Mei Lu

A Gentle Introduction to SRE

Site Reliability Engineer (SRE) is a title that’s becoming more and more mainstream these days. When doing a search on SRE job postings, you will see companies like Google, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Airbnb, Adobe, Stripe, Yelp, Dropbox, and GoDaddy all trying to hire people for this role. From the SRE title itself, we can conclude …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Passive Candidate Engagement using Persona – iOS Mobile App Developer Case Study

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 …

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#1 Must-Know When Engaging Passive Candidates

The candidate engagement problem 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 …

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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)” “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 …

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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. Today, we’re very lucky to have a chance to sit down with Amybeth Quinn, …

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Let’s Build a New Image for Technical Recruiting

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 …

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

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 …

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