Foxtek acts as a specialist Tech Talent Partner to some of the Netherlands' most exciting companies. We help to scale and strengthen engineering teams and enable companies to achieve ambitious growth goals, critical to their advancement and future success. We do this by providing a complete Talent Solution, from initial advice & hiring roadmap design, through to execution. All the while, identifying & match-making the best local Talent out there. Geographically we focus solely on the Randstad region. The Netherlands is one of the hottest destinations for Tech Talent globally and we relish the opportunity to work alongside amazing companies and the awesome teams within them. So whether you're a potential client, who needs a Talent Partner with the know-how to deliver for your development team in this challenging market, or a candidate, looking for an agency to support you with your search... we're here to help.
When I was looking for a new position, Tom Page approached me and I can say without doubt, is someone I can rely on. Not only did he provide multiple great positions (senior frontend developer) but he also managed all the communications between me and his clients. This meant I only had to concentrate on doing the interview. There was regular communication at a time that was convenient for me, so finding a new role was a good experience and I would definitely consider working with him again.
Tom (Baker) is one of my favorite recruiters. It took me some time to get used to his direct and open communication style. But I now see the benefits of this no-nonsense approach to recruitment. He is very fast, keeps his promises and has an excellent network. Great work Tom!
Gabor De Mooij
Absolutely amazing service. I received a job offer within two weeks from the moment I was contacted by Foxtek. Working in the tech industry in the Amsterdam area, I know it can be quite overwhelming getting contacted by several different recruiters at the same time, so don't make this mistake. If you get contacted by Foxtek, you're lucky! Work with them and I guarantee you will find what you are looking for! Thank you Foxtek!
Lewis helped me find a great role and I really enjoyed working together with him. Throughout the process Lewis was organized and communicated clearly. He knows the industry well and was able to connect me with standout companies that I had not been able to find on my own. If you are looking for a new tech job in the Netherlands, I couldn't think of a better person to reach out to.
Tom Page was the recruiter I worked with in Foxtek Recruitment. Tom is the best recruiter in the Netherlands hands-down. He's straight-forward and does his job with excellence. A lot of recruiters pester you and do not listen to you. I told him my wishes and what I was looking for, and Tom handled it like a champ. He landed my job at my new company which saw a 50% increase in my salary! I'm incredibly happy with my current job and I owe it to Tom. The process was speedy. Tom possesses what so many recruiters lack: "Common Sense”. He treated me like a professional and never once did he waste my time. He only gave me meaningful status updates and gave me jobs that were uniquely tailored to my wishes. Thank you Tom & Foxtek!
Janine Amelie Lourens
David Arkinstall of Foxtek helped me find and land a great role at a fun and impressive company. During the process, he managed everything well and frequently updated me of any developments. I really liked his communication style and the way he was involved to make things happen. Above all, although I have never met him personally, he seems to be a really nice guy and is an examplar of a good recruiter. Thank you David!
Tom and Foxtek were amazing. Genuinely better than any other recruiter I worked with before. They found the exact positions I asked for and consistently found new things I found interesting. Tom was always pleasant, clear, respectful, and professional. They treated my time like it was valuable and were exceptionally honest and transparent. Great experience with a really good team.
Tom was my Tech Recruiter and helped me find my first job in Netherlands. Working with Tom was a pleasure. Very friendly, professional, supportive and quick to respond. You can feel that he has your back and it shows. He helped me find exactly the kind of company I was looking for. I would wholeheartedly recommend Tom if you are looking for a new position. Thank you Tom for all your help and support!
Tom (Baker) is very hard working and will work until 11PM for you if necessary. He is very honest and direct in his communication style, ensuring efficiency in conversation but also takes his time if you need more explanation. I got my first freelance gig through him and he was helpful in assisting me with everything I needed to know.
At Tjuna we have been working with Tom for nearly one year. Tom provided at least 3 very suitable Freelance Developers with the required skillsets. Tom is good at understanding what our needs are and acts towards these goals. He asks the questions that matter to get the information that he needs to find the right candidate for us. He is helpful and his way of working fits our organisation very well. The advantages of working with Tom are that he delivers (quickly if needed), he asks a fair price for this and he is not pushy. What we need, we get. Apart from his professional skills, Tom is a very kind person I would definitely get in touch with again
#management is one of the hardest jobs in any industry. Here are some of the things I learned from being a#billing#managerin#recruitment👇Effective communication – Keep your messaging direct and simple 📣Prepare for meetings/training sessions – Have a session plan so that you maintain a level of structure. Important conversation planned? Run through what you’re going to say, questions that might come up, and how you’re going to deliver that message before the meeting starts 🤝Analysis – Data/Stats/MBRs are completely useless and ineffective unless you take time to analyse the results. Your job (particularly early on) is to help your staff digest that information and create development points 💹Measuring success – Management is a lot of things so try not to be too binary and just deal in how many jobs, interviews or deals your member of staff is doing early on in their careers. Monitoring and assessing competency is pivotal to understanding the level of success an individual is having or might have in the future, so if someone’s making improvements and getting better at the job then this can be enough 📚Mentality – Early on in your management career can be a lot of trial and error. You’re seeing what does and doesn’t work with your training sessions, messaging, management of different personality types. Be open to this process and you’ll start to find patterns/trends/techniques that start to work for you (Be patient) 🧠Listen – Learn from anyone in ANY industry that has tread the path of management. However, make sure you’re taking notes because they’ll be a lot of them! 👂Humility – Sometimes you will get decisions wrong or your messaging will be off. We’re all guilty of this so own your mistakes and communicate this with your staff. Also, you no doubt know a thing about recruitment and you’ve had a few successes 😉 We all know the classic “One time, I had this situation where?” opener but talk about some of your failures as well. Keep some balance ⚖Rewards – If you’re in management to just make more money and purely further your career then you’re going to struggle. You’re also going to struggle with the idea of fulfillment because, for me, management is a vocation and should be far more about the development of an individual rather than the monetary reward that's attached to this.Hope this helps. #billingmanager #management #development #learning
As a recruiter, the one thing it's hard to account for is a candidate’s ability to sell themselves once their interview has started🏁I have worked with developers who have a long list of fantastic references and a range of experience that would make any hiring manager sit up and take notice, but for some reason, it takes them months to land a project.In my experience, it often comes down to the interview, they are too honest👼They might:❌ Say that the project timeline is unrealistic💰 Point out a costly update that is needed within the application🤷♂️ Highlight their deficiencies in an attempt to be candidThis would not be a problem if you didn’t also have freelancers who are happy to do the opposite:🧠 Inflate their experience⏳ Offer unrealistic estimates and worry about that in 3-months time🦻 Tell the client exactly what they want to hearThis might sound like I am painting hiring managers as gullible fools who aren’t able to smell bullsh*t, but I’m not.When you're under pressure to deliver, you'd be forgiven for betting on the candidate who exudes confidence💃 What is your approach in an interview for a freelance gig?
Sheep with five legs.It's precisely why some companies in Amsterdam are struggling to hire good developers.I'm finding that more and more hiring managers are setting unrealistic expectations of what they expect their new hires to have experience with.I'm also seeing more and more posts on LinkedIn about job descriptions asking for it all.For example, I've seen adverts for Fullstack Developers with equivalent experience in Frontend & Backend who also have excellent DevOps experience.3 for the price of 1?You're searching for a five-legged sheep.I believe the cause of this is tight budgets; some companies either can't or don't want to pay for the exact expertise the hiring managers need.However, if this is the case, companies need to realise that they have to scale back their expectations to find someone to join the team and help grow the company.I also have many examples where someone was hired who didn't tick all the boxes on the "job description" but has made an incredible impact.Keen to hear my network's thoughts on this.Do you agree that unrealistic expectations are the main reason why some companies are struggling to hire?Or, do you think it boils down to something else?