Finding Talent

Looking Past the Resume and the Importance of Culture Fit

Post authored by: Christopher Shivers — Director of Research at Cook Systems   Understanding who a person is as well as what they can do is vital for understanding how someone will impact workplace culture. Resumés and Gut Feelings Recently I was listening to a friend lamenting the fact that his company does not seem to be…

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Where Resumes Fail in Finding the Best IT Talent

Hiring managers have been doing it for decades. (Maybe even centuries, as the first “resumé” is said to have been composed by Leonardo Da Vinci.) Need to fill a position? Sift through resumés until one catches your eye. Or, in today’s world, let a program scan them for you. Put the ones with the best…

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How to: Interview Developers to Find the Best Talent

Finding great developers isn’t easy. It’s difficult to determine whether or not they really know what they’re doing just from a few interviews, not to mention assess their interpersonal skills. The key is to first decide on the specific personal qualities you’re looking for, then how to properly evaluate them in a candidate. While the…

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5 Must-Have Qualities for Potential Leaders on your IT Team

Good developers code well. Great developers code well and lead well. Being a “cowboy coder” — a lone ranger executing tasks on his or her own, unaffected by the rest of a team — might work temporarily, but it won’t mean long-term success for the developer or the team. The truth is, no one works…

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What Separates Average Coders from Outstanding Developers

Great developers are more of a commodity than ever before. The problem is the workforce is swimming with average, run-of-the-mill coders, but outstanding developers are few and far between. To be a valuable long-term member of a team, developers must have more than just coding skills. There are several additional qualities crucial to making up…

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