Spelling & Grammar Mistakes in Tech Job Listings: How it Can Hurt Your Company

Posted by Rachel Maleady on Jul 1, 2015 1:31:00 PM

Are you having trouble getting applicants to apply to, let alone read, your job listing? If so, it might be time to start paying more attention to your spelling and grammar when writing your job ads. It sounds simple enough, but it’s amazing how many public postings or recruitment e-mails are filled with mistakes. Spelling errors and the overuse of jargon aren’t just annoying; they could be costing you good technical candidates.

In a study by Monster, three-quarters of respondents said they regularly see jargon or acronyms while searching for jobs and over half (57%) say this puts them off from applying. Similarly, almost a quarter (23%) of respondents said they were shocked by the number of spelling mistakes they come across, particularly in jobs that cite things like “attention to detail” in their requirements.

Not taking the time to proofread your job listing reflects poorly on your company. It makes you look lazy, appear unprofessional, and gives the candidate the impression that you don’t really care all that much about the quality of people you’re hiring. Here are a few tips to ensure that your job listings are written correctly.


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Topics: Developer Hiring, Job Listings

Job Hopping Developers – Has the Stigma Been Erased?

Posted by Rachel Maleady on Jun 29, 2015 11:53:00 AM

When you hear the word “job hopper” are you left with a negative taste in your mouth? It used to be that staying at a company for anything less than a few years was looked down on by employers – and sometimes even considered career suicide. But it’s clear that the stigma is fading, especially for technology-based roles, such as developers and engineers. 

A survey from PayScale and Millennial Branding found that 41% of baby boomers believe that people should stay in their jobs for at least five years before looking for a new role. But among those born between 1982 and 2002 (also known as millennials), only 13% agreed. Instead, 26% believe that you should start looking for something new before a year is up. In another study from Future Workplace, 91% of millennials expect to stay in a job for less than three years. 

So why are so many employees, specifically developers, changing their attitudes on their time spent at a company?


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Topics: Developer Hiring

How Hiring Has an Effect on Your Bottom Line: What CTOs Should Know

Posted by Rachel Maleady on Jun 24, 2015 11:30:00 AM

While hiring the best talent is an integral part of any successful business, it’s becoming even more crucial for CTOs to hire the right employees for their technical team. Hiring the right – or wrong – employee doesn’t just have an effect on your employee morale, it has a large impact on your company’s bottom line. In a world where new programming languages are being invented every month, you never know which of your next hires could become the creator of the next Swift or Go.

Whether it’s getting your product to market before competitors or retaining the best technical talent to avoid the costs of turnover, here are a few ways hiring has an effect on your bottom line.

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Topics: Developer Hiring, Employee Retention

The Startling Cost of Losing a Developer

Posted by Rachel Maleady on Jun 23, 2015 1:28:28 PM

Turnover rates of employees in the technology industry have been reported between 9.1% and 10.6%, proving that properly onboarding and retaining developers has never been more important. Developers are in high demand and oftentimes have the luxury of switching jobs as they please, so employers need to be focusing on how to not only attract the best tech talent, but keep it as well.

Unfortunately, there’s no universally approved statistic on the monetary cost of losing a developer – it really depends on their skill level, their salary, and the company itself. Regardless, here are a few stats that help speak to the issue.

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Topics: Onboarding, Employee Retention

Onboarding Developers: 3 Ways to Avoid Problems in the Process

Posted by Rachel Maleady on Jun 19, 2015 9:18:09 AM

Starting a new job can be stressful. Between meeting new people, getting up-to-speed on the company and product, and becoming comfortable in a new setting, the first few days and weeks are often hectic. One way to alleviate these feelings is implementing an efficient onboarding process for your developers.

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Topics: Onboarding

4 Things to Leave Out of Your Tech Job Listing

Posted by Rachel Maleady on Jun 16, 2015 11:30:00 AM

Job listings play a major role in the developer hiring process. They’re usually one of the first things that the candidate sees during the process, so you want to craft the right message, include the pertinent information, and convey your employer brand. It only takes candidates a few seconds to read a job posting and decide if they want to apply, which means you don’t have that much time to grab their attention. To keep the posting short and sweet – but still contain all the relevant information – here are a few things to leave out of your tech job listing.


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Topics: Developer Hiring, Job Listings

2 Ways Millennial Developers Can Provide Value to Your Company

Posted by Rachel Maleady on Jun 15, 2015 1:11:35 PM

By 2025, 3 out of every 4 workers globally will be millennials. Many employers, hiring managers and recruiters are starting to form their own strategies for recruiting and retaining this crop of Generation Y talent. For those who aren’t convinced of the large impact that this generation will have on our workforce, you should continue reading.

Through our recent developer survey, we discovered that the average developer is 28.9 years old, classifying them as a millennial. After segmenting the developers by age, we found that 51% identified themselves as a millennial (currently between the ages of 18 and 34). Based on these numbers alone, you can see how influential and important they are in the workplace. Here are a few ways millennial developers can provide value to your company.


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Topics: Developer Hiring

How Employer Brand Ambassadors Can Help Recruit Tech Talent

Posted by Rachel Maleady on Jun 10, 2015 9:16:49 AM

Employer brand ambassadors are an often overlooked, yet crucial, part of the recruiting process. Who better to represent how awesome your company is than happy employees who are currently working there? Developers say that the most annoying part of the job search process is finding a gig that seems interesting. By utilizing your internal employees – especially members of your technical team – you can help convey just what makes your company worth working for.  


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Topics: Employer Branding, Recruitment Tips

4 Ways to Upgrade Your Interview Process for Developers

Posted by Rachel Maleady on Jun 8, 2015 12:00:00 PM

Hiring managers and recruiters often struggle to judge technical talent by a resume alone. Developers write in code and are most content sitting facing a laptop screen rather than a panel of HR executives and being asked to “Describe a time they worked effectively under pressure.” When hiring for technical roles, employers need to refine their basic interview process to make it more developer-friendly. This way, the candidate’s skills can be brought to light and ultimately the right hire can be found.

Based on results from our 2015 Developer Hiring Survey, here are a few ways companies can upgrade their interview process for developers.


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Topics: Interviewing, Candidate Experience

London's Tech Scene: The Next Silicon Valley?

Posted by Rachel Maleady on Jun 4, 2015 9:00:00 AM

London has always been an area of innovation, growth and adaptation. But over the past eight years it has developed into one of the largest tech startup cities in Europe. London’s “Tech City”, located in East London, is just one of the large hubs of technology. As of 2012, there were over 300 startups and large tech brands located in the area. In addition, the UK currently has the largest digital economy in the G20, which is greater than China, Germany, and even the United States (home of Silicon Valley).

It’s clear that London has been right at the forefront of this digital change. But how did this come to be and why are so many employees and companies flocking to London?

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Topics: Work Environment, Company Culture

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