Recruiters

What Recruiters Bring to the Table

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“Working with me, you skip the step where your resume is going to get lost in their system,” says Michael Lipschultz, Senior Recruiter of RockIT Recruiting, who uses Dice to reach out to talent whether they’re actively looking or not. At the Tech Career Expo in San Francisco, I asked Lipschultz about the advantages of working with a tech recruiter like himself. His answer: He’s essentially your advocate, and will work your application through the mine field to get you… continue…

Resumes, Hobos and Human Machines [Guest Column]

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Somewhere in the core of just about every technical professional’s brain is the desire to refer to themselves as a genius in their respective technology stack. Years ago I started seeing the emergence of words like “Evangelist,” “Guru,” “Torch Bearer,” and the like on resumes.   I get it and agree… you guys are brilliant and capable of incredible cutting-edge development in infrastructure and software. Each of your efforts support a vast array of non-technical personnel, essentially keeping life as we… continue…

Eight of Our Favorite Stories About Recruiters

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Recruiters: Some people love them, some people hate them, most people are probably ambivalent about them, but one thing’s for sure: They’re a fact of life. So, over the years we’ve posted a number of articles and videos about recruiters, how they think, and how you can approach them. Here they are, and if you have any additional thoughts about recruiters, be sure to post them in the comments below. How To Be a Candidate Recruiters Will Notice The Top Secrets… continue…

How Startups Can Use Recruiters, and Learn from the Process

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How do recruiters think? What’s their motivation? Are some better than others? How do you know if you’ve got the best recruiter, who’ll offer you real help? These are just some of the questions Elaine Wherry, co-founder of the sharing service Meebo, had when hiring more engineering talent. She had hired 23 great engineers and wondered what kind of recruiter would be able to help her start-up hire more. In an effort to find a great recruiter, she created some… continue…

iOS Developers and Employers Dish on Recruiters [Video]

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If you’re an iOS developer, chances are a recruiter has approached you via email, a phone call or at a meetup to gauge your interest. At Apple’s WWDC, it’s almost like shooting fish in a barrel. We asked iOS developers and employers to weigh in on ways recruiters can improve their techniques for wooing candidates. And some of the advice from employers may surprise prospective iOS job candidates. View From the Top For example, Willem van der Merwe, who heads… continue…

Five Ways to Get Hired When Employers Are Picky

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You’ve probably heard about the so-called “IT skills gap,” the disconnect between available talent and the specific work that needs to be done, especially in areas like mobile app development, cloud computing and business analytics. Though a lot of job seekers say the gap is more about corporate manipulation, Computerworld says that, unfortunately, it’s real, and for some weird reasons. Having said that, there are ways to jump over the gap. Bridging it is a challenge that can be met.… continue…

Can IT Consultants Be Blacklisted by a Staffing Firm?

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Questions abound whether IT consultants can be blacklisted by a staffing firm. Is it true or just another vicious Internet rumor? There’s no doubt that staffing firms can terminate IT consultants for breaking the rules or put your name on a “do not hire” list, especially if you quit without notice or offend an important client. But do agencies really share the names of ousted contractors? Do they blackball professionals for petty offenses? It’s a popular topic on Dice Discussions,… continue…

Coding Challenges Can Get You a Job

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Some companies run programming challenges to sift out the wheat from the chaff, and the prizes often include job interviews. Facebook has been running one such online test, allowing two hours to solve the problem it presents. Complete the challenge — which is considered fiendishly difficult — and you get a telephone interview. It’s not a guaranteed job offer, but it’s a step in the right direction. For those whose resumes always get filed in the trash at recruitment agencies,… continue…

The Tools I’m Using as I Look for a Job

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One of the more frequent comments on Dice articles offering job search advice — including mine — Is this: You have no idea what you are talking about because you already have a job and don’t understand what it’s like to search for a job when you don’t have one. Well, I don’t have a job. I’m out there looking. Now, I’m a consultant. I expect jobs to end. But that doesn’t mean I like not having that paycheck come… continue…

Why You Should Think More About the ‘Other Side’

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After watching a man get beaten half to death, the warden in the old prison movie Cool Hand Luke tells the assembled convicts, “What we have here, is a failure to communicate.” I remembered that line as I read (yet another) story about tech employers bemoaning the lack of talent, and (yet another) string of comments about how companies will find plenty of talent if they’ll just stop looking for their dream date. If my friends the regular blog commentators… continue…