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Covid-19 Update

RedTech Recruitment Covid 19 Update

We wanted to let you all know of the changes we are making to our business and general wider post-academic recruitment due to Covid 19.

Changes to our business operations

We are continuing to operate with a few changes… namely remote work with spouses and small children in the background. We are set up on Teams, Zoom and most other video conferencing software so can still virtually meet you. We can’t guarantee there won’t be a BBC-style moment with children appearing on screen or squealing in the background during a phone call, but we imagine this is the new norm for millions of people!

For our candidate base (anyone emerging from academia in a STEM subject)

We are still busy recruiting for several roles. While some employers have placed roles on hold, for others it is recruitment as usual. In some cases even ramped up as they are working in industries which forsee growth given an increase in demand due to Coronavirus. Therefore, if you are leaving academia and worried about how Covid 19 will affect your career chances, please don’t give up on putting together your CV and sending it over to us. Of course, it may be a more competitive market for a few months. We are also seeing some employers make job offers with extended/flexible start dates as they are unable to get people onboarded while remote working. Therefore, you might find a delay in starting, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still apply.

Due to the Graduate area in which we recruit, we are aware that there are many people in our network are in their twenties (mature students the exception). Given this group seemingly has a much lower risk of serious complications (for those without underlying health conditions), we have written to the Government saying we will be encouraging our predominantly low risk network to volunteer. Therefore, you may wish to sign up as an NHS volunteer while you look for work https://www.goodsamapp.org/NHSvolunteerresponders

For Clients

You shouldn’t see any dip in the service we deliver. The great thing about recruitment is we can do it anywhere. We still have access to the same resources as before; we have phones, computers and 20+ years of technical recruitment experience. We are happy to help with suggestions on how you can remote your interview and onboarding processes where possible. We can’t comment too much in the employed market as that isn’t our bag, but certainly for graduates emerging from degrees through to Post-Doc Researchers where contracts are ending, it could be a great time to secure some of the best future talent while the competition is quiet.

Final note to everyone in our network

Please get in touch if we can help – whether it is support filling a role, help making applications, or just a general chat about what is happening in the market.

Stay safe and well all,

RedTech Recruitment

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Answers on our New Venture

Here are the 5 main questions we have been asked since telling friends/business associates/ex-colleagues about our new venture…. just in case anyone is intrigued/interested:

Why has it taken you so long to set up/I thought you said you’d never set up on your own?

I’d maintained for years I would never set up on my own. I convinced myself it would be too much of a risk not having a basic salary, and spend my life chasing invoices, doing admin, and not getting to do much of that recruitment malarkey. But after a rollercoaster few months and seeing a few eye-opening and empowering women in tech/business talks, I realised this was a crazy stance. 

All that passion I’d held for so long was waning. I realised I was at my absolute happiest on the tools, especially when dabbling in post-academic recruitment… my specialist area throughout my early career.

I get such a buzz out of helping people find their first job in industry. Helping them nail the kind of role or company for them, supporting them with their first CVs, to helping them with their first rounds of official interviews. So, after giving lectures to female candidates and business associates about how women shouldn’t be so risk averse, I decided to literally stick my money where my mouth is.

Now I’ve got started, it turns out I’m absolutely brimming with ideas about how to make this whole thing a success and wondering why I didn’t do it sooner (although in fairness I probably wasn’t entirely ready before now).

So you’ve gone into business with Rob?

Yes!

Rob and I have worked together for around 9 years. I don’t think Rob was ready for this kind of move before now either (even though he tried persuading me to set up with him in 2011 when we were both at CP). He has turned into one of the most committed, hard-working recruiters that I know, and I’ve never seen his work ethic higher than it is now.

He’s far from your ‘typical’ recruitment consultant, but I think that’s what makes him unique. His clients really trust him. We did a management course last year (highly recommend Andrew Sillitoe) and we had to fill in a personality survey. When the results came back for the two of us, we made the perfect circle of different personality traits. That matches up with the real world, and we definitely balance each other out in business.

After 12 years of recruitment, I’m confident in his knowledge and experience, and ability to seamlessly fill a role or give advice and support to a candidate.

Why the name RedTech?

My husband’s family is Chinese and red is regarded as lucky… and we’re superstitious. We were going to call ourselves RedTech Innov8 taking the Chinese luck thing one step further, but we were told by a few people it might be too long. Alas, our sales pitch to Huawei has lost some of its possible appeal 😉

What’s your USP?

Having the opportunity to deal directly with Rob and I. We have years of recruitment experience, there are few agency recruiters based in Cambridge who have been doing tech recruitment for as long as us.

We understand the intricacies of Cambridge recruitment, and how being highly ethical is the only way to operate in this close-knit market.

And finally, our unrivalled local knowledge in supporting post-academic candidates in finding their first role.

Will you continue your work with diversity in the workforce?

Absolutely!

I have learnt so much about diversity in the workforce through Next Tech Girls and thanks to a few awesome women (shout out to Kat Codlin, Jo Stansfield, Adelina Chalmers, Siddhi Trivedi, Nicola Mullarkey, Jess Ocampos, Marie-Clare Fenech, Margherita Cesca Nelder-Haynes and Inge Woudstra).

I will take that knowledge into every single vacancy I ever work, and always strive to advise companies on the steps they can take to make their workforce more diverse, and the benefits behind it. And for every female candidate I encounter who is doubting herself, I will tell her one of the stories or facts (probably second-hand from one of the brilliant women mentioned) about why she needs to ignore her doubts and put herself out there (this line is me gobbling up my own words!).

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RedTech Recruitment are the brand new tech recruitment firm with years of local experience. We are excited to announce this new Technical Recruitment company based in Cambridge, right in the heart of Silicon Fen.

Rebecca Mister and Robert Bull have a combined 25 years of local technical recruitment experience, and have set up RedTech to fill a void in the Cambridge market. RedTech will focus on finding career opportunities for STEM Graduates through to Ph.D. researchers looking to find their first role in industry within local science and technology companies.

Rebecca’s previous career was built upon assisting people coming out of academia from graduates through to post-doc researchers.

“I absolutely love helping people find their first job in industry. Such people have worked so hard throughout academia gaining knowledge in a field. The next inevitable stage is taking their first step onto the career path. This is a hugely important time because your first role can determine your entire career journey. Sometimes people leave academia having a rough idea of the kind of role that interests them but they need to engage with several organisations or roles to understand the exact role and company for them. This is where RedTech can really help; we can discuss a multitude of career options and job opportunities that align with their academic knowledge, aspirations and personality. We can support in many other ways too; from helping with CV content, layout, and ensuring all skills are relayed to prospective employers. We then go on to give support throughout the process; from interview tips to offer negotiation and ensuring you have all of the information you need for your first day.”

Rebecca Mister

Robert has a recruitment agency career spanning 12-years, and has also worked within the internal recruitment team for one of Cambridge’s most successful companies.

“Cambridge is well-known for being one of the international hubs for tech and scientific start-ups and larger organisations. As a company looks to grow they may discover they don’t have the experience, time or tools to ensure they are accessing the top talent. Or maybe they have all of these things, but want to ensure they haven’t missed out on someone really great. This is where RedTech can really help. We have worked for years’ within this industry and work very closely with post-academic talent, helping support them in finding their first role. This coupled with our investment in the best recruitment tools, means we have unrivalled access to some of the best post-academic talent . So whether you are looking to make your first hire or your 700th, RedTech are very well placed to help.”

Robert Bull