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Rich Moy

Rich Moy
Rich is a Content Marketing Writer and Developer Hiring Expert 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

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?

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.

3 Developer Job Search Stats to Guide Your Tech Hiring in 2017

Post by Rich Moy on May 1, 2017 2:00:00 PM

Developer hiring is a process that often requires employers to take a different approach than they’ve used in the past. Companies need to acknowledge that recruiting developers is different than it is for non-technical roles, and creating an efficient hiring process requires you to understand what motivates programmers to consider new job opportunities. To help guide your technical recruitment strategy this year, here are a few developer job search stats you should know.

4 Stats About Developer Compensation You Need to Know

Post by Rich Moy on Apr 24, 2017 12:00:00 PM

While salary is usually not the only deciding factor for many candidates, it is one of the most important job evaluation criteria for programmers. Companies are always competing for the top developers, and because they know that the competition for their services is fierce, they want to be paid accordingly. This might make you think that giving developers whatever they want is the key to winning at developer hiring, but the 2017 Developer Hiring Landscape highlighted showed us that developer compensation is a much more complicated challenge to tackle. Let’s take a closer look at what salaries for programmers in look like today.

What is Your Company Working On? Developers Want to Know

Post by Rich Moy on Apr 20, 2017 12:00:00 PM

The importance of employer branding can’t be overstated—and companies from across all industries, are starting to take it more seriously. As tempting as it might be to use your job listings and careers website to only show off your “fun” perks, developer candidates are more curious about the projects they’d get to work on if they joined your company. When asked how they evaluate new job opportunities, the respondents to our 2017 Developer Hiring Landscape put the impact of the product (and subsequently, their work) near the top of their list of criteria. Your developers’ current projects are an important part of your employer brand, but what are the best ways to include them in your messaging without overdoing it?

Ask a Developer: How Should Companies Choose New Technologies to Add to Their Tech Stack?

Post by Rich Moy on Apr 18, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Developers have made no secret of the fact that they love learning new technologies. Based on what we learned from the 2017 Developer Hiring Landscape, there’s no shortage of programming languages for them to tinker with. In addition to some of the more popular technologies, developers named technologies like Go (17%) and Typescript (16%) to the top of their wish list this year. As tempting as it might be to add new programming languages to your tech stack as a recruitment tactic, engineering managers are always thinking of which technologies make the most sense for their teams. We were curious to hear more about how they evaluate and add new languages to their tech stacks. Here’s what they had to say.

Why Cutting Developer Equipment Costs Can Negatively Affect Your Bottom Line

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

I bet you can think of at least one time when a financial report led your company to cut costs however possible. From what I’ve seen over my career, this has led leadership teams to say to themselves, “If our team’s computers are at least turning on, that’s good enough for right now.” While it might seem like you have bigger priorities when your company isn’t flush with cash, the developers who responded to this year’s Developer Hiring Landscape made it clear that there’s a direct correlation between their overall job satisfaction and their satisfaction with their equipment. Let’s take a deeper look at the importance of a workstation—and how cutting corners on developer equipment can ultimately affect your bottom line.

How to Find and Hire a Web Developer

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

For many companies, the importance of having talented web developers can’t be overstated. They are responsible for using a wide variety of programming languages to design and build a website from scratch. Once it’s built, businesses lean on them to maintain and optimize their sites. Not surprisingly, the competition to hire the right people to do the job is at a fever-pitch—and as a result, over 72% of today’s developers identify as web developers. To help you stand out to the top candidates, here are a few things to keep in mind when you need to hire a web developer.

What Majors Did Developers Study in College?

Post by Rich Moy on Apr 6, 2017 12:00:00 PM

It’s no secret that some of the most influential people in tech today do not hold college degrees. Developers are always looking for opportunities to learn new skills, so it’s not entirely surprising that over 76% of respondents to the 2017 Developer Hiring Landscape said they had a bachelor’s degree or higher. But before you start making assumptions about what they all must have studied in college, let’s take a closer look at what developer education actually looks like for today’s programmers—and whether or not they feel it their majors helped them advance their careers.

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