Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Job board mystique..... and the need for cover information

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Picture it, dire Reader.

Deep in HTS's secret mountainside nerve-centre, our lead consultant is scrolling through the latest CV postings on an internet job board. She's looking for a Business Systems Analyst* with strong Business Objects experience (or "strong BO"). Naturally, some of the four million candidates turning up in her search have all the relevant terms on their CVs, but are, on closer inspection, not Business Systems Analysts* with strong Business Objects experience. No: they are golf coaches, mobile aquarium attendants and horse whisperers. But some of the candidates in her search results are Business Systems Analysts* with strong Business Objects.

She smiles.

'A hearty yield,' she says, reaching across the control panel to open the CV document of a promising-looking candidate.

Then she stops. Her finger hovers.
Her finger moves to the left. Drops on a button set into a small box.

'Lemuel, hold my calls.'

Before you can say 'Yes, ma'am', Lemuel has said, 'Yes, ma'am'.

The consultant nods to herself. Something on the screen has drawn her attention.

Some avant-garde maverick has gone and posted a CV with absolutely no cover information at all. Despite the fact that this particular job board enables you to indicate where you live, what your current job is, where you work, what sort of role you're looking for, how much money you're after, whether you're looking for permanent of temporary work, and possibly some other things.

Nothing. To get any information about this cat, the consultant is going to have to open the CV and find all that stuff out for herself.

She looks up. The Boss is approaching. She can hear her ice cubes tinkling. Walking over, the Boss sets down her glass. The crystal makes a thud. 'Something interesting?'

'Just some fascinating daredevil who plays by his own rules,' the lead consultant says. 'Just some straight-talking cattle-hustler who isn't afraid to ask the hard questions.'

The Boss says, 'What?'

'I like this guy,' the consultant hisses. 'I like his style.' A jab at a button. 'Lemuel? Bring me my cat-fur. I've found the candidate I'm looking for - and I'm going to bring him in.'

Alternatively, you could picture the following scene.

Our lead consultant is looking for a Business Systems etc* and her search results bring up five million results and she's zipping through them and she doesn't look at your CV because she didn't even notice it because it has no cover information at all. She might notice it later on, but she might not.

Moral of the second story: if you're using job boards, get the important information up front.

Oh and btw, don't think because it's coming up to Christmas, we are slowing down. Vacancies are coming in thick and fast. WE NEED YOUR CV ( plus cover info of course)


Friday, 6 December 2013

HPC Application & Support Analyst Developer, 30K-40K+ Generous Pension, Warwickshire

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HPC Application & Support Analyst Developer, 30K-40K+ Generous Pension, Warwickshire

Job Reference:WS/JH/15417

Job Title:HPC Application & Support Analyst Developer, 30K-40K+ Generous Pension, Warwickshire
Salary:£30k to £40K + Generous Pension
Location:West Midlands
Job Description :Application & Support Analyst Developer, 30K-40K+ Generous Pension, Warwickshire

Our client is looking for an experienced HPC Applications and Support Analyst to expand the pre-sales and post-sales technical support, training and consultancy activity at their Warwick office.
Keywords: developer, programmer, support, applications analyst, HPC, high performance computing, parallel computing, C++, fortran, linux, unix, scientific programming, West Midlands, Oxfordshire, Worcestershire, Coventry, Warwickshire, Birmingham, Northamptonshire
You'll be part of a talented and fun team, passionate about scientific computing and about doing the job well.

This is an opportunity to work at the cutting edge of development tools for parallel and multi-threaded computing.

A strong customer-oriented approach is required, providing first line support for development tools, training and application performance and debugging consultancy.

Candidates will need to hold a good post-graduate degree or equivalent in a mathematical/scientific computing discipline. Experience developing HPC software and working with both large scale HPC codes and with Linux/Unix HPC systems is essential.
This job is UK-based and is open to candidates eligible to work in the UK.

Main Duties
• Work as part of a small team to deliver high quality first level of support to customers and prospects
• Provide technical consulting to customers installing and using client's products
• Prepare and deliver technical training, workshops and documentation materials at customer sites
• Provide occasional debugging and profiling consulting at customer sites
• Work with customers to increase tool adoption and to build customer relationships
• Write and develop on-line technical collateral, including training material, blogs and white papers

Experience and Skills
• Good post-graduate degree or equivalent in computer science, maths or computational sciences
• Strong parallel programming skills (OpenMP, MPI, CUDA and/or OpenCL)
• Fortran and C/C++ experience
• Hands-on experience of HPC, using batch schedulers, profilers, debuggers, compilers, etc.
• Excellent communication skills and written English.

Desirable but not essential:
• Experience using DDT and/or MAP
• Prior experience as an applications analyst
• Knowledge of different HPC applications
• Knowledge of UNIX/Linux system administration.
This position will require around 25% travel throughout Europe (mainly), depending on location and business opportunities.
CVs to Jayne at HTS.
0121 687 1234
07970 494916

Connect with us at LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/jaynehannon
Or follow the link to our popular blog: www.hts.mrresourceful.blogspot.com
Visit our website: www.hts.co.uk

HTS, Specialist Recruiters. Contract and Permanent Vacancies.

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Graduates! Graduates! Would you like to be earning £50K in 5 years time?


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Guaranteed graduate job, anyone?

Students! Best opportunity around!

Graduate Developer, any language as x-training provided, potential to be earning c£50K in 5 years’ time. Don’t miss this opportunity! West Midlands

Our client, a highly regarded and well-established Microsoft centric organisation based in the West Midlands, has requirements for two Graduate Software Developers with exposure to any language considered.

This is a junior role, but typically successful candidates will be heavily involved in new projects and more complex customisations within 2-3 years.

Training of six weeks of residential intensives course in Staffordshire will be provided over the first four months (two weeks in January, then a week per month until May) alongside guidance by your mentor using Microsoft self-study learning material, Prometric testing and on the job experience.
Microsoft Certifications will need to be achieved within the relevant areas of functionality.

Developing new / changed software to new and existing customers.
To provide assistance to the development team (MS SQL database management, code management).
Writing reports for customers using Visual Studio / SQL Report Builder.
Assisting with testing and diagnosis of resulting solutions including providing helpdesk assistanc
Computing Science / Computing for Business / IT or Business 2:1 or 1st class degree
classifications ONLY with programming experience
1. Software development (any language)
2. Analytical
3. Attention to detail
Desirable skills
SQL Reporting skills / Microsoft .Net skills

Commutable from West Midlands, Birmingham, Worcestershire, Shropshire, Staffordshire
In order to take advantage of this great opportunity please send your CV without delay to jayne@hts.co.uk.


CVs to Jayne at HTS.
0121 687 1234
07970 494916
Connect with us at LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/jaynehannon
Or follow the link to our popular blog: www.hts.mrresourceful.blogspot.com
Visit our website: www.hts.co.uk
HTS, Specialist Recruiters. Contract and Permanent Vacancies

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