So, after my first week at Rebel, I felt it a good time to introduce myself with the first installment of (hopefully!) many to come; a brief insight into my working world, starting with .Net recruitment in the lovely East Midlands.
As some of you may know, my name’s Mica (pronounced Mee-sha, for all of you who keep referring to me as the mineral) and I’ve been recruiting exclusively in the East Midlands for the past couple of years now.
Whilst I have covered most aspects of IT recruitment, from brand spanking new graduates to the dizzying heights of Architects, most of my time is dedicated to .Net recruitment locally…and I love it!
Like most of the UK, there’s a high demand for C# skills in the East Midlands. This doesn’t always come in the form of a straight-down-the-line .Net Developer either. Many other areas are now demanding at least some level of C# coding skills from their teams; ranging from automation testing (this is becoming so big now that I think it deserves a whole post of its own- stay tuned!) to sys admin (which seems to be rapidly moving closer and closer to DevOps these days).
In order to do my job to the best of my ability, and out of unadulterated curiosity, I’ve been getting out and about- showing my face at .Net Notts as consistently as I can, and browsing different social media and blogs (with a particular favourite being a few subs on reddit.com – mainly /r/webdev). Generally, I’ve been trying to learn as much as I can about C#, .Net, and the many applications, problems, and solutions it provides.
I joined Rebel as I wanted to work somewhere that encourages me to be as active in my marketplace as possible and allows me to spend as much time as I can with my candidates and employers…something I’m really looking forward to doing!
From my experience, a big piece of advice for anyone struggling to find a job or update their skill set with something relevant and highly sought after: consider putting some time aside to learn C# and to understanding the .Net framework. It will undoubtedly make you more employable in the local market and it’s a genuinely useful skill to have in your arsenal, as is learning any new language. Also, C#’s easy to cross train to/from Java, and if you can demonstrate an ability in both, the East Midlands will be your oyster
Mica (remember, it’s ‘Mee-Sha’!)