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What Do Female Developers Care About?

Posted by Rachel Maleady on Sep 3, 2015 2:09:00 PM

It’s no secret that technology is a male-dominated industry. All it takes is a glance around the room of a Ruby on Rails conference or a quick look at one of the many reports on the gender gap in STEM to understand. In our recent developer survey, women represented just 6% of the respondents. Female developers who did respond were also nearly twice as likely to say that they “hate their job.” These alarming numbers are leading companies to invest in diversity initiatives and work harder to recruit and attract qualified female developers to their teams.

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Topics: Diversity

4 Tech Recruiting Trends to Keep in Mind

Posted by Rachel Maleady on Sep 2, 2015 1:30:00 PM

Just like the technology industry itself, the world of technical recruiting is constantly changing. For those who recruit for a variety of roles (not just technical ones), it can be even harder to keep up with the latest trends and stay relevant in the competitive market. Here are just four of the latest tech recruiting trends to keep in mind and look out for.


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Topics: Recruitment Tips

3 Things to Keep in Mind When Hiring Developers & 5 Companies Who Do It Well

Posted by Rachel Maleady on Aug 31, 2015 12:30:00 PM

To successfully hire developers to work at your company, you need to do more than simply post a standard job listing. Employer branding, awesome benefits, and the premise of working on something interesting and meaningful are all important for candidates looking to join your technical team. 

The 5 companies below are doing much more than hitting "post" on their job listing. See the unique way they are filling their open developer jobs and take notes. 


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Topics: Developer Hiring

9 Misconceptions About Developers That Will Change The Way You Recruit

Posted by Nada Elkady on Aug 25, 2015 12:30:00 PM

Recruiters and HR professionals are in a tough spot. In an era where “software is eating the world,” the demand for hiring developers to help build all that software is unprecedented -- and the supply is low. It’s not that there aren’t many developers; there are plenty. 25 million of them are on Stack Overflow alone. The challenge is that 98% of programmers are already employed, and there are currently 5 jobs out there for each of them. Recruiters therefore have the seemingly insurmountable feat of finding (where do they hang out if they’re not actively looking?), attracting (with effective job listings, great employer branding, etc.) and ultimately engaging (via authentic conversations) “potential candidates” that are both picky and not necessarily looking for a job.

Tough spot? You betcha. But there’s hope. Because you’re on a mission to help your company find the tech talent it needs to build the products, tools and systems necessary for growth. And developers are awesome. They love building things. They’ll talk to you. You just need to be cognizant of common misconceptions that will kill your chances of recruiting them. Here are some of the biggest culprits:


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Topics: Developer Hiring

5 Reasons Your Tech Job Listing Isn’t Getting Any Applicants

Posted by Meredith Ambinder on Aug 24, 2015 12:30:00 PM

Let’s all say it one more time -- hiring developers is hard. With 98% of them currently employed, the market is tough and only getting tougher. Unfortunately, relating to this audience as a non-technical person only intensifies the challenge. So when the numbers are against you, it’s even more important to put your best foot forward and portray your company and the position in a way that’s attractive to the developer community. You might be offering an incredible opportunity, but if it’s not tailored to appeal to this audience, you could be shooting yourself in the foot. Here are 5 reasons your tech job listing might not be getting any applicants.


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Topics: Job Listings

Software Developer Recruiting and College Football Recruiting- Are They One and the Same?

Posted by Johnny Anderson on Aug 19, 2015 12:30:00 PM

It's that time of year again -- college football is right around the corner. Soon you'll find coaches roaming on the sidelines hoping that all the great talent they just spent months recruiting are going to produce some wins. Similar nerves are also seen year-round from software developer hiring managers, as both of these recruiting markets are extremely competitive. Below are a few things you can learn about your software developer recruiting from the eerily similar and competitive college football recruiting landscape.  

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Topics: Recruitment Tips

4 Ways to Make Your Company Careers Page Stand Out to Developers

Posted by Rachel Maleady on Aug 18, 2015 12:00:00 PM

When candidates look at your job listing or ad, the first thing they will search for when they are finished reading is likely your company's website. Whether you host this information under a "Work Here" or "Careers" section, this is the place to entice candidates to work for you by describing your company culture and employer brand. When developers look at your company website or career section, they look for all that -- and then some. 

Below are a few ways real companies are making their career pages stand out to developers. 

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Topics: Employer Branding

5 Quick Stats About Developers (And What They Mean)

Posted by Rachel Maleady on Aug 13, 2015 12:30:00 PM

Talented recruiters and hiring managers become experts on the industries and job titles they are looking for. Those hiring for technical roles, for example, should be well-versed in technical terms, have a grasp on the industry as a whole, and be informed of the market salary and job demand. Here are a few stats about developers that every recruiter, hiring manager, and CTO should know.


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Topics: Developer Hiring

Less is NOT More in the Developer Market - Why You Won’t See Results in 30 Days

Posted by Alyssa Tomback on Aug 11, 2015 12:30:00 PM

Picture this -- your hiring manager calls with an urgent job opening. You post the job on the appropriate site and sit back waiting for the applicants to roll in. The next day you have 10 great candidates to choose from, you schedule interviews with six of them, and have your first choice hired three weeks later. Your backup candidate disappointedly asks you to “Please keep my info on file for opportunities down the road.”

Time to snap out of your recruiting daydream -- especially if you’re hiring developers.

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Topics: Job Listings

Developers and Remote Working: What's the Deal?

Posted by Rachel Maleady on Aug 10, 2015 2:46:49 PM

The number of remote workers – and the companies that are hiring them – continues to increase as the practice becomes more accepted. Numerous studies have outlined the benefits of allowing employees to work remotely, including increased employee happiness, a reduced attrition rate, increased productivity, and more.

Hiring remote tech employees such as developers and engineers means that you can get the absolute best person for the job – not just one who is willing to live in your city. The bottom line: If your company doesn’t include remote working options, you could be cutting your possible candidate pool in half and be eliminating the most qualified developers from consideration.

If you need more convincing, below are some statistics (and an infographic) regarding developers and remote working.


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Topics: Remote Work

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