Lost in Translation
We’ve been taking a close look at the various positions that start-ups attending Silicon Milkroundabout 6 have told us are available, and comparing them to the abilities of skills of the candidates who’ve signed up so far. And the good news? It looks like we’ve really got HTML and CSS licked.
Which is great, because there are definitely companies looking for people who know how to style a website. But they’re also looking for people who code in languages like C++, Scala, and Objective-C. Even Cassandra gets a mention, which I didn’t see coming (although I imagine the real Cassandra did).
The take-away from this? If you’re a developer with expertise in one of the lesser-practiced languages, start-ups want you. Java and MySQL coders are very sought after - there’s definitely a place for you in these organisations. But you might have to fight for it a little more!
How can you distinguish yourself? First, check over your CV/LinkedIn and make sure it accurately represents your skills - maybe you didn’t realise that your proficiency with MongoDB was something you should highlight.
If you’ve listed every language you speak and skill you have and still feel like you’re not measuring up, take some time to get a handle on something new. SMR6 is two and a half weeks away - you could definitely get a basic understanding of Android development in that time. At the very least you could learn all the version names. Maybe.
We have a pretty good idea what start-ups are looking for now, so if you -or someone you know- fits the criteria, show our sign-up page some love.
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Silicon Milkroundabout run biannual startup jobs fairs, matches the UK’s top tech startups with talented Engineers, Product Managers, Tech Marketers and Designers! 100+ startups offering about 800 jobs over two days. Our next event is on 16/17 November. Sign up now!
Edit: Just did a quick replacement of the image because our word cloud generator had conflated “JavaScript” and “Javascript”. Rookie move, word cloud!

Lost in Translation

We’ve been taking a close look at the various positions that start-ups attending Silicon Milkroundabout 6 have told us are available, and comparing them to the abilities of skills of the candidates who’ve signed up so far. And the good news? It looks like we’ve really got HTML and CSS licked.

Which is great, because there are definitely companies looking for people who know how to style a website. But they’re also looking for people who code in languages like C++, Scala, and Objective-C. Even Cassandra gets a mention, which I didn’t see coming (although I imagine the real Cassandra did).

The take-away from this? If you’re a developer with expertise in one of the lesser-practiced languages, start-ups want you. Java and MySQL coders are very sought after - there’s definitely a place for you in these organisations. But you might have to fight for it a little more!

How can you distinguish yourself? First, check over your CV/LinkedIn and make sure it accurately represents your skills - maybe you didn’t realise that your proficiency with MongoDB was something you should highlight.

If you’ve listed every language you speak and skill you have and still feel like you’re not measuring up, take some time to get a handle on something new. SMR6 is two and a half weeks away - you could definitely get a basic understanding of Android development in that time. At the very least you could learn all the version names. Maybe.

We have a pretty good idea what start-ups are looking for now, so if you -or someone you know- fits the criteria, show our sign-up page some love.

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Silicon Milkroundabout run biannual startup jobs fairs, matches the UK’s top tech startups with talented Engineers, Product Managers, Tech Marketers and Designers! 100+ startups offering about 800 jobs over two days. Our next event is on 16/17 November. Sign up now!

Edit: Just did a quick replacement of the image because our word cloud generator had conflated “JavaScript” and “Javascript”. Rookie move, word cloud!

Capturing Candidate Criteria, or, Hailo, Is It Me You’re Looking For?

Silicon Milkroundabout is working hard to get a better idea of what startups are looking for in their future employees. The sooner we figure out what they want, the sooner we can point the best possible candidates towards the best possible jobs. Everyone wins, except us when our pointing fingers get tired.

Using the latest technology of Trendy Web Applications™, we’ve turned our data into nifty word clouds to represent visually (if not wholly accurately) the ways in which what employers are looking for have changed since our last event.

The first cloud is pretty light on words, emphasising a) how much better we’ve gotten at collecting this kind of data, and b) how important developers were over everything else to the companies at Silicon Milkroundabout 5.

That desire for developers is still strong this time around, although it’s gotten more discerning, as you can tell from the second image. Startups who are part of November 16th and 17th’s event are looking for senior developers, who can crank out code and manage others doing the same. They’re looking for specialised developers, who can converse fluently in multiple programming languages. And they’re looking for expert developers, who can rattle off dozens of reasons why word clouds aren’t great at representing this kind of data.

If that sounds like you, you should be excited about Silicon Milkroundabout 6 - because you are going to be the prettiest girl at the dance. Seriously, put on your best outfit and get ready to impress everyone you speak to, because you’re awesome and you know it. We totally get if you’ve been too doing amazing things to sign up to attend smr6, but take a few seconds to apply right now, why don’t you?

And hey - if you’re looking at those word clouds and doubting yourself, then think of them as a motivator to skill-up and kick butt next SMR. Not that you’re unwelcome to join us in November - that cloud still has plenty of space dedicated to junior programmers, recent design and marketing grads, and plucky interns.

Every day we’re getting more detailed awareness of the roles available, and we’re excited to share even more of this information with you as the next Silicon Milkroundabout approaches.

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Silicon Milkroundabout run biannual startup jobs fairs, matches the UK’s top tech startups with talented Engineers, Product Managers, Tech Marketers and Designers! 100+ startups offering about 800 jobs over two days. Our next event is on 16/17 November. Sign up now!

Who’s In Charge Here?
It’s no secret that companies want to hire good people. The best people. They’re looking for folks who can not only do amazing things with code, but manage and supervise other employees doing the same thing. They’re looking for senior coders, they’re looking for heads of teams. Start-ups want sergeants of script, and captains of code.
There’s a heavy margin of error in the statistics in this image - and that’s good news for you. So many of our candidates have described previous jobs and roles that definitely fit the requirements for that “senior developer” honorific (for example), but aren’t described as such. Our data tools are blunt instruments, not attuned to the subtleties of the English language. In short - if you can take charge in a way these companies want, you need to say it loud and proud.
"I am a senior head of the management team,” I want you to shout. Except shout it from your CV or LinkedIn page, and maybe just use the word that most accurately describes what your current or previous job. Don’t use all of them, like I just did - it’s mistakes like that that have me writing this blog and not coding with Zuckerberg.
Are you someone who can make up the gap between what employers want and what candidates can offer? Register for our next event, and get ready to impress everyone at Silicon Milkroundabout 6.0!
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Silicon Milkroundabout run biannual startup jobs fairs, matches the UK’s top tech startups with talented Engineers, Product Managers, Tech Marketers and Designers! 100+ startups offering about 800 jobs over two days. Our next event is on 16/17 November. Sign up now!

Who’s In Charge Here?

It’s no secret that companies want to hire good people. The best people. They’re looking for folks who can not only do amazing things with code, but manage and supervise other employees doing the same thing. They’re looking for senior coders, they’re looking for heads of teams. Start-ups want sergeants of script, and captains of code.

There’s a heavy margin of error in the statistics in this image - and that’s good news for you. So many of our candidates have described previous jobs and roles that definitely fit the requirements for that “senior developer” honorific (for example), but aren’t described as such. Our data tools are blunt instruments, not attuned to the subtleties of the English language. In short - if you can take charge in a way these companies want, you need to say it loud and proud.

"I am a senior head of the management team,” I want you to shout. Except shout it from your CV or LinkedIn page, and maybe just use the word that most accurately describes what your current or previous job. Don’t use all of them, like I just did - it’s mistakes like that that have me writing this blog and not coding with Zuckerberg.

Are you someone who can make up the gap between what employers want and what candidates can offer? Register for our next event, and get ready to impress everyone at Silicon Milkroundabout 6.0!

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Silicon Milkroundabout run biannual startup jobs fairs, matches the UK’s top tech startups with talented Engineers, Product Managers, Tech Marketers and Designers! 100+ startups offering about 800 jobs over two days. Our next event is on 16/17 November. Sign up now!