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Post by Rich Moy on Jan 24, 2018 12:00:00 PM

What’s the hottest topic in technology right now? It’s cryptocurrency, and for a lot of people, it’s not even close. Seasoned and casual investors alike are monitoring the value of digital currencies like Bitcoin and Ether every single day—and Blockchain is the technology that makes all of this possible.

While most people associate the technology with digital currencies, Harvard Business Review writers Don and Alex Tapscott argue that the impact of Blockchain programming goes far beyond financial services. But a unique challenge looms for companies looking to hire a Blockchain developer. Because it’s an emerging technology, programmers that specialize in it are considered the new unicorns.

So how can you hire Blockchain developers if there are so few of them? Here are a few tips to help you find the Blockchain talent that you want to hire.

Look for Developers That Want to Learn Blockchain—and Sponsor Their Education

Look at your current application statistics for any Blockchain job listings you’re running. You’re likely not happy with the numbers you’re seeing. With a limited talent pool in an emerging specialization, you’ll need to think outside of the box to find the talent your company needs. So instead of limiting yourself to developers who are currently experts in Blockchain, open your search up to candidates who are excited to learn it.

But wait, aren’t the technologies that are most relevant to Blockchain engineering still difficult to find on a developer’s resume? Jimmy Song, an entrepreneur and Bitcoin developer, recently told Hacker Noon that the foundation of most projects isn’t quite as obscure as you’d think. “Almost every programming language has some sort of Bitcoin library,” he adds. “Contributing tends to be C++ and Python heavy, though." Additionally, developers with experience in designing and building distributed systems are strong candidates for blockchain developer roles.

With that in mind, consider broadening the required skills and experience sections of your job listings. Not only will this generate applications from developers who are excited to learn the technology, but you might also find candidates who are working on Blockchain side projects in their free time.

Understand Their Biggest Challenges at Work

When you recruit any developer type, knowing some of their biggest challenges shows candidates that you’ve done your homework. To Blockchain developers (or anyone considering transitioning into it full-time), it shows them that you understand the learning curve that even “experienced” engineers face. Here are a few of the most common obstacles they face at work.

  • Complexity. This probably isn’t a huge surprise. According to CoinDesk, Blockchain technology is full of entirely new vocabulary for developers to learn, understand, and apply to their work.
  • Integrating with legacy applications. Vijay Michalik, a research analyst for Frost & Sullivan, told CNBC that the practicality of implementing decentralized cryptosystems falls outside of the traditional IT development skill-set.
  • Scalability. Preethi Kasireddy, a Blockchain engineer, says that because blockchains are “decentralized,” every component of the network needs to process every single transaction. Although there are benefits to this, she adds that it comes at the cost of scalability.

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