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3 Less Common Technical Recruitment Metrics You Should be Tracking

Post by Rich Moy on Jan 18, 2018 12:00:00 PM

As a recruiting leader, there are all sorts of things that you could track to measure your tech hiring strategy. In fact, we’ve covered some of the most common recruitment metrics that tech recruiters tend to track. But with so many to choose from, how are you supposed to know which ones are good indicators of success?

Before you jump to any conclusion, here are a four less talked-about (and more nuanced) technical recruitment stats that give you a much better idea of how well your hiring strategy is working.

What is Your Employer Value Proposition (and Why Does it Matter)?

Post by Rich Moy on Jan 16, 2018 12:00:00 PM

When you think about how to make your company attractive to developers, the first thing you probably think of is your employer branding strategy—and rightfully so. But how do you create the messaging that fuels your tech recruitment emails, job listings, and careers page? It starts with your employer value proposition (or EVP), which you should define before taking pen to paper on any branding initiative for tech talent.

If you’re still feeling a little lost, don’t worry. You’re probably not alone. Let’s take a closer look at what your EVP is, how you should define it, and why all of this matters.

How to Hire Developers With an Understaffed Recruitment Team

Post by Rich Moy on Jan 10, 2018 12:00:00 PM

Congratulations! Your company has evolved into a more mature business, and it needs even more developers. Plus, you’re leading the team that will be responsible for finding and hiring the tech talent to take the organization even further.

Does that sound like an exciting challenge? Well, that probably depends. If you can’t add more tech recruiters, you might be more nervous than enthusiastic. While finding and hiring developers isn’t impossible when you’re understaffed at work, you will need to be more strategic about hitting your hiring goals.

Still, where do you even begin? We sat down with two HR leaders here at Stack Overflow and asked them how they’ve tackled this challenge in the past, especially as developer hiring has evolved. Here’s what they had to say.

How Your Employer Brand Will Impact Your Tech Hiring in 2018

Post by Rich Moy on Jan 8, 2018 12:00:00 PM

Last year, employer branding was one of the most popular technical recruiting topics that we covered. The reasons behind it are well-documented. Most programmers are employed, and your candidate-facing content is the first (and often, only) chance you’ll have to grab the attention of passive developers.

But what if your company has suddenly seen exponential growth? Shouldn’t the top programmers just come to you? After all, how could they miss all of the press coverage you’ve received recently? Those are all positives signs for your organization’s future, but they don't diminish the importance of your employer branding strategy, especially when it comes to finding and hiring developers.

In some ways, your brand could be even more critical to hitting your hiring goals in 2018. Let’s take a closer look at how it will impact your tech hiring this year.

The Most Popular Content We Published in 2017

2017 is coming to a close, so now is a better time than ever to reflect on what we've learned this year. Popular topics in tech recruiting this year included how to hire data scientists, developer compensation trends, and (as always) employer branding

Here are the most popular blog posts we published in 2017. Which one was your favorite? 

How to Reject Developer Candidates With Dignity

Post by Rich Moy on Dec 19, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Even though developers have a lot of job options, hearing that the company is going in another direction is never easy. If you’ve done a good job of selling your company, it’s even more difficult for them to hear the bad news. Still, the unfortunate reality of tech recruiting is that you won’t hire every developer you interview. That means you’ll have to have some tough conversations.

Could you rely on a one-size-fits-all rejection email or voicemail script? Technically, yes. But templated rejection messages are often more memorable than lousy recruitment emails—and for all of the wrong reasons. Chris Haseman, an engineering manager at Uber and panelist at our recent NYC Developer Ecosystem Report Launch event, said that he remembers every single time that he was rejected without some level of dignity.

There are some significant benefits to showing some empathy when you decide not to hire a programmer. Not only will they tell their friends about their positive candidate experience, but you never know when that person might be a fit for a future position. But how do you do it? Here are a few tips to keep in mind.

4 Technical Recruitment Trends to Watch in 2018

Post by Rich Moy on Dec 18, 2017 12:00:00 PM

The end of any year is an excellent opportunity to look ahead and re-evaluate your tech hiring goals. At the same time, you probably have a few questions. There are endless “hot” tech recruitment trends, but which ones should you keep a close eye on after the holidays conclude? How much has changed since this time last year? And most importantly, how will they impact your hiring strategy in the New Year?

Even though the demand for tech talent will continue to outpace the supply in 2018, plenty of other things across the tech hiring landscape will change. Here are a few technical recruitment trends to keep an eye on in 2018.

How to Find and Hire a Cloud Operations Engineer

Post by Rich Moy on Dec 14, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Ask any non-technical person in your life to describe the cloud, and that person will probably tell you that it’s where all of their files are stored. That, of course, is very true—but the technology behind it is far more complicated.

That’s where a cloud engineer comes into the picture. Companies rely on cloud-based technologies for a variety of essential business operations, and it’s up to these developers to ensure that everyone’s data can be stored and transferred safely. Even though the role is somewhat new to the technology landscape, it’s no secret to any engineering manager that they’re in high demand.

Struggling to find the right candidates? Use this guide to identify the right people to manage and maintain your cloud.

How to Engage With Tech Candidates That You’ve Previously Rejected

Post by Rich Moy on Dec 13, 2017 12:00:00 PM

You have an opening on your engineering team, and you know someone who’d be a great fit—except you’ve rejected that person in the past. There’s no chance that developer will ever engage with you again, right? Not always.

Why is that the case? Think back to the last few tech candidates that you’ve declined. Some of them probably didn’t have the skills that your team was looking for, but others might have been talented programmers that you just didn’t have a role for at the time. If you maintain the relationships with the latter, the door is far from shut on a reunion down the road.

That begs the question: How do you maintain those relationships, and what should you do when you want to re-engage with someone that you’ve rejected in the past? Here are a few tips to keep in mind.

The Rapid Growth of Edinburgh’s Developer Population

Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, is the fastest-growing tech hub in the UK. Last week, The Next Web commented on some of the surprising changes we see in the UK software development landscape and the reasons they think this city has made a name for itself. Data from our latest report on tech trends, reveals that the developer population in Edinburgh has grown by a staggering 8% in the second half of the year. This raises the total developer population to almost 20,000, accounting for 7% of the total labour force. That’s not to say that other cities aren’t popular locations for coders. In fact, London remains the UK’s biggest developer population with over 300,000 developers. Dublin is another booming tech hub where one-tenth of the labour force consists of developers.

Why is it that Edinburgh's developer population has grown this rapidly in 2017?

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