When I started at Gravitas, it became obvious to me very quickly that job ads don’t work effectively when searching for the best talent in the industry and face-to-face meetings were always preferable and undeniably strengthens relationships and commitment.
My colleagues and I sat down and spoke about the best way to source candidates for our clients and we noticed that every week developers attended talks/events that were of interest to them so we started to attend these until we were recognisable faces within the community, however, we did not push the developers to leave their jobs, we wanted to become embedded within the community and be a recognisable faces so developers would approach us.
We then started to host our own events, inviting developers that we have found jobs in the past and it proved to be really successful as we made it quite fun by paying for drinks and food, the first event had 15 attendees. We continued to host the events and by the 3rd event, we had 100 developers/designers which due interest from clients and event organisers in London due to the events, I started working with Novoda exclusively an Android-only software house and went on to sponsor Digital Dumbo, Droidcon & Mobile World Congress. I recently went to Barcelona, Bucharest, Prague and Budapest to host Digital Gravitas events and sponsor Droidcon. I also became the first recruiter within the UK to sponsor Droidcon, London.
I personally hosted and organised the last 2 events in which I signed terms and secured roles for team Digital as well as having 2 different clients sponsor.
Clients that I have sponsored events alongside include: Kweekweek, ASOS, Silicon Milkroundabout & We Work.
This was not actually part of my job requirement, however, I thought it would be an effective way to build a brand around my business to ensure the company would stand out amongst the competition.