In this episode of the Still Loading Podcast, host Ilona Brannen interviews Owen Dearn, a recruitment consultant specialist in the tech sector. They discuss the unique aspects of recruiting in the tech industry, the impact of remote work, and the changing employee benefits landscape. Owen shares insights on how companies are adapting to hybrid work models, and highlights the importance of intentional efforts to create an attractive office culture. They also explore the evolving dynamics between employers and employees in the job market.

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Key takeaways:

– The job market in the tech industry has been chaotic since COVID-19, with shifts towards remote work and changes in hiring trends.

– Many companies are transitioning to hybrid working models, repurposing workspaces, and emphasising the importance of in-person collaboration.

– Flexibility and freedom have become important employee benefits, and companies are adapting their offerings accordingly.

– The pendulum has swung in favour of employees with more power and freedom in choosing their employers, but it may gradually shift back as the market stabilises.

– When reviewing CVs/resumes, Owen looks for evidence of outcomes, problem-solving abilities, and tangible achievements rather than jargon.

– Selective communication is important, where important information is shared with the team while protecting them from unnecessary details.

– The middle layer of management plays a crucial role in translating and communicating business objectives to both upper management and the team members.

– In a hybrid working model, the visibility of different leadership styles and organic conversations in the office environment is beneficial for development.

– Leadership qualities in the tech sector include immersing oneself in the subject matter and showcasing expertise through personal branding, as well as adopting a “player coach” approach of being hands-on while leading and mentoring.

– Younger professionals seek mentorship, guidance, and management from middle managers to support their career growth and development.

– Good management and mentorship are often considered as additional benefits or perks for early-career individuals.

– Communication is vital for addressing issues and ensuring alignment between managers and employees.

Three top tips for leaders in the digital age: network and immerse yourself in your subject matter expertise, be a player coach, and be genuine and true to yourself.

This conversation focuses on the importance of effective communication, leadership development, mentorship, and personal branding in the digital age.

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