Wired Sussex Blog

Why Christmas is a great time to recruit (Especially with our special offer)

With the holiday season just around the corner, many businesses feel it’s time to put their recruitment plans on hold. However, there are some good reasons to advertise over the Christmas period and we get to help our members recruit successfully as a consequence each year. Here are a few reasons to consider: Job seekers have more time to search – Over the holidays, people have more time to think about their careers, evaluate where they’re going and search for new opportunities. December is actually one of the busiest months for our Jobs Board in terms of views – with over …

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Panel Discussion: The Big Challenge

Claire Hopkins introduces the panel. The discussion is around pinpointing the biggest challenges to attracting, training and retaining talent in Brighton. [writer’s note: I’ve largely removed Claire from the copy but she’s asking the questions and deftly guiding the conversation] Tom Chute I’m from Pragmatic, a 55 person company in Brighton. When we hit 30 staff we realised we need to formalise HR and recruitment, so that was me. Ed HIckey I’m from Dab Apps, based here in Brighton, I’m Commercial Director. I’ve been at Dab Apps for 2-3 years and before that I grew teams at digital product firms here and internationally. I’m …

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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 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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How to write a Great Graduate CV

With University Graduation still fresh on everyone’s mind, now is time to think about the next step and about making your mark in the working world. However, before you can do that you need to make sure your CV is up to date and is showcasing the best of your skills and abilities. So here are some tips to consider when you’re updating yours; • Tailor it – to the job you are applying for. Highlight the skills that are relevant to the role. Make it easy for the person recruiting to see you are a good fit, and mirror the culture …

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HR Resolutions: getting ahead for the New Year

Even if you don’t have a dedicated HR person within the company, if you employ staff you will need to look after your employees and internal communications to make sure the business runs smoothly. Make it your resolution to focus on a few areas that could make all the difference in 2017. Here’s some things to consider that could set you off to a better year: Evaluate Look at the successes, as well as challenges you faced in 2016: What could have gone better and what could be done to prevent issues happening again? What are you and your staff …

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Five Things to Check Before You List Your Job Ad

Some might say there is currently a war on talent between companies in the digital, media and tech sector where they are fighting to attract the best staff. Other experts point to a possible talent crisis occurring where company growth could be halted simply because there is a shortage of skills to facilitate it. You may find yourself needing to recruit now so we have some crucial tips so that you don’t lose out on precious talent. Make sure you check your Job Ad before you advertise it on our Jobs Board. Like never before your Job Ad needs to be the best …

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Jobs Board and Recruitment Advice – whenever you need it.

I’m sure most of you know that the Wired Sussex Jobs Board helps you to find the best talent locally.  It reaches out to tens of thousands of job seekers through direct e-mails, Twitter, LinkedIn, the Wired Sussex website and through our advert in the Latest7 magazine.  You can now also highlight your job advert through our new featured jobs section. But have you seen our Recruiting Tips & do you know what I can do to help you and your business?: I work with local universities to provide information to students about the sector, consult with departments on skills shortages.  I’m currently working …

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Love Your Job Guest Blog #5: 7thSense Design: Computer Hardware and Software Development

I’ve been asking member employees how they got into & why they love their jobs, so they can share their wisdom & inspire you. This is the fifth in a series of guest blogs from members this time from 7thSense Design: Luke Willmer – Production Technician  How did you get into your line of work?  I studied Computer Science at uni and have generally always been good with and interested in both hardware and software – it’s something I’ve always wanted to get into as a career. Tell us about the projects you have worked on that you’re most proud of and why? I’m …

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Wired Sussex Breakfast Session: Staff Contracts, Pensions & Employment Law Issues

Yesterday I chaired our Breakfast Session ‘Staff contracts & employment law issues’  with a panel of great experts who shared their knowledge & experience and answered a lot of really interesting questions from members: Kate Roper is the Senior HR and Recruitment Manager at Crunch and has been working in HR for 10 years. Fiona Martin is a joint co-founder of Martin Searle Solicitors and heads their Employment Law team which specialise in workplace discrimination cases. Fiona runs the HR Digital Media & Tech Group in Brighton & Gatwick area in partnership with Wired Sussex, providing employment law advice and training to HR managers and owners. In case you couldn’t make it, …

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