One of the major challenges recruiters often face is the recruitment process becoming faceless and impersonal, as Zebra People are not like that we decided to get more involved and sponsor a worthy event. As an avid networker/meetup goer one meetup stuck out and so it was decided that our event of choice would be the Find a Tech Job in London meetup – a bimonthly event for technology folk, recruiters and employers to come together and network.
Think traffic light singles night for industry professionals – the meetup’s main attraction (apart from the free beer and Papa John’s pizza, obviously) are the colour coded badges given out on arrival – different colours depending on whether you’re a potential candidate, a direct employer or a recruiter, along with key skills stickers. This makes networking ruthlessly efficient as with a quick glance you can tell a person’s motives and what they are looking for – setting the stage for a more relevant and interesting conversation.
After arriving at the intimate, industrial space inhabited by Red Badger, an up and coming creative software workshop who were hosting the evening, badges were donned, beers were opened and before we knew it the speeches had started. After a welcome from Red Badger, with the support of the rest of the Zebra Team I nervously stepped up to the stage to introduce Zebra People to the 100+ strong audience, this was followed by introductions by other sponsors and then the networking began. The whole event is really informal and a great way to get out and meet potential candidates face-to-face and start getting to know the person behind the CV – something that we feel, as recruiters, is hugely important.
We also ran a prize draw to give away a Berg Little Printer – a playfully fun connected printer with a personality – the winner announcement can be found here
We had a great time meeting everyone and had some really interesting conversations, looking forward to the next meetup!
If you were at the event last night (or even if you weren’t!), come and say hi @zebrapeople @rajtarat