Feb 06 2020

5 Ways To Get Your Tech Recruiter Working For You

By Jade Bennett Recruitment agencies tend to get a fair bit of bad press with ‘recruiter bashing’ rife on social media. Like most professions, be it legal, accounting, and even technology, there are great operators and, let’s just say, some not so good operators. But more often than not, recruiters are doing their utmost to connect jobseekers with great employment opportunities.  For jobseekers in the tech space there’s a lot to be gained by carefully selecting a professional tech recruitment partner to represent you. “Why?”, I hear you ask. Because if you build a good relationship with a specialist tech Recruitment Consultant, they will become your greatest ally as you navigate your career throughout the years. I’d like to share a few tips on how jobseekers can partner with tech recruiters (in particular) to maximise their career opportunity, but first, I think it’s important to clarify some recruitment agent misconceptions upfront.  Firstly, recruiters do not derive fees from jobseekers; they are paid by their clients, whom they have more than likely had long standing relationships with.  Secondly, recruiters typically spend a significant amount of time mapping out the tech market landscape, locally and globally, to source the best people for their clients. When they contact you the jobseeker, take it as a compliment. They’ve identified something about you that’s made

5 tips for thriving as a contractor in the gig economy
Nov 14 2019

How To Thrive As A Contractor In The ‘Gig Economy’

By Jade Bennett The rise of the gig economy has been well documented, with over 7.4% of Victorian contractors using over 100 digital platforms to find work. This includes contractor jobs ranging from content creation, UX design and software engineering. With an increasing number of jobseekers opting for greater flexibility, variety of work and career pivots, we offer our tips on how to leverage your opportunities as a contractor in tech. Partner with a recruitment agency that specialises in contract or contingent recruitment Most agencies are heavily geared towards either permanent or contract recruitment across specific sectors. Make sure your recruitment partner knows the tech space well and, more specifically, your domain e.g. Software Engineering, Product Management, DevOps etc. Always keep an eye on the market You may have landed an awesome 6-month contract job, but things can change quickly in contracting land; projects get cancelled, budgets run out, or time simply flies by and before you know it your contract is over. It makes sense to keep close to your chosen recruitment partner so you don’t find yourself with large chunks of time in-between roles. Keep up to date with the latest technology and developments in your chosen field More often than not, companies bring contractors in to fill a tech gap in their existing team. This is usually

Startup to Success
Oct 24 2019

Making The Leap: The Journey From Startup To Success

By Jade Bennett With Middleton Executive’s third birthday just over the horizon, I’ve been reflecting on the last few years as a startup business, both professionally and personally. I’ve been asking myself what have I achieved? What have I learned? Would I do anything differently if I could?  Pondering these questions has made me realise that we need to change the language and the image around what it looks like to start your own business.  Yes, it is a lot of hard work. And yes, the hours at times are long and the pain is real, but more than that it’s an absolute blast and quite possibly one of the most rewarding endeavours I’ve ever undertaken. I can’t talk about other people’s experiences, but I can share my own experience in launching a boutique tech recruitment startup, and what I’ve learned. In short, I’ve loved every minute of setting up my own business, but it hasn’t been without it’s challenges… The startup mindset We’re all familiar with the rhetoric of business ownership and the sacrifices required, but if we change our language and mindset to be more positive and supportive, perhaps more people will do it, especially females. I’m not saying that it’s an easy thing to do, but for me it has been enlightening and has changed my life