Hello folks! Great to see you again
Those of you in the CTO Craft Slack community will already know that we've just announced the CTO Craft MiniCon on the Hiring Arc, on May 31st from 4 - 7pm UK time. The event will feature some amazing speakers like Jacob Kaplan-Moss (Jacobian), Roy Rapoport of Netflix, Jessica Zwaan of Whereby, Luca Rossi of Refactoring.fm and Laura Tacho of CloudBees and Codeship.
The number one issue our coaching clients and Mentoring Circle members have brought to the discussion over the last 6 months or so has been finding and securing great engineers, in a climate that's increasingly competitive and disrupted. We'll be walking through the entire Hiring Arc:
- Creating talent pipelines
- Alternative sourcing methods
- Hiring women and under-represented minorities
- The perfect job post
- Technical assessments
- Assessing culture fit and add
- Candidate experience modelling
- Structuring your offer: how to stand out from the crowd
This time around, we're inviting everyone to join us for free, so if you, like so many other CTOs, are struggling with your hiring process and would like to hear how some of the best leaders in the world do it, grab a ticket, and we'll see you there!
Until we meet again
Andy @ CTO Craft
Demand from start-ups through to corporates is outstripping supply and pushing wage inflation and candidate rejections. Join us on May 31st for 3 hours of in-depth insights from some of the world’s leading experts in Hiring Engineers, and learn how they’ve sustained successful team growth through COVID and the Great Rethink.
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