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The 2017 Global Developer Hiring Landscape

What if you could spend a day in a developer's shoes? You could learn what their typical day looks like, what makes them respond to a recruiting email, and how their working style is different than other co-workers. While we can't wave a magic wand and make that happen for you, we can provide you with data to help you understand and recruit developers more effectively. 

Each year, we survey the programming community on topics ranging from their favorite technologies to what they look for in a new job. This year, over 64,000 respondents from 213 countries and territories participated, making it the world’s largest developer survey.

Here are some of the major findings from this year’s survey. 

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How Tech Recruiters & Hiring Managers Should Work Together

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

I used to think that the relationships between recruiters and engineering managers were simple. In my mind, the recruiter’s job was to find people who could be right for the job and the hiring manager’s job was to select the best one out of the group. But when I became a recruiter, I realized it’s a much more complicated partnership. Both sides have knowledge and experience to bring to the table—and everyone involved has strong opinions on how the technical hiring process should work. While building and maintaining relationships with hiring managers can be difficult at times, there are a few things you can do to ensure that your efforts yield results.

How to Incorporate Gamification in Developer Hiring

The technical hiring landscape is constantly changing, most notably within the last decade. As millennials increasingly join the job market and the demand for company innovation grows, companies are trying to figure out the best way to appeal to prospective candidates (and, in return, figure out the best way to sort out the most qualified). A report published by the Aberdeen Group in 2013 showed that 49% of polled organizations were struggling to find suitable new talent to enhance company growth. As a result, to make the hiring process more effective, some organizations have started to incorporate gamification into their hiring structures.

4 Stats About Passive Candidates You Need to Know

Post by Rich Moy on Feb 21, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Meeting your hiring goals this year will require (yes, require) you to recruit and engage with passive candidates. It’s no secret that the competition to hire the best developers is fierce, and a majority of developers already have jobs. This might make it seem intimidating to reach out to a programmer who isn’t actively looking for a new job, but here are a few statistics will give you the motivation to shift more of your attention to recruiting passive candidates.

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?

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.

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.

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