What do tech employers want in an employee? It’s the question that everyone in the industry has pondered once or twice and something we’ll discuss in this week’s roundup.
Alongside some Forbes insight into tech employers, we’re looking at Google’s recent tax escape in France and the potential for a cybersecurity collaboration between the US and Russian presidents. It couldn’t happen, could it?
The cybersecurity yo-yo
When US President Donald Trump met Russian President Vladimir Putin this month cybersecurity was on the agenda. A new era of working together was described by Trump in which he outlined plans for a joint cybersecurity unit to protect against election hacking.
President Trump explained it was “time to move forward in working constructively with Russia” and on Twitter Trump shared more with his followers, explaining: “Putin & I discussed forming an impenetrable Cyber Security unit so that election hacking, & many other negative things, will be guarded…and safe.”
Throughout the day, Trump and his treasury secretary, Steve Mnuchin praised the cybersecurity project only for a huge online U-turn to follow just hours later.
Trump wrote further on Twitter: “The fact that President Putin and I discussed a Cyber Security unit doesn't mean I think it can happen. It can't-but a ceasefire can,& did!."
The U-turn is said to have come about after staunch criticism. Many could not believe that Trump would work together with the country accused of hacking the US election.
Social media, of course, made their feelings heard. So, are we getting an impenetrable cybersecurity unit? Probably not. It was all over in a matter of days – we simply can’t keep up.
Adverts galore as Facebook shakes up its messenger app
Remember when Facebook made you download a separate app to chat with your friends?
Well it's now going to force adverts on you via the service. The social media goliath has announced this week that it was testing advertising on its Messenger app as it looks to make even more money.
Facebook have said that adverts will begin to appear in the homepage of the app and that users clicking on the ads will either be taken to the website or to a separate chat window where they can interact with the brand.
The move comes after a successful trial in Australia and Thailand as Facebook continues to look for new ways to monetise its services.
What to look for when hiring tech talent
Finally, Forbes Technology Council has recently published a terrific article in which successful CTOs, CIO and Executives gave their insight as to what traits to look for when hiring.
The main traits tech employers should look for?
- The ability to stay calm under pressure
- People who are constant learners
- Someone attached to concept, not platform
- Tech builders
- Team players
- Those with entrepreneurial spirit
It’s worth noting that if you’re in the tech industry, this is what employers are looking for in a candidate. So, take note, read up and turn yourself into a model employee.
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