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Full Stack Engineer - Python - Berlin Permanent / Berlin, Germany

Full Stack Engineer - Python - Berlin An exciting opportunity for a Full Stack Engineer with excellent Python skills to join a quickly expanding and progressive company in Berlin. Offering a great working environment plus a generous salary and benefits such as flexible work schedule, flat hierarchy, conferences, training and team events. Having experienced excellent growth over the past few years the company are now again looking to grow their development department. They are looking to hire into a B2C team focusing on developing brand new features for their product that is already used by millions on a monthly basis. The role will see you working closely with the Team Lead and Product Manager to target increasing the user base with new apps and features. You will have excellent Python skills and will have experience of integrating third party services such as payment platforms. Applicants should also have JavaScript skills, ideally with a particular focus on React however Angular, Redux or ES6 will also be considered. You will also need to have excellent communication and be used to working in an Agile environment where you have interacted with cross-functional teams. Any experience with CherryPy is a huge bonus. If you are an experienced Full Stack Engineer with excellent communication skills and great attention to detail looking to work on exciting new products then apply today! Novate IT Ltd is a leading supplier of permanent and contract recruitment services for companies in the IT, Digital Media and Telecommunications industries.

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Software Engineer - Bristol - Java, Python and/or Go, C/C++ Permanent / Bristol, England

Software Engineer x 2 - Central Bristol - Java, Python and/or Go, C/C++ Two exciting new opportunities to join the R&D centre of this internationally recognised market leader, and contribute to the development of brand new software products. Salaries of £35,000 - £60,000 + benefits are offered alongside a range of career development opportunities. This company are recognised globally as a leading developer of advanced computing technology, with offices across Europe and the US. Their Bristol office focuses on the R&D of software solutions for the next iteration of their product set and as such are tasked with finding innovative solutions to problems their customer might realise they need solving tomorrow! A technically stimulating and rewarding environment this is a role where you can develop software at the leading edge of technology. To apply you should already have the ability to develop software in a variety of languages such as: - Java - Python - Go You will also be expected to have C/C++ underpinning your software engineering experience, even if this is no longer your day-to-day development language. You will have experience of developing large-scale, distributed systems built on Linux and will be familiar REST API platforms too. If you have any additional skills spanning network protocols, SDN, network drivers, network performance and network data modelling then these would all be beneficial but not essential. If you'd like to join a truly bleeding edge company where you can develop interesting software solutions in a stable and secure environment then this is your opportunity. For more details and an immediate telephone interview please "Apply Now"!! Novate IT Ltd is a leading supplier of permanent and contract recruitment services for companies in the IT, Digital Media and Telecommunications industries.

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Front End Developer - Leamington Spa - React.js, Redux Permanent / Leamington Spa, Warwickshire

Front End Developer - Leamington Spa - React.js, Redux Do you want to play a part in the productions of TV & Movies you've likely seen on the big screen or Netflix? A company in the film industry have two spaces open in their team for talented JavaScript Developers. This role can offer up to £50,000, potentially more DOE, plus an amazing benefits package which includes Private BUPA medical insurance including coverage for family. The company have been involved with some of the biggest productions to hit our screens in recent years. They have made a recent acquisition of a UK based company and are looking to develop a new Software Engineering team in their Leamington Spa office. The team will be working with product and design teams in order to scope out and deliver high-quality experiences for the filmmakers that the company work with. Candidates must have strong experience with JavaScript and be comfortable with tools such as ES6+, Babel, Webpack etc. Candidates will have experience with JS frameworks such as React and Redux. Candidates should also have solid networking experience with tools such as TCP/IP, HTTP etc. Experience with building Electron apps, using Relay and GraphQL APIS would be extremely beneficial to an application. The ideal candidate will have a background within the TV & Film industry. If you're somebody who has always dreamed of being involved in the production of some of your favourite media content, then this could be a dream opportunity for you! You will be joining a well-established Software Engineering company based within the film industry, right at the start of an exciting new chapter. For more information and an immediate telephone interview, click apply to send me your CV today! Novate IT Ltd is a leading supplier of permanent and contract recruitment services for companies in the IT, Digital Media and Telecommunications industries.

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Software Engineer - Leamington Spa - Python Permanent / Leamington Spa, Warwickshire

Software Engineer - Leamington Spa - Python Do you want to play a part in the productions of TV & Movies you've likely seen on the big screen or Netflix? A company in the film industry have two spaces open in their team for talented Python Developers. This role can offer up to £50,000, potentially more DOE, plus an amazing benefits package which includes Private BUPA medical insurance, including coverage for family. The company have been involved with some of the biggest productions to hit our screens in recent years. They have made a recent acquisition of a UK based company and are looking to develop a new Software Engineering team in their Leamington Spa office. The team will be tackling problems involving video processing, high level APIs and everything in between. The goal of this team is to work cross-functionally on multiple codebases and services to ensure the platform is scalable, efficient and secure. That ultimately provides the filmmakers that they work with the product that they desire. Candidates must have strong Python development skills. Candidates should also have experience with Docker and AWS. Familiarity with NoSQL technologies and building out server-side API's would be beneficial to an application. The ideal candidate will have a background within the TV & Film industry. If you're somebody who has always dreamed of being involved in the production of some of your favourite media content, then this could be a dream opportunity for you! You will be joining a well-established Software Engineering company based within the film industry, right at the start of an exciting new chapter. For more information and an immediate telephone interview, click apply to send me your CV today! Novate IT Ltd is a leading supplier of permanent and contract recruitment services for companies in the IT, Digital Media and Telecommunications industries.

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Golang Developer - Bristol - £40,000 - £60,000 Permanent / Bristol, England

Golang Developer | Bristol | Go, SQL, Docker | £40,000 - £60,000 Are you an experienced Golang Developer and advocate? Are you looking to work in a flexible environment, where you can make your own rules with few procedural constraints? If yes, then read on. This is an outstanding opportunity for an experienced Developer to join a hugely successful and innovative technology company based in the centre of Bristol. A starting salary of between £40,000 - £60,000 is ofered, dependant on experience. This company are developing unique web software solutions which are being used by millions of internet consumers worldwide. They have established strategic partnerships with a number of the world's largest social media companies and are now delivering unparalleled services to customers. They are seeking a Golang Developer with strong commercial Go / Golang development experience to assist in the ongoing development of new products and services as well as the optimisation of existing services. You must have professional Golang experience and be proficient with version control and containerisation. An intimate understanding of HTTP requests and APIs is also essential. Along with your knowledge of SQL and databases, you will also have an appreciation for the importance of testing and the ability to write robust unit tests. Working in a friendly and collaborative team, you will be writing quality and finding creative ways to achieve your goals. Any DevOps experience and knowledge of video players and scalability would be advantageous but is not essential. This is a fantastic opportunity to work in a relaxed working environment with excellent benefits, building exciting solutions that you can really be proud of. If this sounds like your cup of tea, apply today for an immediate telephone interview. Novate IT Ltd is a leading supplier of permanent and contract recruitment services for companies in the IT, Digital Media and Telecommunications industries.

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Test Engineer - Bristol - £30,000 Permanent / Bristol, England

Test Engineer | PHP, JavaScript, Test Automation | Bristol | £30,000 Are you an experienced Test Engineer looking to progress your career and learn new skills? Are you familiar with PHP and JavaScript? Are you comfortable with both manual and automation testing? If yes, then this could be the role for you! With a salary of £30,000 plus excellent benefits and regular training, this is an exciting time to join this technology company in the centre of Bristol. Having established themselves as a market leader in their industry, this company has been going through a sustained period of success and expansion. Having recently moved into their brand new, purpose built offices, they are now looking to expand their QA team and are looking for a driven and knowledgeable software tester. As a key member of a multi-disciplined Scrum team, you will be responsible for quality assurance with an emphasis on test automation. You'll be working closely with the product owner to define acceptance criteria, liaising with software engineers to ensure those criteria are met and guide them on automated test strategy. Previous experience in PHP and JavaScript is important, as is a working knowledge of database technologies such a MySQL or ElasticSearch. Any experience with PHPUnit, Jester or AWS would be beneficial but is not essential. With regular training to ensure you can handle your day-today tasks, this is a fantastic opportunity to learn new skills and grow professionally in your role. Other benefits include flexible working hours, private healthcare and the use of their on-site gym. If you're looking to take the next step in your career, apply now for an immediate telephone interview. Novate IT Ltd is a leading supplier of permanent and contract recruitment services for companies in the IT, Digital Media and Telecommunications industries.

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.Net Software Engineer - Nottingham - Up to £60,000 Permanent / Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

.Net Software Engineer - Nottingham - C#/.Net Our award-winning client is hiring! Based in Nottingham, they are looking for a seasoned C#/.Net developer who is passionate about tech and willing to work across a range of different business domains and environments. If you're someone who strives to deliver the best quality solutions, this may be the perfect opportunity. This position offers a salary of £40,000-£60,000 + benefits. To apply, you should have experience and knowledge in .Net and developing complex applications. C# should be your core language; knowledge of software best practices such as Test-Driven Development and Continuous Integration is also important. You should have familiarity with databases, e.g. SQL Server, Oracle, PostgreSQL and/or NoSQL. Exposure to Java, Python and Scala would be useful, however full training will be provided for these. It would also be beneficial to have experience in developing front-end solutions and JavaScript frameworks. As mentioned, our client does offer award-winning training programmes and great opportunities for career progression and upskilling. As well as this, you will be working either on-site with their clients or in their office; their clients reside across a range of sectors within the UK. If you believe this could be the career opportunity for you, apply now! Novate IT Ltd is a leading supplier of permanent and contract recruitment services for companies in the IT, Digital Media and Telecommunications industries.

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Senior PHP Developer - Bristol Permanent / Bristol, England

Senior Software Engineer | PHP, JavaScript, Agile, MySQL | Bristol | £40,000 - £50,000 Do you have strong PHP and JavaScript development experience? Are you looking to work with like-minded and ambitious people, in a building solutions used the world over? This is an exciting opportunity for a Senior Developer to join a highly successful technology company in their brand new offices in the heart of Bristol. This role offers a salary of £40,000-£50,000 plus excellent benefits and regular training. This company has established itself as an industry leader due to it's innovative and ambitious solutions and services. With offices in Europe, Australia and the US, they are currently in an exciting phase of expansion and are looking for a forward-thinking Software Developer to join their friendly and fast-growing development team. As a Senior Developer you will have experience building scalable web applications in an Agile environment, using your significant skills in PHP and JavaScript. You will be confident creating and maintaining excellent code, possessing a good awareness of secure coding practises. Knowledge of cloud computing (AWS, GCP, Azure) and containerisation (Docker, Kubernetes) would be hugely advantageous, as would experience with Laravel, React or NodeJS. Exposure to database technologies such as MySQL and ElasticSearch would also be beneficial but is not essential. This company has an exciting future ahead of them. With an emphasis of a healthy work/life balance, they offer benefits such as flexible working hours, private health care and the use of their onsite gym. If you're looking for a role where you are supported and can grow professionally, apply now! Novate IT Ltd is a leading supplier of permanent and contract recruitment services for companies in the IT, Digital Media and Telecommunications industries.

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Senior BI Engineer - Power BI, ETL, Python - Buckfastleigh-£50K Permanent / Buckfastleigh, Devon

Senior Business Intelligence Engineer | MSSQL, Power BI, ETL, Python | Buckfastleigh| £50,000 This ethical data focused company is looking for a Senior Business Intelligence Engineer with experience of SQL, ETL and Python. With a substantial salary to be offered, the company are seeking a talented BI Engineer to be the technical authority in delivering products. Based on the outskirts of Dartmoor National Park, this organic business has gone from strength to strength and is seeking to develop the business and improve significantly. This award winning e-commerce business is keen for a Senior Business Intelligence Engineer to join their team and improve the products and customer experience. You will work collaboratively with other departments and help the company make strategic decisions through insight and data. You will bring commercial experience of being a Business Intelligence Engineer and show capability of collaborating with other responsive and talented colleagues. Your experience of MSSQL (SSIS / SSRS / SSAS) coupled with Power BI will a long with a proven history of identifying opportunities for data capture will be needed. Experience of Data architecture and management will be expected, while experience of ETL, with large scale e-commerce systems, will be desirable. You will bring experience of Python together with ML / AI for analysing complex scenarios and large amounts of data. Experience of Agile / Scrum / Kanban environments and favorable but not needed. If you're a capable and inclusive Senior Business Intelligence Engineer looking to join an exciting, modern company, apply today for an immediate telephone interview. Novate IT Ltd is a leading supplier of permanent and contract recruitment services for companies in the IT, Digital Media and Telecommunications industries.

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Development Team Lead - C#, JavaScript, Cloud - Exeter - £55K Permanent / Exeter, Devon

Development Team Lead | C#, .Net, Angular, TypeScript, ES6, HTML, CSS, NodeJS, Cloud | Exeter | £50,000 to £55,000 Are you an experienced Senior Developer looking for an opportunity to progress your career to the next level? Do you have experience of supporting and mentoring other Software Engineers using C#, .Net frameworks and JavaScript technologies? Would you like to be a Development Team Lead and have an active input into the software engineering vision of a market leading technology company? If you answer yes to these questions then you may well have just found your ideal career move. Offering a starting salary of £50,000 - £55,000, collaborating with other software engineering teams, you will be responsible for meeting the demand of their growing client base as well as support the evolution of their software product range. The company is a pioneer in the provision of digital information services to companies and consumers in the UK land and property industry, this employer are growing into new territories and are going from strength to strength. They are now seeking an experienced senior level C# / .Net Software Engineer to become a Development Team Lead and understand, commit and implement the software engineering vision. This role will suit you if you already have strong commercial C#, .Net and JavaScript skills and have some experience of collaborating and mentoring less experienced Software Engineers. You will also have experience across modern JavaScript frameworks such as TypeScript, ES6, NodeJS and/or Angular and will have experience of API services and cloud-based development. Offering a generous salary and benefits package as well as the opportunity to progress your career as a Development Team Lead, whilst working on modern technologies, this is a rare opportunity well worth looking into further. For more details and an immediate telephone interview please apply today. Novate IT Ltd is a leading supplier of permanent and contract recruitment services for companies in the IT, Digital Media and Telecommunications industries.

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Software Integration Engineer - Munich Permanent / Munich, Bayern

Software Integration Engineer - Munich - €generous salary and benefits An exciting new opportunity for a Software Integration Engineer to join their team integrating new digital TV software solutions into their customers mobile device platforms. A generous starting salary and benefits package is offered. This employer develop innovative software solutions for global digital TV providers, allowing consumers to enjoy multi-screen services across traditional platforms such as cable, satellite, and terrestrial as well as mobile devices and IPTV . Their team in Ismaning (near Munich) are now expanding and they are looking for a number of Engineers to undertake customer software integration activities. You will have software development skills in C++, C#, Objective-C, Swift and/or Python along with experience of integrating new software solutions into live platforms. You will have had some exposure to mobile device software and experience with scripting in Python, Bash or similar. Experience of cloud technologies such as GCP, AWS, and/or Azure would be beneficial as would previous mobile development experience for iOS or Android. If you have experience of any of the following; Big data technologies, digital TV technologies, DRM, video standards and live streaming, this employer will be particularly interested in speaking with you. This will prove to be an interesting role for the successful applicant, giving them the opportunity to work on innovative digital TV software solutions to be used by a global audience. For further details and an immediate telephone interview please apply today. Novate IT Ltd is a leading supplier of permanent and contract recruitment services for companies in the IT, Digital Media and Telecommunications industries.

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Senior Graphics Programmer - Remote Permanent / London, England

Senior Graphics Programmer - Remote Want to work on some of the biggest games in the world, from the comfort of your home? Want to remain ambitious and be part of something special, but want to miss out the morning commute? A new opportunity with a fantastic Games Studio has opened for a Graphics Programmer offering up to £65,000, potentially more DOE, + a generous benefits package including 23 days holiday. The company is led by industry experts in creating bespoke game development & design for the prestigious brands that they partner with. Due to continued client referrals due to the high-quality nature of their work, they have more exciting projects to work on than ever! The successful candidate will get to hone their skills with some of the best in their industry and be looked after with continuous training and support. Moreover, you will get to work on some of the coolest game projects available at this moment in time. The initial project you will be working on is a cutting-edge new game that is causing excitement to those in the know but is under strict development confidentiality, it's a brand new IP for large scale MMORPG that will be released on Next-Gen consoles and PC/Linux and other platforms. Candidates must have experience in the games industry and have developed at least one console game in a Senior/Lead capacity. Candidate should have experience with PC, PS4 and/or XboxOne rendering. Candidates should also have experience with shader writing, optimisation and debugging. Candidates should also have strong C++ experience, using the latest C++17 standards (and eyeing C++20 and beyond). Candidates should also have experience with Entity Component System design (ECS) for high performance processing. If you love games and want to work with other game-obsessed developers, then this is an opportunity worth exploring! The role can be worked fully remote or from either the London or Nottingham office. You can also choose a semi remote function, such as working two days a week from home. This is a place where you can truly grow your career and expand your skillset, whilst having lots of fun along the way! Click apply today to send me your CV for an immediate telephone interview! Novate IT Ltd is a leading supplier of permanent and contract recruitment services for companies in the IT, Digital Media and Telecommunications industries.

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Testimonials

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  • I've found Novate IT to be highly professional - they've always focused on quality over quantity which has been a great help because I always know that CV's from Novate IT are a good match for my requirements. After dealing with several different recruitment firms, I've settled with Novate IT because I...

    Ben Howes (CEO) / Zoetrope Labs

  • Burned by previous bad experiences of agencies who didn't take due care and attention when sending though potential candidates, we had long stopped using recruitment agencies. It was costing too much time and money and becoming more of a hassle then it was worth. That was until we met Novate IT. their...

    James Ewin (Creative Director) / Only Orca Limited

  • I was working with Novate IT on product and tech positions for wefox. I enjoy the simple and fast processes with Novate IT. Novate IT helped us to hire a challenging Product Owner role in insurance segment in a very short time.

    Roman Matyushkin (Recruitment Development Manager) / wefox

  • I found Novate IT to be helpful and endlessly patient. We were extremely fussy but were supplied with a string of high-quality candidates

    James Andrews / Hiring Manager

  • We have worked with the team at Novate IT for several years now. The roles we hire into are often highly specialized and with hard to find skills and/or experience. The Novate IT team has taken the time really to understand our business, what drives us and what we look for in...

    Ann Tanner (Senior HR Business Partner) / Cray UK Limited

  • Actual Experience has enjoyed a productive partnership with Novate, securing candidates matched to our requirements and aligned with our culture. This has helped us achieve sustainable growth.

    Vincent Lerigo-Smith (Professional Development Manager) / Actual Experience

  • I have had the pleasure of working woth Novate IT for a number of years on various technical roles. In every instance their team has taken the time and effort to understand what we are looking for in the ideal candidates. The candidates which are sent trhough are relevant and of high...

    Matt Seymour (Head of Software) / Verisk Maplecroft

  • We use Novate IT's recruitment services as we are often in need of Linux specialists for one or several of our European offices. Time after time, Novate IT show that the company has a strong candidate network in different countries, that the Consultants deliver high quality recruitment services and that they 'do...

    Lizeth van der Jagt (Recruiter) / ClusterVision BV

  • I've worked with the team at Novate IT for over 10 years. Novate IT stand out from the crowd by building and maintaining long-term relationships and connections within the tech indistry in the Bristol area. They are well-informed and realistic, and partner with you as a hiring manager to help you arrive...

    Alex Francis (VP of Engineering) / Polecat

  • It’s been a pleasure working with Novate IT on filling some of our difficult vacancies. They are not only friendly and responsive but also listen (which is an essential recruiter virtue from my perspective) to both HR AND the candidates and is thus able to deliver candidates which are a perfect match....

    Gosia Szulc (Director of HR & Admin) / Verimatrix GmbH

  • We have been working with Novate IT for around one year and the team has helped us bring many great talents on board. Everyone at Novate IT is straightforward, smart and easy to work with. They always send relevant candidates that also fit well into our team. Besides the fact that we...

    Verena Garo (HR Manager) / Zattoo International Ltd

  • I just wanted to reach out and give some positive feedback about your Recruitment Consultant, Mark. He was in touch within 24 hours of my applying, had relevant questions and was able to answer questions I had with enough information to be useful but the honesty to admit the limits of his...

    Lloyd Jackman / Candidate

  • Helpful Consultants at Novate IT were instrumental in securing an exciting Senior Technical Writing role with one of their clients - a top tech company. Although we didn't agree on a job offer at the end of the day, the guys at Novate IT knew I had competitive offers on the table...

    Ivan Terziev / Candidate

  • Novate are easy to deal with and got me some good interviews. I do not usually like dealing with recruitment agencies at all but Novate is an exception.

    Jamie A / Candidate

  • Novate IT were a great company in helping me along the path towards my new job. They checked in with me at key points of the process with a willingness to answer any questions or concerns. What really struck me the most was my Consultants focus on making sure my fit and...

    Ben Howard / Candidate

  • Over the past few months I have dealt with several recruiters, some being too pushy, some not knowing enough information about the sector, and some I just felt like they didn't care much about my applications. my Recruitment Consultant at Novate IT ticked all the boxes, he was friendly, attentive and I...

    Callum Bailey / Candidate

  • I found my current job with the help of Novate IT. In the first call I had with them, they approached me with three interesting job offers giving me all the information I needed synthetic and precise, no "bullshit". I choose one and they followed me through all the process - always...

    Marco Franceschin / Candidate

  • Highly recommended. I have had experience with quite a few recruitment agencies and NOVATE IT is by far the best one. They provided me with job opportunities that really fit my skills and personal criteria. Contact was also excellent. Unlike other agencies which would spam me with constant phone calls, communicating over...

    Kornelia Watson / Candidate

  • Novate were super quick and friendly, and had processed my application in a matter of hours. I am now happily employed thanks to their help and haven't looked back!

    Ryan Boylett / Candidate

  • I had the pleasure of working with Novate IT on my recruitment at wefox. They guided me through every step of the recruitment process. I was very glad for their supportive attitude and guidance.

    Monika Kotus / Candidate

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5 Top Tips for Improving Productivity (Novate IT)

5 Tips for Improving Productivity at Work Over the course of any work day there can be a lot of distractions. Whether its procrastination, interruptions or external factors, it all adds up to time that disappears from the day, which can make a person overall less efficient. Being more productive doesn’t necessarily mean that those distractions will necessarily go anywhere, you’ll still have to do things like responding to emails, attending meetings, but by being more prepared, it should help to support you to be as effective as possible. Improving time management is beneficial both professionally and personally – it will help to reduce stress and minimise mistakes. Sounds good right? Here are 5 simple tips that you can integrate into your day to day routine that will help you to increase your productivity: Create Daily To-Do Lists – get into the habit of creating a prioritised list of all the things that need to be achieved that day. If putting pen to paper isn’t your style, there are online tools such as Basecamp and Google Keep where you can create digital to-do lists to aid the planning and management of tasks. You can even delegate tasks to others or receive reminders when deadlines are approaching. Remember to be realistic. Trying to cram too much into your day can cause a drop in overall productivity and morale. Ticking things off a list is very satisfying and can also be a motivational factor. Stay Focussed at Meetings – Politely avoid unnecessary meetings that don’t require you or benefit you. If you are arranging a meeting, set an agenda in advance to highlight clear expectations, provide reference materials in advance, or perhaps even opt for a video conference instead of gathering heads all in one room. Take Breaks! – Chaining yourself to a desk is not the secret to success – it’s a recipe for burnout. Without taking regular breaks, your productivity, mental wellbeing and overall performance will start to lag and then decline. Taking just a 5 minute break and having a walk around when you’re feeling drained by the task in hand can boost your concentration drastically. Reduce or Remove Distractions – It’s totally okay to let the people around you know that you don’t want to be disturbed, or move to another area of the office that’s a little more quiet to crack on with what you’re doing. If it helps you to keep distractions to a minimum, do it. Get a Good Night’s Sleep – a lack of sleep will affect your performance, even if you think you’re superman. Try and adequately rest and get a good night’s sleep to help prepare you for the following day. We hope you find these tips helpful. We are Novate IT. Join us on our ‘Crusade Against Poor Recruitment Practices’ – you can read our previous articles here: www.novate-it.co.uk/blog 01174 403 970 / enquiries@novate-it.co.uk​

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How to Land Your Next Job

How to Land Your Next Job In this (slightly longer) article, we’re going to tell you how you can land your next job. Whether you’re just starting out in the industry or whether you’re looking to progress on to your next challenge, following these steps will help you to find, and land the job you want and deserve. Before you even start applying for jobs, go back to the basics. Start by Identifying up to 5 industries that would suit you. There are many industries out there to choose from, and they are all entirely different in their own right. Establishing industries that you’d feel comfortable working in is a good starting point. For example, the defence sector doesn’t suit everyone. Then Identify up to 5 things you want from your next job. Perhaps you want to work with more data, maybe do less coding, or do more coding. Maybe you’d like flexible hours, or to work remotely or more money. Identifying what it important to you early on in your job search will mean you’re only investing your time to create applications for jobs that are of genuine interest to you. Next, Identify the skills you have to offer. Take a piece of paper and write down any and all of your qualifications, professional achievements, awards, any certifications you have, and your hard skills. (Hard skills are skills that can be defined and measured.) You can then use this list to help you update your CV. Identify what makes you valuable to a company. Think beyond your work experience and qualifications here. Take another piece of paper and write down the things that make you valuable. Perhaps it’s your leadership skills, teamwork, or communication skills. Update your CV. You can learn about how to create a stand out CV here – we’ve even made you a free CV template! Use your thoughts from points 3 and 4 to help you update your CV. There are some additional points to consider: Always include your contact information, including name, phone number and email. You’d be surprised how many CV’s we see with none of these things. How are we meant to contact you to discuss the role if you have left no contact details? Stick to including only relevant information. This one is crucial – tailor your CV to each job that you’re applying for. This will take time, but you will be much more likely to be noticed amongst the crowd. Spellcheck and proof read your CV. Several times. When I receive a CV riddled with spelling and grammatical errors (which is too often), I can’t help but think “If this is how they’re presenting they’re CV, is much pride and attention going to go into this role they’re applying for?” – especially if it’s a role with a high-level salary. Every device has free spell check software installed, there is no excuse for incorrect spelling on your CV. None. Update your LinkedIn profile. And remember that LinkedIn is a professional networking site, so keep anything you post there professional. Potential employers will be looking at your page to find out more about you, don’t give them the wrong impression. Make your headline clear and concise, and optimise the use of the summary section by writing about the past, the present and your future goals. Where you talk about your previous experience, focus on skills relevant to the role you’re looking to obtain, be passionate and show what you can bring to the table. Identify job boards relevant to the industry you want to work in. Some job boards are more niche than others. Job boards like Reed for example are very broad in the sectors they cover meaning a very wide variety of jobs across many industries, whereas CW Jobs for example is specifically for IT and Tech jobs only. They will each attract different types of companies to advertise their vacancies there. An IT services company is more likely to advertise on CW Jobs, whereas a role within an IT team at an accounting company for example, would be more likely to be advertised on Reed. It’s worth finding 3-4 job boards that suit your industry preferences to begin your search, it will help you to review only job vacancies relevant to you. Tailor your CV to each application and include a cover letter. This may feel longwinded, but its worth the investment of your time. You don’t have to make big changes to your CV each application, just try and ensure that you have demonstrated that you have the skills and experience they are looking for. In your cover letter, stray away from talking purely about ‘I did this, I did that’ – talk instead about your motivations for applying for this job, how you can help the organisation and what skills you bring. Where possible address your cover letter to the hiring manager and close with something along the lines of “I look forward to hearing from you”. Apply to jobs that are relevant to your experience, skills or genuine ambitions. An example. I was recently recruiting for a mid-level Software Tester role, I received over 130 applications in a few days. Just over 60 of those applicants had never worked in software testing, or even in IT. They were administrators, office workers, retail workers, etc. It is not realistic to apply for jobs that you have no relevant skills or experience with and expect to receive an interview, let alone the job. It can be deflating when you receive a barrage of rejection emails. By only applying to jobs that are relevant, you may find that your success rate in obtaining interviews is higher and you’ll feel less deflated by your job hunt. Practice your pitch. By yourself, with a friend or colleague, whatever works for you. By properly preparing for an interview you’re giving yourself the best chance of success. It will help if you research the company and the job you’re being interviewed for to make sure you understand; what they do as a company, their values, their products, their mission etc. In addition, be clear in your understanding of what the role involves, the skills required and why you would make the best candidate for the job. Remember, you want to demonstrate how you can add value to their company, provide examples of how you can do that. We hope you find these tips helpful. We are Novate IT. We work closely with employers across the UK and Europe, supporting them to improve their recruitment practices, to attract and retain the talent needed to develop and sustain their businesses in the long term. Join us on our ‘Crusade Against Poor Recruitment Practices’ – you can read our previous articles here: www.novate-it.co.uk/blog 01174 403 970 / enquiries@novate-it.co.uk

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Master Self-Promotion and Build Your Confidence

Typically, less than 10% of people who apply for a job are offered an interview. If they are all as competent and capable as you, you will need to have that added extra to make you stand out against the crowd, and that’s where self-promotion comes in. One of the biggest misconceptions about self-promotion is that its plain old bragging. It’s not. Self-promotion is about informing the relevant people about the skills and value that you can bring to the table, in doing that, people can then make a more informed choice about whether to recruit you. Self-promoting in the right way can reassure hiring managers that you really are the best person for the job. A lot of people find self-promotion hard. It can really feel like you’re bragging, showing off, or maybe even make you feel a bit arrogant, but it doesn’t have to be that way. If you can shake that uncomfortable feeling when self-promoting, over time you’ll find it easier and your confidence will grow. Numerous studies have shown that the ability to self-promote is not only more likely to secure you the job you want, you’re also more likely to secure a job that you will thrive in. The more accurately that you’re able to talk about your talents, qualities and past achievements, the more able people are to make the right decisions about you. Self-promotion can really help you to unlock your untapped potential. Here’s what I want you to do – get a blank A4 sheet of paper, a pen, find a quiet spot, and plonk yourself down for 10 minutes. On that piece of paper, I want you to write down a list of what makes you remarkable. Try and fill the page if you can of your skills, value and achievements. Maybe you’ve raised a lot of money for charity, maybe you’d founded and run your own business, or have created an outstanding portfolio of happy clients you’ve worked with, you could be the first in your family to have attended university, whatever it is, big or small - write down whatever it is you think makes YOU remarkable. Now I want you to read out loud the things you have written on your ‘list of remarkable me.’ Did you find it harder to read them out loud then writing them down? People often find it harder to read their achievements out loud compared to writing them down and that’s okay. This might even be the first time you’ve sat down and really thought about what your actual accomplishments are. Now that you understand your collective achievements better, you can practice talking passionately about them. You can practice in which ever way works for you - don’t be afraid to ask for help from a friend. When you’re in an interview, move away from selling yourself in the sense of “I worked in this role at this company and did this” and talk more about “In this company I achieved this, I saved this, I grew this...” If you’re new to this, learning to self-promote isn’t something that’s going to happen over-night. It takes time and practice. Eventually, you’ll be able to own it and talk more confidently to the world about what you’re great at. We are Novate IT. We work closely with employers across the UK and Europe, supporting them to improve their recruitment practices, to attract and retain the talent needed to develop and sustain their businesses in the long term. Join us on our ‘Crusade Against Poor Recruitment Practices’ – you can read our previous articles here: www.novate-it.co.uk/blog 01174 403 970 / enquiries@novate-it.co.uk​

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Understanding & Improving Your Digital Wellbeing

In this article, we’re going to think about your Wellbeing, or more specifically, your Digital Wellbeing. Your average adult now spends at least 6 hours a day consuming online media (that’s outside of work hours) and will check their phone at least 50 times a day, every day. Digital Wellbeing is about building and maintaining a healthy relationship with technology. Its understanding how technology helps us to achieve our goals, rather than being a distraction or an interruption. We often think that our devices enable us to multi-task. That’s a myth. There are numerous studies that show there is a significant drop in our cognitive capabilities when we’re flicking between screens. Have a think about how many notifications you receive each day. We know that our dopamine levels rise when we receive notifications - getting notifications makes us momentarily feel good. But research shows that it can take up to 25 minutes for a person to regain their focus to a task following being distracted by a flurry of notifications. Personally, I often struggle keeping a happy balance of technology - I’m an all or nothing kind of girl. But every now and then I take a step back and review whether the technology I am using is actually improving my life, or distracting me from it. I ask myself: How much of this time is well spent? How much of it is actually adding value to my life? We all use technology in different ways, and we all define ‘time well spent’ differently too, so a good starting point to creating a Digital Wellbeing balance, is to understand you own definition of ‘time well spent’. When I’ve defined what ‘time well spent’ means to me at that point, I then ask myself: How do I spend my time online? How much of this time is well spent? How does it make me feel spending this time online? Does it add genuine value to my life? Is there anything I’d like to change about my digital engagement? Is my use of tech helping me to achieve goal X, Y or Z? We can get so caught up in our use of technology that we can lose the objective sense of what we’re doing. I then think about the wider aspects: What role I would like technology to have in my life? Are there any certain parts of my life that I want to try and keep device free? Are there certain things about technology that frustrate me? Asking yourself these questions will help you to better understand your relationship with technology. By understanding that relationship, you can gain some more control over your tech habits, enabling us to use it to its full potential and gain optimum benefits from its usage. So, what can you do to create a better balance? Here are some tips. Use device monitoring tools (iOS Screen Time, Android Digital Wellbeing, Siempo, Space App, RescueTime) to show you exactly how much time you’re spending on each app. We often underestimate the time we spend using technology. Using a tool like this can help you to really understand where your time is being spent, providing you real time insight, enabling you to make further choices about your usage. You can also restrict how much time you can spend on apps using these tools. Think about reducing, removing, or customizing your notifications. The only notifications I have on my iPhone are for calls, texts, WhatsApp messages or emails, and even the emails are muted. Its not uncommon for the average phone to ping a notification at you over 700 times in a week. That’s a lot of distractions, often unnecessary. (looking at you news apps, with your 20+ ‘BREAKING NEWS’ alerts every day, often not real breaking news) Consider setting your devices to ‘do not disturb’ mode when you need to focus on something. Enabling this mode will generally block all notifications, preventing your trail of thought being interrupted. You can amend the settings to allow some notifications if you deem them necessary. Consider taking a break from social media. You don’t have to delete your accounts, but you can deactivate them, or just not log in for a while. Taking even just a week off from social media can do your mind the absolute world of good. Read about this guys’ 30 day break from social media and the astounding impact it had on him. Think about setting yourself a clear goal of how much screen time you want to be having in a week and try and stick to it. Using device monitoring tools can help you achieve this. If you’re working with or at a computer all day, take that into account – maybe a couple of device free evenings at home is what you need! Keep only the tools you need on your home-screens. Move unnecessary apps to the back or remove them entirely from your home-screens. You’re less likely to be tempted by something that’s not in your direct view. Consider leaving your phone in a different room overnight to charge – starting and ending your day without your phone. We wake up most mornings and subconsciously instantly start checking our phones. We go to sleep most nights after scrolling through various feeds. It may not feel like it, but its impacting on your quality of sleep. Give ‘Device Free Meetings’ a go! Switching your focus between a device and paying attention in a meeting can cause you to lose up to 50% of your efficiency and accuracy. Making a conscious choice not to use or check devices in a meeting increases efficiency and productivity, and conversations & ideas will flow much more smoothly. Do you have a personal mobile and a work mobile? Do you need them both all the time? Switching off your work mobile when you’ve finished work for the day is a marvellous thing to do (if you’re contractually allowed to do so). Try it. Do you feel like your day is taken over by just responding to emails? Me to, too often. To help with this, I set specific time slots in my daily diary that is ‘email time’. I still read & respond to emails relevant to the task in hand outside of designated ‘email time’ – but this way, my focus is only on what I am doing at that time. Sometimes we just don’t need to send an email either… Before firing off an email, think, is there another way I can get this information that I’m looking for here? Would a face to face conversation work better, or a telephone call? Communication is key to a lot of things, and a personal approach is often going to be more welcome than, another email. By creating and maintaining a healthy balance with technology, you will be sure to find improvements in your physical health, your mental health in addition to helping to create better relationships with the people around you. We are Novate IT. We work closely with employers across the UK and Europe, supporting them to improve their recruitment practices, to attract and retain the talent needed to develop and sustain their businesses in the long term. Join us on our ‘Crusade Against Poor Recruitment Practices’ – you can read our previous articles here: www.novate-it.co.uk/blog 01174 403 970 / enquiries@novate-it.co.uk​

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Our Top 5 Bristol Lunch Spots You HAVE to Try

Here at Novate IT, each Friday lunchtime we all meet up for something to eat together as a team. It’s a great time to catch up, discuss ideas or plans, talk out any stressors from the week or just laugh at funny cat videos. It definitely helps to strengthen our relationship as a team. This means we have had the pleasure of sampling some of central Bristol’s finest eateries over the years. Today we’re sharing with you our top 5 recommendations in Central Bristol where you will be guaranteed to find an absolutely mouth-watering, drool inducing lunch (or dinner), without breaking the bank. We are all meat eaters at Novate IT, though all of the following offer a vegan or vegetarian option on their menu if that is what your heart desires. (In no particular order, because it’s so hard to choose) ASADO This place is well worth the stroll up the Christmas Steps. Asado is one of our favourite spots for one of the tastiest burgers you will ever eat. The rosemary salt chips are also incredible. Check out Wriggle for any deals, it may save you a few quid. (Asado, 90 Colston Street, BS1 5BB) WINGS DINER @ SMALL BAR Be warned, when you try this succulently juicy buttermilk fried chicken with an Asian twist, you will be going back at very regular intervals for the rest of forever for your fried chicken fix. Based within Small Bar on King Street (where you can also sample any of the 30+ craft beers they have on tap), what started as a pop up looks like it’s here to stay for the long term and we are so very pleased about that. Note: Small Bar only accept card payments, no cash. (Wings Diner, 31 King Street, BS1 4DZ) THREE BROTHERS A popular favourite in the city due to its picturesque location overlooking the floating harbour and donning a menu of the most impressive selections of burgers in the city, you will not be disappointed with a venture to the Three Brothers. They also offer a £5 lunch deal 7 days a week on their classic burger and fries, handy for if you have too much month left at the end of your money. (Three Brothers, Welsh Back, BS1 4SB) IRONWORKS SUPPLY CO. A trendy and aesthetically pleasing spot to grab a less greasy lunch that is in no way any less delicious. From lunch bowls to pizza to wraps, there is something for everyone. It may not always look like much in terms of presentation, but it all tastes absolutely insanely perfect at very reasonable cost. (Ironworks Supply Co, 51 Broad Street, BS1 2EP) MATINA We’re throwing in a curve ball here because you can’t eat in at Matina, take away only – a good choice for perching in Castle Park on a pleasant day or for having lunch back at the office. Matina is based on the edge of St Nicholas Food Market, arguably the King of Kurdish Flatbread Kebabs (or salad boxes) and likely the most popular places to grab a bite to eat in St Nicks. Prepare to queue up with at least 30 other people at peak times, but well and truly worth the wait. (Matina, The Glass Arcade, St Nicholas St, BS1 1JQ) Wheres your favourite place to grab lunch in central Bristol? We are Novate IT. We work closely with employers across the UK and Europe, supporting them to improve their recruitment practices, to attract and retain the talent needed to develop and sustain their businesses in the long term. Join us on our ‘Crusade Against Poor Recruitment Practices’ – you can read our previous articles here: www.novate-it.co.uk/blog 01174 403 970 / enquiries@novate-it.co.uk

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Reject Those Unsuitable CV's from Recruiters!

Something that we often encounter when speaking to clients is that they often receive CV’s from recruiters that are not relevant to the vacancy or are not suitably skilled as per the role requirements. When we encounter this, we ask “What did you do with them?” to which the answer is normally along the lines of “we didn’t do anything with them”. Here at Novate IT, we pride ourselves on our ability to provide introductions to quality candidates with suitable skills and experience. A CV from us is a candidate that you will want to interview. On the occasion that you receive CVs from a recruiter that do not suit the requirements you are seeking, don’t be afraid to send it back. By rejecting poor quality or irrelevant CV’s in this way, it can help rogue recruiters to better learn about your business and understand about the candidates you really want to hire. Recruiters work for you. It is their job to know and understand your business to help you to secure the right candidate for your vacancy. If unsuitable CV’s aren’t rejected, there is less opportunity for industry learning. You may continue to receive poor quality CV’s. You may hire unsuitable candidates because of the illusion you’re presented with, that these are “the best candidates available”, which as we know can have its own issues and repercussions. Feedback on CV’s is critically important to recruiters, it is only with feedback that recruiters can really improve the standard of applicants that are being presented to you. If you feel like your current recruitment partners are not necessarily providing you with the quality you expect, contact us today for a friendly chat about how we can assist you with your current vacancies. Novate IT work closely with employers across the UK and Europe, supporting them to improve their recruitment practices to attract and retain the talent needed to develop and sustain their businesses in the long term. Join us on our ‘Crusade Against Poor Recruitment Practices’ – you can read our previous articles here: www.novate-it.co.uk/blog 01174 403 970 / enquiries@novate-it.co.uk

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