The 6th JobFluent Barcelona Fair has finally arrived - 32 tech companies and more than 200 young professionals looking for an opportunity to transform their career, while fostering the Spanish tech community.
2014 was a great year for both professionals and companies in Barcelona - new exciting startups, high-growth companies, talented individuals and even more investments coming in. So which are the hottest tech companies present in Barcelona? What are the challenges young entrepreneurs and jobseekers face? The Avuteq team mingled with the people present at the event to hear their impressions of both job seeking, expanding their professional network and the chaotic, but constantly vibrant startup world.
When discussing enterprenreurship with Marc, the CTO of Trovit, we had the chance to find out more about the challenges an entrepreneur faces: "I would rather call myself an intrapreneur - someone who is accelerating the change while succeeding and constantly drive the value of business. Growing a team from 10 to 100 people taught me a lot about the agile company and start-up culture - to learn from mistakes, be careful of your decisions at very early stages and love what you are doing. When you are a one man show, you have to focus on the most important thing to get done today. When you are a 100 people team, even the smallest mistake can affect everyone around you. This was one of my biggest lessons while being an intrapreneur. "
Besides fresh new startups like Signaturit and Huballin and big names like SkyScanner, Xing or Trovit, we also had the pleasure to meet with a team from one of the most notable contributors to the Barcelona startup ecosystem: Incubio. This start-up incubator made it possible for innovative companies such as Localler or Picto Connection to triumph, by providing them top notch resources and a handful of support. Unlike other incubators, Incubio focuses on the Big Data - one of the hottest buzzwords of the tech scene.
When asked if he would leave the startup world for bigger companies, Xavier Ruiz Royo, a Tech Lead at Incubio, mentioned that he would never trade it, because the startup environment gives him more opportunities to grow as a professional and instills the value of that personal ownership he can’t find anywhere else.
Despite startups looking for top-notch talent, job fairs are also great places for young people to explore the market, network and share few funny experiences too.
For example, Elia, a graphic designer from Bulgaria was seeking to expand her professional network in Barcelona and we asked her what would she ask the founders of Google, if she could have a 10 minute chat with them in a fair like this: " It would be amazing to learn about their ups and downs while building Google, but the first thing I would ask Larry and Sergey would be where did they find the courage to start something that big and if it is lonely on the top."
Among some of the people we met was also Dimitri Visnadi, a sales analyst, who comes to different tech events in Barcelona in order to stay on top of the latest news startup trends and meet likeminded people. We were curious to find out from his experience which was the most odd question he had: “ The most interesting question I heard was about finding out how can one be sure that the light inside a fridge is off. It might be off the subject at first, but I really think that companies use these types of questions to put you in a situation you didn’t expect and see how good your reasoning is.”
As recruiters, we recognize the increasing importance of networking. Seeing so many young people looking for a new prospect, a chance to get their CV not just read, but also remembered, we want to sum up our insights from the event by asking our colleague Anca about her reflections of the event and what advice she would give for the attendees next time?
"Ask yourself what you can do to improve your chances of being shortlisted for an interview. My advice as a specialist recruiter is to focus on the parts which you can control. A great way of standing out from the crowd at job fairs is to do some research before the event and really show an interest for the companies you find interesting. It is a simple and very powerful trick. Make sure to exchange contacts with the company's representative and get in touch in a few days time."
Will social media recruitment beat traditional recruitment?