Mastering the Science of Tech Recruiting

 

One of the hottest issues of tech recruiting is keeping pace with all of the technology updates, IT industry buzzwords and the terminology.

Every week Software Engineers receive hundreds of letters and calls from different recruiters all over the world. And traditionally, the recruiters, who have to interact with programmers, add a particle “tech” or “technical” to their title. This magical action is expected to increase recruiter’s credibility in the eyes of developers. But does it actually mean that you (a programmer) won’t be offered a vacancy of a “Financial Analyst” or a “Sales Manager”?

Being engaged in tech recruitment, you need to constantly expand your technical horizons. Dean Da Costa mentioned that,

“There are a lot of online dictionaries and websites to look up information. Most of the information readily available is very static, meaning they don’t keep up with the changing tech world.”

In fact, to “speak tech”, one needn’t go into programming; all that is needed is a little bit of passion and the right tools, one of which may well be RICS.

Let’s also look into the ways you can differentiate between advanced and beginner Tech Recruiter in work:

Addressing candidate

Beginner

Dear John, …

Advanced

Hey Tim, …

What’s the difference?

If the thought that salutation “Dear” is old fashioned and out of use in the technical world comes across your mind, it’s partly true, but the root of all evil is hidden in that the candidate’s name is Tim, not John 🙂 Advanced recruiter doesn’t mix names up and even if he/she uses massive outbound mailing list, he/she applies necessary software tools and custom fields to make cold emails warmed-up to the maximum.

E-mail / LinkedIn Subject

Beginner

Job opportunity for a Senior Ruby Developer

Advanced

Are you good enough to learn Swift in 3 days? We do use Swift at production

What’s the difference?

Advanced Tech Recruiters understand that Software Engineers are daily attacked by hundreds of other recruiters, and the only way to grab their attention is to stand out from the crowd by using their sense of humor and trying to arouse emotions of curiosity, excitement. They constantly experiment and enjoy this process. Stop using keywords “career move, job opportunity, developer wanted, etc.” or use them all at once with humour, addressing developer.

For instance, “Hello, Serg, we are forming a leaderboard of the most annoying words you receive daily from recruiters. Which one makes you angry most?

а) job openings b) career opportunity c) career move d) urgent role is hiring”

Technology awareness (or nevertheless Java is not the same as JavaScript)

Beginner

Hey John, you may be interested in Visual Basic role at award-winning top-notch start-up with state-to-art solution to revolutionize how shared economy industry works. As you are working as Java and sometimes JavaScript Developer this switch could be potentially very attractive for you, couldn’t it?

Advanced

Hey John, you are playing with Scala at your pet projects at Bitbucket despite the fact your LinkedIn tells me as you are mainly involved in LAMP projects. In a month we are going to start completely re-design our open-source module from PHP to Scala with implementing micro-services and completely moving to Amazon AWS. Would you be interested to take part as a part-time contributor to this software?”

What’s the difference?

Advanced Tech Recruiter always speaks the same language with programmers. He/she knows the difference between Java and JavaScript, always talks to the candidate on business, avoiding stunning keywords (like top-notch, state-of-art) and having done a decent homework, familiarized himself/herself with what the developer does at the moment and what kind of technical challenges will appear in your future project. Advanced Recruiter also keeps track on tech news and software development methods as much as programmers themselves.

Summary

The creation of RICS is one of the steps towards breaking down the walls between developers and tech recruiters. Hopefully it will help IT Hunters get closer to their candidates for tech positions, as well as communicate with them equally.

I want to wish all Tech Recruiters to develop your skills and find your own “style” of standing out from other recruiters. And, finally, I wish all Software Engineers some patience as, first of all, the formation process of advanced Technical Recruiter is not fast and, secondly, not all Technical Recruiters will read this article 😉

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