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Beyond the Buzz Terms: Hunting Top Performers in Tech

August 16, 2013

Recruiters and businesses are strained hunting top performers with the technical skills to drive future growth using the advanced tools that are now available. It turns out that the key to doing so is understanding that the technical world has a culture all its own.

The Terms on the Resume or Profile Only Tell Part of the Story
The tech skills that are in highest demand (JavaScript, Java, Python, HTML5, Android, iOS etc.) have something in common: all of them are publicly available to learn, but take a great amount of experience to use in enterprise. It is easy for a professional to declare that they “know” the technology, in the same way that you may know about 80% of your Facebook friends (you don’t). This is why phone screenings and high-pressure interviews have been essential in the tech industry.

Of course a long list of tech skills may mean that an engineer has maintained a deep interest in many fields, or has been in a handful of positions in which he or she wore many hats, or that he or she is geared towards contract-hopping, or maybe has even been forced to change employers many times. In other words, it doesn’t tell you much.

Techies Are Not Always into Self-Promotion, But Vocal about Their Field
What is only other way to identify great tech professionals besides getting them to sweat in front of a whiteboard for five hours? Fortunately, many of them leave the signs all over the internet. While communications/marketing/sales professionals are very geared towards top-notch presentation on public profiles, tech professionals may be more understated. LinkedIn is often very utilitarian for them, sort of like a bare-bones online resume that they can access from anywhere.

However, developers have communities. In fact, it is often an essential part of the job as sites like StackOverflow are helpful for solving many difficult problems. Even sites like Slashdot are overflowing with enthusiasm and opinion over technical issues. These sites will not only give explicit ratings on a professional's standing in a community, they are largely made up of discussions about personal work experience.

These are good ways to get better insights into candidates....and better ways to engage them!

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