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Full Stack Developer - PHP, JavaScript, MySQL - Bath Permanent / Bath, Somerset

Full Stack Developer - PHP, ES6, JavaScript, HTML5, CSS3, MySQL - Bath An exciting opportunity for a talented full stack developer to work for an innovative, global digital publishing company as a key member of their web platform team. Offering a starting salary of between £30,000-£40,000 and fantastic benefits, this role is ideal for a developer with strong PHP and a range of front end skills (ES6/JavaScript, HTML5, CSS3). This international market leading company pride themselves on being at the cutting edge of their industry and many of their products are household names. Working to deliver scalable and efficient web applications and components, applicants must be fluent in PHP, be able to work with relational databases and have experience of using JavaScript frameworks (React, Angular). Using innovative approaches to achieve your goals, you will be maintaining core brand websites, ensuring they are fast, stable and continnue provide excellent user experience. Experience in Functional Programming and RxJS/Streams is favourable but not essential. This position offers a fantastic opportunity for long term career progression in a constantly evolving environment. With a focus on team work and development, and benefits that include fantastic health care, organised social events and share incentive plans, this is the perfect role for a talented and motivated full stack developer. This role will offer you the chance to make the most of your existing skillset as well as develop your exposure to other areas of emerging technology If you're looking to take an exciting step forward 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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PHP Developer - Bristol Permanent / Bristol, England

PHP Developer - Bristol - OO PHP, MySQL, JavaScript - £35,000 + benefits A new and exciting opportunity for a passionate PHP Developer to join an eCommerce company in Bristol as a key part of their development team. Starting salary of up to £35,000 + generous benefits is offered for the ideal candidate. Now is the perfect time to join their development team, as their customer base continues to grow. They are now looking for a new, skilled PHP Developer with strong OO PHP development experience to assist in a wide range of development projects. Applicants will have good commercial experience in object-oriented PHP coupled with MySQL, solid front-end development skills using JavaScript, HTML5 / CSS3 and have basic knowledge of Linux. Experience using languages such as Twig / LESS / Grunt /Bower would be ideal however these skills are not essential. Above all, applicants will possess a real passion for delivering cutting-edge solutions utilising emerging technologies. If you're a PHP Developer looking for a progressive development role in Bristol this is the position for you, offering a great salary along with a great benefits package this will prove to be a great long term career move. This role will offer you the chance to make the most of your existing skillset as well as develop your exposure to other areas of emerging technology. For more details and to make an immediate application please 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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Senior Software Engineer - Birmingham - Go/Java/Python Permanent / Birmingham, West Midlands

Senior Software Engineer - Birmingham - Go/Java/Python An amazing opportunity has just arisen to join a growing innovative Software Development company in brand new offices in Birmingham as a Software Engineer. The role can offer up to £65,000, DOE, + Benefits, which includes 25 days holiday. The company work on developing strategic software solutions for their clients, which in turn helps them compete with the leading companies in their industry. The company have experienced great success and have grown from a small team who were doing things differently, to a company that are one of the leading challengers to the industry leaders, by using innovation to explore unchartered territory. They are now looking to expand further, as they take on more exciting projects, with an additional Software Engineer. This person will be at the heart of mission key projects and will be able to really take ownership of their work. Because of this, the successful candidate will be passionate about technology and want to build the best software solutions and work with the latest cutting-edge technologies. Applicants should have strong skills in a programming language such as Golang, Java 8+ or Python v3.x. Candidates should also have experience writing and maintaining automated tests. In addition to this, experience with cloud technologies such as AWS, Google Cloud Platform or Azure would be advantageous to an application. As would experience with Agile & Scrum methodologies. The ideal candidate will have experience with NoSQL technologies. This is a truly awesome opportunity for somebody to work as part of a talented and friendly software engineering team. At the same time working on projects that are designed to be ground breaking and challenging the establishment. 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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Full Stack Software Developer - .Net - Nantwich - Up to £45,000 Permanent / Nantwich, Cheshire

Full Stack Software Developer - .Net - Nantwich - Up to £45,000 Do you want to join an exciting, successful company who are expanding rapidly? Our client, an award-winning, innovative technology company is looking for a Software Developer from Junior - Senior level to join their office in historical Nantwich. The opportunity to work with this nationally recognised, exciting digital agency can offer up to £45,000 DOE as a basic salary coupled with excellent benefits. This company is a successful, forward-thinking digital agency, who deliver a range of marketing solutions for their clients in the automotive sector. The effectiveness of these solutions has been proven by their expansion; they have become the fastest growing agency in their sector. With sites around Europe and multiple offices in the UK, they are now looking for a Software Developer to join their office in Nantwich; a historical market town with one of the highest concentrations of listed buildings in England. Nantwich is a lovely, quaint town with a rich history and excellent examples of Tudor and Georgian architecture. This is a perfect opportunity to work on exciting projects for multinational clients whilst living in a quiet, cultural town. You will have good knowledge of C#, SQL and Web APIs, as well as experience with JavaScript. Experience with frameworks such as React, Angular or Node.js would be advantageous to an application. This is an outstanding opportunity for a motivated, enthusiastic individual to help this company build their software solutions. You will be working with the office's talented development team on exciting software; it's an excellent opportunity to really showcase your skills. Heard enough and want to join this friendly, passionate team? 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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iOS Developer - Nottingham - up to £35,000 Permanent / Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

iOS Developer - Nottingham - up to £35,000 A fantastic opportunity has arisen to join a leading digital agency in the heart of Nottingham as an iOS Developer. This role can offer up to £35,000 DOE + benefits. You could be joining a company whose expertise lies in creating excellent digital solutions for their prestigious clients, which, in turn, helps said clients capture the digital marketplace in their specific industry. Through providing a full digital solution that goes above and beyond the creation of a stunning website, as well as putting infrastructure in place to get the most insightful information, this company excels at what they do. Part of the solution provided is the creation of Enterprise Apps, so this company is always on the lookout for talented iOS Developers to join their constantly expanding team. The successful candidate will be given the opportunity to work on projects for high-end, market-leading companies, with some of the best iOS developers in the area. There is a lot of opportunity to learn new skills and develop yourself within this company, so don't miss out! You should have solid experience with iOS app development, as well as experience with Swift. Experience with Objective C would be beneficial to an application. The ideal candidate will have experience with REST and JSON. This is a great opportunity to join a friendly, well-established digital agency to work on exciting, innovative projects. Apply today for more information and 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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C++ Software Engineer - Bristol - 6 months - £300 to £325 pd Contract / Bristol, England

C++ Software Engineer | Bristol | 6 months | £300 | £325 per day A brand new opportunity to join an international market-leader and assist in delivering a number of new software development projects. Applicants should be commercially experienced C++ Software Engineers, this company use C++11 so specific experience of this would be advantageous. The role involves developing a backend platform in C++ for both Windows and Mac so applicants should have experience of working in either of both environments. Ideally applicants will also have experience of areas such bit shifting, bite arrays, hexadecimal and in general working with data at a bit level. Alongside C++ any experience of React and Redux would be beneficial but not essential, as would knowledge of firmware development. If you are a C++ Software Engineer seeking a long term contract opportunity in the Bristol area this could well be the role for you. For more details and an immediate telephone interview apply now. NB: Novate IT are working exclusively with this client therefore if you haven't yet responded to this advert or spoken with us you are not being considered for this role. 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 - TypeScript, Vue.js, SCSS - £350 per day Contract / Plymouth, Devon

Front end Developer | TypeScript, Vue.js, SCSS, Flexbox, OOP, Webpack | Bristol, Plymouth or Remote | £350 per day This is an exciting opportunity to join an innovate company at a time of continued expansion. This digital company is looking for an experienced Frontend Developer with experience of TypeScript, Vue.js and SCSS for a 6-month contract paying £350 per day. Seeking to become an industry leader of their sector, the digital company is seeking a Frontend developer to hit the ground running alongside their growing development team based between Plymouth and Bristol. You will bring vast amounts of experience of TypeScript, Vue.js and SCSS. Your experience of Flexbox will be match by your experience of OOP, Webpack, Responsive Web Design and Git. 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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Front End Developer - Mansfield - £25,000 - £35,000 DOE Permanent / Mansfield, Nottinghamshire

Front End Developer - Mansfield - JavaScript / HTML / CSS - £25,000 - £35,000 DOE Due to our client's growth, the opportunity to join a prestigious company has arisen; this prestigious agency has built an extremely enviable reputation within the marketing industry, delivering first-class strategies and results to a range of several blue-chip, high-profile clients. They are now looking for a talented Front-End Developer to join their expanding team in Mansfield. This position offers a competitive salary and great benefits DOE. This company is used to partnering with household name clients and well-loved brands, on fantastic, innovative projects that millions use every day. They are situated on their own private site, with a newly constructed flagship building dedicated to their digital staff. Teams within the company are constantly working together to construct quality marketing solutions and strategies that yield excellent results. Part of the company's success is down to their value of people; this has helped them stand out for years. Many of their forward-thinking strategies have come from helping their employees grow and flourish to reach their potential. To summarise, this is a company with a philosophy where they care about every employee, yet are large enough for everyone to build a successful, varied career. Our client is now looking for a Front-End Developer with strong skills in JavaScript, HTML and CSS. Candidates should have expertise in JavaScript, as well as good knowledge of HTML and CSS. Ideally, candidates will have some experience with Photoshop and Illustrator. If you're a passionate Front-End Developer with a flair for problem-solving and are ready to take on the challenge of working on a high volume of varied and exciting projects, 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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Software Engineer - Nottingham - C++, Linux Permanent / Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

Software Engineer - Nottingham - C++, Linux Do you want to work on projects that are truly important? Working for a company that are dealing with mission crucial matters that have been described in books? Near the centre of Nottingham there is a company doing brave and impressive things, who are now looking to hire a Software Engineer with strong C++ Experience. This role can offer up to £45,000 + a generous benefits package including 25 days holiday. The company have been around for decades and have worked on projects that have saved lives and billions of pounds. They are amongst the very best in their sector and hold several certifications and positions with various institutions. They are now looking to expand their team due to organic growth, with another talented C++ Developer. Candidates must have experience with C++ (ideally 11 and onwards) and Linux. Ideally, candidates will have experience with a scripting language such as Python, Bash or PHP. Skills with UML Modelling would also be beneficial to an application. As would experience with any of the following: VMWare, Docker, AWS. The ideal candidate will also have experience with Agile. This is an opportunity to work for a well-established company who are doing amazing things globally. If you want to join their determined and friendly team in Nottingham, then 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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Senior Unity Developer - Liverpool - £45,000 Permanent / Liverpool, Merseyside

Senior Unity Developer - Liverpool - £45,000 When you decided to become a Unity Developer, did you imagine yourself being part of a passionate team, working on awesome AR/VR projects for a company doing ground-breaking work? Whilst working in a city that has amazing culture, history and that big city vibrant lifestyle? If so, then read on... As an amazing opportunity has arisen to join an internationally recognised Games Studio as a Senior Unity Developer. This role can offer up to £45,000 + benefits. The company are an exciting creative studio that work with the latest cutting-edge technologies in order to create immersive experiences for gamers. The team are passionate about what they do and are keen to come up with create solutions in their work. This ambitious approach to work is probably one of the reasons why they have built up a reputation for being part of the advancement of emerging technologies, in their field of work. They are now looking for a talented C# / Unity Developer to join their team and be part of the journey! Candidates must have commercial experience developing games. Candidates should have strong Unity / C# skills too. Experience with AR and VR would be extremely beneficial to an application. The ideal candidate will have experience with GameSparks and developing for Magic Leap / Hololens. This is a truly great opportunity to be part of a team making a difference in the games sector! If you want to work with the latest cutting edge technologies and be part of working on some of the most extraordinary projects in the games industry, then 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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Technical Lead - Manchester - £70,000 - PHP, Magento Permanent / Manchester, Greater Manchester

Technical Lead - Manchester - £70,000 - PHP, Magento Do you want to work in a sleek, modern, relaxed environment creating high quality work? A trendy Digital Agency have a fantastic new opportunity to join them as a Technical Lead in their awesome offices at the heart of Manchester. This role can offer up to £70,000, potentially more DOE, with fantastic benefits. Our client is a leading, award-winning UK eCommerce consultancy. They create bespoke systems for a wide-variety of well-known retail clients, tailoring every project to meet their clients' needs. This measured approach, rather than fast paced creation of websites, is a big reason behind their success and current growth as they have built an enviable reputation in the industry. This company truly believes in establishing good satisfaction amongst their employees, and encourage a friendly, relaxed atmosphere, devoting a large portion of their office to recreation, including pool and ping pong tables, and arcade machines. They also have an office decorated to match their fun and laid-back culture, with nice colourful sofas and chairs and even a bar to compliment the feel. Their office is in Manchester city centre with fantastic views across the whole city, with some of the finest meeting rooms around. This role will allow you the opportunity to lead a team with exciting projects to deliver in the next few months, with the opportunity to grow and expand the team with the company's exciting plans for 2019. To be successful in this role, candidates will need to demonstrate expert knowledge with Magento and PHP, along with demonstrable experience using JavaScript, HTML, CSS. This role is a fantastic opportunity to join an innovative organisation who pride themselves on the quality of their work. They promote a relaxed, friendly environment, with an understanding for recreational needs as well as providing high quality work. This role comes with monthly workshop training opportunities to develop skills you may not be using commercially, this is indicative of their passion to provide continuous training and support to their staff to expand their skillsets and ultimately help nurture careers. If you think you have the skills necessary for this role, click apply to send me your CV today for an immediate telephone interview! NB. For candidates in Liverpool, Leeds, Preston and other nearby cities, semi-remote working is available. Preferably with at least three days still working on site each week. 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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PHP Developer - Manchester - £30,000 to £45,000 - Laravel Permanent / Manchester, Greater Manchester

PHP Developer - Manchester - £45,000 - Laravel A fantastic new role has arisen for a PHP Developer to join an award-winning market leading company in Manchester. This role can offer up to £45,000, potentially more DOE, plus benefits. In this role, you will join a leading company creating bespoke clothing for a wide range of clients, from household name companies, to small community groups and sports teams. The company are very customer focused, providing a high-quality service to customers and clients. Our client believe that constant innovation is important for business development and growth and are always striving to improve their employees and processes, setting the industry standard along the way. In this role, you will be using the latest cutting-edge technologies to develop and maintain their eCommerce website. Successful candidates for this role will have experience using PHP with Laravel. Experience with React.js and Magento would be beneficial to an application but is not essential. This role is the perfect opportunity for you to grow and develop your skills, working with modern, cutting-edge technologies for an exciting and leading company. If you would like to find out more about this opportunity, click apply to send me your CV 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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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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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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Novate IT's Top 5 Ted Talks

This week we're sharing 5 of our favourite (work related) Ted Talks to help you feel motivated or maybe pick up a new perspective. How to Make Applying for Jobs Less Painful Around 75 percent of people who applied to jobs in the past year said they never heard anything back from the employer. Finding a job used to start with submitting your CV to a million listings and never hearing back from most of them. But more and more companies are using tech-forward methods to identify candidates. If AI is the future of hiring, what does that mean for you? Technologist Priyanka Jain gives a look at this new hiring landscape. Why the Best Hire Might Not Have the Perfect CV Given the choice between a job candidate with a perfect resume and one who has fought through difficulty, human resources executive Regina Hartley always gives the "Scrapper" a chance. As someone who grew up with adversity, Hartley knows that those who flourish in the darkest of spaces are empowered with the grit to persist in an ever-changing workplace. "Choose the underestimated contender, whose secret weapons are passion and purpose," she says. "Hire the Scrapper." How to Find Work You Love Scott Dinsmore quit a job that made him miserable, and spent the next four years wondering how to find work that was joyful and meaningful. He shares what he learned in this deceptively simple talk about finding out what matters to you — and then getting started doing it. How to Make Work-Life Balance Work “If you don’t design your life, someone else will design it for you, and you may just not like their idea of balance” Work-life balance, says Nigel Marsh, is too important to be left in the hands of your employer. Marsh lays out an ideal day balanced between family time, personal time and productivity -- and offers some stirring encouragement to make it happen. The Career Advice You Probably Didn't Get Coleman, an expert in finding solutions to close the leadership gender gap, offers illuminating insights for job seekers of all levels, with advice that’s aimed primarily toward women but useful for men as well. Whats your favourite Ted Talk? We are Novate IT and we work closely with employers across the UK and Europe, helping them to improve their recruitment process to attract and retain the talent needed to grow and develop their businesses in the long term. Join us on our ‘Crusade Against Poor Recruitment Practices’ – you can read previous articles here: www.novate-it.co.uk/blog Our current live vacancies can be viewed here: www.novate-it.co.uk/job-search For a more in-depth conversation about how we can help you contact Novate IT today! enquiries@novate-it.co.uk / 01174 403 970

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Finding The Right Recruiter - A Checklist for Employers

Finding the Right Recruiter – A Checklist for Employers I was very surprised recently to discover how little guidance there is out there on the world wide web for employers, relating to how to how they might find the right recruitment company for them to work with. There is so much emphasis on guidance for the candidates to choose the right agency, which though is very important, it’s leaving a big hole in the net that employers could fall through and into unchartered waters. Choosing to work with any Recruitment company a big decision. You’re essentially temporarily handing over the reputation of your business, placing your values in the hands of another party and expecting them to be genuine representatives of you throughout that process, supporting candidates every step of the way with integrity and trust. Its important to bear in mind the negative effects that can come from providing a poor candidate experience, which can stem from working with recruiters that don’t really care. We know that there are some recruitment companies out there who don’t operate with the client or candidates interests genuinely at heart, and though we can’t stop rogue traders, we can help you to spot them. We’ve put together a handy little list of 4 things for employers to consider or ask. Finding answers to points will enable you as an employer, to make a more informed decision on whether Recruiter A, B or C will be a better representative of your business. ASK – Has this recruitment company worked on roles of this discipline, type and complexity before. For example, say you’re looking to hire a Desktop Support Analyst. Approaching a Recruitment company that tends to specialise in back office support staff may not have the industry knowledge or expertise to supply you with appropriate and suitably skilled candidates, whereas a Recruitment company specialising in IT staffing would be better placed for assisting for that kind of role. CONSIDER – What it is you’re going to get for your agreed rate. A low placement fee of 10% or less might sound appealing, but take into account the old adage “when you pay peanuts - you get monkeys” – we’re not saying all recruiters are monkeys here, not at all, but when you pay someone less than their value they aren’t going to work as hard for you, period. Employers often outsource their recruiting to recruitment companies because it’s not an easy task. The recruitment industry exists because employers need assistance, don’t undervalue that assistance by choosing to work with companies that undervalue themselves in order to make a quick sale. Is a “race to the bottom” how your company pursues its sales? Almost certainly not! If a recruitment company is willing to work for anything less than 15%, you really should consider what you will actually get for that and whether that matches your needs as an employer – if you’re unsure, ask! ASK – are they providing candidates with a full brief on your business and the role in addition to consent to share, prior to submitting their CV to you. We hear from endless candidates who tell us have been put forward for roles they had no idea about - obtaining a candidates consent to share their CV and personal data is a vital requirement weaved into our laws by means of GDPR Legislation and the Data Protection Act. If a recruiter is providing you with CV’s before gaining genuine consent in a “clear and intelligible way” from any candidate, that is effectively breaking the law and those CV’s shouldn’t be accepted. If accepted, it could put your company at risk of prosecution for holding the personal data of applicants without their knowledge or consent. (GDPR stipulates you must collect data only for “specified, explicit and legitimate purposes”) At Novate IT, we always seek written consent from a candidate prior to introducing them to a client, each and every time. Because why wouldn’t you? CONSIDER – Do the recruitment companies you’re considering using know enough about; your business, your values, your products or projects, your team, your ethics, your goals and your vision and importantly the roles themselves - to accurately speak with enthusiasm and passion about you, to candidates on your behalf. You’re paying them a fee to know these things. Make sure they know them. If they don’t, find a recruiter that does. We hope you might find these tips useful for the future We are Novate IT and we work closely with employers across the UK and Europe, helping them to improve their recruitment process to attract and retain the talent needed to grow and develop their businesses in the long term. Join us on our ‘Crusade Against Poor Recruitment Practices’ – you can read previous articles here: https://www.novate-it.co.uk/blog Our current live vacancies can be viewed here: https://www.novate-it.co.uk/job-search For a more in-depth conversation about how we can help you contact Novate IT today! enquiries@novate-it.co.uk / 01174 403 970

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Top 5 Things Job Seekers Want to Know

Top 5 Things Job Seekers Want to Know Before a candidate takes the time to put together a job application, there are 5 key things they look to know, or at least get an idea of. The Salary and Benefits on Offer I know, we keep saying it - that’s because it’s SO important. Over 55% of candidates report they will not apply for a job if there is no salary information displayed. That’s a lot of candidates that won’t be interested in your role, or may not even look at the advert. Not displaying salary can be viewed suspiciously by candidates. It wont help to draw people in. It will help to push them to other adverts where employers do share this information. People often do not have the time to play guessing games when it comes to their career. Time is precious, they don’t want to dig around on the internet or have to wait till final interviews to find out how they will be financially rewarded for their work. It is silly to expect them to. As for benefits – step away from store discounts and offer more holistic benefits that genuinely improve the quality of life. What is The Company Culture Like Candidates will look to your company website and review sites like Glassdoor to get an understanding of what your company culture is like. With over 45% of candidates reporting that company culture is a top factor when considering whether to apply for a job, there is no time like the present to ensure you’re being transparent and appealing to the candidates you want! Candidates will try and gauge whether the actual company culture is a true representation of what it is claimed to be, and how they might fit, or might not, fit into that culture. Are There Opportunities to Learn New Skills & Develop Will you be offering your employees any opportunities to learn or develop? – Tell them! The workforce of today is one that is hungry for personal development. Over 40% of candidates want to work for a company that provides them with opportunities to learn – they don’t want to feel in a rut, they want to showcase new skills and enhance their careers. If there is no indication as to whether this is something you will offer, it could have an impact on the quality of applicants who apply. Will They Have Challenging Technical Problems to Solve? Over 29% of candidates report that they seek out roles where they will be technically challenged to overcome problems and create solutions. So, if your role is a challenging one, say so! This will appeal to the candidates who want to be challenged, and inform the candidates who don’t. Who Are the Team Ever had a sneak peak on LinkedIn to see who works at a company? You’re not alone! Over 27% of candidates admit to having looked up who employees working at a recruiting company to view their online profiles to try and gauge whether it is a team they would be hypothetically happy working with. Be transparent. Provide a named point of contact so that candidates can ask questions about these things. I personally have abandoned many applications over the years due to there being no point of contact, and thus no opportunity to ask questions before I invest my time in a lengthy application. Create a personalised approach! We are Novate IT and we work closely with employers across the UK and Europe, helping them to improve their recruitment process to attract and retain the talent they need to grow and develop their businesses in the long term. Join us on our ‘Crusade Against Poor Recruitment Practices’ – you can read previous articles here: www.novate-it.co.uk/blog Our current live vacancies can be viewed here: www.novate-it.co.uk/job-search For a more in-depth conversation about how we can help you contact Novate IT today! enquiries@novate-it.co.uk / 01174 403 970

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Introducing 'Women of Tech' - Official Launch Today!

www.womenoftech.co.uk What is noticeable from my role at Novate IT, is a shortage of women working in the tech sector. I don't fully understand why that is yet - but I want to try and do something about it. I love a good interview article, but something I've noticed over time is that most articles that feature women tend only to focus on women who were CEO's, or who were already (near or) at the top of the career ladder in their field, and though that can be very inspiring, it can also be disheartening in some ways, unrelateable and out of reach, and it left me wondering what it's like out there for other 'regular women' and about the experiences they've had. 'Women of Tech' was initially an idea for a short, one off summer series of interview blog articles. I reached out to the women of the tech community on Twitter seeking interviewees and I quickly became inundated with messages from hundreds of women from across the world, all wanting to share their experiences of being a woman working in the tech industry. It was clear there were a lot of women out there who wanted to share their story... And so Women of Tech was born. There was no way this could be contained in a mere few articles. At Women of Tech, you'll find a collective range of 100% interviews with women, from all over the world who each have a unique career in the Tech sector, providing you with real insight into their world. At least once a week i'll be posting a new article featuring an interview with a different woman who works somewhere in the world of tech, sharing their story and insights first hand. I wanted to create a platform to share the stories of the careers of regular women working in tech, to help others realise what can be achieved, the learn about others real world experiences (with no PR lens on it) and maybe inspire women to embark on a career in the tech sector, or for those currently working within it to acknowledge their value and advance their career - and so I did. We see first hand the shortage of technically skilled women across the IT and Digital Media sectors, and work hard to encourage and support women to gain the confidence in themselves to advance in their own personal development, and their careers - but also endeavour to understand why the present issues and imbalance exist in the workplace. At Novate IT, we believe there is a lot of work to be done by employers to genuinely create an equally diverse workplace that is supportive of women, and men equally, and we are here to help support them with that when they need us. We hope that insights drawn from this project will help employers to learn and understand the experiences of what it can really be like for a woman working in tech and the barriers they can face, and hope perhaps, that their newly expanded understanding is used to make positive changes in the workplace. Women of Tech is proudly supported by Novate IT.

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What Feedback Do You Owe to a Candidate?

What Feedback Do You Owe to a Candidate? Most candidates in the current market have a very low expectation that they will even receive an email letting them know the outcome of their application, let alone that they’ll receive actual feedback – which if nothing else is a poor reflection on how the industry has turned sour to wanting to providing a meaningful candidate experience. We believe the bottom line is that every candidate should receive some form of feedback on every application (even if it is just an email). We choose to operate on the methodology that the further a candidate is into a recruitment process, the more in depth the feedback is that they receive. Where a candidate has invested their time, the hirer has a duty to reflect that back. Look at it this way; will a candidate ever apply to work with you again if you have treated their application poorly the first time? Probably not. Just because a candidate may not match your role requirements on this occasion, there is nothing to say that in 5 years’ time the candidate you’ve ignored won’t have all the right skills and experience you’re looking for, and you might end up being forced to pay a higher rate to secure that talent from elsewhere as numerous candidates vividly recall your lack of candidate care and have added you to their “companies I wont work with” list (and those lists are more common than you’d think). So, what do we suggest? We suggest using a tiered approach to providing candidate feedback, depending on where in the recruitment process they have received rejection: Rejection at pre-interview stages (telephone or face to face) It is perfectly acceptable to send a simple rejection by email to candidates who have not been successful at being selected for initial telephone (or face to face) interviews. It does not have to go into detail as to why the candidate has not been selected, but at least it means they know where they stand on the application. Rejection Following Telephone Interview / HR Screening Call We suggest reaching out to provide feedback by email following a telephone interview. We appreciate the time invested by candidates to partake in telephone interviews, however it is not always practical to provide verbal feedback to all candidates following a round of telephone interviews. You do not need to go into great detail about the reason for rejection, but it can be useful for candidates to understand how to improve (did they lack knowledge of a particular area, or not come across as a strong candidate etc.) Rejection Following the First Face to Face Interview We strongly suggest reaching out to the candidate by telephone if they have been rejected following a face to face interview – return the investment of time. Provide a brief outline for the reason for rejection. It can be helpful to provide verbal feedback on how they may improve for another application if that is information you wish to provide. Rejection Following Second or Third Stage Interviews Definitely requires a telephone call to provide feedback, and where possible a follow up email confirming what was discussed during feedback call. This should be a slightly longer call to the candidate than previous stages with more in-depth feedback provided and tips on how improvements could be made for other applications. The candidates of today, will also be the candidates of tomorrow – treat them fairly. We hope that you find this information helpful. For a more in-depth conversation about how we can help you contact Novate IT today! enquiries@novate-it.co.uk / 01174 403 970 We work closely with employers across the UK and Europe, helping them to improve their recruitment process to attract and retain the talent they need to grow and develop their businesses in the long term. Short term recruitment fixes do not provide long term solutions. Join us on our ‘Crusade Against Poor Recruitment Practices’ – you can read previous articles here: https://www.novate-it.co.uk/blog Our current live vacancies can be viewed here: https://www.novate-it.co.uk/job-search

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