Introducing our new colleague, Alasdair Walker, who joined Be-IT in mid-October, just in time to be caught up in the excitement of the move to our new offices!
What other jobs have you done apart from being a recruiter?
I’m a recent graduate - in sociology, from Abertay. I’ve worked in a credit union, but before joining Be-IT I worked exclusively in recruitment. I have a real interest in technology so the chance to work in IT recruitment was really appealing. I am learning code in my spare time.
What it your biggest disaster at work (anywhere)?
I did warehouse recruitment for Amazon. It wasn’t a disaster, but pretty chaotic at times.
Do you think that techies make good recruiters, and if so why (or if not, why not)?
Yes, they understand the different job types well and will have a great network of industry professionals.
Why is IT recruitment different from other recruiting jobs (e.g. High Street)?
It’s very interesting and there is a steep learning curve. It’s also very fast paced with ever changing, new and different technologies.
Favourite food and drink and where in the world would you like to be when you are having them?
A curry (preferably a biryani), beer - and in bed (clearly it’s not long since you’ve been a student – Ed).
Recommend a restaurant and/or bar for us?
Wetherspoons. But if you want to splash the cash I would recommend Makars Rest.
What’s your view of the market just now – where are the real challenges?
There’s a large skills gap in the IT sector so the real challenges are finding good quality candidates to work with. I’ve also worked in IFA/financial services recruitment previously and it has similar challenges with skill shortages, but unlike IT/digital its problem is that its age profile is old rather than young!
What do candidates need to do better to help you get them a job?
A solid/clear CV and how they conduct themselves during the interview process. Specifically, some candidates could make a few simple changes to their CVs and improve them dramatically: they overcomplicate things with variable formats, graphs and too many colours. If a recruiter struggles with your CV then so will the recruiting company.
Favourite (non work) website and why?
YouTube - I use it a lot and enjoy watching documentaries in particular.
Favourite (work) website and why?
LinkedIn (it’s the public CV database!).