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  • Screenshot of Jeff Bezos’ first job ad for Amazon:  Well-capitalized start-up seeks extremely talented C/C++/Unix developers to help pioneer commerce on the Internet. You must have experience designing and building large and complex (yet maintainable) systems, and you should are able to do so in about one-third the time that most competent people think possible. You should have a BS, MS, or PhD in Computer Science or the equivalent. Top-notch communication skills are essential. Familiarity with web servers and HTML would be helpful but is not necessary.  Expect talented, motivated, intense, and interesting co-workers. Must be willing to relocate to the Seattle area (we will help cover moving costs).  Your compensation will include meaningful equity ownership.

    3 Lessons from Amazon’s Very First Job Post

    January 13, 2020

    Amazon now employs more than 750,000 people around the world. In 2019, the e-commerce giant hired nearly 100,000 workers in the third quarter alone. But only 25 years ago, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos was looking to make his very first hire for the company that was then being called Cadabra. He was looking for software developers, fluent in C, C++, and Unix, to...

  • 15% fewer job posts are live in January than in an average month

    LinkedIn Data Reveals an Overlooked Opportunity for Recruiters in January

    January 10, 2020

    The month of January takes its name from Janus, the god of beginnings and transitions in Roman mythology. We tacitly acknowledge that each year when we make resolutions — to exercise more, learn a new skill, call home more often.  Data from LinkedIn suggests that talent acquisition professionals might want to make a resolution to seize an opportunity that crops...

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    Why Identifying Performance Objectives Is the Most Important Step to Hiring Top Talent

    December 11, 2019

    In their landmark study — First, Break All the Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently — Gallup introduced their Q12 employee engagement survey. The Q12 describes in priority order what the best managers do and need to do to create high performing teams. Number one on the list? “Clarify Expectations Up Front.” Whether you’re a sourcer, recruiter...

  • 8 Creative Job Posts and Ads That Will Inspire Yours

    October 29, 2019

    Some job announcements just aren’t as juicy as others. But if you’re finding that your ad campaigns and job posts aren’t bringing in...

  • Make These 3 Simple Changes to Your Job Posts to Attract...

    August 12, 2019

    A job post is much more than a solicitation for applications. It’s often your company’s chance to say hello and make a strong first...

  • 4 Tips for Writing Better Job Posts (Plus Before and After ...

    June 20, 2019

    You have about 14 seconds to grab a candidate’s attention with your job posts. But the uncomfortable truth is, many job posts are not...