Writing Effective Cover Letters

I recently made the classic error of venting on twitter about a cover letter I received, without considering the fact that I was failing to provide any appropriate context.>I look forward to scheduling an interview at your earliest convenience.Pro-Tip: An assumptive close isn’t the best idea…

On nailing the interview

Some of the best people I've had the pleasure of hiring have often performed quite poorly in the interview. I want to share some simple but effective advice from the other side of the table having conducted hundreds of interviews over the past ten years to ensure you nail the…

How to write an effective CV

There are a lot of ways to figure out how to write a great CV. You can jump onto google and read a bunch of free opinion pieces, blog posts (hi!), and LinkedIn articles but you'll quickly realise that there's an awful lot of conflicting advice amongst the free articles.…

Startup Hiring Starter Pack

We have put together some simple and effective resources for your startup in order to give you a head start when you're about to start hiring your first employees.Everything on this list is based on our significant experience of helping early stage startups scale their teams and none of…

Setting a better standard for job advertising

The standard, accepted practice for advertising job vacancies simply isn't good enough. I say this from the perspective of someone who has advertised hundreds of jobs over the years and applied to dozens. From both sides of the table, the employer perspective and the applicant perspective, the current standard is…

What your job ad says about you

I have written and read so many job adverts over the years that I have almost become immune to phrases like “rockstar developer”.That’s a lie. I still throw up in my mouth a little every time I see that kind of nonsense.I’m going to walk you…

The best job application I’ve ever received

As I debated the pros and cons of drinking the remains of the half empty, tepid mug of coffee sitting in front of me or making the monumental effort to get up off my arse to make a fresh cup, an email landed in my inbox.Dear recruiter/HR,My…

Honesty is the new game changer

I really hate the phrase “game changer”. It’s right up there in the TechBro lexicon alongside disrupt, growth hacking, hustle and burn the village (I have no idea what that last one means either). If tomorrow’s billionaires could start using words and phrases like honesty, transparency, consistency and…

Ping pong, desk beers, and employee benefits

Over the past ten years, I’ve worked with UK tech companies of all shapes and sizes. From the suited and booted “be at your desk by 8am and don’t even dream of leaving before 6pm” to the trousers optional “choose your own hours and work from home as…

The worst tech interview questions

I have a slightly unfair advantage over most tech recruiters in that I was once a developer (albeit a pretty terrible one) and as a result, I’m able to empathise with the majority of the issues they face on a daily basis. Ever since I transitioned to the dark…