Wired Sussex Blog

Have you considered hiring an apprentice?

Brighton and Hove’s digital and creative economy is now worth more than £1 billion to the city each year and the driving force behind our city’s economy. This is obviously great news for the sector, but it does pose the challenge of finding enough talented people to support this growth. We need a large, highly skilled workforce and a pipeline of talent coming from schools, colleges, universities with industry standard, work ready digital skills. One solution to help bridge this gap could be to better utilise digital apprenticeship programmes. So, have you ever considered hiring an apprentice? We caught up …

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Talent Talks: A chat with Make Real

  As part of our ongoing Talent Talks series, we caught up with some of the team at Make Real to take a look behind-the-scenes to find out what they look for when recruiting new staff. They’re currently growing their development team and looking for some fresh faces to join them, including an Immersive Learning Designer and an Internal R&D Developer. So, if you’re interested in working for award-winning studio that create state-of-the-art immersive experiences, read on…   What do you look for in a prospective employee for your team? There are a number of factors we take into consideration when looking for …

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Save money on your recruitment

If you need more staff, now is the perfect time to get recruiting! To support our members in their recruitment efforts, we have created bulk packages to save you money on your recruitment costs, whilst providing even more extra exposure around roles. You find out more about what’s included in the packages below. There is no expiry date on these packages, meaning you have support when you need it – you could post them all within a week and make a big splash around a recruitment drive or you could spread them over a few years to just shore up vacancies as they …

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Talent Talks: Bright Interactive

Welcome to our Talent Talks series, where we speak to member companies who are currently advertising on our Jobs Board to explore what they look for when hiring and discover what they are offering future employees. We also find out how some of their team got started and their top tips to help you land that dream job! This month, I met with a some of the Bright Interactive team, a web software development company based in Brighton, who are currently searching for three new people to join them, including a JavaScript Developer, Senior Software Engineer and Java Developer. If …

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Are Your Job Adverts Gender Biased?

Part of my role here at Wired Sussex is speaking to members and giving advice and support around their recruitment. A common trend I have noticed recently is questions concerning accidental gender bias when writing a job advertisement. With that in mind; I thought we could take a look at some of the things you might consider when advertising your next job. If you have ever been left wondering why your job adverts seem to have a drastic imbalance in the gender of candidates that are applying, there may be something within the description that is putting people off. We …

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Talent Talks: Liquid Studio

Welcome to our Talent Talks series, where we speak to member companies who are currently advertising on our Jobs Board to explore what they look for when hiring and discover what they are offering future employees. We also find out how some of their team got started and their top tips to help you land that dream job! In the first of this series, I spoke to Jem Egerton, Founder and Creative Director of Liquid Studio, a brand design agency based in Lewes.  They’re currently looking for a Junior Graphic Designer and a Creative Artworker to join their team. What …

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The Key to Attracting and Retaining Junior Talent

Over the next few years junior talent will make up half the global workforce and it’s predicted this number will have risen to a whopping 75% by just 2025. Having grown-up in a digital world, they are the first fully connected generation and consequently have different behaviours, needs and aspirations in the workplace than those of previous generations. Comparing the attitudes of Baby Boomers to Millennials, shows this new generation are more vocal about what they want from their career; they are looking for financial stability and access to the property ladder, which in turn impacts on their expectations at …

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Recruitment offer for all Graduate/Junior job adverts!

Employing graduates can be hugely rewarding as they represent some of the brightest and best educated talent on the employment market. With students across Sussex having just finished University and getting ready to kick-start their career in the digital, media and tech industries, now is the perfect time to capture this talent for your business. To help you do this, we’re offering members a special recruitment offer on all Graduate/Junior level jobs posted until the end of August. So, why not take advantage of our highly-targeted, digital, media and tech Jobs Board with this special offer! Alongside the usual benefits …

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12 Job Hunting Tips

Recently graduated and looking for a job in the digital sector? Here’s 12 tips to steer you towards greater success in your job search. Good luck and happy hunting! Be proactive It’s alright to take a little break after graduating (after all you’ve earned it!), but don’t let those lazy days on your sofa roll into weeks. If you want to get ahead you’ll need to be proactive and not wait for opportunities to come to you. Don’t wait Want a job in web development? Practise making dummy websites in different styles. Want to write blog posts for a living? Start a …

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How to find an intern in Sussex

Many Wired Sussex members and residents ask me about how they can employ an intern. As the Skills & Talent Manager for Wired Sussex, I thought a blog post about internships would be helpful. Internships are not free labour! Before you even consider employing an intern, think about the below: Is the work on offer to your potential intern really work? Are you looking for a graduate or a current undergraduate? Consider the time of year you would like to employ the intern, especially around the university academic year. How long do you expect the intern to work for? How …

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