Going back to CompanyX’s job posting, the skills section is so confusing as to guarantee only the very desperate will apply. Software coders want a likely benefit for expended effort. Anybody who’s a good hire won’t waste time applying since there’s no good indication of a payoff. Also, if a company does this poor of a job describing its software needs it doesn’t portend well for the future work environment.
Creating an agile SW development environment that facilitates innovative software delivery
Driving the SW architecture to deliver a solution that is robust and scalable, and agile enough to handle a growing list of feature/functionality requests.
How CompanyX uses the agile tells everybody it has a poor understanding of this methodology.
For a long time waterfall has dominated how software is produced. Because of dissatisfaction with the results, software professionals have searched for alternate methods to drive project management of software development. Agile has been promulgated as a lightweight form of developing software. It’s a method that if we were talking about a ship’s journey, allows for course corrections. Contrast this to a waterfall approach that’s more like a North Korean missile launch that doesn’t allow for course corrections.
This posting’s use of the term in “agile SW development environment” scans as a proper use of the term. The following assertion in the job posting that an agile software development environment should result in an innovative software product is tenuous. Agile was designed to give product owners better visibility of a software project as it is in process. Also agile was designed to reflect feedback from market or the product owners during build to reflect changes as the software is written and deployed. Some may argue that the agile process is innovative compared to prior forms of managing a software project. But to expect a resulting product to be innovative for using this process makes as much sense as expecting a gold shovel I dig with to turn the dirt I shovel into gold dust.
The same problem continues in the second bullet point I’ve highlighted. Expecting that an agile process will result in agile software doesn’t make sense. All of what I discussed in the posting’s case that this process will result in an innovative product applies for this statement.
Anybody who responds to this job posting should be held suspect, because the only the most desperate applicants will tolerate this confusing posting to apply. Any discerning software developer who’s proud of the craft of software development would run from this company.
My startup that’s attacking technical recruiting has at its core messaging as a necessary feature. Our thesis is that anonymous messaging between applicants and potential employers will result in a better experience for everybody and that applicants and employers can examine more opportunities if it’s done online. I often am interested in messaging startups, particularly any messaging startups that target businesses as customers. I found ChatID when I was reviewing Techstars roster of companies. They connect brands to consumers using a messaging tool. I liked what I saw from their job posting for a Front-end Engineer.
Join a rapidly growing, post Series A-funded company founded by leaders in Jabber/XMPP - the technology powering chat on Facebook, Google and Whatsapp. ChatID’s mission is to make brands as accessible as your friends via chat. Today we are pleased to work with the world’s largest brands and retailers.
- Launch features and build new products atop the ChatID platform and APIs
- You will have immediate ownership of various parts of our product and will be expected to rapidly build out new functions and core features
- Collaborate with our (awesome) design and UX team
- BS in Computer Science or related field preferred
- Experience with modern web libraries and frameworks (jQuery, Backbone, Angular, React, etc)
- Comfortable in a small, intense and high-growth start-up environment
- Qualified applicants should be self-starting and comfortable working in a fast paced environment with limited direction
Meaningful equity in the company and competitive salaries
Downtown Manhattan office location steps from the best restaurants, shops and parks
Whatever equipment you need
Healthy snacking and hydrating to your heart’s content
100% Medical/Dental/Vision Coverage
Education allowances, conference passes, hotel and travel
The pitch of the company to a prospective applicant is good. It’s to the point. “Post Series-A company” may be wonky, but if they’re only interested in developers interested in working including this language is appropriate. Citing that the company is founded by leaders of Jabber/XMPP is very good. Steve Jobs said that A players hire A players and B players hire C players. For a good coder, working with productive and creative people who’ve spearheaded good technology is at the top of the list for a job. Citing the tech chops of the founder will help them improve the quality of the applicants for this position.
In the second paragraph of the job posting ChatID gets right to the requirements for the position. It’s short enough to read in 39 seconds a job applicants allots to reading a posting as TheLadders found in its eye-tracking study. The following bullet points are clear and generally pertinent. My only quibble is information in the perks section should come first. A startup that’s paying competitive salaries should broadcast this fact to counteract perception that startups cannot or will not pay market salaries.
The difference in these two postings leads me to believe that in ChatID’s case the leaders of the company are actively involved with hiring. I’m assuming that they’re actually following through on the premise that innovative companies need the best talent. In the case of CompanyX, I believe it’s probably a solid biology innovator but lost when it comes to hiring a software developer outside of its core focus. In the case of CompanyX, I’d be shocked if the leaders of the company are involved in hiring a software developer. It’ll be delegated to admin@companyX.com till they become desperate enough to hire a contractor of dubious motivation, or pay a premium fee for an effective recruiter’s services.