Around 3 months ago, I packed up in the UK, and headed to the other side of the world, to Australia.
Last Autumn I was chatting to Richard Banks over Twitter, and he mentioned that Readify were looking to hire good .Net developers in Australia. I joked that if they wanted to pay my air fare over I would certainly do an interview.
Sadly Readify don't pay for the air fare, but after a bit more joking I took Richard seriously and dropped them a copy of my CV. A few months later, after a fairly thorough interview (part of which took place over Skype and Live Meeting... sadly the reason for no free holiday), I took the decision to join Readify as a Senior Consultant.
For the last 18 years I have been a self employed consultant / contractor in the UK, and have made a fairly good living at it. In fact this will be the first time I have been an employee since I was aged 22. So this was a fairly big decision.
What swung it for me was the general positive attitude of the Readify people I spoke to, and their focus on technical excellence and good development practices. This is a company that is rapidly growing, and despite the general world economic conditions, Australia managed to avoid the vast majority of the financial crisis.
As part of their expansion, Readify are still recruiting, and due to the shortage of good developers in Australia, they are willing to hire from overseas, and deal with all of the immigration and visa issues needed to get you into the country. So far at least one person I have chatted to over Twitter has applied, and if you look through the list of Readify employees you are likely to see a number of people who are highly respected in the .Net world - it's a great bunch of people.
Apparently only 1% of applicants to Readify get through the interview process, so if you are looking for a new career, are open to moving, and are pretty darn hot around .Net and good development practices, maybe you should think of applying. http://readify.net/Careers/
03-02-2010 6:38 AM