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Hung Lee is the founder ofWorkshape.io– the revolutionary hiring platform for Software Engineers.
SoWillem Wijnansis one of those recruiters who really needs to write more. Now and again he’ll come up with something like this – a post a lot of people are going to get real value from. This post focuses on tools which help you get email addresses. So you probably should read this! SOURCING
What a 19th-century rebellion against automation can teach us about the coming war in the job market. The lesson: even optimistic projections do not deny that transition will be painful. WORKFORCE AUTOMATION
Superb post fromSeth Blankon scaling engineering teams. One of the few (only?) posts out there that places attention on how the maturation of the business influences the type of personas you should be targeting to hire. MUST READ
Decent report from Startup Heatmap Europe – data from founders on which European city they would startup in if they could do all over again. London persistent, but Berlin is now No1 REPORT [FREE DOWNLOAD]
Important piece fromWalter Vannini. There’s no doubt been a huge and well meaning drive to encourage people to take up coding, especially with a focus on diversity, but we should present a realistic vision of what is required to succeed. Coding is hard folks. Really hard. And most of us are not likely to be much good at it. DIVERSITY & INCLUSION
Most of you know that I am a proponent of the theory that Blockchain will have huge impact on the future of human labour. Here’s a great cartoon that explains why I think this. With santa and unicorns, as a bonus. BLOCKCHAIN
For now, Amazon’s the 300K+ workers are mostly safe as much of the stowing and picking of items, which require fine motor skills and discernment, is done by human brains and hands. That is changing, however, as robots become increasingly more sophisticated. WORKFORCE AUTOMATION
Despite incentivizing recruiters to prioritize women, black and Latino engineering candidates, the department’s demographics have not changed much in the past few years. It turns out, because tech managers are saying no at assessment stage. Is this is a problem to be solved? If so, how do we do it? DIVERSITY & INCLUSION
Is D&I missing a letter?Pat Wadors, LinkedIn Head of HR is changing the conversation by focusing on ‘Belonging’. Can’t fault the motive, nor the analysis. If we can achieve B, we can get rid of D and I. DIVERSITY & INCLUSION
Stay true to your mission and play up to your strengths. Sounds like common sense, but there’s more to it than just stuff we know already. It’s about focusing on what you already have and communicating to the audience is inclined to hear it. EMPLOYER BRANDING
Everyone agrees feedback is important. And nearly everyone agrees that it needs to be done so much better than it currently is. But is ‘radical candour’ taking things too far? Long read on CharlieHR’s experiment here – a brave move! But this reminds me too much of Mao era ‘struggle sessions’ to get my buy in. CONTROVERSIAL
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I’m in Hong Kong from the 18th – 24th, so if there’s any of you out there in the Far East want to invite me to dim sum to talk tech hiring or the future of the planet, just let me know. I’m on twitter@HungLeeor email [email protected]