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We want to make career exploration about you.
We believe that everyone should be able to explore their career opportunities in an easy and effective way. We also believe that every company, whether a startup or a multinational, should be able to find potential candidates/employees. With this in mind, we work everyday to make sure this goal becomes a reality and that our users can orientate themselves with career opportunities in a way that is clear, concise, direct, and personal.
Our story began with our own experience when we were trying to familiarize ourselves with the opportunities and companies in the labor market. As we attended just about every career fair and browsed through endless career sites, we began to notice a pattern. Every time we came across the same (usually large) companies and on our social media platforms we only came into contact with companies we already were familiar with.
In addition to coming across the same companies time and time again, many of the career sites looked very similar; simply a collection of job listings as opposed to a place where one can effectively browse and get to know new companies. Although social media allows you to follow companies, it doesn’t give you an idea as to how you compare to other people looking to join the labor market. All these things together almost make it more about who you know instead of what you know.
With the feeling that the key to a more successful and efficient recruitment process was both necessary and possible, we launched Magnet.me in September 2012. From this moment on we slowly but surely started building our company from our 16 square meter office in order to make improvements to the (campus) recruitment process. Within three weeks after launching the website the first user had found a job that she otherwise wouldn’t have found demonstrating that Magnet.me really works!
From the moment we started our users have been our number one priority. What this means for us as a company is that we never send mass mails to our users because we feel that it is the users who should determine with whom they come into contact. This also means that there is no financial barrier between the employer and applicant by asking for payment for posting a vacancy or to send a message.
The story of Magnet.me is not only one of positive experiences. Although many accomplishments have been made such as winning an innovation prize, achieving several milestones, and being featured in national media, there have also been hardships.
Definitely the most devastating experience was the loss of our co-founder, partner, but first and foremost our friend Hugo de Ruiter on May 10, 2012. Hugo was a talented, handsome, cool and ambitious guy, a real entrepreneur and probably one of the nicest guys you would have ever met. He tragically passed away after being involved in a car crash while we were about to launch the website that day, at the age of 23.
After the devastation and anger we had about his passing away, the realisation came that we had to bring succes to the mission we had together, for which he worked so tirelessly and passionately.
One of the things that we learned is that there is only one way to change a small part of the world: by creating an amazing product and doing so with an awesome team. When you combine this with a ridiculously high amount of passion and an unbreakable drive to make an impact, the result is that everyday opportunities are taken, that usually would be left untouched, and that thousands of users take their first step in starting their (professional) life thanks to Magnet.me.
Vincent comes up with the idea in Café Timmer in Rotterdam (the Netherlands) and partners with Freek to further develop the idea.
We move into our first office. About 16m2. Espresso machine ready and time to get started! The development of the website begins and Laurens joins our team as co-founder.
Launch of Magnet.me
We win our first prize from the Flex Innovatie Fonds, for having the most innovative plan in the labour market.
20.000+ users, 500+ companies.
25.000+ users, 800+ companies, expanded Magnet.me to the United Kingdom and developed a mobile application.
At Magnet.me we work without regular meeting times, without reports, without a nine-to-five work day, with a performance driven mentality, and full of passion and expertise of our product.
At Magnet.me you work with software engineers, design guru’s, sales managers, marketing directors, and account executives who all work together to discuss and help make decisions about anything and everything. From the design of the website, the revenue model, to creating new marketing campaigns we use each others knowledge and passion to create the best possible results. In the office a ping pong table and Nintendo 64 can be found as well as two balconies with a view of the Rotterdam skyline. We have a robot (Magneto) who keeps track of the ping pong rankings as well as an environment that stimulates you to make the best of every work day at one of the fastest growing startups in The Netherlands.
The Magnet.me development team runs like an open source project, allowing us to work from anywhere, any time on the things we find interesting. All collaboration goes through GitHub and HipChat, where our Magneto chatbot helps out with our everyday tasks. Want to know more about our software engineering? Have a look at Michael's SpeakerDeck at https://speakerdeck.com/michaeldejong/software-engineering-at-magnet-dot-me
We're committed to transparency, collaboration, experimentation, and helping our customers find their dream job. We take great pride in hiring top talent from a variety of disciplines and bringing people together with one simple directive: collaborate and create.
If you are a developer with a passion for coding and willing to work in an inspiring environment and ready to make an impact or if you have any questions please contact Alex Nederlof at email@example.com, @alexnederlof on Twitter or send him a message on... Magnet.me!
Our last (but not least important) core value is: We love to work at Magnet.me
We are helping people to find their dream job at the company they('ll) love. Since we are all about setting the right example, we work hard to make working here inspiring, a learning experience and a lot of fun! A list of our perks:
- Unlimited vacation days.
- Ping pong games in Conference Room C
- Access to all Coursera courses
- Free electricity
- Paid travel expenses
- Mario Kart on Nintendo 64
- Friday afternoon drinks / BBQs / pizza's in the sun at our balcony, accompanied by the hits of the Invisible DJ and Many More
As of October 5th 2015 we are also live in the United Kingdom. From our office in London we are working hard to spread our graduate recruitment revolution to the UK and connect British students to all their potential career opportunities.
A lot of Magneteers love to spend a few days in London to work from the City now an then. Ok, and also a bit to enjoy London...