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It is important that you adequately plan your recruitment process, whether you are looking to employ someone or be employed yourself, follow our checklist to make sure you are in a good position to let things run smoothly and minimise issues

 

Get yourself ready to hire or be hired...

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The market for IT contractors has improved significantly  and we are currently running more contractors than ever before, demand has increased to the point where it almost outstrips supply and when that happens rates rise and new entrants are drawn to the market.  Contracting is an exciting and dynamic way to work giving you exposure to many times more people and projects than you would in a permanent role however, before you decide if contracting is for you there are a number of things you need to consider...

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Everyone likes to move their salary forward when they move job, right? Of course, it’s to be expected a lot of the time, but what if you have reached the natural ceiling for your particular market sector and the only opportunity to increase your salary is to commute further, move house or enter the turbulent contract market, which often means you have to do one or more of the previous points anyway? This is a familiar scenario across the IT Development market that I serve.

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With the end of another financial year fast approaching now is a great opportunity to take stock of the current market trends and provide a general update around the availability of jobs within the local development market.

As I write this blog we are currently assisting fifteen local businesses in trying to attract high calibre Microsoft developers to their businesses. That combined with other organisations that are always interested to know who becomes available in the market place, makes the permanent .Net development environment an incredibly buoyant market place at the moment.

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This morning I made a job offer to a candidate after a single interview, a good offer that matched the expectations of the candidate.  However, as I’m writing this I don’t know if the candidate is going to take it, my clients decisiveness has put the candidate in a position where he needs to commit, but what about the other interviews he's got lined up? 

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In my previous blog (Your skills are your greatest asset – are you looking after them?) I suggested that to the best way to manage your skills and therefore career is to move jobs regularly.  I have an obvious interest in encouraging this line of thought, but I also happen to believe that regular moves keep your CV fresh and your skills up to date, increasing your chances of remaining in employment as the ever changing world of IT continues to advance and that is one of the reasons I am still in this business after so many years.

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Most of us are quite risk averse and we like to protect what we have.  We insure our homes and property, we service our cars and we put cases on our mobile phones, (even though it makes them look awful).  We do this because we understand that we fail to maintain or insure our possessions at our own risk.  We see these possessions as assets and it’s logical to protect them - but how many people think of their skill set as an asset? 

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A friend asked me recently about an obstacle they were coming up against in their search for a new role, the same thing was cropping up time and again and they were at a loss as how to handle it as it wasn’t something they could particularly do anything about – their location.  When I started out in IT recruitment back in 2002 it was common for people to commute around the region for work, thinking little of the travel between Ipswich, Colchester, Cambridge and Norwich (by road or rail)

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“So, how much are you paid...?” This is the question, dropped casually by your interviewers as they cover off a few “basics”, that has the potential to be a real banana skin in the recruitment process for both sides, how would you handle it? Put on the spot without preparation and you’ve got two choices – blurt out the answer or refuse to disclose. Neither is particularly desirable - volunteer the information too readily and any following offer could be whatever you said plus a few percent, or risk being perceived as evasive and confrontational.

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In the not so distant past I attended an important client briefing, fully armed with performance stats, service levels and a confident knowledge of our supply capabilities.  I was so preoccupied with preparation that when the question came "what do you know about us?" I froze, babbled for a few moments desperately trying to dredge some research I had done three months previously before giving up and shutting up before I could do any more damage.  Happily on that occasion, my track record earned me the benefit of the doubt and I retreated with nothing more than a red face and a timely reminder to always cover off the basics. 

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  • Andy takes the time to get to know both his clients and the local companies so that he can find the best fit for both. I have been very impressed with his knowledge of the software industry and he understands the best path for progression in the field. Definitely the first person I would call when looking for a new opportunity.

    Software Engineer, Suffolk

  • Andy is an extremely helpful, approachable and friendly agent to work with. His support and advice are second to none. Having spent time getting to know me, my skills and my job requirements, he assisted me in securing a permanent position which matched those requirements completely.

    Technical Manager, Suffolk
  • Matt provides an extremely professional and personable service. What particularly sets Matt apart is he does genuinely care about getting the right role for you. It’s great to get a truly unbiased opinion on the roles and Matt is in no-way shape or form pushy. I heartily recommend him!

    Software Engineer, Suffolk

  • Paul helped me secure a contract role as field deployment engineer. He was very friendly, professional and extremely trustworthy providing solid advice and guidance throughout the contract, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Paul and Bristow Holland to friends and colleagues

     

    Field Engineer, Ipswich

  • I have worked with Paul on all sides of the recruitment process, both as a candidate placed by him and as a recruiting manager using his services to find staff. I have found him to be very knowledgable and possessing integrity, honesty and tenacity in trying to find the best candidates. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending him

     

    IS Manager, East Anglia

  • Matthew takes a personal interest in his candidates, following up on their career developments and always maintaining a good relationship. I have found him very approachable and trustworthy. He has never let me down and I will always call on Matthew first for his services.

     

    C# Developer, Colchester

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