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Lead Games Engineer - Nottingham - C++/C#, Unity Permanent / Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

Lead Games Engineer - Nottingham - C++/C#, Unity An awesome opportunity has just arisen to join a well established games development company as a Lead Games Engineer. This role can offer up to £65,000 + Benefits. The company are working with some of the leading companies in the games industry to assist them with game development and design. The team pride themselves on having a vast amount of game development experience and because of this; no challenge fazes them, which has ultimately led to the company having an enviable reputation in the industry for first class games development. They are now looking to add a Lead Games Programmer to their talented team. The successful candidate will be given responsibility to drive forward exciting new projects and work on some interesting new multiplayer games in the pipeline. Candidates must have experience in the games industry and have developed at least one multiplayer game as a Lead Developer. Candidates should also have strong C++ or C# experience and experience with Unity. Experience with peer-to-peer and client/server multiplayer architectures would be extremely beneficial to an application. The ideal candidate will also have experience SQL and No-SQL technologies. This is an amazing opportunity to join an enthusiastic and mega talented company who love creating fun and engaging games. For more information and an immediate telephone interview, click apply today to send me your CV! NB. Remote work is potentially available for the right applicant. 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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Magento Technical Lead - Manchester - £37,000 to £45,000 Permanent / Manchester, Greater Manchester

Magento Technical Lead (Back-End) - Manchester - £37,000 to £45,000 An exciting new role has arisen as a Back-End Magento Technical Lead in the heart of Manchester city centre. This role can offer between £37,000 and £45,000 based on experience with a wide-variety of benefits. The organisation is a leading, award-winning, UK ecommerce consultancy. They provide bespoke products to a wide variety of well-known retail clients, tailoring every project to meet the clients' needs. This job will allow you the chance to work as part of a team, managing a range of projects lasting between 400-600 man days. For this role, you will be able to demonstrate strong experience using PHP. You will also need demonstrable knowledge of Magento, and some front-end knowledge, such as JavaScript, HTML, and CSS would be beneficial. The ideal candidate will have solid commerce experience working with Linux. For candidates that meet the whole requirements, remote work will be considered. This company is unable to provide sponsorship, so candidates must have the right to work in the UK. If you want to join a successful and growing ecommerce consultancy, and gain experience in a wide-variety of tasks, click apply to send your CV in 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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Senior Magento Developer - Manchester - £25,000 to £37,000 Permanent / Manchester, Greater Manchester

Senior Magento Developer (Back-End) - Manchester - £25,000 to £37,000 An exciting new opportunity has arisen within one of the UK's leading ecommerce consultancies as a Senior Magento Developer. In this role, you will be able to use your development skills to work on a wide-variety of projects for a range of clients. This role can offer between £25,000 and £37,000, with excellent benefits and training. The organisation is an award-winning ecommerce consultancy who pride themselves on providing bespoke products to meet their well-known retail clients' needs. You will be working from their office based in Manchester city centre, creating new builds for their large existing client pool. For this Senior Magento Developer role, you will need to demonstrate excellent knowledge and experience using Magento. You will also show experience working as a key member within a PHP development team in a commercial environment. Magento certification with Developer Plus would be beneficial, but is not essential. If you have the knowledge and skills required for this Senior Magento Developer role, and want to join this organisation's growing team of Magento developers, providing high-quality products for household name clients, click apply to send 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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Data Scientist - Loughborough - Python - Machine Learning Permanent / Loughborough, Leicestershire

Data Scientist - Loughborough - Python - Machine Learning Are you eager to join one of the UK's most innovative and growing technology companies? A fantastic new opportunity has arisen for a Data Scientist, based in Loughborough. This opportunity is with a fast growing organisation looking to further their success, and can offer up to £35,000. Our client is a highly innovative company, working on combining wearable technology with AI and data analytics. Currently a small organisation, this role offers you the opportunity to grow with the company as they expand into a range of ventures, employing their wearable technology expertise into the market. In this role, you will be able to use data to inform and develop new functions into projects. Our client believes strongly in allowing employees autonomy, so you will be allowed the freedom to of your daily duties and development tools, at the working hours that benefit your optimal working times. Successful candidates in this Data Scientist role will need to demonstrate experience using Python, and excellent knowledge of Machine Learning concepts. Provable experience with data mining, probability and statistics is also beneficial, but not essential. Use of AWS, C/C++, and Java would also be beneficial. This Data Scientist role can offer you the opportunity to join a growing and innovative company, allowing you the freedom of using technologies beneficial to you, whilst working on exciting new projects. If you think you have the skills and experience necessary for this Data Scientist role, please click apply 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 Architect - London Permanent / London, England

Technical Architect - .Net/Java J2EE - London - £75,000 An excellent opportunity has arisen to join a leading IT Consultancy with offices around the UK as a Technical Architect. They are offering up to £75,000 + great benefits for this position. This employer has an enviable reputation for delivering best-in-class solutions for their clients in multiple areas of IT such as: cloud, big data and digital transformation to name a few. Due to continued expansion they are looking to add a Technical Architect to their London team who has experience within .NET or J2EE architecture. All applicants must have significant experience in a client facing role working within enterprise level .NET or J2EE architecture. Applicants must have strong knowledge of Oracle or SQL Server, coupled with solid OO skills in a language such as Java or C++. It would also be desirable, but not essential, to have experience of TOGAF or Zachman frameworks. As this is a consulting organisation applicants may be required to visit clients one or two days per week but where possible most work is delivered from the employer's office in London. This is a fantastic opportunity to grow with a well-established company as it continues to gain market share. You will be rewarded with an excellent salary and benefits package in return for your skills. For more information and an immediate telephone interview 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 eLearning Developer - Sheffield - £27,000 - £32,000 Permanent / Sheffield, South Yorkshire

Senior eLearning Developer - HTML5, Storyline - Sheffield £27,000 - £32,000 Are you an enthusiastic, motivated eLearning Developer looking to join a prestigious establishment and further your career? Our client, a major name within the eLearning space, is looking for a Senior eLearning Developer to join their team in Sheffield. This position can offer up to £32,000 + an excellent benefits package. This employer delivers eLearning solutions to their prestigious, international clientele; you will be working with some of the biggest names worldwide, creating innovative, unique eLearning courses. Our client creates award-winning software, which is seen worldwide by leading companies. You will be part of the whole process, working alongside a team of expert developers and solution advisers. Candidates should have good working knowledge of Articulate Storyline, or a similar tool, as well as experience with HTML5. This employer is looking for a creative, forward thinking developer, who strives to achieve the best results. If you're an eLearning Developer who is looking to join a prestigious company and advance your career, 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 Automation Engineer - Bristol - C#, Ruby or Java Permanent / Bristol, England

Test Automation Engineer - Bristol - C#, Ruby or Java Are you an experienced Software Tester with strong automation? Do you have experience with C#, JavaScript, Java or Ruby? Are you comfort able working in an Agile environment and testing web based SaaS products for a global audience? If you answer yes to these questions then this employer would love to meet you. This is a role for a Test Automation Engineer and is paying from £50,000 to £55,000 plus benefits. This employer have established a global reputation as a developer of SaaS products used by businesses of all sizes, from start-ups to multi-nationals. Recognised as a leading innovator in their industry and as one of the best technology companies to work for the company is growing steadily and is now looking for your expertise. Their Bristol office are focused on the redevelopment of their core platform and products and to spearhead this they are now seeking an experienced Test Automation Engineer to help drive the delivery. This role will see you, the successful applicant working alongside the development team to deliver software for a global client base. You will already be an experienced Test Automation Engineer with skills in C#, Java, JavaScript or Ruby and have solid Agile skills. You will have experience with test automation tools such as Protractor, Selenium, Cucumber or Specflow and will have ideally tested software in a cloud based environment. Above all you'll be passionate about delivering software products that are both effective and a delight to use. With a rewarding and collaborative working environment this really is one of the best opportunities available for Test Automation Engineers in the Bristol area at present. To find out more about this employer and career move 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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Junior Web Developer - Sheffield - .NET - JavaScript Permanent / Sheffield, South Yorkshire

Junior Web Developer - Sheffield - .NET - JavaScript Are you looking for the opportunity to help thousands of people across the UK? An exciting new role has arisen for a Junior Web Developer based just outside Sheffield city centre, in arguably the trendiest part of town. This role can offer up to £22,000 and comes with great additional benefits. Our client is one of the UK's leading software providers for non-medical support workers, specialising in providing help to young adults with disabilities. The organisation is well established and successful, and are looking to grow their development team. You will join their team of dedicated professionals in a relaxed, enthusiastic environment, working in small teams developing a variety of applications to help thousands of national users. This role is the perfect opportunity for you to begin your Web Developer career, and to learn and develop your skills on a variety of exciting new project and build brand new web systems. Candidates must have experience with .Net. Successful candidates will also be able to demonstrate their experience using a variety of front-end web development technologies, including JavaScript, HTML and CSS. The ideal candidate will have experience with UI design, but this is not a requirement for the role. This Web Developer role is the perfect opportunity for you to develop your skills, and to gain experience working on exciting and varied projects. If you think you have the skills for this role, click apply today to send your CV to me 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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Front End Web Developer - HTML5, CSS3, React, D3 - Bath - £40K Permanent / Bath, Somerset

Front End Web Developer | HTML5, CSS3, React, D3 | Bath | £30,000 - £40,000 An exciting opportunity for a seasoned Front End Web Developer with experience of HTML5, CSS3, React and D3 has arisen. This role offers a substantial salary for Front End Web Developer looking for a challenging role. Due to ongoing success with their product range, this digital analytic company is looking to add a new team member to its office in Bath. The company have gone from strength to strength and now work with high profiling clients athat include airlines, retail stores and utility companies. Collaborating with other team members they are looking for a talented Front End Web Developer to combine the art of programming and design to define how the analytic applications looks and works. Working closely with UI/UX designers to translate their work to actual code, this role is for individuals driven by learning and personal growth. As a Front End Web Developer, you will have proven commercial experience of HTML5 and CSS3 (LESS/SASS) with good experience of JavaScript and frameworks such as React and D3. Git version control systems experience will be a significant advantage and while good organisational skills will ensure that you work effectively in the fast-moving environment. Experience of designing and maintaining style guides will be beneficial as well as managing component libraries, however this experience is not essential. It would be advantageous to be able to create and describe story frames that illustrate the functionality but not necessary. A good understanding of UX principles will also favourable but not required for the role. This is a fantastic opportunity for a Front End Web Developer with experience of HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript. If you have the right experience and have a strong desire to meet and exceed expectations, 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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Android Developer - Android SDK, Studio, iOS - Bath - DOE Permanent / Bath, Somerset

Android Developer | Android SDK, Studio, iOS| Bath | Competitive Salary Do you have experience of building bespoke Android Apps? Do you have experience with Android SDK and Android Studio? Are you confident with working with high profile clients? If you answered yes to these questions, this digital company will want to speak with you. For the right Android Developer, this company will offer a competitive salary and generous benefits. This world leading content producing company is looking for Android Developers to develop and release innovative, engaging and beautiful apps for their growing global audience. Working with high profiling clients, you will assist the Bath based office with building the new platform for their outdoor sports focused content. Working alongside iOS developers and design teams in a fast moving, dynamic industry, you will thrive off challenges while remaining eager to learn about advancements in the digital technology industry. You will have commercial experience of building apps with Android SDK and the latest frameworks and APIs. You will be able to demonstrate experience of CI and CD processes, iOS app and Angular 2 development. All your previous apps you have develop will have been secure and polished. Understanding of Gradle, third party libraries and adaptive user interfaces. Version control should be paramount to you as well as promoting quality of code and ensuring knowledge is shared and code is reviewed. This opportunity is perfect for Android Developers looking to further their career while in an engaging and relaxes office environment. For more information about this digital company with a focus on outdoor pursuits and an immediate telephone interview 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 - C++ - Bristol - up to £60,000 Permanent / Bristol, England

Software Engineer| Native C++, Embedded HTTP, Test Systems | Bristol | up to £60,000 A technology focused company are seeking a software engineer to be responsible for developing software and its test systems. This highly respected company are willing to offer a starting salary of up to £60,000 and great benefits to the right candidate. This company has set the standard for its products and services and has seen continued growth for over a decade. The business create programming tools for an international client base and you would be joining a work force of passionate experts. In this continued period of growth, the business is looking to add a software engineer to one of their Systems Team. The team is developing a software to perform data processing tasks and they require you to take part in all of the teams' activity. In this role you will work closely with the Developer Services Team and help shape the future of the product. Your demonstrable skill with C++ will be matched by your proven debugging and post-mortem analysis skills to deliver work on schedule. You will bring an understanding of Agile development methods and testing methodologies as well as strong communication skills through previous Technical support experience. The company will consider graduates and you will be preferred if you have experience with any of the following: x86/x64 assembly language, Python, Erlang, JavaScript, Windows API, HTTP, SQL or NoSQL. Having experience with high performance, fault tolerant, parallel and distributed systems will also be advantageous but not essential. If you're a software engineer looking for a challenge and the opportunity to develop your skills and expertise, 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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Full Stack JavaScript Developer - HTML, CSS, Node.js - Plymouth Permanent / Plymouth, Devon

Full Stack JavaScript Developer | HTML5, CSS (SASS/LESS), Typescript, ES5/6, Node.js | Plymouth This growing online training provider is looking for a Full Stack JavaScript Developer, experienced with HTML, CSS, and Node.js to start immediately. Offering a substantial starting salary, you will seamlessly blend your back-end and front-end skills to create robust solutions for diverse clients. This company works with an international client base and provides award winning services to companies large and small. Working with a team of expert designers and developers, you will support with developing new methods of delivery and overcome technical challenges that the role throws at you. This business is looking for the right candidate, ready to unleash their creative development skills and build web applications for their global client base. Experienced with HTML, CSS (SASS / LESS), Typescript, ES5/6 and Node.js, you will be developing the user experience and devising new methods of delivery. Experience with NoSQL Databases such as MongoDB, CouchCD or Cosmo DB will be beneficial but not critical. Knowledge or experience of front-end frameworks such as Angular, React or Vue will be valuable to your application. Experience with following will be beneficial but not essential; Application development, Application Security and Build Systems. This role is an amazing opportunity develop your expertise as a Full Stack JavaScript Developer and will be the next step of a rewarding career within a friendly office. For further details and an immediate telephone interview, 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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  • 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

  • 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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Who, What and Why?

Who, What and Why? We speak to clients (and candidates) all day long, and boy, have we heard some horror stories over the years of how some of you have been treated, and we struggle to understand why. We, at Novate IT are people like you. We find sales calls annoying and love coffee. We treat people how we would want to be treated. When you start working with a recruiter you’re handing over the reputation of your company and providing a good candidate experience is a very important thing for your company, its brand, its message, its values. As of 2018, there were over 40,000 registered recruitment companies operating in the UK, so how do you pick a good egg? During a recent team brainstorming session, we asked the question ‘who, what and why?’. Who are we, what are we, and why are we here. Well, we know who we are, we’re a small, hardworking, diverse and eclectic bunch of people who like to go for a beer and something to eat once a week, where we don’t talk about work (much), because we’re friends. We know what we are; we are a Recruitment Consultancy that strives to be different by providing a candidate led service and we don’t like wasting peoples time. And it didn’t take very long at all to establish why we’re here. We’re here because we want to help people. We’d confirmed pretty quickly that our company values still do indeed ring true and felt no need to alter our company message as we entered the new year. 2018 was a record breaking year for Novate IT in terms of placements, we have a lot of happy clients and a lot of happy candidates who have taken their next step on their individual career ladder’s. We’re excited to be assisting returning and new clients this year already as they look to expand their teams. We ourselves are looking to welcome another Recruitment Consultant to our Bristol office so that we can continue to provide the same dedicated level of service as our client base expands. We believe these positives noted above are becauseof how we chooseto operate as a Recruitment Consultancy. We do recruitment, how it should be done. We’ll continue throughout 2019 to lead the crusade against poor recruitment practices, pushing for better treatment of candidates, and improving recruitment processes - join us! For help or guidance with your recruiting matters, contact Novate IT today! ( We specialise in recruiting for permanent and contract roles within the IT and Digital Media sectors across the UK and Europe. If you’ve missed any of our previous crusade articles, you can catch up on them here: Our live vacancies can be viewed here: https://www.novate-it.couk/job-search

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The Value of Recruitment

The Value of Recruitment Is Recruitment a noble career path? Of course it is! Let me paint you a scene: A graduate with excellent academic results who appears to have every indicator of a bright future has just finished university. Let’s look at their obvious options: 1) Getting a Master’s degree in an honourable trade such as Law, Medicine or Accounting. 2) Getting a prestigious graduate job with a big corporate organisation and obtaining a lanyard. 3) Recruitment. Now, I bet most of you reading this will think there is a significant difference in the value between option three and the other two options. I’m going to argue why there isn’t. The Duties of a Recruitment Consultant In terms of learning about business, you won’t get much better experience than working in recruitment. During the interview you conduct with every candidate you work with, you’ll be looking to understand the intricacies involved in their job. When you end up speaking to dozens of people every day, this will really help you develop your professional understanding of how companies and organisations operate. You’ll never be able to approach life admin in quite the same manner after working in recruitment. You’ll understand that life can happen fast, so you need to be prepared to keep up! If you’re inclined to leave things till tomorrow, then watch that habit disappear within your first month. Once you are used to dealing with client and candidate enquiries and requests in a timely fashion, anything from sorting out your next phone contract to buying a house will become second nature. What is… rejection? There is no escaping this, life is full of rejection and so is Recruitment. In the role you will eventually have to pass on the bad news to a candidate that they weren’t successful in obtaining a position, despite you getting them to the last stage of interview. If you are working in Business Development, there will be companies who won’t require your services at the time of your call. At some point a scenario will occur where you’ve submitted a candidate to a job, but the company aren’t interested. All of these rejections will make you stronger as a person and better at dealing with disappointments. You will also create strong bonds with the people around you who pick you up throughout the day. The Honour in The Role of a Recruitment Consultant Recruiters help people. Despite anything you hear, this is the truth. Every day as a Recruitment Consultant you will be speaking to people who want a new job. This could be for a variety of reasons, some of which will make you feel more useful than others, but no matter the reason for somebody wanting to find a new job, we are always on hand to help people do just that. It’s not just these reasons that make us valuable, though. Imagine being in a job that you hate, or isn’t paying you what you deserve, or where you simply don’t feel like you belong. You can’t talk to your colleagues about it, however, as this might lead to you having no job (and thus source of income). Close family and friends from outside work might have sympathy but this is of limited help when they do not really understand either the industry or your role. Now imagine if you had somebody who will listen to your gripes with your current workplace, who understands your workplace situation and your sector and then tells you that they will try and improve your life by finding you a better place to work. That’s what a Recruitment Consultant does. One of the best things about being a Recruitment Consultant is that we get to work with some wonderful businesses. At some point in your career you will develop a fantastic relationship with a client and you will support them to grow their organisation to match their dreams and ambitions. No company can have success without hiring the right employees and creating the right culture. So, when you are supplying the right people with the right skill sets and personalities to a company that is growing, there is tremendous satisfaction that you are changing lives on many different levels. So, choose Life, in recruitment. It’s a respectable gig, you learn a lot that you can take home with you, you make things better for people and you improve society by helping businesses doing amazing stuff grow. If you would like to discuss anything or ask any questions in regards to this article, then please feel free to send an email to:

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Has Your CV Stopped Working For You? Time for a CV Overhaul!

Has Your CV Stopped Working For You? Time for a CV Overhaul! A well-presented CV is crucial for any job application. It is a summary of you, your experience and what you can bring to the table, and it’s your opportunity to make a strong first impression with potential employers. Make it count! As part of our Crusade Against Poor Recruitment Practices, this week we’re taking a look at what employers want to see in a good CV. In this post, we’re going to give you snippets of advice to gear you up for an overhaul of your CV that might just help you land your next role, but not just any role, the role that YOU want. We see a LOT of CV’s here at Novate IT. Some are a fantastic display of a person’s skills and experience, others less so. So, we thought it would be helpful to put together a free CV template for our lovely candidates to download and use as you please. Using this template as a guide will enable you to showcase your skills in a way that is easily readable by Hiring Managers across the land. Download our CV Template by clicking below. Novate IT CV Template.docx Size: 19.2 KB The following are highly recommended points to include on your CV. Your name and contact details – This information is absent from a CV more than you’d imagine. How are we meant to contact you if we have no contact details? Dates on employment history – Employers will need to know when you worked somewhere. A lack of this information can be viewed negatively towards an application. Proudly detail your technical skills – If you’re applying for technical roles, potential employers will want to know what technical skills you have so they can be assured you’re up to the job. Links to a portfolio – Whether its GitHub or an online portfolio, include a link. If you’re applying for a technical or design-based role, any potential employer will want to see examples of your previous work so why not include it in your application to speed up the process. Include Job Titles – Potential employers definitely want to know what your job title was. Knowing only that you worked at XYZ for 8 years isn’t enough on its own. CV and LinkedIn Profiles Should Match – LinkedIn is the go-to professional networking website. Is a hiring manager really a hiring manager if they don’t have LinkedIn? Probably not. It is highly likely that a recruiting organisation will look up applicants’ profiles on LinkedIn. It may be perceived negatively on an application if there are noticeable differences between a person’s CV work history and their work history shown publicly on LinkedIn. Bi-Lingual? Tell us! – The ability to speak fluently in two or more languages is a valuable asset to any candidate, tell us if you can speak more than one language and express the level of competency. It could weigh in your favour! We understand it can be stressful trying to find your next work opportunity, that is why we are here to help! For help or guidance with your CV or job applications, contact Natalie @ Novate IT today! We specialise in recruiting for permanent and contract roles across the UK and Europe within the IT and Digital Media Sectors. All of our current live vacancies can be viewed here: Join us on our Crusade Against Poor Recruitment Practices! If you’ve missed any of our weekly posts, catch up here:

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Questions You Could Ask in Your Interview

Questions You Could Ask in Your Interview At least once during any interview, you will be asked “do you have any questions?” – and unfortunately, not asking any questions at all can negatively your overall application. As well as demonstrating genuine interest, asking questions can also be advantageous to filling any gaps in your research about the role and hiring company. What do you need to know to make an informed decision when presented with a job offer? We’ve all had moments of mind-blank, so to help you combat that we have put together this handy list of questions that you could ask during your next interview. Do you have any other suggestions? Let us know! Will I receive any training or development? How will my performance be reviewed? What are the performance expectations for this position over the first 12 months? What are the most immediate projects that need to be addressed? What types of skills are the team missing that you’re looking to fill with a new employee? What is the company culture like? Can you tell me about the team I’ll be working with? What career paths are there within the company? What can you tell me about your plans for company growth? How long have you been with the company? What do you like best about working for this company? What are the biggest challenges that someone in this role would face? What do you think are the most important qualities for someone to excel in this role? Who do you consider to be your top competitor and why? What are the next steps in the interview process? What is the company’s management style? Why is this position available? Is any travel expected? Is there anything about my CV or background that makes you question whether I am a good fit for this role? Will I be leading or managing anyone? Can you tell me about their strengths and weaknesses? When and how is feedback given to me following this interview? Has anyone failed in this position previously, and why? What is the toughest part of this job? Will the work be similar most days or will there be variety day to day? What will the typical day look like? Do you expect the main responsibilities of this role to change in the next 6 months to one year? What improvements or changes do you hope that the successful candidate will bring to the role? How much interaction with clients or customers will I have? Does the company have any traditions that you enjoy or think are interesting to share? What steps do you take to keep employees motivated? Who are the company’s typical clients, and why do they choose you? How are your teams structured? Is the work on this team more collaborative or independent? When do you expect to make an offer? Novate IT are Recruitment Consultants that specialise in supporting clients and candidates working across the UK and Europe in the IT and Digital Media sectors, providing permanent and contract recruitment solutions. All of our current live vacancies can be viewed here: We’ve taken it upon ourselves to commence a Crusade Against Poor Recruitment Practices (as well as posting some other useful information). If you’ve missed any of our weekly blog posts you can catch up here:

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How to Write a Seductive Job Advert, Yourself.

How to Write a Seductive Job Advert, Yourself How you sell your vacancy will impact on the calibre of applicants you receive. Do Coca Cola sell their product by offering it as merely a fizzy brown liquid that tastes kinda nice? No, they advertise and promote it as being part of lifestyle that is fun and exciting and that’s why people buy the product. A job advert isn’t too dissimilar. Time and time again we see job descriptions being used as job adverts. There are several issues that can arise from this “time saving” method, the main one being a severe lack of candidates deemed of quality or relevance. A couple of weeks ago, we discussed what REALLY motivates candidates to apply for a role, and a seductive advert was part of it. Here we’re going to explain what makes a seductive job advert, and how you can write one yourself. But first, we’re going to bring your attention to something called the Self-Determination Theory (SDT). This is a psychological theory that has grown from research conducted by Edward L. Deci and Richard M. Ryan in the yonder years of the 80’s, that essentially links personality, human motivation and optional functioning. From their research, they established that there are two main types of motivation: intrinsic and extrinsic. Intrinsic motivation – is the motivation and drive that comes from within and tends to be based around things like our core values, our interests, our personal sense or our morality. Extrinsic motivation – is the motivation and drive that comes from external sources and results in external rewards. This tends to be based around things like employee evaluations, awards, admiration and respect of others. So, now we understand the forces that subconsciously influence motivation, we can apply this to writing adverts. Structuring your advert to include the key points below is essential, but to get the most out of your advert you should also aim to stimulate those intrinsic motivations and demonstrate how you will satisfy the extrinsic motivations that we all have a human need to fulfil. We believe an advert should look a little something like this: HEADLINE Include at minimum the job title, location and salary. You will struggle to generate applicants if you skip out on providing the location or salary. People won’t be motivated to apply for a job with a mystery salary in a mystery location. PROVOKE INTEREST Tap into those intrinsic motivations to entice candidates in by provoking interest in the role and your company. Use this section to also demonstrate how you can satisfy the extrinsic motivation. Discuss the role and the skills required remembering to be concise on the points that are most attractive to candidates. Don’t be tempted to just list the tasks from the job description, its never accurate and will turn off applicants. DESIRE Why would someone want to apply for this job to work with you? Hammer it home. CONVICTION They’ve read this far, should they apply? Yes they should. Why should they? Here’s an example of one of our adverts, so you can see what we mean. Some other helpful tips: SPELLCHECK – every device has spell check, there is absolutely no excuse for incorrect spelling or grammar. Don’t use the job spec as a job advert (we’ll keep saying it…) Don’t ever copy and paste from the last advert you ran. Stick to the same structure and format for all adverts your company produces. Inconsistency is unorganised. Include a name and telephone number of a point of contact for every role. Learn more about the Self Determination Theory (SDT) here. Managing Director of Novate IT, Stewart Smith holds an MSc in Business Psychology with a specialism of applying theories of motivation to recruitment processes. This is only one way of which we apply our understanding of Psychology to business. For help or guidance with your recruiting matters, contact Novate IT today! We specialise in recruiting for permanent and contract roles across the UK and Europe within the IT and Digital Media Sectors. All of our current live vacancies can be viewed here: Join us on our Crusade Against Poor Recruitment Practices. If you’ve missed any of our weekly posts, catch up here:​

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The Importance of Well Placed Technical Tests

The Importance of Well Placed Technical Tests Technical tests are a bit like marmite. Employers love them, candidates less so. Are you concerned your technical test might be putting off the candidates you’re looking for? Then this one is for you. Imagine, you’d had a flood of 136 seemingly suitable applications in response to your Software Tester advert (that was just a modified version of the job spec), you enthusiastically dished out the technical tests to a couple of dozen of the ‘best’ by email but are now deflated that only 3 have returned the tests by the deadline, and they’re all frankly a bit rubbish in quality. But why? Most technical tests will take an average of 2-4 hours+ for a candidate to complete, depending on the complexity. You’ve asked someone to commit to hours of unpaid work without showing any demonstration of your commitment to them – not even a phone call - is it surprising they won’t jump through your hoops at this stage? People want to feel valued. My mum always said you ‘shouldn’t give to receive’, but in this instance, you should. Give value to receive value. Commitment works both ways. Technical tests are a necessity for assessing suitability to a growing number of roles – from our experience the response rate to technical tests is of a much higher quality and quantity where the test is conducted as part of a face to face interview where there is a captive audience and the opportunity for observation and discussion from both parties. This way, some value has been given to the candidate as to why they should complete the test. You’re also giving yourself as a company a good chance to really entice candidates in, to show them why they should want to complete the technical test, to show why they should want to work with you, to show what the overall end game and what the value is to them completing the test. Asking someone to write working code before you take the time to speak with them wont help you to fully understand how and why they make decisions as candidates, what role they’ve played with prior teams or arguably most importantly, their problem-solving skills – all very relevant to the hiring process. Candidates can be slippery fish, and though technical tests are now a standard in the recruitment process for IT and Digital Media related roles, employers across the world are beginning to unify in their approach, opting like Amazon, Trip Advisor and Air B&B, to use online platforms such as HackerRank to assess the technical skills of candidates in their hiring process. HackerRank’s goal is to help employers hire developers with the right skills faster by creating a universal industry standard for technical tests used across recruitment. With thousands of built in tests and challenges to choose from, it provides employers the ability to build a bespoke test packages for their candidates, from early talent through to highly experienced professionals. Using platforms like HackerRank to conduct technical tests ensures that technical tests are assessed against the most up to date development information available, it ensures that everyone is being assessed fairly, equally and in an unbiased way, providing results instantly in understandable formats (handy for those non-technical recruiting managers). Candidates can store their assessment scores and make them viewable to other potential employers, meaning they aren’t feeling as though they are wasting as much of their own time duplicating their test work. We are noticing a small continual increase of candidates demonstrating their HackerRank scores on their CV's. It is kind to be mindful that technically competent candidates who are fully embracing the job-hunting market will have circa 5-10 live applications at any time, each likely requiring completion of a technical test. That’s a lot of hours of unpaid work to fit around their current commitments, and it cant be expected that a candidate will tackle all of them. This all contributes toward providing that positive candidate experience that we talked about in last week’s Crusade Against Poor Recruitment Practices blog post. If you missed it, catch up with our previous blog posts here: For help or guidance with your recruiting matters, contact Novate IT today! We specialise in recruiting for permanent and contract roles across the UK and Europe within the IT and Digital Media Sectors. All of our current live vacancies can be viewed here:

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