Zillow gets creative in hunt for tech talent

'Returnships' offered to experienced engineers who have taken time off

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Tech talent is in demand and real estate is just one industry courting the best and the brightest software engineers. Of the 123 current job openings at Zillow, just over half (62) are for technology positions. Tech positions also make up a good chunk of the jobs at Zillow competitors Trulia, Redfin and operator Move Inc. Of the 70 open positions at Move, 29 involve tech. Fourteen of Trulia's 38 open positions are tech-related. And more than a third of Redfin's 22 job openings (eight) are for engineers. The reality of a competitive market for tech pros in the real estate space and with giants like Google, Facebook and others, in part, prompted Zillow to be proactive about scaring up the best coders -- even if they've been away from the scene for a while. Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff's Twitter account is sprinkled with tweets about his firm's recruiting efforts. See a few others here, here and he...