There are so many reasons you need to tap this resource when you’re recruiting local IT talent. Bloggers have way more to offer than technical expertise. They come with a bevy of bonus skills that could supercharge your projects.
I’m going to generalize here but all of the technical bloggers I know pretty much fit this description:
- Creative Workaholics – most blogging happens outside of regular work hours
- Cutting edge skills – because they love their work and can’t get enough of it
- Love to help people find solutions
- Know how to communicate technical concepts in a way that regular people (your customers for instance) can understand
- Care about end users
- Give back to their technical community by sharing tutorials, developing plugins or participating in support groups
Added Bonus: They usually publish their contact info and many are happy to discuss job opportunities with you.
Sound like someone you would like to have working on your team?
Let’s go mine the Web for some of these diamonds
Here’s a little search technique you can use to find local tech bloggers with the skills you need. I learned from this trick from our own Boolean Search ninja Michelle De Rubeis.
Using Inurl to Search within URLs
A URL (Universal Resource Link) is a web address that begins with http://. You can use the Inurl search syntax to search for words within URLs.
This works with all the major search engines including Google, Bing, Yahoo, Ask, AOL Search.
Here’s a string you could use if you were looking for python developers in the Toronto area who are also bloggers:
inurl:blog python toronto
Returns an local Toronto developer named Gregory Wilson who has a technical blog at third-bit.com.
Here’s a string you could use if you are looking for mobile developers with experience developing iPhone applications:
inurl:portfolio ios toronto
Returns http://call2action.ca/portfolio/, which is the website of Stephan Tanguay, a Toronto-based “interactive website designer / developer that specializes in bleeding edge experiences using Unity3D, Actionscript 3, PaperVision3D , Flash & HTML.”
Example 4: Using Brackets
Want More Boolean Search Secrets for Recruting?
Tech Recruiter Michelle De Rubeis wrote a series of posts on this topic that you can access here: http://www.stafflink.ca/boolean-search-secrets-for-recruiters