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Why has FinTech exploded in the last few years?

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Like many industries financial services, banking & share / stock trading, and payments have been good targets for disruption with a profusion of new, faster solutions coming to the fore.

So why is this?

With large distributed systems giving huge computing power, software can automate processes that eliminate human error and large banks and financial organisations can gain major wins in efficiencies & competitive advantage….

Software companies can provide real-time trading systems that allow for high availability data with low latency that can eliminate human error on the more manual tasks & provide quicker decision making.


So what exactly does High Availability mean?


High availability is when your apps remain available and accessible without any interruption and serve their intended function seamlessly. HA is achieved when your database cluster continues to operate even if one or more servers go down.


What is Low Latency?

Low Latency describes a computer network that is optimised to process a very high volume of data with minimal delay (latency). These networks are designed to support operations that require near real-time access to rapidly changing data.


One of our clients uses a cutting edge data-orientated architecture that enables seamless integration of software systems, super clear visibility and control over enterprise data, and a wide range of large integrated business applications that enables scaleable high performance trading applications for some of the largest financial organisations on earth.

It’s an exciting industry as you have the opportunity to work with super fast software on super fast networks using cutting edge techniques with the excitement that millions of dollars are traded every day. It’s not for everyone but if you want to work with the best in the business and raise your game get in touch with Paul

We currently have a number of roles we’re looking to recruit for an exciting growing Christchurch office:

Trading Systems Support Engineer 

Applications Support Engineer

Technical Implementation Software Consultant (Trading Systems)

Technical Implementation Software Consultant

Senior Network Engineer 

Get in touch with Paul now to find out more on paul@sunstonetalent.com

I'm Paul, I love coffee, Founder & Principal Consultant of Sunstone, an IT Recruitment & HR company specialising in recruiting IT roles within software, web, mobile, blockchain, big data, cloud infrastructure, security & networks in Christchurch & South Island of New Zealand.

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2 Minute silence today to mark respect for Christchurch victims

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Our thoughts & feelings are with the families & people of Christchurch with the unusual, abhorrent terrorist act that occurred on Friday 15th in our peaceful city. Kia Kaha - we will stay strong!

We are proud at the brave response the people of New Zealand have shown in this sad time.

The IT community of Christchurch is grieving and we wanted to especially acknowledge the extremely sad loss of Atta Elayyan who was a talented entrepreneur in the Christchurch tech community.

My heart is broken for Atta and his wife & baby daughter. He was a rare talent - motivated, inspiring, big thinker, friendly & passionate - an all round great guy - you’ll be deeply missed my friend...Rest in peace.

If you would like to give to Atta’s family you can help - please click here.

Or for the Kia Kaha memorial t-shirt to help Atta’s family (last orders Sunday) - please click here:

From Prime Minister of New Zealand - Jacinda Ardern

We, New Zealand, we were not a target because we are a safe harbour for those who hate.
We were not chosen for this act of violence because we condone racism, because we are an enclave for extremism.
We were chosen for the very fact that we are none of those things.
Because we represent diversity, kindness, compassion. A home for those who share our values. Refuge for those who needs it. And those values will not and cannot be shaken by this attack.
We are a proud nation of more than 200 ethnicities, 160 languages. And amongst that diversity we share common values. And the one that we place the currency on right now is our compassion and support for the community of those directly affected by this tragedy.
And secondly, the strongest possible condemnation of the ideology of the people who did this.
You may have chosen us – we utterly reject and condemn you.

It is a very sad time but we are extremely proud of the response & actions New Zealanders are taking to create awareness & make positive changes - we’re all in this together.

There will be a 2 minute silence held today (Friday 22nd) at 1.32pm in memorial to the people of Christchurch who lost their lives. What you need to know please click here.

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Is going travelling good for your career?

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Paul crossing the Thorong La Pass at 5,416m the climax point of the Annapurna Circuit Trek in Nepal, the Himalayas

Time and time again people mention travelling as one of the best things you can do to learn about life, yourself, what makes you happy & how to get there.


But do hiring managers, IT recruiters or potential employers view travelling as a positive?


I think it gives you perspective, especially after travelling in developing countries, learning how little people need to have an honest living, with smiles & taking joy from the small things, and sharing a meal with their family & friends.


How do you know what good looks like? I found it gave me a great perspective, allowing me to realise how good we have it here in New Zealand.

Paul arriving home after a long stint working in IT recruitment in the UK

Paul arriving home after a long stint working in IT recruitment in the UK

Understanding the cool things about how different cultures do things, taking some of their neat ideas, experiencing weird & wonderful food, learning about their history opens your mind to possibilities.

Working in different companies in new countries & cultures across the world also breaks down some of the key fundamentals & requirements to be a great professional & add value. Turning up, putting in an honest days work, being genuine, communicating well, admitting when you screwed up & owning it, working together, to achieve a common goal and enjoying / sharing success together. Learning what ‘good’ and ‘bad’ looks like.

We put it out on Facebook to see what some other professionals thought:

‘Expands the mind through education, opportunities and experiences’. - Nick (Head of Engineering)

‘Travel and working elsewhere has given me a great deal of perspective and insight I would never have gained by staying here (NZ). It’s probably a win for my employers as well, but they certainly don’t value it’. - Sharyn (Programme Manager)

‘All round the world yes opens everyones eyes.’ - Charles (Manager)

‘Personal travel for broadening my mind? Yes critical for business / career.’ - Andrew (Patent Attorney)

‘As someone who went overseas and came back, I'm always looking for other boomerangs as I can see the benefit of my time overseas’. - Ruth (Management Consultant)

I think for me it’s all the amazing people you meet, the opening of your mind to try & do things differently, take on peoples different opinions & perspectives - look at things differently, be dynamic & open to change…and come up with creative solutions to solve problems, sometimes in sticky situations…It also gives you confidence, meeting new people, especially solo backpacking is great for this & so much fun!

For IT professionals, Aussie, London, Europe and the US have been great places to go and work, experiencing a range of different IT projects, domains, companies & cultures. The only problem is sometimes it’s hard to extract yourself and make it back to New Zealand, and now there’s increasing global uncertainty which will have an impact, although to what extent, we’ll have to see.

Both myself & my partner Steph were both in the UK wondering if there were jobs challenging enough back in little old NZ!?!? We were pleasantly surprised with a number of interesting organisations & companies, some exporting interesting products or savvy tech, and that coupled with the kiwi, no hassle lifestyle is so refreshing than the hustle & bustle of some overseas living and to be home close to family & friends is just golden for us.

Not only this but to go back to the original question…do hiring managers, IT recruiters or potential employers view travelling as a positive? Well, it depends! But from my experiences, it can help people to be more open to trying different things and being resourceful, creative & solution orientated and can often be more resilient to roll with the ups & downs. Will it actually improve your career opportunities? Hard to say but you’ll certainly have a great time & learn a lot about yourself which is extremely valuable.

So get out into this amazing world do your OE (Overseas Experience) for a few years and learn stuff, meet life long friends and when you’ve returned and you’re at home in NZ, those travelling memories will be extremely fond (especially for those of us who have wee people in their lives!)

I'd be very interested to know your opinion so please make a comment below :-)

I'm Paul, I love coffee, Founder & Principal Consultant of Sunstone, an IT Recruitment & HR company specialising in recruiting IT roles within software, web, mobile, blockchain, big data, cloud infrastructure, security & networks in Christchurch & South Island of New Zealand.

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How did I lose my IT intern? Some key points to snaggle great IT interns!

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I often see great IT interns not get hired by the company they’re working for…there’s a couple of reasons for this:

  1. They didn’t fit the role / culture

  2. There wasn’t an opening for them

  3. They took another role


But often I hear back from IT interns that they didn’t hear back from the company at all and had taken another opportunity.

We sometimes get feedback that when a company goes to offer that great intern a new role but they’ve already accepted a new IT graduate role with another company.

The key message here is to ask them at the start ‘What are your career aspirations’? They might be looking for that overseas opportunity with Google or Palantir in Sydney or London etc or they might be looking to stay here in Christchurch and would love to work with you. If they head off on their OE (Overseas Experience) good on them, wish them well, give them a great experience & hopefully they’ll be in touch on their return.

IT Recruitment is a short-term, medium-term and long-term game.

The other key message is to be up front and ask them if they have any current offers and to let you know when or if they do get something to let you know so at least you can make an offer and be in the mix not to miss out on securing that great IT intern.

Also don’t forget to keep in touch with the interns from the year before who have a year left of study & are best contacted a couple of months before they finish their final exams.

There’s lots of positives with interns including them bringing fresh ideas, new energy, working on sand pit projects you’d like exploring, good PR for your industry being active in the graduate market, but of course the best thing about interns is that it’s ‘try before you buy’ for both parties and you often land your next rock star before your IT graduate recruiting even starts :-)

I'm Paul, Founder & Principal Consultant of Sunstone, an IT Recruitment & HR company specialising in recruiting IT roles within software, web, mobile, blockchain, big data, infrastructure, security & networks in Christchurch & South Island of New Zealand.

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Why are IT Recruiters so paranoid about giving out company information & always want you to send them your CV?

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Very simply security of Information. 

Candidates asking for info on a client ‘who’s the company?’ can potentially be tyre kickers. IT recruiters want to see some form of commitment & this is signified by updating your CV & sending it through to them.

It’s a trust thing.

But what about just using your LinkedIn profile? 

Well yes nearly everyone has one but we often want more technical detail on the projects you’ve worked on & again producing an updated CV shows you’re ready to go...

But what if I don’t want to be put forward to that company? 

That’s fine. Good IT recruiters won’t do this but they want to have the conversation with you, so they can answer your questions & tell you what you want to know about the role, culture & company. This is vital information that you can’t find out on the web, earnt through hours of experience spent by the IT recruitment consultant working with a client over many months or many years.

If you don’t have a CV that’s ok we really encourage catching up for a coffee to discuss your career and are always happy to help you with advice on the market, how to grow, be successful & happy.

An experienced IT recruiter only has so many hours in the day & if they’re talking to you it’s often because they strongly believe the role has potential to be a good match. Trusting them to get you in front of clients can reap the best IT contracts or permanent roles in your career.

On the flip side If they’re not talking to you, they probably don’t have something for you.

In the digital age it’s often easy to search and find companies to send CVs to. Often a company has chosen to work with an IT recruiter for two main reasons.  Time and effort.  Usually they have built a relationship with an IT recruiter they trust & have them work through all the people that contact them, and reach out to until they find the right ones for their company.  It saves them a lot of their valuable time and means they can get on with making their business successful and only meet people who are likely to be right for them.

Clients are often time poor & trust experienced IT recruiters that when they send through that CV of a rockstar Dev it’s because they believe that person can add significant value to your team.

It’s a very outcome based model, in which IT recruiters only get rewarded on success which drives & motivates strong results for both candidates & clients.

Choose & work with experienced, specialist IT recruiters in a market they know thoroughly & they will be able to give you superb advice on how to maximise your potential in the IT job market or find your next superstar candidate who could take your software products to the next level!

I hope this is helpful for both IT candidates & IT clients & gives a useful insight into the mindset of the IT recruiter….

I'm Paul, Founder & Principal Consultant of Sunstone, an IT Recruitment & HR company specialising in recruiting IT roles within software, web, mobile, blockchain, big data, infrastructure, security & networks in Christchurch & South Island of New Zealand.

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