Tech Firms Recruiting Promising College Students

Well, it looks like I chose the wrong major. According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, starting salaries for computer science grads from top schools range from 75k to 100k. But if select tech recruiting firms have their way, the people they choose may not even need to graduate college.

Looks like other people have Peter Thiel’s idea. Tech firms are scouting campuses and trying to recruit promising students as if they were star quarterback prospects.

The popularity of social networking has compelled tech firms like Google, Amazon, and Facebook to do a little headhunting for their enterprising initiatives, which in turn has produced a social network to serve that exact purpose. Headhuntable is a social recruiting platform for startups and tech companies to find the individuals at the top of their game.

The platform is designed around two main concepts: Finding people to recruit, and saving money in the process. Instead of spending plenty of time and money finding developers, Headhuntable is a platform where “code ninjas” can make their presence known to the companies looking hardest for them. “Headhuntable is a platform where developers and code ninjas can follow each other, socialize with other developers and really showcase themselves,” the site reads. 

The concept behind Headhuntable is brilliant. A community of like-minded people possessing specific marketable skills, all in one spot for employers to browse. A more focused LinkedIn. What about you, reader? Are there other such online communities for people in your line of work?

The practice of finding and recruiting promising college students seems to be taking off, but only seems to exist in those most lucrative fields like tech and engineering. This makes perfect sense, given the amount of financial clout such titans of industry have. You’re not exactly going to see a surge in the recruitment of philosophy or art history majors. It is interesting to consider the prevalence of the practice, however. With a billionaire like Peter Thiel challenging the worth of college by offering $100,000 to promising young entrepreneurs on the condition that they drop out, does this mean that recruitment of the young guns, the code ninjas, and the generally brilliant nerds will become the new norm for employers?