Julia Jolkin
Julia Jolkin

IT recruiter, mentor

Recruiter of the Year, 2022
I am an expert level IT recruiter, sourcing specialist, recruitment mentor, founder of one of the top IT recruitment agencies in Estonia - IT Talent.

  • Education: Master''s degree in Communications (Tallinn University, 2004).
  • After working in HR for 10 years I realised that recruitment is the part of HR functions I love the most. I enjoy facilitating career growth and changing peoples lives. In 2014 I received my Black Belt in Sourcing certification& became one of the first home-grown technical recruiters and founded IT Talent. Since then my team has done a great job hiring local and foreign specialists and helping Estonian IT companies grow.
  • I believe in: candidate centric recruitment, life long learning and taking small but regular steps towards big live changing goals.
  • What energises me: speaking at conferences home and abroad and seeing my candidates and mentees grow professionally.
  • My favourite quote is actually a formula: + - =
    Let me explain: one needs +, - and = people to grow professionally.
    "+ people" - to learn from
    "- -people" to share your knowledge with
    "= people" to compete with and be challenged by.
    You will hear many more of my quotes and stories during the course.
Jelena Laudver
Jelena Laudver

HR professional
I am an HR professional with 16+ years of experience in mid-size and large international companies. IT Talent Recruitment Partner.

  • Education: Master''s degree in Business Administration (TalTech, 2017).
  • I have been working as a strategic HR Business Partner in international companies with executive teams and supporting organizations to achieve their goals. I am passionate about people development and finding their potential.
  • I believe in doing the right things, the power of positive thinking, and lifelong learning.
  • What energizes me: sharing my professional expertise with others, learning and doing new things, my family, ceramics, and sport.
  • My favorite quote: "Think Big, Dream Big, Believe Big and the Result will be Big"
Alina Kutlugalina
Alina Kutlugalina

Lead IT recruiter, sourcer and relocation expert
I am a Lead IT recruiter with 5+ years experience. I joined IT Talent in January 2021 and moved to Tallinn from St Petersburg.

  • Education: Engineer, Information technologies, Mechanics and Optics University (Saint Petersburg, 2010).
  • I took a long path to discover recruitment and IT. However, starting from the moment I joined, I never looked back and loved my profession.
    The recent 5 years of my career have been dynamic, full of learning by doing. Today I am happy to share my knowledge with you.  I will train your brain, pump up your skills and share my love for IT. 

  • I started my recruitment career as a sourcer with the global US company EPAM, then continued with an IT life science company, joined it as an IT recruiter and a little later I was promoted to Talent Acquisition partner. Being adept at constant learning I took part in one of the biggest IT recruiting conferences in Saint Petersburg, called HRAPI, and got acquainted with Julia. A year later I was excited to accept IT Talent's offer and move to Estonia. I have experienced the journey from offer to relocation and adaptation myself. I love living in Estonia! I will be glad to share my expertise on the following topics:

    • hiring and relocation of foreign specialists
    • сandidates searching, sourcing
    • technical competences for IT recruiters
  • I believe that IT recruitment is a diamond, sparkling with millions of colours. It involves passion, emotional intelligence, hard work, fulfilment and gives freedom. 
  • It inspires me when people are open and ready to give honest feedback. I appreciate individual approach, cosy, kind atmosphere and teamwork. This is the way we will be learning at our courses! 
  • My favourite phrases are simple but so truthful: "Patience and hard work conquer all!”
Ekaterina Krivich
Ekaterina Krivich

Lead Software Engineer
I am an experienced software engineer with 15 years of hands-on coding experience in a variety of languages. I am a lifelong learner and very excited to share my knowledge about nerdy things.

  • Education: 

    Masters degree in Human Computer Interaction (Tallinn University 2020).

    Masters degree in Applied Math (Kuban state university, Russia 2006).

  • I usually meet HRs when looking for a new job. The impression I was sharing with my colleagues, before I found IT Talent, was: HRs know nothing about IT, and they don’t want to. Julia and her team re-assured me. And now I want to help other HRs to be better in what they do.

  • I started as a developer and throughout my career I was a lead developer and Engineering Manager. I had the pleasure of organizing several internal trainings for non-developers, and workshops for dev-juniors aka Django Girls Tallinn.

  • I believe in: robots who will rule the world, biohacking and lifelong learning.
  • What energises me: reading and writing when I can concentrate on what I’m doing. Listening to dark ambient music and watching zombie movies
  • My favorite quote: “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards”. Once I even wanted to get a tattoo like that.