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twoFINDING GREAT DEVELOPERS

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2006

Where are all those great developers?

The first time you try to fill an open position, if you're like most people, you place some ads, maybe browse around the large online boards, and get a ton of resumes.

As you go through them, you think, "Hmm, this might work," or, "No way!" or, "I wonder if this person could be convinced to move to Buffalo." What doesn't happen, and I guarantee this, what never happens, is that you say, "Wow, this person is brilliant! We must have them!" In fact, you can go through thousands of resumes, assuming you know how to read resumes, which is not easy, but you can go through thousands of job applications and quite frankly never see a great software developer. ...

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