There’s some debate over the job description for a Site Reliability Engineer (or SRE). Are they mainly responsible for building servers? Do they write a lot of code? Who does their work impact most?
Fortunately, the person responsible for creating the role has the answer. “Fundamentally, it’s what happens when you ask a software engineer to design an operations function,” says Ben Treynor, VP of Engineering at Google. In addition to automating processes like server configurations, they ensure that websites are fast and (more importantly) available.
SREs work hard to provide a best-in-class web experience for your customer base—and they’re in high demand. Let’s explore how you can stand out to top candidates when you need to hire an SRE.
Developers don’t spend a lot of time on popular social networking sites, and SREs are no exception. So what types of sites do they turn to when they’re looking to commiserate with their peers?
Forums such as The Cisco Learning Network, Spiceworks, and AnandTech are popular resources for Site Reliability Engineers to hone their skills and share knowledge. Additionally, the Server Fault and Network Engineering communities on Stack Overflow are two of their most trusted online resources.
These sites can be valuable tools to help you hire an SRE if you’re willing to ask questions, instead of starting threads about your open jobs. When you show an interest in what they’re working on today, SREs will be more open to considering your job opportunities in the future.
As a tech recruiter, you don’t need to know all the ins-and-outs of what an SRE does. But when you’re writing a recruiting email or having an in-person conversation, even a basic understanding of what they’re responsible for can help you engage with them on a deeper level.
Here are a few of the most significant challenges that Site Reliability Engineers tackle at work:
When it comes to job evaluation criteria, there are a few things that all tech candidates want. But it’s also important to understand what else makes a job stand out to an SRE candidate. Mark Henderson, a Site Reliability Engineer at Stack Overflow, spoke to us about some of the things he looks for in new job opportunities.