The Montash AGM is a day designed to inform, motivate and support Montash employees. Most importantly, it should display how, for us - it really is all about the people. Recruitment is a pressured environment; our consultants are working hard every minute, helping tech professionals to find the perfect job or candidate to join their business. So, it’s important that our employees feel happy in and outside work - that they are able to couple work goals with life goals. We wanted our AGM to reflect that and to ensure that the content of the day was relevant to everyone in the room. The best way to do that is to keep it real. On the 24th floor of the Shard, we launched into our theme of ‘Discover You’, focusing on three areas: identify your weaknesses, discover your potential and realise your ambition. Members of the team stood up to share their Montash experiences and alongside these were discussions around the company direction, plans and strategy - looking at how our everyday work fits into the bigger picture. Image: Managing Director, Roy Dungworth, presenting to the Montash Team DISCOVER YOUR WEAKNESSES Encouraging our employees to be open, honest, and to look at where they can grow is embedded in the Montash culture. Business Manager, Mat Wale, shared how he turned his weaknesses into strengths through his top tips; believe in yourself, have solid processes in place and, in cases of opportunities vs threats - communication is key. Image: Mat Wale (Business Manager) covers 'Discover your Weaknesses' DISCOVER YOUR POTENTIAL Roy Dungworth, Managing Director, provided an insight into how discovering your potential can really change your career and lifestyle, and that supporting employees in discovering their potential is a key contributor to job satisfaction. “We want all of our people to enjoy their job and to be successful. It is incremental changes in what we do everyday that makes the difference,” explained Roy. “Every part of the process and strategy present opportunities to increase potential; every negotiation with a candidate and client, every time terms are agreed, every time you shortlist for a vacancy or visit a customer and every time you set up your day plan and look at what your KPIs are for the day. That’s the great thing about recruitment - you can improve potential for success in so many ways. It’s a state of mind and a choice you own 100%.” DISCOVER YOUR AMBITION Harry Glover, Principal Consultant, shared that his main ambition is to, ‘Enjoy life!’ Through learning from his mistakes, persevering, having a clear focus and following processes, he was able to rise to the recruitment challenges in the journey of his career at Montash. And it took him all around the globe, as he enjoys holidays abroad - one of his passions in life. Acknowledging that we all have bad days, Harry encouraged that if people stick with it and be patient, the results will follow along. “The AGM enabled staff to understand the business from top to bottom, offering an open appraisal that not only highlighted the many successes of the last year, but also, refreshingly, some of the challenges. For me it was an opportunity to take stock, align my ambitions and measure my own performance and development.” Roddy Coltart, Consultant Image: Harry Glover (Principal Consultant) on discovering ambitions and 'enjoying life' UNDERSTANDING YOUR 'WHY’ CEO, Andy Larholt, delved into the ‘finding your why?’ - exploring ‘why recruitment?’ and what motivates us all. “Understanding why - both yours and others’ - can be extremely powerful and can lead to success, happiness and fulfilment. It’s a skill I use to be a better recruiter, friend, husband, manager, leader and father, although I’m still developing and learning in all those areas.” Andy shared. “Hearing from the CEO during this event, on a personal level, was really inspirational. Andy spoke about his own recruitment career plus his aspirations and how they have changed over the years.” Sade Ibrahim, Consultant. AWARDS & DINNER Montash believe in rewarding the success stories of our employees, and we were able to present awards to several members of staff on the day. Stand-out members of the Montash team were thanked for going above and beyond for: top billing, meeting the brand promise (service, knowledge, relationships), management and more. Winners received certificates, awards and some were even awarded with a trip to Cancun in Mexico. The fun didn’t end at the Shard that day. We continued into the evening with a trip to The Ivy, where we enjoyed a chance to mix with colleagues, catch up on the day and enjoy dinner and drinks. All in all, a very successful day. Look out for plenty more to come from Montash this year. “Some of the key takeaways from the day involved the speeches from colleagues. Although you see these people daily, hearing them open up about their struggles and how they overcame them is always inspiring and eye-opening. Montash know how to finish big and this year’s dinner at The Ivy really was the cherry on top of an excellent day.” - Ben Cockin, SAP Consultant.
In just two weeks time, Montash are opening a new Microsoft Dynamics office based in the heart of Leeds. In this exciting time of expansion, we spoke to Roy Dungworth (Managing Director), Mark Sweeney (Practice Lead) and Rob Moore (Talent Manager) about the vision behind the new space and how this office - and the people within it - will drive the business forwards. “As a specialist tech recruitment brand, we already focus on very niche markets - InfoSec, SAP, Cloud and Software - across Europe.” says Roy Dungworth. “Moving into Microsoft Dynamics was a natural transition for Montash, as it aligns and compliments our current portfolio of specialist areas.” With the Microsoft Dynamics (MD) market accelerating at such a rapid rate, focusing on this specialism at the Leeds office will allow Montash to strengthen the offering to clients through placing candidates with a range of skills for transformation projects. And the reach goes beyond the UK, of course, given the pan-European partnerships that Montash have built across the world over the years. “We want to broaden our EU footprint. MD is a global application and fits perfectly into an ever-changing technological landscape.” With this exciting new venture in the pipeline, Montash were keen to recruit a leader with the knowledge, know-how, passion and cultural fit to drive the vision forwards. Bringing 20 years of experience in the world of IT recruitment, and with a track record for building top performing teams, Mark Sweeney joined Montash to launch and manage the Leeds office. We asked Mark what it was in particular that attracted him to this opportunity. “There are several reasons why I was drawn to the Practice Lead role at Montash. One of the main appeals of Montash is that it is such a dynamic and agile business - a place where decisions are made quickly; a company with the ability to turn ideas into reality,” explains Mark. “Working so closely with Roy for 10 years in the industry was also a big pull for me. I have always appreciated and admired Roy’s approach to work and have watched the way he has grown Montash with interest. From a personal perspective, I felt ready to build on my previous successes to take on a project that I can own, build from the ground up and develop into a thriving part of the Montash business.” The spacious new office space in the centre of Leeds can fit a team of 18. Recruitment has begun and there are multiple recruiter positions still to be filled. Rob Moore, Internal Talent Manager, is the hiring lead for new recruiters and we asked him for the type of candidates that would be the best fit. “We are looking for smart and ambitious individuals with a taste for sales. A background in recruitment is not a necessity for us. If someone has worked in a sales environment before and are keen to step into a new challenge, they can utilise their skills, benefit from the extensive training we provide and work in a place where incentives and rewards come as part and parcel of the job. An entrepreneurial spirit is key, along with a resilient, can-do attitude. We are a high value tech recruitment company operating in difficult-to-fill niche markets - we are looking for the best talent, not only to get the job done, but to excel in their roles.” Read more on the qualities Rob looks for in his recent blog. As Nandip Aulak (Head of Marketing) has previously shared - culture is crucial in the workplace. She highlights that an open, collaborative and social team make for a happy workforce, who stick around. Mark - as Practice Lead - has echoed this, stating that in order for his new team in Leeds to be a real success, there must be a positive working environment from the get-go. “We spend so many hours at work each day and week, we want a hardworking team that also embraces the moments of fun. In order to do that it is critical to build trust in the office, to promote good work/life balance and to take into consideration the flexible working needs of the individuals we hire.” “Something I pride myself on is creating a space where people enjoy being at work - that they really want to be there. I am excited to be a part of this team and collectively drive this new venture forwards.” There are just 2 weeks to go until we open our Leeds office doors. Are you interested in becoming part of the team? Find out more about the open vacancies here.
With innovative technology developing at such a rapid rate, working from home is becoming more and more popular with companies large and small. People can work from all corners of the world, at anytime; the modern workplace has arrived. “We are waltzing into a new era of hypermobility: the anywhere office,” says Oliver Pickup for The Telegraph, and this is especially true in the world of IT/Tech, which currently ranks second in industries embracing remote work. So, why is it so popular among both employees and companies? Emerging tech has made remote working a breeze, with the volume of smartphones, laptops and tablets, the capacity of mobile technology and an increase in Wi-Fi hotspots around the globe. Location and time zones are no longer a restriction, as workers can connect to the office network, email on the move and use collaboration tools, which allow documents to be updated in unity. Cloud based apps and chat tools (eg. Slack) provide colleagues with ways of interacting and working together in real time. “One of the most helpful technologies in making remote work seamless is videoconferencing,” says Harry Glover, Senior Consultant (Big Data & DevOps), who has noticed a vast increase in the number of remote working positions arising in the tech industry. The result of this new stage of hyperconnectivity is the creation of more flexible working opportunities. Being able to switch on and work from anywhere, at anytime, appeals to a workforce who are looking to avoid the 9 to 5 structure. And for businesses, there are some serious cost savings to be made through offering remote work. “Certain companies have done away with renting a traditional office and instead run their business out of a shared co-working space to accommodate their largely remote workforce,” explains Harry. Another way of reducing costs is through the retention of talent. According to Stack Overflow, over 50% of developers said being able to work remotely was a priority when looking for a new job. Tech specialists in remote roles can not only maintain goals while on the move, but they feel empowered, as the flexible way of working encourages trust and good communication with the companies they work for. An increase in job satisfaction will ensure your talent sticks around and your hiring costs are reduced. The implementation of remote working policies is not just a cost-saver, though. In a study by Vodafone, involving 8000 global employees and employers, it was found that that three-quarters of companies worldwide have already adopted flexible working policies and 61% of them believe that it had increased their company’s profits. Win, win. Perhaps one of the most interesting and powerful benefits of the increase in remote work, is through helping bridge the gender gap in the tech industry. According to an article in the Huffington Post, “56% of women in the tech industry leave their jobs mid-career, and 51% of women say being a working mother made it difficult for them to advance in their careers.” The physical flexibility, self-management and variation in hours of remote roles, gives female workers the opportunity to embrace a good work/life balance. So, it is clear that the remote work revolution isn’t slowing down anytime soon. In fact, it’s becoming the new normal. Are you ready?
The Top Qualities Montash Look for in a Recruitment Consultant Are you thinking about stepping into the world of recruitment? In such a competitive industry, you may be wondering how to stand out from the crowd. Montash take pride in hiring the best talent to join their team. We asked Talent Manager, Rob Moore, to share the top qualities he looks for when hiring the next generation of recruitment consultants for Montash. Independence At Montash we have close-knit teams and enjoy a very collaborative working environment. But what actually matters the most, is how well you can operate as an individual. Each consultant contributes to the teams’ performance, and indeed the company’s overall success, but the best way for a recruiter to perceive themselves is as a manager of their own business. Ambition Very simply, if you aren’t driven by commission/nice things/self-development - recruitment won’t be for you. Recruitment isn’t rocket science but it is very, very hard work. It takes a certain personality - one that can recognise the huge financial rewards, and is able to ride the highs and the lows. Individuals we consider at Montash have to truly want to launch a career in Recruitment. Half-heartedness is not an option. Good listening skills Listening to both clients' requirements and qualifying a candidates suitability are two huge factors in ensuring there are no 'bumps' along the way. It is all about asking the right questions; remembering the small details can make all the difference when placing a candidate or seeking one for a client. Every single individual you work with is unique - you need to take the time to get to know them to understand their specific needs and wants. Relationship Building With Recruitment being such a popular career choice with a constant flow of likeminded, ambitious people launching their careers in similar markets, it’s important to consider how you as an individual are perceived amongst the candidates and clients you work with. Consider that clients have a huge array of choice when it comes down to partnering with agencies, and specific consultants; with almost a click of a finger, they can shut you down and decide to work with one of our competitors. Of course, Recruitment is largely about the people you are able to find for said projects, but often the difference between you and other recruitment consultants is how good a service you are providing outside of the usual duties. Do you stand out from the crowd? How confident would you feel that your client would speak highly of you behind closed doors? Do you know what your clients/candidates do outside of work? Obviously there are barriers here, but the point is, it's all about relationships. Long term success and credibility in recruitment has a direct correlation with your ability to build new, and strengthen existing relationships. Proactive In recruitment things aren’t going to fall into place without you going out there and making things happen. Essentially, we sell people to people - a very intricate sell. So, it takes a certain individual to be able to generate that interest and take care of the whole process from start to finish. When you start out in recruitment, you have to build up your credibility. You need to gain the trust of your clients and candidates by spending time soaking up knowledge of the tech specialisms and respected market you work in. This won’t happen overnight, and comes with hours of conversations with candidates and clients on the phone and in person, and sure enough, with some challenging conversations along the way. Through being proactive and putting yourself out there, you will reap the rewards. Flexibility To get the best results, you need to show an element of flexibility for your candidates AND clients. The industry is moving at a rapid rate and recruiters need to adapt with it, ensuring they are up to speed on the markets they operate in. The hiring process can vary in length - some clients will be looking to spend time on filling long-term permanent roles, others will need a contractor/freelancer as quickly as possible. For the latter, you need to move quickly and adapt to the varying hiring processes in order to make the high quality placements your clients are after. Looking into becoming a recruiter? If you think you fit the bill, we’d love to hear from you. Apply here for a chance to become a Montash Trainee Recruiter.