GitHub Usage from around the Globe

GitHub is one of the most prominent and popular software development platforms in the world with more than 31M registered users [https://github.com/about/facts].

But the distribution of GitHubbers varies across the globe.  Recently, we’ve taken a look at some of the variations in global GitHub usage, city by city, by leveraging our humanpredictions database.
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The Challenges with Diversity & Inclusion

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. read more

Reinventing recruiting by removing automation

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.” read more

Tech Recruiting: Improve your outreach ROI

At humanpredictions, we detect signals that tech people leave on public websites indicating they are open to making a move. We use those signals to form our proprietary “hp Priority” score. When recruiters focus their time and energy on high hp Priority scored candidates, they increase their rate of placement and have a higher return on investment with outreach efforts. read more

Let’s talk about diversity

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. read more

Round-Up Recruiter Emails: Let’s-Be-Real-People | May Edition

Our team gets a lot of requests for help with writing effective emails for sourcing and recruitment.

So, we thought: why not share real emails that actually worked?!

Our customers have shared great examples of emails that have sparked interesting dialogue and yielded great results. So we’ll be sharing these personality-filled emails with you for inspiration on a monthly basis going forward. read more

The Challenge for Veterans in Tech

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. read more

Badass Women: The Real Leaders in Tech

What makes a leader inspirational?

When we evaluate what it takes to be a leader, we look at their contributions. But to be inspirational, we look at the depth of experience they bring to the table and how those experiences influence their decisions.

Inspirational leaders have been shaped by learnings throughout their career with influences from various jobs, mentors, and personal lessons that can sometimes go undisclosed. We hear grand stories of rising from failure, seeking the guidance of mentors, and the general motivations behind a leader’s ambition and drive. read more

Your Developers Are Leaving You & It’s Not About the Money

If your developers are leaving you, then it’s time to reflect on your Money Mindset.  Do these statements ring true for you?

  • “They’re just going to leave in a year or two anyway, what’s the point in investing in them now? I can’t afford to just throw money away like that.”
  • “We all know developers make 20% increases with every move they make. What company can afford to retain their teams with numbers like that?”

Sound familiar? This mindset would both keep quality people from joining your team, and drive current people away. Furthermore, these statements reflect a huge error in thinking about money and retention. In this blog entry, we will debunk some of the myths… read more

Define Your Brand Already, Recruiter

As recruiters, we spend a lot of time looking at profiles of potential candidates on several different social media channels. These profiles inform thoughts and assumptions about potential candidates including: skills, interests, experience level, and even their personality. Think about the assumptions made after looking at someone’s Twitter bio, tweets they’ve shared in the last 24 hours, or even their summary (or lack thereof) on LinkedIn.

Well, assumptions go both ways…

With all of this information you collected from the words they shared online, have you taken time to think about the assumptions other people may be making about you from the words you’re sharing? Have you thought about the impact these words also may have on someone’s interest level in responding to you or even working with you and your company?

Let’s do a quick assessment of your social media, no not the company’s social media, but your =&0=& social media:

LinkedIn
  • Headline – this small piece of real estate has a lasting impression. Does it represent what you do in the right light? Keep in mind that this headline is something people remember when they see your face or hear your name, use it strategically.
  • Photo – they say a picture is worth a thousand words. Don’t get too hung up on the photo, but do think about what yours says about you. For starters, do you have a photo? And if so, is it recent? We all know those people that still have a headshot up from ten years ago because it’s still their favorite, but let’s be real, using an old photo doesn’t go unnoticed.
  • The summary – LinkedIn isn’t always the easiest place to reach developers or other technical folks. But if you’re using it to do outreach, think about what you’re saying here and who you’re trying to reach. Are you using a bunch of recruiter jargon or are you personalizing it to tell a more whole story? Think about your audience, always and meet them where they are. This is about you, but it’s for them.
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