It’s likely that throughout your career you’ve been paired up with a mentor. Mentors offer their professional experience to guide how a new employee may develop in their role. Their main strength is helping the employee navigate their own career and the organization, which is crucial for someone new to the company.Read More
Having a good onboarding process for new employees is something every company aims to do well. Aside from the typical paperwork and tour of the office, there’s a lot that you can do to give your new hires a great onboarding experience. Some companies are going above and beyond the typical employee onboarding and offering unique activities ranging from a 100% remote onboarding experience to a week-long new employee “retreat.” Here are just a few of the unique developer onboarding ideas we’ve heard about.Read More
Measuring the success of your technical onboarding is often an overlooked part of the entire hiring process. Far too many companies and hiring managers worry about getting the candidate in the door and then are surprised why they leave after a few months (if this is often happening, it’s time to take a look at your onboarding process for starters). Measuring onboarding success is more than simply asking a new developer how they feel about the company after a month and writing it down in a spreadsheet. Here are a few things to keep in mind when measuring your developer onboarding success.Read More
An effective onboarding process is one of the first touchpoints your new employees have with your company. If a developer walks into their first day of work and is handed a binder full of printed onboarding documents, chances are they will doubt the company’s efficiency and technical prowess. While some onboarding documents need to be taught or completed in person, a majority of the process can be moved online. By streamlining your developer onboarding process, you can get your new employees working on projects earlier.Read More
Setting up an efficient and effective onboarding process for new technical hires should be top of mind for hiring managers and CTOs alike. Although many aspects of onboarding are physical, such as setting up the hardware or introducing the new hire to their team members, it’s also important to pay attention to the documentation. Here are a few things to include in your developer onboarding documentation.Read More
Turnover rates of employees in the technology industry have been reported between 9.1% and 10.6%, proving that properly onboarding and retaining developers has never been more important. Developers are in high demand and oftentimes have the luxury of switching jobs as they please, so employers need to be focusing on how to not only attract the best tech talent, but keep it as well.
Unfortunately, there’s no universally approved statistic on the monetary cost of losing a developer – it really depends on their skill level, their salary, and the company itself. Regardless, here are a few stats that help speak to the issue.Read More
Starting a new job can be stressful. Between meeting new people, getting up-to-speed on the company and product, and becoming comfortable in a new setting, the first few days and weeks are often hectic. One way to alleviate these feelings is implementing an efficient developer onboarding process.Read More
We’ve arrived at that time of year again - the time when thousands of computer science students across the country are graduating and trying to decide where to take their first steps as a professional software developer. For employers, the race to snag recent graduates is only just beginning. With nearly five open jobs for every developer, just as much competition exists for employers as it does for candidates. Computer science graduates have a greater choice of positions than ever before so just like applicants, you need to make sure you are also doing your best to stand out.Read More
Starting a job is a lot like moving to a new city.
When I first started at Stack Exchange as a developer, I’d already been living in New York for six years. I knew my way around: what train to take to get to which stop in Manhattan, why you don’t actually eat hot dogs from a cart, when the best time to take a cab is, and so on. These are bits of knowledge locals learn through experience, and if you don’t learn them as a newcomer, the city can quickly become the mean, hard-knock concrete jungle you should have known better about. The best way to navigate your new territory is having the guidance of a local friend: The city doesn’t seem like a labyrinth you want to escape from and instead turns into the energetic place that you’ll grow to love.Read More