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We decided to ask 16 South Wales-based employers of IT staff the following question: “what do you look for in an employee?” We’ve tried our best to cover a wide range of businesses, from small startups with a handful of staff to large household-name companies with dedicated teams, asking company founders as well as Heads of IT/Web/Development, respectively. We’re hoping that the answers will be helpful to IT jobseekers – not just based in South Wales but further afield as well.
We’re also going to publish a follow-up post doing the exact opposite: asking South Wales-based IT folk: “what do you look for in an employer?” Similarly, we’re hoping that the answers to that question may help South Wales-based businesses to cater more accordingly to the needs of potential employees. Be sure to keep an eye out for it over the rest of the month.
The answers are below, sorted alphabetically by surname. Right at the end of the post, we’ve summarised our findings based on the most commonly-given answers – a sort of roundup summary, if you will. Enjoy…!
Fundible provides technology to retail merchants enabling their customers to collect money online from family, friends and social connections to make a purchase possible.
Attitude is probably the most important factor. Candidates will need to demonstrate that they enjoy solving problems, do whatever it takes to get a job done and proactively learn new skills.
Since Fundible is an early stage tech company, we like candidates who have the desire to achieve something big and are genuinely excited by the opportunity – this can be shown by the candidates researching the company or the sector before interview stages and also by their general interests in startups and tech. Ultimately we’re not really looking for people who just want a job, we’re looking for people who want to be part of creating a company and can actively help shape how we grow.
There are also a number of other factors that need to be traded off against one another – for example the candidates technical ability and skill set, experience – professional and personal, communication skills, interests and so on.
We have just appointed a back-end developer and are seeking a front-end dev, so if you know someone who might be interested then please share this link – www.fundible.co.uk/home/career/ – and candidates can apply direct via email@example.com.
Yard Digital is a digital consultancy specialising in web analytics and also offering SEO and social media marketing services.
Whilst skills and experience are desirable for more senior roles, we are increasingly recruiting staff that have the right stuff character-wise. With Yard having such strong training support from Yard Academy, our digital skills training arm, we can quickly and efficiently upskill candidates that show the aptitude and drive to learn web analytics and have a robust, vocational induction to provide real experience to validate that learning. With the current digital skills gap only getting wider, fostering a hard-working, can-do attitude will make you far more attractive to employers in digital.
Nudjed is digital service that offers tailored health advice based on the user’s fitness goals and lifestyle.
As Nudjed is a small but fast growing team, we hire for attitude over technical skill. We particularly like people who take ownership of problems and display drive to create things outside of work. Being open to collaboration is also important.
We also really like people who have actively sought out experience in a relevant field. Even if it’s outside of a formal work environment.
[Learn more about Nudjed – their processes, their favourite tools, etc. – in this earlier CR 25 post]
Noddlepod is an online social learning tool that allows collaboration and content organisation within companies.
When looking for a developer, I would say there are 3 main things I would be looking for:
Creating a friendly environment is super important to us – we want Noddlepod to be a place where people enjoy working, not just because they enjoy the work itself, but also because they like being in everyone’s company. So we would be looking for someone who is considerate, relaxed and friendly.
2. Technical skills
Technical details can be learnt, but the love of coding has to be there.
Someone that cares about the code they write, someone that enjoys creating stuff. Technical details can be learnt, but the love of coding has to be there. Closely related to this is a love of learning. Any potential candidate would be expected to take charge of their own learning, and would be encouraged to find courses, books, classes etc. that could help them improve their knowledge, and in turn, make Noddlepod better.
Independence, an ability to take responsibility for their work, and to work independently is crucial. Working in a small startup means having to take ownership of your work and your learning, as there will be fewer formal structures in place to manage everything. On the other side, the employee will also have much more of a say in how their role develops.