Open sourcing help wanted ads

Transparency is a requirement in software...just as it is in writing good help wanted ads.

I really like the advice in this 37Signals' blog post about writing good 'Help Wanted' ads. As with open source, the general theme is to be transparent. No hiding behind superficial buzz words and such:

The kind of help wanted ad you write can help determine what kind of applicants you get. Write an honest, thoughtful, clear ad and you're more likely to hear from candidates with those qualities. Spout a lot of buzzwordy nonsense and you'll attract people fluent in bull[potty].

Amen.

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    Matt Asay is chief operating officer at Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu Linux operating system. Prior to Canonical, Matt was general manager of the Americas division and vice president of business development at Alfresco, an open-source applications company. Matt brings a decade of in-the-trenches open-source business and legal experience to The Open Road, with an emphasis on emerging open-source business strategies and opportunities. He is a member of the CNET Blog Network and is not an employee of CNET. You can follow Matt on Twitter @mjasay.

     

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