It's a good question and Victor has the right answer. It can be hard to find top-notch techies through the standard channels. Targeting this Meetup group allows the message to go directly to the intended audience. My company does actually advertise on Monster, Craigslist, and a lot of other places, but most of the applicants from those sources don't make the cut.
I posted one ad about a month ago, but that one wasn't well worded (it was a spur of the moment post), so I thought I'd follow up with a better written blurb. Gennady approved of the posting.
Date: September 12,[masked]:00 PM
I'm going to answer this from my perspective, not that I have anything
to do with Gabe's postings, but I have experience with hiring tech
people around NYC.
The odds for finding good people are better in "focused"
communities (such as this one, or ones specific to particular
technologies). There is a lot of garbage on big sites like Monster
that attempt to do everything.
Most good tech people don't bother applying to jobs through
Monster, but rather are involved in certain groups and networks that
interest them, and that's how they get their gigs.
On Sat, Sep 12, 2009 at 4:48 PM, James <[address removed]
Gabe, This is the second or third times I see you advertising a
job position in meetup.com. I have nothing against people posting jobs
here, but I am wondering why not post jobs position on job related
sites like monster.com
Wouldn't that be more effective?
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On Sep 12, 2009, at 2:36 PM, Gabe Yarra <[address removed]> wrote:
I'm a tech lead at a company called Wireless Generation. We're a tech
company focusing on the education market. Wireless Generation is
largely agile, full of very smart developers, treats employees well,
and is a great place to work. Our products are in 10% of schools
nationwide, and the company is growing by around 33% every year.
We'd like to hire impressively smart people who are strongly grounded
in software fundamentals, people who really care about crafting
software and learning as much as they can. We have positions open
PMs (Scrum Masters), and QA. The technologies we
front end technologies, but there are a lot of different technologies
used at the company. We don't care so much about the specific
technologies a candidate knows - just that whoever applies is good. We
are fairly exclusive, using a five stage interview, which means
developers at the company are good. It also means we don't accept the
vast majority of applicants.
There are a bunch of bragging rights at the company, like our head DBA
wrote the O'Reilly SQL Cookbook, teamwork and a good attitude are a
core part of our company
culture, the office is on the top floor with
decks, free juice and soda, a young and West-Coast feel to the
company, etc. Overall this is a great place to work.
If you're interested in applying, please contact me directly so I
any questions you may have and refer you to our HR dept.
And fyi, I've been a member of the XP Meetup for about a year.