By Avram Joel Spolsky
During this short booklet, Joel unearths all his secrets—from his years at Microsoft, and because the co–founder of Fog Creek Software—for recruiting the easiest builders within the world.
If you’ve ever questioned what try to be trying to find in a resume, if you’ve ever struggled to make a decision even if to rent anyone on the finish of an interview, or if you’re considering why you can’t locate nice programmers, cease every little thing and skim this e-book.
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Even when they’re not building a new product, they’re working on real, shipping code, with some major area of functionality that they are totally, personally responsible for (with experienced mentors to help out, of course). And then we make sure they have a great time. We host parties and open houses. We get them free housing in a rather nice local dorm where they can make friends from other companies and schools. We have some kind of extra-curricular activity or field trip every week: Broadway musicals (this year they went crazy about Avenue Q), movie openings, museum tours, a boat ride around Manhattan, a Yankees game, and believe it or not one of this year’s favorite things was a trip to Top of the Rock.
You can either participate in this madness, by recruiting on campus, which is a good thing, don’t get me wrong, or you can subvert it, by trying to get great kids a year or two before they graduate. I’ve had a lot of success doing it that way at Fog Creek. The process starts every September, when I start using all my resources to track down the best computer science students in the country. I send letters to a couple of hundred Computer Science departments. I track down lists of CS majors who are, at that point, two years away from graduating (usually you have to know someone in the department, a professor or student, to find these lists).
So the bottom line is that an Aeron only really costs $500 more over ten years, or $50 a year. One dollar per week per programmer. A nice roll of toilet paper runs about a buck. Your programmers are probably using about one roll a week, each. So upgrading them to an Aeron chair literally costs the same amount as you’re spending on their toilet paper, and I assure you that if you tried to bring up toilet paper in the budget committee you would be sternly told not to mess around; there were important things to discuss.
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