Next stop, Dallas: consolidating Austin Fraser’s US presence

Next stop, Dallas: consolidating Austin Fraser’s US presence
We’re delighted to announce our next new office opening in Dallas, Texas, scheduled for October 2018. This move will anchor Austin Fraser deeper in the US market, hot on the heels of our award-winning Austin, Texas office and Denver, at the start of the year.
We’d also like to congratulate Dallas team lead, Alina Brovko, who will relocate from Munich to build the new Dallas team and roll-out our growth plans.  Alina is a brilliant example of the career pathways available at Austin Fraser and our strong ethos of fostering talent from within.
 
How we evolve on the ground
As the fourth biggest technology market in the US, outside New York, LA and Chicago, and a concentration of established Austin Fraser clients located in the city, Dallas was the obvious choice for our third US office. With its flourishing start-up ecosystem of incubators, tech meet-ups and a strong Fortune 500 presence, it holds real potential for Austin Fraser. With our Austin team just three hours away too, it will allow for deeper collaboration, ensuring our networks and talent pools are harnessed for client success.
As with previous locations, it’s important to us that we are embedded in the local community. Our approach is about adapting and integrating, while staying true to our Austin Fraser DNA. We invest heavily in communities, creating longer-term relationships while developing an exceptional pool as well as new career opportunities internally.
 
International growth
This past 18 months has seen Austin Fraser double our global locations, with offices in Berlin, Denver and Dallas.  We scale our international teams with home-grown talent, while building a strong local talent pipeline.
As Alina explains “We’re seeing a lot of our clients with hubs across the US so for this market, it makes sense for us to support as many of those as we can, as we extend Austin Fraser’s presence.  Our business is about how we can help our clients grow. Being on hand, to build real connections and relationships really means that we can specialise as well as play an active part in the tech community here.”
Further expansion plans in the UK, Europe and the US are in place and we’ll look forward to sharing these later this year.

Leonardo DiCaprio

Carve the perfect career with these lessons from Oscar Winner, Leonardo DiCaprio

 
…And breathe. Leonardo DiCaprio FINALLY won an Oscar last night for his portrayal of Hugh Glass, a frontiersman on a fur trading expedition in the wilderness of the Northern Plains. With a career spanning 25 years, DiCaprio’s countless blockbuster performances have never quite amounted to a coveted Academy Award, until now.
Over the years, the world famous leading man has played some unforgettable characters. From gangsters to traders, we’ve taken some of his most iconic quotes and the lessons you can take from them.

 

“If you get all of us together, we ain’t got a gang, we’ve got an army.”
— Gangs of New York (2002)
What better message for the importance of teamwork than this quote from Leonardo DiCaprio’s character, Amsterdam Vallon. Gangs of New York, a Martin Scorcese classic set in mid-19th century New York highlights that no matter how good you are, you’ll never be successful if you try to do it all on your own. Whether you’re the greatest developer, engineer, administrator or executive, there’s a limit to what you can do by yourself.
A team that works well together understands the strengths and weaknesses of its members and skilfully plays to them. A varied team will bring different perspectives and ideas to the table too. If a team member feels comfortable enough to offer suggestions, they’ll not only feel more valued in themselves, but the team will benefit from fresh ideas — Vital for innovation and long term success.
 

 

“Two little mice fell in a bucket of cream. The first mouse quickly gave up and drowned. The second mouse, wouldn’t quit. He struggled so hard that eventually he churned that cream into butter and crawled out. Gentlemen, as of this moment, I am that second mouse.”
— Catch me if you Can (2002)
Nobody ever rose through the ranks without plenty of good ol’ fashioned hard work. DiCaprio plays Frank Abagnale, Jr., an extremely successful con man who made millions by posing as a pilot, doctor and lawyer. Though we don’t condone his rather unethical approach, obviously, he highlights the importance of a great work ethic in the pursuit of success.
Throughout your career you’ll inevitably experience countless knock-backs and disappointments. The trick here is picking yourself up, dusting yourself off and getting back to work. DiCaprio’s Academy Award struggle is a perfect example of resilience. Rather than giving up, Leo works harder every time, churning out blockbuster performance upon performance. Having been awarded with an Oscar last night, it just goes to show that success isn’t always easy, but it’s particularly sweet when you do eventually get there.
 

 

“The only thing standing between you and your goal is the b******* story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it.”
— Wolf of Wall street (2013)
Dicaprio’s portrayal of Jordan Belfort shows one thing: Your career belongs to you and nobody else. Sure, you could sit back and wait for that promotion or opportunity or you could take the bull by the horns and seize it. Be clear in what you want. More than just setting goals, you need to figure out exactly what it is you want and how you can get there. Be clear in your vision and think about the steps you need to take or achieve in order to get there. A clear mission and purpose is what will drive you when times are tough and motivate you to maintain it when the going’s good.
 

 

“There are none so deaf as those that will not hear”
— The Revenant (2015)
Here it is: The Oscar winning performance. In this quote DiCaprio’s character, Hugh Glass, talks here about the importance of listening. Effective communication at work involves speaking, of course, but perhaps more importantly, it involves listening. This is a vital part of striking up effective working relationships with colleagues and customers.
Listening is about more than just listening to the people around you. If you’re going to truly master your role and chosen career, you need to keep your ear to the ground for the latest trends, developments and insights that could help you. Read industry news, attend networking events and absorb any knowledge you can to make sure you’re always ahead of the curve.
 
 
We couldn’t be happier that Leo finally got the Oscar he deserved. Take on board these tips and it’ll be a matter of time before you get the recognition you deserve too.

Time for change: 4 reasons why you should consider a career in tech.

 
It’s no secret that the tech sector is growing at such a substantial pace that every sector is changing the way they do business. An evolution of this size goes hand-in-hand with companies upgrading their IT infrastructure, as well as the personnel they hire to maintain it.
 
A greater reliance on technology sees the sector growing five times faster than the UK average, with 27% of all job growth in London being within the tech and digital sector. Surprisingly, the Royal Academy of Engineering estimates that the UK currently produces 90,000 STEM graduates a year yet a quarter of those go on to choose non-STEM careers.
 
At Austin Fraser, we recruit within the tech sector day-in, day-out and see first-hand the possibilities the industry has for everyone, from those looking to start their career to those with years of experience. If this wasn’t enough, we share another four reasons why tech should be a serious contender in your career choice.
 
Endless progression.
Businesses are constantly evolving and as a result are directing more funds towards staff with a diverse range of IT skills, creating a wide range of opportunities. From data analysts, to game designers and project managers, the technology sector is a varied and exciting landscape.
Aside from job titles, technology touches nearly every industry, with companies ranging from pharmaceuticals to fashion and sports all needing IT specialists to drive their business forward.
 
Flexi-working.
In an age where remote working is more accessible, many businesses will offer flexible working options and provide additional opportunities for innovation. In Milkround’s recent Career Confidence Survey, work-life flexibility was cited as the most important factor for future roles.
Technology organisations such as Google are leading this change, by introducing programs such as the 80/20 principle. This gives staff time to create and develop their own projects alongside official company work. Seen as a way to keep companies ahead of the game, this principle is used to enhance skills, knowledge and imagination.
 
Girls allowed.
Accompanying the visible skills gap, women making up 17% of the UK IT workforce is never very far from the news. With the support of many organisations such as STEMettes, Young Rewired State and Code First Girls, the growth of digital innovation and equal opportunity for women is only set to increase.
 
The personal touch.
At a time when team fit is more crucial than ever before, most hiring managers will focus on the attributes an individual possess over practical skills. According to the Department of Business, 85% of hiring managers said that work ethic is a priority in permanent positions. Technology training can always be given to those who are hired; there will always be skills you can learn. By emphasising your communication skills, as well as organisations and planning capabilities, you are guaranteed to secure your next tech position, even if it is not where your direct expertise lie.
The tech world has shifted substantially from the stereotypical IT team in the basement. For those seeking a career in a sector brimming with innovation, creativity and invention, technology opens the door to a range of revolutionising opportunities, some of which will not have been created yet!

LinkedIn job search

How to harness the power of LinkedIn for your job search

 
The digital age has revolutionised the way we look for jobs. The rise of tools like email, digital CVs, job boards and social media means that candidates have access to more job vacancies than ever before. With so many methods available, the challenge for candidates is working out which platform is right for them and how they should go about presenting themselves in the best light. 
 
LinkedIn is one particular platform that has changed the way we look at recruitment. As the professional social networking site of choice for most, we thought it was the perfect starting point for advice on your career development journey.
 
Initially launched in 2003, LinkedIn quickly gained momentum and is now the third most visited social networking site, only falling behind Facebook and Twitter.  It’s a goldmine of opportunity if used correctly and  with over 400 million users worldwide and two users joining every second, harnessing LinkedIn effectively should be the key to making sure you seize every opportunity available to you.
 
A picture is worth a thousand words.
 
Personalise your account with a high quality profile picture and cover photo. Great images will always help draw people to your profile and demonstrate that you’re a serious professional. If you’re a creative, make sure it comes clearly in the media you upload. Perhaps upload a portfolio or examples of previous work. Remember, keep it visual. Your profile is your shop window for potential employers, it’s important to get your personality across.
 
Whatever you do, always choose appropriate photos. LinkedIn is a professional social network, so selfies with your friends or those pouting photos in front of the mirror shouldn’t make the cut. Instead, keep it simple and professional. Make sure people are drawn to your profile for the right reasons! Take a look at these profile photo tips from entrepreneur.com.  
 
Never underestimate the power of a first impression.
 
First impressions are essential. Once you’ve tackled the imagery on your profile, you need to think about the content. Make sure your profile is complete before you begin connecting with important industry professionals. After all, you only get one chance to make a first impression.
 
Make sure you do your research. Looking at a range of job descriptions for your ideal role will highlight commonly sought after skills and experience that employers are looking for. Once you’ve done this, you can tailor your profile specifically.
Fill out each section, keeping it short but sweet. Bullet point your key skills and expertise to make sure anybody who views your profile can find this information quickly. Recommendations and endorsements are an excellent way to build your reputation quickly too – Don’t be afraid to ask!
 
Get creative.
 
Your LinkedIn profile can be so much more than just a CV. It’s important to maximise the additional capabilities of your profile. Do you have a portfolio of previous work? Attach it! What about a website or blog? Link to it! Perhaps you comment through your own YouTube channel…Include it!
 
The goal is to make yourself known to the people that count and to stand out whilst doing it. This is your time to shine, invest the time now in creating the content and it’ll pay dividends in the long run.
 
Use your initiative.
 
Now you’ve created your profile, it’s time to look for some opportunities. A great general rule of thumb is, ‘If you don’t ask, you don’t get’. If there’s not a job publicly advertised then why don’t you search for employees in the company you’d like to join. Connect with them.
 
Once they’ve accepted your connect (which of course they will, your profile is now awesome), message them directly enquiring about upcoming opportunities that may be in the pipeline. It’s OK if there aren’t any available immediately, they could still offer valuable insight or tips as to how you could get your foot in the door in future.
 
LinkedIn is all about building relationships. You never know what’s around the corner or when these connections could come in handy. Either way, people admire the use of initiative, so don’t be afraid of being bold. Don’t wait for opportunities to come to you, create your own.
 
Influence and engage.
 
Once you’ve gained the attention of your connections, maintain it. Like, share and create engaging and well-informed content that is relevant to your industry. Videos and images are great for drawing an idol scrollers’ attention to your profile which, after all, is the objective.
 
Join relevant groups too. This is a great way of interacting with wider industry debates and topics, allowing you to demonstrate your market knowledge.
 
Above all, always remember to remain professional and respectful. Save political rants and emotional statuses for your other social media, or better still, keep them to yourself or your significant other.
 
LinkedIn is an excellent tool for developing your career if you use it correctly. Follow these little snippets of advice and put yourself in the best position for the next step in your career.  
 

5 jobseeker lessons from Richard Branson

Following on from our blog post on Steve Jobs [What recruiters can learn from the man behind Apple], we listened to your feedback and thought we’d add to the series with one of the most iconic British entrepreneurs of our time, Richard Branson.
 
This time, there’s a twist. Here are our top five lessons candidates can learn from co-founder of the Virgin Group and how you can apply them to your career.
 
“The best way of learning about anything is doing” 

Nobody ever got successful by doing nothing. The more you immerse yourself in the unknown, the quicker you’ll learn — It’s that simple. Richard Branson is a firm believer that you need to walk the walk as well as talk the talk. Nobody respects a leader who doesn’t know how to get his hands dirty and innovate personally. To become a leader, you need to start somewhere and by not being afraid to do, you’ll quickly learn what works and what doesn’t so you can use it to your advantage.
 
Whatever the role you’re after, any hiring manager you come into contact with will be looking at what you’ve done, not what you want to do. Don’t have a lot of experience? Don’t panic, it’s not the end of the world. Just realign your expectations and think about other times that you’ve learned something practically and consider which aspects of that experience are relevant to your job search. 
 
Whatever you do, trying and failing is a far more useful learning experience than never trying at all, so in short…Just get stuck in!
 

 
“Chance favours the prepared mind. The more you practice, the luckier you become.”
The business world can often seem overwhelming, particularly in the early stages of your career. It’ll often it seem like the more experienced staff get all the luck and you have to work twice as hard to get a fraction of the results. The important thing to remember is that even those ‘lucky’ staff have often put in a lot of hard work in order to get to where they are today. They’ve honed their skills and demonstrated that the more you practice, the more ‘lucky’ opportunities will present themselves to you.
 
A mantra we follow at Austin Fraser is, ‘The harder you work, the luckier you get’. Looking for a new role can be a stressful experience. Don’t see interviews as challenges, look at them as learning experiences. Don’t panic if one doesn’t go your way, just take a step back and think about what you could improve on next time. As always, don’t forget to plan. The more prepared you are for your interview, the more likely it is that you’ll be ‘lucky’ with the questions they ask you.
 

 
“If you’re hurt, lick your wounds and get up again. If you’ve given it your absolute best, it’s time to move forward”
For all the thriving businesses opened under the Virgin umbrella, there are many that failed. Richard Branson accepts that not every plan is going to succeed, no matter how great it might seem in the beginning. His goal is to understand why a venture has failed and look for new opportunities in order to capitalise on the market.
 
Think about your search for a new career. You’ll inevitably get knocked back from time, even when you’re certain you’ve done all you can do. The important thing to remember is that it’s OK to fail sometimes. Just because you weren’t the perfect match for that particular job doesn’t mean that your ideal role isn’t waiting for you just around the corner.
 
Go on, up you get. Dust yourself off and carry on your search for your dream role.
 

“Listen. Take the best. Leave the rest.”
Whatever you do, if you can’t listen you won’t be successful. Richard Branson believes that great leadership boils down to people — you need to believe in yourself, your ideas and your team. You can’t do everything on your own. Without taking on board comments from your peers or your leader, you can’t improve. A different perspective can be extremely valuable in whatever you do; somebody might see an issue or solution that you didn’t. If you’re not open to feedback, how can you possibly learn?
 
When searching for a new role, it’s vital that you listen to what employers are looking for. Think about it this way: If an employer thinks that your CV looks good enough to grant you an interview, you’ve already overcome the hardest obstacle. Don’t waste that opportunity. Make sure you’re in tune with exactly what it is that they’re asking of you when they ask questions. Listen carefully and you’ll find little clues and cues when they’re speaking that will help you to shape your answers. 
 

“Humour is a very important part of building a business. Not taking yourself too seriously and being willing to have a sense of humour is key.”
Finally, don’t take yourself too seriously. Richard Branson says that ‘a little humour is good for the soul’ and no matter how old you are, going to work is a pretty depressing experience if you can’t have some fun whilst doing it.
Hiring managers aren’t just thinking about the skills you have, they’re thinking about how well you’ll fit into the team. This concept of ‘team fit’ has become an extremely important aspect of the hiring process. A team with fantastic skills, but a poor ability to work together can become extremely ineffective, so make sure you show that you’re relaxed and don’t take yourself too seriously. 
 
 
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