When I returned to New Zealand, one of my biggest questions was “What’s next?” A big part of it was looking for a job that I’d love. The traditional approach to job hunting is to use recruiters. Personally, I’ve never enjoyed working with recruiters, but what I was most surprised to find was that recruiters are extremely expensive.
For the uninitiated, a recruiters fee can be between 15-30% of a new hire’s salary if you’re working with a typical recruiting company. That seemed like a lot of money to me, especially when, as a hiring manager, it feels like the candidates are less than ideal…
I took a job at Vend and fortunately I didn’t talk to Vend through a recruiter. Vend launched at Gather, and has since been a long time supporter of Gather. We didn’t need a recruiter to get acquainted. I knew Vend, Vend’s culture, and Vend’s people. And they knew me.
We, at Gather, love Vend. And Vend loves us. Everyday I see someone in the office in a Gather t-shirt. Sometimes two, or three. It warms my heart but it also made me realise how great an investment Gather is to Vend.
Our sponsorships are a bargain compared to recruitment fees, our event is beloved and extremely affordable. We’ve worked hard to create an event that is welcoming and inclusive to a diverse range of people. And what’s more, they are great
people with great
skills. People that you’d like to hire.
— Nick Houldsworth (@nickhouldsworth) June 30, 2012
That’s Nick Houldsworth. He’s the Chief Marketing Officer at Vend
. But this isn’t just spin. It results in actual hires. This is Kirsti Grant, the person who was actually responsible for hiring people at Vend:
We made great connections and hires by sponsoring and having a strong attendance of employees at Gather.
— Kirsti Grant, Previously VP Talent at Vend
Sponsoring gets you in front of a talented passionate community, and shows commitment to that community. When you’re advertising on a job board and an attendee sees your company name; you’re already elevated above your competitors because you’re a company that gets it. You’re engaged.
The key to getting the most out of a sponsorship is bringing real employees from your company along, encouraging them to participate, lead sessions, and meet other people. We collect the people from The Internet of New Zealand
in a room, and make your name known to them all. But it’s your job to take that good will and convince them to work with you.
Our most expensive sponsorship tier
is $6,900. If you’re even hiring for one position, it’s worth it.
Get in touch with me
orRochelle to find out more. We have a sponsorship pack and everything to tell you more about how great it is!