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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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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.

How I Hire: Brad Brooks, Head of Product, Engineering, and Marketing at DocuSign

As the Head of Product, Engineering, and Marketing, it’s safe to say Brad Brooks knows how to effectively lead teams. At DocuSign, his teams are responsible for driving innovation across the company through data-driven research, product design, development, engineering, and technology leadership. Read on to see how Brooks builds out his teams by following DocuSign’s core values.

4 Hiring Metrics You Should be Tracking as a Tech Recruiter

Effective recruiting and hiring should be scientific – there should be hypotheses, A/B testing, and a clear strategy behind every initiative. But when things get busy and certain goals need to be met, recruiting in a scientific way can get put on the back burner. One way to ensure that you’re practicing scientific recruiting is to track certain metrics. By periodically going through these metrics, you can adjust your recruiting strategies, budget, and even your hiring sources. Here are a few of the must-have hiring metrics all tech recruiters should be tracking.

Learn How These 4 CTOs Recruit and Hire Developers

The job responsibilities of a CTO vary greatly depending on the size of the company, the leadership, and the presence of an HR department. But even the busiest of CTOs still find the time to be somewhat involved in the recruiting, interviewing, and hiring process of their future technical reports. We spoke to a handful of CTOs across the globe to learn more about their specific recruiting practices, tips, and tricks.

Developer Interview: Rich Leland, Director of Growth Engineering at SparkPost

You could say that Rich Leland spends most of his time with developers on his mind. Whether he's overseeing his team of developers, creating developer relations strategies, or writing content for developers, he's working to make sure SparkPost's developer community is the best it can be. We caught up with Rich to learn more about how he started coding, his experience with recruiters, and where he sees the world of technology going in 10 years.

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