Established in 2005 Novate IT had two founding principles; firstly to provide the best possible service to job hunters in the IT and digital media sectors. Whilst the rest of the industry focused on treating applicants like a commodity to be sold to the highest bidder we saw candidates as individuals with their needs, fears and aspirations.
Novate IT – how recruitment should be done.
Our candidate-led approach has been at the core of our successes ever since, and over the years we have seen a great many of our candidates become our clients as their careers progress to being hiring managers.
Our second founding principle was to never waste our clients’ time. Employers engage with Novate IT to have the headache of recruitment removed to enable them get on with their day jobs. Our clients know an application coming from us is from a suitably skilled candidate who has been fully briefed on their company and role and who is someone they need to interview.
There are a great many Recruitment Agencies in the UK but we stand out as a true Recruitment Consultancy; our candidates are our clients too and they enjoy their interactions with us, we have established an extraordinary company.
From offices based in Bristol and Nottingham, our friendly Recruitment Consultants use their industry knowledge and expertise to support clients and candidates for a variety of technical and managerial roles within the IT and digital media sectors across the UK and Europe, covering disciplines and roles such as:
Software Engineering jobs
Software Testing jobs
Data Science jobs
Web Design jobs
DevOps / System Administration jobs
Database Development Administration jobs
Networking / Server Administration jobs
Technical Support jobs
Project Management / Business Analyst jobs
Product Management jobs
Web Development jobs
Mobile App Development jobs
UX / UI / AI jobs
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
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