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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) Five years ago, Justin Edmund arrived at Carnegie Mellon University, a floppy haired freshman, with artistic talent and dreams of joining a venerable design firm like IDEO or Frog. But during his sophomore year, a recruiting pitch from a Facebook employee turned his head, and prompted a canada goose black friday sale detour of his ambitions.

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To be sure, engineers still occupy a rarefied perch at the top of the Silicon Valley hierarchy, and are the target of the fiercest recruiting battles.

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canada goose black friday sale In a highly competitive recruiting climate, it not uncommon for even Facebook to encounter top design talent playing hard to get. For the toughest cases, Aronowitz plays her trump card: She asks Zuckerberg to place a personal phone call.

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