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What Do You Call People Who Program at your Company?

Every company seems to call their technical employees something different. No, I’m not talking about all the ninjas and gurus out there. I’m talking about the folks who sit in front of an IDE (or, dog forbid, vim) and write lines of code in the desperate hope that it compiles and/or runs. There seems to be no end to the honorifics bestowed upon these folks. 

Job Listing Keywords: What Developers Search for vs. What Companies Advertise

Supply and demand in the marketplace for tech talent have long since shifted in favour of the candidates. In recruiting circles, it’s referred to as a candidate-driven market. At the same time, the greatest risk for companies is the unmet demand for new talent. This talent gap makes it all the more important to reach those developers who are thinking about a new position. We looked at how the expectations of developers match those of companies by looking at the data from our job board. Specifically, we compared the most common searches by developers with the most common terms used by companies looking to hire. 

Words That Set Off Developers’ BS Detectors

Developers are a clever bunch. They’re trained to break a problem into logical chunks so that a computer can perform them the same every time. If you’re looking to hire them, your job listing will undergo the same scrutiny that an algorithm does. They have a pretty refined BS detector, practiced over years of trying to program the impossible and only getting it half right. 

3 Things Developers Told Us About What Makes a Great Job Listing

At Stack Overflow it’s our mission to match great employers and developers looking for new opportunities. However, our mission doesn’t end with providing smart targeting to show job listings only to the developers with the relevant skill set. We also help companies to better understand their audience and draft job listings that resonate. To be able to do this, we commit to continuous research into which job listings perform best. We go beyond click-through and apply-rates and take the time for qualitative research with candidates you’ll be looking to hire. Here are some of the things developers told us during our last 1:1 interviews in June 2019. 

10 of the Best Developer Job Listings We've Seen

Post by Rich Moy on Jul 27, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Summer might seem like a traditionally “slow” period for developer hiring, but candidates are just as concerned about a hiring slowdown during this season. This means that summer represents a major opportunity to find and hire the developers your company needs. To give you some added inspiration, we rounded up some of the best developer job listings that we saw on Stack Overflow in 2016.

4 Reasons Why No One is Reading Your Tech Job Listing

After crafting a job posting that includes what developers care about, it can be frustrating to discover applications aren’t pouring in. There’s no denying how crucial a well-written job description is to your hiring process, but that doesn’t matter if a candidate doesn’t even read it. Here are a few reasons why your tech job listing might not be getting the attention it deserves (and what you can do to fix this). 

3 Power Words and Phrases to Include in Your Tech Job Listing

Your company’s job listing is likely the first thing your prospective candidates will see. They’ll scan the description and look for aspects that jump out at them, such as the required skills or potential benefits. To help catch their eye, you could stuff your job listings with all the keywords and buzzwords you want -- but that’s only going to turn off developers from applying. Here are some words and phrases to include in your tech job listings to boost your credibility and attract the right developer.

Why Your Tech Job Listings Aren't Attracting the Right Candidates

Post by Rich Moy on Sep 29, 2016 12:00:00 PM

How exciting is it to see that your inbox is suddenly overflowing with applicants to an urgent technical opening? I still have vivid memories of diving into large piles of applications with high expectations, only to find that nobody was qualified for the job. As challenging as it is to write tech job listings that make developers want to work for you, it’s even more important to write copy that grabs the attention of the right candidates. To help you identify ways to make the right edits, here are a few common reasons that the developers you’re looking for aren’t responding to your job listings.

3 Ways to Measure the Success of Your Tech Job Listings

Post by Rich Moy on Sep 15, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Are your most urgent developer job listings not generating enough applications? You could say that it’s time to start over. Sure, it's never a bad idea to review and edit your job listings. But application volume isn’t the only metric you should look at to understand the effectiveness of your job listings. 

Executing an effective developer hiring strategy requires you to understand which metrics matter, and which ones aren't as important. After you read this post, you'll have a clearer picture of how well your tech job listings are actually performing. 

3 Tips to Make More Impactful Edits to Your Tech Job Listings

Post by Rich Moy on Sep 8, 2016 12:00:00 PM

It can be difficult to find the motivation to optimize your tech job listings, especially if you've seen the application volume you initially hoped to see. You might also think that optimizing your job listings means staring blankly at the document until inspiration finally strikes and the edits you need to make become blatantly obvious. However, before you take pen to paper, here are a few tips to help you get the inspiration you need to make edits to your job listings that will truly grab the attention of developers.

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