As you may have noticed, Be-IT has now got an office in Glasgow. Not only that, but it’s a thriving office and already generating a lot of business. We are lucky to have been able to hire two really experienced and talented individuals: Associate Director Nikola Kelly, and a young man from London who, after a sojourn to the frozen north (OK, The University of Aberdeen), has developed a career in the fascinating world of IT recruitment. He is, in case you didn’t know…
Name: Sean Gilger
Job title: Consultant
What other jobs have you done apart from being a recruiter?
I’ve worked as a barman and I’ve also been a management trainee with a car rental company.
What it your biggest disaster at work (anywhere)?
When I was working for the car rental company I drove my own car into a wall in the car park. This was particularly heartbreaking as I could have damaged any of the company’s cars and not been responsible for the costs. I’ve also accidentally poured a pint of coke over a customer’s head. This was embarrassing but it didn’t cost me any money, so I probably wouldn’t count it as disastrous.
What make a good recruiter?
I think that a good recruiter will always try to understand exactly what both the clients and candidates are looking for. Without asking the right questions and properly listening to what they require, you can waste a lot of your time barking up the wrong tree. You also need to be persistent and not get disheartened if you are struggling to source suitable candidates, because if you keep working hard and talking to people you’ll eventually find them.
Favourite food and drink and where in the world would you like to be when you are having them?
I love Italian food – Pizza or pasta, I’m happy with either. I’ve been to Sardinia, and some of the food there was great. I drink a lot of coffee too, so I suppose that ties in well with the Italian theme.
Recommend a restaurant and/or bar for us?
The Red Filly. My local pub back in Norf Wheezy – Honey G fans will know the mystery location I’m referring to.
What’s your view of the market just now – where are the real challenges?
Despite the current political uncertainties, we are recruiting for a lot of jobs. Candidates are still in short supply and within certain areas, such as software development, you will not find a hatful of candidates available.
It’s important that clients are really on the ball when recruiting, because if you dither, good candidates will have multiple offers from competitors and you end up back at the start and just chasing your tail. I really try to educate my clients on this - it’s an absolute fact that you need to have an efficient process when recruiting so that good candidates are not dropping out of the process.
What do you think Be-IT can bring to the Glasgow market?
Be-IT has an excellent reputation in the market, which is why I decided to join them. It’s also why we have great companies deciding to use Be-IT to recruit, and why candidates trust us to help them find great opportunities.
The company has done very well in positioning themselves as experts in their field, and we focus solely on IT & Technology. Being a specialist in IT recruitment demands that you fully understand the market - and at Be-IT we are keeping our finger firmly on the pulse of the technology sector in Scotland and the rest of the UK.
It’s also very important to note that we are interested in partnering with clients and adding substantial value to their recruiting, not just firing CV’s across to them and crossing our fingers that someone will fit their requirements. We will spend time with you to fully appreciate what you need from us, and then we will deliver.
Favourite (non work) website and why?
Arseblog – No, this isn’t someone blogging about backsides or Donald Trump. It’s a blog devoted to all things Arsenal, and the first thing I read every morning. Red Army!
Favourite (work) website and why?
LinkedIn is useful for mapping out the market and building a network. It does feel as if there are a lot of inactive users on the site though.
Favourite techie gadget?