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What Recruiters Say and What Developers Hear

Posted by Angela Nyman on Nov 24, 2015 11:00:00 AM

I recently gave a keynote presentation on technical recruitment challenges. In this presentation, one topic that got a lot of response was on what recruiters have a tendency to say and how this sounds to developers. Recruiter jargon = big warning signs for developers.

To increase the chances of attracting, engaging with, and retaining developers, here are five expressions recruiters (or hiring managers) say, how developers interpret them, and tips on how to improve your developer communication instead.


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Topics: Recruitment Emails, Recruiting Tips

Sell the Company, Not the Role

Posted by Neil Johnson on Nov 23, 2015 12:30:00 PM

In Good to Great, Jim Collins cites “getting the right people on the bus” as one of the most important aspects of building a great company. He’s right, and this means not only hiring the best possible people but retaining them as well.

I often see hiring and retention discussed separately, but I think it more useful to view them as facets of the same problem. This means every aspect of the hiring process should also consider the implications for long-term retention. Good candidates will often have multiple offers on the table and companies must compete with one another for their signature. Success will come down to many factors, but undoubtedly the company that sells itself the most effectively will have an advantage.

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Topics: Employer Branding

Inspiring Tech Recruiting Quotes

Posted by Rachel Maleady on Nov 20, 2015 11:00:00 AM

We've all had those days where we lack the drive to be successful at our job. This rings especially true for recruiters and hiring managers, who are tasked with the tough task of finding the best talent and placing them in jobs they love. Choosing the right people to work for you plays a large part in your company's success, so next time you're feeling frustrated or uninspired, check out these popular tech recruiting quotes. 

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Topics: Recruiting Tips

How Tech Companies in Smaller Cities Can Still Attract Top Developers

Posted by Rich Moy on Nov 18, 2015 1:02:14 PM

With competition to hire developers as fierce as ever, companies of all sizes have started offering perks that go far beyond health and dental insurance. While some hiring managers can also sell candidates on the idea of working in a major city, others simply cannot compete with those locales. However, that’s not necessarily as big of a disadvantage for those recruiters as you might think. While you’ll need to work a little harder to highlight what makes your company a great place for developers to work, here are a few tips to help you get it done.

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Topics: Recruiting Tips

How to Build High-Volume Sourcing Strategies With a Personal Touch

Posted by Rich Moy on Nov 17, 2015 12:30:00 PM

Tech recruiters, especially those who are newer to the field, often get a lot of advice about their sourcing strategies. They read tips on how to find great developers online, and also have heard about how important it is to keep communication with them as personal as possible. For a recruiter who’s trying to build up their pipeline quickly and personalize every email they send, doing both of these things well can seem overwhelming. However, here are a few tips to help you find developers online more quickly without sacrificing the high-touch communication you know developers respond to.


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Topics: Recruiting Tips

The Trouble With "Culture Fit"

Posted by Rich Moy on Nov 12, 2015 1:30:00 PM

The culture fit assessment has become so widely used by recruiting teams everywhere, it often becomes just as much of a requirement as some of the practical skills on a job listing. Of course, it’s important to invest your time and energy in fostering a work culture that would make any developer want to come work for you. However, even though you might have a general understanding of what it means to your team, the term has become a catch-all that allows hiring managers to make swift decisions about candidates based solely on a gut feeling.

While it’s difficult to design a culture fit assessment beyond anything anecdotal, it should go far beyond your first impression of how that person interacts with you and your colleagues. How can you define what “culture fit” means for your company? And how can you be more regimented about sticking to it?


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Topics: Company Culture

3 Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Tech Sourcing Strategy

Posted by Rich Moy on Nov 11, 2015 1:00:00 PM

With so many options at the fingertips of technical recruiters, it would be easy to measure a sourcing strategy’s success simply by counting the hours you’ve spent sourcing candidates online. However, while it should be obvious that this alone is not a good indicator of time well spent, the characteristics of a successful developer sourcing strategy aren’t always as clear.

Even if you haven’t invested in sophisticated tools to measure the effectiveness of candidate searches, there are a few things anyone could (and should) consider when your sourcing strategy leaves a bit to be desired. Here are three questions you should ask yourself when you’re trying to determine if your tech sourcing strategy is as effective as it could be.


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Topics: Recruiting Tips

Are You Offering Relocation to Your Future Developers?

Posted by Rachel Maleady on Nov 10, 2015 1:00:00 PM

You’ve found and interviewed your ideal developer candidate. There’s only one problem – they live in Arizona, and your offices are located in New York. Developers work all over the world, so often your ideal candidate isn’t waiting around in your backyard.

The tough decision then comes down to three possible outcomes; you pass on them and try to find a candidate that lives closer, you hire them and let them work remotely, or you offer a relocation package to help cover the moving costs. You’ve concluded that the hire for this specific role needs to work out of your office (so working remotely is off the table), which leads you to start Googling “relocation assistance” on your computer.

Relocation assistance packages can vary from company to company, but often include offerings such as childcare assistance, lease break coverage, lodging, storage, temporary housing, and spousal job support. There are many benefits of offering relocation to your employees, some of which are outlined below.


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Topics: Developer Hiring, Company Culture

Why Less is Often More When Searching for Tech Talent Online

Posted by Rich Moy on Nov 5, 2015 12:00:00 PM

If you’re anything like me, the first time you tried using Boolean search terms to source candidates was very, very frustrating. Sure, the syntax is a bit daunting at first. However, once you get the hang of it, you still might be disappointed by the limited number of candidates your keyword searches return when you use Boolean syntax to guide your candidate searches.

If you’ve experienced this in the past, the truth is that you’ve actually built a really good keyword search. While this might be hard to believe, here’s why a Boolean search that’s working harder for you doesn’t necessarily guarantee it will return lots of results.



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Topics: Recruiting Tips

Are You Conducting Structured Job Interviews With Your Developers?

Posted by Rachel Maleady on Nov 4, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Hiring your next Senior Developer usually doesn’t come to fruition after one single interview. It’s more likely that your interview process is lengthy and involves multiple employees across different teams within the organization. To effectively predict the success of a candidate, your team should work on implementing a structured job interview process.

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Topics: Interviewing

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