CHAPTER4

Finding Candidates

You need a steady stream of candidates to make the interview pipeline effective and successful. This chapter provides a framework for organizing and working with sources, sourcers, and recruiters. It also covers basic market analysis and creating effective job descriptions.

The Market

There are only so many engineers available in the world, entering and leaving the workforce every day. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimated in May 2011 that total number of software engineers employed in the United States was 1,247,030.1 Including other professional programmers who don’t fit the BLS definitions, and adding in estimates for the rest of the world (for which data are unavailable), it’s safe to assume that ...

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