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22 November
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24 October
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6 Winning Recruiting Strategies for Tech Startups

Tech startups often worry about how to compete for talent with bigger companies. Many technology giants attract software developers with generous compensation packages. It’s common to see the tech giants put forward higher salaries, enticing benefits and perks, fancy or sometimes novel (such as a treehouse) office space, sense of stability, well-defined path for advancement and seemingly endless possibilities of promotion.

What should you do if you are recruiting for a startup in the same market as these tech juggernauts? What are some strategies you can implement to attract top talent for your startup? Read more…

22 September
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5 Skills Hiring Managers Look for in Technical Recruiter Candidates


How do managers of technical recruiting teams define a high potential hire? What are some core competencies talent acquisition leaders looking for in their candidates? Technical recruiting is a uniquely challenging task. Recruiters require a special set of skills, and no one recognizes these skills better than the hiring managers. Read more…

28 July
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Geek Language Quiz 6: Data Scientist Edition

Do you source and recruit Data Scientists? Are you familiar with their tools, processes, and systems?

Our latest Geekology logo quiz focuses on technical keywords commonly seen in job descriptions for Data Scientists. Have fun and see how ready you are to source for your next data scientist candidate. Read more…

25 June
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What A Strong Startup Engineering Team Looks Like

Software developers spend a tremendous amount of time and energy focused on building software systems and products. More often than not, these products are results of efforts from teams, not just individuals. So, the long-term success of a software product relies more on the strengths of the team than that of an individual. Read more…

25 May
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What Software Developers Really Think About Your Job Descriptions – Software Development Manager

In this series, I invite a qualified engineer/developer with matching or related technical background to review a real job description. Previously, an iOS Mobile Developer, Software Development Engineer, and a QA Engineer all shared how they feel about the job descriptions likely presented to them by recruiters. In this installment, we set out to uncover the unfiltered feedback on a Software Development Manager job description by interviewing a small startup CTO. You will also see how this person would approach job search if he were to enter the job market today. Please note: the following analyses only reflects the opinion of this specific interviewee. Read more…

25 April
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4 Ways Your Junior Developers Will Make The Grade – An Interview with Kevin Yu, CTO of Socedo

When tech recruiters look for talent who best match their job openings, it is almost certain that they are after the seasoned and experienced ones in the field. We seldom hear companies, especially startups, chasing after junior developers. They need to consider the company’s ability and bandwidth for onboarding and training new team members, so they tend to opt for senior developers. While the talent pool size of the “experienced” developers is always limited, there are new tech talent trying to enter a career in tech every year. Is there no hope for these junior developers to pursue career opportunities with startups?

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24 March
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A Quick Guide to iOS Developers’ Capability Levels

With over 75% of Americans owning smartphones and over 50% owning tablets for both personal and business use, companies are busy developing mobile apps to serve their customers on all sorts of mobile devices. Apple being the giant in this space, with its popular iPhones and iPads running on their mobile operating system iOS, plays an important role.

This means many companies are hiring iOS Mobile Developers these days and recruiters are busy looking for them. When recruiting and hiring iOS developers, how should we assess these candidates? To help us get a clearer picture, Read more…

23 February
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How Startups Can Win Top Talent – Part 2

Our Founder and CEO, Mei Lu, recently gave a talk on the “How Startups Can Win Top Talent” panel during Seattle Startup Week, hosted by Mikaela Kiner of uniquelyHR, along with four other panelists: Matt Cholerton, Jennie Ellis, Shauna Swerland and Meagan Sylvester. Mei shared tips on how startups can win top talent using a variety of strategies and techniques to attract, recruit, and hire top tech talent in today’s competitive market.

Here are Mei’s thoughts on questions from the audience. (This is part 2 of a multi-part series to address the hiring and recruiting questions of startup founders. You can find Part 1 of the series here.) Read more…

24 January
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Understanding Test Automation Engineers and Their Job

Software testing is an essential area of work in software development that is both wide and deep. It includes “any activity aimed at evaluating an attribute or capability of a program or system and determining that it meets its required results.” Anyone that has come to even a basic level of exposure to software testing has seen the abundant and, oftentimes, cryptic terms in this area, such as smoke testing, white-box testing, dynamic testing, regression testing, and stress testing, just to name a few. Read more…