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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.

Who Should Be Writing Your Company's Tech Job Listings?

It’s been a long-standing debate on who should be responsible for writing a tech job listing. Technical job listings and descriptions are very different than those for a sales or marketing position, and they should be catered toward what the candidate is looking for. At the same time, you want to make sure the listing includes the basic, non-technical requirements as well. This means you’ll need more than one person writing job listings.

Depending on the size and nature of your team, the answer to this post’s title question can vary. Your best bet is to use a combination of the following to write your tech job listings.

How Lackluster Tech Job Listings Can Lead to Bad Hires

Post by Rich Moy on Aug 24, 2016 12:00:00 PM

This post was updated in November 2017 with new information.

How many times has a hiring manager come to you with a job that was so urgent, you could only cobble together a job listing that you hoped would grab the attention of developers? Whenever you're given a tight deadline, it's only natural to launch job listings that you're not thrilled about, just for the sake of starting the search quickly. While there's nothing wrong with pursuing aggressive hiring goals, there are plenty of opportunities for a poorly-written tech job listing to impact your entire search. Here are a few ways lackluster tech job listings might lead to a costly bad hire.

3 Ways Tech Job Listings Impact Your Entire Developer Sourcing Strategy

Post by Rich Moy on Aug 18, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Your job listings are often the first opportunity you have to make a positive first impression on developer candidates. They inform active and passive developer candidates alike about what makes your company stand out from the competition. Not only do they attract candidates, but your job listings can provide a boost to every stage of your sourcing strategy.

Still don't believe that job listings have a far reaching impact? Let's discuss some of reasons they're so important for more than just first impressions.

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