help both small companies and teams find new projects. See the open projects or get in touch and tell us what your team would like to do next!