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Recruitment 2.0
: the death of the CV

Julian Harris
Agile Project Manager, Conchango

Olga Generozova

Founding Director, Artstream

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julian@skillcard.net
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julian@skillcard.net
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The skill quality problem


How do you avoid having freelancers like these in your
project?

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You hire well!


Meaning, you interview well


What if you can’t?


Use Qualification Authorities and Certification
Programmes


PRINCE2 Practitioner (Government)


MCSE (Microsoft)


Java Certified Developer


Zend Certified PHP developer


But this is nonexistent in the open source library and
framework world


Doesn’t exist for smaller libraries

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Some ways


Consult your network of trust for recommendations


This is unreliable


Often the network lies outside of the skills you’re looking for


Use LinkedIn and other social networking systems


Testimonials are useful in a qualitative sense


But it doesn’t say anything about their particular skills


Get a recruiter involved but...

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But recruitment agents have
problems


Sometimes it feels like one chimp hiring another!

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Or…


Get someone qualified to interview your candidate


… but who?


And how do you trust them?


This is a fundamental issue!


Most people fumble around in the dark,


…fostering a deep hate of IT


Not really good for us!

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julian@skillcard.net
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This Roomful of Experts


Hands up who is an
expert

in something (anything)
here


Keep your hands up if you think


You could
interview someone

who also claims to be an
expert


You’d be happy to be
paid to do this

for a few hours a
month


That’s a marketplace!

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julian@skillcard.net
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Applying this: key roles


Ed
is an SME business owner, doesn’t
make sense to have an in
-
house
programmer fulltime. Looking for
specialist skills as and when he needs
them, employing freelancers.


Chris
is a freelance programmer. He
advertises his skills as a PHP
programmer on online networking sites
and has registered with several
recruitment agencies.


Irene
is also a PHP programmer, very
busy with her projects, and is often asked
for her recommendations and opinions
about people to hire

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julian@skillcard.net
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A User Journey


Ed needs a content management system


Chooses Joomla 1.5 with some customisations


Ed finds Chris,



through existing free channels


(such as LinkedIn, eLance, craigslist etc but NOT recruitment sites)


a PHP programmer,


Claiming expertise in Joomla on his CV


Ed wants an independent check of Chris’s claims.


Ed advertises on Skillcard.net for someone to do this check.


He receives 3 bids (from Irene, Joe, Sam)


Irene

wins the bid to interview Chris


Irene then interviews Chris


Deems him ‘certified’ for Joomla 1.5


Chris gains a ‘Skillcard’ as a result


Ed hires Chris based on Irene’s skill assessment


Ed rates Chris at the end of the assignment


This updates
Irene’s

reputation: her ‘personal brand’

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julian@skillcard.net
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What are Skillcards?


A portable electronic certificate with:


A claim


A verification of the claim by an authority on a specific date


Issued by a trusted host


Usable anywhere


Inspired by Microsoft’s Cardspaces protocol


A ‘managed card’ in their parlance

Chris Bradshaw

Joomla 1.5 developer

This person has been rated as

CERTIFIED
on 26 Dec 2005

by
Irene Newton

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Irene’s Qualifier Card


Irene Newton

Joomla 1.5 QUALIFIER

No. Joomla 1.5 interviews

5

No. hires:

3

Last accepted bid:

£80.00

Avg customer rating:

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Skills: a definition


Skills are a validated claim of competence


Peer rating (P2P) concept:


Relatively objective: much


Relatively trusted


Some Skills will be very volatile (e.g. beta versions of
software)


Skills have a lifetime


May not be specifically enforced by the Skillcard


Skills are not always clear


Skillcard would need to facilitate consensus in the
community


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julian@skillcard.net
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Avoiding Fraud


What if Irene and Chris are actually the same person!


Fraud management


Good identity


Photos could be made mandatory


Incentive for building strong reputation greater than incentive
for cheating


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julian@skillcard.net
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Disputes and Failures


What if Irene failed Chris and Chris disputes it?


Can have yet another Qualifier, or a Panel of Qualifiers to
resolve disputes


Failures


Was it to do with that skill?


Secondary marketplace


independent qualifiers to verify a claim of ‘not
qualified’

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julian@skillcard.net
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Possible standards and technologies
to use


Microsoft InfoCard specification


OpenId


Thawte personal certificates


RDF


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julian@skillcard.net
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Business Model


Sort of like ‘eBay for Interviews’


Edward the Employer pays Irene the Interviewer


Skillcard takes a commission on the payment from
Edward

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julian@skillcard.net
) all rights reserved

Next steps


Discussion of possibility with BarCamp attendees


Some BA, UE and tech design work needs to be
done


Looking for collaborators


Open source?