Having been a tech recruiter while I was in high school and being an engineering consultant I have a fairly unique point of view.
- recruiters will tell you want you need to hear as a developer, a company who passes on you, has no interest in being blunt. however a recruiter has an interest in you interviewing well with their next client
- being able to talk tech with folks goes miles. if you can talk to an engineer and actually understand what they are looking for, then you can be their advocate, and they will refer you
- yes you have to hustle, and some hustle on the bottom via numbers, but, you might find other ways to source your phone list.
- why don’t recruiting companies sponsor tech events, actually putting together great events. build relationships with speakers and attendees. like, duh,….
- hold programing competitions, the best developers can win more than a cash prize, and even a $1-5k prize is worth it if you can place 2-5 engineers off of one competition.
anyways, that’s my $.02