The following anecdote illustrates a case study in the Silicon Valley, the tech mecca, which has a notoriously competitive hiring environment with the goal of securing he most talented engineers in the world.
One of my friends, John, was recently hired at a high tech company in Silicon Valley.Â John had always been extremely smart - in fact he graduated on the top of his high school class, and went on to get a degree in computer engineering at Harvard.Â From Harvard, he jumped around to a bunch of tech companies learning more programming languages, and eventually formed his own start up in Silicon Valley.
Given John's great skill in programming, particularly coding for internet software, he was able to take his own company to market and sell it for some good money.Â After that, he dabbled a bit more with technology and decided eventually to put himself out on the job market.Â Needless to say, despite the recent tough economic times, John's software skills were in great demand and it wasn't hard for him to find some Silicon Valley suitors.
Now to the meat of the story:Â the distinct approaches of the companies that wanted to hire John.Â It was amazing to see the discrepancy in tactics between various companies.Â Some varied based on the size of the company.Â Larger companies, as expected were more forward, and less personal with their hiring tactics, focusing on salary, benefits, etc..Â Smaller start ups went the complete other direction, focusing on details, work atmosphere, potential growth, equity etc.
The company that ended up landing John took the perfect approach, so he says.Â They almost seemed to know where he was coming from - his background as an entrepreneur, his university history, his home state, even his favorite sport's team. It was almost like they were in his head.Â Eventually John found out that the company was actually employing a technology recruiting firm - a good one at that.
The moral of the story is that utilizing a specialist, a technology recruiting firm in this case, can really make a difference as far as hiring the best talent out there.Â Securing talented employees can make all the difference in an incredibly competitive business environment like Silicon Valley.Â Â Tech Talent can truly put a company ahead of their competitors by providing them with the firepower to build new and innovative technologies.