Recruiter Guidelines

A few tips, tricks, and some rules for recruiters when posting to Denver Devs Slack or Discourse.


  • Be humble -- developers have the ability/incentive to work with each other to get hired, but we're happy to give you that money
  • Mentor -- developers who are new don't always know the ropes, and you can create a great reputation by introducing people in healthy and productive ways
  • Develop your own career -- the more specific you get with the technology and learning the trends, the better you'll be able to match up opportunities and talent
  • Network people -- recruitment doesn't always have to be about the hire, and developers should work with you more if you connect them when they need it since you are a "gatekeeper"
  • Make it profitable -- you aren't doing these services for free, but be creative about convincing people to work with you
  • Host and sponsor community events -- this is a great way to make your presence known as a support to the community
  • Promote diversity of identity and thought and good industry principles -- you should convince hiring managers if they need convincing how this will improve their bottom line


  • "Sell" -- good engineers are trained in the art of circumventing bull, and it's in your interest for your recruits to be "good"
  • Promote negative industry patterns -- free "sugary" foods, beer, or any other unhealthy thing that seasoned people see through to demand more working hours
  • Pretend contract-to-hire typically converts to full-time -- it usually doesn't, so don't lie
  • Over-emphasize "cutting-edge" -- a ten year old company using technology from the last three years really doesn't count
  • Make anyone sign an NDA with you or exclusivity -- if you do this, you will be shamed out of the Denver metro area
  • Involve yourself in engineering politics -- the status quo today is usually not the money maker tomorrow so it's not always to your benefit to do exactly what the client/HM wants

Definitely don't do these

  • Spam -- Posting more than once a day, or posting the same thing every day, will get your posts deleted. Let your posts breathe.
  • Compete -- We know recruiting is your job, don't try to out-post / out compete other recruiters in the channel. It's gross.
  • Get off topic -- Keep gig openings to #topic-gigs only.
  • DM members (unless they say you can) -- Don't engage in private conversations with members unless their post explicitly states something about DM'ing them, or unless they've given you permission to do so before. This is our happy space.
Last Updated: 6/22/2018, 3:41:25 PM