Strong Suit - How Do You Recruit A Rockstar CTO?

Riviera Co-Founder & Managing Partner Michael Morell took to the airwaves to share some of his recruiting secrets with Jeff Hyman of Strong Suit Podcast, the playbook for recruiting rockstars. In this episode, they thoughtfully cover a variety of topics concerning the hiring climate of technical leadership including: what to look for, where to find them, how to assess them, and more.

(Strong Suit) - How Do You Recruit A Rockstar CTO?

He recruits the unrecruitable…Silicon Valley CTO’s. How do you recruit & keep a Chief Technology Officer, when they receive 5 headhunter calls a day?

Mike Morell is one of Silicon Valley’s hottest executive recruiters. He co-founded Riviera Partners, which specializes in recruiting the most elusive talent…Chief Technology Officer, VP Technology, VP Product.

These folks are hard to find. But Mike does it every day in the Valley, NYC, and L.A.

In this 20-minute interview, Mike reveals:

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AlleyWatch - 6 Tips to Fill That Data Scientist Role

Data. There’s a huge amount of it available, but it’s noisy and companies are finding themselves in dire need of people to make sense of it all. With the constant need to compete in a fierce market, companies are constantly on the lookout for the right data scientists to give themselves a leg up on their competition. Riviera's VP of Data Science and Analytics, Tammy Wang, recently shared her own insider tips for looking into the depths of the talent pool to find the right person for job. 

(AlleyWatch) - 6 Tips to Fill That Data Scientist Role

According to a recent report by Glassdoor, data scientist is the top job of 2016. It’s not terribly surprising: Data’s so hot right now. There’s a huge amount of it available, but it’s noisy and companies need people to make sense of it in order to identify the right opportunities to succeed and get a leg up on the competition. Data scientists understand the data and have the techniques to design and build algorithms that offer efficiency and insight on how to execute the best business decisions.

Glassdoor reports more than 1,700 openings for the role, which is great for job seekers (with the right skills), but possibly not so great for companies looking to fill the role. For one, not every company can afford a data scientist. Plus, given that the position is a relatively recent invention, there simply aren’t enough data scientists to go around. If you’re a hiring manager trying to hire a “data scientist,” the key to finding the right match is creativity and patience. Here are some ideas to get you started:

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Recruiting as a Career: Honing Your Skills

When you first graduate from college, it can be a bit of a challenge to find a job that’s a good fit for your skill and experience level while still providing the opportunity to tackle challenges and gain valuable experience for the future. It’s the classic Catch-22: you need a career that provides a lot of experience, but that doesn’t require much experience.

Recruiting is one of a handful of careers where you can come in on the ground floor and immediately start learning a variety of lasting and useful skills--particularly at Riviera. Plenty of us start out with absolutely zero training in recruiting, but you can still start on your first day and learn everything on the job.

As we’re a data-driven company, you learn very quickly to keep the data healthy and stay extremely organized. At any given time, you’ll be working with 10 clients who each may have 20 candidates they may want to work with, so it’s key to keep track of many moving parts.

Related to that, you’ll get some very well-honed time management skills. You learn to juggle many things (skillfully) at the same time, while being able to prioritize what needs to get done to make sure clients are happy and candidates are moving along in process. Plus, Rivi is very flexible, so getting your work done efficiently allows you to maximize your free time. (Downtime is important, too!)

You also get to take your communication skills and turn that into a job you enjoy--while perfecting those skills. It’s critical that you convey your message with right tone, and get your point across succinctly and clearly. It’s your time to shine when advising clients and candidates, and you have to make sure every word counts.

Then of course there are tons of opportunities to learn all the ins-and-outs of the tech industry (which let’s be honest, is so hot right now). At Rivi, you have the ability to work with a large variety of clients, which gives you access to those touch points to learn about what all the startups are doing and what their goals are. And then you get to help them reach those goals.

Truly, the people here are great. Everyone is very driven and hard-working, and will do anything to get the job done. And at the end of the day, surrounding yourself with that is an invaluable learning experience in and of itself.

Amanda Sarkowsky is an Associate at Riviera supporting the executive search practice.