21 Ways to Stand Out as the Employer of Choice
Teaming up with a recruitment agency can be a game-changer for tech professionals searching for new career opportunities. A specialist tech recruiter can give you access to a vast network of contacts within your niche market, providing you with first-hand knowledge of job openings and the interview process. Here are five things to expect when working with a recruiter: 1. In-depth knowledge of your specialist marketWhen you work with one of our recruiters, you'll get help from a dedicated and experienced tech recruitment expert who spends every day building their own tech community in search of the best talent and opportunities. Our recruiters have a thorough knowledge of the market, meaning they can offer tailored advice and guidance that aligns with your career aspirations and goals. On LinkedIn alone, nearly 10,000 front-end developers are proactively seeking new opportunities, with 13 talented individuals competing for each vacancy (Talent Insights, LinkedIn). In a competitive market like this, it might be challenging to stand out and get noticed by potential employers, but with the right support and guidance, you can make a lasting impression. We have tech recruiters across London https://www.austinfraser.com/branches/london/ and Thames Valley https://www.austinfraser.com/branches/thames-valley/ who specialise in their own niche markets to find the best jobs in PHP, Front-End Development or DevOps just to name a few, so you can get the freshest opportunities on the market without having to scour the job boards for it - or having to fight off the other 12 candidates who are still looking on LinkedIn for their next big step. While it may feel like you’re a needle in a tech haystack, once we connect with you, our focus shifts to truly understanding your individuality. By delving deeper into your personality and aspirations, we can provide personalised support that makes you feel seen and appreciated as an individual. You're more than just a number to us, and we're excited to help you reach your full potential. 2. The best job opportunities in your area2022 was a remarkable year for the tech scene in the UK. With a huge surge in new tech companies, including a whopping 21% increase in London alone, there's never been a better time to dive into the tech world. That's exactly why we deeply embedded ourselves in the local tech communities - we get to be right in the heart of the action! By focusing on specific regions we get the chance to develop meaningful connections with both local businesses and amazing talent like you. Our goal is to make sure we only present you with tech jobs in London or Thames Valley that cater to your unique needs – cause who wants a 3-hour commute, right? Whether you love the buzz of the office or looking for a better work-life balance, we've got you covered. Of the many job opportunities we created over the last 12 months, over half of them were fully remote and more than 35% were hybrid, giving tech experts like you the chance to experience the best of both worlds. Think of us as your trusty job search buddy, always by your side to help you find that perfect role right in your community. 3. Expert interview coaching and feedbackIn the last 10 years, we’ve helped over 10,000 candidates land their dream jobs. Our secret to success lies in not only sharing the inside scoop on what employers want, but also providing valuable feedback after each stage of the interview. This helps our candidates make a better impression each time they interview for their dream job. So, whether you're gearing up for your initial face-to-face meeting or about to tackle a live-coding interview, we're here to guide you through the entire process and set clear expectations. We'll equip you with the vital information required to not only ace the interview but also showcase your best qualities, ensuring a smoother negotiation process. 4. Skillful salary negotiation and contract managementNegotiating a salary can be a pretty stressful task. But don't worry, we're here to take all that stress off your shoulders! By this point, we'll know your needs and priorities and we'll work with you to reach the best offer based on the current market. We stay ahead of the curve with industry trends and benchmarks, so you can be confident that we're negotiating on your behalf with the most up-to-date information. This means that we can secure a compensation package that truly reflects your skills and experience while advocating for your interests. So, let us take care of the tough negotiations and legal jargon while you focus on landing your dream job. 5. Challenging the status quo to offer you the best opportunitiesWe're all about leading by example. That's why we constantly challenge the status quo, push boundaries and share our "proof is in the pudding" approach with our clients. We're passionate about creating amazing career opportunities and promoting work-life balance, starting with our own people at Austin International. We're proud to have been named the most flexible recruitment agency in the UK by Flexa, thanks to our dedication to embracing remote work and flexibility, earning us a huge score of 94%! "The business is willing to be brave and make decisions that are based on the well-being of the employees (e.g. flexible working, unlimited holiday) that other companies in our sector may not make. They aspire to be people first and live up to the bill." UK Manager, Austin International We're also committed to building a more diverse and inclusive workforce in tech and recruitment with the help of our dedicated DE&I advocates. We hold ourselves and our clients to high standards, so you can be sure that we're always pushing ourselves to create the best job opportunities possible, with your best interests at heart. Partnering with a tech recruitment agency can significantly enhance your job search and open doors to exciting new opportunities. With our in-depth knowledge, vast network, expert coaching, and commitment to your best interests, we're here to help you succeed. Don't miss out on the chance to elevate your career! Check out our current job openings or get in touch to connect with one of our specialised tech recruiters who will help you find your dream job. Let's start this journey together and unlock a world of possibilities!
Let's talk about how the approach to not only hiring staff but retaining staff is extremely important if you are going to be able to thrive in a post-lockdown environment! However your organisation has been impacted by Covid-19, cautious steps are being taken in returning to normal business activities and engaging project & growth plans. There are many talking points around employee engagement but below are four that are more important than ever to help with the retention and attraction of talent on the market. 01. Your Story One of the most overlooked yet arguably one of the most important aspects of talent engagement is telling the story of the company. This isn’t necessarily providing a history timeline since day one but allowing people a window into what’s great about the company, e.g the culture, the benefits, the opportunities, the people etc. Putting yourself in the shoes of a candidate will build a picture of what the company looks like from the outside, if this doesn’t excite you, then why would it excite the talent you want to attract? There are great things about all companies, so talk about them! 02. Being Transparent This may seem like quite an obvious one to include but the stories I hear of organisations not sharing great news with their employees and involving them in what is simply a byproduct of their great work are all too common. Obvious stability and confidence in the company are paramount to holding onto and securing talent at the best of times, and even more so now - if employees aren’t provided with reassurance and evidence that their position is perfectly stable, then this can easily have a knock-on effect. 03. The Interview Process Everyone will have a slightly different way to qualify candidates for a position in their team &have a different take on how it should be structured but the overall experience is extremely important to get right. If you are hiring and engaging with someone, then that’s happening because of a mutual interest in working together, so treat it with respect. Moving quickly, clear communication, and committing as much to the candidate as they are to you will result in an engaging, exciting, and confident experience for all. If there are long gaps in stages and hesitations, candidates will quickly question your commitment to them and become disinterested. 04. Being Market Aware Making sure you are in touch with what your competitors are offering and providing the best your organisation can at the time goes without saying in ensuring a settled and happy workforce. Employee demands aren’t a one size fits all so talk to your employees and understand them personally as much as you understand the general market. Want to talk about practical ways to implement this within your team or organisation? Get in touch with me!