Everyone knows businesses need to stand out, go the extra mile and offer something more than their competitors to thrive. The recruitment market is tough and we don’t have the best reputation (!) so building trustworthy relationships is a priority for me.
A couple of months ago I decided to try to get even more involved with the Ruby market and build on my knowledge of the sector by attending a developer event. I really enjoyed it, although of course most of the tech chat went over my head! I very deliberately didn’t approach anybody with “sales patter” nor did I make it obvious I was a recruiter.
In the days following the event I did what I believe to be the normal stuff, followed the speakers on Twitter, tweeted to say I enjoyed it etc and I also tagged a few attendees and speakers into a tweet, nothing salesy or opinionated and certainly not asking for business. To my surprise, I received quite a bit of push back and negativity. I received one message from a client (and speaker) I’d love to work with saying my interest and excitement in the event was making him “uncomfortable” and I should delete the tweets.
This was pretty tough to take, so it led me to wonder ‘what do people want from a recruiter’? Is fact-finding, knowing your market and increasing your knowledge important or not?
So, what do you want from a recruiter? I would love to hear your views and opinions….
Are you interesting in joining a fast-growing tech Start-up as a Lead Ruby Developer? Do you currently have the opportunity to technically lead projects and give opinions on architecture?
Our client is scaling rapidly and needs a Senior Ruby Developer with a strong focus on the customer experience & excellent code to help drive scalability and performance of the platform.
The successful Senior Ruby developer will need:
- Confidence technically leading on projects and giving opinions on architecture
- Experience of building large scale applications in Ruby
- A passion for writing clean and efficient code
- An excellent understanding of Rails API, Docker, Kubernetes, Ruby on Rails and a familiarity on microservices and ci/cd pipelines will be advantageous
- Follow a TTD approach
- A keenness to learn new technologies
As my client continues to scale their offering, they have devised a long-term digital strategy with significant investment being made into their technical teams. This position will heavily involve the redevelopment of backend services from the ground up using cutting edge technology, removing external partnerships and shifting towards being truly agile.
Day to day, this position involves:
- Building and deploying features for brand new products
- Assist with the creation of tooling to improve their ecosystem
- Discussing ideas, implementation and planning
- Improving internal process and how they interact with the business
This is an excellent opportunity to shape the culture and technology landscape for an incredibly ambitious company!
To apply please call me on 07858973473 and email a CV to Jordan@lewishollings.com
Ruby Software Engineer. London Start-Up. Brilliant Working Environment. £70,000
Our client has built a unique platform to enable SME businesses to run smoothly and are going through an incredibly exciting stage of growth.
The platform automates much of your team’s vital information – from onboarding new staff to tracking holiday, managing benefits and more.
We’re looking for an enthusiastic, passionate and talented Ruby Software Engineer to join the growing team.
People love working here for a variety of reasons, you’ll be challenged and learn new things daily but the core office hours initiative where you are free to start at 10 am has definitely been enjoyed (Monday – Thursday 10-3, Tuesday & Friday 10-5:30)
As a Senior Ruby Developer, you’ll be expected to use your extensive knowledge of Ruby web development to improve and maintain an application relied upon by customers every day.
- Ruby: Rails, Sidekiq, RSpec, Capybara
- Infrastructure: Heroku, Postgresql, Redis
Key Requirements for the role of Senior Ruby Developer include:
- At least 3 years of professional experience working with Ruby and Rails.
- A strong understanding & commercial experience of web applications.
- Strong communication skills, a positive attitude and enjoy receiving feedback.
- A commitment to the use of best practices.
On offer are a genuinely fantastic work environment, a competitive salary and an enthusiastic and friendly team along with benefits such as equity options, learning budget, hack days and monthly socials.
If you’d like to join a fast-growing startup while maintaining a sustainable work-life balance and having a considerable impact on the direction of an outstanding product, please get in touch ASAP!
Please call me on 07858973473 and email a CV to Jordan@lewishollings.com
Ruby on Rails Developer – Contract – London – £450pd
- Strong Ruby on Rails experience
- Understanding of object-orientated programming
- Familiarity with continuous integration
We are on the hunt for a *Contract* Ruby on Rails Developer for a rapidly expanding, well-funded, tech business based in London.
We are looking for someone to be a major influence and contributor to the future development of the software platform and main product.
The role will require a developer with an absolute passion for Ruby technologies.
The successful candidate will be responsible for designing, building and maintaining reliable code and the best candidates will believe that TDD and clean coding practices are the right way to build applications and will thrive in a fast-paced, agile startup work environment.
For more details, please contact Jordan on 07858973473 or email your CV to CV@lewishollings.com
It was lovely of Zenon to leave this recommendation for Jordan earlier today.
“It’s a real pleasure working with Jordan. He has been quite professional, honest, patient and eager to help with anything. He shows real interest in his clients and actually listens to them. He is without a doubt one of the best recruiters I’ve encountered so far and I highly recommend him.”
I wrote a blog last year and mentioned the need for clients and candidates to work with a specialist recruiter. I’ve always believed niche and specialist is the way forward but never really been brave enough to be one. I’ve been a recruiter for 14 years and always worked the technology market, predominantly with Developers, but never specialised in a particular technology for any length of time.
Niche recruitment agencies & consultants have a clear advantage over general recruitment agencies. They specialise, don’t try to cater to everyone and know their market, which is why I believe they deliver superior service to clients & candidates. I no longer see a benefit of working across a wider market – there may seem to be more opportunities, but the reality is it is much harder to develop specialist knowledge in a large sector and long-term you’ll make fewer placements and add far less value.
Over the last few months, a serious injury has allowed me time to reflect and review my time in the recruitment industry – 14 years is a long time. I have always liked the security of having lots of clients who needed people and several ‘live vacancies’. The problem was they didn’t become placements. Placements I made were down to graft and luck rather than science or intelligent recruitment. I’d start every assignment from scratch and be working on 7 or 8 different types of roles at one time.
Late last year I bit the bullet and made a change and decided to work only within the ‘Ruby’ technology market. This allows me to really know my market and have my finger on the pulse. But it also means I have had to learn to say NO to new business from other markets, a daunting prospect for a small company. However, it’s been the best decision I ever made and in truth, I should have made it years ago.
Saying no to jobs I could probably fill in favour of new business, lead chasing, endless voicemails and emails nobody replies to sounds crazy but I’m “playing the long game“. Recruitment these days is more about adding value than ever! I want to add more value to clients and candidates and I want to stay in the industry. Trying to work on lots of vacancies in lots of different verticals shows me that the recruiter is only really interested in making as much money as possible. Focusing on a niche market, becoming a specialist, is about delivering the best quality service and adding value, which will lead to loyal customers and repeat business.
It’s a tough call for a start-up because cash is king but nobody wants to be a flash in the pan either. Russell Clements, ex CEO of Computer Futures tells Roy Ripper that all good recruiters should “Know their market” “Be an expert” and to “Be famous for something“. Intellectual curiosity makes a different!!
I love that I’m no longer purely motivated by filling vacancies. I’m more interested in building long term relationships with clients and candidates. Repeat business is what drives me and this suits my motivations and skill set far better these days.