Tuesday 21 June 2011

Software Development and Web Designing Industry in Malta

Article by Finny Mathew

When speaking of software development or web design, industries tend to focus on countries like the UK, the USA and Australia; however, Malta is also pacing towards the front line with excellent quality web designing standards and software development standards.Both are includes much more than the mere needs of the client. Software development is a structured, planned and complex process of computer programming which entails writing and maintaining a large amount of source code. In broader terms it includes everything between the conceptions of the desired software to the final outcome of the software. Everything that we see on the World Wide Web could be termed as web designing. This includes layouts, texts, fonts, colours, backgrounds, contents and other factors. All these make a website more interactive, user friendly and convenient to browse. However, the most important component of any project is the knowledge of the required skill set, along with the expertise and experience.

There is a significant amount of software companies in Malta, which specialise in various open source and Microsoft technologies offering quality solutions in all dimensions, such as, software development, mobile app development and web designing and development. Ranging from oil and gas to shipping and logistics, from manufacturing and retail to sales and marketing, from banking and insurance to almost any industry you can imagine; these companies can offer solutions meeting the requisites of every industry. A professional company in Malta has the potential to deliver web designing and software services on any required platform; and eventually shapes up ideas into reality, so that one not only survives the competition but surpasses it. Furthermore, they provide the cost-effective services and are equipped with cutting-edge skills to deliver avant-garde solutions.

Web development and software development companies in Malta are constantly keeping up-to-date with the latest technologies which enhance the delivery of solutions to meet the requisites of every industry.

Monday 13 June 2011

What is the perfect length for your CV?

We have seen CVs over 30 pages long (true!) with photocopies of all their certificates on top of that.  This is not an autobiography you’re writing.  It’s a curriculum vitae.  It’s a lot shorter! (via)

People often feel that a one-page CV is worth less than a two-pager but this is definitely not true.  It is much better to have a good, strong one-page CV than a two-page one that is padded out with unnecessary information.  You should always be aiming to exclude irrelevant information which may detract from other more important points.
Often a CV which has been spread out over two pages can, with a little careful tweaking, be made to fit onto one page – and this tends to have greater impact.  It is of course important not to force a CV unnecessarily onto one page when two pages would be better but a 1½ page CV tends to look incomplete and weak.
Regardless of the length, do make sure that all your most important information is conveyed on the first page or, for a one-page CV, in the top half of the page – because too many recruiters simply won’t bother to look any further. 
What if your finished CV is more than two pages long?
There’s only one answer to this question – unless you are a ‘special case’ you need to keep working on your CV until you’ve reduced it to the standard two pages.
Take a long, hard look at your CV and consider:
  • Removing some of the less important points you’ve made
  • Finding ways to communicate the same points more concisely
  • Ruthlessly eliminating all unnecessary words and phrases
  • Axing non-essential sections, for example your Objective
  • Placing your Interests & Activities under Other Details
  • Changing the design and page layout to create more space
  • Editing, rewriting, polishing and perfecting until it fits!
Contact Muovo for free review of your CV

Send in a copy of your CV to [email protected] with the subject header: CV REVIEW and one of our recruitment consultants will assess it and email you with their suggestions as to how it could be improved to ensure it is viewed more positively by a prospective employer.

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Thursday 9 June 2011

Software Tester Wanted

Our client, a leading telecoms sector company in Malta, are looking for an experienced Software Tester.

Read more on our site: http://www.muovo.eu/muovo/vacancy_detail.aspx?id=273753

Friday 3 June 2011

Interviews: maximising your impact (part 1)

1. Preliminary


• Find out as much about the company as you can. Get hold of annual reports (available in large libraries or directly from the company itself), research the company on the internet. If you have applied through a recruitment consultancy (such as Harvey Nash) most of this research will have been done for you. The type of information you might want to research: nature of the business, number of people, revenue of company, revenue forecast, number/location of offices, general dedication to career development.

• Try to judge what the strategic and operational objectives of your prospective employer are, how this role contributes to their achievement and what you may bring to fulfil these objectives.

• Sign up for Google News alerts to keep up with latest developments in the company. http://www.google.com/alerts

• Allow plenty of time to travel to the interview location - plan to arrive 15 minutes early. Always wear smart business attire (even if the company allows casual dress). Make sure you are clear on who is interviewing you and what the interview process is. How many interviews will you have? What are the interviewers' names/job titles? How will these people contribute to the decision making process? Will there be any tests? If you are working with a recruitment consultancy (such as Harvey Nash) most of this research will have been done for you. Bring along a spare copy of your CV.


• Upon arrival, if you have brought a coat/umbrella try to find somewhere to put them before you meet the interviewer. Sit down, look relaxed (even if you're not!).

• Upon first meeting your interviewer make sure you shake his/her hand firmly - make eye contact, smile. Be prepared to make polite conversation - 'Did you find us OK?' - always try to answer these questions with more than just Yes/No answers. Perhaps you might want to comment on the attractiveness of the office environment or the ease by which you got there.

• In the interview room, play safe with your etiquette. Don't take your jacket off without asking, sit down after or at the same time as the interviewer.

• Pay close attention to your physical communication throughout the interview. This means good eye contact (i.e. looking at the interviewer for over 70% of the time - if you have more than one interviewer always try to address all of them with your answers). Don't cross your arms (it looks very 'defensive'), don't slump in the seat, smile.

• Don’t be flippant, keep control of your sense of humour, at least at the first stage and treat the beginning of the interview with the seriousness it deserves.

• When meeting senior prospective employers who are not UK nationals, ensure you know the etiquette and protocols that ensure you are not offensive. If you show that you have the knowledge and apply the etiquettes, you will give yourself the edge over your rival candidates.


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