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GitLab talent ambassador

Become a GitLab talent ambassador

It's an exciting time to be part of the GitLab team. As we continue to grow, our goal is to create and foster a culture of recruiting across the company.

Whether you're a hiring manager or an individual contributor, you play an important role in this. Keeping with our mission that everyone can contribute, we want all GitLab team members to feel encouraged and equipped to take part in helping us find great talent and act as ambassadors for the company and our talent brand.

Here are a few key things you can do to become a talent ambassador for GitLab.

How to get started

1. Request a LinkedIn Recruiter account

If you're a hiring manager or part of a hiring team, you should upgrade your LinkedIn account to a "LinkedIn Recruiter" seat.

LinkedIn's analytics on GitLab show that our hiring managers have a 43% higher inMail acceptance rate than recruiters or sourcers.

With a LinkedIn Recruiter seat, you'll be able to:

Ready to upgrade your account?

Learn more about LinkedIn Recruiter and how to upgrade your account.

Already upgraded your account? Awesome! Check out Step 5, it's time to start sourcing.

2. Optimize your profiles

Whether they're just interested in GitLab or have already been sourced or interviewed for a role, most candidates have done their homework on their prospective manager and team. If you're a hiring manager or part of the hiring team, you'll want your LinkedIn profile (and any other sites you use for work, like Twitter) to represent you and GitLab in the best way.

Here are some steps you can take to get started optimizing your profile.

1. Name, photo, and headline

2. Use a banner image

3. Write a summary

It’s an exciting time to be part of the GitLab team. As the largest all-remote company in the world with team members in more than 65 countries, this is a place where you can contribute from almost anywhere. You’ll be part of an ambitious, productive team that embraces a set of shared values in everything we do. As part of GitLab's (YOUR TEAM) team, my role is to (ADD CONTEXT HERE ABOUT YOUR ROLE AND TEAM).

4. Your current role

5. Follow GitLab's company page

6. Add media

More training for rocking your profile on LinkedIn

LinkedIn's "Rock Your Profile" session for GitLab (held 2020-02-28):

3. Share life at GitLab with the world

Candidates will do their research in places far beyond our jobs site to find out more about whether GitLab is the right fit for them. We want to be sure we're telling an authentic story about life at GitLab, and one of the best ways to do that is through our team members. You can help amplify that story by tapping into your networks on social media and sharing what it's like to be part of our team.

Once you've checked out the social media guidelines, here are some ideas for types of content you can share to help candidates learn more about GitLab and your team in particular:

Here are some talent brand resources you can reference for our latest team headcount, awards, blogs, and more facts about working at GitLab.

On LinkedIn

On Twitter

It’s an exciting time to join @gitlab. We're hiring for a [INSERT ROLE NAME]! [INSERT JOB LINK] #AllRemote #LifeAtGitLab

Interested in joining the world's largest #AllRemote company? @gitlab is hiring a [INSERT ROLE NAME]! [INSERT JOB LINK] #LifeAtGitLab

Do your best work from anywhere. @gitlab is the world's largest #AllRemote company, and we're hiring a [INSERT ROLE NAME]. Interested? Learn more: [INSERT JOB LINK] #LifeAtGitLab

Other platforms

There are a number of platforms and touchpoints where candiates interact with our talent brand or our jobs prior to ever applying or talking with us. Here are a couple of ways you can help tell GitLab's story on these sites.

Know of another site where GitLab should have a recruiting or talent brand profile? Send us a message in the #talent-brand channel on Slack.

4. Refer great people to GitLab

One of the best ways to help GitLab grow is by referring talented people in your network.

As you think about who would be a good fit for GitLab, don't limit yourself to only the people you know are actively searching for a job. You never know when someone is ready for their next career journey. We want to hire the best candidate for the role and make sure that person will be a "values add" to GitLab's unique culture.

Here's a fact sheet that can be used as a reference guide as you're having conversations with potential candidates.

Ready to make your first referral? Check out this guide.

5. Start sourcing

Once you've activated your LinkedIn Recruiter licensce and your public profiles are updated, you're ready to start sourcing candidates for your team.

You can use this sourcing guide to learn how we define a sourced candidate, where to start your search, and even what you could consider saying in your outreach.

For additional guidance on using LinkedIn Recruiter for sourcing, check out this training page.

Keep in mind:

Responding to potential candidates

As you share more about life at GitLab and get involved in sourcing candidates, you'll likely start to get more direct outreach from people interested in working here.

Here's a suggestion for how to respond to these messages, particularly if you don't know the potential candidate. Feel free to make this your own and personalize it based on the specific message or questions you received:

Hi, {NAME}, thank you for your interest in GitLab! It's an exciting time to be part of our team. We're the largest all-remote company in the world, with team members in more than 65 countries. The best way to share your information with our recruiting team is to fill out [this form], but first, I encourage you to take a look through our company handbook to learn a bit more about our culture. You can find out more about our hiring process on the Jobs FAQ page, and our all-remote page is an awesome resource to explore GitLab's approach to remote work. I also recommend reading through our company values to understand how we work and interact as a team. GitLab is an incredibly unique place to work, and I'm happy to point you in the right direction if you have more questions.

Thanks again for your interest in joining the team. All the best, {YOUR NAME}