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Recruitment Consultant / Trainee Recruitment Consultant Permanent / Bristol, England

Recruitment Consultant / Trainee Recruitment Consultant - Central Bristol - Information Technology and Digital Media sectors - UK and Europe. Basic of £16,000 to £25,000 + commission. Novate IT is a recruitment consultancy unlike any other you will have encounter before. Our focus is on providing the very highest level of service to our candidates and clients alike, this means we're not interested in setting our consultants call number targets nor incentivising them to send out speculative CVs to clients who haven't requested them. Instead we spend each working day establishing long term partnerships with our clients and providing them with low volumes of highly suitable applicants who have all been fully briefed on their roles. This simple approach has proven extremely popular and so employers now seek us out to assist them, cold calling is therefore rarely needed. As a well established, true recruitment 'consultancy' we have an enviable reputation with a wide range of employers in the UK, and Europe and can boast many high profile, household name companies as repeat clients. Due to a sustain period of growth in our client base as well as our regular customers becoming more active we are now looking for an additional consultant to join the team. This role will involve working closely with our clients to define job specifications and then engage with suitable candidates through a variety of mediums. You will work closely with both applicants and clients to ensure that both parties are being represented professionally and that ultimately we help the employer find the best person for the job and the candidate the best job for them. We are not a sales focused agency so our focus is more on finding the best match for all parties. As a fully-fledged consultant you will also be tasked with discovering and developing business opportunities with new customers, demonstrating the difference in the level of service we offer and establishing long-term recruitment partnerships. We are able to consider applicants at all levels of experience; from those looking to commence a career in the recruitment industry through to experienced recruiters seeking a new challenge with greater prospects and autonomy. All applicants must be educated to degree level (or equivalent) and be able to demonstrate experience of working in a customer-service role (either face-to-face or telephone based). Applicants must possess good analytical skills as they will be required to understand complex job descriptions and technical CVs and make prompt assessments of applicant's strengths, weaknesses and suitability for vacancies. As we are an independent company, we are able to be flexible in terms of salary and bonus structures and, within reason; we will pay what it takes to secure the best person for us. We are looking for a highly self-motivated person to help us continue to give a recruitment service that is second to none. If this advert has struck a chord with you and you feel that you can offer the commitment, hard work and experience we are looking for, whatever your level of recruitment experience, please feel free to send us your CV, or contact me via LinkedIn to arrange an initial informal discussion. Novate IT Ltd is a leading supplier of permanent and contract recruitment services for companies in the IT, Digital Media and Telecommunications industries.

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.Net Developer in Test - London Permanent / London, England

.Net Developer in Test | C#, .Net, Azure, REST API, Automation, SQL | £45,000 - £75,000 DOE | London A fantastic opportunity has arisen for a .Net Developer in Test using .Net Core 2.0 and .Net Framework to join a highly successful and fast-growing FinTech company based in central London. A salary of up to £75,000 is offered depending on experience coupled with excellent benefits. Our client is a fast growing and very well established independent FinTech company working with many market leading brands delivering cutting-edge experiences using well crafter web tools. Due to their continued growth they are now looking for a .Net Developer in Test with excellent knowledge of creating test's against REST API's and coding in C# to join their highly skilled team. You will have solid experience creating test's using C# as well as using .Net Framework and ideally with .Net Core 2.0 exposure. You will have experience with SQL Server/SQL Azure plus being familiar with TDD or similar techniques. You must be a technology enthusiast and will have experience in a continuous delivery cycle along with knowledge of SOA or microservices architecture. Skill in defining test strategy is a must as well as strong experience with automation testing. This role offers a fantastic opportunity for someone looking for the next step in their career as a .Net Developer in Test. Please apply with us asap 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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Senior IT Project Manager - Mansfield - £40,000 - £60,000 Permanent / Mansfield, Nottinghamshire

Senior IT Project Manager - Mansfield - £40,000 - £60,000 Are you an experienced IT Project Manager, driven and motivated by delivering best-in-class software solutions? If so, our prestigious client is looking for you to join their expanding team! This position offers a salary of up to £60,000 + benefits. With over a century of experience in their field, this employer has an enviable, well-established foothold within the marketing industry, as well as a range of high-profile clients. The company have a large, modern site from which they operate; as well as this, they consistently keep up with the latest technologies. This employer continuously delivers perfect marketing projects and solutions to their high-profile multinational clients. The company are now looking for a Senior IT Project Manager to join their team in Mansfield. Candidates should have deep knowledge of the Software Development Life Cycle and the Microsoft development stack. As well as this, candidates should also have proven experience managing development projects in either an Agile or Waterfall environment. If you're a passionate IT Project Manager with a desire to deliver first-class projects to high-end clients, click 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 - 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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Head of DevOps - Bristol - Azure, CI/CD, Agile - To £80,000 Permanent / Bristol, England

Head of DevOps - Bristol - Azure, CI/CD, Agile - To £80,000 + benefits Would you like the opportunity to lead this software company through a significant evolution of it's service delivery systems? Would you like to join an innovative technology company as they expand their product offering on to a global basis? Are you and experienced technologist but with leadership experience too? If you answer yes to these questions then this employer would love to hear from you. This is a new role to this organisation and is offering a starting salary of up to £80,000 + significant benefits. This employer have already established a strong reputation in the UK financial services sector as a leader in their market sector. The company is about to embark on a significant period of change which will see it evolve in three ways: 1) separation of all IT systems from their parent company's platform 2) moving all their internal and external infrastructure into the cloud 3) expanding their service offering to be provided 24/7 and to an international client base They are seeking a Head of DevOps to assist the CTO in guiding the company's business critical systems through this period of substantial change. You will have a technical background which is likely to include some hands-on DevOps / site reliability experience but in your most recent career you will have progressed into a leadership role. You will have experience working in an Agile environment with modern software engineering practices such as cloud infrastructures, microservices, CI/CD processes and tools. You will be the ideal applicant if you have experience in a Microsoft-centric environment (inc. .Net, Azure etc) but who takes the view that the best technology to complete the job should always be used. This is a rare opportunity to take part in some truly exciting projects within an already well established and growing technology company. This employer offer a rewarding and secure working environment and one where your skills and expertise are fairly rewarded with remuneration, training and career development. For more details and an immediate telephone interview apply now. Novate IT Ltd is a leading supplier of permanent and contract recruitment services for companies in the IT, Digital Media and Telecommunications industries.

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Full-Stack Developer Permanent / Bristol, England

Full-Stack Developer | JavaScript, Angular / React | C# / Java | Bristol | £40,000 to £65,000 DOE An amazing opportunity for a Full-Stack Developer with extensive JavaScript experience has become available in Bristol with a salary of £40,000 to £65,000 depending on experience coupled with great benefits. Could this be your next move? Our client has an amazing reputation for delivering best in-class solutions to companies across a variety of industries throughout the UK and abroad. Due to their continued growth they are now looking for Full-Stack Developers with modern JavaScript skills and experience in a back-end language to join their highly skilled team. They offer fantastic training and support with the opportunity to travel and be involved in a range of disciplines to become a multi-faceted consultant. You will have a proven track record of working on largescale enterprise projects with strong JavaScript development skills. Detailed knowledge of any JS frameworks (Angular, React, Backbone etc) coupled with Back End skills like C#, Java or Python is also required for a successful applicant. Exposure to CSS pre-processors, REST and JavaScript testing frameworks would be advantageous. This position offers a huge opportunity for someone looking for the next step up in their career and is not to be missed. Please apply with us 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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Frontend Engineer - React, Redux, JavaScript - Berlin Permanent / Berlin, Germany

Frontend Engineer - React, Redux, JavaScript - Berlin An exciting opportunity for a Frontend Engineer with excellent JavaScript skills to join a quickly expanding and progressive company in Berlin. Offering €50,000 - €60,000 and benefits such as flexible work schedule, flat hierarchy, conferences, training and team events. Having experienced excellent growth over the past few years the company are now again looking to grow their development department. They are looking to hire into a team focusing on brand new features for their product that is already used by millions on a monthly basis. The role will see you working closely with the Frontend Team Lead and Product Manager to target increasing the user base with new apps and features. The right candidate will have excellent JavaScript skills with a particular focus on React.js, Redux, ES6 and HTTP based APIs. You will also need to have excellent communication and be used to working in an Agile environment where you have interacted with cross-functional teams. Any experience with Node.js, working in a Linux environment and creating single page web apps is a huge bonus. If you are an experienced Frontend Engineer with excellent communication and great attention to detail looking to work on exciting new products then apply today! Novate IT Ltd is a leading supplier of permanent and contract recruitment services for companies in the IT, Digital Media and Telecommunications industries.

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Senior .Net Developer - Bristol - C#, SQL, ASP.Net - to £55,000 Permanent / Bristol, England

Senior .Net Developer - Bristol - C#, SQL, ASP.Net - to £55,000 + bonus + benefits An exciting opportunity to join a company enjoying a sustained period of success and growth, in the heart of the SaaS industry. This role offers an excellent career move alongside a starting salary of up to £55,000 + bonus + benefits. This employer have established an enviable reputation as the marketleader in their sector on a global basis. Well established and with offices around the globe this company can offer you the opportunity to work on software that will assist companies of all sizes. Their Bristol office is the centre of their software development function and they are presently involved in three core activities: - platform improvement - new feature development - new product innovation ....and to assist with this they are hoping you'll now join them! They're offering Senior .Net Developers the opportunity to develop truly innovative software solutions that you can be proud of. You'll already have strong skills in any or all of C#, ASP.Net and/or ASP.Net MVC coupled with experience of developing database centric software solutions with MS SQL Server. You will have experience of working in an Agile environment already with knowledge of DRY and SOLID design principles. Ideally you will already have experience of developing SaaS, IaaS or PaaS software solutions and so be familiar with cloud solutions such as AWS or Azure, and if you have knowledge of NoSQL databases, DevOps principles and/or CI/CD then some much the better however please note none of these skills are essential to a successful application. This is a rare opportunity to join a global software company as they undertake a significant redevelopment project and so if you're seeking a role where you can really contribute whilst also learning for others then this is definitely a role for you. For more details and an immediate telephone interview please apply now. Novate IT Ltd is a leading supplier of permanent and contract recruitment services for companies in the IT, Digital Media and Telecommunications industries.

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IT Help Desk Engineer - London - Windows and/or Mac OSX £29,000 Permanent / London, England

IT Help Desk Engineer - London - Windows and/or Mac OSX £29,000 A fantastic opportunity has arisen for an experienced IT Support Engineer in one of the UK's leading specialist publishers. This role offers a starting salary of up to £29,000 salary, and is based in the organisation's central London offices. As an IT Support Engineer, you will provide both 1st and 2nd line support to colleagues with a wide-variety of technical issues and projects. The organisation is a leading specialist publisher, working on a range of media platforms. They have offices all over the world, and are looking for an IT Support Engineer to ensure that their London offices are able to continue producing and delivering great material. For this role, you will need to show proficient knowledge of either Mac OSX or Windows systems, and at least user level knowledge of the other. Experience using Google Apps would be beneficial, though is not essential. You will be based across two different London offices through the working week, so the willingness to travel to both locations within central London is required. As IT Help Desk Engineer, you will be able to prove your knowledge and skills to support workers with a wide-range of issues and challenges. This will prove to be an exciting and interesting role for the successful applicant, affording extensive skill and career development opportunities. If you think you have the skills and expertise necessary to succeed in this role, don't hesitate to apply now! Novate IT Ltd is a leading supplier of permanent and contract recruitment services for companies in the IT, Digital Media and Telecommunications industries.

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Full Stack PHP Developer - Doncaster - £25,000 - £50,000 Permanent / Doncaster, South Yorkshire

Full Stack PHP Developer - JavaScript, PHP, MySQL - Doncaster - £25,000 - £50,000 A new opportunity to join an award-winning market leader in Doncaster has arisen! Our client, an environmentally-conscious company within the sustainability sector, is looking for two Full Stack Developers to join their team in Doncaster. These positions can offer up to £50,000 + benefits, including free, on-site car parking. This company provide a crucial environmental service for their customers, while maintaining awareness of keeping their solutions sustainable. They have invested heavily in their IT infrastructure, including the development of their own unique, exclusive software, in order to provide the most efficient service. Candidates should have strong experience with PHP, as well as MySQL. Exposure to Front End technologies such as JavaScript and HTML5 is also necessary. The ideal candidate will have experience with Linux and DevOps technologies, such as Nginx. The company is looking for candidates from junior - senior level, however senior applicants should demonstrate experience with Linux and DevOps technologies in their CV. If your desire is to work as part of a friendly team, in modern, luxurious offices, 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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iOS Developer - Nottingham Permanent / Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

iOS Developer - Nottingham 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. The company are experts at creating digital solutions for their clients, which in turn helps them capture the digital marketplace in their industry. This is done through providing a full digital solution that goes above and beyond the creation of a stunning website, but actually putting in place infrastructure to get the most insightful information as well. Part of the solution provided is the creation of Enterprise Apps and this company are always on the lookout for iOS Developers to join their talented team. The successful candidate will be given the opportunity to work on iOS apps for market-leading companies. Applicants must have solid experience with iOS app development and Swift. Experience with Objective C will be beneficial to an application. The ideal candidate will have experience with REST and JSON. This is a great opportunity to join a friendly and well established digital agency and work on exciting projects. 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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Senior DevOps Engineer - Manchester - Python/Bash/Kubernetes Permanent / Manchester, Greater Manchester

Senior DevOps Engineer - Manchester - Python/Bash/Kubernetes A fantastic opportunity has arisen to join a global Software Development company as a Senior DevOps Engineer. This role can offer up to £40,000, potentially more DOE, plus a generous benefits package that includes: flexible working, bonus and healthcare. The company specialise in creating cloud based software products that assist the professional services industry. They are now looking to expand their talented software engineering team with an additional DevOps Engineer, who has experience in Kubernetes. The successful candidate will be involved with daily operations, identify opportunities for automation and participate in a 24x7 on call rotation. Candidates must have strong experience in either Python or Bash. Candidates must also have solid skills with Kubernetes. Candidates should also have experience with Jenkins and Ansible or similar. Experience with cloud technologies such as AWS and Azure will be beneficial to an application. The ideal candidate will have experience with container technologies, alongside Kubernetes, such as Docker and OpenShift. This is a great opportunity to work on innovative and elite projects for a well-established company. The successful candidate will be provided with on-going training and invited to regular social events, alongside the competitive salary and benefits package provided. 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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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

  • 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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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: www.novate-it.co.uk/job-search Join us on our Crusade Against Poor Recruitment Practices! If you’ve missed any of our weekly posts, catch up here: www.novate-it.co.uk/blog

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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: www.novate-it.co.uk/job-search 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: www.novate-it.co.uk/blog

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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: https://www.novate-it.co.uk/job-search Join us on our Crusade Against Poor Recruitment Practices. If you’ve missed any of our weekly posts, catch up here: https://www.novate-it.co.uk/blog​

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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: https://www.novate-it.co.uk/blog 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: https://www.novate-it.co.uk/job-search

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What REALLY Motivates Candidates?

What REALLY Motivates Candidates? A simple Google search on “motivating candidates” will throw up thousands of articles and blog posts that talk loosely about ‘how to spot’ an allegedly motivated candidate, but little on what candidates actually find motivating when it comes to searching for their next opportunity, and that doesn’t seem right. How can you expect to spot or hire a genuinely ‘motivated’ candidate from your stack of applications if you don’t really understand what their motivation is for the role? Novate IT strongly believe understanding the needs and motivations of today’s candidates is crucial to the success of any and every business. We believe in taking the time to relationship build with candidates so that their motivations are understood and applied when it comes to representing them and their aspirations to clients – it is SO important. Candidates are people, not commodities. We know that different people are motivated by different things in this ever changing social and economic climate. We know that employers still functioning on rigid, ‘one box for all’ clunky hiring models implemented in the late 90’s are going to struggle to attract talented individuals within our current climate. So, what really motivates candidates to apply for a role? Here are a few of the very basics. A Seductive Job Advert We see thousands of job adverts on a weekly basis, and probably 90% of them are the job description word for word or mildly modified version of it – this is a big turn off for applicants. The top candidates don’t want to know solely about what you want, they want to know about your company values, direction, and how you’re going to work together to make great things happen. What are you going to do to support them to have an impact and develop as a person? A job spec alone doesn’t tell them that. A job advert is your one chance to entice a candidate, don’t blow it – posting job descriptions as adverts is not only going to cost you time and money in the long run. it’s going to disappoint and repulse quality candidates to your company and brand when they realise you don’t care about them as a person enough to write an actual advert. Adverts with Salary Information There is an increasing trend amongst employers to not post salary information on adverts - we understand why this is - however it is unrealistic to expect serious applicants to apply when there is no transparency on this key element of the basis employment. The best applicants don’t apply for a job with a mystery salary, they want to know how they will be rewarded for their time and input even if its just a ballpark figure. Salary also indicates the level of skills you are seeking, which is helpful if you aren’t’ wanting to have applications from anyone and everyone. Would you be seriously motivated to apply for a job with no salary or benefits information? I personally wouldn’t bother, I don’t have the time to play guessing games when it comes to my career. Positive Candidate Experience This is quite self-explanatory. Provide a pleasant and meaningful experience overall to candidates (and current employees) and people will likely want to work with you. Provide a consistently bad one and your Glassdoor reviews might take a tumble - word spreads fast when it comes to being unimpressed. For a candidate, it’s a make or break situation. If they have a poor experience from the outset of applying, they’re probably not going to want to work with you, and will maybe tell everyone they know in the job market not to bother too, and why. Our experience confirms this – we have had candidates flat out reject to be put forward for ‘dream job’ roles at certain companies because of the poor reputation of how they treat candidates. Be honest with candidates about what the role entails and expectations, don’t sell it as something its not. Most of us have felt tricked into a role at some point, it’s an experience that sucks – so don’t do it. Be transparent on your recruitment process so candidates are not stumbling in the dark. If nothing else at least provide feedback to interviewees, candidates do not want to be made to feel worthless. If you’re not striving to provide these three basic principles, then you should be. 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: https://www.novate-it.co.uk/job-search Follow our crusade against poor recruitment practices here: https://www.novate-it.co.uk/blog​

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The Recruitment Industry is Broken

The Recruitment Industry is Broken “There had to be a better way. A company that only acts in the interests of job hunters and employers. A company that supports all parties to ensure the very best match between individual aspirations and employer’s needs” We are that company. During a recent round of interviews, it quickly became apparent that candidates wanting to join the Novate IT team were drawn to our company by our candidate led approach – something they themselves stated they ‘have not seen in other recruitment agencies’. Candidates are often seen as a commodity by agencies, that’s only the start of where we differ. We do not classify ourselves as an agency, we are a Consultancy, and we ‘do’ recruitment how it should be done. We see our candidates as clients, and value each of our contacts for the person they are, embracing on relationship building so that we can understand you and your requirements better. Seeing as all hiring managers and decision makers were candidates at some point, it seems ludicrous that agencies are willing to treat candidates and their aspirations with such disdain. We understand that there is a lot of noise from Recruiters in general – it can be hard to pick the good from the bad – our efficient candidate led approach, attention to detail and high quality in delivery of our service will not only help to put your trust back in Recruiters (yes, - it can be done) but will also save you time and money, allowing you to focus on the more important things. Having had enough of being deflated by stories of rogue recruiters and bad practices from clients and candidates alike, we have taken it upon ourselves to commence a crusade. A crusade against bad recruitment practices. We know what we do works, and now it’s time to educate the rest of the world on how recruitment should be done. Take note other recruiters reading this, you might want to hold onto your clients. Over the coming weeks and months Novate IT will be posting regular content on a weekly basis giving you insider knowledge on the do’s and don’ts of recruitment, tips and tricks and generally some damn good advice to help you on your way to providing, and receiving better recruitment practices. Amongst other things, we will look at addressing the most frequent problems and taboos you are faced with and how to overcome them. Whether you are seeking your next work opportunity or simply looking to fill your current vacancies there will be something that you will find useful and insightful. Stay up to date and view all of our previous blog posts here: www.novate-it.co.uk/blog

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