Hey Recruiters, Lets Have an Affair!

Like many recruiters chasing after the killer recruiting tool, you are probably locked into an unhappy contract with a recruiting vendor that’s left a lot to be desired for quite some time. On top of that, you can’t see it getting any kinder to your wallet in the foreseeable future. While it’s up to you to break up your SaaS ...

80/20 sourcing rule that rewards you if done daily

There is a great saying: “If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always gotten.” Tech searches follow a common recipe that offer limited results; especially when up against another agency with the same client search and time to submit is critical. It goes like this.  New position comes in and tech stack identified.  Recruiters ...

Are You Following The Rule To Reach Candidates?

I recently had a conversation with a moderately experienced tech recruiter. Apparently, they had been persuaded by LinkedIn’s clever and ongoing marketing to use the LinkedIn InMail feature as a goto when reaching out to tech talent. This robotic like behavior caused them to overlook the fundamentals of personal engagement basics: it likely takes multiple attempts to successfully make contact.   ...
Don't Just Contact the Low Hanging Candidates

Don’t Just Contact the Low Hanging Candidates

Are you contacting developers that every other recruiter is contacting? Chances are very high that this is the case as everyone these days has access to them with very little effort. Perhaps you’re using LinkedIn most of the time and not searching enough on tech focused sites like GitHub, Reddit, Stack Overflow (which are where developers hang out, not LinkedIn). ...

Skip Those Recruiting Conferences

This is the second part in a series on how recruiters can market to tech workers. You can find the first one, “Recruiters: How to Market to Tech Candidates” I am a seasoned former tech marketer and have used “guerrilla” marketing strategies to not only target tech workers but also to learn more about them. When I created developerDB, i ...
Recruiters: How to Market to Tech Candidates

Recruiters: How to Market to Tech Candidates

I recently saw a posting for Machine Learning and AI jobs using the image above (minus the no circle). The image above reeks of corporate HR. I am sorry but corporate HR is not the coolest thing to a developer. Do you think any ML/AI candidate is going to see this image and say wow I need to go work ...
Missing: One Million US Tech Workers on LinkedIn

Missing: One Million US Tech Workers on LinkedIn

The Stack Overflow 2019 survey result came out recently. While the entire result is fascinating and deserves a good read, I want to focus on an area of great debate: The number of IT workers on LinkedIn. Based on that report, the 2015 report, and our internal research, we expect that almost one million US IT workers are missing on ...

“How to Effectively Recruit on GitHub” Webinar recording

GitHub has 31 million tech worker profiles. GitHub is free to join. So why are recruiters not on GitHub? For tech recruiting, sourcing from GitHub is like “eating your vegetables”: Something you know is good to do but you don’t do it. We recently conducted a webinar “How to Effectively Recruit on GitHub” with hundreds of attendees and thought you ...
tech recruiting webinar

How to Effectively Recruit on GitHub

Register now GitHub has 31 million developer/tech worker profiles that include tech skills, location, social media, and personal emails. GitHub is free to join. And with at least 22% of IT workers reporting that they don't even have a LinkedIn account, why are recruiters not on GitHub? For tech recruiting, sourcing from GitHub is like “eating your vegetables”: Something you ...
Search String Examples on GitHub

Three High Mileage Search String Examples on GitHub

You’ve decided to expand your tech recruiting search chops beyond LinkedIn and other overfished ponds and venture out to GitHub.com where developers do their thing. Fantastic choice as you’ll be hooked in no time. Once you land there, you might be wondering how to do searches to find what you need?  Just focus on the top left search box at ...