WeWork Berlin coworking space

We are expanding our presence in Berlin

 We are expanding our presence in Berlin
We are excited to announce that our Berlin team has moved to a new location in Ku’Damm.  We spent the past year in a building less than a mile away from our new location – our old office served us well, and we made great memories there, but we couldn’t be more excited about our new space.
 
We are pleased to occupy a vast, open-plan office within the WeWork Ku’Damm complex, a modern masterpiece of co-working space spanning six floors of industrial design heaven, located in the heart of Berlin. We’re excited about the hustle and bustle happening outside our windows and all of the great bars and restaurants within an easy walking distance of the new location.
 
While we were happy with our previous space, when we first moved in there were only 3 of us who had relocated from Munich so, we had plenty of room. Now that the team has tripled in size, it’s safe to say space was getting tight. The new office offered more square-footage, but more importantly, it allowed us to rethink our layout. We were able to start from scratch by knocking down walls and putting up others that better fit our team and how we’re growing. Overall, we now have more of an open plan so we’re all working closer together.
 
It has been an exciting ten years for Austin Fraser, and we look at this new location as the start of another chapter in our history. We’re still working on getting settled in and adding artwork to the walls, but we’re incredibly excited to be in the new space. We’ll be hosting a welcome party soon, so if you’re in the area, feel free to stop in and say ‘Hi!’
 
The new address is:
Austin Fraser GmbH
c/o WeWork Kurfürstendamm
11 10719
Berlin

Dave Howard - Marketing Director - Austin Fraser in Thames Tower's roof garden - The Roost

Life at AF: Why I joined Austin Fraser as Marketing Director

Why I joined Austin Fraser as Marketing Director

What an exciting time to be in recruitment, what an exciting time to be a marketer.
Recruiting’s a competitive business, and it’s getting even hotter. The job market continues to evolve. Recruiters need to do the same or risk being left behind. But recruiters are nothing if not persistent, adaptable and innovative. Mastering the new recruiting landscape and associated best practices that find and secure those competitively skilled and experienced candidates in demand today is irrefutably at the core of effective talent acquisition and recruiting.
 
Austin Fraser not only recognises these challenges but has the ability and appetite to tackle them head on and turn obstacles into opportunities. Success will be based on networks and networking. Consultants’ networks need to be extensive, varied and full of amazing talent. Whether you’re working in a talent-driven or job-driven market, the best consultants are those who network the most. And today, the mediums of networking are ever evolving too. Consider digital platforms, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, GitHub, Stack Overflow. Where are your candidates? You need to be wherever they are.
 
When it comes to showing up at work each and every day it takes more than an outstanding service, exceptional year-on-year growth and glowing customer reviews – all of which Austin Fraser has. It takes a fantastic team. Pete, Del, Jacob, Alice, Hannah, Rich, Tom, Ash, Brad, Laffers, Simmo, Jon and the 150+ global team are all exceptional people, and they are the reason I accepted Austin Fraser’s offer. It is these very people and their accomplishments that get me out of bed each and every day.
 
One of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned is that in order for any company to succeed, they need to anticipate customer needs and stay nimble in the face of change while remembering what made them special in the first place. This is true especially with our customers who pivot quickly and value a consultative approach to skills and staffing. Instead of taking a one-size-fits-all approach, the best recruitment companies provide services that are built to fit their customer’s’ needs and predict where they and the marketplace are going. Most importantly, they always remain dedicated to providing experience, insight, and service in order to help their customers succeed. Why? Because the recruitment ecosystem is complicated and ever-changing. What works today may or may not work tomorrow.
With one of the highest customer retention rates in the industry, Austin Fraser shares all these attributes.
 
Businesses increasingly prefer the ‘master of one’ to the ‘jack of all trades’. While it might sound convenient to just write one check, more and more businesses have realised that they’re better off looking for best-of-breed recruitment partners. That’s why one of the biggest trends in recruitment right now is a shift away from generalists that do a lot of things just okay, to specialists like Austin Fraser who have deep and demonstrable sector knowledge.
 

Philipp Klug, front-end consultant in Berlin

Philipp Klug Recruitment Consultant bei Austin Fraser in Berlin

Philipp Klug Recruitment Consultant bei Austin Fraser in Berlin

Nicht jeder kann sich vorstellen, was eine Karriere in der Personalberatung wirklich bedeutet. Und so ging es auch Philipp direkt nach seinem Studium. Fast zwei Jahre später hat er sich in seiner Rolle gut etabliert. Dank unserer ‘Global Opportunities’ bekam er die Möglichkeit, mit nach Berlin umzuziehen, wo er sich als wichtiges Teil des Teams beweisen konnte. Wir haben uns mit Philipp ausgetauscht, um mehr über seine AF Reise bis dato zu erfahren…
Hallo Philipp, kannst du uns mal ein wenig davon erzählen, wie du damals zu Austin Fraser gekommen bist?
Nach dem Studium, wusste ich nicht so wirklich wohin für mich die Reise gehen soll. Werde ich Pilot? Werde ich Astronaut? Ich war mehr oder weniger für alles offen. Ich habe meinen CV hochgeladen und wurde daraufhin von Talent Acquisition bei Austin Fraser angerufen. Was ich vorher in Erfahrung bringen konnte, auf Youtube oder der Austin Fraser Homepage klang alles super und ich konnte mir da ein ganz gutes Bild machen. Ich hätte dann an meinem ersten Tag nicht wärmer empfangen werden können von meinem Team.
Angefangen hast du im Büro in München. Wie hat es dich dann nach Berlin verschlagen?
Anfang dieses Jahres hieß es dann, dass wir ein Büro in Berlin eröffnen und man hat gefragt, wer Lust hätte, mit hoch zu gehen! Ich meinte nur, ja cool, lass das machen. Und so kam das recht spontan zustande. Ich fand einfach, dass es eine spannende Option war ein Start-Up innerhalb eines etablierten Unternehmens aufzubauen. Es macht riesig Spaß, war aber natürlich am Anfang auch sehr herausfordernd. Der Umzug selbst war unkompliziert. Ich habe mit einem weiteren Kollegen an einem Wochenende Wohnungen angeschaut, direkt eine gefunden und dann konnte es schon losgehen. Seit 6 Monaten sind wir nun hier vor Ort.
Was gefällt dir am Besten an Berlin?
Es macht so viel Spaß, eine neue Stadt zu erkunden; eine Bootstour auf der Spree, die besten Burgerrestaurants ausprobieren. Meine Lieblingsviertel sind aber mittlerweile Prenzlauer Berg und Charlottenburg. Ich liebe es, wie vielfältig Berlin ist, die Leute, die Kulturen und die unendlichen Freizeitmöglichkeiten.
Was denkst du, macht Austin Fraser so besonders?
Für mich ist jedenfalls ein wichtiger USP von Austin Fraser, dass wir Leute einstellen, die ihre eigene Persönlichkeit haben und eine menschliche Komponente mitbringen, die ein gewisses Alleinstellungsmerkmal bei Kunden gibt. Ein weiterer Punkt ist meiner Meinung nach das organische Wachstum. Klar ist die Vorgabe möglichst nach oben zu wachsen, aber nicht mit allen Mitteln. Wir haben vor allem Leute im Management, die wissen was sie tun und die sich ihre Position verdient haben. Auch unser Direktor Jacob hat hier als Trainee angefangen. Und der dritte Punkt ist denke ich, dass wir uns selbst treu bleiben und nicht abheben. Zusammengefasst sind es wohl einfach die Leute die Austin Fraser so besonders machen. 

Wie könnte man das Austin Fraser Leben noch verbessern?
Sonnenliegen auf der Dachterrasse in München (lacht). Nein im Ernst, eigentlich nicht. Das Schöne ist, wir wissen ja wir sind nicht perfekt. Aber wir arbeiten tatsächlich kontinuierlich daran uns ständig zu verbessern. Mehr kann man nicht erwarten. Es ist echt schwierig etwas zum Verbessern zu finden, wenn man so total überzeugt ist.
Und als Abschluss vervollständige bitte diesen Satz: Arbeiten bei Austin Fraser ist:
Puhhh….. Auf jeden Fall spannend, herausfordernd, fördernd und fordernd und ja, eigentlich hauptsächlich viel Spaß!

Austin Fraser Rank 14th in Sunday Times & HSBC International Fast Track List

 
We’re very excited to announce we have been ranked at No 14 on the annual Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 list of fast growing international companies. Our international expansion started in 2012 with our Munich office, in Germany, which has now grown to more than 30 people. Since then we have opened further offices in Austin, Texas, USA (now more than 20 people) and Berlin, Germany. Just last week we also announced that we are continuing our global expansion in Denver, Colorado.
 
As part of our international growth strategy, we identify markets that are aligned with our core UK markets. We have carefully considered our new locations to find markets where we can make the maximum impact and grow a sustainable business. We’ve been able to bring our knowledge of our Technology, Digital and Life Sciences markets to help our clients’ businesses grow by finding the right talent and building some incredible networks.
 
Our CEO, Pete Hart has shared his thoughts, “I am so proud of all our people and what they have achieved in Germany and the USA. There have been plenty of challenges, but the work ethic and continual desire to improve and adapt, have resulted in this placement in The Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200. We have had a number of key staff relocate from our UK office over the past 5 years, who have been integral in founding, maintaining and evolving the spark that made us special when we launched in the UK.
 
“We have built amazing teams with a focus on delivering exceptional client and candidate service. Our approach is to provide the best possible environment, tools and development for our people to do their job to the best of their ability. We invest heavily in the success of our people  and rely on them for the success of our business. We believe it’s right that we create an environment where colleagues respect one another, support one another and have a great time.
 
“Our plans for growth don’t stop here. We’re looking at where we might grow next and we’re still recruiting in all our offices – Reading, Munich, Berlin, Austin and Denver. It’s exciting times to be a part of Austin Fraser”
 
To find our more about us and the current vacancies we have open, take a look here: https://www.hunted.com/companies/201/austin-fraser
 
 

 

Our co-founder shares what it means to him to place 3rd in the Best Companies listing!

Find out why we placed 3rd in the Best Small Companies Listing and what it means to us.
 
Every year, the Sunday Times collaborates with Best Companies to publish the Top 100 Best Companies to Work For. These listings cover a range of sectors from small to big companies and Not-For-Profit organisations. We enter the listing for small companies, along with over 400 other firms employing 50-250 people, in total collating the views of over 31,000 employees…now that’s a lot of people! Feedback from employees is based on ranking eight key factors of a company: My Manager, My Company, Leadership, Personal Growth, My Team, Wellbeing, Fair Deal and Giving Something Back.
 
For the fifth year running we’ve placed in the Top 25. But this has been our highest placement to date, this year we made it into the Top 5 and placed 3rd! Clearly, we’re proud of this achievement, but what we really wanted to do is give you an insight into what it really means to us to receive our highest placement to date and how this will impact our business throughout the next year.
 
So, who’s best placed to give you this insight? Here’s Derek Simpson, our CDO and co-founder…
 
We’ve placed in the Top 100 five years in a row and this is our highest placement so far! What does that mean to you?
 
I love it! We use our employees’ happiness and engagement as a key measure of how successful our business is, so knowing some of the improvements we’ve made over the last year have made a real difference is the best feedback we could ask for!
 
Getting our highest place is great, but that’s really just a bonus. We’re more pleased that we have achieved our highest score so far. This is a great indicator that we have made our company a better place to work over the 5 years we have taken part in the awards. We also know that if we’re scoring well, that means our people are happy, and so they’ll be delivering a great service to the people we work for – clients and candidates.
 
How does it impact AF as a business?
 
It impacts us massively as a business, we can only continue to grow if the people we employ are happy and proud of where they work. The real benefit to us is the wealth of unedited feedback we get from our people about how they really think we’re doing business. It’s also worth noting we make an effort to get the feedback from our offices in Germany and USA even though it doesn’t contribute to our score.
 
First off we really encourage our teams to be as honest as they like so we can get a true reflection of how they feel. Our People and Culture team then take the time to analyse the information and identify opportunities for us to make improvements. There’s no point in getting the feedback if you don’t intend to do something positive with it. Although our score this time was our best ever, I’m sure there will be things we can look to improve again throughout this year.
 
It gives us an invaluable opportunity to work out where in our business we can improve, I mean why wouldn’t you want to improve your company?
 
What do we have planned this year then?
 
We want to make sure we’re always creating opportunities for people to achieve their potential, we make sure this support for our people relates not only to their time spent working with us but also in their lives generally, providing support to them and their families if and when they need it.
 
This is going to be a year of global growth and we’re looking for ways to achieve this as smoothly as possible so all of our teams can do what they do best and enjoy working for us.
 
We will continue to ask people for their feedback throughout the year. This will allow us to make sure our people strategy not only meets but exceeds the expectations of our teams globally.
 
 

Wir optimieren unsere Niederlassung in München!

Wir optimieren unsere Niederlassung in München! 
 
Nachdem wir gerade die Eröffnung einer neuen Niederlassung in Berlin und den Umzug von zwei weiteren Niederlassungen in Großbritannien und den USA angekündigt haben, konnten wir unsere Niederlassung in München nicht einfach ignorieren. Diese Niederlassung ist ein Grundpfeiler auf dem deutschen Markt für Personalberatungsdienste im technischen Bereich – und nun ist es an der Zeit, dort in einen höheren Gang zu schalten. Also haben wir uns ein erstklassiges neues Büro im Zentrum Münchens gesichert. Es handelt sich um einen modernen Arbeitsplatz, der es uns ermöglichen wird, unser aktuelles Personal um über 50 % aufzustocken!
 
„Wir möchten ein anspruchsvolles Umfeld schaffen, in dem sich unsere Mitarbeiter wohlfühlen. Die Zufriedenheit unserer Leute liegt uns bei Austin Fraser nämlich ganz besonders am Herzen. Denn nur so können wir unseren Kunden und Kandidaten den bestmöglichen Service bieten. Der Lenbachplatz ist eine der ersten Adressen in München – mit hervorragender Verkehrsanbindung und der Kaufinger Straße mit einer Fülle an Restaurants, Bars, Fitnessstudios, Geschäften und gesellschaftlichen Aktivitäten gleich um die Ecke. Damit können wir eine noch bessere Work-Life-Balance gewährleisten.“ Managing Director Jacob McCulloch hat die Expansion in Deutschland geleitet und dafür gesorgt, dass das Team von nur zwei Mitarbeitern auf aktuell 30 gewachsen ist.
 
Wir planen moderne Meeting-Bereiche und soziale Räume sowie eine noch bessere Schulungseinrichtung, was das gesamte Team zu noch mehr Zusammenarbeit ermutigen wird. Diese Einrichtungen werden auf dem neuesten Stand sein und auch unseren Kunden und Kandidaten zur Verfügung stehen – als eine Art zweite Heimat für Personaldienstleistungen, ein weiteres neues Angebot in unserem umfassenden Service. Wir möchten unseren Kunden beim Erreichen ihrer Geschäftsziele helfen und den deutschen Technologiemarkt beim Kampf gegen den Mangel an herausragenden Talenten unterstützen.
 
Möchten Sie sich in diesem tollen neuen Umfeld einen Schreibtisch sichern? Dann setzen Sie sich mit uns in Verbindung! Wir suchen Trainees und bereits erfahrene Personalberater für unser Team!

Wir eröffnen eine attraktive neue Niederlassung in Berlin!

Wir eröffnen eine attraktive neue Niederlassung in Berlin!
 
Wir freuen uns sehr über die Chance, hier und jetzt ein Update über einen weiteren Meilenstein unserer erfolgreichen Firmengeschichte zu geben: Am 6. März 2017 starten wir mit unserer zweiten Niederlassung in Deutschland durch, und zwar mitten im Herzen Berlins – im Sony Center am Potsdamer Platz! Mit diesem neuen Stützpunkt erweitern wir unsere Vermittlungskapazität, um die florierende Digital- und Technologieszene noch besser bedienen zu können.

Managing Director Jacob McCulloch erklärt: „Wir freuen uns wirklich sehr, unser Unternehmen in Berlin zu expandieren. Diese Entscheidung stellt einen wichtigen Schritt unserer Gesamtstrategie dar und soll uns dabei helfen, unsere Services für den deutschen Technologiemarkt zu bestärken. Wie wir seit unserer Eröffnung in München gesehen haben, wird der Kampf um talentierte Mitarbeiter immer wettbewerbsintensiver. Für Unternehmen ist es dadurch relativ schwierig, sich die passenden Kompetenzen zu sichern, die sie für die Umsetzung ihrer Projekte benötigen. Da sehr viele Unternehmen neue Mitarbeiter anwerben, ist es aber auch für die Kandidaten nicht einfach, den jeweils richtigen Arbeitgeber für ihre individuellen Bedürfnisse zu finden. Das Sony Center ist eine fantastische Location, wo wir sicherstellen können, dass wir am Puls der Zeit agieren, persönlich mit unserem Netzwerk in Kontakt treten und genau verstehen, was gerade gefordert wird. Intern stehen unserem Team dort alle Einrichtungen zur Verfügung, die wir brauchen – eine großartige Location und ein Umfeld, das es unserem Team ermöglichen wird, den bestmöglichen Service anzubieten.“

Unsere Erfolgsgeschichte in Deutschland begann 2012 in München. Wir sind schnell gewachsen und beschäftigen hier nun insgesamt 30 Mitarbeiter, die Süddeutschland mit erstklassigen Personalberatungsdiensten im Bereich Technologie versorgen. Durch die neue Niederlassung in Berlin können wir sowohl festangestellte als auch freiberufliche Mitarbeiter im Norden Deutschlands vermitteln. Das Team in Berlin wird zunächst aus drei Mitarbeitern unserer Niederlassung in München bestehen, doch wir sind bereits dabei, weitere Teammitglieder einzustellen – sowohl erfahrene als auch aufstrebende Personalberater aus dem lokalen Markt.

„Jetzt ist genau die richtige Zeit, um bei Austin Fraser anzufangen“, so unser CEO Pete Hart. „Wir sind rasch gewachsen und ich bin wirklich stolz auf die Leistung des Teams hier in München. Jetzt expandieren wir und suchen daher die besten Talente in Berlin, damit Austin Fraser seine Präsenz in Deutschland weiter ausbauen kann.“

 

Relocating our Reading HQ to Thames Tower!

 
 
Our journey from humble beginnings in a garage to becoming a leading international technical recruitment consultancy, takes another leap forward today, as we announce that we’re moving into Thames Tower, a brand new 14,000 sq ft office right in the heart of Reading. Our new UK home will support the development of our increasingly global business and provide a fantastic workplace for our consultants as we continue to grow.
 
Thames Tower sits in a great central location in Reading, a two minute walk away from the station, it’s easily accessible for commuting and right next to the restaurants, bars and gyms. With 360 degree views from the floor-to-ceiling windows, a communal sky garden, a range of meeting spaces and relaxation areas our consultants will have a great space from which to work. We’ll be fitting the office out with the latest tech, creating an environment that supports the way we work best.
 
 

We’re proud to remain in Reading and contribute to the development of both the local economy and the growing tech scene through local business initiatives and meet-up groups. Seeing direct impact and progress is extremely rewarding and we’re excited to be part of the further development of Reading. The Elizabeth Line opens in 2019 and will make the town much more accessible to the surrounding areas and London also having a huge influence over the influx of both people and businesses into Reading.
 
Peter Hart, CEO of Austin Fraser, commented: “We’re growing rapidly and need office space that will enable us to continue to deliver the opportunities to candidates and the talent to clients that we’re renowned for. Thames Tower, a stylish, modern building, in the heart of Reading, with great access to the town’s restaurants, shops, bars, and gyms, fits the bill perfectly. It provides us with the space we need to meet our ambitious recruitment plans and fits with our desire to offer a fantastic place for our people to work. After all, in a business like ours, it’s the people who are the bedrock; when they’re happy they’re able to do a fantastic job and are trusted by clients and candidates alike.”

 
 

In these 10 years we’ve won a number of industry awards and accolades including being shortlisted in the Top 25 of The Sunday Times Best companies To Work For, five years in a row! We’ve also been given a Gold accreditation from Investors in People. We’re always striving to provide an outstanding working environment for our employees and this new office will definitely aid us to help everyone create a good balance between work and their home lives, as well as injecting a bit of fun into the work day which is what we do best.
 
Derek Simpson, CDO adds, “We’re looking for both experienced and aspiring recruitment consultants who want to help drive our growth. It’s the start of the year and despite the uncertainty caused by Brexit and other political events we’re seeing increased demand for the talent  in the digital, technology, life sciences, aviation and automation sectors. Moving to Thames Tower will help create the right environment for our consultants with a range of modern meeting areas and social spaces that will encourage even more collaboration within the team.”

Hana Tanimura - Google Creative Lab

Glug Profiles: Hana Tanimura, Senior Designer at Google Creative Lab

Glug Profiles: Hana Tanimura, Senior Designer at Google Creative Lab

As the recruitment partner of Glug
, we’ve collaborated with them to bring you the first instalment in a series of Glug Profiles. Here’s an opportunity for you to get an insight into Glug’s speakers. We speak to Hana Tanimura, Senior Designer at Google Creative Lab exploring the challenges she faces in her role and sharing the advice she has for others starting off their careers in the creative industry.
 
Hey Hana, why don’t you start by telling us a little about your role at Google?
 
I am a Senior Designer at Google Creative Lab in London, and I’ve been working here for about 4 and a half years now, in a small group of 28 people. Our role is to work across all of Google’s products and platforms and to imagine new ways to bring those products to life in unexpected ways.
 
On the one hand, we work with Google’s marketing teams to service the company’s existing products – from Chrome, to Search, to Youtube, etc. While on the other hand we also work on “innovation” projects, which could come out of the Lab, or in partnership with engineers, production partners, etc. But everything we do is with the hope of inspiring people to create great things with our technology and remind the world what it is it loves about Google.
 
Have you seen a huge evolution in the tech over this time at Google?
 
Yes, definitely. As a designer, I think I joined at a really interesting time. Google is a tech company first and foremost, and it wasn’t until about 6 or so years ago that it started taking visual design very seriously across the board. Most recently this new focus on design has affected the Google brand, with our new logo – and it has been interesting to see how the rebrand goes on to affect everything we do, including our products. Material Design has been a huge leap forward for us too. Smart technology and great design is an incredibly powerful combination… and I don’t think anyone in this industry underestimates the power of design anymore.

It must be challenging to cater for everyone’s needs when you have a product that is completely accessible to everyone?
 
Each of Google’s products is designed to be accessible to as many people as possible because the company’s philosophy is to make things for everyone. And, as you rightly mentioned, this can pose a lot of design challenges. When you have a small audience to cater for, it’s much easier to establish a clear understanding of that group’s needs, interests, behaviours, and preferences. When you’re designing something that’s intended for “everyone” – it’s a lot more difficult. But what this does is force us to be more disciplined about breaking complex things down into simple ones. Whenever we start a new project in the Lab, we try to articulate the core idea in 2 basic ways: in a sentence, and as a poster. If the poster is not so simple that a stranger would understand what it’s about just from walking by it, then it’s not simple enough. Until we’ve cracked that simplicity, we don’t start building.

I bet that really makes you think outside the box and explore things very creatively. How would you define creativity?
 
Good question! I would argue that there isn’t one, single definition of creativity. But for me personally, creativity has two layers. It starts with curiosity: a desire to learn and know about things outside of your current knowledge. And then the next layer is application: taking that knowledge, and expressing it in some way that you feel will carry a message and communicate to other people… My definition sounds complicated. [Laughs] It would not be allowed on a Google poster!

You get the opportunity to explore a range of different design disciplines in Creative Lab. Is job variety something that is really important to you?
 
Yes, variety is one of the most important things for me personally. It’s something that drew me to Google in the first place, and it’s definitely something that will keep me here for a long time.

There’s an expression that describes people as being “T-shaped”. It’s meant to describe people who have a core discipline, and expertise that run deep in that area – like design in my case for example. That core discipline forms the vertical axis of the letter “T”. And then, on the horizontal axis, you stretch out wide and touch loads of different subject areas, interests and skills. But those knowledge buckets are less profound than your core one. I don’t know a single creative person that this description doesn’t apply to, and who isn’t interested by other areas… So the challenge then becomes: how do you find a job that not only allows for, but also encourages you to explore those curiosities.

How highly do you value networking?
 
I think that, next to being a good person, working hard and having talent – it’s the most important thing you can do. And I think this is as true for people who are just starting out as it is for people who have been working for some years already.
 
It’s easy to get sucked into your own little world and allow the work you do to take up more importance than it should. But if you’re regularly exposing yourself to the wider industry, you’re able to see the things that you’re working on in a larger context. So yes – I think networking is important in terms of jobs, but also in terms of just… keeping perspective.

What advice do you have for people starting their careers in the creative industries?
 
Go to lots of events, learn as much as you can, and expose yourself to as many different companies who are doing interesting stuff as you can. Soak it all up, reflect on it all – but always hold on to who you are. Remember what gets you excited, what you care about, what you think is actually important, and find a way to make sure you never neglect that.
 
I’m not convinced that young creatives are encouraged, or given the opportunity to use their skills to make a positive impact in the world as often as they should be. I’d urge people to do it – to ask themselves what they can do, with all their intelligence and their talents, to make a difference. We’re more powerful and can have a much bigger impact than we might imagine.

Do you have any advice for building up resilience for when things don’t go to plan?
 
I wish there was a simple trick for that. But I think you just need to want to be good more than it hurts to be told that you’re not. It comes from within, you have to want to get better. People will tell you that you’re not good enough in a million ways along the way. Sometimes explicitly, sometimes subtly. Whenever this happens, you have to apply a little critical thinking and consider how much of it you want to take on.
 
Rarely someone has told me that something I made was shit, without there being at least some truth to what they were saying. So I never disregard criticism. Critique in creative can be hard to hear because we pour so much of ourselves into the work. But if you can learn that the stuff you make doesn’t define you, then it’s a lot easier, and you’re a lot more likely to grow and improve.
 
Finally, do you pursue any personal projects outside of work?
 
 As you will see in my talk, my main preoccupation outside of what I do as a designer is diversity. I’m driven to try to encourage people in positions of influence to incorporate diversity as part of their business, because they really believe in it, and not because they have a quota to meet. A “diverse” candidate could be someone who doesn’t have formal training, they could be a minority person of colour or just someone who had an unusual upbringing in some way… Hiring people with different backgrounds, who’ve had different life experiences, leads to better, more creative, more unique work.
Click here to find out more about Hana and her work with Google Creative Lab from her talk at Glug London or read the original article here.
 
We sponsor Glug because it’s a great environment for people to connect with one another and learn from others. Make sure you come and see us at an event if you’re after your next venture! We have plenty of digital and creative recruitment industry knowledge and experience to share.
Interview by: April Edgar
Hana Tanimura speaking at Glug London
 
 

Jacob McCulloch

Next stop for Austin Fraser? Berlin!

Jacob McCulloch, Sales Director, leads our second German expansion to Berlin!
 
We’re proud to announce in 2017 we’ll be launching a new office in Berlin. We want to continue to create new opportunities for our teams as well as providing a thorough offering for our clients in the North of Germany.
 
This expansion will be led by our Director, Jacob McCulloch, who says, “As one of the top tech cities in the world, Berlin is a rapidly growing market. We’re excited to be able to help more clients be part of this huge tech expansion and ensure they have the best talent to propel them forward. Austin Fraser has come a long way since we opened our German office just over three years ago, growing from a team of two to a truly national player.”
 
We have perfected the balance of great salespeople with a fantastic support team, we will recreate this again in Berlin.

 
We’ve spent four years building our presence and markets throughout the Bavarian region in Germany with a centralised base in Munich, venturing up to Berlin for several business opportunities, we are keen to build and maintain more of a presence there. We’ve created an incredible infrastructure of people who are continually pushing themselves and their colleagues around them. The environment we’ve created encourages everyone to strive to achieve. We have perfected the balance of great salespeople with a fantastic support team, this is a balance we will emulate again in Berlin.
 
Our people are vital to our success, one of our primary focuses in our 2020 vision is to continue to shape our business around them and enable them to travel, progress and diversify their careers. What this means is investing in our people and creating opportunities for them to develop both their skills and themselves in progressive roles and have the option to work internationally.
 
„We want our team to have a sense of limitless possibility.“ Pete Hart, CEO
 
“We get under the skin of new geographies by investing in the local market, from the grassroots up, bringing in the best people on the ground, while also enabling our UK teams to make a real difference and fulfil professional ambitions. Creating exciting career opportunities for our people is as important as the commercial outcomes. We want our team to have that sense of limitless possibility. Our new Berlin venture is a major part of this story and we’re thrilled to be taking our offer to this rapidly growing market as well as giving our people the chance to work and live in this incredible city.” – Pete Hart, CEO.

Conducting an interview? Are you prepared?

Here at Austin Fraser, we understand the necessity in obtaining and retaining the highest calibre of staff for our clients. We share our top three tips for interviewers based on interaction and feedback at a round-table talk that we hosted at the PHP Berkshire Meetup.

1. Always be prepared
First things first, it’s not just the candidate who should be preparing for an interview – remember the Scout motto „be prepared“. Preparation on your side is also crucial for a successful outcome. Your time is precious and the cost of a bad hire is one that you will want to avoid. You may have a widely sought after candidate on your hands, so you need to make sure that not only are they right for your role but that you are the right choice for them.

Conducting research on a candidate prior to an interview can make the world of difference. So where do you start? A quick scan over their social media pages can tell you a lot. It should help you begin to paint a picture of what your interviewee is like and whether or not they will be a good company fit.
Online portfolios are a great indicator of the investment someone has in their skills. Stack Overflow and GitHub are great for showcasing people’s personal projects outside of work, and a quick-fire way for you to judge their technical skills.

Research should be a two-way thing, so make sure that when it comes to the interview stage that your candidate has replicated your efforts by researching the company and the role in hand.

2. Use your time effectively
The interview process can be time consuming and as a manager, time is not something that comes in abundance, so make it count. Do not compromise the quality of your interviews, instead, consider how efficiently you can turn a potential hire into a new employee.

Kickstarting the interview process with a phone or video call is a great way of starting the interaction. You are able to get a general feel for what they’re like and whether or not they stand up against what they have written on paper. This method will take minimal time out of your day and will get the ball rolling.

Remember, an interview is your chance to make a great first impression, so the friendlier and more hospitable you can be, the better. Video conferences can create an extra dimension through face-to-face interaction. Video will help you pick up on character traits through body language that you may not have picked up over the phone. It will also give the candidate a more personable impression of the business.

3. Sell the dream
The constant evolving nature of the tech industry provides a nonstop demand for tech talent, with a speedy turnaround. This demand creates strict time constraints when sourcing the best talent, especially on a contractual basis. You need to act fast. Skilled contractors can be on and off the market within days and permanent employees tend to sign new contracts within two weeks of applying.

Once you have invested time, money and resources into the hiring process, you want to make sure it is a sure deal when you get to the point of offer. This is why it’s essential to establish a balance between the candidate selling themselves in and you selling the company to them. Highlighting company benefits such as training opportunities, a positive working environment and state of the art technology could help give you the edge over competing companies. People don’t just take the jobs they can do…they take the jobs they really want! Even if the candidate is not successful, you want them to want to work for you.
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We pride ourselves on being consultative recruiters. If you’d like some further advice on how to alter your interview methods in order to optimise your results, please contact any of our specialist recruiters.
Josh Reeve is always on hand at the monthly PHP Berkshire meetups held at our offices in Reading. 
Contact Joshua Reeve:  +44(0)1189520159 – [email protected] – https://uk.linkedin.com/in/joshreeve

Simply the greatest…5 life lessons from Muhammad Ali

Simply the greatest…5 life lessons from Muhammad Ali
 
The late Muhammad Ali lead an incredibly successful life. Pursuing a lifelong dream as a world-class boxer.  However, he is not only renowned for his skill and success in the ring but also his life as a philanthropist and a social activist. Ali was not afraid to speak his mind, and the words he spoke have resonated with people across the world. Inspiring people to challenge the status quo and to persevere through hardships.

Admired by millions, this icon is the epitome of resilience, determination and hard work. These attributes were essential in creating an unrivalled boxing career which has left a legacy behind.
Here are some of favourite Muhammad Ali quotes that teach us lessons that we can all apply to our everyday!
 
1. „Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.“

Trying to decide where you want your career to go can be daunting but it’s important to set yourself goals. Self assurance is key. If you don’t have confidence in yourself how can you expect anyone else to? Always stay focused on your end goal, whatever it may be, whether it’s getting your promotion, becoming a director or running your own company. The sky’s the limit and only you can determine how high you fly. There should be no reason why you shouldn’t achieve these, don’t get in your own way.
 
2. „Champions are made from something they have deep inside them: a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have last-minute stamina, they have to be a little faster, they have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.“

In order to succeed you need to find your personal drivers. What is it that is going to push you to achieve your goals and take you to the next level in your career? How will you know you’ve been successful? Establishing answers to these questions can help you keep track of your progress. Knowing what matters most to you will keep you on track and prevent you losing momentum, and keep you pushing for success.

3. „The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.“

The importance of continuous learning and self development will never dull. Being open-minded will enable you to constantly try new things, learn new things and open you up to new experiences. This will benefit you in both your personal and working life and will ultimately affect the way you see the world.
 
4. “Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even.”

Although it may be difficult it is important to accept failure as part of you route to success. In order to remain competitive with your peers throughout your career, ‘fail quick and move on!’ Maintaining a positive mindset will determine your success.
 
5. „Live every day like it’s your last because someday you’re going to be right.“ 

This is a humbling truth and one we are all guilty of taking for granted. Make sure you do something you love, something that makes you proud you are a part of. We spend approximately 45 years of our life working so make sure you’re doing something you love!
 
We’d love to know to know what your favourite Muhammad Ali quote is, let us know on our social media channels or comment below! 
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