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July 2015: Puppet, Chef, Cloud Architects In Demand More companies are shifting from on-premises datacenters and servers to cloud-based services, creating added demand for system administrators and “cloud… continue…
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Effectively Sourcing Talent from GitHub If you’re not familiar with GitHub, you should be. With more than 10 million users, it’s a community of active… continue…
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The Key to Researching Your Top Candidates It takes a lot of time and effort to craft the perfect recruiting message, especially since top candidates are regularly… continue…

July 2015: Puppet, Chef, Cloud Architects In Demand

Posted In: The Dice Report
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More companies are shifting from on-premises datacenters and servers to cloud-based services, creating added demand for system administrators and “cloud architects” who can effectively deploy and maintain next-generation architecture. Tech pros want this deployment and maintenance of back-end infrastructure to behave with the flexibility of software development, with consistent and repeatable processes (as well as a lot of automation to make the job easier). That desire has sparked the rise of configuration-management tools such as Puppet, Chef, Ansible and SaltStack,… continue…

Effectively Sourcing Talent from GitHub

Posted In: Just for Recruiters
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If you’re not familiar with GitHub, you should be. With more than 10 million users, it’s a community of active developers and software engineers who present their skills for all to see by posting code, commenting on the work of others, and contributing to the projects held in more than 24 million repositories. Approach it correctly, and you’ll get a sense of their strengths and interests, along with an inside view of how they go about their work. At the… continue…

The Key to Researching Your Top Candidates

Posted In: Just for Recruiters
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It takes a lot of time and effort to craft the perfect recruiting message, especially since top candidates are regularly bombarded with emails and social-networking notes from recruiters. Everybody knows that research into a candidate plays a big part in crafting the message—but what kinds of research are most effective? Here are some tips: Research Their Current Employer Where does the candidate work? Is their company in trouble, or is it ruling the industry? Do they offer a competitive salary… continue…

Tailoring the “Perfect” Recruiting Message

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In the new eBook I produced with Dice, The Definitive Guide to Engaging Top Tech Candidates, I discuss how to personalize your email or message to what you’ve learned about the candidate. Keep it short—no more than 2-3 quick paragraphs. (2-3 sentences is even better!) Ask a question—don’t be a one-way “sender.” The goal is to get them to the next step, which is a two-way conversation, so start the relationship with a two-way orientation: “My CTO, Brian, and I were… continue…

Got a Hilarious Recruiting Story?

Posted In: HR and Recruiting
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Most of the time, recruiting candidates for a job follows a predictable pattern: You engage across all platforms, talk up the benefits of potential employers, and arrange meetings. But every so often, the recruiting experience gets a little… weird. Maybe it was the candidate who refused to show up to interviews in anything other than a toga. Or maybe it was that employer who accidentally spilled coffee on not one, not two, but three prospective employees in a row. Whatever the odd/hilarious/heartwarming situation,… continue…

How Persistence Sets Successful Recruiters Apart

Posted In: Just for Recruiters
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Most recruiters send one email, or leave one message, and then move on; they assume there’s no interest if the prospect doesn’t reply back right away. Don’t be most recruiters. In the new eBook I produced with Dice, The Definitive Guide to Engaging Top Tech Candidates, there’s an art to engaging prospects in a way that yields results. Space Your Messages Across Days If you expect an email reply to your first and only email, you’ll likely be disappointed. The… continue…

Tips for Writing A Great Job Posting

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The quality of your job posting can have a huge impact on the quality and quantity of applications you receive. Your posting is the first interaction with a potential candidate, so it’s important that you make a great first impression. An effective job posting breaks down in to the following elements; fine-tune these to perfect your posting: Title A good title for a job posting clearly states the job’s role, highlights a single position and isn’t a “catch-all” jumble of… continue…

Why Personalized Messaging Works for Recruiters

Posted In: HR and Recruiting
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Personalized messaging, sent to the right target, by a credible recruiter or tech pro, leads to high response rates. What’s the secret sauce? As described in the new eBook I produced for Dice, The Definitive Guide to Engaging Top Tech Candidates, there isn’t any: No magic phrase that works for every recruiter, for every candidate. (Anyone who tells you otherwise is selling you something.) But, there are several keys to effectively messaging top tech talent. It’s All About Them, Not… continue…

Pointers for Recruiting In a Demanding Market

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While salary is certainly an important factor for job candidates, it’s not the only thing that can sway their decision: solid perks, best-in-class co-workers, and a sense of “changing the world” can also exert a powerful influence. For recruiters and HR pros, a vital part in recruiting the best talent is selling not only the position, but also the company culture. You don’t just explain how the job will advance the candidate’s career; you describe (in detail) how the candidate’s… continue…

Preparation Is Key to Improving Candidate Reply Rate

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Top tech talent doesn’t respond to typical, generic “seeking rock star programmer” spammy emails. Personalized messaging is key to hitting your response rate goal and generating a slate of top candidates. However, with so much information available on candidates, it can be difficult to decide what to use in your communications and when to use it. As I describe in my new ebook, The Definitive Guide to Engaging Top Tech Candidates, investing in more time upfront in preparation can improve your… continue…