Recruiting for Tech jobs, outside the box

We need to disrupt the recruitment market.

Job title recruitment just doesn’t work that well. There is a now a disconnect between traditional job titles and the roles themselves due to differences in company culture, tasks and team make up.

Take for instance ‘Senior Developer’ or ‘Project Manager’. These are really broad in terms of what tasks I could need doing as a recruiter, but also kind of narrow in terms of the type of person I would usually get replying to this job advert. I think these types of job titles have an impact on the fact that we’re not attracting new people into technology.

Compare these two job descriptions..

1. Systems Analyst

2. Challenging but fascinating role involving lots of innovation, creative drawing and team collaboration in order to solve business problems.

Which do you think has a more wide appeal? Will one pique interest in diverse candidates instead of the other?

What the “Systems Analyst” title doesn’t do is give a well-rounded idea of what kind of person you are looking for. As a company, you need to fill skill gaps in teams, both soft skills and technical skills.

Imagine that you have a team that is really good at getting stuff done, but they lack someone who will set a clear direction and is willing to challenge if the work being done goes off track? That team would benefit from the injection of a big picture thinker, someone who can communicate well with the client or customers. Also someone who has the type of personality to bring the rest of the team around to their vision if needed.

It would be pretty hard to use a traditional job title search to find that person…

Just something to think about.

Evgeniy Kokuykin joins Mercury1

Evgeniy Kokuykin

Mercury1 have been working with contractor Evgeniy for well over a year on various projects, but, as Mercury1 is growing (and he’s awesome), we took the decision to buy out his contract and invite him to work for us directly: happily, he agreed!

Evgeniy is a highly skilled full-stack Java EE developer, with expertise in mobile applications. Having enjoyed some time together in Slovenia in July, visiting the city of Ljubljana and the coastal town of Piran, we know that Evgeniy is a great fit for Mercury1. He’s extremely intelligent, super helpful, diligent, and great to work with – so the whole team are excited to have him on board.

Over the coming months, Evgeniy will be working alongside Bauke Scholtz on front-end development for our current projects, as well as producing new versions of our clients’ mobile apps and assisting with performance improvements being carried out on some of our older projects.

We’re also proud to announce that, in October 2017, Evgeniy will be leading a developer’s conference in his home town of Yaroslavl, Russia. With over 600 attendees expected, it’s sure to be a great event: if your Russian is good and you’d like to attend, details can be found here.


Gemma Minihan joins Mercury1 from JP Morgan

Gemma Minihan

We are delighted to share that Dr Gemma Minihan has joined the Mercury1 team as a Business Analyst and Project Manager. She comes fresh from a strong client service and process background at JP Morgan and we know she will be able to add a lot of value to our clients with her quick thinking and excellent analytical skills.

Gem studied Medieval history at St Andrews and later achieved a PhD whilst working with the National Trust. Her thesis is something to do with the life of Sir Thomas Couen* who was the first owner of Ightham Mote in Kent (—our-earliest-known-owners)..

In her spare time she rock climbs, hikes, and mountain bikes across beautiful Dorset – and may or may not be writing a book.

Gem is extremely intelligent and logical, with a good grasp of process improvements and managing a service team. Natalie and Phil have known Gem for many years so can attest to the fact that she is really straightforward, super honest, and really cares about the quality of her work.

We are sure that she will be an asset to any project that she is involved with and we hope that our clients will have the pleasure of her thoughtful insights soon.

*We have not accidently misspelt Sir Thomas Couen’s name: there is a difference between the spelling used by Sir Thomas in his will of 1372, and the spelling popularised in the Nineteenth Century (prior to discovery of the will). Although the National Trust prefer to use his popular name, Gem won’t budge on using his ‘real’ name. Copies of the thesis can be obtained through the British library