Last night WhitPages sponsored the inaugural Code Fellows “Get Awesome” job fair and recruiting event. The evening consisted of a presentation from SEOMoz CEO, Rand Fishkin, as well as a panel discussion of Start Up CTO’s from across Seattle. Included in this panel was our very own CTO, Scott Sikora. Scott, along with the other CTO’s, gave first-hand advice on how to impress (and how to disappoint) a hiring manager in your first impression. Approximately 100 attendees filled the South Lake Union Discovery Center and the caliber of candidate was extremely high. We are optimistic that we made some great connections in the Start Up community!
Give up the job search over the holidays? Bah Hum Bug!
Fact or Myth? Companies stop recruiting over the holidays. Myth! Contrary to what many job seekers believe, companies do not stop looking for talent over the holidays. Many think that hiring managers are too busy to review resumes or don’t have time to interview. The truth couldn’t be more opposite! In fact, many hiring managers increase their recruiting activity during the latter part of the year. On average, it takes 3-6 months to fill an open requisition…even longer if it’s an engineering position. There are two things going on during this time of the year:
1. Hiring Managers are losing requisitions that haven’t been filled.
2. Hiring Managers are doing forecast planning for 2013 headcount.
If you consider the time frame involved in hiring a new employee, they won’t have their positions filled until much later if they wait until after the holidays to engage with candidates. That puts first quarter initiatives and goals at risk.
Don’t let the sleigh leave the station without being on it! WhitePages is actively recruiting right now! We have openings in Engineering, Sales and Product Management. Check out our current openings and see if there might just be something special for you under the tree this year!
Last week, a few of the women from WhitePages were fortunate enough to attend the 2012 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference in Baltimore, MD. The event involved 4 days of keynotes, breakout sessions, networking and a code-a-thon. The opening keynote was an inspirational presentation given by Nora Denzel, Technical Executive and Board Member of SABA and Overland. Nora’s message included a quote from Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper herself, noting that “A ship in harbor is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for.” In other words, we should bravely go out into the world and explore and challenge ourselves, rather than clinging to the safety of the known.Continue Reading...