Hiring great talent (continued)

As you know, talent is the lifeblood of any company.  Given that, I have written a number of posts on hiring (see here and here).  I recently saw Joel Sposky’s (Joel on Software) post on hiring great developers and thought that I would share it with you.  He makes a number of great points and I have extracted a few pearls of wisdom for you:

  1. "The great software developers, indeed, the best people in every field, are quite simply never on the market."
  2. "Numerically, great people are pretty rare, and they’re never on the job market, while incompetent people, even though they are just as rare, apply to thousands of jobs throughout their career."

Like any important process, hiring great people means that you and your company need to make it a priority and stay incredibly focused.  In fact, hiring great people reminds me alot of finding great deals as a VC.  At the end of the day, being proactive is key and leveraging your network to generate targeted and filtered deals or resumes will always create a higher yield than sitting back and waiting for the masses to come to you.

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