Sep 20, 2010

Is The Way Hiring Happens Changing?

For those who don’t know (or just plain forgot) I run a weekly podcast for developers at and in one of the episodes I talked with Matthew Wills about an idea I blogged about – the Developer Experience Index and wether we need one or not to improve the way we find and hire talent and raise the general skill level of the industry.

Interestingly I just ran across an opinion piece on GigaOm about the way hiring is changing and wether resumes are headed the way of the dodo -

It’s worth having a read, and most interestingly talks about the social networking aspects of hiring and how LinkedIn and your online presence in open source efforts can be a reflection of how well respected you are and wether you’re a good potential hire or not.

I still don’t think we’re there yet, but the aggregation of social networking information into a ranking of some kind is a very interesting approach to finding people, though likely will tend to favour those with the best connections or most popular projects, not necessarily the best developers for your team.  Still, if nothing else, it reflects passion and involvement, and without passion for what they do a developer is pretty much worthless.

1 comment:

  1. Passion within the workplace is one thing, but for many within the profession we don't either have the time to post answers on StackOverflow or have the time nor inclination to spend our leisure hours on open source projects 'for the greater good' when we'd rather be paid for our efforts like every other profession. I wholeheartedly agree though, there are a lot of cowboys out there that look good on CV.

    IMO Linkedin recommendations are pretty worthless. As the author suggests, the contacts list can be useful, and worthy of follow up directly. In actual fact however I'm astounded by the number of managers even in IT who have not even considered considering doing a search on LinkedIn for a candidate's background. After all, as when I'm a candidate I do a lookup on them :)