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What Andy Rubin's Google Departure Says About Executive Retention

October 31, 2014 at 11:46 AM Rob Stevenson

The father of Android, Andy Rubin, is leaving Google after 9 years with the tech giant. After Android was acquired in 2005, Rubin spent several years overseeing the platform's development before a brief stint with Google Robotics, and now will part ways with the company to kick off his own hardware oriented incubator. 

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4 Reasons to Consider Rehiring Former Employees

October 30, 2014 at 10:00 AM Kathleen de Lara

If you’ve hit recruiter’s block and are near exhausting your resources for sourcing new hires, you may want to reconsider some old pipe matter – previous employees. 

While it may not have worked out between you and them at one point, finding your next great hire could mean onboarding a great hire again.  

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These Engineering Blogs Do What Most Recruiters Can't

October 29, 2014 at 12:18 PM Rob Stevenson

You've sourced, phone screened, and interviewed a dozen candidates. There's a handful your team like and you think they'd be a great fit, but you've still got to sell them on your company. One of the trickiest parts of landing the elusive engineering hire can be adequately demonstrating the ins and outs of your organization's development process. Besides the technical nature of these processes, you may not even be privy to how your company's way of doing things shook out. Enter your company engineering blog.

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Here’s Why Your Employer Brand Needs a Revamp

October 28, 2014 at 12:18 PM Kathleen de Lara

In an ideal world, every candidate has heard great things about working for your company lightyears ahead of your first email outreach. 

Every year, Fortune Magazine puts together a list of the top 100 best companies to work for and even before seeing the list, a few org names already come to mind. 

Google, for example, is one of ‘em, and unsurprisingly tops the list for the fifth time in its eighth appearance in the series. What’s their secret? Along with the 99 other contenders, Google has managed to achieve a level of solid employer branding backed by a satisfied team and a strong culture with a clear set of values – all of which drive the way the company operates. 

Not yet convinced? Read on. 

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12 Communities for Sourcing Female Engineers

October 27, 2014 at 10:50 AM Rob Stevenson

It's hard enough out there for recruiters to find and hire the best tech talent, even before adding the hurdle of building a representative team. Finding candidates from disparate sources across the web is a great way to get on the path to diversity, but if you want these candidates to eventually accept an offer, you’ll also need to prove your organization has a culture in which they’d thrive. As you begin sourcing female engineers, here are a handful of culture-related items to consider, as well as some places to more easily locate top talent.

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How to Find Engineers Hiding on GitHub

October 24, 2014 at 6:00 AM Kathleen de Lara

We feel your pain.

Hiring engineers isn’t easy and recruiters run into a combination of these typical snags in the hiring process: A candidate is already employed, not interested in switching jobs, or not interested in hearing about a new role.

Or perhaps you got a preview of their background and find nothing else to help you qualify them for the opportunity. In our webinar on recruiting engineers, Loni Spratt shared her tips and techniques for sourcing on some of tech’s largest networks, including GitHub – but what do you do when a candidate is a little more private with their work?

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So You Know Your Way Around GitHub. Now What?

October 23, 2014 at 11:28 AM Rob Stevenson

You all know GitHub as an invaluable tool in assessing candidates based not merely on resume claims or previous pedigree, but on their actual work. As you've no doubt found out yourself, however, it's one thing to know your way around the site, and quite another to know how to properly assess GitHub profiles. Recently, the professional Q&A board Quora took a bit of a dive into GitHub, and users listed off some key areas for what makes a profile truly stand out.

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6 Tips for Interviewing and Hiring Former Employees

October 22, 2014 at 11:35 AM Abby Perkins

Whether you run your own small business or work in an HR department, if you’re involved in hiring at all, you've probably heard the term "boomerang candidate” recently.

As the name implies, a boomerang candidate is someone who has applied to work for a former employer. The typical boomerang candidate wasn’t fired for performance issues or personality clashes – he likely left his previous position under good terms. Whether he left to pursue a more exciting opportunity, went on earn a degree, or to make more money, he's ready to become a member of the team again.

The question is, how do you go about interviewing him?

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Stop What You're Doing and Take These Phrases Off Your Careers Page

October 21, 2014 at 11:12 AM Rob Stevenson

Your careers page is a prime recruiting tool that never takes a vacation, calls in sick, or even sleeps. Any serious candidate is going to have a poke around, and inbound interest might not have anything else upon which to base a decision. As a result, it needs to be sharp, succinct, and demonstrative of your company values. More important than this are those troublesome "scoffers". I'm talking about those tiny, seemingly insignificant details that make you immediately delete an email, dismiss a resume,  close a blog post (yikes!) or otherwise ignore some form of communication. Just as one of these scoffers can instantly torpedo your attention, if you have one on your careers page, you can forget about getting that inbound application. Here are some cliches and cringeworthy career copy that you must eliminate from your company site at once!

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What if Employees Don’t Want to Advance at the Company?

October 20, 2014 at 6:00 AM Kathleen de Lara

Stagnant employees can be one of a company’s biggest problems, and sticking with them for the long run leaves hiring mangers with an ultimatum – these employees either grow or go.

One discussion at this year’s HR Tech Conference sparked a debate on employees who simply aren’t interested in developing from their role within a company. 

“What if employees don’t want to grow? They like what they do and are good at it. Why do all companies have this underlying mission to develop their employees? Not everyone works that way,” one audience member said. 

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