Seeking dev talent, Atlassian kicks off national hiring tour

Software vendor's recruitment drive to take in five cities

Atlassian last night kicked off the software developer's first 'pop-up' hiring tour, seeking to give potential employees a chance to learn more about the company.

The tour, which kicked off in Sydney, will take in five cities, said Caitriona Staunton, the head of APAC recruiting for Atlassian, whose products include JIRA, Confluence and Stash.

"Most of the people we hire in Atlassian are Aussie and we know that there's phenomenal talent out there, so really we just wanted to go out on the road and meet as many of the potential candidates as possible," Staunton said.

Staunton said that the software company was hoping that in total some 500 people would attend the five events, which will take place in rooms decked out to look like an Atlassian office.

The company earlier this year was named Australia's best place to work.

"The hiring tour really gives potential candidates the opportunity not just to see what an Atlassian office might look like, but also meet with Atlassian employees and chat to them face to face and really try us out before deciding to apply," the recruiter said.

When Staunton spoke to Computerworld she was in the 'Charliemobile' — named after Atlassian's logo, Charlie — en route to Canberra. "Tomorrow we head over to Melbourne and then next week we finish up in Brisbane and then Adelaide," the recruiter said.

"We have sent out targeted invites to people who we think could be a great fit for us, but we also left the invites open to anyone who was just really interested in coming in and hearing about us.

"It's definitely a mix of talking to people who know us but also spreading the name out there to folks who maybe don't know Atlassian so well."

There was a "phenomenal response" to the Sydney event, she added. "We got some really great feedback from both attendees and Atlassian employees."

In some cases, the tour would be an opportunity for Atlassian to interview applicants, Staunton said.

"That's a great kind of bonus to us if we can formally interview people while we're there, but primarily it's just about having those informal conversations and convincing them to consider us as an employer," she said.

It's the first time Atlassian has tried this style of recruitment drive, Staunton said.

"We're always trying to innovate and think of ways that we can really get our name out there and see as many awesome potential candidates as possible.

"I'd love to think this is something that we can do on a more regular basis. There are cities that we would have like to go to that we couldn't this time round – so although I can't guarantee it, I'd love to think that this could become a regular occurrence."

Staunton said the software company was hoping to bring on board 150 new people between now and June.

"The growth opportunity actually goes much beyond that, so I would assume the same if not more for the second half of next year too" she added.

Atlassian has more than 40,000 customers.

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