July 16, 2017

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Developers & Employers Prefer to Connect Through Networks

I ran Twitter polls on developers' preferences for finding work, and employers' preferences for finding developers.

There's significant alignment. Both devs and employers prefer to connect through their networks - employers apparently more so.

This makes a lot of sense. There's the benefit of "it takes one to know one". And hiring devs who already know your devs may mean a better team fit.

It raises the question of how people who aren't in those networks find opportunities. This has implications for diversity. Hiring entirely through networks could lead to an effectively closed shop.

We should think about how to extend our networks to include people who might not normally be included. For that, we probably need outreach.

Noted also just how little devs and employers think of agencies. This comes as no surprise, when you've been in the industry as long as I have and heard many complaints from both sides.

Handing responsibility for hiring highly skilled workers to someone with no understanding has obvious drawbacks. You may as well ask your greengrocer to do it..

How IT recruitment agencies survive - and thrive - in a market that sees little value in them? It's a mystery for sure. There are just so many better routes now.

I think it boils down to the interpersonal. Sales people in these agencies build relationships with people working in client organisations. It's that simple.

As rational as we like to paint ourselves, we are - in essence - just shaved apes. "Yes, there may be better ways of hiring. But Phil from Computer Bastards Ltd bought me dinner. So they get the job."

That may well change, though. Social media's making it easier for these communities to find each other. As with so many other markets, the Web could end up cutting out the middle man.

Posted 3 years, 1 month ago on July 16, 2017