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How Developers Are Actually Finding Jobs in 2017

Post by Rich Moy on May 23, 2017 12:00:00 PM

With 89% of developers in the United States currently employed, it’s impossible to know exactly when any given programmer will decide to pursue a new opportunity. But when they do, you need to know how today’s developers find new jobs. As part of the 2017 Developer Hiring Landscape, we asked respondents for insight into today’s “typical” developer job search. Let’s take a closer look at what we learned.

Is Your Technical Interview Process Too Long?

Post by Rich Moy on May 22, 2017 12:00:00 PM

The organization I used to recruit for operated under the belief that it was best to hire slow and fire fast. Because we wanted to be incredibly selective and hire the right people the first time around, this mentality made perfect sense on paper. But this approach to hiring also gave us a little too much flexibility, and many of our top candidates ended up enduring multiple (and unnecessary) final round interviews. Although a slower approach to hiring has its merits, here are a few signs that your technical hiring process is too long—and how it might be turning developer candidates off.

Hiring Mobile Developers? Here’s What You Need To Know

It's no secret that developers appreciate when recruiters are familiar with the current state of the software ecosystem. While they don't expect you to be a developer yourself, they do want you to at least know enough to have an intelligent conversation about an open role. 

To help recruiters understand developer candidates and move you closer to filling their open roles, the Stack Overflow Data team released the Trends tool. This app provides a quick glimpse of which programming languages and technologies are growing and shrinking. 

Let's take a dive into the type of information that recruiters can easily see by using the tool. Today we'll look into trends related to Mobile Developers. 

What Does Brexit Uncertainty Mean for Hiring UK Developers?

It’s been almost two months since Prime Minister Theresa May invoked Article 50, and both job seekers and recruiters are trying to understand the consequences. Unlimited European Union (EU) immigration, under the current freedom of movement rules, could change once the UK officially leaves the EU. This uncertainty calls for companies to be much more flexible with both their current and prospective employees.  

Currently, London is home to the largest developer community in Europe. There are as many as 2.1 million EU immigrants working in the UK, many of them helping to fill gaps in engineering and IT. So it’s easy to see why it’s important for business that we keep the community thriving.

If you’re concerned about the impact of Brexit on your tech team and talent pipeline, here are a few steps you can take as an employer to not only keep your current developer workforce happy and employed, but also encourage candidates to apply to your open jobs.

Hiring Developers Throughout the Year

We often hear questions from employers about when the best (and worst) times to hire developers are throughout the year. Are certain months better for getting the attention of interested developers? Is it a bad idea to post a new job right before the holidays? Are developers less interested in considering a career change during the summer months? With summer right around the corner, let's dig into the data we have on developer job-hunting habits through the year on Stack Overflow.

London Tech Week 2017: The Right Approach To Hiring Developers

London Tech Week, the celebration that tech enthusiasts eagerly await each year, is just around the corner. There will undoubtedly be a lot of conversation around the demand for technical talent and the impact it has on businesses across the globe. This has us thinking about some of the key findings we've seen from our developer survey this year. 

Based off these findings we'd like to share three of the biggest barriers we've seen when it comes to hiring technical talent. We believe these insights will help you better understand the developer hiring process and prepare you to effectively engage with developers throughout London Tech Week

The Difference Between Programming Frameworks and Languages

Post by Rich Moy on May 11, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Although you don’t need to be a programming expert to recruit developers, you do need a basic understanding of the technologies your open roles require candidates to know. For many tech recruiters, this means studying the most common tech jargon and hoping that developers believe they know what they were talking about. Of course, programming is much more complicated than that, and today’s developers think about it in terms of languages and frameworks. Recruiters who can have educated conversations about these things can really set themselves apart from the competition, but that begs the question—what is the difference?

Developer Interview: Chris Winfield, Head of Development at PCA Predict

Chris Winfield started his career at PCA Predict in 2010 as a Software Developer, and has been moving on up ever since. Now currently Head of Development, Winfield leads the development of their address search engine and form. A firm believer in working in a no-nonsense, Lean, Agile environment, he shared with us his outlook on technical interviews and his favorite part of being a programmer.

The Most Wanted and Used Computer Programming Languages of 2017

Post by Rich Moy on May 8, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Developers don’t respond well to recruiters who throw around buzzwords and jargon in an attempt to prove that they really know their stuff. However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t know which tools they’re currently using to do their jobs, as well as the ones they’d like to experiment with in the future. To help you understand the candidates you’re recruiting, let’s take a closer look at the programming languages they rely on everyday—and the technologies they hope to use more often in the future.

Job Satisfaction vs. Career Satisfaction to Developers

Post by Rich Moy on May 4, 2017 12:00:00 PM

You might assume that a developer who’s satisfied with his or her current job is also content with how their entire career has unfolded to this point. However, the respondents to the 2017 Developer Hiring Landscape showed us that there’s a big difference between the two. While only 10% of developers said that they’re completely satisfied with their current jobs, that number jumps to 12.7% when it comes to their overall careers. This begs the question—what’s the real difference between how developers feel about their current jobs and their careers? Based on what we’ve learned from the results of our survey, here are a few things to keep in mind about what makes a developer happy with their current jobs and the potential their career path affords them.

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