Expanding the business one line of code at a time.
Broadbean is an international recruitment technology company based in
London, UK. The company provides market-leading recruitment services
that enable instant distribution of job adverts to over 7,000 global job
boards and social media channels. Furthermore, Broadbean’s CV mining
functions in the corresponding systems enable their clients to find the
most relevant talent for vacancies easily.
Challenge: Integrating a rapidly expanding client base with the Perl infrastructure
With their recent acquisition by CareerBuilder, Broadbean’s customer
base is rapidly expanding and so is their global reach. Taking on
new customers involves integrating Broadbean’s services into the
new client’s career sites, while new markets mean integrating
with local job boards in that region. This core activity is the
responsibility of the Integrations team. As such, the successful
rapid expansion of the business depends upon the expansion of the
Integrations team which works in Perl.
Herein lay the initial challenge because Perl is a language where
demand outstrips supply in the labour market. For this reason
Broadbean started to recruit developers of any language and
cross-train them into Perl.
This challenge was compounded by the acquisition by CareerBuilder
meaning that the new recruits needed to gain Perl skills quickly
enough to keep up with the rapid expansion of the client base. Fearing
that the company’s productivity would be dampened by a slow uptake
of Perl skills, Broadbean started looking for fast but thorough
Solution: Interactive Geekuni tutorials for the on-boarding process
Geekuni’s approach fitted Broadbean’s challenge. As an
interactive online tutorial it focuses right from the beginning
on solving Perl problems rather than memorising mere facts. That
way precious time is used in a goal-oriented way. Its hands-on
approach guaranteed that early career Perl developers at Broadbean
focus immediately on coding and hence acquiring relevant skills
quickly and easily.
Rapid skill acquisition together with the opportunity to immediately
use these skills on the job make Geekuni unique.
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 their on-boarding
On completion of Geekuni’s Perl Essentials course, a developer’s
coding skills are a close fit with the established Integrations
team. They are then able to participate in technical meetings and
follow experienced developers who take them through the details of
various in-house systems. Geekuni provides exactly the speed which
is needed at Broadbean.
Rapid skill acquisition using Geekuni has been great in maintaining productivity levels when new recruits join the team.
Toni Dowding, Manager
Geekuni is really helpful in keeping our integrations momentum in line with business growth.
Alex Monney, CTO
Regular progress reports monitor the trainees’ learning and keep
managers informed of the newly acquired skill set, making forward
planning for resource allocation instantly possible.
Geekuni’s cutting edge training allows Broadbean to fully exploit
the opportunity of its expanding client base and ensures that
Broadbean stays ahead of the game.