What is Talented?

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 1400+ Talents and 140+ partner companies. We are software engineers, designers, devops, product owners, project managers, QA-people and salespeople 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

For individuals, this service is 100% free.

What is the application process for job-seekers?

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

The meeting is a one-hour discussion, where we assess the professional skills of an applicant. We talk about how they got started, what’s their job history 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.

I am an independent technology consultant, can you help me?

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. Moreover, we offer consultants a 14-day term of payment instead of the industry standard of 30+ days. You can check our open projects here.

How hard is it to get accepted?

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 at least 5 years of work experience.

Yay, I got accepted! What happens next?

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.

What matching process? Explain like I’m five.

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.

My current employer is your partner, are they able to see my profile?

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

We can also put your profile into a “Hidden Matching” mode, which completely hides 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.

What about remote work?

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.

How can companies apply for membership?

A company representative sends an application, and we review it. If everything checks out, then we are going to pay a visit to the offices. We do that just to make sure that the place looks like a place where programmers could enjoy working.

We want to know our partner companies very well, so we can match their recruiting needs as accurate as possible. We don’t want to waste the time of both parties.

Do you organize events?

Yes, that is one of our ways to bring value to our community. We aim to keep our community as top-notch as possible in the fields of software development. We have both members-only and open events. Check out our Events page for more information.

What is the most demanded skillset?

Fullstack Developer with JavaScript (ES6, React, NodeJS) with solid experience on a few programming languages as well. (Java, Python, Go, Ruby)

A large number of software projects that our partner companies start are about Android and Full-stack development. The most used technologies at the moment are JavaScript, React, Java, Node.js and Clojure. (This is the situation in Q2/2019)

What about other roles in software teams?

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 at least five years of relevant job experience and technical skills with these roles.