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how to get Me to
work for You
mike pack zombidev
Friday, August 2, 13
what’s up
denver?
Friday, August 2, 13
how to get Me to
work for You
mike pack zombidev
Friday, August 2, 13
why i’m frustrated
with recruiters
Friday, August 2, 13
how to better
understand
developers
Friday, August 2, 13
of 85HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU
who am i
@zombidev
github.com/mikepack
building web apps for 13 years
I’m passionate ab...
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let’s get real
7
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DEVELOPERS ARE IN high demand
8
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it’s hard for companies to find
good candidates
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wide array of interests, skill
sets, educations, etc.
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of 85HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU
local recruiting
is hard
11
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Disclaimer: I’ve never been a
recruiter
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same shitty candidates
13HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU
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of 85
limited options, filling niches is
difficult
14HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU
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of 85
it’s expensive to hire an in-house
recruiter
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of 85
Recruiting is non-trivial
16
you can’t suck
HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU
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SO YOU CONTRACT A
RECRUITER
17
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offload recruiting efforts onto
“Hr professionals”
18HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU
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of 85
save money
19HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU
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of 85
only pay when candidates are
hired
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of 85
search globally
21HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU
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of 85HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU
It’s embarrassing
22
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recruiters don’t care about your
company
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of 85
recruiters send inaccurate
information
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their emails meld into a pool of
redundant requests
25
what I call “shitmail”
HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU
Friday, ...
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developers hate it
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2.2% of software engineers are
unemployed (Q1 2013)
29
7.6% nationally
HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU
Source: Compute...
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WHAT YOU WANT
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high-quality candidates
34HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU
at a competitive salary
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culture fit
35HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU
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reliability
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people to grow with
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credibility
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where to find
developers
39HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU
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locally at meetups
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internationally at conferences
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on github
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on twitter
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mailing lists
44HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU
example: Ruby weekly
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of 85HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU
the sad truth
45
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of 85
to hire good developers, you have
to be a good developer
46HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU
non-technicals will never g...
of 85
if you hire the wrong developer,
it could bring your business
down
47HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU
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of 85
you get what you pay for
48HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU
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of 85
developers hate recruiters
49HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU
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of 85HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU
the good news
50
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any company can hire top-notch
engineers
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of 85
you can learn as you go
52HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU
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of 85
you will make friends
53HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU
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of 85HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU
how to get me to
work for you
54
Friday, August 2, 13
of 85
don’t hire apathetic recruiterS
55HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU
if you’re going to hire a recruiter, better make sur...
of 8556HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU
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of 8557HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU
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of 85
i read every email, and always
respond to in-house recruiters
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of 85HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU
know your shit
59
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of 85
learn to program
60HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU
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of 85
...the basics are good enough
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of 85
be genuine
62HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU
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of 85HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU
become a friend
63
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of 85
it’s the best way to get me to
care about your business
64HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU
Friday, August 2, 13
of 85
you are only as good as your
network
65HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU
Friday, August 2, 13
of 85
make friends, lots of friends
66HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU
Friday, August 2, 13
of 85HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU
be my friend
67
Friday, August 2, 13
of 8568HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU
find me at meetups
Friday, August 2, 13
of 85
email me to say “hi” once every
few months
69HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU
Friday, August 2, 13
of 85
ask me to grab beers
70HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU
let’s talk about business, tech, design, cycling,
snowboarding,...
of 85
tips
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of 8572HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU
play meetup golf
+1 point for every business card
-1 point for every friend
par is 2
...
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keep a running list of people and
employers
know how people feel about their employer...
of 85
anticipate the need for engineers
74HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU
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of 85
make employed developer friends
75
stop seeking unemployed people
HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU
Friday, August 2, 13
of 85
build a compelling product
76
build something you’re passionate about
HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU
Friday, August 2...
of 85
have a compelling offer
77
why are you different? (not how)
HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU
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of 85
unlimited vacation not wanted
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you get what you pay for
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offer a competitive salary
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make me feel comfortable
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100% engineering not desired, neither is 0%
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problems
are
problems
Friday, August 2, 13
culture is important
Friday, August 2, 13
build relationships
Friday, August 2, 13
thanks!
github.com/mikepack
zombidev
Friday, August 2, 13
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  1. 1. how to get Me to work for You mike pack zombidev Friday, August 2, 13
  2. 2. what’s up denver? Friday, August 2, 13
  3. 3. how to get Me to work for You mike pack zombidev Friday, August 2, 13
  4. 4. why i’m frustrated with recruiters Friday, August 2, 13
  5. 5. how to better understand developers Friday, August 2, 13
  6. 6. of 85HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU who am i @zombidev github.com/mikepack building web apps for 13 years I’m passionate about software 6 Friday, August 2, 13
  7. 7. of 85HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU let’s get real 7 Friday, August 2, 13
  8. 8. of 85HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU DEVELOPERS ARE IN high demand 8 Friday, August 2, 13
  9. 9. of 85 it’s hard for companies to find good candidates 9HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU Friday, August 2, 13
  10. 10. of 85 wide array of interests, skill sets, educations, etc. 10HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU Friday, August 2, 13
  11. 11. of 85HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU local recruiting is hard 11 Friday, August 2, 13
  12. 12. of 85 Disclaimer: I’ve never been a recruiter 12HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU Friday, August 2, 13
  13. 13. of 85 same shitty candidates 13HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU Friday, August 2, 13
  14. 14. of 85 limited options, filling niches is difficult 14HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU Friday, August 2, 13
  15. 15. of 85 it’s expensive to hire an in-house recruiter 15HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU Friday, August 2, 13
  16. 16. of 85 Recruiting is non-trivial 16 you can’t suck HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU Friday, August 2, 13
  17. 17. of 85HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU SO YOU CONTRACT A RECRUITER 17 Friday, August 2, 13
  18. 18. of 85 offload recruiting efforts onto “Hr professionals” 18HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU Friday, August 2, 13
  19. 19. of 85 save money 19HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU Friday, August 2, 13
  20. 20. of 85 only pay when candidates are hired 20HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU Friday, August 2, 13
  21. 21. of 85 search globally 21HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU Friday, August 2, 13
  22. 22. of 85HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU It’s embarrassing 22 Friday, August 2, 13
  23. 23. of 85 recruiters don’t care about your company 23HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU Friday, August 2, 13
  24. 24. of 85 recruiters send inaccurate information 24HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU Friday, August 2, 13
  25. 25. of 85 their emails meld into a pool of redundant requests 25 what I call “shitmail” HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU Friday, August 2, 13
  26. 26. of 8526HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU Friday, August 2, 13
  27. 27. of 8527HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU Friday, August 2, 13
  28. 28. of 85 developers hate it 28HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU Friday, August 2, 13
  29. 29. of 85 2.2% of software engineers are unemployed (Q1 2013) 29 7.6% nationally HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU Source: Computerworld, google Friday, August 2, 13
  30. 30. of 8530HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU Friday, August 2, 13
  31. 31. of 8531HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU Friday, August 2, 13
  32. 32. of 8532HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU Friday, August 2, 13
  33. 33. of 85 WHAT YOU WANT 33HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU Friday, August 2, 13
  34. 34. of 85 high-quality candidates 34HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU at a competitive salary Friday, August 2, 13
  35. 35. of 85 culture fit 35HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU Friday, August 2, 13
  36. 36. of 85 reliability 36HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU Friday, August 2, 13
  37. 37. of 85 people to grow with 37HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU Friday, August 2, 13
  38. 38. of 85 credibility 38HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU Friday, August 2, 13
  39. 39. of 85 where to find developers 39HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU Friday, August 2, 13
  40. 40. of 85 locally at meetups 40HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU Friday, August 2, 13
  41. 41. of 85 internationally at conferences 41HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU Friday, August 2, 13
  42. 42. of 85 on github 42HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU Friday, August 2, 13
  43. 43. of 85 on twitter 43HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU Friday, August 2, 13
  44. 44. of 85 mailing lists 44HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU example: Ruby weekly Friday, August 2, 13
  45. 45. of 85HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU the sad truth 45 Friday, August 2, 13
  46. 46. of 85 to hire good developers, you have to be a good developer 46HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU non-technicals will never get a good read Friday, August 2, 13
  47. 47. of 85 if you hire the wrong developer, it could bring your business down 47HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU Friday, August 2, 13
  48. 48. of 85 you get what you pay for 48HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU Friday, August 2, 13
  49. 49. of 85 developers hate recruiters 49HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU Friday, August 2, 13
  50. 50. of 85HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU the good news 50 Friday, August 2, 13
  51. 51. of 85 any company can hire top-notch engineers 51HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU Friday, August 2, 13
  52. 52. of 85 you can learn as you go 52HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU Friday, August 2, 13
  53. 53. of 85 you will make friends 53HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU Friday, August 2, 13
  54. 54. of 85HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU how to get me to work for you 54 Friday, August 2, 13
  55. 55. of 85 don’t hire apathetic recruiterS 55HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU if you’re going to hire a recruiter, better make sure they’re good Friday, August 2, 13
  56. 56. of 8556HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU Friday, August 2, 13
  57. 57. of 8557HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU Friday, August 2, 13
  58. 58. of 85 i read every email, and always respond to in-house recruiters 58HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU Friday, August 2, 13
  59. 59. of 85HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU know your shit 59 Friday, August 2, 13
  60. 60. of 85 learn to program 60HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU Friday, August 2, 13
  61. 61. of 85 ...the basics are good enough 61HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU Friday, August 2, 13
  62. 62. of 85 be genuine 62HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU Friday, August 2, 13
  63. 63. of 85HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU become a friend 63 Friday, August 2, 13
  64. 64. of 85 it’s the best way to get me to care about your business 64HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU Friday, August 2, 13
  65. 65. of 85 you are only as good as your network 65HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU Friday, August 2, 13
  66. 66. of 85 make friends, lots of friends 66HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU Friday, August 2, 13
  67. 67. of 85HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU be my friend 67 Friday, August 2, 13
  68. 68. of 8568HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU find me at meetups Friday, August 2, 13
  69. 69. of 85 email me to say “hi” once every few months 69HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU Friday, August 2, 13
  70. 70. of 85 ask me to grab beers 70HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU let’s talk about business, tech, design, cycling, snowboarding, anything Friday, August 2, 13
  71. 71. of 85 tips 71HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU Friday, August 2, 13
  72. 72. of 8572HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU play meetup golf +1 point for every business card -1 point for every friend par is 2 Source: http://blog.ledwards.com/blog/2013/07/28/meetup-golf/ Friday, August 2, 13
  73. 73. of 8573HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU keep a running list of people and employers know how people feel about their employer Friday, August 2, 13
  74. 74. of 85 anticipate the need for engineers 74HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU Friday, August 2, 13
  75. 75. of 85 make employed developer friends 75 stop seeking unemployed people HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU Friday, August 2, 13
  76. 76. of 85 build a compelling product 76 build something you’re passionate about HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU Friday, August 2, 13
  77. 77. of 85 have a compelling offer 77 why are you different? (not how) HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU Friday, August 2, 13
  78. 78. of 85 unlimited vacation not wanted 78HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU Friday, August 2, 13
  79. 79. of 85 you get what you pay for 79HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU offer a competitive salary Friday, August 2, 13
  80. 80. of 8580HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU Friday, August 2, 13
  81. 81. of 85 make me feel comfortable 81HOW TO GET ME TO WORK FOR YOU 100% engineering not desired, neither is 0% Friday, August 2, 13
  82. 82. problems are problems Friday, August 2, 13
  83. 83. culture is important Friday, August 2, 13
  84. 84. build relationships Friday, August 2, 13
  85. 85. thanks! github.com/mikepack zombidev Friday, August 2, 13

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