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Sales, placements and targets are part of our daily drive. What is important to remember, though, is that for a company to deliver the best results, employees must be working in an environment that allows them to really thrive. Head of Marketing and Operations, Nandip Aulak, shares 5 reasons on why culture is crucial in the Montash workplace. 1. Culture is the DNA of our company I strongly believe that the culture we work and live in is created by the people in it. It is really important for businesses to constantly be thinking about not just what they do, but who they are; their personality, their identity. This is especially important in the realm of marketing, as marketeers play an integral part in communicating a clear and compelling message, while also creating the overarching culture. Montash is a recruitment company and proud of it. It’s fair to say that recruitment faces some flack with a reputation for being solely sales and target driven. What people don’t realise enough is that, by nature, recruiters have to be empathetic, good listeners and resilient. They really care about the candidates and clients they work with and support. This is all built in to the culture of Montash; we’re professional yet personable. Our employees are encouraged to show who they are and to let their personalities shine, with a sense of fun and humour along the way. 2. Attracting and retaining top tech talent Montash underpin everything we do with our brand promise; providing a great service, knowing our market, and building meaningful relationships that are based on trust and respect. And that goes for our employees, too. We want to ensure that every member of our team feels like they matter; because they do. We source the best tech talent to join our workforce and want to make sure that they stick around. That’s why we strive to support employees in their personal development, offering opportunities to learn and grow throughout their career. Inclusivity and having an open dialogue about what works and what doesn’t is healthy for any company. Team members should feel comfortable enough to raise challenges with their colleagues/line managers so that issues can be resolved quickly. ‘75% of employees say they’ll stay longer at a company that listens to their feedback and addresses their concerns.’ 3. Work/life balance reduces stress and increases positivity The work/life balance aspect was one of the factors that contributed to why I personally joined Montash. I truly believe that in order to work to the best of your ability, you need to have a break. Your brain needs a break. It may sound simple but there are a lot of companies that are very KPI driven and work/life balance can often fall to the bottom of the priority list very easily. When I am on holiday I am not contacted or approached about work and it’s so refreshing. That’s not to say that I don’t check in, of course - that’s just me! 4. Teamwork makes the dream work I sit with the sales team and I love it. The environment is ambitious, hardworking, inclusive and fun! Integrating across departments like this can be great for moral and team building, as we are actively engaged in each others work activities. We are a very social team and enjoy: team nights out, a Directors top table for high performers, holidays to celebrate successes and lots of fun incentives in between, such as the Montash advent calendar where employees are rewarded with the chance to win a prize each day. Montash are made up of a collection of powerful voices and every one should be heard. That’s why we have recently launched a campaign called ‘Voices of Montash’, where our employees - from Consultants to Senior leadership - share knowledge and insights that they have gathered along their journeys. This is not only for our external audiences, but it also allows us to learn from each other. 5. Good culture helps productivity to soar “If Culture Comes First, Performance Will Follow” - Dan Pontefract, Forbes Do we find people jobs? Yes - just like any other recruiter. But what we don’t have is layers and layers of decision makers before an idea comes to life. We work in an environment where a process change doesn’t require sign off from 10 people. If you can justify why, and it makes sense, you get to see that change happen quickly and effectively. All of the points above will affect the productivity of our work. Montash are empowering employees through embedding culture in everything we do, providing a space for open dialogue, prioritising work life balance, encouraging social activities and ensuring all voices are heard. We want every individual to be proud to work for, and represent, our company. And we know that if we get our culture right, business can soar. Do you want to join Montash? We are currently looking for trainee recruitment consultants. Find out more and apply today
The term productivity is defined as the amount of output you produce compared to input. Being a productive developer brings many benefits to you and the project you're working on. No matter what that job may be, there are a number of ways any developer can optimise their productivity… 1. Reduce distractions A 2018 academic study found that self-interruptions are more disruptive than external interruptions, and have a negative effect on the performance of the interrupted tasks. Self-interruptions aren't always those times when you're feeling tired and get up to grab a coffee. They also include those times when you switch tasks before finishing the one you're working on. This has been shown to have a negative effect on your work as a whole. But more often than not, the workplace is the destroyer of getting things done. One study found an average of almost 87 interruptions per day, while another found that people spent an average of only 3 minutes on a single event before being interrupted. It's a wonder any of us get any work done! When looking at data related to software developers specifically, the numbers are even worse. A study from the Georgia Institute of Technology found that a programmer takes between 10-15 minutes to start editing code after resuming work from an interruption. Additionally, a programmer is likely to get just one uninterrupted 2-hour session in a day. "Having the right workplace environment is essential to reducing distractions. It's not like you can't have any fun, but when it's time to get your head down, everyone does it and everyone's productive" Andrew, Senior Software Developer 2. Prioritise the most important work It’s easy to accomplish 100 small tasks to make yourself look more productive. But sometimes, you have to tackle a single, big task. But, how do you decide which tasks are the most critical? Most development tasks within a sprint or iteration already have a priority assigned to them. But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t sometimes competing tasks to consider. The first thing to do is to list all your tasks. Next, decide what's urgent and what's important. Which tasks need immediate attention? Work that, if it is not completed by the end of the day or in the next several hours, will have serious negative consequences such as a missed client deadline, missed publication or release deadlines. These are urgent tasks Important tasks are ones that are critical to moving the project on to its next step. These tasks may not have urgent deadlines, but are essential in order for the rest of the team to get the job done. That's not to say that urgent tasks are not important. Sometimes they are. By listing out each job and its deadline in a logical way, you can easily prioritise your work. 3. Work less It can sound counterintuitive, but working fewer hours per week can improve your productivity. First, you are focused on the task due to time constraints. Second, you are more inclined toward smarter solutions and the ability to find better ways of working. Working less makes sense because we are not machines. The more hours you put in, the worse your productivity becomes. Why? Because we experience diminishing returns due to loss of energy or enthusiasm. Each consecutive hour of work on any given day becomes a little bit less productive. The more hours we work on any given day, the less productive each hour becomes on average. Productivity doesn't mean throwing more hours at a problem, it's about solving the problem. To achieve that, sometimes you need to step back, recharge and go again later. 4. Use Scrum Scrum is an agile development framework that focuses on making the most out of complex coding projects. It's widely used in the IT industry and is based on "sprinting" and constant planning, rather than having a single, long milestone. With Scrum, a team is assigned feature implementation every 2 to 4 weeks. To make sure the work is moving forward correctly, daily meetings are held by scrum masters at the start of the day. "When innovation is the priority, Scrum is a good path to take for improved productivity. If you're a team leader, you should consider rolling out Scrum in your projects." Ashley, Senior Back-End Developer 5. Encourage incentives Studies show that a well-motivated software development team that follows time management could produce ten times more than a team with no motivation. When you're feeling motivated, your productivity increases, so be sure to reward yourself at every milestone. Dev teams need to feel like they’re part of something important and they have significant impact on the project and business. If you're a developer looking to join a productive team, talk to our specialist recruitment team today.
Getting a new job is a process that the majority of us go through at some point in our lives and, often, more than once. According to the World Health Organisation, we spend 1/3 of our adult life at work, so it’s important to find a job that keeps you content. But how do you go about getting the job you really want? What is SWOT Testing? SWOT stands for: Strengths Weaknesses Opportunities Threats These four elements are core to helping you understand yourself better. Ultimately, applying for a new job is about making yourself as attractive as possible to the employer and, in order to do this effectively, you need to be able to “sell” yourself in the best possible way. By going through a SWOT test, you will establish insight into your own abilities and then these can be rolled out across the whole job-seeking process – from CV writing through to the face-to-face interview. SWOT Test Breakdown Strengths: This may sound obvious, but understanding your own strengths and, most importantly, communicating them is a complicated area. Strengths need to focus on all of your positives, but they also need to be as relevant and as concise as possible. Having good, tailored strengths helps you to stand out and quickly demonstrates that you are the best for fit the job. Weaknesses: Identifying weaknesses is a useful process to go through yourself. It will also help you to find a job that you will be good at and plays to your strengths as opposed to testing your weaknesses. Weaknesses should not be seen as a long list of negative qualities about yourself, but should instead be things that you can improve on. Opportunities: It is best to tailor these to the job you are applying for. By having an idea of what opportunities this job gives you, if you were to be a successful candidate, you are showing the employer your positive attitude. You can then move on to thinking about future opportunities that you are looking forward to, highlighting your long-term commitment to the role. Threats: These should focus on what potentially negative things could happen should you get the job you want. It is more for you to understand the wider changes that could have a knock-on effect on your lifestyle. An example of this could be that the job you are applying for is closer to where you live, and a potential threat could be that this results in you working longer hours as it is a shorter commute. The information that a SWOT test gives you about yourself is useful for your own personal awareness and can be harnessed as part of a job-application process too. This makes a SWOT test extremely beneficial. However, sometimes completing a SWOT test can be a challenge in itself. Struggling with a SWOT Test? Thinking about yourself introspectively is harder for some people than others. But there are a lot of ways that you can go about completing a SWOT test to help you understand your skills and strengths. Creative Thinking Sometimes making a big list of your strengths and weaknesses can be dull, so try creating a mind map that sparks off into different areas. Mind mapping helps you break outside of the box and allows you to see everything as a whole, rather than different siloed areas. Ask a Friend or Colleague If you are really struggling to identify different aspects about yourself, such as what your strengths and weaknesses are, then ask someone else who knows you. Getting an outsider’s opinion will give you ideas that you may not have thought about previously. Plus, it gives you the chance to find out how other people perceive you. Speak to a Recruiter Depending on how far down the job-seeking process you are, you may be working with a recruiter. Ask them to help bounce some ideas with you and this may just give you the clarity you need. Asking a recruiter has added benefits, especially if they are a specialist recruiter, because they understand the ins and outs of the job sector you are targeting and how your skills and strengths can translate. Here at Montash, we have a team of recruiters working within specialist areas that are able to help throughout the recruitment process. If you would like to speak with someone further then please get in touch. How to use your SWOT Test Knowledge Once you have all the information you need from carrying out your SWOT test, you can start to apply this directly to the job-seeking process. After all, the point of doing this exercise it to help you improve your chances of a successful job application. The CV Stage Your CV is often the first thing that employers will see of “you”. Making a good impression at this point is important as it means you are more likely to proceed further down the line. Make sure that you are taking the time to tailor your CV to every job that you apply for. Although it may be tempting to create a blanket CV that you feel covers all bases, this is not what an employer is looking for. You want to show the employer that you are genuine in your application to them, so tweak your CV each time. As you go through this process, make sure you are considering what your strengths and skills are from your SWOT test. Then, weave the most relevant ones into your CV. For example, try to avoid general strengths such as “I am always punctual” because this should be a given. Instead, focus on strengths such as “I am a keen problem-solver and work best in a team, approaching issues from a variety of angles”. By doing this, you are not only tailoring your CV so it directly answers the job advert, but you are also threading in your strengths from your SWOT test. The Interview Stage Going through a SWOT test helps you to prepare for an interview. When attending an interview, no matter what industry you are working in, it is crucial to understand core aspects of yourself. Knowing how best to answer questions about yourself, and your skills and strengths, can make the difference when it comes to getting a new job. Many people find answering questions about their strengths difficult. Often it can be hard to not come across as too confident, but equally it is important not to be too modest. An interview is your moment to shine, so make sure you make the most of this opportunity, but this should be achieved in the right way. Once you have identified your strengths through the SWOT test, take some time to think of examples of where you have demonstrated this. They way you can back up your strength, rather than making a general statement about your positive quality. Another great tip for an interview is to practice it. There is a lot to remember in an interview situation so, once you have chosen the elements from your SWOT test that are most relevant to the job and you have your examples of this, just keep practicing! The more you run through it, the easier it will be when it comes to the interview. SWOT testing yourself is important when it comes to the foundations of a good job application process. It has benefits that carry you through all of the stages, and can be re-used for as many applications as you need. For more career advice from Montash check out our candidates page or get in touch with our expert team.
We've all been in that place in our lives where we're unsure about our career path. Should you go to university? Maybe try an apprenticeship? Should you change from one career to another? These are all common feelings, particularly in young people just starting their journeys. Zack Tsirtos, one of our newest Recruitment Consultants, is all too familiar with this uncertainty. We got the chance to talk to him in order to discover why he chose to make recruitment his path. How did you get into recruitment? I've been working at Montash for about four and half months now, so I'm pretty new to recruitment and work in general! Originally, I was thinking about going to university and studying Business Management or Economics, but I lost heart in that idea. Then, I was at a party and chatting to a family friend about career options and they told me what recruitment was like. It sounded like a good fit, so I went for the interview and now here I am! What attracted you to the recruiting profession? It's a really good fit for me. I'm one of those people who isn't afraid to do hard work, but I expect to be rewarded for it. This industry is probably the best at rewarding that attitude. If you're prepared to put the hours in, it's really rewarding. Progression is really fast too, which is great. I'm pretty driven, so when I look over at the top billers in the firm who are only a few years older than me, I think "I want to be there!" and in this business, I really can. What is your favourite thing about working in recruitment? For me, it's all the interesting companies and projects you get to work on. I imagine most of recruitment is pretty much the same, but in IT specifically, you get to work with some really interesting companies. Some of these big companies are developing world-leading technologies, like one I was working with recently who is developing autonomous driving. It's so exciting to work with companies that are on the cutting edge of our future tech. What are you most looking forward to in your career as a recruiter? As I said, I want to be one of the top billers in the firm and I know I can get there. This line of work offers young people the opportunity to earn more for working hard. What is the most surprising thing about your new recruitment career? People are unpredictable! You know going into recruitment that you're not working with a fixed asset – you're working with people. Even so, I was really surprised at how unpredictable people can be. You think they're going to take a job and then suddenly, something comes up and they change their mind! It teaches you to think fast on your feet, that's for sure. What do you personally look for in an ideal candidate? Because it's IT, you have to know that people have the technical ability. That's the first hurdle. If you're placing a role that needs Dev Ops AWS, you need someone who can do exactly that. After that, you need to make sure they have the right soft skills. Are they a good culture fit? Do they speak the language? Can they do the commute? Stuff like that. I think the best candidates are the ones that already know exactly what they want. That allows you to go out and confidently place them. What would you say to someone interested in becoming a recruiter? It's funny, I was actually talking to someone about this the other day. Someone I knew was asking about what it's like and the first thing I would say is: Be prepared to work hard. That's the main thing. If you can do that, recruitment is really rewarding. Looking at the markets for recruitment, I think IT is the best one to be in, in this day and age. Everyone needs IT these days, so you get to meet really interesting people and work with some great companies. You look at the glitz and the glamour and all the salaries, but all of that comes from putting in the hours. I'll be honest, you will have good days and bad days, just like any job. But to someone who's just started, and this goes for anyone starting a new job, when you have those bad days, just remind yourself why you started. Remember what you get out of bed for every day and you'll be able to push through. Looking to start a rewarding career just like Zack? Then come and work for us.