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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…

21 March
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Advice for Contacting Developers: Straight from a Software Engineer’s Mouth

No Recruiter Spam

I met a software engineer this week at a Node.js meetup.  We chatted about Ruby vs. Nodejs and I mentioned that I ran across a blog with interesting Ruby vs. Node benchmark data.  He gave me his business card and asked me to forward him the link.  Being a LinkedIn addict, I, of course, looked him up on LinkedIn.

The very first thing I saw on his profile got my attention immediately:

Hi! Thanks for looking at my profile. If I haven’t already reached out to you, please be sure to read the section “Advice for Contacting (_Name_)” below before contacting me.

STOP! Go back and read that again!

I’m a software engineer with experience in — brace yourselves, buzz words coming! — scalable, mission critical systems that handle big data… Read more…

28 February
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What Is an SDET? What They Do and How to Sell this Role

If you are a technical recruiter, you might be a bit unclear about what exactly is an SDET. You might be wondering, “Is SDET same as a tester?” hqdefaultBut, SDETs seem to be requiring just as much coding as software engineers. Then you ask yourself, “What skills am I supposed to look for when my hiring manager is looking for an SDET?” Read more…

27 January
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Do You Speak Geek?

Do you speak geek

Seattle, where I live, is a coffee obsessed city. No matter you live here in Seattle or elsewhere, if, when you hear the word “Java”, a computer programming language comes to mind before a cup of hot drink, count yourself in as a denizen of Geek-speaking land.

Being one of the leading technology hubs, Seattle seems to have an even stronger obsession with technology and geek culture than with coffee. You might not be a geek who writes code, but most likely you have plenty of geeks around you at work, in your social circle, or in your family.

So you ask, “Why should I, as an HR or recruiting professional, care about speaking Geek?”If any part of your job involves recruiting technical people, you should care deeply. Here is why, according to this Undercover Recruiter article on “How to Recruit Technology Talent”: Read more…

08 March
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Developer Mind Reading 101

What Developers Look for in a Job

Developer Mind Reading 101If you’re a technical recruiter, knowing what’s on your candidate’s mind helps tremendously at every step of your interaction with them. The better you know what the most important considerations are on their mind, the better chance you have to successfully recruit them. Here is a list of super power you’ll get when you can “read mind” –

  • Having developers return your email or phone call during your initial reach out
  • Sustaining your candidate’s interest level while going through all the testing, qualifying, and interviewing
  • Reaching a win-win outcome during the offer negotiation to bring them on board

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