Use GitHub to Analyze Developer Behavior

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Techie soft skills and behavioral traits are something a recruiter is continually asked to size up. Since GitHub is a developer’s natural habitat where they are just being themselves, their community based ‘activity’ (e.g. Pull Requests, Forking, Accepted Pull Requests, etc.) often reveal behavioral traits which allows a recruiter to draw pseudo educated conclusions on their soft skills. What can ...

Are Your Messages Hitting the Mark With Candidates?

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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.   ...

Tips and Tricks to Uncover Candidate Emails

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Even though there’s a wide range of products that help tech recruiters potentially find candidate emails and more, every now and then you get the big goose egg and need a few last resort tricks/hacks to find things. There is obviously no silver bullet, but here are some approaches to use when you’re in a bind and want to feel ...
The Best Months to Recruit Developers

The Best Months to Recruit Developers

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It is almost time to get the turkey ready—or for my in-laws, the Christmas tree. As the year is flying by us, we thought it would be fun to find out which month of the year has the highest number of job changes within the tech sector. For this analysis, we excluded internships to focus on full time employees. With ...

Quitting at the One Year Anniversary: Myth or Reality?

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Growing up, after trick or treating, we would always give our candies to our parents to inspect them for poison or other dangers. I, as a parent, continue this tradition with my son. This is a classic urban myth that strangers poison kids on Halloween. Tragically, the only two documented cases where children have died eating poisoned candy during Halloween ...

How to Recruit on the #1 Social Media Site for Tech Talent

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A famous bank robber was asked why he robbed banks. His answer was “That's where the money is”. Using that same brilliant logic, tech recruiters should be going to where tech talent flock to. According to the 2019 Stack Overflow survey, Reddit is the most popular social media site for developers. Compared to LinkedIn, Reddit has more developers utilizing the ...

Smart Recruiters Git’ Over to GitHub Where Real Tech Recruiting Happens

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Sure. You’ve heard about GitHub. Perhaps you’ve even run a few searches on GitHub but quickly returned to LinkedIn as it’s familiar and comfortable. No worries and no judgement as this is very common. We’re just encouraging you to seriously consider the possibilities that GitHub offers, especially when you feel you’ve hit a wall on LinkedIn. The ROI of the ...

Why Your Recruiting Tools Should Be Like Sales Tools

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Recruiters may think that this is the golden age of recruiting tools with new services cropping up promising AI this or AI that.  But actually the pickings and the quality are rather anemic when compared to the quality/quantity of sales/lead generation tools available. Recruiting is similar to lead generation/sales: Find the right prospects and convince them to do something. Sure, ...