Preparing for an IT Job Interview

Many people live by the maxim that if you fail to prepare, then you are preparing to fail. This is especially important during an IT job interview. As well as your standard set of interview questions, IT interviews will contain many specialist questions. Employers may be interested in questioning you on your skills, qualifications and coding languages.

To avoid being thrown off track, preparing possible answers can be really beneficial to your interview success. See below for some of the questions you can expect during an IT job interview.

About You

Firstly, expect general questions about you so the interviewer can get to know each candidate. For IT job interviews, this may also include questions on your technical skills and experience. This will help employers build an idea of you as both a person and employee.

You may be asked a series of questions including:

  • Why is this job position of interest to you?
  • What qualifications do you currently hold?
  • Which programming languages can you confidently work with?
  • What experience do you hold in using automated-build tools or processes?
  • What experience do you have in source control tools?
  • How do you keep up to date within this industry?
  • What were your responsibilities during your most recent project?
  • How would you score your time management skills with meeting deadlines?
  • Provide an example of a time when you were able to improve an original design from a client.

You could also be asked problem solving questions to test your knowledge, skills and professionalism. This may concern faulty code, spreadsheets and data bases, working with clients, and IT challenges in your previous projects.

Industry Knowledge

Next, employers will check that you have completed your research. Asking you questions on the job and company will help them to see how you will fit with their business.

You can expect to be asked a selection of the following questions:

  • Which skills of yours make you qualified for this job position?
  • If hired, what challenges would you expect from this role?
  • Who do you consider as our biggest competitors in this industry?
  • Following the job description, what do you expect your daily tasks to be?
  • How important is it to you to develop professional relationships with business users?
  • How would you describe your production deployment process?

A number of these questions could easily catch you out if you are not prepared. Therefore, we strongly advise thorough research into the job vacancy, company, industry and even their competitors. After all, in-depth research can help you to plan more original answers better suited to you.

Technical Ability

The following questions are all designed to test you on your skills and knowledge as an IT professional. Your interviewer will be determining your compatibility for the job role and company based on your answers. Therefore, it will be especially useful if you also prepare examples of past work to link to your answers. This will demonstrate experience, understanding and great potential.

  • How do you guarantee quality in your deliverables?
  • What experience do you have with Eclipse and Visual Studio?
  • What percentage of your working hours do you spend on unit testing?
  • Are you able to define what a transaction log is and how they should be used?
  • What is the term “honey pot” used for in network security?
  • Can you compare the similarities and differences between SOAP and REST web services?
  • With the original code you develop, how do you reuse and how much are you able to reuse?
  • What would you consider to be the most essential metrics for database performance and how do you monitor them?

Questions for Your Interviewer

Showing interest by preparing questions to ask can make a great impression on employers. Therefore, preparing questions for your interviewer is also key. Possible questions you could ask are:

  • What is the company’s greatest achievement to date?
  • What size is your IT team currently?
  • What are your biggest challenges as an IT company?
  • What development process do you have in place?

Applying for IT Jobs

As recruitment specialists, the Certes team are the match makers of the IT industry, pairing motivated applicants with compatible employers. To browse job vacancies in your area and secure an IT job interview, click here.

Security Clearance for IT Jobs in the Public Sector

Have you thought about working in the public Sector and what is involved? We hear people talking about Security Clearance; Most Public Sector organisations will require some sort of clearance, but do we really understand the levels of clearance, the process and the time it takes to obtain?

Certes have been working within the Public Sector for over 30 years and we still get asked about the security clearance process on a daily basis. Understanding the clearance levels and process can take some time to get your head around.

For IT professionals seeking roles within the Public and Defence sectors, it’s important to understand that security clearance must be given before the assignment can begin. Candidates must undergo differing levels of Government security checks, dependent on the role, to ensure that they don’t pose any risk to national security when working with sensitive assets.

Whilst security clearance takes time and certainly requires a lot of paperwork (particularly for higher levels of clearance), success in security clearance can result in many benefits, including job security, and plenty of IT opportunities within the Public Sector.

How to get Security Clearance

To obtain a Security Clearance an individual will need to have a sponsor; this will be the organisation that is requesting the clearance.  Security Clearances are carried out by UKSV (United Kingdom Security Vetting) UKSV previously called DBS NSV (Defence Business Services National Security Vetting) if your role is dependant on Security clearance, you will not be able to start until clearance is obtained, however, depending on the role and the organisation, you may be able to start with a lower level of security whilst the higher level is being processed. This means you may have restricted access to site or the need to be escorted until clearance is granted.

Levels of Security Clearance

There are four main types of security clearance:

  • Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS)
  • Counter-Terrorism Check (CTC)
  • Security Check (SC)
  • Developed Vetting (DV)

Baseline Personnel Security Standard

BPSS includes the Baseline Personnel Security Standard and the Enhanced Baseline Standard (EBS) and is required for higher level security clearance. BPSS acts as a pre-employment check to ascertain how trustworthy and reliable a prospective candidate is, whilst EBS acts as a pre-cursor to higher level, more in-depth security checks.

Counter-Terrorism Check

CTC is a security check to prevent people with who may have connections to terrorist organisations, or who may be vulnerable to pressure from terrorists, from gaining clearance to sensitive information that may be compromised.

This level of security clearance is usually required by IT professionals working for the Police, Legal Agencies and Government agencies hiring contractors.

Security Check

SC is the most common level of clearance and applies to IT roles that require access to secret or top-secret assets. Security check clearance is transferable between different government departments and can cover a wide range of Public Sector jobs, including IT, Health, Government, Defence, MoD and the private sector.

To gain SC clearance, candidates will usually need to have been a UK resident for a minimum of 5 years and will be required to complete the following stages of vetting:

  • Baseline Personnel Security Standard
  • Departmental/Company Records Check
  • Security Questionnaire
  • Criminal Record Check
  • Security Service Check

SC will usually take up to 13 weeks to complete and is valid for 5 years for contractors, or 10 years for permanent employees.

Developed Vetting

DV is the highest level of security clearance for IT professionals in the Public Sector. Candidates in DV cleared roles have substantial access to top-secret assets, without supervision, and/or work closely with Government security and intelligence agencies.

Developed Vetting applies to IT positions within the Government, Defence, MoD and Aerospace. Checks are highly specialised and job specific. Stages of vetting include:

  • Baseline Personnel Security Standard
  • Criminal Record Check
  • Departmental/Company Records Check
  • DV Questionnaire
  • Credit Reference Check and Review of Personal Finances
  • Security Service Check
  • Check of Mental and Psychological Information

In addition to these checks, DV candidates will normally have been a UK resident for a minimum of 10 years and must also undergo an individual interview and further enquiries. Character referees, and current and previous employers or supervisors will also be contacted in writing, by telephone or by interview.

As a result of the high level of clearance granted by Developed Vetting and the in-depth checks carried out, clearance takes between 12 to 18 months to complete, so candidates should refrain from handing in their notice to current employers until clearance is given.

DV aftercare may also be required for some positions for risk management purposes. The validity of DV clearance is valid for a pre-determined period, after which, it must be reviewed.

Why would I be refused a Security Clearance?

Once you have completed the paperwork and submitted, your application will be processed and reviewed, it is important to remember that your clearance could be refused at any time and for any reason.  These checks are carried out to ensure you are suitable for a specific task and to provide assurance that the individual is trustworthy holds no threat and have a verifiable background, if for any reason upon processing the clearance application anything is flagged the application can be refused.  Some examples as to why a clearance could be refused are:

  • Financial irregularities- CCJ or high volumes of debt – could make an applicant a target for bribery.
  • Gaps in employment history that cannot be explained or confirmed are a reason for refusal.
  • Employment records – any indication from an employer that the individual is untrustworthy or a risk to security are also a reason for refusal.
  • Any indication in security service records that an applicant or any of their family members have any links to radical groups, espionage or terrorism could allow the vetting unit to refuse clearance.

If you are interested in applying for a security cleared IT jobs in the Public Sector, or have queries about security clearance, call +44(0)1675 468968 or contact us online.

IT Careers in Focus: Analysts

An IT Analyst is responsible for the design, analysis and implementation of efficient IT systems. They have a clear understanding of business and technological needs and collect user feedback to further improve their systems.

In addition to prioritising user requirements, an IT Analyst is also responsible for managing system upgrades and researching new tools. Therefore, this requires an analytical mind, clear communication and strength in problem solving.

In terms of career experience, proven experience in a similar role and project management is essential. A BSc/BA in related courses to Engineering and Computer Science are also required, for sound knowledge in system security, databases and troubleshooting.

Job Responsibilities

Your responsibilities as an IT Analyst will cover a variety of duties and will involve communication with different teams within the business. From overseeing IT projects to compiling data into sophisticated reports, your job responsibilities as an IT Analyst may include:

  • Communicating with stakeholders on their requirements
  • Collecting feedback on system performance from end users
  • Designing, analysing and implementing technology solutions
  • Integration of systems to meet team needs
  • Analysis and development of functional specifications
  • Management and planning of overall projects

To support you in your daily work, it is also essential to keep up to date with relevant developments in technology. As well as expanding your knowledge, this may also assist you in creating more efficient and cost-effective systems for your place of work.

Possible Career Routes

There are a variety of sectors you can look in to for IT careers as an analyst. These can vary in duties, to cater to different business needs. Some roles may require you to compile data reports and train teams, whereas others may have more of a focus on customer service. Different job titles can include:

  • Service Desk Analyst
  • Data Business Analyst
  • Test and Implementation Analyst
  • Application Support Analyst
  • Digital Business Analyst
  • Finance Business Analyst
  • Business Analyst
  • Evidential Analyst
  • Business Intelligence Analyst
  • IT Business Analyst
  • Cloud Support Analyst
  • Infrastructure Analyst
  • Network and Infrastructure Analyst

How to Apply

As IT recruitment specialists, we have the expertise to assist companies in fulfilling their staff needs. With a range of IT careers ready for applications, we can help find the right candidate for the right job. Whether you are a new graduate or a senior executive, we can help you find the next step on your career path.

With a 30 year success track record, Certes is the go-to platform for careers in IT. We currently have a range of IT Analyst vacancies available across the UK ready for applicants. To apply, visit our vacancies page for more information.

I’ve Got 99 Problems but IR35 Ain’t 1!

Written by Rich Copeland, Founder and Solutions Director at Certes Turnkey Solutions

Rich Copeland

Overview

IR35 changes already implemented in the Public Sector back in April 2017 are due to be implemented in the private sector from April 2020 – this will be the most significant disruptor to ‘contracting’ for a generation and the potential impact and costs for business is huge, inevitably there will be winners and losers.

Certes experience of working with Public Sector organisations and Ltd Company contractors (PSCs) to successfully manage changes to working practices post IR35 positions us to help Private Sector businesses to:

  1. Understand that significant disruption lies ahead between now and April 2020
  2. What the key issues and challenges will be
  3. Guide and support organisations to plan for the change to de-risk the impact to Business, Projects and ultimately profits… Yes, it could be that serious!

Before going any further I think it’s worth taking a look back at what’s happened and what’s driving the changes.

So, what is IR35?

IR35 legislation was introduced in 2000 and was designed to tackle tax avoidance from what HMRC believed to be ‘disguised employment’; where self-employed ‘contractors’ set up a Limited Company (PSC) to provide their ‘services’ but worked in a similar way to full-time employees, just in a more tax efficient way.  In general, there are 3 commonly accepted principles that inform whether a contract is IR35 compliant:

  1. Supervision, Direction, Control – this relates to how much say a client has over how a contractor completes the work. For example, working at certain times, this implies employment
  2. Substitution – could you bring someone else in to complete the contract, or do you need to do the work yourself? If you can’t send someone else, you’re likely to be within IR35
  3. Mutuality of Obligation (MOO) – is there an obligation on the employer’s end to offer work, and do you have to accept it? This is called mutuality of obligation, and if it exists, the contract will fall within IR35

There are of course many other factors, most typically non-contractual, which also influence IR35, including; equipment, financial risk, payment schedules and exclusivity.  These factors will be considered by HMRC during an investigation as they review the ‘working practices’ associated with any engagement.

What happened between 2000 and the Public Sector changes in 2017?

Well, contracting became VERY popular across all industries and sectors, from Professional Services (e.g. IT, Legal) through to Admin and Clerical (e.g. Data Input) and even hotel chamber maids!

The growth of contractors’ operation via PSCs was driven by multiple factors, including, but not limited to:

  1. The convenience, flexibility and savings businesses can make by not employing someone directly
  2. The growth of specialist sectors such as IT and the demand for niche skills
  3. Legislation including AWR came along in October 2011, giving temporary workers the same basic T&C’s as permanent staff (holiday pay etc)
  4. People wanting a more flexible work life balance and realising that this dream could be achievable for them by opting out of corporate life… Seeing others make the change successfully and enjoy the financial freedom and lifestyle encouraged others to make the change
  5. The government realised just how big the increase in Personal Service Companies (PSC) had been which are simply Ltd Companies owned and controlled by an individual who are commonly referred to as ‘contractors’

Between 2000 – 2017, contractors themselves were responsible for evaluating and determining their IR35 status, and so it’s no big surprise that the overwhelming majority came to the conclusion that they were outside of IR35 regulations – we all know Turkeys don’t vote for Christmas!

Market dynamics were working (for government, business and contractors), so why make changes?

In a word – MONEY – the government (led by HMRC) believes they are missing out on £££ millions/billions in lost tax receipts.  I’ll leave it to financial experts to debate whether this is the case or not, but either way, the change is coming.

What are the changes?

It’s important to be clear that IR35 legislation hasn’t changed.  The key ‘game changer’ is the ‘engager’ (business) has the responsibility for ‘determining’ whether IR35 rules apply to the ‘individual’s services’ rather than the PSC (contractor).

Okay, this sounds simple, so what’s the fuss all about then?

Simply, it’s about Risks and Financial Penalties and the likelihood of getting caught by HMRC.

Historically there’s been hundreds of thousands of PSCs for HMRC to identify and investigate, so by changing the onus to the ‘engager’ to make the decision, they’re able considerably ‘close the net’, give themselves a better chance of identifying non-compliance and increase the taxman’s returns by going after big business.

The penalties for non-compliance are significant – the “engager” will be liable to pay taxes and NICs to HMRC, plus any penalties. The risks and penalties are why many Public Sector organisations took a ‘blanket approach’ to deem their contractors inside of IR35 – in a scenario where you have 50+ contractors working for you, the consequences of getting IR35 decisions wrong can quickly run into £millions.  Plus there’s also the matter of a reputational risk and a PR disaster – being caught and finding your businesses name in the media for all the wrong reasons!

What are the options for private sector businesses?

  1. Carry on as you are and do nothing – highly risky and likely to cause significant disruption later on
  2. Stop using contractors by April 2020 – likely to have massive implications for any medium/large business and probably not practical if you want to stay in business and survive
  3. Evaluate how you can manage the risks and disruption and make the necessary changes to minimise costs and continue focusing on delivering your core priorities

What are the challenges I need to consider?

Most businesses are likely to take option 3 and some have already started to consider and work on how they are going to manage the change.  For those who have not considered this, now is the time to start.

There’s a huge amount of ‘noise’ on social media about the problem, but not too much practical advice, so it’s time to share some our experience of the problems and challenges faced by the Public Sector:

  1. Compliance and Audit Risk
    • Implementing a documented process for evaluating IR35 status
    • Administrative cost of IR35 assessments
    • Managing the disruption prior to April 2020
  2. Financial costs
    • Increasing costs to retaining existing contractors
    • Calculating and understanding the cost implications of wrong decisions
    • Cost implications of projects being delayed by IR35
  3. Supply chain compliance
    • Do existing suppliers have robust processes for managing IR35?
    • Contractors are moving from Ltd Company (PSC) to Management (umbrella) Companies. Are these schemes compliant?
  4. Contract Management and working-practices
    • Do you hire and manage contractors in the same way as permanent staff?
    • Do contractors work via Job Description just like staff?
    • Do you pay contractors for ‘being at work’ via a timesheet?
    • Mobility of contractors is significantly impacted by inside IR35 status as they lose the ability to claim and offset expenses

The impact of these challenges has been considerable for some Public Sector organisations:

  1. Increasing costs of contractor workforce
  2. Difficulties engaging the key capabilities, skills and experience that are vital for projects
  3. Losing existing key contractors and their knowledge base
  4. Delays to projects and in some extreme cases, projects being stopped or failing completely
  5. Mounting reliance on big consultancy firms – increasing costs further and losing control of critical projects

Ultimately, the Public Sector lost skills and expertise to the Private Sector post the changes back in 2017, but they didn’t have the risk of losing competitive advantage – this is something that will happen in the private sector if businesses don’t prepare appropriately and make the required changes early enough to protect themselves.

How can Certes help you to overcome the IR35 problem?

Our IR35 experience in the Public Sector means we’ve seen the good, the bad and the ugly!  We’ve got Case Study examples which can inform, guide and provide lessons learned to help you approach the challenges ahead.

Most importantly we listened (really listened), using our experience and relationships to design, develop and test our innovative Turnkey Solution, proven to be IR35 compliant and used by a number of Public Sector organisations.

To find out more about how we can help you understand IR35 challenges, plan to manage the changes and implement a solution to the problem, please contact me at:

richard.copeland@certes.co.uk or on 07766 740311.

Top Tips for Starting an IT Career

If you’re looking for a fresh start in an IT career, there are lots of possible paths to choose from. As an industry, there are endless opportunities if you’re looking for a new challenge. But with any IT career, this requires commitment, dedication and technical ability.

For our top tips for starting an IT career, continue reading below.

Identify Your Interests

Information Technology is a huge industry, with lots of possible career paths. So when searching for an IT career, consider your interests. If you’re passionate for computer gaming, then perhaps game testing and coding is a good route for you? If you have creative talents, a career in web design perhaps?

You also need to consider your skills. An IT career will require someone with technical abilities, problem solving skills and is able to work accurately and independently. Depending on your line of work, you may need to meet strict deadlines and communicate with clients.

Networking

Connecting with people already in the IT industry can help advise and guide you in the right direction. Getting involved with the industry earlier can give you a taste of your future career, before fully committing. Talking to the right people can help you decide which IT sector interests you, if you have a few you are choosing between.

Company Research

Before accepting a job, ensure you have completed your company research. Find out their values, mission, types of clients they work with and their support system for employees. See who will be in your team, their role in the company and how you will fit in with them. But most of all, ensure the role you are accepting is focused on the career you wish to pursue.

Education

Browse our vacancy pages to research the qualifications many IT careers are asking for. Some may require a university degree, whereas others may accept interns, apprentices or related certificates. When searching for education opportunities, consider which programme will best fit around your life and teach you the skills required for your desired IT career.

Keeping in mind that independent learning can be a great help for particular routes, such as learning to code. Practice makes perfect, so you need to ensure you are motivated and committed to learn.

Portfolio

For an IT career, one of the best ways to introduce yourself can be by creating your own website. As well as demonstrating your IT skills, you can fill and organise it with all the necessary details. Even if you have no interest in web development, IT employers will likely Google you. Therefore, having a professional website pop up could work well in your favour.

Find an IT Recruitment Agency

At Certes our dedicated recruitment specialists are here to support job hunters with the next step of their career. If you are currently searching for an IT career, our team can pair you with the right contacts and opportunities to find your ideal vacancy. For more information, contact our team on +44(0)1675 468968

IT Careers in Focus: Developers

If you are an efficient problem solver and a technological enthusiast, developer work could be the career for you. Analysing and manipulating software for a desired result requires an advanced level of technical skill. Each project will differ in requirements, to keep your day-to-day work interesting with challenges and successes.

If you are interested in a programming career, IT Developers have lots of options to choose from. Here we look at how you can begin your career as a Developer today:

Training Required

Many Computer Software Development vacancies require a Batchelors Degree in Computer Science or Software Engineering. Within these learning courses there will be mathematical requirements, including differential equations, linear algebra and a sequence in calculus (possibly physics too).

The software engineering side of your course will enable you to create, analyse and control different software. For example, you will be educated in computer programming, networks and operating systems. Having this advance understanding of different programming languages is a core skill required for many IT Developer careers.

Similar IT related degrees are also favourable, including:

  • Information Technology
  • Software Development
  • Mathematics
  • Business Information Systems

However, if you have an unrelated degree you could apply for a graduate trainee scheme. By showing enthusiasm and dedication to the industry, many large companies will accept graduates onto their team.

Career Routes

There are many routes you can take after university as a developer. Each career will be take focus on managing and developing different aspects of websites and applications through programming practices.

Web Developer

A Web Developer is responsible for controlling the ‘back-end’ of a programme such as an online host or web application. However, this role should not be confused with a Web Designer, who is responsible for the design and application of a website.

DevOps

DevOps Engineers specialise in coding, scripting and process re-engineering. They manage the IT infrastructure accordingly to the supported software code in a hybrid multi-tenant environment.

Java Developer

As a Java Script Developer, you will be expected to construct the front end logic which controls the behaviour of a web application’s visual elements. In addition, you will need to connect this work with the back end of the same application.

Magento Developer

A specialist developer with an advance understanding on how to use Magento to construct any eCommerce store using the platform. To succeed, you will need to know your HTML, CSS and Javascript and obtain experience of developing custom CMS themes.

Finding a Vacancy

Applying for Software Developer opportunities online has never been easier than with recruitment specialists by your side. Our team at Certes are friendly and approachable, to effectively manage communication between employers and applicants.

Our website will provide IT Developers with a diverse range of opportunities, ready for you to apply. Alternatively, to promote your own vacancy, get in touch with the Certes team today.

Why Choose IT Recruitment Specialists for Your Next Hire?

The recruitment process can be particularly time-consuming when performed in-house and especially challenging for SMEs who don’t have the resources to effectively search for suitable candidates.

Hiring through an IT recruitment specialist can ease the strain, helping your business to shortlist qualified candidates and providing specialist advice that can help to promote your company in the job market.

Here we look at just five benefits of hiring through an IT recruitment specialist:

Shortlisting Candidates

Hiring through an IT recruitment specialist will provide you with a shortlist of qualified, promising candidates. Specialist recruiters will be more experienced in examining the qualifications and career of applicants, letting you know who has the required skills and best experience for the job. This saves you the time spent on filtering CVs and communicating with each applicant.

Employer Branding

For smaller companies who don’t necessarily have the funds or resources for marketing their job vacancies, IT recruitment specialists can be invaluable. Professional employment agents will inform each applicant about your brand, ethos and the position available, helping to ensure they find the candidates that really understand your business.

Wider Reach

Most people searching for jobs with an IT recruiter will ask for their information to be kept on file, so agencies are likely to have a pool of qualified job seekers available who could make suitable candidates for your roles. Even better, with their vast recruiting experience these specialists will know exactly where to look to find ideal candidates.

Industry Benchmarks

Having interviewed multiple candidates within a sector, it is important that both the employer and candidate are clear on what is expected. When it comes to negotiating salaries and benefits, IT recruitment specialists can advise your company on industry benchmarks and an even offer a competitive edge.

Initial Interviews

To save employers even more time, initial telephone interviews can be completed by IT recruitment specialists. This will ensure that employers are provided with quality candidates without having to rely on a CV alone.

Choosing Certes as your IT recruitment specialists

Certes has delivered IT and Communications staff to businesses across the UK for more than 30 years, so we have vast experience in providing excellent staffing services and recruitment support.

To find out how we can help your business to find top employees, complete our enquiry form today.

Common IT Job Titles and What They Mean

There are a wide selection of exciting roles within the Information Technology sector, offering candidates opportunities in interesting and rewarding career paths.

Here we look at some of the most common IT job titles that recruiters search for, and why these roles are crucial for businesses.

Business Analyst

As the title suggests, the work of a Business Analyst work is to help an organisation to improve essential processes and systems. This is achieved by consistent research, analysis, development and implementation of tailored IT solutions that benefit both a business and its client base.

IT Delivery Manager

An IT Delivery Manager takes an operational overview of IT projects, working to ensure that continuous delivery is possible. A key part of this role is to identify and eliminate any issues that might hinder workflow, guaranteeing that development teams can focus on delivering excellent results.

Data Architect

A Data Architect is chiefly responsible for the design, structure and maintenance of data within a business focused database. The Data Architect will not only focus on ensuring the accuracy of data relating to a business or project, but also its accessibility for colleagues and clients.

Software Developer

A wide-ranging discipline within the sector, Developers design and maintain the computer software used by businesses to support operations and improve efficiency. This work ranges from establishing databases and operating systems to building servers and creating applications.

Systems Engineer

The role of a Systems Engineer is to continually monitor the performance of IT systems and safeguard against potential issues that could result in business downtime. A role that is essential to a broad range of organisations, a talented Systems Engineer can work in pretty much any sector.

Technical Architect

A Technical Architect is focussed on overseeing the structure of a program or system, working with a wide range of solutions and technologies. This role requires technical finesse and intuitive project managements skills, helping to successfully deliver IT infrastructures for businesses.

Find out more

Certes is a recruitment specialist within the IT careers workplace with a broad and diverse capability to support all recruitment and staffing needs.

If you would like to know more about our range of services and how discuss your future career in IT, please contact our friendly team today on 01675 468968.

The key skills that top IT recruiters look for

If you are looking to make a positive career move in the IT sector there are a wealth of opportunities available in the short and long term.

But as in any industry, a strong CV is essential to gaining the right appointments by helping to persuade potential employers that you are the right person for the job.

Here we look at some of the key criteria to consider when updating your CV when applying for jobs in the Information Technology sector.

Qualifications & Experience

Technical qualifications are likely to be an important part of any job description within the IT sector, so make sure to list your credentials. This should include any relevant certification received through an academic body and details of experience gained through previous roles and projects.

Communication

The IT sector is largely focused on providing communication and connectivity for businesses, so excellent interpersonal skills are a definite plus for employers. Make sure to mention your natural strengths when it comes to communication and highlight how these skills have been developed.

Teamwork

Whether working within an office environment or remotely, teamwork is an important part of any modern business setup. Most projects in the IT sector require efficient and harmonious co-operation with colleagues and third parties, so underlining your abilities as a team player will be beneficial.

Adaptability

The IT sector is a naturally progressive and fast-moving environment where innovation will always bring new challenges for businesses and their employees. So evidence of your ability to adapt to new working situations and learn new skills will always be attractive to IT recruiters.

Motivation

Employees who are pro-active and motivated in their work are always highly sought-after by companies operating in the IT sector. So ensure that your CV gives example of how you can manage your workload and always look to develop and improve your contributions.

Find out more

Certes is a recruitment specialist within the IT careers workplace with a broad and diverse capability to support all recruitment and staffing needs.

If you would like to know more about our range of services and how discuss your future career in IT, please contact our friendly team today on 01675 468968.

Five reasons to start an IT career in 2019

As 2019 begins many people will be considering a career change in the year ahead, with those seeking a new and exciting professional direction finding Information Technology to be a fantastic option.

An innovative and exciting industry at the forefront of developments across every sector, IT offers a chance to learn, develop and thrive in an a rapidly expanding industry.

Here we discuss just a few of the key advantages to starting a career in IT during 2019.

Opportunity

An IT career offers a wide range of opportunities in varied and exciting roles, ranging from development and analytics to infrastructure and engineering. This offers a wealth of new career directions for those entering the industry, and an opportunity to find your niche.

Growth

As a multi-million-pound industry with a worldwide reach, IT is a key growth sector that will continue to thrive in the decades to come. So for those seeking a career that offers development within a fast and forward-thinking setting – look no further!

Challenges

If you feel you need a new challenge in your career, or wish to develop valuable new skills, a career in IT offers the perfect platform. A fast-changing industry with advancement and breakthrough at its core, you’ll never be far from an exciting new challenge.

Salary

The growth of the IT sector means that high-quality recruits are well remunerated even when joining the industry at trainee level. There are also plenty of opportunities to work through the ranks as your career develops and reach higher pay grades on the way.

Satisfaction

For those reconsidering their professional prospects, job satisfaction is an important factor. This is why so many people choose to embark on a career in IT, because of the progress, challenges and development opportunities that the sector has to offer.

Find out more

Certes is a recruitment specialist within the IT careers workplace with a broad and diverse capability to support all recruitment and staffing needs.

If you would like to know more about our range of services and how discuss your future career in IT, please contact our friendly team today on 01675 468968.

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