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Glocomms: Cloud & Infrastructure recruitment

The Cloud & Infrastructure landscape is glowing with promise. Its transformative power empowers businesses to access resources and scale effortlessly, revolutionizing their operations. This opens up a world of opportunities for innovation and expansion, presenting job seekers with a thriving demand for cloud infrastructure skills.

Navigating the complexities of cloud and infrastructure hiring can be challenging. At Glocomms, we excel in this domain, boasting a team of skilled consultants dedicated to connecting businesses with the perfect candidates, be it for permanent positions or freelance/contract work. Our profound knowledge of the cloud and infrastructure industry ensures a swift and effective match, tailored to your unique requirements.

Rest assured that Glocomms will swiftly and efficiently meet all your cloud and infrastructure needs. Our expertise in finding the ideal candidates guarantees exceptional results. Let us guide you in discovering the perfect cloud and infrastructure candidates for your business today.

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Our Cloud & Infrastructure recruitment specialists support growing technology businesses source the right go-to-market strategy talent, manage the recruitment process and facilitate onboarding. With multi-lingual language support, we provide international recruitment expertise to secure business-critical talent across Europe.

Our highly efficient vendor and end-user model, supporting both vendors who bring products to market and end-users who install these products in their businesses, provides us with a unique view of the technology space. Through this level of market penetration, we fully understand dynamics like the competitive landscape or up and coming product features, equipping us with market insights that feed right back into your talent strategy.

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We have a decade’s worth of commercial services experience as a leading talent partner in Technology.

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A vast, global network of the best, in-demand commercial services talent.

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Our award-winning talent specialists offer bespoke, tailored guidance on the latest hiring trends.

Whether you seek swift placement for pivotal roles or aspire for strategic talent acquisition solutions, our arsenal of resources and proficiency ensures successful outcomes. Share your job opening with us today.

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Cloud & Infrastructure Jobs

Data Engineer

Position: Data Engineer (Short-term Freelance Project) Location: Brussels (2 days on-site, 3 days remote) Duration: Short-term (With potential extension) Start Date: ASAP Client: Global Retail Company About Our Client: Our client is a major player in the global retail industry, renowned for its extensive network of hypermarkets and supermarkets. With a commitment to customer satisfaction and innovation, the company continuously adapts to market trends and technological advancements. The retail giant operates thousands of stores worldwide, serving millions of customers daily, and is dedicated to delivering a superior shopping experience through targeted marketing and data-driven strategies. Project Overview: A leading global retail company is seeking a skilled Data Engineer for a short-term freelance project based in Brussels. The role involves managing data-related tasks for customer campaigns within the retail industry, utilizing advanced technologies and frameworks. Responsibilities: Work with leadership on retail campaign engine project involving utilising market data and integrating APIs. Applying selection rules to determine campaign targets. Oversee and manage the Data Hub. Collaborate with the team to ensure seamless data processing and campaign execution. Temporarily cover responsibilities for a team member on sick leave, with potential monthly renewals. Technical Skills: Proficiency with Google Cloud Platform (GCP) Experience with DBT (Data Build Tool) for data processing. Knowledge of Infrastructure as Code (IaC) principles. Hands-on experience with CI/CD pipelines. Strong API experience. Requirements: Proven experience as a Data Engineer, 3 - 5 years minimum of experience. Ability to start immediately and manage workload efficiently. Flexibility to work 2 days on-site in Brussels and 3 days remotely. Strong problem-solving skills and the ability to work independently. Excellent communication and collaboration skills.

Negotiable
Brussels
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Senior DevOps Consultant

Senior DevOps Conusltant Location: Sweden Working Pattern: Hybrid (2 Days per week on site, 1 day in Malmo and 1 day in Helsingborg) Start Date: ASAP Contract duration: 12 Months + extensions I am assisting a Multinational Home Improvement retailer in finding a highly skilled and experienced Senior DevOps Consultant to play a pivotal role in the backbone of their technology infrastructure, engaging in the hands-on crafting and optimisation of their software systems. The customer with over 70 years of market excellence has a well standing reputation in the across the world. The scope for doing some interesting work and progression is endless. Glocomms has a long-standing relationship with the customer having already placed numerous contractors with them Role Description: The customer's platform engineering team develops and delivers services and processes for developers across the digital domain, and as a Senior DevOps Consultant in this team, you'll play a pivotal role in the backbone of our technology infrastructure, engaging in the hands-on crafting and optimisation of our software systems. You'll be instrumental in pinpointing improvement opportunities, promoting best practices in the software development life cycle, and implementing solutions that boost the quality and efficiency of their services. You'll be expected to harness a problem-solving approach, proactively identifying potential challenges and steering the team toward practices that guarantee our long term success. Responsabilities: Extensive experience in Software Development, From design, to deployment and beyond To operating/building new integrations and services on to of the current tooling. To speak to and collaborate with the Development team, speaking in their language to help them make better developments on the current infrastructure. Bring valuable insights and consulting into enhancing system robustness, scalability, and maintainability. Extensive experience in development best practices including testing, continuous integration/continuous deployment (CI/CD), code reviews, and documentation. The ability to collaborate effectively, bridging technical and non-technical team members. You must be skilled at disseminating knowledge, contributing to a culture of continuous improvement and learning within the team. The ability to adopt new methodologies or adjust to shifting project landscapes, your adaptability is coupled with a forward-looking perspective aimed at enhancing efficiency, reliability, and service quality. Skills and Qualifications: Experience in Large corporations Experience in one of the main cloud providers is a MUST (preferable Google Cloud Platform or Alicloud) Good level of experience of Kubernetes Good level experience of containers Good level experience with CI/CD tools Experience in as many of these technologies as possible: Docker, Terraform, Helm, Github Actions, ArgoCD, Hashicorp Vault, Prometheus/Grafana stack, Golang, TypeScript/JavaScript, Package managers, Backstage (Spotify)

Negotiable
Malmö
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Azure Cloud Engineer (Paris)

Cloud Engineer (Azure) Location: Paris Work Pattern: Hybrid (Average of 2 days per week on site) Start Date: As soon as Possible Contract duration: 6 Months initial (18-24 Months' worth of work) MUST BE ENGLISH SPEAKING I am assisting a Multinational Insurance company in the search for a highly skilled and motivated Cloud Engineer to join their dynamic Technology team in conducting a project with one of my customers largest entities helping them to migrate Azure as a service as well as PAAS. The Customer has Over 100 years of market excellence and are at the forefront of their market across the world. The scope for work and progression is endless. Glocomms has a long-standing relationship with the customer having already placed numerous contractors with them. Specific Duties: Help the team to migrate Azure as a service to their Infrastructure. Help the team to migrate Azure PAAS to their infrastructure. Support the Business owner with anything related to the Azure Infrastructure Troubleshoot any problems within the outstanding Azure Infrastructure and amend any problems detected. To help in the maintenance of all of the Azure Infrastructure. Support the organisation with anything on the underlying Azure Infrastructure Experience/Skills: Extensive technical experience of Microsoft Azure 6-10 Years of experience in an Azure Cloud Engineering environment Experience of Microsoft Azure Migrations Experience with: OpenShift and Terraform (Preferred) Azure Cloud Engineering Certifications (Bonus) Must be English speaking.

Negotiable
Paris
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Senior Support Analyst

We are currently seeking a talented Salesforce Automotive Cloud Architect to join our team on a 12-month extendable contract basis. In this role, you will play a crucial part in designing and implementing Salesforce solutions tailored to the unique needs of our automotive clients. Key Responsibilities: Salesforce Automotive Cloud Expertise: Utilize your in-depth knowledge of Salesforce Automotive Cloud to architect innovative solutions that drive business success for our automotive clients. Solution Design: Collaborate with stakeholders to gather requirements and translate them into robust Salesforce architectures that align with industry best practices and organizational goals. Technical Leadership: Serve as a subject matter expert, providing guidance and leadership on Salesforce architecture, design patterns, and implementation strategies. Customization and Configuration: Customize and configure Salesforce Automotive Cloud to meet specific business requirements, ensuring optimal performance and scalability. Integration: Design seamless integrations between Salesforce Automotive Cloud and other systems, leveraging your expertise in Salesforce integration tools and techniques. Documentation: Create comprehensive documentation including architecture diagrams, technical specifications, and implementation guides to support solution delivery and ongoing maintenance.

Negotiable
England
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SAP OTC Consultant

Role: Functional consultant SAP OTC As a functional consultant you will work in a team of business analysts, identifying-managing-documenting functional and business requirements and converting them into technical requirements. Identification of solutions, maximizing the use of standard SAP functionality Experience in IT analysis methodologies (process flow definition, data flow diagramming, …) Identification of test scenarios and data for the quality team Analytical skills, multicultural interpersonal relationship skills, and good oral/written communication skills Hard/tech skills: - Experience in interfaces with OTC - SAP S4 Hana - ABAP Soft skills: - SAP S4 Hana OTC Functional Experience/Knowledge (+5 years of experience) - Middleware/Interface/integration: experience to support the functional construction of interfaces with other systems

Negotiable
Barcelona
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Network Security Engineer

A Financial Services firm based in Memphis, TN is looking to add a Network Security Engineer to their growing security organization. This will be a senior level engineer, taking ownership of the following aspects of the network. Required Experience (3+ years): You will play a leading technical role - Cisco ASA Firewalls - Cisco Umbrella - Cisco Meraki - SIEM Tools - Azure Cloud Nice to Have: These skills are relevant to the environment - Financial Services Regulatory Knowledge, especially PCI-DSS - Certificate Management - Cloud, Cisco Network, OR Security Certifications If this sounds like an interesting fit for the next step in your career, please apply to the ad!

Negotiable
Memphis
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Systems Engineer (Linux, Ansible)

Job Title: Systems Engineer (Linux and Ansible) Contract Length: 12 months extendable Location: (Paris) Fully Remote Company Overview: We are a leading technology consultancy firm specializing in providing innovative solutions to clients worldwide. Currently, we are seeking a skilled Systems Engineer with expertise in Linux and Ansible to join our client on a long-term freelance mission. This position offers the flexibility of remote work, allowing you to collaborate with our global team and our clients from anywhere. Job Description: As a Systems Engineer specializing in Linux and Ansible, you will play a crucial role in designing, implementing, and managing complex IT infrastructures for our clients. Your primary focus will be leading the migration of a mission-critical application from on-premises servers to a cloud-based infrastructure using Ansible and Linux technologies. In addition to the migration project, you will be responsible for leveraging your expertise to drive the success of our client's IT operations. Key Responsibilities: Infrastructure Migration: Develop and execute a migration plan to transition the application and its associated services from legacy servers to modern cloud platforms (e.g., AWS, Azure, GCP). Automation and Orchestration: Utilize Ansible playbooks to automate the provisioning, configuration, and deployment of infrastructure components in the cloud environment, ensuring consistency and reliability. Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment (CI/CD): Implement CI/CD pipelines using Ansible and Jenkins to automate software deployment and release processes, enabling rapid iteration and delivery. Configuration Management: Maintain consistent configurations across the cloud-based infrastructure using Ansible, ensuring compliance with security and regulatory requirements. Monitoring and Alerting: Implement monitoring solutions (e.g., Prometheus, Grafana) to monitor the performance and health of the application and automate response actions using Ansible. Documentation and Training: Document migration procedures, Ansible configurations, and best practices, and provide training to the client's IT team to ensure successful adoption and ongoing support. Required Skills and Qualifications: Proficiency in Linux system administration, including CentOS, Ubuntu, or Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Extensive experience with Ansible automation tool, including playbook development, role creation, and inventory management. Strong scripting skills in Bash or Python for automation and task orchestration. Knowledge of cloud computing platforms such as AWS, Azure, or Google Cloud Platform, and experience with cloud migration projects. Familiarity with CI/CD concepts and tools such as Jenkins for automated software deployment. Excellent problem-solving skills and the ability to troubleshoot complex technical issues in a remote environment. Strong communication and collaboration skills, with the ability to work effectively in a remote team setting

€451 - €900 per day
Paris
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ServiceNow Architect

ServiceNow Architect: Location: Paris, Ile-de-France Remote working: 100% English and French speaking project Contract : 1 year project with extensions to follow Start date: Monday 13th May 2024 TJM: €650-€850 Customer: A leading construction company specialising in infrastructure development and maintenance projects. With a rich history spanning several decades, the company has established itself as a trusted partner in delivering high-quality, innovative solutions across various sectors including transportation, civil engineering, and environmental services. Job Summary: We are seeking a highly skilled and experienced ServiceNow Architect to join our dynamic team. The ServiceNow Architect will play a key role in designing and implementing IT Service Management (ITSM) solutions, with a focus on ServiceNow platform and Configuration Management Database (CMDB). The ideal candidate will have a strong background in IT service delivery, ITIL best practices, and extensive experience with ServiceNow and related technologies. Responsibilities: Solution Design: Design and architect ITSM solutions based on business requirements, industry best practices, and ITIL framework. ServiceNow Implementation: Lead the implementation and configuration of ServiceNow modules, including Incident Management, Change Management, Problem Management, and CMDB. CMDB Management: Define and implement CMDB strategies, ensuring accurate and up-to-date configuration data for all IT assets and services. Integration: Integrate ServiceNow with other enterprise systems and tools, such as monitoring systems, ticketing systems, and identity management solutions. Customisation and Development: Customise ServiceNow applications and workflows using JavaScript, HTML, and ServiceNow APIs to meet specific business needs. Process Optimisation: Identify opportunities for process improvement and automation within the ITSM framework, leveraging ServiceNow capabilities. Documentation: Create technical documentation, including architecture diagrams, design specifications, and configuration guides. Training and Support: Provide training and support to IT teams and end-users on ServiceNow functionality, best practices, and troubleshooting techniques. Collaboration: Collaborate with cross-functional teams, including IT operations, development, and business stakeholders, to ensure alignment of ITSM solutions with business objectives. Requirements: Advanced knowledge of ServiceNow ITSM and ITOM modules. ServiceNow certifications such as Certified Implementation Specialist, or Certified Application Developer Fluent in English, both written and spoken. Strong scripting skills (JavaScript) for customizing catalog items. Proficient in configuring workflows within the ServiceNow platform. Experience integrating ServiceNow with external REST APIs. Get in touch now to find out more! Email: Tel: +44 20 7019 4105

€650 - €850 per day
Paris
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Systems and Security Administrator

Systems and Security Administrator Paris OR Toulouse, France 50% on site working - 2/3 days every week French and English Speaking (Working Language French) Start Date : 20/05/2024 - Can be flexible Contract until 31/12/2024 (Extensions to follow) TJM : 450-650€ Customer Details Our customer is one of France and Europe's biggest groups, they have close to 100,000 staff mostly in Europe split across France, UK, Germany, Italy and Portugal with other teams split across North America and Asia. Given an increase in project demand they are looking to reinforce their team by adding a Systems and Security Administrator to reduce the workload on the current team. The customer offers a fantastic opportunity for a long-term engagement and the chance to not only work on the most up to date technologies but the chance to be one of the first on the market to touch and integrate new releases! Glocomms has worked with the customer for close to 2 years and we have been responsible for key and critical project hires into the business during this time. Job Details Systems and Security Administrator Primary Responsibilities : Maintenance and improvement of the current infrastructure, performing administrative tasks on components of Splunk Infrastructure (Installation, Configuration, Updates and updating documentation), responding to user needs and incidents, conducting POCs as part of their continuous improvement plans. Tech Stack : Splunk (version 8.0 and on wards) for data integration, RedHat Linux, Logstash, Cisco Networks. Working alongside the Architecture and Engineering teams, globally the team is close to 30 people but you will be collaborating with 5-10 other Administrators on a daily basis. Given the international nature of the business, a working level of English is required but day to day the colleagues are French speakers. Great opportunity for extensions and different projects as they are constantly looking to make improvements and upgrades. No specific certificates are required but any relevant Splunk, Linux or Cyber Security certifications will certainly support your application. Get in Touch James.evans(@)glocomms.com +44 203 758 8905 https://www.linkedin.com/in/jamesevansglocomms/

€450 - €650 per day
Paris
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Virtualization Engineer

Job Title: Virtualization Engineer Location: Germany (Remote) Industry: Automotive Duration: Long-term freelance project Rate: Up to €900 per day Project Overview: Our client, a leading automotive company based in Germany, is seeking a highly skilled Virtualization Engineer to join their team for a long-term freelance project. The successful candidate will be responsible for designing, implementing, and maintaining virtualization solutions to support the company's IT infrastructure. The project involves optimizing and modernizing the virtualization environment to enhance performance, scalability, and reliability. Responsibilities: Design and deploy virtualization solutions based on VMware or similar technologies to meet the company's IT requirements. Collaborate with cross-functional teams to gather requirements and develop virtualization strategies aligned with business objectives. Perform capacity planning, resource optimization, and performance tuning of virtualized environments. Configure and manage virtual machines, clusters, and storage systems to ensure optimal performance and reliability. Implement security best practices to safeguard virtualized infrastructure and data. Monitor virtualization infrastructure health, troubleshoot issues, and implement corrective actions as needed. Develop and maintain documentation, including technical specifications, diagrams, and standard operating procedures. Provide technical guidance and support to junior team members and end-users. Stay updated on emerging trends and technologies in virtualization and recommend innovative solutions to enhance the company's IT capabilities. Adhere to project timelines, budgets, and quality standards to ensure successful project delivery. Requirements: Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, or related field. Proven experience as a Virtualization Engineer or similar role, with expertise in VMware or equivalent virtualization platforms. Strong understanding of virtualization concepts, including hypervisors, virtual machines, and storage technologies. Hands-on experience with VMware vSphere, vCenter Server, and related tools. Familiarity with storage technologies such as SAN, NAS, and RAID configurations. Experience in designing and implementing high-availability and disaster recovery solutions in virtualized environments. Proficiency in scripting languages (e.g., PowerShell, Python) for automation tasks. Excellent analytical, problem-solving, and troubleshooting skills. Strong communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to work effectively in a collaborative team environment. Relevant certifications such as VMware Certified Professional (VCP) or equivalent are highly desirable.

€700 - €900 per day
Germany
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System Architect (InTune, SCCM, AD) - REMOTE from EU

System Architect (InTune, SCCM, AD) - REMOTE from EU Paris, France - French and English Speaking Remote from inside EU - Occasional site visits to Paris Start Date - 20/05/2024 (Can be flexible) Long-Term Engagement on a Rolling Contract Daily Rate : 250-450€ Customer Details Our customer is a leading Global Systems Integrator and a Microsoft Gold Partner, the nature of their business is to provide IT Consulting services to their customers and deliver project based around Cyber Security, Systems, Network, Cloud, Data, Digital Workplace and Software Development. Due to an increased project demand from their customers in InTune integration's they are looking for external support to help on customer accounts. The customer offers a great opportunity to get your hands on the latest technology releases, to work with leading companies across France and to be a pivitol figure in the business moving forward. Glocomms have been working with the customer for the last 8 years across Europe, servicing their teams in France, Spain, Belgium, Germany, UK, Netherlands and Portugal and have a great relationship with their teams. Job Details System Architect (InTune, SCCM, AD) Primary Responsibilities : Designing and Building solutions based on Microsoft UEM solutions, speaking directly with both the team and the end customer to understand project requirements, supporting with the Build phase of the project. Tech Stack : Intune, Microsoft Azure, SCCM, Packaging, Master Design, Azure AD You will be supporting end customers with their integration of InTune into their environments, some will be removing SCCM but on the most part you will be adding the Cloud feature InTune to their environment alongside SCCM. This will vary from customer to customer. Given the location of their business, you will need a business fluency in both French and English. If the initial phase goes well there is a huge chance for contract extensions past the initial period, given the nature of the project team there is always work to be done. No specific certificates are required, but any relevant M365 or management certifications will certainly support your application. Get in Touch james.evans(@)glocomms.com +44 203 758 8905 https://www.linkedin.com/in/jamesevansglocomms/

€250 - €450 per day
Paris
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Pre-Sales Consultant - REMOTE

Pre-Sales Consultant (M365 and Digital Workplace) Paris, Ile-de-France - French and English Speaking Remote Working - 1 or 2 site visits per month, either office or customer site Start Date : 27/05/2024 12-Month Mission on a Rolling Contract TJM : 500-700€ Customer Details Our customer is a leading Global Systems Integrator and a Microsoft Gold Partner, the nature of their business is to provide IT Consulting services to their customers and deliver project based around Cyber Security, Systems, Network, Cloud, Data, Digital Workplace and Software Development. They are opening up a new Pre-Sales team that will specialise in M365 and the integration of Co-Pilot into their environment, so looking for someone that can take on the lead in this team and help to initially participate in Pre-Sales before taking on a managerial role further down the line, The customer offers a great opportunity to get your hands on the latest technology releases, to work with leading companies across France and to be a pivitol figure in the business moving forward. Glocomms have been working with the customer for the last 8 years across Europe, servicing their teams in France, Spain, Belgium, Germany, UK, Netherlands and Portugal and have a great relationship with their teams. Job Details Pre-Sales Consultant You will be joining the consultant division within the Digital Workplace department, where your role will be to support clients in the transformation of their businesses using Copilot. Primary Responsibilities will include : Development of strategic plans to guide customers through their Copilot Journey, Design and delivery of customised solutions to facilitate customer adoption of Copilot and the development of tailor made solutions to extend the functionalities of Copilot. Requests : Expertise with Copilot or an in depth knowledge of similar tools from the Microsoft platform, experience in consulting, project management and software development, ideally in a cloud or SaaS environment, experience in change management and business process modelling. You will be one of the first members of the team and responsible for it's growth over the next 12-Months, initially you will be more hands on with customers but after time you will shift into a managerial role, of course still have customer contact but more focused on managerial responsibilities. Given the International context of both the business and their customers, a business level fluency in both French and English will be required. If the initial phase goes well there is a huge chance for contract extensions past the initial period, given the nature of a Pre-Sales team there is always work to be done. No specific certificates are required, but any relevant M365 or management certifications will certainly support your application. Get in Touch james.evans(@)glocomms.com +44 203 758 8905 https://www.linkedin.com/in/jamesevansglocomms/

€500 - €700 per day
Paris
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Performance over Presence

​For the past year, the high-speed mass adoption of flexible working required employers to redefine and re-examine the workplace. As expected, forward-thinking Tech and IT companies that embrace digital transformation were the ones that continued to thrive in this new environment. If flexible agility, cloud technology, and secure infrastructures are signs of permanent change, what does this mean for technology firms? ​Our latest Career Insight, ‘Performance over Presence’ offers an in-depth analysis into the hybrid-remote approach; a business model which intertwines remote with working present on-site. If the evolving experience-based hybrid approach is to be established, institutions may be likely to explore the potential benefits and caveats to this structure.Does the hybrid-remote model support workers and simultaneously avoid an eroding of company culture? How can leaders manage performance with geographically dispersed teams? Can hybrid working arrangements prevent a cacophony between employers and employees? At Glocomms, these are the questions that have defined our post-pandemic conversations. Perhaps, the hybrid-style approach allows employees to be part of an integrated strategy and offers a window into a more purpose-driven and brighter future for the workplace. ​

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How to Avoid a Talent Exodus Post-Pandemic

​​Nobody yet knows what the legacy of COVID-19 will be. HR and recruitment experts are increasingly concerned businesses which do survive this period will face a further crisis in the shape of talent acquisition and retention in ‘the new normal’.​Anxiety about the workforce is not new: a recent PWC study found 80% of CEOs are either extremely or somewhat concerned about their organisation’s ability to access skilled labour in the future. The Covid-19 pandemic exacerbates this problem in two ways: high-quality employees are more essential than ever, as businesses prepare to recover and relaunch; and the lockdown period has given many workers a new level of clarity about their work-life dynamic. The result could be a mass exodus of talent post-pandemic.For example, in a recent poll, 82% of tech professionals say they want their employer to encourage more working from home in the future. This is not necessarily bad news for employers: it is an opportunity to accelerate changes to workplace organisation which were already well underway before 2020 reared its head.From remote working and digital transformation to transparency, communication and support, there needs to be a wholesale rethinking of how successful employers treat their staff and go about their business post-pandemic. Leaders and management must demonstrate how much they value their talent, and provide real incentives for high calibre employees to stick with them. Download our full guideto learn more about the five fundamental ways to avoid a talent exodus and keep you seats filled with the best talent: 1. Consistent Communication 2. Transparency and Openness 3. Adapt and Innovate to meet Employees’ Needs 4. Provide Support and Authority 5. Foreground meaning and Plan for the Long Term​

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Working from Home is the Key to Diversity

​Tech companies who offer more flexible working arrangements are employers of choice; joining the ranks of tech companies like Twitter who have announced working from home will be the new norm, forever.It will come as no surprise that 82% of the tech workforce want the flexibility to work from home. It may surprise you, however, to learn that working from home can boost the participation of women, people with disabilities, and contingent workers.How can working from home boost diversity? Download this free resource to find out.

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Alleviate Video Call Fatigue With These Top 5 Tips

​​Many of us are working in a virtual office these days. For professionals working in the technology sector, that might mean more time in front of the camera than you signed up for. Even those who usually have the verve and stamina to withstand back-to-back meetings may experience video call fatigue.Why the video call fatigue?Evolving from social animals, most human communication is non-verbal. In face-to-face conversations, we gain additional meaning from the way people act. We read each other’s hand gestures, body language, and facial expressions to pick up social cues and infer meaning. For most people, it takes little conscious effort to analyze these cues. In real life, we know if someone is fidgeting or looking away frequently that it may be time for a break. Video calling can compromise these deep-rooted skills; the video quality might be poor due to a lousy internet connection, or the person might only be partially in view so you cannot read their posture on hand gestures. Unlike real-life conversations, video calling can require sustained and intense attention to glean meaning. Predominately relying on verbal communication is tiring, according to a study conducted by Marc-Andre Reinhard and Siegfried L. Sporer, creating video call fatigue.Video calling can also force the current public health crisis into the forefront of our minds; prompting anxiety and fatigue. Gianpeiero Petriglieri, Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour at INSEAD, argues, “The video call is our reminder of the people we have lost temporarily. It is the distress that every time you see someone online, such as your colleagues, that reminds you we should really be in the workplace together.”If you find yourself growing tired from back-to-back video calls, try one of these top 5 tips:  1. Reduce the number of faces A conference call can magnify existing issues with video calling. Commonly used video conferencing software can allow tens to hundreds of people to simultaneously share their video. This forces the central vision of the brain to decipher so many people at once that it can be difficult to concentrate and understand the speaker. Writing in the National Geographic, Julia Sklar says that “the brain becomes overwhelmed by unfamiliar excess stimuli while being hyper-focused on searching for non-verbal cues that it can’t find.” If you are attending a presentation, ask the speaker if they can turn off everyone else’s video. For re-occurring group calls, communicate to whoever is leading the meeting that you are experiencing video call fatigue. Ask if a rule can be set that video is not required, or that callers take it in turns to turn their video on when they are speaking.  2. Create different spacesThe context of our different social roles has collapsed. Today, we meet our colleagues, partners, parents, friends and employers in the same space – our computer window. This phenomenon—known as context collapse—happens when different aspects of our lives that are normally physically detached are combined to blur separation boundaries. In turn, context collapse can have negative psychological effects and the attenuation of self-identity. This is also why video calls with friends and family can also be tiring; they become associated with work and obligation.Now more than ever, we need to find ways to create buffers between different aspects of our lives. Our environment affects our decision-making and our concentration. Research finds that a work environment activates cognitive resources and association relating to work behavior; increasing decision-making abilities and concentration. If you can, create different spaces at home for your personal and professional life – even if that just means changing ends on the kitchen table or never working from the couch. Likewise, try to avoid answering text messages from friends or family during work. Creating transition periods between video calls will also prevent fatigue. Whether doing a bit of exercise, making a drink, or stretching – try a new activity between calls to help refresh yourself. 3. Give your eyes a breakWe hardly blink when we stare at screens compared to face-to-face interactions. One study found that blinking decreases by 66% from an average of 18 blinks per minute. This can cause our eyes to get more dry, irritated and tired than normal in what is known as ‘computer vision syndrome’ or digital eye strain, which 60-90% of office workers suffer varying degrees of. Other signs to look out for are blurred vision or tensions headaches. What can do you do to combat it? Try the ’20-20-20’ rule: every 20 minutes take 20 seconds to look at something 20 feet away. If you’re not sure of distance, just try and find something that is furthest from view to focus on. It’s also recommended that you take a break from all your digital devices every two hours for 15 minutes so that your eyes can have a rest. Try to position yourself where natural light is not reflecting harshly on your screen. If that isn’t possible, ask your employer if they can provide anti-glare filters; removable panels that fit over your computer screen and help prevent glare. 4. Turn off your cameraUnlike real-life conversations, video calls force you to stare at your own face for long periods of time. For some, this can be an unwelcome distraction by causing worry about your own appearance or how you are coming across. According to media and business psychologist Charlotte Armitage, “The additional psychological processing involved in attending to one’s own behavior and actions, as mirrored by the online platform, can be draining for a whole number of reasons. At the very least, it adds an additional level of stimuli that you wouldn’t have had in a face to face meeting.”Consider switching off your video, particularly if you are in listening mode or are being presented too. Several studies show that people listen more attentively to phone calls and also experience less stress, as it more closely mirrors a real-life conversation rather than feeling they are giving a performance. If you can’t turn off your camera, consider moving your screen off to the side, instead of straight ahead. This can help you concentrate better by focusing on listening rather than watching. 5. Ask if a task really needs a meetingUltimately, the only way to prevent video call fatigue is to reduce their amount. Next time you are about to schedule a meeting, or are invited to one, ask yourself if this needs to be a video call. In fact, does this task need a meeting at all? Not all decisions require a meeting, so think whether you can move a project forwards via email, chat, or even a quick phone call. With many of us working from home, fears about productivity, belonging, or even visibility may prompt us to get in front of the camera. Save yourself and your colleagues from video fatigue by hitting pause on those calendar invites.​To learn more, download How to Ace a Virtual Interview, Being Business Critical in the New Virtual Workplace, Hiring Business-Critical Talent Through Video Interviews, or How to Virtually Onboard New Talent.

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How to Ace a Virtual Interview

Video interviews have begun growing in popularity, however as the Covid-19 epidemic continues, this method of interviewing has become a prominent part of companies’ application process. But video interviews come with a new set of difficulties.For many tech professionals in Germany, a video interview may seem simple as it’s in the comfort of your own home. However making a great impression can prove more challenging compared to face-to-face interviews. Unlike a traditional in-person interview, you’re in control of your environment, so it’s important to ensure that your surroundings allow you to make the best first impression.Download this guide for top tips on how to prepare and succeed in this type of interview. From advice on your body language to preventing technology issues; this guide is here to ensure you create the best impression of yourself.

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How to Look Beyond the CV to Find the Right Talent

​While CVs are useful for hiring managers who are looking to employ within the German technology sector in terms of being able to tick the ‘must have’ boxes for required skills, there is a lot they can’t tell you about a candidate. Candidates are also likely to exaggerate about their skills and achievements on a CV, or make out they had more responsibility in a previous role than they actually held. When hiring for new roles in the tech sector, it is more useful to look beyond the CV to find those soft skills and personality traits which will fit in your unique culture and the requirements of your team. A resume, however impressive, cannot tell you if a candidate has enthusiasm, drive or an infectious positive personality. This article will help hiring managers look for these qualities during the recruitment process, and how to test a candidate beyond telling you how good they are, but instead showing you what they are capable of. ​​

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