Fact… Minneapolis is a really large, small town. No “six degrees of separation” here. I think it is 2.5.
Last week I accepted an invite from a CIO to talk about my recruiting his people. I knew it was going to be a difficult conversation but I know him through a friend and was willing to “take it for the team”.
Yeah, not a good idea.
It was a brutal conversation. The kind where the coffee shop manager had to walk over twice and ask us to “keep it down”.
I’m not going to get into specifics of the conversation other than to say this (because I know you are likely wondering)… I was contacted by a team of developers through a common friend.
Let me say that again… they called me.
That’s why my status update above says #GetOverIt
Another fact… IT unemployment in Minneapolis has been less than 2% for a couple of years.
And with a finite “pool” of IT pros that means when Company X is recruiting they are hiring someone from another company in town.
That’s how this works.
That’s why “War for Talent” is a common phrase. While not a fan… it gets the point across. Companies are competing for developers and those developers… your developers have choices.
So you can get angry with me if you like.
A better use of your time and energy would be on being a good company to work for, pay your folks well and have a career path for them.
It’s call retention.
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