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Skype are looking to add talent to their growing enterprise
Skype is one of the fastest growing enterprises in Europe at the moment and is looking to add talented members to their team. The European Job Days caught up with Tiit Paananen, the Skype Engineering People Operations Director, and Tallinn Site Leader, to get the lowdown on Skype’s participation in the event with EURES Estonia.
European Job Day (EJD): Please describe your business in Estonia
Tiit Paananen (TP): Skype was born in Estonia, which is where the main engineering centre is, and we have 440 people in Tallinn. Next year will be our ten year anniversary and we expect by then to have over 500 people working with us in Tallinn.
EJD: How many vacancies do you have and how many people are you hoping to recruit?
TP: We have 105 positions worldwide and 19 positions in Tallinn. During the first half of 2012, our Tallinn office grew by about 70 people, and we expect to grow and add more during the next 12 months. People can be placed in London, Prague, Stockholm, Tallinn or Luxembourg. We also help with relocation. It is very easy to come and work in Estonia if you are a European citizen. The living standards are very high; we have an overall very good technological infrastructure, and a good business environment.
EJD: What do you look for in an employee?
TP: We are looking for someone who has a lot of potential and good learning capability, those who have, or have done, some projects on their own, or start ups, but are perhaps now looking for more stable positions. Furthermore, we are also looking for people who are willing to relocate.
When it comes to specific profiles, we need software developers, programmers, technical project managers, technical support people and site operators. In general people who have an IT development background, are quick learners and have some self-initiative, and perhaps have run some projects on their own.
EJD: What advice would you give to young people who would like to work in your field?
TP: Seek cooperation in teams; do not try to do stuff on your own. Gain experience, fail a couple of times and learn from your failures. Think outside the box; sometimes job adverts or positions are not a 100 % match to your skill set, but don’t let this keep you from applying. Have a clear understanding of what your strengths and weaknesses are, and be clear about what you want to do.
When you are offered an interview, study for it. Look into the dynamics of the business. People interviewing are usually very busy, so they expect their time to be used valuably.
EJD: Have you used EURES before?
TP: This is the first time we have used EURES. The reason we are using the network now is that many people are now moving abroad to study, supported by their government, to decrease youth unemployment. We want to tap into that talent pool, those people who have just been released from their studies, who have not been able to find jobs in Spain, Italy, Greece or Portugal, for example. Through EURES we could find these people and relocate them to Tallinn or other cities where we have offices.
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