Are you procrastinating right now? Me too, so I thought I’d write some tips that help me stop. It’s easier to overcome procrastination when we understand why we do it. According to the Procrastination Research Group at the University of Sheffield, “procrastination has a great deal to do with short-term mood repair and emotion regulation”. In short, if we feel bad, we put things off.
That perfect hire is out there—and as a recruiter, it’s your job to find them. But how?
For the first time in human history, every person has the ability to connect with anyone else in the world. That means talent pools—and the companies seeking people to fill key technical roles—are expanding. The basic economic concept of supply and demand has shifted into a reality of intersectional orbits. Are you part of a recruiting team, in London, that wants to hire an engineering director in San Francisco’s deep technology community? You may not have met that person yet. But they’re out there. They have no idea that you’re seeking them out, which makes it easier to ignore your outreach.
New Year, Who Dis?
What. A. Year. 2019 was filled with growth, learning curves, and plenty of iterations. We can’t believe we’re four years old – and we wouldn’t be here without the support from the recruiting community! Here’s a recap of our notable moments and feature improvements throughout the year.
Software Developer roles are becoming increasingly harder to fill, but if you’ve been recruiting in tech for a minute – this is old news. Not only are there more roles than people to fill them, (there are 223,000 open roles in the US, 91% of them being outside of Silicon Valley) but folks in tech are also getting increasingly hard to get a hold of. Hard stop. If we can’t pique the interest of the person we want to chat with, how can we grow our team?
Tech recruiting…where to begin? Sourcing! In our current market condition (candidate’s market), it’s our responsibility as sourcers, recruiters, engineering managers, leaders, to invest time into building our teams/organizations.
For every one developer you want to bring in for an interview, you have ten other recruiters fighting to do the same. So, how can we maximize our efficiency and likelihood of getting in front of that candidate?
No one wants to waste their time, or to be inefficient, in their business practices. But sometimes we have blind spots that keep us stuck and prevent us from innovating.
Such is the case in tech recruiting with the commonly accepted practice of searching for candidates based on their job title instead of by their experience level with the required job skill.
Today, as tech talent continues to get increasingly harder to hire, it forces recruiters to adopt a different game plan — especially when trying to diversify to include more people from underrepresented communities. When unemployment is low, this can feel like an impossible task, but we have solutions for you.
On March 2, 2011, an ailing Steve Jobs stood on stage at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts to announce the iPad 2. “It is in Apple’s DNA that technology alone is not enough – it’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the results that make our heart sing,” he told the rapt audience. Speaking with his biographer, Walter Isaacson, toward the end of his life, he recapitulated his philosophy: “I like that intersection [of humanities and science]. There’s something magical about that place.”
For the past several months, we’ve been working on a project our team cares a lot about — we recently launched a diversity initiative and we want your feedback. We created an open source project to catalog the growing list of groups, organizations, and resources for diverse talent in the tech community (e.g. Black Girls Who Code, Lesbians Who Tech, and PyLadies). The point of creating an open source project is to allow anyone interested in this information to have access to it, track the evolution and growth of the list, as well as have the opportunity and ability to contribute to the list and/or the overall project and mission. In this open source project you’ll find the free Boolean search strings we’ve made for any recruiter or hiring manager working in tech to help source a more diverse pool of candidates.
It’s Armed Forces Day this weekend, and we think it’s important to give a big shout out to veterans, and to those that support veterans, as they exit the military and enter into new careers.
It’s not an easy task to start a new career after serving in the military.