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Rich Moy

Rich Moy
Rich is a Content Marketing Writer at Stack Overflow, where he covers the latest in tech recruiting and hiring. When he's not writing, Rich can be found hanging with his wife, watching his favorite college football team with his dad, or running around Manhattan in preparation for his next half marathon.
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Recent Posts

How to Recruit Developers for New Technologies

Post by Rich Moy on Feb 16, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Conventional wisdom might tell you that success for a tech recruiter is defined by his or her ability to find an exact match for a role based on a list of required programming languages and years of experience. However, new programming languages have become integral components of modern tech stacks. While this is an exciting (and necessary) piece of your company’s growth, some of these key technologies have only existed for a short time, making it much harder to source and recruit developers simply by matching their experience to a templated job description. Finding the right developers to build products using newer technologies is a unique challenge, but here are a few tips to help you get started.

How to Involve Your C-Suite in Your Tech Hiring Process

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

There were a few times over the course of my recruiting career when I had to email a hiring manager and say, “I know you want to make an offer, but the executive team needs to sign off first.” It was incredibly frustrating, and there were even a couple instances in which we lost top candidates while we waited for a final decision from the top. As easy as it was for us to wish that they’d just “let us do our jobs,” the reality is that C-level executives should be involved in the hiring process, especially when it comes to selecting the right developers. The challenge for you is understanding how much of their input is appropriate. After all, it would be ill-advised to ignore their wisdom just for the sake of filling open technical roles. But how do you figure out how to effectively involve your C-suite in technical hiring decisions—and how do you manage everyone’s expectations?

How to Turn Your Developers Into Brand Storytellers

Post by Rich Moy on Feb 9, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Because developers have no shortage of job opportunities, they’re always looking to learn more about what makes one company more exciting to work for than the competition. While tech recruiters could pitch benefits and perks until they’re blue in the face, your organization’s most influential brand storytellers are often your current developers themselves. A talented developer has heard just about every sales pitch in the book, but when a fellow programmer speaks glowingly of his or her company or the projects the team is working on, it's difficult for even the most in-demand candidates to ignore that type of review. Turning your developers into brand storytellers won’t happen overnight, but here are a few tips to help you get started.

Ask a Developer - What Should the Recruiter-Candidate Relationship Look Like?

Post by Rich Moy on Feb 7, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Your ability to meet your tech hiring goals in 2017 will boil down to the relationships you build with developers. While most recruiters would probably say that they’re confident in their ability to create rapport with candidates, it’s important to know what developers look for when they’re approached about a new opportunity. We were curious to find out, so we reached out to a few developers to hear their thoughts on an ideal approach to candidate relationship management.

Why Relationships in Developer Hiring Are More Important Than Ever

Post by Rich Moy on Feb 2, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Many recruiters I know got into the profession because they truly enjoy building relationships with people. But with long lists of recruiting tasks that are primarily administrative at times, it’s easy for technical recruiters to say that building relationships with developers is a nice, but unrealistic idea. The problem with this mindset is that developers have made no secret of the fact that they expect recruiters to do their homework before they reach out. Although you might be tired of hearing about the importance of getting to know developers on a personal level, your willingness to embrace relationship recruiting in 2017 could be the difference in meeting your developer hiring goals and missing them.

How to Build Rapport With Developers Throughout the Hiring Process

Post by Rich Moy on Feb 1, 2017 1:00:00 PM

I have vivid memories of the first couple of interviews I led as a recruiter, mostly concerning what I did wrong. My biggest mistake was approaching them as if I was the only person who had any leverage. But what I eventually realized was that these candidates were real people with very real fears and goals. And because my relationship recruiting skills weren’t quite up to par, I also wasn’t putting my company in the strongest position to hire the people we wanted.

The Difference Between Job Satisfaction and Employee Engagement

Post by Rich Moy on Jan 27, 2017 12:00:00 PM

When you have an office full of developers who seem to be happy with their jobs, it’s common to think that there isn't much cause for worry. You think to yourself, “Happy developers equals engaged developers, right?” While you should be commended if your engineering team feels this level of satisfaction with their work situation, you shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that there are a lot of factors that make developers comfortable at work, but don’t necessarily measure their level of engagement or loyalty to your company. To meet the loftiest hiring and employee retention goals, it’s important for technical recruiters to understand the difference between job satisfaction and employee engagement.

How to Choose Between Two Qualified Applicants for a Technical Role

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

If you were to tell other technical recruiters that you’ve identified two strong developers for your open role, they’d be incredibly jealous. Many of them would probably say, “I can’t find enough relevant developer resumes and qualified applicants for my tech positions, let alone multiple people we want to hire.” While this is a good problem to have, selecting the right person in this scenario isn’t always a straightforward process. To help you get on the right track to choosing developers that are right for your company, here are a few things to consider when multiple candidates establish themselves as contenders.

How Your Current Tech Team Should Guide Your Developer Hiring Strategy

Post by Rich Moy on Jan 12, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Although partnering with your current tech team to create your developer hiring strategy sounds straightforward to most recruiters, following through on that best practice isn’t always natural. On the one hand, you feel confident in your abilities and don’t see the need to involve anyone else. But on the other hand, you don’t want to nag your tech team about participating in your interview process, even though you know their input will ultimately help you make sound decisions. To add a little clarity to the way you work cross-functionally with your engineering team, here are a few ways your should collaborate with your software development team.

How to Find and Hire a Network Engineer

Post by Rich Moy on Jan 10, 2017 12:00:00 PM

If you were to ask people in non-tech roles what a network engineer does, they might say that they’re responsible for making sure the Internet connection is stable around the office. While that wouldn’t be completely false, the truth is that network engineers are responsible for maintaining complex systems that allow your employees to stay productive. In fact, because the most talented network engineers create such reliable connections between a wide variety of devices, their work often goes completely unnoticed by their colleagues. Although there’s not a silver bullet solution to help you hire a network engineer faster, here are a few tips to make it easier.

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