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.

Stemettes: Inspiring young women into tech

Monster Confidence tour Southampton

When Stemettes and Monster jobs held a joint set of events around the country called the confidence tour, I wanted to come along. So I asked if I could help at all.

I was included in their speakers panel for the audience, mostly female school and university students from local schools, to ask about our careers in STEM areas. There was a careers fair and speed mentoring sessions – I was amazed by how confident the young women were during this – so much braver than I felt when I first started networking at 24!

I was also able to help with some mock interviews, which are always fun to do.

The whole day was filled with inspiring speakers sharing their thoughts on why STEM subjects aren’t just for boys and telling their stories. I had an awesome time and you could see from the lit-up faces of the young women, that they too enjoyed the day.

We even got to meet the Monster!

I’m hoping that events like this will make an impact on students so that they are brave enough to follow education paths that might previously seemed intimidating, or boring.


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