Does Your Online Presence Paint You Into a Corner?

May 29th, 2013 by Lynx, Inc.

Professionals should make sure that their online presence doesn’t reflect poorly on them, i.e. no more pictures of chugging from a Beer Helmet on Facebook, or tweets about their brain-dead idiot boss. This is Common Sense 101 and few people are unaware of these type of consequences. However, the way you present yourself to the world using social media can harbor a more subtle problem, one which can still torpedo your chances of getting that interview, or landing that job. Read the rest of this entry »

Does the Perfect Match Exist?

April 11th, 2013 by Lynx, Inc.

I sometimes get a kick out of reading some of the software job postings out there on the web. Positions advertised as the ultimate opportunity: the company has been voted as one of the Best Places in the Universe to Work, they have 62 kinds of micro-brew on tap, and you will get to work on incredibly cool bleeding-edge technology that will make smoke come out of your ears with the extreme technical challenge. Of course, that’s obviously the right place for you, given that you’re a “rock star”, “ninja”, “Jedi”, or some other amazing type of employee. You live, breathe, eat, dream code, and when Read the rest of this entry »

Recruiting: A Great Entry-Level Career Opportunity

January 18th, 2013 by Lynx, Inc.

Beginning your career at a recruiting agency can be a great way to work in an exciting field, learn a lot, make great connections, and potentially earn a lot of money. Here at Lynx, we’ve got a lot of business on our plate, and we’re looking to add several entry-level members to our recruiting team over the next few months. Maybe one of them could be you!
We look for bright, motivated, energetic new grads who love building relationships with people, and who want to work in a fast-paced, sales-oriented environment. Read the rest of this entry »

Resume Writing: Accomplishments, not Responsibilities

January 4th, 2013 by Lynx, Inc.

I read a LOT of resumes, and they’re easily divided into two types: those that aren’t much more than a laundry list of someone’s job duties or responsibilities, and those which paint a compelling picture of a track record of accomplishments.

What’s the difference, and how can you use this distinction to craft a better resume?

When you’re reviewing your own resume, look carefully at each bullet point (you are using well-written bullet points to make it easier to read, aren’t you?) Is each point Read the rest of this entry »

Email is great, BUT …not for relationship building

September 11th, 2012 by Lynx, Inc.

Our domain lynxinc.com is hosted by GoDadddy and yes we were one of the millions of people affected by the recent outage.

Not being able to email for a few hours due to Monday’s outage was a great reason to go back to “old school” recruiting and get back on the phones.

Email is great for many things, but building relationships is not one of them. Relationships, which lie at the heart of any successful recruiting practice, are built by Read the rest of this entry »

Joining a Software Startup: What you need to know – Part 2

July 25th, 2012 by Lynx, Inc.

To start off this blog series about factors to consider in the search for a job at a startup, I’m going to talk about examining and evaluating a company’s concept and technology.

Every company started with a central idea for a product or a service, and whether this idea is thoroughly researched and planned can greatly affect whether the company finds success or ruin. Read the rest of this entry »

Joining a Software Startup: What you need to know – Part 1

June 22nd, 2012 by Lynx, Inc.

Many people in the high tech industry dream of working at a startup, a small new company where they can have a huge impact on the direction and technology, and do exciting work in a fun environment. There’s nothing wrong with having this dream, but it’s not quite as simple as saying yes: there’s a lot more information that needs to go into your decision, and you need to be prepared to make your own evaluation of a company. All of those engineers who started at a Google or Read the rest of this entry »

Why We Interview Candidates Face to Face at Lynx

May 31st, 2012 by Lynx, Inc.

Ever since we started Lynx, we’ve made it a core operating principle that, whenever possible, we conduct our interviews with candidates face-to-face, in person. Many other recruiting firms don’t do this, and we sometimes will get pushback from potential candidates along the lines of, “Why do I need to come in and meet with you? Other agencies aren’t making me do this, and they’re getting me interviews.” It’s a fair question. Read the rest of this entry »

Is there such a thing as too much preparation for an interview?

May 22nd, 2012 by Lynx, Inc.

Doing a good job preparing for an interview can be the key difference between getting an offer and getting a rejection. These days, there’s no excuse for at least the minimal step of checking out the company’s website, but if that’s the only thing you do, you’re just scratching the surface.

I’d like to share with you an superb article written by a friend and professional recruiting colleague of mine, Marie Burns from Compete.com, on how to take your preparation to the next level. Read and learn from Marie’s excellent post “I Spy: How to Scope Out a Company Before the Interview,” and ace your next interview!

Should You Accept That Counteroffer?

May 3rd, 2012 by Lynx, Inc.

The other day, one of my colleagues at Lynx got an email from a candidate who wanted his help. The Lynx recruiter had placed this candidate in a new job a few months ago, but the candidate had subsequently accepted a counteroffer and backed out before starting. The opportunity we had connected him with was an influential Product Management position within a promising startup, which he was very excited about. The candidate, who had been working for an established, publicly-traded company, was ultimately wooed back by his current manager with promises of great opportunities in the future, and he decided Read the rest of this entry »

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