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By: Brian Geisel on Thu, 06/13/2013 - 03:39

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Submitted by Eden Millet on Mon, 09/09/2013 - 20:40

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Hi Brian,

My name is Eden Millet and I recruit for Software Engineers. I was wondering if you have any out of the box ideas on how to recruit for already successful Software Engineers that are not on sites such as Monster, CareerBuilder, LinkedIn etc..

Any tips would be very appreciated!

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Hi Eden,

Great question! I actually just recently did a seminar on this for ExecSense, but it's probably a good topic for another post.

There are no short answers, but there are good answers. You're good to be using LinkedIn already and the best way to the folks who aren't on LinkedIn is through the ones who are -- however, you have to build long-term relationships for that.

The good news is that most recruiters don't even take enough time to read resumes. Think of it as an online dating service. Everyone will just ignore you if you say, "Hi, you're hot. Wanna date?". Engineers will not only respond, they will take notice if you take the time to read their resume or profile and address them with opportunities that are applicable to their skills. I've actually helped recruiters just because they said, "Hey, I know you're way overqualified for this, but I'm dying trying to find anyone. Do you have any contacts that are looking in this industry right now?" I tried to send them a couple of good candidates just because they took the time to read and not just send me garbage.

When engineers start to recognize you're a real person and not just out for yourself, they'll start sending people your way. Land a couple of those folks jobs when they really need it and you'll have a client for life.

If you're trying to start from scratch with your network, just make sure you're real with people. Take a minute to actually see what they might be looking for and remember it the next time you talk to them.

Hope that helps!
-Brian