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Have you ever gotten an e-mail that said something to the effect like “Hey Mike, how are you doing? I have a HOT job for a PHP engineer at some Internet company. Ping me back if interested.”
Recruiters aren’t all the same.
For example, I have 25-years’ experience as a hands-on software engineer and engineering manager at such top companies as Teknekron, H-P, SGI.
I was #11 at WebMD; how many recruiters can say they were a software engineering manager at a startup that went IPO?.
At Plaxo, I built their engineering team from 11 in 2003 to 50 in 2006.
Presently, I’m Partner at a one of the top technical recruiting firms in Silicon Valley, GreeneSearch. Robert Greene, CEO, is a proven and accomplished technology professional with over 20-years’ experience running sales, marketing and partner programs at leading and emerging technology firms. Robert’s expertise is in helping to build engineering teams for Enterprise and Internet Consumer companies. One of Robert’s differentiators is his portfolio of top tier VCs for whom we both work.
The way our business works is this: Robert gets a call from one of his sponsor VCs. They refer Robert to one of their portfolio of emerging Internet startups. We then visit the client and usually meet with the hiring engineering manager and the CEO. We learn how much money was invested, we make a determination regarding the value of the equity in the company, we find out what their hiring budget is, we learn their technology stack, their product suite and their business model. We learn where their hiring pain points are.
At GreeneSearch we work for multiple VCs, and therefore multiple companies at one time, so we’re able to offer an engineer seeking his/her next challenge a wealth of excellent potential companies/positions to look at.
At the end of our client meetings either Robert or I usually tell them that “we are known for our quality, not for volume.” So, when I reach out to you it’s because I think you’re worthy of it. I think you have an impressive profile.
I usually don’t want to “ping you if interested…” I’d much rather have a good conversation with you to find out where you are in your career, how you got there, and where you’d like to direct your career. If any of the companies in my portfolio are of interest to you, then we can talk further; if not, we’ve gotten to know each other and when you’re ready to look at your next opportunity, I’ll be ready to help you.
The employer client pays our fee; our services are free to our engineer clients. We offer you expertise in negotiating a mutually beneficial deal and great skills at matching you up with the best opportunity for you.
So the next time I ping you, take a moment to read what I say and consider, perhaps, chatting with me. As I’m sure you’re aware, opportunities are boundless, so I recommend that you do your due diligence in advance of when shopping for a technical recruiter.