Thursday, November 11, 2004

Tips for Hiring Nerds

When I was in junior high school and making fun of the "nerds", my Dad said something that turned out to be a prophetic statement. He said, "Beth, it's the nerds of today that are going to be the leaders of tomorrow." I promptly ignored him for not understanding how the current nerds were just plain uncool.

That's why I love when I see the nerd word revived. (By the time nerds started to gain status they were being called geeks instead of nerds.) This is a long winded way to introduce you to a brief article on Computerworld's website titled "Hiring Nerds." The article is a Q&A with Johannna Rothman, the author of Hiring the Best Knowledge Workers, Techies & Nerds.

I agree with everything Rothman says. Which those of you who know me recognize as a rare event. Her background is in engineering management so she brings a real world perspective to her advice. I'm looking forward to reading the book.

Also, take a quick peek over at her website and you'll find some more goodies on hiring technical people including her blog which is all about that very same subject.


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