Professional recruiters are quoted as spending 20-30 seconds per CV (with eye-tracking studies showing it can be as low as 5-7 seconds). As a hiring manager this is too little: you cannot get the info you need and act on in that timeframe. Engineers I’ve worked with typically spend 7-10 minutes per CV. This is too much: CV reading is… Read More »How to review a tech CV/Resume in 2 minutes or less
WRONG IDEA: “Negotiating with our Recruitment Agencies to pay them the lowest possible commission per-hire will save money and make our Recruitment more efficient”
What would you think of a colleague who ends phone calls or meetings by saying their last sentence and then hanging up (or literally running out the room) before anyone can reply? A person that never wants to hear what others have to say, who never gives a chance for others to add anything, ask anything? How would you react… Read More »Why companies and recruiters ghost/ignore job applicants
When we meet simple problems – ones where we understand all the possible outcomes, every possible factor – then we can work out the “best” solution. A problem in Algebra or Physics always has a “correct” solution, and if you have the right skills and training then it’s easy to find. The real world … is nothing like that. Software… Read More »What is a “Recruitment Anti-Pattern”?
(“DoE” literally stands for “Dependent on Experience”. But read on to find out what that tells you about the company and the role…) Job adverts sometimes contain the text “DOE” next to the Salary/Remuneration/Pay box. This is a way for companies to hide the salary before they’ve met you and learned what figure you might accept. But this often tells… Read More »Did you know “Salary: DoE” stands for “Don’t Apply Here”?
I created this site for Engineering Leads/Hiring Managers who want to get better at hiring … but that means I also have a lot of insights into the hiring mindset, and tips that could be useful for people on the other side of the table. Here’s my guide to getting hired as a programmer/developer/engineer in a post-pandemic world. Inside the… Read More »Developers: how to get hired in the wake of Coronavirus
TheRegister is offering free job listings, embedded in their main news feed, for tech jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic: https://www.theregister.co.uk/2020/03/31/technology_job_ads/
I’ve seen a lot of these recently: “In the current climate, we’re placing all hiring on hold. No new roles will be listed, and recruiting for existing roles will be postponed until the pandemic has passed. It’s less than ideal (a lot of our teams would like more resource), but it’s a difficult time for us all and we’ll have… Read More »Should you freeze recruiting during COVID-19?