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Did you know there are two ways to hire non-EU IT specialists in The Netherlands? Scaling up your tech team just got easier.
Finally, info about the Blue Card, highly skilled migrant visa, becoming a sponsor and the 30% tax rebate all in one place!
10 fascinating facts you need to know about the EU Blue Card - the only way you should be hiring international tech talent in Germany.
You’ve found your dream candidate, now you need to make them an offer they can’t refuse. Manage the job offer process with our five step guide.
Struggling to find tech talent? It's time to look abroad! Download our free guide to the Blue Card: the easiest way to find and hire non-EU developers.
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As this week we wanted to shine some light on Technical Recruitment in the online gaming/betting industry we have reached out to Ana Borges from Betsson Group to pick her brain on various challenges she faces on a daily basis.
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Interview with Daniel Martos, HR Business Partner & Technical Recruiter at Scytl Barcelona. He's passionate about working as IT recruiter and we decided to take advantage of his experience to ask him some questions about IT recruitment and how the Barcelona scene has been changing.
An interview with Josefina who tells us all about what does it mean to be a UX Designer and challenges it brings. Click to read the whole interview.
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After 4 wonderful years in Barcelona, Ross made the decision to pack his bags and move to the other side of the universe. Let's find out how he's getting on and any advice he might have on such a big move.
Abdullah was working in Dubai when we got in contact with him regarding a back-end position in Amsterdam. He and his wife relocated to The Netherlands over a year ago and you can read all about the process of relocation and tips on life in Amsterdam below.
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Earlier this summer we helped Davor to relocate to Berlin from Zagreb. He is now working for one of the largest internet platfroms as a Software Engineer. Read this short interview to find out about his life in Berlin.
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Feeling lazy? Check out our table below for a quick summary of the two visas.

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OK, so there are two visas. You get it. But why should you be looking to hire outside the EU in the first place?

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Unless you've been enjoying an extended three year trip around the world, you'll know there's an acute shortage of tech talent in Europe. Growing demand from both existing industries and brand new ones (thanks, robotics), plus a strong economy, means that The Netherlands is facing a scarcity of IT professionals, and it's only going to get worse. 

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According to Andrus Ansip, the European Commission Digital Single Market Chief, by 2020 the EU could face a shortage of 800,000 IT specialists. That's a lot of backend systems, design work and agile processes that could be at risk.

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As a result, startups are increasingly looking abroad to hire. International candidates have outstanding experience, EU-standard qualifications and a shedload of enthusiasm. Trust us, we place them with European companies every single day.

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There’s never been a shortage of international tech talent, but it’s not always been easy to bring them into The Netherlands. Complicated systems and processes that are continually updated make it difficult for even the most proficient startups to know where to begin… 

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...which is why we've created an e-book with almost everything you could ever need to know about hiring international IT specialists!

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If you have any questions about the application processes, becoming a sponsor or the 30% tax rebate - just shoot me an email: elisa@nederlia.com 

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get your e-book

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Header image: Ket4up @ Shutterstock

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Hiring international developers in The Netherlands can seem overwhelming. With multiple visas, different minimum salary thresholds and conditions, and a strange tax rebate thrown into the mix, it’s not the easiest system to navigate, especially for startups.

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Sure, there’s loads of information out there. But it’s scattered across the internet, and it’s not always up-to-date.

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That’s why we’ve created the first comprehensive guide to hiring international tech talent in The Netherlands (as far as we know!)

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In this free e-book, you’ll find everything you could ever need to know about:

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  1. The current skills shortage in The Netherlands
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  5. The highly skilled migrant visa
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We’ve also included links to all the application forms, useful databases and official government websites, in order to make the process as easy as possible.

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Plus, we’re here if you have any questions!

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There's an EU-wide skills shortage, and it's having a huge impact on startups right across the contintent. The Netherlands has the 2nd highest global demand for engineers, and every year it gets a little harder to hire the right IT specialists.

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Thankfully, there are thousands of seriously-talented, highly-educated, super-enthusiastic developers, programmers, designers, devops managers and product owners based all around the world that want to move! There’s never been a shortage of international developers, but it’s not always been easy to hire them. 

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We promise our guide will make it easier.

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But don’t take our word for it! Have a look for yourself.

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Header image: Solomatina @ Shutterstock

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The EU Blue Card is the fastest, easiest, most efficient way to hire non-EU developers, designers, programmers and IT specialists in Germany.

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You probably know that already.

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But did you know developers only need to hold the visa for 21 months before qualifying for permanent residency, if they speak B1 level German?

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If you want to learn more about the Blue Card and how you can use it to hire the world's greatest IT ninjas, get our free guide.

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Get your e-book

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10 things you probably didn't know about the EU Blue Card: 

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1. The minimum salary threshold for IT professionals is MASSIVELY lower than for other professions because they’re in such high demand. The normal salary threshold is €50,800, but for developers, designers, programmers and other IT specialists it’s €39,624.

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2. International developers who’d like to take part in the Blue Card scheme don’t necessarily need a degree. Though they will need to demonstrate at least 5 years relevant professional experience (with a degree, it’s only 2 years).

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3. Blue Card holders can get permanent residency in Germany after only 33 months - that’s less than 3 years. This goes down to 21 months if they speak at least B1 level German. Plus, it’s really easy to apply for permanent residency (even easier than getting the Blue Card!)

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4. Germany has issued more Blue Cards than all the other EU countries combined. Way more, in fact. Between 2012 - 2015, Germany issued 89% of all Blue Cards in the EU. They’re actively promoting it as a way to find awesome developers and programmers, which is great news for you. (Find out who issued the remaining 11% in our e-book!)

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5. If a Blue Card holder loses their job, they can stay in Germany for up to three months while they look for a new one.

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6. With a processing fee of only €140, the EU Blue Card is one of the cheapest long term visas in the world.

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7. Partners and children under 18 can relocate with the employee and look for work in Germany without having to apply for an additional visa or work permit.

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8. Employees can apply for and pick up the Blue Card in their home country as soon as the job contract is signed and agreed, so they can start work the minute they land on German soil!

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9. The Blue Card is tied to the employer, so if you promote the employee or change their job title, they won’t need to reapply.

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10. The scheme was launched by the EU in 2012, so has now been running for almost 7 years.

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To find out more about the Blue Card, the application process and how it's promoted in Germany, get our free e-book.

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Hiring international developers just got easier.

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 \"I don't have time to work anymore - I'm too busy analysing the Star Wars trailers. Do you know who The Last Jedi is?\"

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“Sorry I was on the phone to Shield... I'm going to be spending the next 6 months in a top secret mission with the Avengers.”

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“....ring, ring….. ring, ring….. ring, ring……”

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Whatever their excuse and however they let you down, when a candidate decides not to accept your offer it can be pretty heartbreaking. We know recruiters are supposed to be super-tough, no-nonsense fast-talkers…. But shedding a tear over the loss of your perfect candidate is:

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a.) totally understandable

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b.) nothing to be ashamed about

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b.) something that can be prevented

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Extending a job offer to a candidate can feel daunting, but the process is easier to influence than you think.

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We’ve compiled the 5 simple steps you need to take to make a candidate an offer they can’t refuse.

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1. Start strategising early

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By asking the right questions from the start, you’ll have an easier time personalising the offer and increasing the likelihood of the candidate accepting. Start date and salary expectations are easy go-tos but good recruiters dig a little deeper. Try to frame questions around their needs, desires and motivations, in order to make them offers that are in line with what they’re looking for.

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Managing the job offer process should start from the very first conversation you have with the candidate.

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In the wise words of RecruitLoop: “ABC… Always Be Closing!”

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2. Get a little tactical

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Who doesn’t love a tiny tactical pre-close? Until last week, we hadn’t heard the phrase either, but the Nederlia team are now managing to squeeze the phrase into every conversation, blog post and chat with the boss.

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Overkill? Perhaps. Important? Definitely.

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A pre-close is a conversation with the candidate that gives a recruiter the opportunity to discuss what a potential job offer might look like, whether the candidate would accept if they were offered €X amount and whether they have any worries or concerns.

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Schedule a call or a coffee after the second or third interview in order to get the lowdown on any potential barriers to acceptance. It’s important to uncover any obstacles before you present the candidate with a formal offer, as it may then be too late.

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Potential issues to uncover include:

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3. Do your homework

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The salary you offer the candidate reflects how much you think they’re worth, so be careful not to go to low, and never offer a figure that’s lower than their current paycheck. Obviously you need to stay within budget, but you also want new employees to feel valued and motivated. If you can’t match competitors on salary, incorporate additional benefits and “lifestyle” perks such as the ability to work from home or take longer holidays.

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To make a perfect job offer, you need to understand the market, your competitors and the candidate. A little bit of homework goes a long way, and might just mean the difference between acceptance and rejection.

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4. Deliver the offer hot, fresh and on time

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Finally, it’s delivery time!

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You’ve done the research, prepared the candidate, worked out the best possible salary band and decided the starting point for negotiation. Now it’s time to bring it home. But before you pick up the phone:

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Making a candidate an offer over the phone, on Skype or in person - rather than via email - will improve your standing in their eyes, and will also put you on the front foot in discussions as it will be easier to discern whether they’re happy and likely to accept. 

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Scheduling the chat will give the candidate time to prepare for the news, compile their questions and consider any potential issues.

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No one wants to feel like they’re second best, and waiting weeks for feedback is sure to spark concerns. Keeping candidates engaged and interested throughout the process will result in a better candidate experience, and will help push the offer over the finish line when it comes to the crunch.

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5. Discuss, don’t negotiate 

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Once you’ve given the candidate time and space to weigh up the offer and ask questions, prepare for the likelihood they’ll ask for a higher salary or even be given a counter-offer by another company or their existing employer.

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It’s often the conversations that come after you’ve actually made the offer that are the most sensitive and hardest to navigate. These discussions are the most complex aspects of job offer management.

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Remember that extending a job offer is a discussion, not a negotiation.

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The likelihood is that if you’re hiring a developer, designer or even an IT manager, negotiation and sales will not have been part of their previous job spec. They’re not experienced negotiators, might not feel comfortable engaging in the process and definitely won’t appreciate being bullied into saying yes. Don’t risk losing the candidate by forcing a hard sell.

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In conclusion: how to make a job offer

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Still looking for information on the recruitment process? Find out why candidates are getting frustrated - and what we can do about it.\f

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Photos: BoBaa22 / Sapunkle / Azamatovic / JrCasas / Alex Mosiichuk, all @ Shutterstock

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The EU-wide skills shortage has massively increased competition for the best candidates, so it’s becoming a real challenge for German companies to find and hire tech talent. 

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The economic research institute Prognos estimates a 3 million shortage of skilled workers in Germany by 2030. 

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What if we told you there is a speedy and efficient way to bring the world’s best IT specialists into Germany? Would you believe us? What if we had proof?

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International candidates have outstanding experience, incredible qualifications and a shedload of enthusiasm. And if you're based in Germany, they’re easier to hire than you think.

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We’ve created a pretty cool e-book (if we do say so ourselves). 

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Get your e-book

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It’s a step-by-step guide to the European Blue Card - a work and residence permit for non-EU nationals that’s easier for German companies to procure than a stein at Oktoberfest.

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It will tell you:

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- about the history of the Blue Card - what it is and why you need it

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- how the Blue Card is being promoted in Germany

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- which candidates are eligble 

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- the criteria you will need to meet, including minimum salary thresholds

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- all the documents you'll need (including an awesome printable checklist)

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- the application process and the time it takes to apply

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If you’re German, struggling to find great designers, developers, product owners, scrum masters, devops geniuses or IT managers, and tired of reading boring e-books... you need our guide :)

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It looks pretty great, and we hear it goes perfectly with a beer.

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Get your e-book

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Wherever you are in the startup growth cycle, you should be thinking about your next beers hires. Seriously though, whether you have 10 employees or 100, every new employee you recruit in the early stages will have a crucial impact on both your company culture and your bottom line.

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For the second year in a row, First Round’s 2016 State of Startups report found that “hiring good people” is the number one concern of startups, beating both customer acquisition and revenue growth.

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Ultimately, it’s the people who make up the company that determine whether it’s a success. So you should be thinking about your recruitment and HR processes, values and goals from the very first hire. 

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Here are the top 5 reasons your startup needs a dedicated recruitment team.

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1. Hiring is time consuming

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“Hiring is always extraordinarily challenging, time consuming, and mentally draining. In small companies resources are scarce, and the process usually involves removing someone from their core competency in order to focus on getting people in the door.”

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Founder and CEO Matt Branton, CoinLock

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Without a dedicated HR or recruitment manager, employees who spend time recruiting are being taken away from their day jobs. Hiring the right candidates is incredibly time consuming, particularly when startups require developers with specific technical experience.

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It’s easy to underestimate the time it takes to meet and vet candidates, check references and negotiate on salary. Rushing any stage of the process can result in poor hiring decisions and unhappy workers, which will immediately put a new startup at a disadvantage with competitors.

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Not only will a dedicated recruiter relieve overstretched and over-worked employees, but they will drastically cut down the time it takes to hire. Formal processes and procedures = increased efficiency = less time spent recruiting.

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2. CTOs and CEOs aren’t good recruiters

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“You probably wouldn’t let your head of marketing try out coding because you are short on devs, so why would you have your CTO handle recruiting alone? Getting a recruiter ensures you have a constant source of new candidates.”

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Carrie Simonds, Entrepreneur

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We hate to be the ones to say it, but CEOs and CTOs aren’t necessarily the best people to be left in charge of recruitment!

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In the early days, startup founders have full control over the process, handpicking the perfect candidates and reeling them in with a mixture of long-term stock options and heady idealism. Gut feeling and intuition rules the roost. There’s probably not a hiring or HR process in sight…

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So it can be hard to adjust to the idea of putting a dedicated employee in charge of HR and recruitment, let alone a whole team! But once a startup grows beyond the first few hires, it's no longer tenable (or desirable) for the senior management team to be responsible for the recruitment process. 

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Hiring is a science, and carrying out interviews, assessing the market and analysing existing gaps in the team's knowledge are invaluable skills that won't necessarily come naturally to CEOs and CTOs. To preserve senior employees’ sanity, free-up their time and streamline and improve the recruitment process, delegate.

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3. Good hires = a good candidate pipeline

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“With a high volume of high-quality candidates, managers no longer have to settle for “butts and chairs” hiring.”

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Dr John Sullivan, recruiter and thought leader

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Sometimes a good hire appears overnight. Especially at the beginning of the startup cycle, when hires tend to be referrals, previous colleagues and long-forgotten contacts. But once immediate networks have been exhausted, and the requirements of new roles become more focused and specific, a candidate pipeline is absolutely essential.

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Tapping informal networks doesn’t scale, and relying solely on inbound leads can lead to second class candidates. The best developers aren’t looking, so they won’t respond to your job posting.

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Take it from us - a solid candidate pipeline takes time and effort to build and maintain. Generating candidate flow, carrying out interviews and vetting potential new hires is time consuming. So having a ready-made, go-to list of awesome developers makes life a hell of lot easier!

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As well as improving acceptance rates and hiring times, a great pipeline also improves employee satisfaction and retention, as new hires are already invested in the company and have had time to consider the role and commit to their decision.

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4.  It’s hard to attract the best candidates

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“When it comes to attracting talent, I am facing the same challenge as everyone: finding developers and technical people for our teams. Nowadays there are many options for a software developer who wants to change his/her job - lots of new startups doing amazing things and closing huge investment rounds.”

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Daniel Martos, Scytl Barcelona

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We hate to be the ones to break this to you, but attracting great talent is hard. The acute shortage of IT specialists, coupled with the insatiable demand for their skills, is making it hard for everyone to recruit great developers. It’s particularly difficult for new startups who are still finding their feet and cornering their area of the market.

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Beating the tech giants on pay or benefits is near-impossible, so building and maintaining an attractive brand and employee proposition should be a key priority. And that doesn’t just mean asking your marketing guru to shout about your product from the rooftops.

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According to Universum, CEOs believe that by 2020, the main goal of company branding will be securing long-term recruitment. A robust employer presence is more important than ever for businesses looking to secure and retain key talent.

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- For more information on employer branding and recruitment, head over to the The Digital Marketing Institute's blog post on the topic. -

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Market competition also makes closing candidates more difficult. Without an individual who has experience in - and time to dedicate to - making counter-offers and building tailored benefits and salary packages, you risk losing a candidate right at the end of the process. A recruitment manager can also alleviate the tough back and forth between candidates and senior management - helping avoid bad feelings after a particularly tough negotiation!

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5. You need a consistent company culture

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“Early hiring sets the trajectory for a company. The first 5–10 hires at a startup establishes the bar on quality and culture. Once that bar is set, change is difficult.”

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Thinkgrowth

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If you haven’t yet created a coherent company vision and set of values for your team to live and die by, do it now. The most successful companies have strong corporate cultures and are, to put it simply, great places to work.

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Make one wrong hire in a small startup and you risk upsetting the balance of the office and radically changing the direction of the company.

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In a large startup, when new developers are no longer being handpicked by the CEO, it is increasingly difficult to hire new employees who match the culture and seamlessly blend into the team. Maintaining a great workplace environment during a period of growth takes dedication, time and effort, as well as consistent hiring processes and strategies.

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Looking for more startup recruitment tips? We’ve compiled the ultimate list of dos and don’ts when growing a startup.

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Hallelujah, you’ve finally hired the right candidate.

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They’re a great cultural fit, have exactly the right experience, negotiated for a higher salary (and got it!) and seem to be enjoying the role. They possess all the traits that mark the perfect startup hire.

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Now all you have to do is retain them. Easy, right?

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If only.

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Like us, you’ve probably found that it’s not only getting harder to hire awesome developers, but also to keep them. It’s a competitive world out there, and unfortunately hiding behind the same old strategies, keeping your fingers crossed and hoping for the best just won’t cut it anymore.

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You need:

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And we can help :)

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\"data-led

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Data-led retainment strategies

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Retaining new hires requires an active approach and a strategy that is continually reviewed and updated. A good strategy incorporates the latest trends and insights, as well as feedback from your current employees. But if you don’t have a fully-developed retainment strategy - or any strategy at all - where should you start?

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Feeling around in the dark, using a combination of guesswork and intuitive gut-led decisions to retain new employees might work for a while.

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But the best strategies start and end with data.

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We know they’re strange, night-time creatures with a preference for computers over people, but their feedback and insights are kinda essential. (Just kidding - we’re all techies here at Nederlia).

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Why do developers leave?

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We understand that research can be time-consuming, so we've done it for you!

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We asked developers why they left their previous jobs - and what you should do to keep them.

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The top 10 reasons developers left their previous jobs:

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  1. Felt unchallenged
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  3. No opportunity for promotion
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  5. Wanted to learn new skills
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  7. Benefits weren’t competitive
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  9. Pay wasn’t competitive
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  11. Wanted more autonomy and independence
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  13. Weren’t listened to
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  15. Wrong cultural fit
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  17. Felt their work wasn’t valued
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  19. Didn’t get on with senior management
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\"why

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So, what insights can we take from this research?

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Keep developers engaged

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With new technologies being released all the time, successful developers need to keep up-to-date with the latest coding languages and software updates. Providing regular training programmes and new opportunities to learn is in the company’s interest, as it keeps employees engaged, skilled and - most importantly - in the job!

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As well as scheduling regular performance reviews and opportunities for feedback, make sure you build in opportunities for growth and offer a robust development program.

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Developers “want to learn new skills”

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A key motivation for junior developers is staying at the cutting-edge of software development. They want access to the latest and greatest hardware and software technologies, and the opportunity to practice new skills in a collaborative and supportive environment.

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Your retainment strategy for junior employees should include opportunities to attend:

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Developers “want to be challenged”

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For more senior employees, such as Team Leads, Product Owners and Scrum Masters, motivation comes in the form of deepening existing skills and being able to share these skills with others. Not all developers want to lead a team or formally manage junior employees, so think about offering technical leadership instead.

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Your retainment strategy for senior developers should include opportunities to:

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A key milestone for turnover is the 18 month mark. Developers typically spend a few months getting to grips with the role, learning the ropes and finding their feet. Another year spent deepening their technical skills and they’ll probably be looking for a fresh challenge. If they don’t find it within the company, they’ll think about moving on.

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Learning should be an intrinsic and everyday part of the company culture.

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Crack that, and the rest will follow!

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Recognise and reward developers’ hard work

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Developers want the “opportunity for promotion”

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But what does this mean?

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Traditionally, promotion meant a small nudge up the career ladder and a sizeable pay rise. But we’re no longer in 1980 - even if Nokia is making a comeback and Star Wars is back in cinemas.

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Nowadays, “promotion” looks a little different, particularly for developers who aren’t motivated by the opportunity to manage a team. Developers did cite competitive pay as the fourth most important factor in their decision to leave a company, but this was ranked after a competitive benefits package and the opportunity for growth.

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Developers want “competitive benefits and pay”

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Employers in flat structures have to work a little harder to “promote” developers, as there will be very few (if any) senior management positions available.

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Plus, it’s not always easy to match competitors on pay.

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...But there’s good news!

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Even in a very flat tech startup, employees can reward developers by offering:

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Promotion doesn’t have to mean moving into the C Suite, or even managing a team, but it does mean recognising your employees’ hard work and rewarding it accordingly.

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\"five

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Five steps to retainment success

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Congratulations for making it this far - it's been a pretty long post. We've said a lot of stuff about a lot of different things, and we're not even sure we can remember them all. So, we've summed our research and insights up into an easy-to-remember five point list for you to build (or improve) your company's retainment strategy.

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What does it take to retain new developers?

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1. Engage and motivate new hires

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2. Provide technical challenges

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3. Create opportunities to learn

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4. Recognise hard work...

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5. ...and reward it!

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Still looking to grow your startup team? We can tell you how.

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Header image by Snopek Nadia / Shutterstock.com

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We all know that Yoda was the ultimate mentor. The Jedi Master’s life wisdom can be applied to almost all walks of life - even mentoring new graduate developers.

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Enjoy our wisdom-filled Jedi Guide to becoming a tech mentor and watch your software developer padawans rise to fulfil their technical destinies.

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Mentoring new tech hires and junior developers, the ultimate intergalactic guide:

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“You must unlearn what you have learned”

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Yoda tells Luke

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(Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back)

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Sometimes a new tech job requires a little bit of unlearning. If the new hire is taking over and updating existing code, they might have to alter the way they’re used to writing.

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Besides writing in different programming languages, companies organise teams, execute strategies and delegate work differently - and sometimes it’s easy to forget just how much there is to take in when starting a new job. 

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Whether tech recruits are fresh from university or have a few years programming experience, they will need help to learn the company’s processes and procedures, as well as the ins and outs of the role itself.

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Consider setting up an onboarding programme to help your new hires settle in.

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\"In my experience, there is no such thing as luck.\"

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Obi-Wan tells Han Solo

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(Episode IV: A New Hope)

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(OK, so this quote isn’t from Yoda - but Obi-Wan Kenobi was also a member of the Jedi Order.)

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Imparting a good attitude to junior developers is just as important as empowering them with the technical skills they need to succeed in the role.

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Relying on other team members to carry the load, doing the bare minimum required or simply hoping luck will push a piece of work over the finish line are traits that will come back to haunt graduates in their future roles.

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Whether it’s at your company or in their next role - hopefully many years down the line - their attitude to work will speak volumes about their past experiences. And as their mentor, you’re in a unique position to shape it.

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\"Do or do not. There is no try.\"

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Yoda tells Luke

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(Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back)

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Great programming requires 100% focus and dedication. As well as mastering the languages required in the role, successful developers need to stay on top of the latest trends and developments - and this is where mentoring can make a huge difference.

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Helping junior developers broaden their experience will prepare them for the next step in their career, whatever that may be.

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\"Patience you must have, my young Padawan.\"

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Yoda tells Luke

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(Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back)

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No one becomes a Jedi Master - or a JavaScript expert - overnight. Patience is a virtue in whichever galaxy you inhabit, and it’s a crucial skill to impart to new recruits. Coding takes patience, time, a supportive workplace and, of course, a lot of great mentoring.

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\"Always pass on what you have learned.\"

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Yoda tells Luke

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(Episode VI: Return of the Jedi)

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The Force is strong with the developer community. There are hundreds of forums, groups and tools to share experiences and pass on programming knowledge. But this doesn’t compare to having reliable, inspirational mentors to guide new tech hires through their first roles and up the developer career ladder.

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So, keep doing what you’re doing, Masters of the Mentoring Universe.

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Wondering what key soft skills developers need to succeed? Take a look at our post on the topic and rise up the mentoring ranks from Knight to Jedi Master.

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Image by Yuri Turkov / shutterstock.com

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Coding isn’t everything.

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Wait, what?

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Regardless of whether a developer speaks PHP or Ruby, these 10 soft skills will determine whether they flourish or flounder in their new role.

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Do your developer candidates have what it takes to become your next superstar programmer?

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\"Checklist:

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Feel free to save our infographic to use as a checklist when you're interviewing developers :)

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1. Teamwork

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New hires should contribute to and strengthen existing teams. Being approachable, helpful and available are key skills that mark out a good team player.

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2. Patience

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Even the most technically skilled developer must be able to patiently, concisely and simply explain technical concepts to non-techies - whether that’s colleagues or clients.

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3. Time management

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So much code, so little time. When multiple projects with conflicting time delays and pressures are on the horizon, time management & organisation becomes critical.

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4. Flexibility

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Work sometimes (/often) throws us a curveball. Developers must be able to deal with - and adapt to - unforeseen circumstances that are out of their control.

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5. Focus

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Anyone who’s worked through painstaking errors in legacy code will be aware of the focus and dedication it takes to programme successfully.

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6. Communication skills

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Whether it’s communicating with colleagues, explaining a programming decision to the boss or relaying issues with a project to clients, communication is crucial.

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7. Accountability

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The quicker errors in code are accounted for, the quicker they can be fixed - whether or not the developer is responsible for the mistake.

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8. Giving - and taking - feedback

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A good developer should be able to support colleagues’ ideas, back up their arguments, give positive feedback - and take it. Accepting constructive criticism is key to growth.

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9. Drive

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With new technologies appearing all the time, developers need to demonstrate the passion and drive to keep learning outside the parameters of the role.

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10. Listening skills

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Not properly hearing (or failing to clarify) an instruction or piece of feedback could lead to an error in code that results in significant time delays and even costly reworks.

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\r\n

Still wondering whether your candidate is the perfect fit? 

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We've compiled the six traits that mark the perfect start-up hire.

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It’s more competitive than ever to hire great graduate developers. With a tiny talent pool for potential employers to fish from and a seemingly never-ending demand for IT specialists, developers can afford to be picky.

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If you want best-in-class grad developers, it’s no longer enough to provide a decent salary, coffee in the office and a summer lunch - no matter how much free alcohol there is!

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So what is it they actually want?

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Luckily we have a couple of recent grads on hand to ask. Straight from the source:

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Here are the top 5 things graduate developers are looking for when they start a new job

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\"A
 
 

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A real work-life balance

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Despite what some startups would have you believe, a good work-life balance does not constitute taking a 10 minute break to beat your boss at table football. Neither does trying to eat a sandwich, answer an email and balance an extra-hot, double-froth, super-tall latte on your laptop as you run between lunchtime meetings.

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Most developers are hard-working by nature, and will be happy to put in the extra hours when a project sprint is at a critical point. But abuse their dedication and they will either burn out or leave.

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Although employee benefits packages vary between countries, offering potential recruits a decent holiday allowance and perks such as early finish Fridays in summer or the ability to take a sabbatical after three years may just be the icing on a candidate's cake.

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\"Flexible 

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Flexible working

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Flexible working used to mean letting an employee work from home a few times a year when their boiler needed fixing or their bathroom flooded. In 2017, it actually means what it says on the tin: being flexible about when, where and how employees get their work done.

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To graduate developers, genuine flexibility means offering all employees - no matter what their level of experience - the ability to determine their own schedule, holding them to targets rather than their ability to arrive in the office by 9am.

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The more trust you place in your graduates, the harder they’ll work to fulfill and surpass expectations.

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Opportunity for growth

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Despite the rumours, developers don’t actually spend all their time watching South Park. OK, maybe they sneak in the odd episode… but they also work incredibly hard, and a key factor when it comes to picking one role over another is opportunity for growth.

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With new technologies and coding languages being developed all the time, tech graduates are eager to learn new skills and want the space and flexibility to try them out.

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In our experience, a major reason why why new tech talent decide to leave is because they feel like they’re stagnating. Grads - like specialists at any level - need the opportunity to learn and grow, in a collaborative and supportive environment.

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Training days, hackathons and conferences help graduates feel like they’re close to the action, and should form part of your recruitment strategy.

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\"Inspiring 

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Inspiring leadership

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Gone are the days when junior developers looked solely to one senior figure to deepen their skills. Now, graduates understandably want to take experience from as many sources as possible.

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Having a network of inspiring leaders and managers who are prepared to commit time to advise and support new recruits is perhaps your company’s single most important asset.

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Offering a career development session with a more senior employee as part of a new hire’s onboarding programme is a surefire way to demonstrate your company’s commitment to growth.

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In the words of the universe’s greatest mentor:

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             \"Always pass on what you have learned.\"

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              Yoda (Episode VI: Return of the Jedi) 

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If you need a little more Star Wars wisdom in your life, check our our Jedi Guide to mentoring. 

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Entrepreneurial spirit

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This works both ways. Graduates cite both the opportunity to take risks in a supportive “fail fast” environment and a company’s drive to adopt new technologies as values they want to see in future employers.

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The backbone of a successful company is innovation, which is only fostered through collaboration and creativity. Companies that create environments where it’s safe to make mistakes encourage employees to push the boundaries, which ultimately leads to growth.

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Millennial developers are naturally tech-focused and progressive, and they expect the same from the company they work for.

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Now you know what future candidates are after in a new company, find out how to evaluate potential candidates’ CVs. 

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When it comes to recruiting a developer, their CV should provide most of the information you need to understand their profile. Evaluating a developer’s skills can be a little more challenging.

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So we've pulled together our 3 top tips to help you evaluate the resume of a developer from a technical perspective:

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When you want to determine whether a developer is experienced in a specific programming language, it helps to understand the length of time they’ve worked with it.

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Modern programming languages are highly sophisticated and require years of practice to master. Yet it's easy to find profiles that claim to possess extensive understanding of a language or tool with only a year's experience. These profiles should not necesarily be discounted immediately, but it's worth taking the time to understand an applicant's education level, work experience and any side projects that might have given them additional experience.

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Remember that it's their fundamental technical acumen, problem-solving ability and creative thinking skills that can help you evaluate their profile.

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Essentially, you're looking for information that will tell you what the developers have done with their specific programming skills and how they're able to put them into practice.

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For example, if someone lists five years of Java experience on their resume, but their crowning achievement is not more than a CD collection application, it may be an indication that they do not have practical experience using the language. 

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What you are looking for in a potential developer is coding expertise. It doesn't matter whether they have experience working in your industry. You may be looking exclusively for a developer with experience in your niche, but in doing so don't forget that the primary goal is finding developers who can write quality code.

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It's not just the quantity of experience that matters but also the quality, so compare both. Is there a balance? 

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Ultimately, it's a developer’s skill set that matters. So when it comes to evaluating their profile, it  helps to focus on their skills and potential to learn rather than simply their industry background. If the candidate boasts expert skills, it shouldn’t be too difficult for them to transition to your industry. Keep an eye out for blog posts, a portfolio URL, or links to any products they may have designed or contributed to.

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Look for industry-standard programming certifications, as they indicate a developer's level of knowledge in a specific program. There are many certification programs that require regular recertification so that the developer stays up to date with the latest technical changes and industry trends.

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While reviewing candidate profiles, you may want to determine how they have spent their coding years. Did they embrace leadership roles? Are they flexible enough to learn and unlearn a few things and dive into new technologies? A thorough evaluation of a developer’s skill set may take time, but it is well worth the effort to thoroughly examine and assess each profile before shortlisting the candidate for an interview.

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Are you looking to grow your team? Drop us a quick message and we will help with everything!

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When we first contacted Noe, a senior java developer with the opportunity to relocate to Barcelona, he didn't hesitate at all. He has been looking for international experience and exposure and Spain seemed like a great location for him since he is a native Spanish speaker. Below, you can read his experience, challenges and thoughts on the whole process. 
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How was the process of moving from Mexico to Spain? 
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The paperwork was a little bit longer than I expected and I didn't have exact date to arrive so my planning was not very good nevertheless I'm very happy to finally being here
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What convinced you to make the final decision to relocate to Spain? 
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I really want to boost my career with a full international experience when I read a little bit about Barcelona is home of many tech and startups company got me interested and also many cultural aspects in the city
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What were you most excited about moving to Barcelona? 
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Some friends and other people were telling me about how beauty is Barcelona so I really wanted to see it by myself also all this tech and startup companies make the city a really good place to grow as a developer.
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How do you see the Tech community in Barcelona? Any Tech-activities (events, meetups, hackathons) you can take part of outside of your work? 
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The tech community seems very active, I haven't checked deeply about tech-activities but I can tell inside my current job the company promotes tech events for the community I bet many other companies do the same.
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What tips would you give someone who is thinking about moving to Barcelona? Any recommendations?
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Take time to look for an apartment and save money for it. Prepare to walk even the city has an excellent public transport, walking in this city is amazing, also you can ride a bicycle.

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Thank you, Noe, for talking to us!

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Java Developers, are you also looking for a position in Spain? Click here. 

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We are very happy to welcome our new colleague Greg to Nederlia! Greg is a Polish guy living in Barcelona after 5 years working in London. he enjoys meeting new people and finding ways to know more about each culture. Cooking is one of his hobbies and thinks that his fridge will have revenge on him by coming to his room, opening his door, staring at him for 3 minutes and then leaving again.

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Name & Nickname: Grzegorz - Greg

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Nationality: Polish

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Experience of a culture shock in Spain: I will say that Spanish culture is not that different from Polish one. What is making me happier here is actually sun and beach. What change my life are tapas. What I love about Spanish people is actually positive thinking and that to have a good time they need only table in the middle of the street - in sunny spot and a cold beer.

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How are you feeling now? Hot and full after lunch.

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The best time of the day at Nederlia: NTalk about figs? Too early to say!

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If you could steal a toy from the office, which one would it be? Toad from Super Mario Bros!

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Your motto?: Carpe Noctem

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\"Greg\"

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Welcome, Greg! 

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When it comes to finding a bunch of superstars like The Avengers or The Expendables of software development, you can’t just hire whoever has the best technical knowledge (although that stuff is important too). There are certain traits that you need to look out for, and we’ve made a list of them so you know what to focus on at your next interview. If you manage to hire people that possess every single one of these six traits, you’ve got yourself a winning team. 

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As you may know, startups are high-stress environments where time is of the essence, and you can’t always afford to hire someone for specific tasks. Often, you’ve got to work with what you already have, and this applies to employees more than anything. Of course, you’ll be hiring people with specific skills, but it doesn’t hurt if they’re somewhat multi-talented and can improvise when it comes to completing a task outside of their area of expertise. Your core team should be made up of people who don’t mind assuming different roles, solving problems that are not strictly related to their field and taking on responsibilities that are not in their job descriptions. In the long run, working this way will help you forge a very strong core team, as your first hires will all have a comprehensive understanding of your company and how different processes work.

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Growing a young startup takes a lot of teamwork. When there’s five or six of you locked in an office for the better part of every workday, you need to make sure that there is as little friction as possible between the members of your team. Of course, it’s good to have people who think differently: the constant clashing of ideas is vital for innovation. But you want to hire someone that fits in with your team’s dynamics, someone that the others actually like. It’s a good idea to involve your team in the recruitment process and make hiring decisions together.

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A startup is not something that’s finished or complete in any way, in fact, it’s just the opposite: constantly growing, changing and reinventing itself. There is always something that could be better. Logically, a startup needs people that can think of ways to improve the company, as well as to come up with a bunch of innovative ideas quickly to overcome unexpected challenges, adapt to tricky situations, and pivot if need be – and these people are the so-called intrapreneurs. An intrapreneur is someone who behaves like an entrepreneur while working within a company, so basically, someone that has an endless amount of innovative ideas about how the company could become better and more efficient. They usually have a spirit of their own and are not afraid to push back and have their opinions heard when they think they know better. And best of all, they feel like it is in their interest to bring out the most of the company. [...]

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For the full list and more awesome articles on Startup scene, please visit Barcelona Startup News.  

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Are you looing into growing your startup team? Drop us a quick message and we will help with everything!

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Photo by Dean Drobot / Shutterstock, Inc.

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Our Jeremy is back to All Hands Volunteers. This time in Peru, responding after flooding and mudslides have cost people their lives and thousands lost their homes. He will be volunteering for a couple of weeks and if you're feeling generous and would like to contribute to a great cause please follow this link and read more about his story: Jeremy's story

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\"Jeremy\"Thanks, everyone. A little bit can make a big difference and it's appreciated massively! 

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So you’ve got your million-dollar idea, you’ve successfully convinced some of your buddies to help you start a company, and you’ve even managed to raise a bit of cash? That means it’s finally time to start growing your startup team, and find people who will execute all the ambitious plans you have in mind. Beware: there are a bunch of traps that you can fall into along the way! Here are some pointers as to where you should start.

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1. Think about who it is that you really need, and come up with a very clearly defined hiring process.

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No matter how obvious this may seem, this is exactly where many startups fail: they hire all the wrong people, because they’re not sure who they really need. For example, as an early stage startup, you may need to be focusing more on product development than marketing. How are you going to sell something that only works in theory? Get your team involved in deciding who you need to hire first, then make a plan and stick to it.

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2. Don’t try to save money by refusing to hire new people and making your existing team do more. Start hiring as soon as you can squeeze out the funds for it.

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Your guys are probably already straining under the load you’re putting on them, don’t make each one of them do the work of three people. Start with one new hire, and go as your revenue increases. It’s guaranteed to make your core team less stressed and work more efficiently.

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3. Focus on diversity, but don’t make it your number one priority.

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Of course, it would be ideal to have a team that’s culturally, religiously and gender diverse – not only because then you’d be able to boast about just how well minorities are represented at your company, but because it’s a proven fact that diversity is good for business. However, you want to make sure that your efforts to promote diversity don’t get in the way of trying to hire the right people for your team. You know, the ones that you actually need. Look for talent first, and don’t hire anyone just because you’re trying to better your diversity stats.

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4. Instead of working remotely with five freelancers at a time, consider hiring someone for those projects to keep things in-house.

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We’re not suggesting that you become a complete control freak who can’t tolerate outsourcing any tasks whatsoever. But, if you think about it: you’re building a team here. That implies some sort of continuity or permanence. Not to mention that if you truly are handing out excessive amounts of freelance projects, your costs may drop drastically by just hiring, for example, your own UX designer to do all that work.

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5. Don’t be afraid to hire students or fresh graduates for internships or training programs.

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Think long-term. Yes, you will have to invest both time and money into training them. However, the minds of inexperienced kids are often much less limited by biases than yours, and they bring a sort of freshness to a startup that senior candidates may lack. First-timers are not used to any particular way of working, and they usually don’t have bad habits that are hard to get rid of, so they’ll quickly and easily adopt your way of doing things. Plus, their salary expectations are significantly lower than those of their older peers, and their inexhaustible sources of motivation and energy will be much needed. You can always hire them full-time after a few months of training.

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6. Find a job search app that specializes in junior profiles.

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Traditional job boards are probably not the best places to share internships: your ads may get lost and never reach their intended audience, who are very likely to be looking for opportunities elsewhere. For example, in Barcelona, you have Workkola, a platform that connects students looking for a chance to kick-start their careers and startups in search of cheap tech talent. On Workkola, startups can publish two types of projects: a basic project (a remote collaboration with students), or a recruiting project (if they’re looking for someone to hire after the project is finished).  Take advantage of these alternative platforms, and you’ll get to those that you’re trying to find much more quickly.

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Do you need help to grow your Tech Team? We are here to help!

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Featured Image: bbernard/Shutterstock, Inc.

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If we put together a list of the best companies to work for in Barcelona, Trovit would definitely be in the top five. A startup that can pride itself on one of the biggest exits in the history of the city’s tech scene, Trovit is seen as an absolute hotshot, and certainly not by chance: they have a cool and versatile product that people all over the world use on a daily basis, a young and international team, and an office with a spectacular view and an enviable music room to back it up with.

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We sat down with Carol Murtra Chief Marketing Officer and Pilar Perales, Digital Brand Specialist at Trovit to talk about the changes that the company has gone through in the past year, the way they work and the way they have fun, the challenges that they’ve faced and their plans for the immediate future.

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\"How

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Trovit Has Always Been Your Guide

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Let’s start with an introduction. What do we have to know about Trovit?

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Carol: Trovit is a classified search engine: what it does is it centralizes content from different classified websites and displays it to users. So, for example, if you’re searching for real estate, instead of having to go to different websites one by one to see what’s in the market, you can enter your search criteria in Trovit, and you’ll get a pretty good idea of all the content that is out there. It’s like a one-stop-shop that makes things much easier and quicker for users. We operate in three categories: homes, cars and jobs. We have 90 million active monthly users, and we’re present in 53 countries.

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I wish I had known about Trovit when I was looking for an apartment to rent a few years back. It was all so confusing.

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Carol: It is very likely that you’ve used Trovit before without knowing it. Before Trovit started repositioning itself in the last year to become a destination site for its users, a lot of users sort of just fell into it since Trovit doesn’t publish content: we redirect our users to the original source. What we have been doing for the past year, after ten years of proving that we have a very successful product is reinforcing the brand. So that next time, instead of accidentally going through Trovit, users voluntarily go to the Trovit website and start their search from there.

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So creating a completely foolproof product came first.

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Carol: For every startup, one of the key things is to have a product that works. Otherwise, all they have is a marketing bubble. You can position yourself as a very cool brand and you can even be very well-known, but if the user’s experience with the product does not live up to their expectations, they’re not going to use it again. At Trovit, things have been done the other way around. The company has made sure that they have a winning product, and when the product had proved its value, they started working on awareness and engagement.

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You’ve mentioned that Trovit is available in 53 countries. Are you managing all those countries from your office in Barcelona? 

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Carol: Yes, all 120 of us work here in this office. This is the magic of the digital world, that you don’t have to be physically located anywhere. It’s true that we have a very big sales team, and we have twenty country managers who are local to the countries they’re managing, but they’re based in Barcelona. So we do a lot of virtual meetings and e-mails, but we only need to be physically there once or twice a year.

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Pilar: From the beginning, our tech team has managed to build a product that you don’t have to remake for every single country. It was created to be scalable, so all you have to do is apply it to different markets.[...]

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For full interview please visit Barcelona Startup News.

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I’ve been working at Nederlia for more than 3 years and during this period I could spot some trends in terms of the relocation from the Balkans.

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Some Balkan countries are EU members, some aren’t. However, that doesn’t change the fact that majority of candidates from the Balkans aren't ready to move and look for some new opportunity.

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There are several things to consider – but the cost of living is a crucial determinant to consider in the understanding of this behavior.

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Source: https://www.expatistan.com/cost-of-living/index/europe

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Per above map, countries from the Balkans are at the bottom of the Cost of Living list in Europe. However, this doesn’t mean that employees who work in the tech industry have significantly lower salaries compared to the rest of the continent. On contrary – in many cases, senior developers and engineers who work in Balkan countries will easily reach the same (or close to same) salary levels like developers from the rich countries. Because of that, they will spend significantly smaller amount on regular expenses like accommodation, food, utility bills, etc. than their colleagues from the West.  

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This is a primary reason why so many candidates from the Balkans aren’t ready to move to some western country and have smaller amounts of money left in their pockets.

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So what’s the answer?

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Development teams in Balkan countries are mostly single-national and they offer a very small scale of diversity. As opposed to that, you can see development teams composed of 10+ nationalities in the majority of EU countries. Therefore, my answer would be – be open-minded. Go and meet new cultures, new people, and new languages. Money is important, naturally, but it shouldn’t be always the top priority. Imagine yourself working in top European tech hubs, like Amsterdam, London or Barcelona.

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You can read some successful relocation stories here:

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UX Designer relocating to Barcelona

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Java Developer relocating to Manchester

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The fourth edition of 4YFN, Spain’s biggest and most international startup conference took place last week in Barcelona during the Mobile World Congress. With more than 600 exhibitors, 8 stages and close to 300 speakers, this year’s 4YFN was a massive event that the nearly 20,000 visitors, from Spain and from all over the world, had several reasons to attend: whether you were looking to find investors for your project, snatch up a couple of new clients for your growing startup or just do a bit of networking and learn about the startup ecosystem and the newest tech trends, 4YFN had a bit of everything.

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Considerably less crowded and much less corporate than its big brother, the Mobile World Congress, 4YFN was a friendly and welcoming three-day conference that we gladly returned to every morning, despite being quite huge. The best part of the entire event was the Innovation Market, a maze of stalls and booths where startups from all over the world showcased their innovative products. Technologies related to health, finance, tourism, food, gaming, as well as artificial intelligence and VR were all well-represented in the Market, among others. There were some interesting demos – especially VR and game-related – but if you were expecting a playground of brand new digital innovations, you were probably disappointed. The point of the Market was more to provide a platform for networking – which worked, based on the number of business cards that exchanged hands.

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Apart from startups, a number of large corporations such as Nestlé, Banco Sabadell and SEAT were also present at the event, meaning that their stands occupied a large percentage of the exhibition area. Whether this took any attention away from the startups, we couldn’t say. Admittedly, one of the goals of this year’s 4YFN was to bring corporates and startups closer together and encourage collaboration, so in this sense, the presence of big companies was justified.

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This year’s talks and keynotes were also a good reason to be at 4YFN. The bigger stages hosted panel discussions and keynotes by internationally renowned experts of the industries represented at 4YFN, and while some of these were a little bit dull and not exactly worth the hype that surrounded them, some of the talks held at the smaller stages proved to be truly inspiring and educational. The Nestlé Stage earned a special place in our hearts for offering great, insightful talks about the state of Barcelona’s startups ecosystem, investment opportunities and lessons learned throughout the process of growing startups.

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As for the workshops, most were informative and offered substantial insight, but some were just too generic and clichéd to be enjoyed. One thing that we noticed is that even though the organizers made a point of inviting as many female speakers as they could find, most of them were tucked away on the smaller stages and in the workshop domes, and didn’t get a chance to shine on the bigger stages in front of larger audiences.

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All in all, the event had a very pleasant atmosphere, filled with team spirit and motivation, and we left with positive thoughts and a sense of great hope for Barcelona startups. We are looking forward to seeing some improvements regarding the program next year, as well as some tweaks related to event organization. However, it’s safe to say that we are really proud of Barcelona for hosting such an important event and showing the world that we are becoming a European startup hub to be reckoned with.

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Visit Barcelona Startup News to find out more details about this year's 4YFN!

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The war to hire the best coders is getting fiercer, with everyone looking for the right developer. Finding the best talent is undoubtedly a challenge. This is what my experience with the hiring industry says. Coding is critical to building mobile apps, keeping critical apps on the cutting edge, and redesigning the user experience on your site, so everyone is looking for the best coders. So when it comes to hiring Java developers, what should you be looking at?

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Hiring a great coder requires you to do more than posting a vacancy on a job board. As a recruiter, you would want to make sure you find the best talent. Here are a few tips to get you started:

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Coding Knowledge And Experience

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Java world changes often. When you assess Java developer skills, remember this. A developer with framework gained years ago may not be the right fit for your job.

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Additionally, in the world of Java, the coder must be familiar with Java tools and libraries. If you come across a resume of a Java developer who has better knowledge of the language than the tools and libraries, you would better want to look for another option.

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The prime reason being that without knowledge of Java libraries, tools, and documentation, a coder will write everything from scratch, which would amount to wastage of time. Compare this to a developer with knowledge of Java libraries and frameworks. I find them much more efficient than the former. In fact, they leverage these resources like lego to create something and write code only when crucial.

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Moreover, there is a significant difference between university knowledge and commercial knowledge. Java knowledge gained from university does not hold too much importance compared to practical or commercial experience. So when it comes to looking for Java developer skills, it is important not to ignore business coding experience.

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Knowledge of Key Concepts

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Ideally, a Java developer should have good knowledge of the following key concepts:

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Fluent coding and hands-on experience in JavaScript, Java Server Pages, Enterprise Edition, and Java Platform comes in handy to meeting the specific challenges of coding.  

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When looking to hire java developer, I try to find where the candidate stands as far as their knowledge and experience in coding is concerned.

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All in all, you should be looking for someone with core competencies, who is good at the language and can use the open-source Java.

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Pertinent Certification

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When the question how to hire a java developer is on top of your mind, you ought to evaluate candidates based on their knowledge, skills, and certification. Having a certification demonstrates the candidate’s commitment to skill development, besides validating what they know. It shows that they have tackled difficult coding problems and can know how to find the error or logic flaw while checking the source code. This means they can use their experience and knowledge to avoid common Java mistakes in your projects that they had encountered previously.

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The best talent will have a huge impact on your team's productivity. True, it is worth spending your time on looking for the best talent to hire Java developers, who can constantly deliver stable, scalable apps that perform well. A strategic approach to recruiting a Java coder can bring you amazing results.

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Having troubles hiring Java Developers? Or looking for Java opportunities? We can help. 

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Featured Image: Faizal Ramli/Shutterstock, Inc.

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Whether you’re truly tech-savvy or suffering from a mild case of computer illiteracy, you have to admit there are times that you are forced to rely on the smartness in your phone to get you out of situations where your own brain and confidence fail. When you visit or move to a new city, this is bound to happen with alarming frequency: you’re going to need the proper apps to help you on the spot. So if you’re on the brink of relocation or just discovering Barcelona, hit the App Store and start installing!

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OK, this one is a no-brainer if your Spanish is not great. There will be times when you’ll be staring at the shelves in a grocery store, wondering what the difference is between this and that canned fish (just what in the world are those weird molluscs that look like baby ears?!). If only you could read the labels! SpanishDict is an easy-to-use app where you just type in whatever you’re looking for, and it’ll tell you even when you’re offline, or provide you with the option of searching online in case it fails to find a result. Now all you need to do is hope that what you had typed in wasn’t actually in Catalan.

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In Spain, the text message or SMS as a species has gone extinct. People no longer ask you for your phone number, they ask you for your WhatsApp. Better come to terms with it and download the app: you don’t want to be the weirdo that pays for something that’s free and gets left out of all the legendary group chat laughs. Just make sure you pronounce Whatsapp something like “Guatsapp”.

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UrbanStep is a handy little app that may save you several precious minutes of travel, especially if you’re an avid Bicing user. The city bike system is a wonderful invention, with some unavoidable flaws: popular pick-up stations get depleted super quickly, and popular drop-off stations fill up way too fast. [...]

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When it comes to tech recruiting, you always want to find the best talent. Perhaps this is on the mind of every recruiter out there. I am no different. When I came across the concept of Boolean search writing, I felt I have got the key to making meaningful candidate search results. If you wish to become a successful recruiter, you would need to develop the skill of making meaningful searches. It is here that Boolean search will come in handy, so you can organise your search to produce more relevant candidate search results on LinkedIn and beyond.

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The key Boolean operators include

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AND – When you search a keyword with AND, such as HR AND recruiting, you are telling the search engine to look for both skills in a candidate profile. 
OR – When you search a keyword with OR, such as HR OR recruiting, you want to look for a candidate with either of the two skills.
NOT – By including NOT in your search query, such as HR NOT recruiting, you are looking for candidate profiles with HR skills, restricting the search engine from displaying those with recruiting skills.
() – Parenthesis () is used to write complex search strings, such as HR OR Recruiting AND Talent. By applying brackets around a keyword, such as (HR OR Recruiting) AND Talent, you want results displaying profiles with talent skills. Simultaneously you are also raising a query for either HR or recruiting skills.
“” – With Quotations, you are directing the search engine to come up with results matching the exact phrase, such as “Web Designer.” If you do not apply “”, search engines mistake it that you want to search for profiles with the keyword “web” and “designer” separately.

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Now it is aptly clear why Boolean search is worth your time when it comes to recruiting technical talent. Here are a few of the reasons to use this type of specialized search for recruitment purpose:

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Now you found the candidates but he question is how to evaluate their CV

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A recruiting job is one of the most challenging ones, for it involves searching hundreds of profiles to find the best talent. My experience in the recruitment industry says that HR software database can come in handy to make the best hires, saving your time and helping cut cost. Such software solutions simplify and optimize your hiring process, making it easy for you to effortlessly post job openings, check candidate profiles any time, manage candidates, and leverage data to make quick & informed decisions.

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Spreadsheets and paper files make your task even more challenging. Take back control of the recruitment process with a handy software solution. When candidate data is stored on an easy-to-access HR software database, the task gets easier. HR systems reduce or even eliminate the need to maintain hard copy files. This helps you keep all information organized and within your easy reach in a virtual electronic filing cabinet.

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You can proactively search for ideal candidate profiles in the database and find the closest matches in an instant. This helps you stay organized and keep all the data accurate. What more could you ask for?

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My personal experience has been amazing using a reliable HR software database for recruitment. I have found it immensely useful for the hiring process. With such a solution, I can have a 360 degree view of the candidate, clients, and contacts. Not only this, it has helped me acquire the right talent, without wasting too much of time and energy on exploring hundreds of papers. With easy and clean access to candidate data, shortlisting the best candidates based on organizational needs is a breeze.

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The software database comes in handy to keep a track of mails and phone calls exchanged with the candidate.  This helps streamline communication, reducing the likelihood of communication gaps or errors.

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HR software helps improve the quality of hires, since you are able to spend valuable time interviewing candidates, instead of digging into profiles.

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Leverage the power of technology to evaluate candidate pool on the basis of weighted scoring system, ranking applicants based on their response to a set of pre-qualifying questions already uploaded in the software. This makes applicant profile assessment easy, without the need to spend too much of your time.

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Additionally, you can use HR software database to place job postings in different places online, including company website and social media. This certainly simplifies the application process, making it easier to filter applicants on the qualification criterion. What’s more, such systems can be used to transfer information into employee files after the candidates have been enrolled into the organization.

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Bottom Line

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HR software database for recruitment includes a complete list of candidate profiles and relevant data. Shifting to a system where all key HR functions are connected saves a lot of time and effort. Additionally, such a streamlined HR software system allows you to access all the data from one place, saving invaluable labor hours.

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Harness the power of such a robust human resource software solution to streamline the recruitment process and keep everything organized.

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You might also like: How to use Boolean search in your daily searches. 

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December is the time not only to rejoice, make merry, and have fun, but also to continue with your normal recruitment approach. Surprised, are you? Well, it is that time of the year when many jobseekers are reevaluating their career and looking for new opportunities. Being in the recruitment industry, I have realized that December presents a golden opportunity to job seekers to think about their career status and plan for the future. I believe recruiting in December is more likely to present you with great choices in talent hunting. You could do well to attract the talent that has kept you waiting all this time.

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Some top performing workers start to evaluate their careers in December when there is less work burden. Most such workers, who are otherwise busy all through the year, start to evaluate whether they should continue with their present employer or look for new opportunities. This presents smart workers with an opportunity to hook them when most other companies are in holiday mood.

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You are likely to get a positive response from these go-getters, who may be seeking growth opportunities during this period when there is lull in the workplace. These candidates could be those that you had failed to woo earlier because they were too busy then. Smart recruiters would not want to miss out on the opportunity to recruit these workers who now have a bit more time to respond favorably to a potential job ad. Alternatively, with less competition on the market, there will be fewer job postings. As a result, your posting will get greater exposure.

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The holiday period involves a lot of spending, so candidates will realize they need more money to meet their expenses. Smart recruiters offering higher than the average wage would do well by attracting eyeballs of top performing employees with money issues.

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Keeping your office open for recruiting at Christmas is a golden opportunity to get an edge over the competition. Many competitors are in holiday mood or just too busy with year-end calculations that they do not pay attention to talent pools. When most recruiters are relaxing, it might be the perfect time to actively talent hunt and catch the best brains in December. It is the best time to focus your efforts on such workers who are eager to kick-start the next year with a fresh role!

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With projects winding up, less number of meetings to attend, and more of free time by the year end, candidates have greater freedom to attend interviews. So recruiting around Christmas time is a good idea.

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During the December break, more and more number of candidates are active online, as they are in mood to connect with and wish friends and family on social media. They are more likely to check their email on a regular basis, and look for things that interest them, which includes new job opportunities. You could do well to promote a vacancy on social networks at this time of the year before normal schedules resume after Christmas holidays.

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Additionally, during this time, candidates have many acceptable excuses to leave offices for a few hours, including running errands or partying. It will be easier for them to attend an interview with a recruiter.

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Instead of hurriedly seeking out new talent in January, it is a good idea to prepare for change in advance by opening up the hiring process in December and invite applications. Recruiting in December should be the catch word for now!

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If you need help with your recruiting strategies, we are here to help. 

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Online presence is critical to the survival of a business.  In order to attract consumers, you must create websites and apps that improve customer experience and deliver intuitive, tailored experience. This has triggered the demand for digital talent. I have closely observed that the demand for user experience (UX) designers is rising steadily, especially those skilled in design technology, to help turn your vision into reality. So when it comes to recruiting UX designer, what should be the considerations?

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Here are a few questions that you might want to answer before moving forward:

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Understanding the Difference

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As a hiring manager, you have got to know the difference between UX and UI (user interface) designer. What role are you looking to fill in? A UX designer is primarily responsible for laying out wireframes with clearly specified elements to improve usability and ease of use, so the user doesn’t get confused. On the other hand, a UI designer is one in charge of designing the interface, ensuring it looks clean and appealing.

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When it comes to recruiting UX designer, think of them as a thought engine behind each design aspect of your website. My experience tells that the UX designer deliverables include wireframes, user personas, usability tests, and low fidelity sketches.

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Knowing the difference between UI and UX will ensure you look for the right talent. Additionally, it will send out positive signals to the candidate that you know what is reasonable to expect of them.

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Hire Remote Talent

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When looking for real talent, it would help to search for remote UX candidates. Limiting your search to local candidates that can work in-house may not be the best approach. Grow your candidate pool by considering hiring a remote UX designer.

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According to a latest study, more than half of the total workforce is expected to work remotely by 2020. Look for UX designers that work remotely or telecommute some of the time.

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Know Your Requirements

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When hiring UX designer, it is critically important to know your company’s needs. It’s more about your understanding of your own business needs. A clear outlook as to how a UX designer would fit in and fulfill the needs is crucial. What are you looking for? What are your requirements? What are your business goals? What do you expect of a UX designer? A clear understanding is needed before you start looking for the right talent.

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Ask them the Right Interview Questions

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Simply reading their reviews alone cannot tell who the best fit for the job is. The best UX designer will amplify the work culture of your company. You should seek the right talent that has the skillset to tackle the unique challenges at that position. When screening a candidate, look for answers to a few questions. What motivates them in the field? Why they entered the UX design field? What is the philosophy behind what they do?

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Answers to these questions should give you a clear idea about the candidate’s competence. Alternatively it shows candidates that you have done your research and they are at the right place. They will also get an idea about your company culture and what awaits them at the workplace.

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Bottom Line: How To Recruit UX Designers

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The right candidate should share your core values and is a strong team player, with all the skills and competency to deal with challenges.

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Additionally, look for candidates with a significant online presence. It is a big surprise if a user experience designer doesn’t have one.

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I think assessing a candidate’s competency for a job is one of the most challenging aspects of hiring UX designers. An understanding of the same should be helpful. Allow candidates to do the talking and pay ears to their words. Ask them the right questions and judge them on the basis of their answers, credentials, experience, and confidence. What does their personality tell? Do they have the right personality? Are they the right cultural fit?

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When you do your homework well, you may not find it hard to recruit competent candidates. 

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Are you looking into hiring UX Designers? We can help. 

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We have noticed that the word DevOps sparks confusion, especially for non technical people. Sure, the word itself is a combination of development and operations, but what does a DevOps Engineer actually do. In order to get a better idea, we reached out to Benone Bitencourt who has been working in the DevOps field himself for years. Benone has explained us what a DevOps Engineer does, and as important, also what a DevOps is not:

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\"I have seen a cloudy approach from companies that request a DevOps\" says Benone. \"DevOps is not a technology, it is a mindset. If you are requiring a Senior programmer, you are not asking for a DevOps, because this is not what a DevOps does. He needs to have programming skills, but he is not a programmer. He also can not be focused on just a few programming languages, he needs to have a strong background passing through several programming languages. 

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Let´s get a little bit more technical and trow some keywords at you: Besides programming experience, he needs to know about infrastructure. This is the trick, a very strong professional that knows about servers, TCP-IP networks, routers, storage, appliances, databases, redundancy with F5, Cisco, BigIP, and etc. In other words the whole IT scenario that an application needs to run on. And if it's a cloud based app, it also includes cloud knowledge Openstack, AWS, etc. If it's a custom Linux VM deploy in large scale daily, it also includes strong virtualization skills in VMWare, KVM for example. 

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If it's microservices or cloud native, containers with Docker, Apache Cassandra for HA, Hadoop for Java, Spark and goes on and on... Your core apps and infra have the call here.

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Besides technical skills, what else completes a DevOps profile?

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\"One of the most important skills for a DevOps is project management skills, AGILE is the keyword here, because DevOps is all about integration and communication, linking different teams inside the company, to improve and make the app development and deploy process faster. If you are looking for something different, you are not looking for a DevOps. He is not a hands-on code guy, he is a communicative, collaborative professional, who keeps the whole app cycle in mind. A guy/girl that will have total green light to talk with all teams and leaderships, to improve the app delivery from the envisioning phase, passing through the development environment, understanding the tools, helping test teams, finding the best approach in terms of OS/Server, looking for network and all the TCP-IP layers. He gets involved in documentation and best practises, finds out if the current support process and ITSM fits with the app, automates everything that is possible and makes sure that everything is inside the monitoring scope.

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Don't be afraid to question and revisit the multi-tier and distributed HPC initial vision, but don't point fingers or make mistakes! Be flexible because technology changes all the time and remember! You're are not an one man army! The goal here is to work with all the teams to make a better and faster app life cycle from end-to-end and reach the state of the art!\"

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What is a DevOps Engineer not?

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\"Again, a DevOps is very strong and experienced IT professional, not a senior developer. Senior developers usually just look to the dev side, you need someone that looks at the whole picture and search the state of the art, this is what a DevOps should be. A DevOps also always looks to automate everything that is needed to make all the processes faster, including databases, dev tools, deployment of development and product environments with VM's, packages, knowledge of Puppet, Chef, SCCM, Orchestrator, scripting and who cares about high availability and understands the infrastructure options and technologies. 

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DevOps need to care about operations and support too, looking for this aspect, he needs to have a full understanding about how to monitor everything from the chassis, servers, OS, app, TCP-IP, networks, failover, database, to end-user experience, he needs to know the monitoring tools for everything. Even better if he knows how to reduce the monitoring tools for a single or limited amount of monitoring tools. To have a hundred screens for hundred monitoring tools is really bad, NOC is an over estimated concept. Business need to seek a simple and clean dashboard to put in place, with service models following the life cycle from Dev to Ops, without make things too complicated for the ops people. 

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And last, but not less important, a DevOps needs to understand IT security concepts and talk with the security team to get them involved in all project phases. He needs to streamline communication to make the app and infrastructure more secure, since in these days, this is one of the biggest villains that compromises data and makes apps and services unavailable, from small and medium business to large enterprises\".

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Are you a DevOps Engineer? This might interest you: click

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About the writer:

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Benone Bitencourt has over 22 years of IT experience in different fields: systems administration, support, engineering, architecture, consulting, IT manager, solutions, integration, migration, automation, mission critical, virtualization, Wintel, Linux/Unix, networks, opensource, programming, cloud computing and big data.

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This week we wanted to shine some light on Technical Recruitment and its challenges so we reached out to Ana Borges, a Technical recruiter from Betsson Group to pick her brain on various challenges she faces on a daily basis. Below you can find her replies. 
 
Before you started working in an in-house position at Betsson Group you have worked in an agency recruitment environment. What are the biggest differences between the 2 in your opinion?
 
Working in an agency environment gave me the skills and tools to sell people and companies to each other, “fighting\" and advocating both ways. This valuable experience played a huge part in my personal growth and development in the field. The biggest advantage of working in-house in my opinion comes from being involved in the entire process. This gives me the ability to better understand what the teams are looking for, allowing me to make a better selection of the candidates I present. Being an inside person, solely committed to our objectives and fully immersed in the company's culture, provides me with insights that allow me to better evaluate an individual’s potential, professional and cultural. Having been through a similar (relocation) situation not too long ago, I can better empathise with their fears towards this new career shift and do a better job of continuously supporting them, during the process and after they have joined our team.
 
Technical Recruitment can be a very difficult job at times, what keeps you going?
 
Knowing that I'm changing people's lives everyday, proposing new adventures and new opportunities and then following they're progress, seeing them evolve and succeed.
 
What made you decide to leave Portugal and relocate all the way up to Stockholm? 
 
My partner received an offer to move to Stockholm and on my first visit during a holiday, I decided to stay. I fell in love with Stockholm, the colourful architecture, the constant contact with nature, well I could give you a long list of good things the city has to offer.
 
Have you seen new trends in the IT start-up scene in Stockholm recently?
 
There is a lot of events to bring more woman to the Tech sector. From meetup groups, to conferences, private and public groups. Also rise of Fintech companies.

Which are the 'don'ts' that Tech recruiters should keep in mind in your opinion?

Failing to do their homework! You have to understand the field you are recruiting for. More often than not, this means leaving your comfort zone and immersing yourself in that world. In tech for instance, it’s crucial to know about the technologies that make up the role you’re looking for. Sure, you’re never going to roll up those sleeves and start coding, but you need enough knowledge to lead a conversation and evaluate the quality of the response. You’re usually that first level of screening candidates go through and ensuring you pass along the profile that meets the requirements, is your ultimate goal. This will save time, not only your own, but of your colleagues who'll follow up as well as the candidate you’ve just approached.

Not coming across as a human being! In our field we’re constantly overwhelmed by personal metrics and objectives. Focusing exclusively on these easily makes you forget about why you're doing this in the first place. Giving candidates the opportunity of their lives, to prove they are worth it, to see them grow themselves and your company as they do it.

The way you initiate your conversation will speak much to how you’re perceived on the recipient side. Am I another number or do you truly believe in my talent? A candidate thinking about the first one is likely to leave it at that and not even bother responding. Tailor your message, look at his career progress and achievements and formulate it based on those. It’ll take you longer to compose, but in my experience, nothing has generated better response and feedback than this attention early on. It’s a big commitment to even start these conversations, so you need to build trust early on. After identifying interest from his/hers side, explain that you’re here to support. Their success will be your success! Explain what they’re about to go through, give them the chance to ask they’re own questions and tell them to do so at any stage of the process, they have your email. Follow up after every interview to get a sense of how it went. All these points will help you build a relationship and show a little more of  who they are. There you go, half of your work is done and you can actually skip many of the cultural questions in your list, most of the times you’ve experienced enough to judge them in this category, in first hand! 
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\"My name is Jeremy and I’m from Wales Recently completed an online personality test and the result was “Happy, Funny, Fool”. I was pretty impressed with it’s accuracy. Over 5-years my career has taken me from Wales to Canada and now Europe and I’ve been lucky to work with some great people. Now I look forward to working with you in the future!\"

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Name: Jeremy

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Nickname: Barbarroja, 50-pence, J-Hubz, Ginger Spice, 50 Shades of Ginger, Ginger is the new Black ... haha, I'm sorry.

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Nationality: Welsh

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How are you feeling now?  A little sun-burnt, full of coffee and a bit hungry.

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How was your first day at Nederlia?  So far so good. Still had a job at the end of it! Everybody is very welcoming.

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What is the position you play in rugby?  I play mainly blind-side flanker but I think I have a natural talent to be fly-half. Don't think rugby is very popular in Barcelona so I apologise if people don't know what this means.

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Your motto?  \"You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.\" Christopher Robin, Winnie the Pooh.

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Welcome to Nederlia Jeremy!
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Ned has just recently started working with us but it seems like he already knows us pretty well. He thinks we are strange human beings and would like you to be aware of who you are talking to everyday. For this reason he has decided to create a quiz to reveal the skeleton in our closets (thanks Ned, by the way. Our reputation will dramatically drop down in no time I think ;) )

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Twice a week starting from November 29th Nederlia will post trivia or pictures all about TechSpotters and you will have a unique chance to get to know us a bit better, and who wouldn't like that?

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Also, we aren't sure if you've noticed but Christmas is coming (less than 30 days to go), and because Christmas is about giving we have decided to create a fun little competition for you guys. 

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So not only will you have your days entertained by our amazing content, you will also have the possibility to win BB-8 from Star Wars or UE BOOM 2 Speaker (the choice is yours to make).

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\"BB8\"Speaker 

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 RULES:

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  1. You have to follow Nederlia's LinkedIn company's page here
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The winner will be the one with the highest score. In case of a tie, a draw will be performed among the finalists. (The authorities don't allow us to pick our favourites).

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Well, your job listing is losing out to the competition and not attracting the right talent for reasons aplenty. With decades of experience in the tech recruitment space, I have found that when it comes to recruiting top talent, it boils down to making a positive impression on the right candidate.  Are you doing enough to score some points in the job boards?

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Finding Talented Employees

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I do understand that the listing makes the first impression on a candidate. One of the key reasons some employers don’t attract right tech candidates is that they do not focus on the job description part.

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My research shows this is the reason why some companies do not attract the right tech talent. The same could be the reason with your job listing.

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While you are looking for the best tech candidates, you are somehow not focusing on the job listing. Is the language in your job listings boilerplate? Are you not focusing on customizing listings to the requirements of technical candidates?

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Believe me, job description is the “bait” to attract right tech talent. So what is the best way to present your job listing?

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The most effective way to attract tech talent is to customize your job listings.  Being in the tech recruitment industry, I know that technical professionals have different search criteria, as opposed to non-technical candidates.

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So when writing a job description, try to determine what technical candidates look for when reviewing specs.

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Here is how you could improve upon your job description in your endeavor to recruiting top talent:

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If your listing isn’t attracting tech talent, you may want to review it.

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Does your listing focus on the job role and responsibilities? As a tech recruitment professional myself, what I look for in listing details is the job role. Of course, as a potential candidate, I would want to know what I will be working on. How will my services impact the company I will be hired for?  

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So it is critically important to clearly define the tasks involved with the position. Perhaps candidates are interested to learn about the product creation roles and any new projects they could be working on. You would do well by highlighting them so your enterprise appears to be the right fit in every way.

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I am aware that skilled tech professionals consider their career marketability when it comes to choosing jobs. They always prefer to work with newer tools and technologies.

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Does your listing emphasize on technologies the candidate would be exposed to? Do potential candidates get an insight into the tools or software they would be using in your company?

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Try to emphasize technologies that are hot in the marketplace.  Skilled technical workers favor positions where there are opportunities to learn new tricks.

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Work culture influences productivity of employees. Talented tech workers are keen to learn about the work culture in the technology department.  

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I have observed that technology professionals tend to receive more favorable treatment in companies with technology as the prime revenue source. Ideally, it has been observed that the more the company’s focus on technology, the higher the investment in recruiting tech talent!

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Working with great teammates is the desire of every talented professional, for work environment impacts productivity.

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You could do well by highlighting how your employees team up when it comes to solving problems.  You may want to mention core values of your technology groups in order to attract like-minded talent.

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Perhaps the best minds in the tech industry are interested to know if the team they would be working with has worked on a well-known product or if it is receiving industry attention. When you are finding top talent, it could help to give some insight into the top projects or products your tech teams have been involved in.

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The phrase “competitive salary and benefits” no longer attracts top talent. What does this tell the candidates? I have closely observed that this tells candidates nothing about what they can expect to receive different from your competitors.

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Create the job description with details about compensation, monetary benefits, and perks that set you apart from the competition. Can the candidates expect to attend special business events, conferences, and training programs as an employee of your company?

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What extras can they expect with your company?

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Let your job listing or description showcase your business as a technology-oriented enterprise that appears just perfect to the right tech candidate.

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Believe me, if you can take care of these pointers, you are right on the track to finding talented tech employees.

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It all started with a job posting... Our laptops were not working...again. This time we really needed an IT guy, someone we could take around and hug in the case of an emergency ;)

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Then the candidates came for their face to face interviews: 

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\"NedItw\"

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After a long interview process we’re happy to announce that our new colleague Ned has just started working with us! He comes from cool Florida and he will be helping us with our computer disasters, showing us how the IT world works. Follow Ned around on his adventure as he will spread the spirit of Nederlia, takes us to events and write some blog posts about IT and recruitment along the way. 

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Want to know him better?  

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Name & Nickname: Ned. Do I also need a nickname? ;)

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Nationality: American.

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Experience of culture shock in Spain: Everyone wants to touch me and hold me. It’s kind of weird.

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How are you feeling now? Touched.

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How was your first day at Nederlia? Well, I like my colleagues (so far) but when it comes to taking care of their computers they’re top ignorant.

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Your motto? Have you tried turning it off and on again?

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Recently I have written a post about why candidates were getting frustrated and I noticed it sparked some interesting conversation. It triggered me to think about this topic in even more detail and I started to get the feeling that the expectations that we have about recruiters might not always be realistic.

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Why is that and where does that come from?

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As most of us know, recruitment has a fairly low entry point. From an agency perspective as well as from an in-house perspective. There are no recruitment schools/degrees and therefor almost everyone in our industry starts from scratch and are trained on the job (or not trained at all). 

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That this, especially in the beginning of someone´s career, results in to frustration for candidates, hiring managers and the recruitment consultant alike is nothing new.

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One of the reasons that in my opinion is overlooked though is \"expectations\". To be more precise: Expectations that are not in line with someone's experience

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I have always been working in the field of Technical recruitment myself, so will base my personal findings on this sector. 

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More and more people start to realise that a strong Tech recruiter is very hard to find. Yes, sometimes even harder than a Software Engineer believe it or not. Just having a look at how many times our own tech recruitment team members get approached for other jobs on a weekly basis, gives us a good idea on the demand in the market.

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And it makes sense right? Many startups and tech companies see their Engineering & Product team as their most important \"asset\". So hiring someone into your business that has the task to build these teams is key, you would say.

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However, run a quick search online on Recruitment jobs and you will find that many companies have advertised a junior IT recruitment position or sometimes even internships.

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Back to \"expectations\", it makes me wonder why we believe someone with little industry experience is expected to fill such a key position within an organisation. Of course, not every company has the budget to take on a well paid senior Tech recruiter in an early stage of their startup.

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But I also believe that recruitment is a highly underestimated job. Before I entered the recruitment world myself I also thought, how hard can it be? Setting up interviews and communicating feedback. Little did I know that running a complex recruitment process, understanding technology and dealing with people who are in high demand (who are all different and have different needs) at the same time is the hardest thing I have ever done...and still is. 

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Having made many mistakes myself over the years and having frustrated several candidates for sure along the way, the key thing I have learned is to manage my own expectations when it comes to people who are new to recruitment. 

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I would be very interested to hear anyone´s thoughts on this topic, do we have really have wrong expectations or is it something else that causes frustration? 

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We talk on a daily basis with Developers, UX Designers, Product Owners across the globe and get to understand what it is that they are not happy with in their current company and what they are looking for in a new employer. Every single situation is individual, but over the years we have seen a pattern in why Tech Talent decides to leave their company. The majority of the reasons why they decide to leave are in your control, as an employer. So what can you do to keep your Tech Team happy? 

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Unfortunately, we can’t avoid the topic of salary. We all know that salary is very high in the list of priorities. This is something that you need to accept as an employer and offer your workers a competitive wage and social benefits to allow them to fully commit to the job. 

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Sometimes, a 9 to 5 schedule just won't cut it. If you have the possibility, ask your tech team about their preferences in terms of schedules, and try to accommodate even the most unusual requests. If he's required to develop software, maybe let him do it from home. Flexible work hours can mean all the difference in the world.

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Your tech team doesn’t want to lose touch with the ever-evolving technologies and be forced to look for another job that will constantly keep him/ her updated on the latest trends. Trainings, hackathons, conferences they all form an important part of overall satisfied and balanced work life.

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People don’t want to do the same job for 15, 30 years. They want to develop themselves, grow in their professional life and move forward up the career ladder. If there are no further opportunities at their current employer they will have to seek it somewhere else. 

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Rigid top to bottom structure makes for a very hard environment to work in. Everybody needs some structure and leadership but where is it written that it always has to be the old school system we are all so used to? This just makes for an unhappy team. 

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Hiring someone for a specific position doesn’t mean that this person doesn’t have great ideas that could make your and everybody’s work easier and better. Listen to them. At the end of the day, they are the ones with first hand experience. Everybody needs to feel that they part of the bigger picture and contributing to the overall wellbeing of the company. 

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Here you have it, these are the top 6 reasons why people decide to leave your company. As you can see, many of the reason can be influenced or changed by you as an employer. It's not too late. 

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Earlier this year we wrote an article about average salaries of Java Developers and Product Owners across Europe and have been asked to create one for Front-End developers. 

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We have collected the different information available online along with our own research and have created this little document to help you navigate yourself when it comes to salaries offered for Front-End developers in Europe. Below you can see a map with average salaries per year in €. 

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Do these salaries appeal to you? Check our Front-End positions.

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Is there any other position you would like us to focus on next? 

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Sources: Payscale, MorganMcKinley, Cogs, Adream t3n,  Hays, MatrixSoftwareHwsw

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Often I read posts on Linkedin of people who complain about how they get approached by recruiters. \"I receive impersonal messages, they have not taken their time to look at my profile\" and \"they have absolutely no idea about technology\" are just some of the negative comments you see on a daily basis.
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I have been working in the Tech recruitment space myself for over 10 years now and have seen many changes within the industry. One thing that has not changed unfortunately, is the (negative) way recruitment is perceived by many.

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Where does the frustration come from?

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First of all, I do understand why candidates and clients get frustrated at times and yes improvement on this front is needed. However it would also be good to have a look at it from the other side and think about why the quality of service in the recruitment industry seems to be very low according to many people.

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When I started in recruitment myself I had no idea what recruitment was, nor did I have any idea about technology. So why on earth did my first recruitment employer hire me? Most likely because I spoke English in combination with Dutch and had a tiny bid of sales experience. Now this example makes part of the problem very clear straight away. After 1 morning of training and a checklist of interview questions in front of me, I was sat behind a telephone. Objective: Call 40 people from a list and try to get them interested in a position at a company I had no idea about.

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Who is to blame?

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A first logic reaction would be that my first employer was to blame for getting someone with absolutely zero experience (me) to talk to these \"poor\" candidates who were clearly getting frustrated with my lack of knowledge. However thinking about this in more detail I realised later that, in order to get more experience, you need to start from scratch like with any other job. The big difference with other professions is though that there is no \"Tech Recruitment School\" or \"Degree in Tech Recruitment\". Of course one can obtain a Degree in HR, but most recruiters out there will agree with me when I say \"HR is not Recruitment\". Eg: Software Developers who start in their first job will have some coding experience already, obtained in their studies. All recruiters (I know at least) have rolled into the job and started with little to none experience.

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Can recruitment companies offer more training to their staff? Of course they can and they should, but the question is how much training is needed to be able to do a proper qualification of a candidate and run a complex recruitment process from A to Z? Recruitment is a very difficult and hugely underestimated job. It took me a looooong time and many mistakes before I was comfortable with what I was doing. Also the best (or maybe only) way of learning is on the job.

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My main point here is, I can´t really blame my old employer for not having invested 6 months of full time training in me before putting me in front these candidates who expect a high level of knowledge of recruitment and technology at the same time. The turnover in recruitment is very high and many quit within their first 3 months on the job...also for obvious reasons I suppose.

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So what can we do about it?

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Luckily these days there are more and more opportunities available to skill recruiters up faster, the question remains though: how much is a company willing to invest in their personnel rather than only focusing on quick ROI? I also think that learning on the job is always going to be the best way to skill someone up in this industry. Within recruitment we deal with people, not with products, so the \"one size fits all approach\" does not work.

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My personal opinion is that the difference will be made by companies who have a coaching structure in place, so that new recruiters can learn quicker from mistakes and real life situations. Quick feedback loops and a focus on learning specific key skills first, rather than expecting them to learn the full scope of recruitment in one go should be the way to start.

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Recruitment is becoming the key factor for growth for many companies in the startup- and technology field. So it makes me wonder, why is there no \"Recruitment University\" just yet? Any thoughts on this anyone?

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We have been using a form of scrum in our recruitment processes for 6 months now and these are some of the great improvements we experienced so far:

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How did we manage to do that?

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Many of you who recruit for Engineering and Product roles are probably familiar with the Scrum development methodology. For those who are not: \"Scrum is a methodology that is used in fast software development cycles with frequent releases”.

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Scrum is widely used by software development teams. In fact according to the 9th Annual State of Agile report, 72% of software teams use Scrum or a Scrum hybrid. Even if it is not clear what Scrum means, it does make you think. Why would so many teams in one of the most fast moving and innovative industries (Technology) use this methodology? Surely it must have some sort of positive impact. Often it's better to copy a good idea rather than coming up with a bad idea yourself, so we decided to implement the very basics of Scrum in our daily work. It's worth testing out at least right?

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So we started doing a daily recruitment scrum meeting called the \"daily scrum”. Meetings are typically held in the same location and at the same time each day. Ideally, a daily scrum meeting is held in the morning, as you will be discussing the tasks/priorities for that day.

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During the daily recruitment scrum, each team member answers the following three questions:

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In order to make all tasks and their status in a project visible you need a scrum board. There are many different ways to create a scrum board, but we decided to use the 3 scrum questions and the names of our team members for the project as our structure, see photo below:

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On the first day every team member writes their tasks for that day on post-its and sticks them on the board in the box named “To Do”. That could be e.g.: Qualify 2 candidates for the Java Developer position or prepare candidate Joe Bloggs for his interview for the Product Owner position, or discuss offer for candidate Joe Bloggs with client X etc etc.

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From the second day every team member starts answering the 3 questions.

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All tasks that they managed to do the day before they now move into the box named “Done”.

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All tasks that they did not manage to do, they move in to the box “In Process”.

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Of course at this point question 3 comes up, what was the reason for the delay? Any problems that have caused this delay can be discussed offline if they take up too much time.

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Throughout the week the board fills up with post-its, moving from left to right. Besides the fact that it brightens up the office it also makes any delays or bottlenecks in your recruitment project visible in an early stage, which gives you the opportunity to make changes in an early stage (small iterations, like in software development).

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It also gives us very useful feedback on recruitment processes that we can then share with our candidates and clients early doors rather than 2 months into a project.

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Other advantages we found:

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One important tip if you are considering to try it out with your own team. Make sure you communicate very clearly that this methodology is not meant to monitor one's performance. One can easily say he/she has managed to finish a task when that is not the case in reality. This way you are missing out on the real value of the methodology. Remember, it is all about creating visibility.

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Would you like to learn more about scrum meetings? Get in contact with us. 

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Alessandro, a Java engineer was working in Milan when we approached him for a position in the UK. Since he lived in York for 1.5 years, and knows “life in the UK” pretty well, he was very excited to take on this new opportunity. 

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In today's interview we asked him 4 questions and you can find his answers below. 

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What tips or advice would you give to someone who is thinking about becoming a software engineer?

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Start programming immediately. If you can't see yourself doing this for the rest of your life, it just means this isn't for you. I've met plenty of people over the years who just couldn't wait to climb that ladder and become managers (or move on to roles which didn't involve coding). Don't do this if you don't like/see yourself coding, you will end up hating your job and most likely regret ever getting into it.

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Why did you choose Java as a programming language over others?

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When I first started university I had no other choice, so I just had to use Java in my first modules as the de facto programming language. In my second year I also studied a bit of other more lower-level languages like C/C++, but ended up writing an application in Java in my third year for my dissertation simply because I saw it as being more versatile than others. By versatile, not only do I mean that it's the one that's most recruited for, but also that you can literally use it in so many instances. Knowing it gives you a major upper hand, you can switch from desktop to mobile (Android) or web programming in no time.

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You have lived in the UK and Italy, how would you compare the tech scene in these two countries?

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In the UK work tends to be a bit more structured and less all over the place than Italy.

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As a developer, what are the annoying questions non-technical people keep you asking and you?

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I hate when people just assume that just because you are a software engineer you are supposed to know literally everything about computing. Just because someone is a doctor don't also mean they are a surgeon, same goes for computing. There is such a plethora of subjects that one can't simply know them all. It's always best to really put your heart and soul into one area of this world, rather than know a bit of everything, only then will the industry be the one seeking you and not the other way around.

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Thank you Alessandro for answering our questions. 

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Picture: Pixabay

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Are you also a Java developer and interested in finding out about similar opportunities? Then click here. 

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Today we sat down with Martin Kelly, an IT recruiter at HubSpot and picked his brain about working with international candidates and attracting Tech Talent. Martin is an IT recruiter with more than 10 years experience recruiting engineers, product designers and product managers and he shared with us his point of view on what are some of the mistakes IT recruiters do and more. 

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After working several years as a Technical recruiter, you're now working for HubSpot in Ireland. What are the main challenges you face when attracting Tech Talent?

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9 out of 10 of the world's top technology companies have their European headquarters here in Ireland and attracting technical talent is a challenge when competing against some of the names we've grown up with on the internet. It really helps that HubSpot are building a number of it's core products here in Dublin though. We're not just a satellite office. 

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You studied Computer Applications, Software Engineering. Does it help you with understanding better what developers are looking for?

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Having a technical background helps with building relationships with engineers but I don't think it's essential. There are plenty of courses that are aimed at building up recruiters technical knowledge. It does mean that I enjoy going to technical meet-ups though and building long term relationships outside of the people I'm trying to hire. Some of my best friends are people I first met at tech events.

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We know you used to live in Sydney, and now you are based in Dublin. How would you compare the Tech scene between Ireland and Australia? Is it comparable?

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I think the tech scene in Sydney is made up of more indigenous companies than what we have here in Dublin. We tend to attract companies that have already received some funding and chose Ireland as their base to scale-up. It's nice to see some Irish founded companies expanding internationally though such as Intercom and Stripe.

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Which have been the main mistakes you have seen recruiters or HR people make, throughout your career? Which are the 'don'ts' that Tech recruiters should keep in mind?

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I've been recruiting for 10 years now so I've both seen and made a bunch of mistakes. I think the most common one is trying to be all things to all people. Recruiters tend to be empathetic by nature and we want to go out of our way to help. It's better to pick a niche market and provide a better experience to that smaller community. It also means setting expectations at the start when you can't help.

From a technical recruiting perspective, we need to get less tied up with buzzwords and checking off lists of technologies. For example, we use Java8 as our back-end language here at HubSpot however some of the best engineers we've hired have moved from the Microsoft world and haven't used Java since university.

It's also ok to not be technical. It's better to be straight up and say that at the start rather than trying to wing it.

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How is it working with international candidates? What are the main concerns candidates have, when it comes to relocating?

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Changing jobs is a scary thing for most people. Changing jobs and moving country, even more so. When hiring someone who's moving from over seas, we need to be feeling confident that it's the right move for both them and for us. That typically means having a few more conversations during the hiring process to make sure there are no surprises when it comes to moving time. We also offer some financial assistance with people relocating to cover costs and provide a Dublin mentor to answer any questions they have.

For candidates relocating to Ireland, they tend to be mostly concerned about the weather here and how often it rains. It's honestly not as bad as we make it out to be :)

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You yourself have relocated a few times. Do you have any suggestions or tips for someone who's thinking about relocating?

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My top tip for someone who's thinking about relocating is to use your network and find someone who's done it before. I received some great tips for shipping companies, money transfers and even found my apartment that way. There are also some useful recommendations on the Tech/Life Ireland website.

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Many thanks Martin for answering our questions.  

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Having challenges to grow your Tech Team? Click here for more info. 

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Joe moved to BCN almost 3 years ago from the UK and has 10 years of recruitment experience. As he says he watches too much bad reality TV and voted to remain, but his parents didn't.. awkward.

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We are sure you would love to know much more about him so just keep on reading:

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Name & Nickname: Joe McAllister (Mac)

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Nationality: British

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Experience of culture shock in Spain: getting used to kissing when meeting new people, I had to kiss around 45 people on my first day at my first job, and made the error of trying to kiss the company president, who was scarier than meryl streep in devil wears prada 

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How are you feeling now? Fine, I'll kiss any strangers now

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How was your first day at Nederlia? So far so good, overdressed, a lot of information and looking forward to getting through the first day awkwardness.

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What's your favourite tattoo? My day of the dead elvis smoking a cigarette

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Your motto? I don't have one.

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Welcome to Nederlia Joe! 

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\"Joe\"

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Click here to meet the other TechSpotters as well.

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In developing products and services, quality assurance (QA) is any systematic process of checking to see whether a product or service being developed is meeting specified requirements. For a lot of people it is still not very clear what that actually means though, same for us!

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What does a QA manager actually do? How does QA fit in a startup organisation? And how important is QA when it comes to growth of a startup?

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We decided to sit down with an expert in the field to get answers on these questions. Denise Tham, previously working as QA manager at the cloud-based collaboration startup \"Podio\", has shared the following insights with us.

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In your opinion, what should be the key responsibilities of a Quality Assurance Manager within a startup organisation?

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In the beginning, you are most probably QA Manager by name and doing the leg work by reality. The leg work includes, understanding thoroughly, how your users perceive the quality of an application from start to end, the entire experience. It also includes understanding the best way to set the feedback loop from your users to the team, begin from your testing tasks to the team and how the value of an app reaches the hands of your users. While you get this leg work done (enriching your test cases, making sure they delivery value), you are also earning the trust of your team. Now then you can start thinking about building a team around you to support delivering value and quality to clients, scaling that understanding and serve your team.

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A Tech startup may not require dedicated QA at the beginning, when do you believe it is the right time to think about creating a dedicated QA team?

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At the early stage, software testing is spread across the team, i.e. your founders, your PM and your developers. To be honest, the right time is when you earn some experience, how fast you wish to push quality throughout the team, while already have an idea of the \"definition of quality\" through working with your team. A dedicated QA team may need to know how to teach software testing skills and risk analysis to the entire team while you foresee the need to get some testing done when a tsunami of features pour out from your efficient development team. When you are aware that you are, prioritizing \"checking\" above \"testing tasks\", you know you need to build a dedicated team because you know doing that will only harm quality.  At this point, yes, your adrenaline is raising crazily and yes, do take a chill pill, start listing the competences that you need to add to the team, walk up to your CEO who you have lunch with daily, start selling the idea of a QA team needs to be built yesterday. You will be practising your selling skills on a daily basis to get to build the team 

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Do you believe testing is the full responsibility of the QA team, or should software developers do their own testing too?

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Everyone needs to test, in one way or another. This will earn the team the chill moment of stepping away from their laptop and get a beer after the feature is shipped. I like to the draw this picture, i.e. build the product as if each of your users know where you live. The adrenalin to win the hearts of your users will get you going a long way. The moment your users brag to their friends/family about how cool they feel when they use your app is what your ego is chasing after.

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What are the key things you have learned from mistakes in your position as quality assurance manager?

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Hire the competences your team is missing and the ones who love to help. This new hire will not only boost your team's happiness coming to work, your team also gets to learn fast with the new person as a mentor. Be extremely quick in ramping up the speed of learning for your new hires, formulate a program for the new hire to pick tasks up quickly and learn fast. The speed of learning also makes sure you set the pace of how well your team help each other, that directly help your users by many folds. Be ready to iterate the new hire program, and hey, you learn fast too on how to build a team!

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Many thanks Denise, it's great to understand how QA is applied in a Software Development environment.

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Please be aware we might be picking your brain again in the future :)

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As this week we wanted to shine some light on Technical Recruitment in the online gaming/betting industry we have reached out to Ana Borges from Betsson Group to pick her brain on various challenges she faces on a daily basis. 

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Below you can find some of the thoughts she has shared with us. As always Ana, it´s great catching up with you.. Obrigado!

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You are currently working as a Recruitment Researcher at Betsson Group in Stockholm. What are the main challenges you are facing when it comes to hiring Technical Talent? 

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Successful tech company numbers have been increasing in the past few years, not only in Stockholm but also in our other locations and talent isn’t always available locally to supply demand. More often than not, this means searching outside, which complicates and lengthens the process in both ends. I also recruit for our offices in Malta and Tallinn which becomes more challenging, both in understanding the needs of the teams as well as articulating and presenting the mission back to candidates.

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I know you are working hard searching for .NET developers, what makes this search so difficult? 

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Competition has increased a lot lately and companies end up chasing the same people over and over. As demand rises, we need to be spending a significant amount of resources attracting them, raising awareness to the fact that we are constantly innovating and working on various high level technical challenges. The biggest obstacle these days is that supply is lower than demand and so we notice that more .NET developers are becoming consultants and freelancers in order to raise their salaries, given the risk for them is reduced due the high demand for professionals.

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The Engineering team at Betsson Group is distributed over various locations in Europe, how do they  collaborate in an efficient way? 

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Betsson is organised in a way that fosters knowledge sharing and communication, so it’s common for our developers to travel and visit other offices. Project overlap across locations is inevitable and so tools such as Skype and Slack have a huge presence through out the day, some teams even have a permanent Video Conference across locations allowing them to be closer to each other and keep a direct line of communication at all times. We are heavily focused on Agile development so collaboration is really important, teams set clear expectations from each others and share ownership over their areas.

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What makes working on the online gambling industry appealing in your opinion? 

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The complexity of the business, it’s high transactions environment and the fact that things change extremely fast. The adoption of new tools and technologies also proves to be a great selling point for candidates.

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After writing the article about average salaries of Java developers earlier this month, we have been asked to create something similar for Product Owners as well. 

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If you are a Product Owner who is wondering about salaries in Europe this could be exactly what you are looking for. There is is a lot of different information available online so we have decided to do some research for you and used the average salaries from multiple sources. Below you can see a map with average salaries for Product Owners for different parts of Europe. 

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Sources: CW Jobs, Code Abroad Blog, CPL, Morgan McKinley, Hays.CZ, Pay Scale, Glass DoorCoroflotWynagrodzenia.pl

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Daniel Martos is a HR Business Partner & Technical Recruiter at Scytl Barcelona. He's one of those happy people who likes his job and is very passionate about it, despite all the hard work recruiting IT specialists entails. 

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Having been a technical recruiter for quite some years, both in Ireland and Spain for very important and well-known companies, Daniel combines his job with various personal projects as Recruitment 2.0 Specialist and Social Media strategist. 
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As he's a specialist in recruiting IT professionals, we've asked him some questions about the challenges of recruiting Tech Talent and the Barcelona scene. 
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Interested? Then give it a read! 
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You have worked for several years in IT and video games recruitment and you are now working as HR Business Partner and Recruiter at Scytl. What are the main challenges that you face on a daily basis in attracting talent?
 
When it comes to attracting talent I guess that I am facing the same challenges as everyone: Finding developers and technical people for our teams. Nowadays there are many options for a software developer who wants to change his/her job, lots of new startups based in Barcelona doing amazing things and closing huge investment rounds. Attracting talent is a combination of active and passive methodologies and you have to work hard to keep your brand on top of candidates' minds (especially those that you'd like to hire).
 
You are pretty active also in the Barcelona Recruitment scene and started, together with André dos Santos, the first Barcelona Recruitment Meetup last year. How do you think Barcelona's recruitment scene has changed over the last years?
 
Over the last years the recruitment community in Barcelona has changed a lot, and still is. People in recruitment are realizing that everything is faster and more global than before and everyone needs to be more digital and innovative to achieve their goal. There are sectors such as the IT that is more advanced than others but almost everyone recruiting in Barcelona is aware of these new challenges. This is the reason why we created the Barcelona Recruitment People Meetup: To learn from each other and to share knowledge and similar stories among us. We are all 8 hours a day behind our laptop screen and sometimes it is great to catch up with real people who have your same concerns.
 
What are the main recruitment start-up companies that you have seen flourishing in Barcelona?

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I've seen a lot of start-up companies flourishing in Barcelona, starting by Scytl reaching more than 100M of investment in April '14. There are other important companies from Barcelona that are making great things, you just have to do a basic search on the Internet to find their names. 
 
You publish regularly webinar lessons on how to use social media to attract talent. What would be the main suggestions you would give to a recruiter? (Such as: how to write a message, where to search for talent, etc.) 
 
My main suggestion is: Never give up. There are lots of new platforms and tools to find talent and hundreds of methodologies to contact people but there is not a manual or a book for it. That's why trial and error and persistence are key to success. Then I would advice a recruiter to go where people to attract are. If it is digital: Go digital, if it is attending events: Go to events, do not stick your strategy to trends.
 
Throughout your career, what have been the main mistakes you have seen that recruiters or people in HR make? In short, what are the don'ts that a recruiter should keep in mind?
 
I've seen a lot of \"mistakes\" throughout my career but when you make mistakes it also means that you are doing the trial and error exercise that I mentioned in the question above. I have been contacted by recruiters offering me java development positions, that was funny. I would advise any recruiter to always take a step back before starting with a new position and to take the time to work in a great job description, to sit down with the hiring manager and the technical team to understand the specifics and to build a recruitment strategy that makes sense.
 
Finally, any suggestions to someone who's thinking about moving to Barcelona for work (and/or life change)?

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I've been living in different European cities and I honestly think that Barcelona has everything you need for a great work-life balance: Great job opportunities, reasonable prices, good weather, friendly people, sea, mountains, amazing food...so it's time to move to Barcelona if you are not already living here!

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If you would like to follow Dani Martos visit his blog: www.socialmedianode.com

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We helped Josefina to relocate to Amsterdam and start working as a UX Designer for one of the biggest e-commerce companies in the world. Since UX is a very important topic nowadays, we decided to dig deeper into it and asked Josefina about her experience as a UX Designer and you can read all about it below. 
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What do you like the most about being a UX Designer?
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I like so many things of being a UX Designer that if I list them all it will be a huge list. But this are the things I like most.
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Being a UX  Designer makes you always “think outside the box” and expand your creativity in every aspect. Being curious and creative is a must, and I definitely enjoy both. Flexibility of tools and processes is also a big plus, you can achieve similar things with different tools which makes every project different and kills monotony.
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Being up to date with the latest goings on in technology, testing and trying new and different products is also something I enjoy, as it brings you new ideas and also helps you understand other ways of thinking. I think that I have a user profile created in every app that ever saw the life! 
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What do you find the most challenging about designing the user experience journey? 
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The most challenging of designing a user experience is also related with something that I like a lot, finding how to align the goals of the user with the goals of the business AND make it look good is a huge challenge. For me, is like assemble a puzzle on every process, and, the solved puzzle really makes me smile.
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Do you have any tips for aspiring UX Designers? 
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I think that for being an UX designer you must really like the whole process.
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You must feel passion about design. Is an awesome job but it also requires constantly growing, the extra time and love that you add to the daily work would really make the difference.
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WHY must be the main word on your dictionary. You must not to do things just because thats how they’ve always been done.
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Interaction with people is also important. You have to be self-confident and fight for your ideas. Creating an awesome interface is meaningless unless you can convince the rest of your team. You need to negotiate.
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Mock, Design, Prototype and Mock, Design, Prototype. It is always better to learn while doing the experience. No matter the size of the project, all the projects involve users and there is always something you can learn from them. Also this will help you to get to beautiful mockups, cause an ugly mockup of an excellent idea is often ignored for a beautiful mockup of a pointless idea.
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Is it important for UX Designer know how to code? 
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I think that coding for a UX designer is a must. 
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This helps you to make prototypes as real as possible.  It makes possible to test your ideas correctly. You will be capable to deliver real and concrete solutions because your mocks will be close to what the developers will be able to do. You will have a control over every single tiny detail of interaction and look & feel, which makes the final deliverable incredible better. Knowing how to code your own designs makes you a better and stronger designer.
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Are you a Java developer, thinking about moving somewhere in Europe but when it comes to salary .... you have absolutely no idea?

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You are not the only one. We are receiving a lot of questions about average salary rates for Java Developers in Europe. As there is a lot of different information available on the web, we have done some research for you and used the average salaries of multiple sources. Find below our findings for different parts of Europe. 

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Are you a Product Owner with similar problem? Then have a look at Product Owners's salaries across Europe

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sources: ZD NetCW JobsCodeabroadImmigrantSpiritGoal EuropeTech WorldPay ScaleTechLoop

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Melisa was working as a UX Designer in Portugal when we contacted her with the opportunity to join one of the biggest European e-commerce companies based in Barcelona. She has been previously working in Krakow, Poland so she was familiar with working in an international environment. She also studied in Barcelona, and this is why she was very happy to take this new step in her career. Read more about her story here: 

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How was the process of moving from Portugal to Spain?

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Being an EU citizen was a big plus for me! Therefor moving here was easy breeze! Just bought my airplane ticket and got here. The first couple of weeks I stood with with some friends and in the meanwhile I was looking for an apartment, that was actually quite easy to find!

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As an expat do you feel well integrated in the city?

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If you love architecture, arts, leaving by the sea… if you like the night life or you prefer a healthy life and enjoying nature, if you like having friends from all over the world, this is your city! I mean, this city is made for everybody! You just feel integrated since day 1!

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Do you think you can take advantage of your spare time? What activities do you enjoy doing?

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I like exercising and here in Barcelona there are plenty of places out door where I can go for a run, rollerblade, swim or ride my bike (actually a ride my bike every day to the office!). After work I normally go climbing or to CrossFit classes. During the weekend on sunny days, I normally go to the beach with my bike and have lunch in one of the hundred of restaurants around the city. If the weather is not that good (rarely happens) I use to go for a walk thought the Gotic and have a glass of wine or a beer. There are also tons of free exhibitions and concerts all the time.

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What does still surprise you about Barcelona?

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That everyday I find something new! A beautiful building, a tinny narrow street on the old town, a cool and trendy shop at the Example or even secret gardens! It just never stops delighting me!

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What would you suggest to someone who would be moving to Spain or Barcelona soon?

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You won’t find a lot of problems settling down and adapting to the city, but I recommend that you find someone that can advise you and help you with the paper work (mainly if you don’t speak the language). Taking care of your NIE (foreigner ID number), Empadronament (registering your address in the city hall) and getting the Social Security number is easy and you can manage everything in a couple of days by scheduling online appointments. Although, if you don’t speak Spanish (or Catalan) you can ask for help to a friend or request help from your company’s HR.
Looking for an apartment might be hard sometimes because there is a lot of demand here (thousands of people arriving to the city everyday) so sometimes you can feel overwhelm, therefor I would recommend you to hire a Real State agency - they will also advise you in terms of neighbourhoods, policies and contract constrains.

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But don’t worry, after all this boring things, the city will just conquer your hearth and soul! :)

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Could you also be interested in a possible move to Barcelona? Check this out

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Tomasz was living and working in Cracow, Poland when we spoke about the possibility of moving to Manchester. It was a big move for him, but he did it and is really enjoying life in the North of the UK and working as a Java Developer. Read his story and his tips on life in the UK here:

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How was the process of moving from Poland to the UK? 

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From my perspective the process was very quick. In two weeks I had sorted all my issues in Poland  and I had organized my trip. I have bought tickets, I had rented temporary flat for one week in Manchester and I spent my rest free time with my friends.

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As an expat how much do you feel at home in the city of Manchester? 

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When I had arrived to Manchester I unpacked myself and I was looking for permanent room to rent and base things like National Insurance Number, bank account etc. In one week I found new flat with very nice and helpful flatmates and in next week I was ready to start my new job.

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Are you able to make the most of your spare time? What activities do you like doing in Manchester? 

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I feel great in Manchester. City is beautifully with a lot of great and funny people. When I have got a free time, I explore the city and spend my time with my new friends.

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What still surprises you about Manchester?

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I am from Poland where we drive our cars on the right side of the road and still surprise me how people can change gears using left hand :)

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What tips and advice would you give someone who's moving to the UK?

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My best advice to new people moving to Manchester is to be brave and believe in yourself.

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Sunday morning, 20th March 9am

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Some people are having breakfast, others are having their healthy morning run, some are still in bed, recovering from a party that lasted too long and was too much fun, some mums and dads are waking up to take their children to play football...

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Well, Claude Loeffen finds Saturday and Sunday mornings as his most productive moments of the week and on that Sunday he was meeting up with various Barcelona entrepreneurs at Sunday Morning Brunch on Radio FM 107.3fm. 

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Barcelona’s recruitment scene has been changing a lot in the last years and they were all invited to discuss various topics connected to the city, recruitment and jobs. Here are some of topics that were discussed.

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Enjoy!

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You can listen to the whole podcast here: 

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https://www.mixcloud.com/TGBradio/sunday-morning-brunch-recruiting-from-tech-talent-to-employeesemployers/

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 \"Claude

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Barcelona has been named “Global Smart City 2015”, prevailing over New York, London, Nice and Singapore.

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Juniper Research considered that Catalunya’s biggest city performed well across subjects like smart grids and smart traffic management. They also took into account information dealing with smart street lightning and the cities’ technological capability and social cohesion, among other aspects.

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(min 12:40)

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Claude, does Barcelona strike you as a city that’s progressing that way?

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Yeah, definitely. We’ve been in the European start-up scene for like 4 years now and the hubs have always been kind of London, Berlin, Stockholm, Amsterdam being the upcoming one. But we noticed I think especially since early last year a bit of a change in Barcelona as well as there are more and more start-ups popping up like mushrooms almost. There’s more investment coming in so Barcelona is definitely turning into a start-up hub.

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Are your clients Global or in Europe?

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We deal with candidates from all over the world but the clients we work with are in Europe indeed.

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But you are now saying that you are now recruiting here in Barcelona for tech companies…

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Yeah so as I mentioned we saw a change since early last year so we’ve been focusing a bit more on the Barcelona scene and especially also because we’ve gained a lot of experience in the start-up scene in let’s say more of Northern Europe and we believe we can bring that experience also to Barcelona.

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And how are you helping them or encouraging them?

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We have a large International network of International Tech Talent so to speak. Barcelona itself has more and more companies coming up. All these companies are looking for the same sort of people. There’s not enough local talent here so companies are forced to look further, look outside of Spain. And that’s when we come in.

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Barcelona and Madrid are the cities that are hiring the most in Spain in tech companies and 70-75% of all jobs in the two cities are in tech or start-ups companies.

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(min 31:30)

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You’ve noticed this Claude you were saying since the beginning of last year

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Yes, it has been picking up quite rapidly actually since and I think it has got to do with the foreign investors who are starting to see Spain and especially Barcelona as an interesting location.

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And also cheap to live in and cheap recruiting people (in terms of salaries)…

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In terms of salaries yes but that doesn’t automatically mean that it costs less to have an employee with social security that you have of course to pay on top. And of course other things but it’s still a lot cheaper than compared to London or Stockholm or Amsterdam. I think one of the biggest pulls here is (it sounds very simple) the weather as well. It’s nice and it’s not the most difficult place to attract International talent to.

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And ladies and gentlemen, this was the first part of this interview but…stay tuned! As in the next article we will tell you more about how to attract this “special” tech talent and how we do it here at Nederlia!

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#techspotting

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…to be continued…

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Pictures courtesy of Sunday Morning Brunch on Radio FM 107.3fm

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Having worked with Elvira, Product Owner Global Recruitment at Booking.com, for couple of years now we have decided to take this opportunity to sit down and talk about everything you wanted to know about Booking.com, recruiting international talent and why to relocate to Amsterdam. 

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About Elvira: 

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Working at Booking.com for almost five years, Elvira started out as a Recruiter Assistant and is currently the Product Owner Global Recruitment within Recruitment Operations. Based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Elvira is supporting the global recruitment team by implementing and developing systems, tools and procedures that have the goal of improving the effectiveness and efficiency of the recruitment team.

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\"Elvira\"

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1.  Would you recommend relocating to Amsterdam to someone who is working in Tech industry?

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I could recommend Amsterdam to anyone, not just those who work in the Tech industry. Coming from abroad, adjusting to Amsterdam is fairly easy because everyone speaks English. The Dutch have excellent English skills. We are used to international students, expats, and tourists. Next to that, Amsterdam is a beautiful city with breathtaking architecture, great food, famous museums and a full events calendar (festivals, parades, exhibitions). Whatever you might be interested in, I'm sure you'll find it in Amsterdam. If you are planning to bring your family along, there are excellent conditions: partner work visa (if you need it), some of the best educational institutes in the world, and a safe and stable environment to start or raise a family. Although Amsterdam might look like a small city compared to many other capitals around the world, it doesn't lack variety. It's busy and bustling in the center, quiet on the outside skirts, feels local in the “Jordaan”. You can choose to live in one of the other locations near Amsterdam. We have great public transport and by train you’ll be at the other end of the Netherlands within a couple of hours!

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2.  How do you see the startup scene in Amsterdam?

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The Dutch stand out because of innovations that impact the world and Amsterdam is a great metropolitan city that attracts talent from around the world. It also has an international appeal, a high standard of living, great infrastructure and global atmosphere. Many other international (tech) companies have their headquarters here too such as Heineken, Philips, TomTom, KLM and ING. It’s a great environment. For employees, Amsterdam is a place where they want to live and work, it’s affordable, has a rich culture and a lot of fun stuff to do. As you probably know, there are many online articles about the (tech) startup scene in Amsterdam. Our capital is listed just behind London and Berlin as most prominent startup scenes in Europe. Did you know that both next to all the earlier mentioned companies, Netflix and Uber also decided to establish their EU HQ in Amsterdam? And furthermore, it is also good to know that our government fully supports the startup scene. Here’s one of my favorite articles on this topic: http://techcrunch.com/2015/07/05/the-netherlands-a-look-at-the-worlds-high-tech-startup-capital/ It gives a nice, realistic idea of the startup scene in the Netherlands.

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3.  How is it like working at Booking.com, the #1 accommodation site on the planet?

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Despite evolving from a small startup to a global player, little has changed about our company culture. We move forward by taking lots of small steps and executing at incredible speeds. Our Dutch roots encourage us to never be satisfied and to keep proving ourselves every day. Our company is international, diverse, and dynamic. We move forward at incredible speeds. If you like boring and overly structured work environments – we are not a match. Personally, I love working at Booking.com. There is never a dull moment. One day you’re heading into direction X while the next day you will change course because of new data. Work environment-wise, it is very social, we have an open floorplan, we work on separate projects that are always part of something bigger and this emphasizes the need to work together. On top of that, our real estate and facilities team do their best to make our offices beautiful and inspiring. Our way of working is focused on data and A/B tests. We do not make decisions based on gut-feeling or hunches. We make sure we have data to guide us to the best solutions for our customers, partners, and employees. My main drivers to stay at Booking.com are the freedom I am given, the responsibilities I have, and the people I work with. I can’t imagine another company to meet my current standards on these three elements.

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4.  You are currently working as a Product Owner (Global Recruitment). Could you tell us a little bit more about what a PO of Recruitment does? 

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As Product Owner, I take ownership of all recruiting systems by supporting the global recruitment teams. Within this role, I am responsible for maintaining and improving current systems, and the implementation of new systems. With this comes the responsibility to train my points of contacts around the globe, to make sure they can support their regions after a roll-out of a new system. My job varies from day2day support to driving upgrades and improvements to leading the development and implementation of a new tool/system. I work together with Legal, Tech and HR to make sure we align things in a way that is best for the company and the recruitment team. My commitment to recruiters is to make sure I'm giving them full support and that no question stays unanswered (preferably within 24 hours).

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My personally day to day goal is to empower our recruiters to be the best they can be, to ensure we improve efficiency and effectiveness with our tools, systems, and procedures.

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5.  How is it working with international candidates? What are the main concerns of candidates when it comes to relocating to The Netherlands? 

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When I was still a recruiter, I valued the fact that I could work with international candidates. Dealing with different cultures, different attitudes, and different perspectives helps you develop as a person and as a professional. You learn how to communicate with them, how to support them to the best of your abilities and most importantly for a recruiter – you learn how to understand and read them. What makes them tick? Is it cultural or personal? I’ve always experienced the relocation commitment to be one of biggest concerns when dealing with international candidates. I can imagine it is a huge step in someone’s life and most of the time the candidate is making the decision for/with his family. My goal during interviews (phone or in-person) was to make sure the candidate understood what it would mean to relocate, how it would be to live in the Netherlands and to make sure I saw the commitment that this is what they want. I would hate it if someone left behind their current life only to find out that they do not want to be or stay in the Netherlands.

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Thinking about smaller topics, we often had to discuss childcare, education, partner support (will my partner be able to find a job?), and taxes. It is essential that all aspects of relocation are explained upfront and that expectations are managed. This is the best way to ensure someone is making a well-informed decision on this next step in their life and career.

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6.  Any tips or pieces of advice for someone who will be having an interview at Booking.com? 

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Make sure you show an interest in the company and the group we are part of (Priceline Group). The minimal information you should know, is who we are and what we do (www.booking.com & www.workingatbooking.com); No, we do not offer flights. No, we do not offer rental cars. These are our sister companies.Other than that, we want to know about you: what have you done, what are your successes, what is the impact you think you will be making when joining Booking.com? Skills can be thought, attitude or cultural fit cannot. Are you as enthusiastic about working here as we are? If we see a cultural fit, and we can afford to train you, we do not mind if you lack certain skills. Development is important for Booking.com!

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Most important: Always be yourself. For more tips & tricks, check out our How we Hire page.

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7.  You have been working in recruitment for the past six years; have you seen any big changes (good or bad) in the past years? What about trends for the future? 

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The biggest changes or developments I have seen would be the fact that recruitment is becoming more and more data-driven, that cv’s are starting to be overtaken by (online) assessments and that we started to focus more and more on mobile. Data-driven has its pros and cons. Clearly I like that fact that recruitment is starting to step away from hunches and is looking at data to drive decisions. But I still believe recruitment is a people oriented business. Data and processes should never outweigh personal connections within recruitment. As for (online) assessments, I do like this element. A CV only shows so much. What if your writing skills are horrible, but you are actually the best person for the job? Proving you can do the job using job previews, games or professional tests/assessments will help companies make the right decision (again, here comes data!). I get excited when thinking about the move towards mobile! It makes sense that recruitment is looking at opportunities on mobile, as pretty much all the other industries have gone mobile. I can’t wait to make this my next big project for our recruitment team.

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*Special thanks to Elvira for taking the time and answering our questions. 

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Would you also like to grow your Tech Team? Click here for more info. 

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Tech Recruitment Bootcamp

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Nederlia Tech Recruitment and Vibrant Talent Development collaborated to organise the first Tech Recruitment Bootcamp for in-house recruiters and start-up executives who struggle to find the best Tech Talent for their teams.

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Course overview:

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Recruiting Tech Talent has become an essential need for every business and it’s proving to be the most challenging task in everyday recruitment. This workshop will explore some of the methods of how to attract, recruit and maintain Tech Talent. 

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Who is it for?

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The one day Recruitment Bootcamp is targeted at in-house recruiters or start-up executives who have trouble to attract, hire and retain Technical profiles.

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Workshop discussion topics:

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We'll assess the impact of talent acquisition activities and this is the point where we'll discuss measures for success beyond ability to fill the role.

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The recruitment cycle is a model for ensuring best practice throughout the full recruiting process.

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Stages are as follows: 

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  1. Request for role - the steps in place to ensure when a request is made for a new member of staff that we have assessed there is a real need and a job analysis has been completed. The job analysis process identifies the key competencies of the role and these are what should then be used for short-listing criteria and designing selection activities (e.g. interview questions and their scoring criteria) 
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  3. Planning - arranging the logistics of the selection process e.g. recruiters, interview rooms, even training of personnel who will be involved if need be.
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  5. Sourcing - how and where to source talent for different roles. We'll also look at the difference between active and passive job-seekers and how we should adapt for each.
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  7. Pre-screening - the purpose of short-listing, how we should short-list, what criteria we should short-list by, who should do the short-listing
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  9. Selection - what assessment activities are available to us and should be used to identify the top talent, why interviews are unreliable on their own, types of interview and how to create interview questions, designing scoring criteria, how to get the best from candidates and why this matters.
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  11. Communication - the importance of and impact of communication both internally and with candidates on your companies ability to attract the best talent.
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  13. Evaluation - how to evaluate the success of your recruitment campaign.
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How recruitment is changing - new technologies and platforms

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The shift from employer driven to candidate driven markets and why this matters

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Understanding talent branding, its impact and how to improve it

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Facilitators: 

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 Language: 

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Location:

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Date:

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The fee for this workshop is 150€ + IVA

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Course info & Bookings: 

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Please contact us with your contact details on ninja@nederlia.com  and with a subject line: Tech Recruitment Bootcamp or call us: +34/ 933 157 775

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Giuseppe is an Italian backend developer (to be noted: Ruby fan!) who was working in Rome when we contacted him for a position in Berlin. In May he was already working for one of the biggest mobile game developers in the German capital and here is his story of how he moved from Rome to Berlin - which has now become his new home. 
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It was a great pleasure to meet him in Berlin for a beer at Wooga and I was very happy to see how well he's doing after almost one year! 
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How was the process of moving from Italy to Berlin? 
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It has been a very long process. I had been thinking about it for almost one year before really doing it. Before moving, I was working with great people in Rome and it was not easy to part ways with them. I was fortunate enough to have my girlfriend and my family supporting me with the decision and they helped me in dealing with stuff back in Italy while I was moving here. And now that my girlfriend has also moved to Berlin, I can finally say that the process of moving is over.

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As an expat, how much do you feel at home in Berlin?

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After the first week I forgot I was a stranger in the City. In Berlin almost every one is an expat, or comes from somewhere else in Germany, and this makes you feel like you actually belong here. The fact that it is such a cosmopolitan city means also that almost everywhere you go, from the huge malls to the small grocery shop, you’ll find people who speak English. And as I said my girlfriend is here with me so I have a place I can really call home.

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What do you do in your spare time? Any new activities you have recently picked up?

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I play the drums with a colleague of mine in a band called The White Volcano. We rehearse twice a week and we are working on our first EP! Since I’ve moved I’ve more spare time than before. It is mostly due to the efficiency of the public transportation network and to the fact that it only takes a 15 minutes bicycle ride to get to the office. So almost all the time I used to spend commuting to work back in Rome has become spare time here in Berlin.

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I also often spend time in parks during Sundays, especially because almost all shops are closed. It is a great way to relax and prepare yourself for the next week of work. And you get to know lots of great musicians and eat a lot of good street food! But one of the best activities so far is attending to Stand Up Comedies. It goes without saying that all the comedians perform in English.

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After a year, what still surprises you about Berlin?

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I’m still surprised by how everything really works here. From small things like people waiting in line outside of shops and restaurants, to bigger thinks that help improve the quality of life (like public transportation, bike lanes and green spaces). 

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But I’m also surprised by some really odd behaviors, like people standing still in front of an elevator or a tram door trying to get in before you can get out, or people pushing you to get out of the metro instead of asking you to move. But it is all stuff you get used to pretty quickly.

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Are you learning the impossible German? 

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Unfortunately I haven't taken a single lesson yet. As I said, almost everyone in the City speaks English and at work English is the mandatory language. If you wanna catch a movie at the Cinema, you’ll certainly find the original English version.

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That said, I think that if you really want to blend in you should learn German. I’ll soon start an evening German course and I hope to be able to have casual conversations by the end of the year.

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What tips of advice would you give to someone who's moving to Berlin? 

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Start looking for a flat before you move here. The demand is so high that you’ll have to “compete” against tens of people for the same apartment. I was lucky with my own flat but it took two months of research and viewing to finally get it. So get on it as soon as you can, 'cause your life will be a lot easier here once you have the accommodation figured out.

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Could you also be interested in making a similar move to Berlin? Check this out

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A big thanks to Giuseppe for his time and for having answered to our questions!

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Maurizia is a HR Generalist at Gameloft, the studio behind the mobile gaming hits Despicable me: Minion Rush, Tintin, Avatar and Asphalt 8:Airbone. 

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Originally from Italy, Maurizia moved to Barcelona to study her Master in Human Resources and here is where her adventure in the world of Talent Acquisition started.

She started her career in a recruitment agency in Barcelona, where she had the opportunity of working onsite at King and, after a couple of years, finally landed in Gameloft. Apart from being a dedicated professional, she also enjoys her spare time in beautiful Barcelona, exploring new bars and cafés and making the most out of concerts and great events that the city offers.

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Would you recommend moving to Barcelona to someone who is working in IT?

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Definitely yes! After the years of the Spanish crisis, it seems the tide is beginning to turn and Barcelona is facing the tech startup revolution; in recent years the Government has tried to fuel the tech industry, funding efforts to brand the city as an international hub of entrepreneurship, innovation and technology.

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Have you seen new trends in the IT start-up scene in Barcelona recently? 

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Yes, what I can say is that the new startups seem to be far more innovative than in previous years of the crisis, incorporating more new technology and product innovation. 

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Barcelona is not only one of the most charming Mediterranean cities thanks to the sun and tapas J, but also offers plenty of opportunities that should not be overlooked. It is, more and more, considered to have enormous potential to become a world-class innovation hub for tech startups. 

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You have been working as a recruiter in an agency and now you are working in-house. How would you compare these two? Which would you recommend to someone who is starting his/her recruitment career? 

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I think that starting with an experience in a Recruitment agency is absolutely necessary if you want to grow further and become a well-rounded Talent Acquisition professional.

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A Recruitment agency is highly recommended for all of those who are not afraid of fast pace, demanding but also rewarding clients, and versatility.

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Someone said that Recruitment is not rocket science: sure!, but it is just for brave hearts ;)

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As HR Specialist, what challenges do you face when it comes to recruiting international candidates? Any main concerns they have when it comes to relocation?

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One of the less perspicuous things that an expat comes across when relocating for a new job are certainly the procedures to move the first steps within the Spanish administration.

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Indeed it’s not so easy to deal with Spanish bureaucracy sometimes, especially for someone who, in most of the cases, can’t speak the local language.

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Also one of the main concerns they have is in regards to taxes and salaries, that unfortunately are sometimes not in line with more competitive European compensations.

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What pieces of advice would you give to someone who is relocating to Barcelona? 

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What I would suggest is to be fully equipped with patience and not be afraid of asking for help to HR/Recruiters who have offered a new amazing job opportunity in Spain.

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Any finally, any special places where to hang out or festivals? ;) 

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Barcelona is definitely one of the coolest European cities when it comes to the music scene, as it satisfies all the different tastes.

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The new trendy areas in Barcelona are IMO Sant Antoni and Passeig Sant Joan, where you can have delicious brunches or just find out the coolest bars in town.

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How to not mention the popular Apolo or Razzmatazz if you want to party in 2 of the legendary clubs in Barcelona?

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And then in June, don’t miss unforgettable Festivals such as Primavera Sound and Sonar for the tech music lovers.

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Leo, a cheerful UX Designer from Brazil, was working in Rio de Janeiro when we contacted him for a UX opportunity in Barcelona. It was only last June when we first spoke and in August he was already working for one of the biggest European e-commerce companies located in Barcelona. Here's his story.  

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How was the process of moving from Rio de Janeiro to Barcelona?

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Everything went welll but I took more time that I was expecting to find a place to live. Barcelona is a very popular destination in the summer, the period that I arrived here. However it was a nice period to stay in a hostel and know a lot of people there.

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As an expat how much do you feel at home in the city?

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Well, I think Barcelona is one of the best places to expats because we are a lot here. I know more people from other countries than Spanishes. For example, I have some neighbours from Peru, Mexico, Portugal and the USA and, counting only my work team, people from almost ten countries. So I feel very comfortable and the Catalans are great people. And speaking Portuguese, it is not so difficult to understand Spanish or Catalan.

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Are you able to make the most of your spare time? What activities do you like doing in Barcelona?

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In the beginning, maybe because of the summer and the autumn, I was doing more outdoor activities that is one of the things that I love to do. I went a lot to the beach, played beach volley and swam a lot in the summer. Nowadays I am usually riding bicycle, travelling to closer cities, visiting museums and going for a run sometimes - I ran the Barcelona Half Marathon last month! There are many cultural events and concerts here that I am going at least twice a month.

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What still surprises you about Barcelona?

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The architecture, the people habits, a new corner that i didn't know before, the people that came to live here, the colours of the sky… Everyday I find something new or look to something that I saw before in a different way.

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What tips and advice would you give someone who's moving to Barcelona?

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Relax and don’t hesitate to come to live in Barcelona! The city is fantastic! It is important to do a research about the city and the country before, mainly the cost of living here. A plenty of things are very different from Brazil and you will need some months to be adapted. Depending of the period of the year, you might need some time to find an apartment so be prepared. And keep your mind open to a new culture and an easy-going way of life here. It is a good challenge!

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Valerio was based in Bologna when we contacted him with the opportunity to move abroad and start his international career in Engineering. We helped him to find the perfect match in Eindhoven and he shared with us his experience of relocating and tips on living in The Netherlands. 
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How was the process of moving from Italy to The Netherlands? 
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It was actually fairly straightforward, I had to stay in a hotel for a few days and I was traveling with just a couple of bags, so I didn't have any particular problems.
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As an expat do you feel well integrated in the city? 
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At first it might seem a bit of a mixed bag, most text is going to be in Dutch and it can be confusing. Most people know English though, so it's just a matter of asking around! Also, there's plenty of expats and getting to know people is not that hard.
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Do you think you can take advantage of your spare time? What activities do you enjoy doing? 
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Definitely! It didn't take me long before I got a bike and started cycling everywhere.
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What does still surprise you about Eindhoven? 
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The weather! I though I was in for some freezing but, apparently, temperatures over here are not as bad as I expected. It does get windy and rainy often though.
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What would you suggest to someone who would be moving to Eindhoven or The Netherlands soon? 
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The first priority should be finding a place where to live, so I wouldn't worry too much about other necessary bureaucracy because you won't be able to do much until you get a rental agreement. Also, think about getting a bike, you can go virtually anywhere with one here!
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Nederlia is a company that helps IT experts from around the globe move to different countries, so it was fitting that I joined - I think I've become an expert in the field of moving to a new country. It's been a year since I joined and can honestly say I have one of the most rewarding jobs in my field.

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In this short time, I have helped people from Argentina, Brazil, South Africa, Australia, England, USA, Portugal, Spain, France, amongst others, move abroad, so they can fulfill their dreams of experiencing new cultures, being exposed to new and different challenges, and enriching their IT skills with new ways of working within new organizations. Keyword: NEW.

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When going through the interview process with them, we start focusing on the typical things: right fit, company background, candidate experience, work/life balance, salary expectations, etc. If they are successful, and are still interested in the opportunity after the first few rounds of interviews / tech tests, then we go into what they had thought of, but never really imagined would be 100% possible: ACTUALLY moving abroad. Excitement and nerves start kicking in, and with them, doubts about being able to go through with it. Depending on the candidate's situation (do they have a family, are they single, what about their pets...) their thought process will vary, but the basic instinct of immediately questioning if it’s something they can actually go through with or not, will always be the same.

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This is the most sensitive part of the process, and it's completely understandable. This is when my experience comes into play.

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In short: I was studying a 6 year long career in architecture, in Chile, which I decided to drop off from, half way through (my parents' reaction was one to frame!). I immediately decided I wanted to travel and explore the world. Cutting all financial ties with my family, and with only 1,000 USD in my pocket, I moved to Australia, alone - it was both an exhilarating and an absolutely terrifying moment in my life, but I knew I was going to pull through and be successful in whatever I set my mind to doing (anybody believe in mind over matter? - I do). From that moment on I haven't stopped. I have lived in 8 different countries (Australia, New Zealand, England, Canada, Chile, Ecuador, USA & Spain), in 7.5 years.

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Within that period of time I've learnt so much, and this is what I share with candidates who are having doubts about taking the plunge, and now would like to share with anyone who is considering moving abroad: 

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It's really hard leaving loved ones behind, not knowing when you'll be able to see them again. It's heartbreaking saying your goodbyes at the airport, and leaving the life you know and have always known, behind. The reality is that you won't be able to interact with everybody as you are used to, getting together with them for birthdays, family gatherings, weekends, drinks, etc. You'll think of everything you will be missing when you're away: weddings, births, graduations. Yes, you'll miss all those things (unless you can fly back for special occasions - which wasn't my case), but the amazing thing is that when you do come back, you will find that everything is just as you left it, despite all the changes you knew were happening in your absence. It's such a gratifying thing. We are also so connected nowadays, that, apart from the physical presence, we're more involved in everything going on than before.

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Another important thing here is that if you ever decide to go back to your country, you know that it doesn't matter where you are in the world, your home, family, and friends will always be there waiting for you. It's an incredible concept to grasp, which lets you know you have something to fall back on, whenever you decide it's time.

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As mentioned before, the part where you are saying your goodbyes and stepping into that plane is one of the toughest things you'll do throughout this experience, but when you arrive at your final destination and step out of that same airplane, you'll be a completely different person, who will be taking in things in a different way than ever before. There's a certain power to the person who has just arrived in a new city, with their heads held high, ready to take whatever comes their way with all the energy in the world. It has to be one of the most exciting times you'll ever live, when going through this. All the heartbreak and sadness is left in the plane, because you know you have to \"survive\" in this new environment. So, your survival skills (which maybe you didn't even know you had!) kick into gear, and there's no stopping them, or turning back.

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When you go back to visit your family and friends, you'll immediately realize that it doesn't matter how amazing your experiences were - if you have a really cool office, or if you were finally able to work within an international environment, and you've learnt a new language, or all the amazing things you're able to do in your new city - they will just not \"get\" it. You will find yourself answering the same questions about your experience abroad, but not really feeling understood in the way that you'd like to be.

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Luckily, more and more people are taking off now and experiencing life abroad, so it's becoming an easier thing to share with others. Whenever you find those who you can truly relate to, you will find it hard to let them go - it won't matter if you continue living in the same place as them, or if they move to a different country. Friendships built with this in common stay strong, despite long distances or long periods of time without communication. This is one of the most valuable things you'll have with this experience. Our community is growing, and this is a really exciting thing!

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When people ask me where I'm from, I honestly have a hard time responding. My background may be different to many of yours, but I have found that it's more and more common these days. I always answer this question in the same way, so people can make up their own minds about it: my father is Italian, my mother is Chilean, I was born in Ecuador, and was brought up in Ecuador, USA and Chile. Go figure, right? \"Which team do you support in the World Cup??\" - Whichever one is winning!

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I'm not the only one with a background like this - we're all spread out around the world. The more time passes, the more country borders fade, and we're not the only ones who are making this happen.

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With globalization and the internet, people are starting to see how important it is to not be stuck in just one place for your whole life. If you only know one language, you know that learning another one will help you in so many ways. The same goes for the experience with different cultures, ways of living, different employers, etc. Companies are also more interested than ever before in bringing people from other countries on board, because they too know how valuable their experience and knowledge will be for the organization.

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In this sense, it doesn't matter where you are from. If you have the skills and the right attitude and mindset for a specific city/country, you'll be welcomed with arms wide open.

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I know this can be a very repetitive thing, especially with all the posts about it going around on LinkedIn, but it's a very true statement. The only way of truly moving forward with yourself is by stepping outside of that comfort zone that you may be stuck in. Call it inertia, routine, comfort zone, \"the known\", whatever you like - it's still all the same. For the last 7.5 years I have constantly lived outside of my comfort zone, and I wouldn't have done it in any other way. Instead of following the well built/paved road that \"society\" had for me, I decided to make/trace my own. This is when I finally felt I was truly living, and I've never looked back since.

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One of the main reasons candidates are interested in speaking with us is that they are looking for new challenges / experiences. They are tired of the same old same old, and want to experience something different in their lives. They feel they are stuck, and want help with coming out of that. If it's the first time they are moving outside of their comfort zone, little do they know that they'll never be the same again. It's the only way of putting yourself in situations you're not used to, and challenging yourself to solving problems related to them, without really knowing how. This is when your survival instinct kicks in, and you discover new things about yourself and about your capabilities, that you would have never seen if you had stayed in the same situation as before. When you discover these things about yourself, adrenaline pours in, which can even become a very addictive thing. The idea is to never stop moving. Don't think you can do that? - Everyone can!!

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Once you get this started, there's no turning back, and without you even realizing it you'll be changing as a person, always towards the good (normally / hopefully). Apart from becoming a better person, and adding more \"tools\" to your \"toolkit\", you'll catapult your career.

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As mentioned before, I didn't finish my studies, and nobody thought I would get very far without a degree or a piece of paper that said I had completed 6 torturous years of studying something I didn't enjoy. Fortunately, I didn't worry about that. I developed skills I didn't know I had in me just by trying new things - I realized I was good and really enjoyed sales and working directly with people. From then on, I’ve been able to build an international career, always making my next step a better one than the one before. Call it hard work, good timing, or just pure luck, it's taken me to where I am now - never in a million years would I have predicted I was going to be part of an incredible company, helping people from around the globe do exactly what I've done and feel passionate about... with the added bonus of being able to work with the top tech companies from around the world, of course.

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It doesn't matter which industry you're in, which country you live in, or which company you work for - moving abroad and experiencing things in a different way will only add to what you already have, and it will open so many other doors you never even knew existed. Also, and just to add importance to this subject: Companies, our clients, nowadays are looking for just that.  

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A few years ago, I read an article on what older people, who were in their deathbeds, regretted about their lives. It stuck with me, and I've never let it go ever since. It basically showed interviews that were done to different people, and it stated that the vast majority of them said that they didn't really regret what they had done, but that they regretted what they hadn't done. These are powerful words coming from people with long lives lived. Immediately I asked myself if I had any regrets in my life, and my answer was \"no\". My goal from then on was to continue being able to answer \"no\" to that question.

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When being put in front of a job offer, giving you the opportunity to move abroad, you need to ask yourself: If I don't take it, will I, in 10 years time, look back and say to myself \"WHY?!\". Everyone knows that circumstances in life change from one moment to the next, so if your situation right now lets you have that freedom to move, why wouldn't you take it? Maybe you think that you'll have plenty of those opportunities in the future - but what if the future has a different plan for you? Life is NOW - you can take it or leave it, but please take it if you think you'll regret not having done so, down the line. I can promise you will never regret an experience like this, even if it becomes one of the hardest things you’ve ever done.

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Which brings me to my final point:

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If you think it's too hard, you're wrong. It's easier than what you would expect!

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If you think it's too easy, you're wrong. It's harder than what you would think!

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All I want to say with this is - don’t close your mind off to anything, and don’t make your mind up about anything without going through it first. It's easy to have a predetermined idea about something - this is who we are, and how we're built. The important thing is to just experience it without any prejudgement (good or bad). It will be really tough some days, and very easy others. The thing that matters is that the good outweighs the bad, in every way, always.

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Well, now that I’ve shared these things with you, are you ready to take the next step in your life and career? If you are, I think I can help... :)

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During my first year at University, I began to start thinking about if and why we should teach kids how to code.

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Having studied Foreign Languages and Literature with a focus on pedagogy, I had the opportunity to develop my passion for both linguistics and teaching; moreover, a couple of years ago I started working as Recruiter in the IT and E-commerce field and I’ve seen the high demand for coding skills in our society and the lack of professionals in this field. I started wondering how we could best solve this gap in the coming years.

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My conclusion is that we should teach kids from Primary school how to code.

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I agree that not everyone has the “gift” of being good with technology and we were not all born as engineers,(and it’s not my case for sure) but I think that with all the advances in technology, everyone should have the opportunity of being able to know- even if just from the basics- how a computer/mobile/tablet etc. works and be able to customise it according to personal needs.

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I remember how angry I used to get in front of a Word document trying to make it look good enough but, after having discovered Latex, I wrote all my thesis with it (with some frustration at the beginning because I had never worked at customising a document like that) but in the end it was MY product. MY THESIS. And that was true satisfaction!

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Now that I think back on it, I would have really loved to have had someone teaching me that since an early age and be very independent even in writing documents. I’m not saying that we should get rid of books and of the Art class but that we should make technology more and more accessible to kids (of course, adapting it to their age).

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If we want to see numbers on the market, studies predict that in 2020 we are going to be short of 1,000,000,000 coders.

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How are we going to deal with this gap? I believe by educating children from an early age; this would enable everyone to get in touch with this specific field and cultivate a potential passion.

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Also, it would make them able to UNDERSTAND the products they are using and be able to “forge them according to their needs”.

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I myself wasn’t really interested in Computer Science some years ago, but after having studied Computational Linguistics and having seen how much technology is changing our society, I can’t but see the necessity of educating everyone on this topic.

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What do you think: should we or should we not teach technology to kids at an early age?

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Photo by Lucélia Ribeiro (Creative Commons)

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About Katy:

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Katy works and plays as a Talent Acquisition Manager at Wooga in Berlin. Originally coming from Poland where she graduated in psychology at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, she studied and worked within the area of business administation and human resources: recruitment & trainings in Portugal and Spain. She also has an experience of living and working in Brazil where she set up a project for the LGBT community in the country capital: Brasilia. Based in Berlin since 2014, apart from working and playing at Wooga, she loves to exlore the city's treasures and describing it on her lifestyle blog called simply: Berlinering. Otherwise, she's travelling all over the world and gathering ideas for her stories on Lusofonetica.

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Would you recommend moving to Berlin to someone who is working in IT?

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And not only! I consider Berlin as the most creative, dynamic and progressive out of the European cities. I had the opportunity to live in many exciting cities all over the world and still I have to admit that Berlin is a very special place. Sometimes also the timing is very important when it comes to the decision about relocating, and these days with the exciting start up scene as well as the great quality of life Berlin makes it definitely a place to be. The German economy is very stable, work-life balance well respected and the city has just so much to offer, whoever you are and whatever your interests are.

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How is the start-up scene in Berlin? We also know you went to the Casual Connect conference in Tel Aviv; how is the start up scene there compared to Berlin?

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I have the feeling that many companies become more and more mature and consolidated, and their products recognized worldwide, making Berlin the hub for various headquarters. Working at Wooga, one of the world's most popular mobile game developers, I can definitely say that it feels like a very international place: with 300 employees representing 43 nationalities we develop games that are reaching casual players all over the world. That's why I was very interested in participating in Casual Connect conference in Tel-Aviv, as this city is a very important point on the map for companies serving a casual audience. Obviously, Silicon Wadi (aka Tel-Aviv start up scene) is smaller than Silicon Allee (Berlin), but there are interesting things going on as well.

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You are currently working at Wooga. How's working for a gaming company compared to the other experiences you had in the past?

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Come on, what can be more fun than working in games? It's just so much better to work in a company with a product you enjoy yourself. But seriously -  it's equally challenging, since the market is very competitive and we set ourselves ambitious goals, trying to excel various challenges. What I find special at Wooga is the extremely open and friendly culture as well as the independence we give to our teams. My goal is to hire great people and then make sure that they can then perform at their best in the environment they love.

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As a Recruitment and Talent Development Consultant, what are the main challenges you face in hiring International candidates?

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Even though Berlin has already become a popular expat destination, for many, especially more passive candidates, it is not an obvious choice.. They are afraid of things like the complexity of the German language, or bureaucracy and in general of the cultural shock which normally happens no matter where you move. Basing on the experience of the candidates I brought to Berlin and on my own experience of course, I think it's not as difficult as they say! To make it even easier, as a company, Wooga offers different levels of German classes up to 4 times per week (apart from the typical practice we offer learning in theatre games or yoga classes), a relocation package as well as starter sessions which make the newbies more familiar with both the company and Berlin itself.

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Do you have any tips or pieces of advice you'd give to someone who's thinking about relocating to Berlin?

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Don't think about it... just come over, the timing is perfect! But seriously, be open-minded, and willing to learn, discover, as there is plenty of things to see and do. Some knowledge of German will definitely help out too, but if you don't know it, you won't have problems with finding your way with the basic things. However, bureaucracy issues, flat searching can get pretty frustrating in the beginning so make sure you're prepared and somewhat proactive. Otherwise: viel Spass!

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Big thank you to Katy Peichert for answering our questions!

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Would you also like to grow your Tech Team? Click here for more info. 

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Name & Nickname: Elizabeth- Olive Oyl  
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Nationality: Italian 
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Experience of culture shock in Spain: Eat dinner at 11:00h pm without starving 
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How are you feeling now? Tired. By the way, where is my espresso? 
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The best time of the day at Nederlia? When a package arrives
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The worst time of the day at Nederlia? When you realise the package is not for you
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If you could steal a toy from the office, which one would it be? Ron Burgundy. Definitely. \"I don't know how to put this, but it's kind of a big deal!\" 
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Your motto? A developer a day keeps the doctor away
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We helped Benoit to relocate to Eindhoven to start working as an Embedded Software Engineer in a lead tech company. He only moved recently and these are his first thoughts about relocation and life in The Netherlands.
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How was the process of moving from France to The Netherlands? 
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I finished my internship a month before moving to Eindhoven, so I had to find a rent really quickly. It took me a week to find things interesting for me and Mickael since we wanted to do flatsharing, then I went to Eindhoven two times in one week. We took a week to think about what I viewed. Finally, the rent process was the longest thing to do, more than a week. So we just moved in on Thursday, and our first day is today.
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As an expat do you feel well integrated in the city? 

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As I told you we just moved in on Thursday so that's probably a bit early to say \"integrated'. We've already find the most important thing : an Irish Pub in the center of the city.

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Do you think you can take advantage of your spare time? What activities you like doing? 

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I like to practice different sports like jogging, I'll probably try to find an other sport to practice. Mickael also told me there will be a gym at Prodrive, if that's true I'll be there more than once a week :)

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What does still surprise you about Eindhoven? 
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There is absolutely NO signalization on parking areas... I've already got two parking tickets.

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What would you suggest to someone who would be moving to Eindhoven soon? 
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Don't think about it too tardily, but still take your time to find the perfect rent.
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*We found something that could be really interesting and useful for people who'd be moving in Eindhoven. This is an association called The Hub Eindhoven made to help expats to meet new people. There are events almost everyday like game nights, political meetings, cultural meetings... I think this is really good to know, it helps a lot when you know nobody.*
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Boris was based in Moscow when we contacted him with the opportunity to relocate to Amsterdam. Although he had relocated before from Ukraine, this was still a big step for him. As the final interviews took place in Amsterdam we met up with him there to help him prepare. Also after he made the move we met him on several occasions and it was great to see how quickly he seemed to integrate. Almost 2 years after he relocated to Amsterdam we wanted to find out more about his personal experience:
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How was the process of moving from Russia to Amsterdam?

The whole process was very straightforward - I received a clear and helpful support from relocation specialists along the way, so submitting documents, getting the visa, getting things packed and sent, moving in, registering, getting the permit, searching for apartment and settling down - it was all easy and simple, I can’t recall any complication on any stage. It’s also a lot easier with official paperwork here comparing to Russia - in fact so much easier that at the beginning I couldn’t believe it could be this simple.

As an expat how much do you feel at home in Amsterdam?

Quite a lot. Dutch people are friendly and helpful, and there’s no communication barrier - I never met a person here who doesn’t speak English, even kids are quite fluent. So that combined with general efficiency of procedures here makes it really easy to feel home here.

Are you able to make the most of your spare time? What activities do you like doing in Amsterdam?

Let’s say I don’t have problems with spending my free time here - there’s a good deal of things to do. There’s a bunch of sport activities, be it cycling, soccer, wall climbing, kayaking, kitesurfing and even skiing (indoors, but still a viable option). Then there’s enormous amount of cultural locations and events to visit across the whole country - each city hosts some interesting museums, architecture points and concert events, and of course there’s a whole lot of all that in Amsterdam too.

What still surprises you about Amsterdam?

Cycling culture is magical - even despite the bike theft threat (which one could easily prevent by having a good lock and preferably not parking outside overnight - or just having a cheap bike) and the number of people commuting on bike here, I haven’t seen anything like it anywhere else.

What tips and advice would you give someone who's moving to Amsterdam?

Finding a place to live might take some time, so make sure you have your expectation about prices properly adjusted, and if you see a good option - do not hesitate, it would go away in no time. Also don’t hesitate to contact official services if you have questions - going to \"Gemeente\" is easy, it’s nothing like a bureaucracy hell one would face in Russia. Also many services are cheaper with subscription - transportation, for instance.
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The new Star Wars movie is almost here and surely you are, just like us, not able to contain your excitement. So in order to make this excruciating wait a little bit less painful, we've decided to organise 12 days of Star Wars competition. *yay*

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We will countdown to Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens premiere because that's what December 2015 is all about. Sounds awesome, right? But what does it mean?

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Well, every single working day starting from December 3rd Nederlia will post trivia or pictures all about Star Wars. We will remind you of your favourite characters and at the same time test your unique knowledge of the legendary saga. So you will be ready and set to see the newest episode when the time comes.

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What is even better, and because Christmas is about giving (just like a proper Jedi would do), we have decided to create a fun little competition for you guys. 

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So not only will you have your days entertained by our \"amazing content\", you will also have the possibility to win THE Stormtrooper figure from the upcoming movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens (78 cm tall)

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RULES:

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  1. You have to follow Nederlia's LinkedIn company's page here 
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The winner will be the one with the highest score. In case of a tie, a draw will be performed among the finalists. (The authorities don't allow us to perform lightsaber duel).

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And obviously, MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU.

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The competition is now officially CLOSED. Thank you everybody who participated.

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After 4 wonderful years in Barcelona, Ross made the decision to pack his bags and move to the other side of the universe. Let's find out how he's getting on and any advice he might have on such a big move.

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As an expat how much do you feel at home in the city of Sydney? 
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Sydney is an extremely vibrant city, with tonnes of things happening at all times. The weather is generally good and that allows you to have a really outdoors life. Although it’s hard to replace Barcelona in my heart, Sydney does feel like a great place to be!

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Are you able to make the most of your spare time? What activities do you like doing in Sydney? 

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One of the great things about Australia, as far as I can see, is that people here have a great work-life balance. Coming from Spain, where that is also the case, this was a really important aspect for me. Well, aside from all the great sports on offer from Rubgy to Cricket, I’ve started surfing and there are lots of food and drink festivals to enjoy too.

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What still surprises you about Sydney? 

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The heat! Although summer has only just started, it has been really hot recently, and it takes some getting used to - even after a hot summer in Spain!

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What tips and advice would you give someone who's moving to the Australia?

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I would advise anyone to come out here and give it a try, but I would advise to do research into where to live before coming. Sydney is a huge city and finding a place on arrival can be quite stressful if you haven’t done enough research!

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Abdullah was working in Dubai when we got in contact with him regarding a back-end position in Amsterdam. He and his wife relocated to The Netherlands over a year ago and you can read all about the process of relocation and tips on life in Amsterdam below.
 
How was the process of relocating from Dubai to Amsterdam?

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It was an easy seamless process, the global mobility team has helped us with everything, from packing our stuff in Dubai, to taking care of their transport, storage and shipment, to delivering them to my newly rented apartment in Amsterdam, to unpacking and assembling the furniture. I don't think I could have done it alone!

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They have also provided us with plane tickets from Dubai to Amsterdam on our own convenience, helped with the excess baggage, arranged for a car to drive us to the hotel, and paid for hotel stay for 3 weeks. And when the time came for us to move to our apartment the company arranged for a car again to take us from the hotel to the apartment, and paid the agency fees for our rental.

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This experience was so easy and so clear, and everyone in Booking.com team was willing to help anytime.

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As an expat how much do you feel at home in Amsterdam?

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For some people one year might be to early to decide, but not for me, Amsterdam has already taken a big part of my heart! I love this city, I feel that I'm myself here, and that I can spend my whole life in this amazing place... Amsterdam... ik hou van je <3

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Are you able to make the most of your spare time? What activities do you like doing in Amsterdam?

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This is also another great benefit of living here, because back in Dubai everyone was so into his/her own work that no one had enough time to spare to anything, in 3 years of my life there I had only a one week vacation! But here in Amsterdam I've got a lot of spare time, I spend it reading books, I'm a book worm, and biking around the city, taking photos of nature and people, and also going around the country to explore some good places here, I like to travel a lot, I've already visited 5 different cities!

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What still surprises you about Amsterdam?

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What tips and advice would you give someone who's moving to Amsterdam?

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Oh and bring an umbrella, even in August, you never really know!

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Mauricio was based in Brazil when we contacted him with the opportunity to relocate to Amsterdam. Even though it was a big step he moved from Brazil with his family and started working as an UX Designer for one of the biggest e-commerce companies in Europe. This was two years ago and we always look forward to grab a coffee with him every time we go to Amsterdam. 

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How was the process of moving from Brazil to Amsterdam?

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Smooth. If your birth certificates are spread over 3 cities and 2 states, there will be some extra waiting to obtain the visa, but once we were here, we were able to connect with other Brazilians at Booking that gave us tips on cultural differences that made the transition much easier. The most surprising effect was the feeling of security all around.

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As an expat how much do you feel at home in Amsterdam?

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I feel completely at home. Because english is so widespread here, but at the same time it’s also a second language, it is super easy to communicate with Dutch people, and they’re helpful, polite and friendly. Amsterdam is really a global village where everybody is welcome.

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Are you able to make the most of your spare time? What activities do you like doing in Amsterdam?

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Cycling is now my second nature, and I remember to have read that Dutch people are the most active europeans. Walking on beautiful parks, on or city center if you like, cycling, running, rowing, table tennis, so many things to do…

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What still surprises you about Amsterdam?

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Relaxed efficiency. People here are extremely efficient, but with a laid back culture that you don’t see anywhere else. Things just work, and make sense. And everybody seems to be unique but in a very low profile way.

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What tips and advice would you give someone who's moving to Amsterdam?

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Earlier this summer we helped Davor to relocate to Berlin from Zagreb. He is now working for one of the largest internet platfroms as a Software Engineer. Read this short interview to find out about his life in Berlin.

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How was the process of moving from Zagreb to Berlin?

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The process of moving to Berlin was pretty easy. Company provided basic relocation package so I didn't have to worry about apartment beforehand. Since I moved within Europe there was not change in how things are regarding culture, behaviour, etc. One think to look out after moving is bureaucracy. There is a lot of paper work to fill, but after a month all should be \"over\".

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As an expat how much do you feel at home in the city?

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Since Berlin is home to so many foreigners I don't feel like an outsider that much. This still is German city, so there might be some differences for some. I quite like it.

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Are you able to make the most of your spare time? What activities do you like doing in Berlin?

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Yes I can do what ever I want. There are a lot of great small restaurants. Beautiful countryside. Climbing in-doors.

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What still surprises you about Berlin?

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Still haven't seen like 90% of the city. Looking forward to exploring all.

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What tips and advice would you give someone who's moving to Berlin?

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You shouldn't hesitate to come. It's a great city in which you can always found something for yourself.

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Stay cool :)

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","description":"Earlier this summer we helped Davor to relocate to Berlin from Zagreb. He is now working for one of the largest internet platfroms as a Software Engineer. Read this short interview to find out about his life in Berlin.","keywords":"Berlin, Zagreb, relocation ","slug":"berlin-qanda-or-davors-story","title":"Berlin Q&A | Davor's story","image_1920x1080":{"filename":"5e5b528fead37ab857af5b7f9ac07458.jpg_1920x1080.jpg"},"image_370x255":{"filename":"5e5b528fead37ab857af5b7f9ac07458.jpg_370x255.jpg"},"image_600x590":{"filename":"5e5b528fead37ab857af5b7f9ac07458.jpg_600x590.jpg"},"date":"2015-11-12T20:09:56.000Z","image":{"filename":"5e5b528fead37ab857af5b7f9ac07458.jpg","originalname":"Berlin.jpg","path":"public/uploads/","size":114371,"filetype":"image/jpeg"},"state":"published"},{"__v":0,"_id":"56012b51d11a454d1f65c2d7","author":"55493bac48fc2e6f7ec836b2","content":"

Kornel just moved from Budapest to Barcelona and joined one of the biggest e-commerce companies as an Agile Coach. He is really enjoying life in sunny Barcelona. Curious about what he likes to do in Barcelona and what are his tips? Then keep on reading. 

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How was the process of moving from Budapest to Barcelona? 

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So, the process of moving was quite okay, I had to cancel everything in Hungary, I knew how to do that, because I was familiar with processes there.

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As an expat how much do you feel at home in the city of Barcelona? 

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Barcelona feels like home, I feel very well integrated. 

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Are you able to make the most of your spare time? What activities do you like doing in Barcelona? 

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I like sports, eating, and sightseeing, and Barcelona is good at the last two. I think it's also good at sports, I just didn't have time to look for that. 

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What still surprises you about Barcelona? 

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Barcelona is surprisingly not that expensive (except for the rent, which can be pricy) as I thought. 

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What tips and advice would you give someone who's moving to Barcelona?

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Suggestions? I have plenty of them :) 

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First of all, if you have one week to find an apartment, reserve one or two days because there is some administration stuff that takes a while.

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Don't worry about the paperwork for NIE and these things, filling the forms is not that strict, and people from the office help you out. Don't expect to get answer immediately, but in the end everything will work out. 

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People here are generally helpful! 

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If you call some company that has an automatic answering system (like the internet companies), and you don't speak Spanish, start speaking English and they will eventually connect you with someone who speaks English. 

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That's for now :) 

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","description":"Kornel just moved from Budapest to Barcelona and joined one of the biggest e-commerce companies as an Agile Coach. He is really enjoying life in sunny Barcelona. Curious about what he likes to do in Barcelona and what are his tips? Then keep on reading. ","keywords":"relocation, Barcelona, Budapest, moving, \"Barcelona tips\", Nederlia","slug":"tapas-sun-barcelona-or-kornels-story","title":"Tapas, Sun, Barcelona | Kornel's story","image_1920x1080":{"filename":"d93d6d4bb2ca414dc60dca5f4674bd9a.png_1920x1080.png"},"image_370x255":{"filename":"d93d6d4bb2ca414dc60dca5f4674bd9a.png_370x255.png"},"image_600x590":{"filename":"d93d6d4bb2ca414dc60dca5f4674bd9a.png_600x590.png"},"date":"2015-11-04T04:09:03.000Z","image":{"filename":"d93d6d4bb2ca414dc60dca5f4674bd9a.png","originalname":"Screen Shot 2015-11-03 at 11.15.43.png","path":"public/uploads/","size":749181,"filetype":"image/png"},"state":"published"},{"__v":0,"_id":"56420046dfd0e1023e814b55","author":"55493b5e48fc2e6f7ec836af","content":"
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Name & Nickname: Francesca - Fran
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Nationality: Ecuador / Chile / Italy
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Experience of culture shock in Spain: I think that the Spanish culture isn't that far off from what I'm used to, but the Catalan culture is a little bit more! For me, it was going from not really knowing where the Catalan speaking people were, in Spain, to being inserted in the centre of it all. I'll tell you one thing, I haven't minded getting used to this passion for having a great work/life balance, in Barcelona! Plus, it's always been really hard for me to choose one dish out of a menu, so the tapas have completely changed my life. ;)
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How are you feeling now?: Hungry!
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The best time of the day at Nederlia?: When we are all joking around, and having a laugh. It's great to be able to work in such an amazing work environment, where you get along with everybody. The term \"Nederlia Family\" is no joke, people!
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The worst time of the day at Nederlia?: When I lose at Mario Kart, against Claude or Dany. 
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If you could steal a toy from the office, which one would it be? Link! (from Zelda)
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Your motto?: Omnia in Bonum (all unto good)
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","description":"Short interview with Francesca about her everyday life at Nederlia.","keywords":"Francesca, Nederlia, TechSpotter, Chile, Ecuador","slug":"francesca-or-fran","title":"Francesca | Fran","image_1920x1080":{"filename":"40c54355b399a1932000cc5e0b3dc253.jpg_1920x1080.jpg"},"image_370x255":{"filename":"40c54355b399a1932000cc5e0b3dc253.jpg_370x255.jpg"},"image_600x590":{"filename":"40c54355b399a1932000cc5e0b3dc253.jpg_600x590.jpg"},"date":"2015-10-30T18:39:27.000Z","image":{"filename":"40c54355b399a1932000cc5e0b3dc253.jpg","originalname":"FrancescaBlog.jpg","path":"public/uploads/","size":575392,"filetype":"image/jpeg"},"state":"published"},{"__v":0,"_id":"56276f44dbd42228492383fd","author":"55493b5e48fc2e6f7ec836af","content":"

After the great success that last years’ event had, UPC decided to organise the Network Talent Day again and we just couldn’t miss it this time :) 

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The Networking Talent Day is an event designed to act as a meeting point between talent generated in the UPC and companies who are looking for this talent. In last year’s first edition, 28 companies and 300 students participated in the event but this year the number has grown (64 companies will be there this year). 

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See you in the Sala Âgora del Campus Nord of UPC in Barcelona on 5th November.

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We’re looking forward to getting to know you, your passions and what you would be looking for in a future position and see how we could possibly help you. 

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A special thanks to Juli Boned, who is helping us in organising the event and supporting us and to the UPC for the opportunity of using the space :) 

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Catch up with you soon! 

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","description":"After the great success that last years’ event had, UPC decided to organise the Network Talent Day again and we just couldn’t miss it this time :) \r\n","keywords":"\"Talent Day\", event, \"recent graduates\", Barcelona, UPC","slug":"meeting-talent-from-upc-university","title":"Meeting Talent from UPC University","image_1920x1080":{"filename":"fba774aaef01fb93a0b63ede3d7d9472.jpg_1920x1080.jpg"},"image_370x255":{"filename":"fba774aaef01fb93a0b63ede3d7d9472.jpg_370x255.jpg"},"image_600x590":{"filename":"fba774aaef01fb93a0b63ede3d7d9472.jpg_600x590.jpg"},"date":"2015-10-23T10:56:04.000Z","image":{"filename":"fba774aaef01fb93a0b63ede3d7d9472.jpg","originalname":"Nederlia fam blog.jpg","path":"public/uploads/","size":666091,"filetype":"image/jpeg"},"state":"published"},{"__v":0,"_id":"561e14754b737bcc5de64051","author":"55493b4148fc2e6f7ec836ad","content":"

Maria was working in Florianopolis, Brazil doing some amazing UX work when we first got in touch. We helped her to move over to Amsterdam in August 2014 to start designing amazing things in Europe! She had the chance to go back home to Brazil to get married, but she's really enjoying life in Amsterdam. Read her story and tips on life in The Netherlands below!

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How was the process of moving from Brazil to the Netherlands?

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In many ways moving to such a different country is a difficult and complicated decision. You have to be ready for everything that might come up and be sure of your choice, because it will be hard sometimes, and if you’re not sure about it, your experience might be a lot harder than you thought.

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I’ve lived abroad before, but this was the first time I moved because of work, so I didn’t know what to expect. Booking.com has a wonderful relocation program, and made the process of moving a lot less complicated. I felt secure because they helped me with whatever I needed. The most important insight about the process was understanding that things weren’t going to happen the way I was used to, the food I liked, the type of places I used to go to, the weather, the culture and the people are different. Once you have that in mind, I suppose things are easier to absorb, and you realize everything is different in a good way, so that instead of having culture shock with each barrier you encounter, you actually learn to love the country you chose to live in :)

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As an expat how much do you feel at home in the city of Amsterdam?

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I adapted quite quickly to Amsterdam. It’s a city that has a lot of expats and it’s very friendly to new people. I have never had any problems with speaking english in stores and at the market, and even though I did take some Dutch classes provided by Booking.com I never really had to use it. People are very friendly, in their own way and unusual sense of humor, and anytime I had a problem people were very helpful and nice. During summer there are around 200 festivals, when Amsterdam comes to life and people fill the streets. The Dutch people love the sun, which is different to what I was used to in Brazil. Usually we avoid the sun, because it’s very strong and can be harmful, but in the Netherlands there isn’t much sunshine, so anytime the sun comes out people go to the parks and open spaces to enjoy it. The parks get crowded with parties, barbecues and sports. It really is a great time to be in Amsterdam! I can say, after one year living here that the city has a cozy environment that makes you feel at home in no time.

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Are you able to make the most of your spare time? What activities do you like doing in Amsterdam?

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Definitely the biggest change coming from Brazil was the improvement in my life quality. It was common for me to work extra hours and spend a long time in traffic, and here we are encouraged to have a very balanced life between work and personal time. Also cycling to work has completely changed my life, I feel I’m healthier and that my view of the city changed drastically. Amsterdam has hundreds of museums, and you can get a 50 euro card to have unlimited access to most of them for 1 year, which gives you plenty to do on the weekends! There’s also plenty of nightlife, and it’s very common for people to go to pubs after work for drinks!

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What still surprises you about Amsterdam?

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After more than one year living here, I am still amazed at how unbelievably beautiful this city is. I walk around the canals and it still takes my breath away!

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What tips and advice would you give someone who's moving to the Netherlands?

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To keep your mind open and to enjoy what the country has to offer. What I love most about this country is that most things that are still taboo in other places are just part of Dutch life and everyone not only lives with it, but also respects it. I think that’s truly amazing. I’d also recommend you download the following apps: Buienalarm, to know exactly when the rain is starting/ending, and 9292, so you know where and which train/tram to get.

","description":"Maria was working in Florianopolis, Brazil doing some amazing UX work when we first got in touch. We helped her to move over to Amsterdam in August 2014 to start designing amazing things in Europe! She had the chance to go back home to Brazil to get married, but she's really enjoying life in Amsterdam. Read her story and tips on life in The Netherlands below!","keywords":"","slug":"from-brazil-to-the-netherlands-or-marias-story","title":"From Brazil to the Netherlands | Maria's story","image_1920x1080":{"filename":"67bc0c8ffdd2136253f7607118045eec.jpg_1920x1080.jpg"},"image_370x255":{"filename":"67bc0c8ffdd2136253f7607118045eec.jpg_370x255.jpg"},"image_600x590":{"filename":"67bc0c8ffdd2136253f7607118045eec.jpg_600x590.jpg"},"date":"2015-10-21T23:51:08.000Z","image":{"filename":"67bc0c8ffdd2136253f7607118045eec.jpg","originalname":"Maria, blog.jpg","path":"public/uploads/","size":966668,"filetype":"image/jpeg"},"state":"published"},{"__v":0,"_id":"55fa7e0a741723f034f0be47","author":"55493b5e48fc2e6f7ec836af","content":"

Name & Nickname: Daniel, 8 bit Dan and the Grinch 

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Nationality: Spanish and Catalan-oh yeah 

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Experience of culture shock in Spain: I constantly get shocked by people in Spain (and I'm from Spain) 

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How are you feeling now?: Hungry, obviously 

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The best time of the day at Nederlia?: Well as matter of fact I looked in the dictionary and found that Nederlia means best time you could imagine. So there you go. 

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The worst time of the day at Nederlia?: Sorry I cannot conceive impossible situations. I'm a hardcore rational. 

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If you could steal a toy from the office, which one would it be?: Well since almost all toys are mine, I'm looking closely to your Super Mario. 

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Your motto?: \"Those are my principles, and if you don't like them... well, I have others.\" Groucho Marx

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\"Daniel\"

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Diana is a Bulgarian Product Owner, who recently joined e-commerce company based in Barcelona. Even though she has never been to Spain before, she decided to make a move and move abroad. You can read about her experience with relocation and life in Barcelona below. 

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How was the process of moving from Bulgaria to Spain? 

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It was challenging but went smoothly. One of the hardest parts at the beginning was finding an apartment to rent when I didn't know the city and the language at all. It was great to have Ewelina (from Nederlia, who approach me on LinekedIn) to guide me through every step of the process and help me with Spanish all the time. The tips and links I got from the guys at Nederlia (Ewelina and Claude) were super helpful in choosing my neighborhood and apartment. It was great to have not just recruiters but real friends to talk to while making all these decisions and dealing with so many unknowns. I was also very lucky to have the HR department of my new company (eDreams ODIGEO) give me precise instructions on how to get my NIE, SSN and city council registration. Now I really enjoy my choices and look forward to knowing my new city better :) 

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As an expat do you feel well integrated in the city? 

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I've only been living here for about a month and sometimes I happen to forget that I'm a foreigner. Natives are very friendly and culture is not so different from Bulgarian. I've met many people who moved to live and work in Barcelona just like me, so I don't feel alone in my mission to integrate better. My company provides Spanish classes, even if our professional language is English, which helps a lot too. I was also well prepared in advance by Nederlia for some of the local happenings and habits. The city itself is quite international and diverse and I've found many interesting events that help me socialise better with native people. 

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Do you think you can take advantage of your spare time? What activities you like doing? 

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Yes, there is plenty to do in my spare time. My preferred activities are jogging, swimming and snowboarding. Of course I enjoy just hanging out with friends, having fun, clubbing and dancing. Fortunately all of this isn't hard to find in Barcelona at all. I was happy to discover all the nice bars in El Born and Gothic and meeting new people is just as easy as walking in the narrow streets of the Old City. I also love the sea- whether swimming or just walking on the beach, it energises me a ton. The food is marvellous, I've had some some great tapas and a lot of fresh fish.I find Mediterranean life style very charming and delightful as a whole and I just enjoy exploring it. 

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What does still surprise you about Barcelona?

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Its diversity combined with its identity. There is such a great variety of places like districts, neighborhoods, relief, infrastructure, architecture, events, etc and yet each one is unique and has its own history and character. It must be really hard to get bored around here :) 

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What would you suggest to someone whou would be moving to Barcelona? 

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Don't overthink it. Things happen nice and easy even if you've never been to Spain and don't know Spanish like me. And don't bring much with you. You'll find it here:) 

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Name & Nickname: Ewelina, some friends call me Ewe or Unicorn Lover 

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Nationality: Polish 

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Experience of culture shock in Spain: hell yes! I still cannot understand why people here need to be so loud and they just don't care about the others. Crazy taxi drivers! Lot's of Latino music, which is not my favourite. I still don't get why do people love so much \"patatas bravas\". Apart from that it's all good :) 

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How are you feeling now? Awesome.

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The best time of the day at Nederlia: mornings, I am a morning person. 

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The worst time of the day at Nederlia: after the lunch... I feel like having the Spanish siesta :) 

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If you could steal a toy from the office, which one would it be?:  All Dani's toys :D 

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Your motto: To travel is to live. 

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\"Ewelina\"

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We helped Federico to find his new job in Berlin as a Front End Engineer. This is a little interview about his experience and tips. 

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How was the process of moving from Italy to Berlin? 

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Ah, that was easy. I just had to choose an apartment out of some choices proposed by the relocation agency, then wait for the company to buy my plane ticket. Other than that, it was just a long (two months, as I had to give a long notice to my former employer) wait.

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Anyway I'd suggest future expats to just don't wait for the relocation team at your company to get in touch and make the first move, they are probably too busy. 

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As an expat how much do you feel at home in the city? 

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Not much honestly. I don't think I've really settled yet, even after four months. I'm still in a kind of \"tourist mode\". But for example I just moved to what will be my home at least for a year only at the start of this week. Guess that and upcoming Saturday afternoon at Ikea will make a difference.

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Are you able to make the most of your spare time? 

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Yes, well it's hard to get bored here. Although coming from a small town, getting used to moving efficiently around big city takes time. Ewerywhere is at least half an hour by train (underground or above ground) from everywhere else. 

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What activities do you like doing in Berlin? 

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Well I'm not probably the good example for future expats as my favourite activity is hanging around drinking in a Kneipe with friends or colleagues, with maybe the occasional foray in some club. 

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But I'd say that whatever you are looking for in your free time, you'll find it. Sports? Check. Extreme sports? Check. Hipster cultural stuff? Check. Plus, every day there's tech meetup of some kind. 

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What still surprises you about Berlin? 

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It's no longer a surprise but what I like is this widespread informal, tolerant attitude you can feel emanating from Berliners. 

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What tips and advice would you give someone who's moving to Berlin? 

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  1. If you can't speak German, take classes ASAP, even before leaving; you can get along fine with English at work and when going out for dinner or drink, but don't expect to be able to explain what you need at public office, post, bank or supermarket without being able to talk some German. You might be lucky, but don't count on it. 
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  3. Befriend people that lived in Berlin for longer than you do, either natives, expats, coworkers, etc. (if you don't know where to find them, you can for example search for a country-themed meetup, as I did), as you'll likely need support/ tips when it's time to look for an apartment (the relocation agency's ones are temporary, and expensive anyway), choose the utilities providers, and so on. 
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","description":"We helped Federico to find his new job in Berlin as a Front End Engineer. This is a little interview about his experience and tips. ","keywords":"relocation, Berlin, interview, \"software engineer\"","slug":"berlin-noob-or-federicos-story","title":"Berlin noob | Federico's story ","image_1920x1080":{"filename":"4b07e65acfec7304cd3d4a1618465e10.jpg_1920x1080.jpg"},"image_370x255":{"filename":"4b07e65acfec7304cd3d4a1618465e10.jpg_370x255.jpg"},"image_600x590":{"filename":"4b07e65acfec7304cd3d4a1618465e10.jpg_600x590.jpg"},"date":"2015-10-04T01:00:37.000Z","image":{"filename":"4b07e65acfec7304cd3d4a1618465e10.jpg","originalname":"Berlin.jpg","path":"public/uploads/","size":265305,"filetype":"image/jpeg"},"state":"published"},{"__v":0,"_id":"55f98d2b741723f034f0be44","author":"55493b5e48fc2e6f7ec836af","content":"

Name & Nickname:  Ross and El Tigre 

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Nationality: British 

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Experience of culture shock in Spain: I don't need as many coats, but I miss the tea. 

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How are you feeling now?: Need a cup of tea. 

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The best time of the day at Nederlia?: Whenever I have a cup of tea. 

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The worst time of the day at Nederlia?: Ouf of milk. 

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If you could steal a toy from the office, which one would it be? Jean's drone. There's nothing it can't do!

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Your motto: Are you too busy to improve?

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\"Ross\"

","description":"Get to know us at Nederlia. Small interview with Ross, not only about his favourite time of the day. ","keywords":"TechSpotters, Nederlia ","slug":"ross-or-el-tigre","title":"Ross | El Tigre","image_1920x1080":{"filename":"3e9275530e16949db980ab8fa47bc7c9.jpg_1920x1080.jpg"},"image_370x255":{"filename":"3e9275530e16949db980ab8fa47bc7c9.jpg_370x255.jpg"},"image_600x590":{"filename":"3e9275530e16949db980ab8fa47bc7c9.jpg_600x590.jpg"},"date":"2015-09-19T03:39:23.000Z","image":{"filename":"3e9275530e16949db980ab8fa47bc7c9.jpg","originalname":"RossBlog2.jpg","path":"public/uploads/","size":525770,"filetype":"image/jpeg"},"state":"published"},{"__v":0,"_id":"55f6de72741723f034f0be42","author":"55493b4148fc2e6f7ec836ad","content":"

Michele finished his Master's degree in Computer Engineering in April 2015 and was looking for an international experience. We helped him to find a perfect opportunity in Embedded Development in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. As you can see from the picture above, he is enjoying himself. Keep reading to find out how the process of relocation was and tips on life in The Netherlands.

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How was the process of moving from Italy to The Netherlands? 

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Moving to a new country always requires a lot of stuff to do, but when you move to The Netherlands there are a lot of people and facilities that help you in the process. Everything is explained in plenty of detail, and almost everyone in The Netherlands is able to speak English. 

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As an expat how much do you feel at home in the city of Eindhoven? 

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Netherlands is a country where the intergration of different cultures has become a reality. You never feel like a stranger, but always as a part of the city where you live. 

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Are you able to make the most of your spare time? What activities do you like doing in Eindhoven? 

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I usually go out on my bike during my spare time, and I also enjoy doing sport. Eindhoven is a city with a lot of parks, trees and green areas. Evenings and weekends also offer a lot of events to join for all the young people that live in the city.

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What still surprise you about Eindhoven? 

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Eidhoven is a city full of young people and expats coming from countries all over the world, and they are all able to coexist together in a way I have never seen in other places. 

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What tips and advice would you give someone who's moving to The Netherlands? 

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Just take a bike with you, and you will be able to move everywhere around the city :)

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\"Not every day may be good, but there is something good in every day.\"  

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Good luck to you and your bike in The Netherlands, Michele!

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Could you also be interested in making a similar move? Check this out

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","description":"Michele finished his Master´s degree in Computer Engineering in April 2015 and was looking for an international experience. We helped him to find a perfect opportunity in Embedded Development in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. ","keywords":"Eindhoven, the Netherlands, relocation, \"Embedded Development\"","slug":"from-naples-to-eindhoven-or-michele-borriellos-story","title":"From Naples to Eindhoven | Michele Borriello's story ","image_1920x1080":{"filename":"8b219f6e12e551b00f457903a35528d6.jpg_1920x1080.jpg"},"image_370x255":{"filename":"8b219f6e12e551b00f457903a35528d6.jpg_370x255.jpg"},"image_600x590":{"filename":"8b219f6e12e551b00f457903a35528d6.jpg_600x590.jpg"},"date":"2015-09-18T20:49:22.000Z","image":{"filename":"8b219f6e12e551b00f457903a35528d6.jpg","originalname":"Michele_Borriello.jpg","path":"public/uploads/","size":565344,"filetype":"image/jpeg"},"state":"published"},{"__v":0,"_id":"55f992cb741723f034f0be46","author":"55493b5e48fc2e6f7ec836af","content":"

Name & Nickname: Claude Loeffen, El Jefe 

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Nationality: Dutch 

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Experience of culture shock in Spain: What's with the sun???

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How are you feeling now? Like it's 6 a.m

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The best time of the day at Nederlia? 6 a.m

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The worst time of the day at Nederlia? 6.05 a.m

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If you could steal a toy from the office, which one would it be? I'm 34, I don't play with toys (anymore) 

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Your motto: \"Knowledge is a tricky thing...\"

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\"Claude\"

","description":"Interview with Claude about what he loves, and not so much, about Nederlia. ","keywords":"TechSpotter, Nederlia","slug":"claude-or-el-jefe","title":"Claude | El Jefe","image_1920x1080":{"filename":"0f827b7bfd5b155bcb05b734579bf290.jpg_1920x1080.jpg"},"image_370x255":{"filename":"0f827b7bfd5b155bcb05b734579bf290.jpg_370x255.jpg"},"image_600x590":{"filename":"0f827b7bfd5b155bcb05b734579bf290.jpg_600x590.jpg"},"date":"2015-09-12T04:03:23.000Z","image":{"filename":"0f827b7bfd5b155bcb05b734579bf290.jpg","originalname":"ClaudeBlog.jpg","path":"public/uploads/","size":534036,"filetype":"image/jpeg"},"state":"published"},{"__v":0,"_id":"55f99188741723f034f0be45","author":"55493b5e48fc2e6f7ec836af","content":"

Ok guys, now you know where we are and what we do but... don't you have even a small slice of curiosity on who we really are? I know you have and as I know the majority of this audience is shy, I have interviewed the whole team so that you understand the level of freakness we breathe in the office :) 

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Stay tuned... all the interviews are going to come up soon! One each week. 

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Feel VERY free to leave a comment on them! 

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Cheers! 

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WE ARE NOT RECRUITERS, WE ARE TECHSPOTTERS!

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