Wired Sussex Blog

It’s all about culture – guest blog by Chris Ricketts

How do I attract the best talent? How do I hang on to my best people? How do I grow a pipeline of talent to help scale my business? Virtually all the Owners, MD’s and Directors of tech/digital SME’s I’ve met over the past year in Brighton & Hove have been asking themselves these questions…. When I spoke at Talent2017 I shared what I had learnt at eBay about how they attract, retain and develop top talent across their European platforms and classified businesses. One of my key learnings was that top tech talent essentially looks for a few key …

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How To Write an Effective Job Advert

Job advertising is only part of the puzzle to attracting candidates, it must go hand in hand with your employer marketing, reputation and networking but it’s a good place to start. The first thing to point out is you’re writing a job advert here, not a job description, so you need to understand the difference between the two. This is a common misunderstanding, so take note. A job description, is just that, a description of all the tasks, duties and responsibilities the job entails. It’s the detail of the job, rather than the overview. Normally it would be accompanied by …

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How To Stand Out as a Great Employer – guest blog by Empowered People HR

What does it mean to be a great employer and why should it matter? Something you may not know, Brighton is home to 3 times as many digital/tech companies than anywhere else in the UK. Aren’t we lucky! Not only do we live by the sea, in our vibrant city, we’re also surrounded by talented people – but we’re all fighting for the same talent. It’s not an employer’s world anymore, so there just isn’t enough talent. When you advertise for a developer these days you’ll be lucky to get 10 decent applications. That’s one of the reasons why Talent2018 …

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Qualifying tenders and sales opportunities #WiredBrekkie

On 19th October, we ran a Breakfast Session on ‘Delivering the Perfect Tech Pitch’ and invited a panel of experts to share their knowledge on pitching and answer questions. One of the speakers was Alick Mighall, Managing Director at miggle; a content management, web development and consultancy agency specialising in Drupal. Below is a guest blog post by Alick, expanding on his #WiredBrekkie presentation. As a small business with no real dedicated sales, marketing or biz dev functions, it’s essential that we don’t waste time chasing the wrong sort of work. So we have to make sure we qualify inbound opportunities effectively. If we …

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Why your employees are your best marketing assets

In March we hosted Talent 2017, a skills festival for the digital sector. One of the festival’s supporters was JellyFish, the world’s largest boutique agency. Alex Bourgeois, social media marketer at the company, was kind enough to write a guest blog post following the festival. Here it is: Reaching consumers online is as hard as it’s ever been and with the digital marketplace becoming ever so crowded, chances are it won’t get any easier. Whether it is on desktop or mobile, on social networks or websites, everywhere they go users are bombarded with commercial messages. And ad fatigue is growing – fast. …

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Love Your Job Guest Blog – Neptik

Here’s the latest in our ‘Love Your Job’ blog series; where we ask employees at recruiting member companies about the jobs they love and how they got started in their career – sharing insights to help inspire you. Next up we have Adriana Scala from Neptik – a Brighton based web design and digital marketing agency. Adriana Scala – Digital Marketing Analyst Tell us a bit about your job and responsibilities? I manage the digital marketing team at Neptik. We work on developing our own online presence and managing campaigns for our clients. It’s varied, exciting and really rewarding in terms of …

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Love Your Job Guest Blog – Search Seven Ltd

Here is the latest in our ‘Love Your Job’ blog series; where we ask employees at recruiting member companies about the jobs they love and how they got started in their career – sharing insights to help inspire you. Next up we have Gavin Willis from Search Seven Ltd – a digital marketing agency specialising in search marketing. Gavin Willis – Managing Director Tell us a bit about your job and responsibilities? My role at Search Seven as owner and managing director is to ensure the team are happy and have the support they need to effectively manage their campaigns and client relationships, …

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Top 5 Hiring Mistakes that Can Harm Your Employer Brand

How do you create a positive perception of your company – one that will attract the right people? Building a strong employer brand doesn’t happen overnight, but small, simple steps will make your business more appealing to job seekers. Here are the five most common hiring mistakes that can damage your employer brand: Not giving jobseekers the information they want Jobseekers will use up to 14 sources of information before deciding to accept a job offer and their #1 resource is company websites. Research by Talent Board ranked the types of content that candidates want to see most: Company Values …

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Talent2017: Company Culture: Getting Beyond the Bagels and Funky Furniture

The upcoming Talent2017 Skills Summit on the 16th March is a fantastic opportunity for digital businesses to update and expand their knowledge on how they can find, train and retain the talent they need to successfully grow their organisation. In anticipation of the conference, we’re releasing a mini series of blog posts from some of the Skills Summit speakers, who have kindly offered to put their thoughts in writing. This time, hear from Chris Ricketts, Director at Turn10 Consulting and his experience working at ebay.  I loved working at ebay’s offices in Richmond. I still remember my first day, I …

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Talent2017: How Does iCrossing Engage With Their Young Talent?

The upcoming Talent2017 Skills Summit on the 16th March is a fantastic opportunity for digital businesses to update and expand their knowledge on how they can find, train and retain the talent they need to successfully grow their organisation. In anticipation of the conference, we’re releasing a mini series of blog posts from some of the speakers of the Skills Summit, who have kindly offered to put their thoughts in writing. First in the series, hear from Louise Cotton, HR Director at iCrossing UK on how they engage with young talent. At iCrossing in the UK, nearly half our employees are …

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