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5 Important Takeaways From the 2018 North American Developer Landscape

Post by Rich Moy on May 29, 2018 12:00:00 PM

Today, we launched the 2018 North American Developer Landscape. This report covers everything you need to know about programmers located in the United States and Canada, such as basic demographics, educational background, and their favorite technologies.

This year, over 100,000 respondents participated in the global version of this report—and over 24,000 of those people live in either the United States or Canada.

Let’s take a closer look at five of the most important takeaways from this year’s North American report. In this post, we’ll also discuss how these stats can help you optimize your entire tech recruiting strategy.

Which Industries Are Software Developers Working In?

Post by Rich Moy on Mar 19, 2018 12:00:00 PM

All the world's developers work for tech companies, right? Not exactly.

In this year’s edition of the Global Developer Hiring Landscape, we found that today’s developers work in a diverse range of industries. But what else does this mean for employers like you? How appealing are companies inside and outside the technology industry to developers? Let’s take a closer look at the results

The Top 3 Things That NYC Developers Look for in New Jobs

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

There are a lot of advantages to recruiting NYC developers. The New York City metropolitan is home to 10% of the nation’s developers, and that number is sure to grow with the city’s recent investments in technology. No matter what type of developers you’re looking to hire, chances are that you’ll find them in New York City.

But that doesn’t mean that employers in the city are immune to the biggest tech hiring challenges. Most developers in New York City are currently employed, and there are far more open jobs than there are developers.

So how can you make your company stand out from the competition? Based on what we learned from the recent NYC Developer Hiring Ecosystem report, here are the top three things developers look for in new jobs.

5 Developer Hiring Myths Recruiters Believe, But Shouldn’t

Post by Rich Moy on Sep 11, 2017 12:00:00 PM

There's no denying that the developer hiring landscape is constantly evolving, and yet many tech recruiters still rely on "proven" tactics that worked in the past. As a result, developers often go into recruitment conversations expecting the worst. The good news is that they've made no secret of how they want to be recruited, and what will drive them away.

Still, change is hard. If you’re struggling to find tech talent, you probably know that you need to adjust your approach. But where do you begin? To help you get your recruiting strategy back on track, let’s discuss a few of the most common developer hiring myths—and why you should avoid them.

The Truth About Time-to-Hire in Developer Hiring

Post by Rich Moy on Aug 22, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Because there’s no industry-wide benchmark for the average duration of a successful recruitment campaign, you could point to your time-to-hire data for non-technical roles and make similar assumptions about hiring developers. But the reality for tech recruiters is that tech roles are far more complicated than their non-tech counterparts—and you’re dealing with a mostly passive candidate pool. So before you start making promises that you can’t keep, here’s the truth about your average time-to-hire in developer hiring.

Why Getting 5 Developer Applications is Better Than 50

Post by Rich Moy on Aug 15, 2017 12:00:00 PM

The phrase “quality over quantity” is one of the oldest cliches in the book, but when it comes to the number of developer applications in your inbox, it can be especially difficult to wrap your mind around. Not only do you need to hire developers as quickly as possible, but you’re also under immense pressure to keep your hiring managers happy. A large stack of developer resumes might placate them for a little while, but a smaller and more targeted applicant pool is often better than one that’s bursting at the seams. Here are a few reasons why getting a small handful of relevant applications is much better than getting 50 (or more).

What Machine Learning Engineers Look for in a Job

The field of Machine Learning is growing rapidly, which means big things for both engineers and companies looking to hire a machine learning engineer. Not convinced? Just take a quick look at our Stack Overflow Trends tool, and you’ll see that interest in the term has grown by 1380% since 2009.

The work that Machine Learning Engineers do is not only interesting, but also incredibly complex, so it’s no surprise that companies may have a hard time finding one. The field itself is highly technical and requires a heady mixture of systems design, math, stats, engineering, and domain knowledge. Machine Learning Engineer roles can vary greatly depending on the company and their needs – they could be developing new models, applying existing models to new domains, or applying models in known successful ways.

Here are a few tips on what Machine Learning Engineers look for when applying to new jobs, and how this can impact your hiring efforts.  

Why Companies Should Consider Candidates From Coding Academies

Programming bootcamps have quickly become a hot topic in the tech community. According to Course Report, the coding bootcamp market has grown an astonishing 88% in the US and Canada since 2013. As former bootcamp attendees, we were interested in looking at the 2017 Annual Stack Overflow Developer Survey data to see if there were any interesting findings about hiring coding academy graduates. To our surprise, coding academy graduates were not that different from the developer population at large.

This Is How Data Scientists Search For Jobs

More and more companies are looking to fill open Data Scientist roles for their technical team. In fact, 8.4% of respondents who took our Annual Developer Survey identified as Data Scientists, up 6.8% from last year's results. Looking at Google Trends, we also see that interest in the term "Data Scientist" has steadily increased over the past 5 years. 

My fellow Data Scientist David Robinson and I have noticed several priorities in our own job searches, as well as our peers. While the role of a Data Scientist (and how to hire them) is all still in flux, we've found the following points important and broadly applicable. 

How Much Time do Developers Spend Looking for Jobs?

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

After seeing that 62% of developers are open to new opportunities, you might conclude that most of them are eager to find their next job. However, the majority of programmers aren’t actively pursuing new jobs at new companies. You could wait for the right candidates to submit applications on their own, but you’ll likely come up empty-handed. Here are a few stats about the developer job search that should grab your attention—and make the importance of engaging with passive candidates even clearer.

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