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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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Developer Interview: Vlad Kliatchko, Global Head of Engineering at Bloomberg LP

As Head of Global Engineering, Vlad Kliatchko spends his time leading a diverse team of programmers and networking experts to solve technical problems and build advanced systems to fuel financial markets. Read on to learn how Kliatchko has grown in his 14+ years at Bloomberg LP and where he sees the world of technology in the near future.

3 Power Words and Phrases to Include in Your Tech Job Listing

Your company’s job listing is likely the first thing your prospective candidates will see. They’ll scan the description and look for aspects that jump out at them, such as the required skills or potential benefits. To help catch their eye, you could stuff your job listings with all the keywords and buzzwords you want -- but that’s only going to turn off developers from applying. Here are some words and phrases to include in your tech job listings to boost your credibility and attract the right developer.

3 Terms and Phrases Developers Use That Every Recruiter Should Know

If you’re a recruiter who doesn’t interact with your company’s tech team on a daily basis, you’re not likely to be aware of all the tech vocabulary. And let’s be honest – if you aren’t the one doing the development work, you probably don’t need to be fluent in tech-speak.  But when you’re recruiting an open tech role, you should be prepared to know a thing or two about the role itself and how your company’s engineering culture works on a high-level. Here a few of the common terms and phrases developers use that we think recruiters and technical interviewers should be aware of.

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.

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.

3 Stats About Canadian Developers You Need to Know

According to the Brookfield Institute, 71,000 tech companies are responsible for over 7% of Canada’s economic output and 5.6% of Canada’s total employment. Those numbers say it all; the Canadian tech scene is a major driver of innovation and economic growth.

Canada has offices of some of the top global companies, such as Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Salesforce, and Cisco. It’s also home to quite a few tech company headquarters, such as Shopify, FreshBooks, Halogen Software, and Hootsuite (just to name a few).

Want to know more about Canadian developers? Here are a few of the key takeaways that came from this year’s annual developer survey.

How I Hire: Nathaniel Talbott CTO of Spreedly

As one of the founders of Spreedly, Nathaniel Talbott has been growing the company's team since 2007. Spreedly is a fintech company that helps  customers capture, store, and make use of payment data, all while they stay out of PCI-DSS scope. On their customers' behalf, they store millions of credit cards, process millions of transactions every month, and on an annual basis facilitate billions of dollars worth of top-line revenue.

We caught up with Talbott to talk about his current role, how Spreedly's hiring process has changed as they've grown, and the challenges he faces day-to-day. 

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. 

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