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You likely already know the main components of any job listing. There’s the catchy title, the main points highlighting the job duties, and that last paragraph that highlights what sets your company apart from the rest. But have you ever noticed the differences between job listings in a variety of fields?

When looking at listings for roles in sales or business, you’ll notice they are much different than those for technology-based roles. Below are a few of the main differences of tech job listings, which you should take into consideration when writing your own listings.

They make it clear which skills are mandatory vs. preferred.

In technology-based roles, there are usually very specific requirements that need to be met in order to get the job done. By including which programming languages the employee should be proficient in, for example, you will eliminate any candidates that don’t meet the requirements. Since technology is a constantly evolving and rapidly changing industry, there tends to be more specific requirements for the job, so you’ll notice a focus on this in the listing. At the same time, you'll also avoid missing out on qualified developers who might need to learn a preferred language on the job.

They mention the equipment and office layout.

Developers and other tech employees tend to be interested in computers in general, so highlighting the capabilities of the computer (and other items) they’ll be receiving could help them make their decision easier. Candidates need to know if they will be given all that it takes to get their job done in a timely and efficient manner.  

In relation to the technology and equipment they’ll be given, you’ll notice that many listings highlight that. They’ll typically describe what the developers working space may look like so they know what to expect. Developers and programmers often prefer private offices and quiet spaces without interruptions, so companies that adhere to this and focus it in their listings could have a higher applicant rate.

They often include a list of developer-specific benefits.

It’s been shown that money is not the top concern for developers, which is why the focus of those tech job listings may be more on the benefits. But don't stop at things like your health and dental coverage. Whether it’s that you offer remote work opportunites or that you host monthly hackathons, highlighting these benefits is becoming more frequent in tech job listings. 

They may include the word “remote”.

You’ll notice that many technology job listings may specify that the position is open to those looking to work remotely. Unlike some other jobs that require constant in-person communication, most technical jobs can be done just as well at home/from anywhere. In fact, according to our recent developer survey, 29% of developers work at least part-time remote and 50% of developers say working remote is at least somewhat important to them. Making this clear on your listing can help you find the perfect candidate, wherever they may be located.

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