Stuart talks Security: Hiring Managers - know what you want

Posted by Stuart Mitchell on Sep 13, 2018 1:57:58 PM

Hiring in security is tough, we know that. Our Cyber Security in Focus research suggests that 79% of hiring managers take more than 8 weeks to source mid-senior security professionals. It’s not easy. There are plenty of landmines in the process from getting the brief right with talent acquisition, accessing the right volume of resumes and getting employment offers accepted to name just a few. That’s why it’s essential that you start the journey with a clear picture of what ‘good’ looks like. Hiring in security gets a whole load tougher when you don’t know or aren’t realistic about what you want.

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Tags: Cyber Security

Stuart talks Security: Hiring Managers - get your sales hat on

Posted by Stuart Mitchell on Sep 7, 2018 2:53:34 PM

How many times have you been in the situation where you’ve managed to get talent through the door, vetted the candidates to the point of offer stage and then they’ve either rejected the offer, pulled out or in some cases, gone dark completely? You are certainly not alone. According to our recent Cyber Security in Focus research over 36% of hiring managers see ‘getting offers of employment accepted’ as a headline challenge. 

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Tags: Cyber Security

When Taylor met Stott and May

Posted by Stacey Roper on Sep 4, 2018 9:08:01 AM
This summer we were joined by 17 year old Taylor Claxton, who chose to do a one week placement with our Reading office. Taylor will be going into his final year of A-Levels before heading off to university next September. His placement at Stott and May was a great opportunity to experience different work options, and get first hand knowledge of working within one of the  leading talent search firms.
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Tags: Placement, Work Experience

A Day in the Life of...Meg Gerrard, Account Manager

Posted by Stacey Roper on Aug 13, 2018 3:53:33 PM
The alarm rings…
At 6.45am (if it’s a Friday 6.30am), I very slowly get out of bed, stumble into the shower, get ready as quick as possible and head out the door around 7.20am to get to the bus stop. I’m a massive bus fan, I don’t like the tube. It’s cheaper, you get fresh air and I get on at the first stop, so I’m guaranteed a seat. I can peacefully go through my emails without competing with sweaty armpits.
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Tags: Team

Are job descriptions one for all, or all for one (gender)?

Posted by Stacey Roper on Jul 18, 2018 11:25:05 AM

Diversity is (quite rightly) an incredibly hot topic in the talent markets that we operate in. Whether it’s security, software engineering, data or technology sales the question hiring managers are asking is the same: how can we attract a more diverse workforce? In a recent interview we conducted with Jane Frankland (CISO Adviser, Author & Champion for Women in Security) she stated “diversity makes for a strategic and competitive advantage. It’s not just about recruiting diversity for diversity’s sake.” Studies show that diverse teams are safer and higher performing due to a more balanced perspective on risk and reward.

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Tags: Diversity

Agile Valley Java MeetUp: GDPR - The Technical Challenges & Opportunities

Posted by Gianni Boscarato on Feb 19, 2018 6:57:29 PM

Last week (Tuesday, February 13th, 2018) Stott and May partnered up with Exonar to host a Java MeetUp which presented the technical challenges and opportunities around the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which I’m delighted to say was hugely successful.

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Tags: Software Development & Architecture

Inside the mind of the 'first man on the ground'

Posted by Joel Curry on Feb 5, 2018 2:36:00 PM

At Stott and May we are facinated with every aspect of the growth of disruptive technology vendors. We often find ourselves partnering with tech brands in search of that all important business leader capable of being their 'first man on the ground' in a new territory. This individual carries the burden of the success or failure of international expansion on their shoulders. But what does it really take to be that flag bearer? And what advice is out there for leaders who are about to take that career defining step for the first time? To find out we spoke to Joel Curry, US General Manager of the rapidly growing FinTech firm Validis.

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Tags: Technology Sales

5 'out there' interview questions for Enterprise Architects

Posted by Simeon Evans on Jan 3, 2018 3:02:00 PM

Our latest research entitled 'Does Enterprise Architecture need a re-brand?' has highlighted that 'vision' is one of the key things that business leaders look for when hiring their next 'go to advisor' on all things technical. In fact, 58% of respondants stated it was the number one quality they look for in an Enterprise Architect. But in a backdrop where 52% feel that the role is being watered down, we caught up with Simeon Evans to find out his top 5 - slightly 'out there'- interview questions that draw out the candidates capable of bridging the balance of technology, people and politics to create tangible - short term - value. 


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Tags: Software Development & Architecture

When it comes to developers is it all about location, location, location?

Posted by Gianni Boscarato on Jul 12, 2017 5:37:00 PM

Over the last two years around 90% of my day to day activity has been spent talking to developers. It's my job. So it’s safe to say I have had a fair amount of exposure into the thought processes developers go through when it comes to looking for their next role. It's an issue I have been facinated by for some time and to take it to the next level I decided to conduct a survey to get to the bottom of what really attracts developers to a role - the money, the opportunity or the location?

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Tags: Software Development & Architecture

5 Great Reasons to Register for our 'CIO's in Utilities' Roundtable

Posted by Joshua Springer on Jun 27, 2017 1:18:30 PM

We take the time to catch up with Joshua Springer, Client Services Manager for Utilities, on why he believes the 'Flicking the Switch' roundtable is a must attend event for any CIO that is in the process of creating a customer focused IT strategy in the Utilities industry.

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Tags: Utilities