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Rachel Ferrigno

Rachel Ferrigno
Rachel is the Content Marketing Manager and Developer Hiring Expert at Stack Overflow. In her spare time you can find her watching TV, playing with her cats, or working on her blog.
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Recent Posts

Developers in the Media: Truth or Fiction?

If you’re an avid TV watcher or movie-goer, chances are you’ve recently seen a developer portrayed in the media. But just how realistic are these characters (many of who are referred to as “hackers”)?  

How Tech Recruiting Has Changed Over the Years

Unless you’ve been in the tech recruiting space for decades (which, if so, congrats!), you’re probably not too familiar with the changes that have happened in the space. The tactics that once worked to fill our open technical roles just don't work anymore. 

Here are a few ways that technical recruiting has changed over the years (and what this means for you as a modern-day recruiter).

Developer Interview: Daniel Thompson, Managing Director, D4 Software

As Managing Director of D4 Software, Daniel Thompson aims to make businesses run more smoothly with the right software. His extensive background as a Software Engineer, Development Manager, and CTO gives him a unique viewpoint on the world of tech recruiting and innovations in the tech world. Read on to learn what Thompson does as a Managing Director, what his first coding experience was like, and advice he has for employers who aren't thinking of software first. 

What Women in Tech Wish Employers Knew

Chances are if you’re reading this right now, one of your largest recruiting challenges is hiring women in technology roles. The fact that you’ve realized it’s a problem and are actively seeking to fix it is the first step. But what specific initiatives or programs can you put in place to meet your hiring goals? How can you reduce bias in your job ads? What can be done to prevent turnover and lower the quit rate?

We asked a handful of women in tech what they wish employers knew. While these thoughts only represent a small fraction of the women in technology, we hope it can serve as a good starting point.

The 2017 Global Developer Hiring Landscape

What if you could spend a day in a developer's shoes? You could learn what their typical day looks like, what makes them respond to a recruiting email, and how their working style is different than other co-workers. While we can't wave a magic wand and make that happen for you, we can provide you with data to help you understand and recruit developers more effectively. 

Each year, we survey the programming community on topics ranging from their favorite technologies to what they look for in a new job. This year, over 64,000 respondents from 213 countries and territories participated, making it the world’s largest developer survey.

Here are some of the major findings from this year’s survey. 

How Engineering Managers Can Effectively Manage a Remote Team of Developers

Managing a large team of developers has its own set of challenges, but what happens when that team is fully – or mostly – remote? With a remote team, you can’t walk over to someone’s desk and see how they’re doing. Employees may be working from all around the world in different time zones, so getting together all at once might be impossible. The list goes on.

But it can be done! And lots of companies are successfully running a remote engineering team. Here are some tips from Engineering Managers and CEOs on how they manage their remote development teams.

How I Hire: Jeff McConathy, VP of Engineering for Consumer Services at Trulia

 It's safe to say that Jeff McConathy is a loyal Trulian. Having spent 11 years at the company, Jeff currently serves as the VP of Engineering for Consumer Services. Read on to learn how he interviews for culture fit and the impact a "no jerks" policy has had on the technical team. 

Is Campus Recruiting Part of Your Technical Hiring Strategy? It Should Be

Today’s developers are learning to code at an earlier age than ever before. In 2016, 27% of the respondents to our Developer Survey said they had been coding for over 11 years. Similarly, 52% of developers were in their 20’s.  Because of this, some companies have started creating departments within their Talent Acquisition teams dedicated solely to campus recruitment. 

The Most Popular Content We Published in 2016

In 2016, we published 150 blog posts ranging in topic from writing recruiting emails to developers to providing the best technical interview experience possible. We talked to leaders in the HR space to hear their hiring secrets and interviewed developers about their career paths. From writing about new topics and including more guest bloggers, we were able to see which topics and types of content perform best. So here it is – a look at the most popular content we published in 2016.

Developer Interview: Ann Catherine Jose, Principal Software Developer at Intuit

 While browsing through Ann’s blog, one sentence of her bio really stood out to me: “She believes that building the product right is as important as building the right product.” While I hear this sentiment often from developers and product managers alike, it’s rarely put so eloquently.

With over 12 years of experience in developing software solutions on iOS and Microsoft platforms, we were eager to learn more about her career path. We chatted with Ann on everything from her background in programming to her thoughts on the future of AI.

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