I’ve been hiring developers for a number of years now. Jobstreet is generally the go-to hiring portal. Here’s the resume of the median candidate I find on Jobstreet:
- Name, race and religion (apparently, race and religion matter enough to employers that candidates include it)
- Age and salary
- Work history (eg, I’ve worked at company $FOO for $BAR years and I was in a team building $BAZ application)
Based on this information, is it possible to call in the candidate for an interview? My immediate response is to reject such applications.
I’m more interested in the following characteristics:
- Does the candidate understand algorithms and data structures?
- What interesting problems has the candidate worked on?
- What web technology gets the candidate excited?
As you can guess, over many years, I’ve hired only 1 person from Jobstreet.
Why? Jobstreet doesn’t help candidates shine. I’ve used it as a candidate myself, for kicks, and was horrified at the UX friction the Jobstreet application provides. No wonder the resumes of candidates come out looking like bad clones of each other.
As an employer, I cannot get excited with the quality of candidates that Jobstreet provides. There just needs to be a better Jobstreet.