|FROM ||Ruben Safir
|SUBJECT ||Subject: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Freee Software Job market
next26 recruit1Hiring top Linux and open source talent isn’t as easy as
initiating a search with your favorite recruiter. Linux and open source
developers and SysAdmins are among the most sought after talent in tech;
companies like IBM, Twitter, Facebook and many more understand that to
attract these folks, they have to do things differently. I’ve been
working in open source since the late 90s and have seen first hand many
of these changes.
Facebook recently open sourced hundreds of projects
its ongoing commitment to openness, and it was about even more than
advancing and accelerating technology development. It was about
communicating its open source development prowess to the legions of
Linux and open source developers and SysAdmins around the world.
/“Publishing useful and impressive code helps boost the company's
reputation in the developer community, making it easier to recruit and
retain talented engineers—something that's no doubt critical in
Facebook's ongoing battle with rivals like Google, Apple, and Microsoft
to build the platforms that will engage web and mobile users for a
Learning how to contribute and participate in the Linux community is an
important step in attracting talent. We see this as one of the primary
drivers in companies becoming members of The Linux Foundation. Living
and breathing collaborative development is essential. Once that process
is underway, here are a few tips for hiring top Linux and open source
*- Become a member of the Foundation or project you are using.* This may
be The Linux Foundation, OpenStack Foundation, Cloud Foundry, or other
organization. Part of our job as a Foundation is being a tour guide
companies into the communities.
*- Support open source events.* The right events. There are many events
that gather lots of product marketing and business development
executives. I have nothing against those events, but if you are trying
to reach and influence open source developers or high end Sys Admins,
you need to go to the right events. Community events like SCALE are a
great option, as are Linux Foundation events
like LinuxCon, ContainerCon,
ApacheCon, MesosCon and so on. Our events are where the maintainers and
developers go to collaborate and learn. Companies at those events have a
great chance to influence and meet them.
*- Use the right certifications in your job descriptions.* Nothing puts
off an open source technologist more than recruiter buzz words that have
no meaning to them. Use credible and cutting edge Linux certifications
like our Linux
Foundation Certified Engineer and Linux Foundation Certified SysAdmins
or Red Hat Certifications to show that you prize real world, real Linux
experience. If they know it, they can show it, and you posting these
certs in your job descriptions shows you know it as well.
- If you want to find the right talent, you may also*consider having
your employees or candidates take Linux certification exams that you
arrange*. You can purchase bulk exams from The Linux Foundation and
identify the top talent quickly, without question. These exams are
performance-based, multiple distribution-based and technically advanced.
*- Make sure your developers are contributing to Linux project*s.
Probably the best way to get good developers in your org is to have
other developers attract them. Open source means cross-company
collaboration so your developers will be working with competitors. If
you have a leader, or someone really technically good and friendly, you
are more likely to find and attract the top talent. For companies
wanting to up their participation we have resources like this book
on how to participate in the Linux community
*- Treat your employeers well*. Developers working with competitors also
means companies should provide a good workplace since people can easily
compare notes and recruit on a public mailing list. Developers want to
solve hard problems and have people use their code. SysAdmins want to
solve hard problems and have resources needed to get their job done.
Everyone wants recognition and respect. Those companies who foster
supportive environments (and also pay well) obviously have an advantage
with this crowd.
Software is eating the world and open source is dominating software
development. Finding the right talent is crucial to staying ahead. You
can read more about Facebook’s open source strategy with this interview
with Libby Clark
of their keynote at Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit.
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