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10 August
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Geek Language Quiz 4: DevOps Edition

Our fourth Geek language quiz is the “DevOps Edition”. There are a plethora of DevOps tools, so we figured it’d be fun to check how familiar we are with their logos.

 

  1. Which open source operating system is represented by the logo below? (1 point)

ubuntu
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05 July
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Passive Candidate Engagement Case Study (iOS Mobile App Developer)

iOS-App-Development

iOS App Development (image credit: www.letsnurture.com)

In our previous passive candidate engagement discussion, we talked about the most important information recruiters need to know is how your open position would be a desirable career progression for the candidate. To establish this, we need to collect intelligence about our candidates in addition to understanding the position itself.  Assuming you’ll work with the hiring manager to gather both the requirements and selling points for the open position, we’ll focus our discussion on the candidate side in this blog. Read more…

02 June
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#1 Must-Know When Engaging Passive Candidates

The candidate engagement problem

Candidate Engagement

Candidate Engagement (credit: marketo.com)

Proactively sourcing for passive candidates is an important part of technical recruiting, even for companies with strong brands among developers, such as Google or Facebook, which seem to have plenty of active candidates to choose from.  (It was reported that Google has a job application acceptance rate of 0.2% – 25 times more selective than Harvard, Read more…

12 April
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Making Sense of “Number of Years of Experience” in Technical Recruitment

“3+ years experience with Ruby on Rails or similar web frameworks (i.e. Django)”work_experience

“5-10 years of experience in software development, framework architecture and design”

“7 years of experience in a full stack environment, building large scale consumer web applications”

There are endless examples of these requirements listed on typical job descriptions.  Many people, including job seekers, hiring manager and recruiters, recognize that “X years of experience” is a highly unreliable proxy to gauge someone’s capabilities.  Then, why do we keep using “number of years of experience” to describe what we are looking for?  Isn’t there anything else better? Read more…

16 March
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Career Paths for Sourcers in Technical Recruitment

Sourcing is an important part of any recruiting, but particularly so for technical recruiting.  Many people started their career in technical recruiting as a sourcer.  We’d like to take a look at some possible career paths in technical recruiting for sourcers.

Career Paths for Sourcers in Technical Recruitment (Eremedia.com)

Today, we’re very lucky to have a chance to sit down with Amybeth Quinn, Global Strategic Sourcing Manager for Hewlett Packard Enterprise Cloud and President of Sourcing 7 (a special interest group of Northwest Recruiters Association) to discuss this topic. Read more…

18 February
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Let’s Build a New Image for Technical Recruiting

Technology Heart

What‘s the first organic search result in Google when you type in “technical recruiting?”

Since Google personalizes search results, for me, the answer was a blog titled, “Why are technical recruiters so clueless?”, by none other than the creator of Ruby on Rails web development framework – David Heinemeier Hansson of Basecamp, known in the software community as DHH. In this blog, David Heinemeier Hansson opened with –

“Are there any recruiters working in technology who get it? Anyone putting in just a minimum of effort to appear even half-way competent? If so, they need to speak up. The reputation of their profession is being soiled by completely clueless hacks.”

DHH then included an actual email that he received from a recruiter, urging him to apply for “a rapidly expanding, VC-funded tech startup positioned squarely on top of the social media marketing revolution.” Read more…

28 October
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How Developers Scan Job Descriptions: SDE

Quality_EngineeringSoftware Development Engineer (Seattle)

Previously, Geekology interviewed an iOS Mobile Developer and an QA Engineer to learn how potential technical candidates feel about the job descriptions they would run into. In this installment in our series, we set to find out more by interviewing an experienced SDE currently working at a leading technology company. You will soon see from the candidate’s perspective on how he approaches the application process. Please note: the following analyses only reflects the opinion of the specific interviewee.

Please give us your career summary.

I’m a software engineer with 4 years of experience – 2 years at startups and 2 at a corporate level company. My key skills include:

  • C++
  • iOS Development
  • Parallel Computing
  • Computer graphics

If you were to get a new job today, what would it be? Read more…

05 October
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From Spam to Good Read: Content Marketing Tips for Technical Recruiters

IT-recruiter-content-marketing-to-software-developers

Why do software developers often view emails from recruiters as spam? Usually in these recruiting messages, it’s all about getting the developer to become interested in the job opening the recruiter is trying to fill.  Therefore, if the position is not interesting to the developer (which is often the case), developers feel it’s a waste of time to read these emails.

No Value = Spam

What if technical recruiters can add something that developers find useful to their email messages?   Read more…

09 September
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Do you see what software developers see?

Many technical terms are named after common objects.  Here are some programming languages whose names make you think of something else. Check them out in this short video!

 

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26 August
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Project Managers: Why do we need them around in an IT environment?

Project-Manager1The position of project manager seems generic and self-explanatory; someone who manages projects. However, upon even a few minutes of searching, it is evident that the abundance of functions and job titles can be quite daunting. Therefore, this week on Geekology, we will attempt to clarify a few of these points.

First and foremost, project managers exist in every industry, whether be it architecture, construction, government, healthcare, real estate, you name it. Besides the basic communication and related soft skills that are necessary, their job functions require backgrounds that are industry specific. However, given the diversity of applicants, it is not uncommon for potential candidates to be lacking in IT-related experience. Fortunately, there are often non-technical positions that do not require computer science degrees and on the job training is also an option if the requirements are not overly rigorous. Read more…