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The Ultimate Tech Recruiting Event Checklist

In an era where so much of the recruiting process happens online, in-person recruiting events can seem out of place or old fashioned. But make no mistake: when properly utilized and executed, live events can be an incredibly useful recruiting tool. There’s no real replacement for seeing a candidate face-to-face and interacting with them in real-time, without the pressure and tension of a formal interview, and that’s what recruiting events have to offer. They also give you the chance to show candidates who you are as a company, and why they should consider you specifically.

Why You Should Be Hiring (More) Junior Developers

In any field, experience is one of the main deciding factors used by hiring managers to pick the right candidate. Each field has its own system for how many years a person has to spend working in that field to qualify as “experienced.” In tech, what qualifies as experienced can vary, depending on the candidate in question and the needs of the company. However, one very general guideline of requirements for a candidate to be considered “experienced” is five years of experience as a software developer (including back-end web development), two or more years of professional software development experience (ideally with exposure to the full software lifecycle, from requirements through production), and/or five+ years of development testing experience. For some tech hiring managers, a developer is generally only considered “senior” after ten years of similar experience. 

The Idea of the Minimum Viable Candidate

Speaking to your hiring manager about an open position on the engineering team can be a true test of patience. Not only do they ask for someone with experience across all 47 technologies in your tech stack, but they should have industry experience (ideally with your biggest challenger) and be willing to relocate to your headquarters in the middle of nowhere. Oh, and start date? Yesterday.

Understanding quantified achievements on engineering resumes

Resume best practices are always shifting. What sections do you include? Do you put skills on there? Should you include all my jobs, including when you worked as a busboy in high school? This recent question, on StackExchange site the Workplace, highlights a more recent example: “Should I quantify my contributions on my resume?”

What Do You Call People Who Program at your Company?

Every company seems to call their technical employees something different. No, I’m not talking about all the ninjas and gurus out there. I’m talking about the folks who sit in front of an IDE (or, dog forbid, vim) and write lines of code in the desperate hope that it compiles and/or runs. There seems to be no end to the honorifics bestowed upon these folks. 

Job Listing Keywords: What Developers Search for vs. What Companies Advertise

Supply and demand in the marketplace for tech talent have long since shifted in favour of the candidates. In recruiting circles, it’s referred to as a candidate-driven market. At the same time, the greatest risk for companies is the unmet demand for new talent. This talent gap makes it all the more important to reach those developers who are thinking about a new position. We looked at how the expectations of developers match those of companies by looking at the data from our job board. Specifically, we compared the most common searches by developers with the most common terms used by companies looking to hire. 

Words That Set Off Developers’ BS Detectors

Developers are a clever bunch. They’re trained to break a problem into logical chunks so that a computer can perform them the same every time. If you’re looking to hire them, your job listing will undergo the same scrutiny that an algorithm does. They have a pretty refined BS detector, practiced over years of trying to program the impossible and only getting it half right. 

How to Prioritize Developer Roles in a Startup

Your company just made the jump from idea to reality. You got the funding to hire a core team, but don’t have any founders with serious technical skills. As you prepare to start building your product, you have to answer a fundamental question: how many developers does my startup need, and what roles should I look to fill first?

August U.K. News Roundup for Companies Hiring Tech Talent

Brexit, for obvious reasons, is still the center of conversation around tech jobs in the UK this month. Meanwhile, foreign investments and the demand for emerging tech skills (specifically in London), are another popular topic of conversation and show the long term promise for the UK tech sector. 

August News Roundup for Companies Hiring Tech Talent

August was a relatively quiet month when it comes to the tech hiring landscape. However, some trends still remained prominent, such as the popularity around remote work and the challenges software engineers face when going through the hiring process. The demand for skilled tech professionals is still high but some qualified candidates are not getting noticed. 

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