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Q&A with software engineering consultant Elaine Owens

19 December 2019

​Q&A with Software Engineering Consultant Elaine Owens


Software Engineering Consultant Elaine Owens fills us in on the contract market in Dublin, how traditional recruitment has taken a backseat and what it’s really like to work in tech recruitment.


How did you get into recruitment?

I had heard a lot about recruitment and what it entailed. My cousin worked in recruitment and he let me know exactly what it was like. I really liked how people-orientated it was and knew I had to pursue it!


What’s the worst job you’ve ever had? Or What job would you be really bad at?

The worst job I ever had was working in the deli throughout college. I had to pour chicken fat down sinks and it would spit back up on me! I also had to deep clean the machines, floor and ceiling. It was very labour-intensive, I quickly realised it was not for me!!


What is your role MA?

I am part of the Software Engineering Practice here in MA Tech where I focus on the Software Engineering contract market in particular. I work with a portfolio of clients ranging from large scale technology companies to small scale start-ups. The nature of contract roles vary from shorter to longer-term placements, so you never know what a day will bring!


What does a typical day at work / or work week look like for you?

My day consists of a mix of sourcing for candidates, candidate and client meetings, phone screens and managing job offers. Every day is different which makes the job exciting!


What’s the best way to start the day?

The best way to start the day is with a cup of coffee and a plan for your day so you can keep track and ensure everything gets done! I always have multiple processes on the go so I need to make sure that I’m clear on what I need to do and when I need to do it!


Any tips for people looking for a new job?

Update your LinkedIn profile and set your profile to open to opportunities, you never know what could come your way. I would also recommend that people be particular about what jobs they apply for, you don’t want to find yourself in a process that you’re not 100% engaged with.


What is your market like at the moment?

As we are coming to the end of the year, a lot of areas are winding down. Although there are organisations that are continuing with their hiring goals, some are holding off until 2020. 2019 has been really busy for Software Engineering, especially on the contract side. A lot of companies are leaning away from the traditional permanent hiring and moving more towards project-based contract placements.


Do you see any trends in your market?

Yes, I have noticed a trend with particular companies hiring in certain months of the year due to budgets etc. I have also noticed an increase in demand for certain skill sets like Java and AWS.


Favourite thing about working at MA?

I love the work culture, the people and especially the flexible working arrangements! I am able to choose what hours I work from and to, so I can plan my days around what suits me. We also have work from home which is great when you’ve got a project to get through.


Can you recommend any habits that have helped your professional life?

Getting a good night’s sleep and having a good breakfast is key! Spending time getting to know your teammates and bonding creates a great company culture which makes coming to work so easy!


If you are a Software Engineering professional looking for your next move, contact Elaine today!