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How to Prioritize Developer Roles in a Startup

Your company just made the jump from idea to reality. You got the funding to hire a core team, but don’t have any founders with serious technical skills. As you prepare to start building your product, you have to answer a fundamental question: how many developers does my startup need, and what roles should I look to fill first?

A Strong Employer Brand Can Afford to Let Some Talents Move On. Q&A with HR and Tech Leadership at Westwing

Founded in 2011 and headquartered in Munich, Westwing is one of the leading Home & Living eCommerce businesses in Europe.

We spoke to Andreas Wixler, Head of Software Development Consumer Products, and Miriam Rabung, HR Business Partner, about Company Culture, Employer Branding, and why they are not worried about investing in talents that might leave the company one day.

Competing for Talent in Emerging Tech Hubs

Post by Rich Moy on Nov 26, 2018 1:00:00 PM

For years, conventional thinking in the tech industry was that if you wanted to grow an idea into a sustainable business, you needed an office in San Francisco or New York. But that thinking has changed over the last few years. Some of the world's biggest companies are opening offices in emerging tech hubs like Wilmington, DE and Columbus, OH. These cities often offer more affordable real estate and access to untapped pools of talent.

For companies already operating out of these cities, this shift could make it even more difficult to attract and retain developers. We talked to HR leaders based in emerging tech hubs that are preparing to face this challenge. Here's their advice.

The Many Roles of Talent Acquisition

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

Ask anyone outside of talent acquisition to describe your team’s work, and you’ll get a variety of responses. Some people might highlight your efforts to retain developers and keep them happy. But the majority will talk about your recruitment strategy. For many HR leaders, this is especially the case when they try conveying the value of developer hiring to executives.

If this resonates with you, you can probably think of at least one frustrating conversation related to your team’s efforts. To help you communicate the value of talent acquisition, let’s review a few of the most critical roles that it plays, and how they impact your entire company.

Why Your Company's Industry Should Influence Your Tech Recruitment Strategy

Post by Rich Moy on Jun 26, 2018 12:00:00 PM

When you browse open HR leadership jobs, you’ll find a few things in common. Companies look for people who have developed and executed large-scale recruiting strategies, worked with senior leadership to identify talent gaps, and managed complex budgets. In recent years, one qualification that has increased in desirability is expertise in the organization’s industry—or at least the ability to learn about it quickly.

Sure, this is a requirement for all roles across your company. But as a tech recruitment leader, your success is directly tied to how much you know about your industry and why your company stands out in it. Here are a few reasons why you should take this bullet point in your job description very seriously.

How to Link Your Tech Talent Strategy to Company Value

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

Most executives understand the importance of filling open roles, especially when your company lacks the tech talent that it needs. A mere 16% of developers are actively looking for new jobs, and the competition to hire them is more difficult than ever. But with that level of urgency, how can you ensure that the right people fill your most critical developer jobs? How do you respond when management just wants you to hire someone, as long as that person is remotely qualified?

A recent McKinsey Quarterly article by Mike Barriere, Miriam Owens, and Sarah Pobereskin studied how the CEO of a consumer-products company redefined critical roles and linked talent to value. We pulled out a few key takeaways that you can use to optimize your tech talent acquisition strategy and get everyone across your organization on the same page.

3 Keys to Solving Your Biggest Developer Hiring Challenges

Post by Rich Moy on May 17, 2018 1:00:00 PM

To anyone who isn’t involved in hiring developers, talent acquisition might seem straightforward. All it takes is a few job listings and a little patience, right? Of course, you know that finding tech talent is much more difficult than that. You also understand that you need to think outside of the box to hit your aggressive hiring goals.

But how can you tell if a creative developer hiring idea will drive tangible results? Let’s take a closer look at the key components of an outside-the-box initiative that gets your executive team excited.

How to Pitch a New Developer Hiring Initiative to Your C-Suite

Post by Rich Moy on May 15, 2018 12:00:00 PM

Coming up with new tech recruiting ideas can be a lot of fun. It gives you the chance to be creative and think outside of the box to impact your company through your talent management strategy. As exciting as this process can be, your ideas also need the approval of your C-Suite. Since those executives are under a lot of pressure, it can be difficult to get the green light from them if your pitch is half-baked.

No matter the scope of your idea, there are a few things that you should include in your initial pitch. In this post, we’ll discuss three essential components of a successful business case for a new developer hiring initiative.

Why You Should Acknowledge the Risks of Your Developer Hiring Strategy

Post by Rich Moy on May 10, 2018 12:00:00 PM

Pitching a new developer hiring initiative is exciting. You’ve done your research, identified a project that could have a significant impact on your company, and you have a plan for maximizing every dollar that you think it will cost. The only thing left is to show your C-Level executives all of the work that you’ve done and ask them to sign a few checks, right?

Before you get ahead of yourself, it’s important to take a step back and acknowledge the risks of this new initiative. Yes, the risks. As a talent acquisition leader, your executive team looks to you to identify all of the potential outcomes of a project, especially those that aren’t ideal. If you’re not willing to identify where your plan could fall short, it’ll be hard to get the green light from C-Level executives to move forward.

The good news is that highlighting these risks can also benefit you. Here are a few reasons why it’s a good idea to acknowledge the risks when you pitch a new idea to executives.

How Developer Hiring Impacts Your Entire Organization (and Why it Matters)

Post by Rich Moy on May 8, 2018 12:00:00 PM

As a talent acquisition leader, developer hiring is likely one of your biggest priorities. Aside from the team of HR professionals and recruiters that you lead, you’re probably talking to the engineering managers more often than anyone else at your company. Your approach to tech recruiting impacts them more directly than any other manager, so this makes sense. But the most successful talent acquisition leaders know that developer hiring also affects every team across the organization.

Not sure why your tech talent management strategy matters to so many people? Let’s take a closer look at how your developer hiring impacts the entire company.

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