Talent Search

Standout Jobs is hiring again! This time, in addition to Ruby Gurus, we’re also accepting applications for mid-level Ruby Devotees.

To give you a better feel for working with us, our resident Ruby Guru, Marc-André Cournoyer, wrote a great blog post detailing a day in the life of a Standout Jobs hacker. A must-read before you apply!

And no, we didn’t make a video this time around :) but we did put together a nice collage of our photos and people… Check it out!

Standout Jobs Collage

Fred at the Standout Jobs Office

Actually I’m just in today’s Gazette, on the front page of the business section. Not quite as viral as an Apple Commercial but close. ;-)

The subject is online recruiting (of course), specifically recruiting using social networks such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and online classifieds like Craigslist.

Montreal entrepreneur Fred Ngo, co-founder and chief technical officer of Standout Jobs, doesn’t profess the same enthusiasm for Facebook, preferring LinkedIn, a social network made for professional contacts.

But for his hiring needs, the free classified site Craigslist has proven much more effective.

“We put up a job ad on Craigslist and got applications within an hour. We have several resumés now,” Ngo said.

He’s still waiting for someone to respond to the ad he placed on Facebook, but he’s not ready to disavow it just yet. He still sees the benefit of announcing a job though his network of friends in a way that’s easy to pass on.

“Your friends know someone who knows someone who’s looking for a job,” he said.

And going directly to a candidate addresses a major shortcoming of job boards like Craigslist and The most skilled people are usually not looking for work. They’re already hired somewhere.

“And for the candidate, it feels better when someone reaches out to you rather than through some ad,” he said.

Click through to read the whole article.

Hello everyone, I am looking for an excellent part-time contract Linux Systems Administrator. This person is ideally located in Montreal, and is thoroughly familiar with adminstering various Linux-based technologies, including Apache, OpenLDAP, Bind, PHP, Subversion, Perl, Ruby, and Ruby on Rails. (We are using Ubuntu specifically.) Perl or PHP programming skills would be a big plus.

If you could possibly refer me to someone you know and trust, I’d really appreciate it.


Our friend Mat Balez is looking for a partner for his project: codename::ideack.

From his posting:

I’m looking for someone to help me build the thing, likely in a partnership capacity. Someone with significant Ruby on Rails (or Python/Django if you are convincing) and Javascript expertise to lead the site’s development, and with design chops sufficient to create something that might be characterized as ‘easy on the eyes’.

If you are this person, you will be:

– passionate about web technologies
– capable of building software that will scale
– eager to work hard to help bootstrap a cool new web project
– an all around good person
– preferably based in Montreal

If interested, send me an email and we’ll get together to chat further.

Best of luck in your partner search Mat! I’ll be fully supporting you in this project as we start to create a startup culture in this town of ours. :)

StandoutJobs Logo

Today I am finally unveiling the new startup that I keep talking about — StandoutJobs. I am working on StandoutJobs with two incredibly rockin’ co-founders: Ben Yoskovitz and Austin Hill.

If you’ve been reading our blogs, you may have noticed that we’ve brought up recruiting issues from time to time. Unfortunately we are not yet prepared to announce more than just a landing page, but you can be assured that we are out to do no less than totally change the way recruiting is done. It’s gonna be a wild ride and I hope you’ll come with us.

Finally, I have to echo Ben’s sentiments in saying that it’s an absolute blast working with these two guys. I too have already learned a huge amount and I have never felt more challenged or inspired in years.

So whatcha waiting for? Leave us your email address at and you’ll be the first to know when things start shakin’ and bakin’.

In the spirit of Akoha‘s Python Wranger video, I too am going to give video recruiting a try… Many of you might not know I’m the founder of Cat’s Corner, one of the most beloved dance schools in Montreal, and we’re hiring. So here we are, a video job ad for our open Studio Manager position:

Making this video was fun and easy. Etienne from E Motion Productions came to our studio and went right to work, shooting all the raw dancing footage in about one hour. The shooting for the talking parts of the video took another two hours, for a total of about three hours of shooting time. After all the raw footage was taken, it took Etienne a total of about two days to do all the editing and voila; magic!

I was concerned at the beginning about how much effort it might take from my already overloaded staff to produce the video, but it turned out to be minimal when you have the help of a professional videographer. Besides, it was fun for everybody involved! I do hope in the video we’ve shown that we’re a fun bunch of people to work with.

I’d love to hear your comments so please comment below… and please let your friends know if you think they might be a good fit for this position.

The full job description follows (also available on the Cat’s Corner website in English and en Français).

Cat’s Corner is hiring a Studio Manager!

We are looking for candidates for the Studio Manager position which will be available in the coming weeks. This is a well paying job for which the schedule is flexible and requires about 30 hours of work a week.

Here are the qualities we are looking for in our candidates:

  • Excellent spoken French and English.
  • Excellent written French and English.
  • Extremely organized and responsible, with an attention to detail.
  • Experience in customer service is an asset.
  • Experience organizing events is an asset.
  • Available to work some evenings during the week.
  • Computer skills including Word, Excel, Illustrator, and excellent Internet research skills.

The main responsibilities are:

  • Customer service and public relations.
  • Course management.
  • Studio rentals management.
  • Studio schedule management (practices, courses, rentals, etc.).
  • Daily administrative tasks of the studio.
  • Maintenance of the studio.
  • Communication of all information to Cat’s Corner’s staff members.

If you are interested in the job, please forward us your resume and a cover letter.

Cat’s Corner
486 St. Catherine W. #303
Montreal, QC
H3B 1A6

Cat’s Corner recherche un gérant de studio

Nous sommes présentement à la recherche de candidat(e)s pour le poste de gérant(e) de studio qui sera disponible dans les semaines à venir. L’horaire est flexible, requiert environ 30 heures par semaine et est bien rémunéré.
Voici les qualités que nous recherhons chez un(e) candidat(e) :

  • Excellent français et anglais, oral et écrit.
  • Très bien organisé, responsable et minutieux.
  • De l’expérience avec le service à la clientèle est un atout.
  • De l’expérience à organiser des événements est un atout.
  • Disponible pour travailler certains soirs en semaine.
  • Possède des habilités informatiques incluant Word, Excel, et apte à faire des recherches efficaces sur l’internet.

Les principales responsabilités sont :

  • Le service à la clientèle et les relations publiques.
  • La gestion des cours à chacune des sessions.
  • La gestion des locations du studio.
  • La gestion de l’horaire du studio (pratiques, cours, locations, etc.).
  • Les tâches administratives quotidiennes du studio.
  • L’entretien du studio.
  • La communication des informations aux membres de l’équipe de Cat’s Corner.

Si vous êtes intéressé(e) par l’emploi, veuillez nous faire parvenir votre CV ainsi qu’une lettre de présentation.

Cat’s Corner
486 Ste-Catherine O. #303
Montréal, QC
H3B 1A6

In his latest blog post, Austin Hill talks about staffing your startup by only hiring swingers.

Personally I don’t understand what’s new here. I’ve only ever hired swingers at Cat’s Corner. <Channeling Seinfeld>What’s the deal?</Channeling Seinfeld>

Seriously though, when hiring someone you better make sure that your new guy’s swing is the same as the rest of your team’s swing. And what happens then? If you remember your differential equations, when the frequency of the forcing function is the same as the natural frequency of the system, you get a phenomenon known as resonance.


And resonance is a great thing to have when you’re talking about a team’s efficiency and productivity.

Stay tuned: I have a sneaking suspicion we are going to have a lot more to talk about hiring and job seeking in the next little while. :)