Injecting new Perl talent into existing infrastructure for rapid expansion
Broadbean, an international recruitment tech company based in London,
offers market-leading services including the multi-channel distribution
of job ads and CV mining functions. The delivery of these services depends
directly on Perl developers, so any increase in customer numbers requires
a corresponding expansion of the company’s Perl team. When Broadbean
was acquired by CareerBuilder, the company faced a rapid expansion of
its customer base and needed to act quickly to take full advantage of the
opportunities presented. This case study explains how Broadbean met the
challenge by hiring early-career developers and giving them Geekuni’s
Perl training as part of the onboarding process.
Since 2016 Geekuni has provided its interactive online Perl Essentials
course to new hires at Broadbean as part of their onboarding
experience. Our tailored, hands-on training provides early-career
developers with the necessary skills to get cracking with the job without
holding back other areas of the business.
Boosting Perl operations to absorb sharp increase in client numbers
With its acquisition by CareerBuilder, Broadbean significantly widened its
customer base and extended its global reach yet further. To fully exploit
these new opportunities and markets, Broadbean needed to integrate its
services into the new clients’ career sites as well as the job boards
in their region. This task fell upon the Integrations team, which works
in Perl, and it was clear from the outset that new Perl developers would
be needed – fast.
Finding Perl developers, however, is easier said than done. It’s a
language where demand far outstrips supply in the labour market, so even
a recruitment tech company like Broadbean needed to think outside the
box. The decision they made was insightful: hire early-career developers
with talents in other languages and train them in Perl on the job.
But this move only addressed half the problem; new recruits needed
to gain Perl skills quickly enough to keep up with the sudden influx
of new clients triggered by the company’s acquisition. Fearing that
productivity would be dampened by a slow uptake of Perl skills, Broadbean
started looking for fast but thorough training methods.
Giving new developers Geekuni’s interactive tutorials while onboarding
Geekuni’s approach was the answer to Broadbean’s
challenge. With interactive online tutorials, new hires could
focus on solving Perl problems right from the start, rather
than memorizing mere facts. Geekuni’s focus on goal-oriented
tasks allows early-career developers at Broadbean to start
coding immediately, saving precious time by giving them the
skills they need to hit the ground running.
I thoroughly enjoyed this course – it’s a novel idea... I
definitely feel more confident writing Perl code day to day after
taking the course.
Marc Murray, Developer
The Integrations team’s new recruits are now enrolled into
Geekuni’s Perl Essentials course as part of the onboarding
process. On completion, a developer’s coding skills are
a close fit with those of the established Integrations
team. They are able to participate in technical meetings
and follow experienced developers who take them through the
details of various in-house systems. What’s more, Geekuni
provides the speed that Broadbean needs so it can fully
exploit the opportunity of its expanding client base and
ensure the company stays ahead of the game.
Rapid skill acquisition using Geekuni has been great in
maintaining productivity levels when new recruits join the
Toni Dowding, Manager
Geekuni is really helpful in keeping our integrations momentum in line with business growth.
Alex Monney, CTO
Key takeaways to help expand your Perl team with early-career developers
Perl training seldom features on university curricula so
early-career developers are the least likely to come with
Perl experience. You can overcome this obstacle by hiring
developers in other languages and training them in-house.
If you need to rapidly expand your Perl team without slowing
down existing operations, you can bring new hires up to
speed with interactive, online training, giving them all
the practical skills they need while onboarding.
New developers need to take ownership of their learning to
stay motivated. This means giving them real-life, hands-on
tasks while offering feedback and positive reinforcement so
they can check their progress.
Geekuni provides the tools to make all this happen, so
there's no need for you to reinvent the wheel. Once you make
the decision to expand your Perl team, just get in touch -
we're ready to go.
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