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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.

November News Roundup for Companies Hiring Tech Talent

Post by Rich Moy on Nov 30, 2018 12:30:00 PM

Invitations to holiday events may have a higher open rate than business emails, but even as things wind down around the office, the pressure to hire top tech talent remains. As the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment of software developers to grow 24 percent from 2016 to 2026, tech recruiters can never take too much of a break from looking for talent.

With this post, we’re launching a monthly news round-up comprising some of the most compelling talent acquisition articles relative to tech. In November, industry experts were outspoken about how they’re addressing their current and future tech hiring needs. Since this is our first round-up, we also included a few reports you may have missed earlier this year.

4 Common Misconceptions About Coding Bootcamp Graduates

Post by Rich Moy on Apr 5, 2018 12:00:00 PM

Over the last few years, coding bootcamp graduates have proven to be incredible additions to engineering teams. Still, there are plenty of widely-held beliefs about bootcamp graduates that enter the workforce. But after we looked at the results from the 2018 Global Developer Hiring Landscape, it became obvious that these beliefs are nothing more than misconceptions.

What types of professionals are graduating from coding bootcamps? How long does it take them to find jobs after completing one of these programs? What are the biggest motivators for enrolling in a bootcamp? Let’s take a closer look and debunk some of the most common misconceptions about coding bootcamp graduates.

What Do Active Tech Candidates Look Like?

Post by Rich Moy on Mar 28, 2018 2:00:00 PM

As part of our Developer Survey over the last few years, we've asked developers questions about their job-seeking status. This year, over 90% of respondents said that they’re employed at least part-time. This makes it clear that employment rate for software developers is much higher than most other professions.

But what about the 16% of developers that said that they’re actively looking for new jobs? What do they look like? More importantly for anyone looking to hire developers, could they be the types of programmers that you’ve been having trouble finding? Let’s take a closer look.

Why Software Developers Are Attending Hackathons

Post by Rich Moy on Mar 21, 2018 12:00:00 PM

More companies than ever understand that the potential benefits of attending and sponsoring hackathons are endless. Each event is an opportunity for employers from all industries to engage with a large pool of programmers and improve their reputation in the developer community.

But why do developers attend hackathons? After all, they wouldn’t exist if programmers weren’t investing their time this way.

We wanted to know the answer, too. So as part of the 2018 Developer Hiring Landscape, we asked respondents to tell us why hackathon events are appealing to them. Let’s take a look at some of their main reasons for attending them—and more importantly, what they mean for your developer hiring.

4 Technical Recruitment Trends to Watch in 2018

Post by Rich Moy on Dec 18, 2017 12:00:00 PM

The end of any year is an excellent opportunity to look ahead and re-evaluate your tech hiring goals. At the same time, you probably have a few questions. There are endless “hot” tech recruitment trends, but which ones should you keep a close eye on after the holidays conclude? How much has changed since this time last year? And most importantly, how will they impact your hiring strategy in the New Year?

Even though the demand for tech talent will continue to outpace the supply in 2018, plenty of other things across the tech hiring landscape will change. Here are a few technical recruitment trends to keep an eye on in 2018.

How to Engage With Tech Candidates That You’ve Previously Rejected

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

You have an opening on your engineering team, and you know someone who’d be a great fit—except you’ve rejected that person in the past. There’s no chance that developer will ever engage with you again, right? Not always.

Why is that the case? Think back to the last few tech candidates that you’ve declined. Some of them probably didn’t have the skills that your team was looking for, but others might have been talented programmers that you just didn’t have a role for at the time. If you maintain the relationships with the latter, the door is far from shut on a reunion down the road.

That begs the question: How do you maintain those relationships, and what should you do when you want to re-engage with someone that you’ve rejected in the past? Here are a few tips to keep in mind.

It's Time to Stop Apologizing for What You Can't Offer Developers

Post by Rich Moy on Nov 16, 2017 12:00:00 PM

When you need to hire developers, it's hard to ignore what other companies can offer. Perks like remote working options, catered lunches, and generous education budgets aren’t nearly as uncommon as they were just a few years ago. When you can’t offer something (or multiple things) that developers have repeatedly asked for, how can you compete for the tech talent you need?

Far too often, tech recruiters apologize for the all of the ways that their jobs fall short. On some level, developers appreciate your openness. But does that help you recruit developers and hit your hiring goals? According to Chris Haseman, a Senior Engineering Manager at Uber, the answer is a resounding no. Let’s talk more about why that should be the case, and how you can create a more compelling recruitment pitch by apologizing less for what you can’t offer developers.

How Recruiting and Marketing Are Similar: What You Should Know

You’ve likely heard of the term “recruitment marketing”—the strategies and tactics an organization uses to find, attract, engage and nurture talent before they apply for a job. But what if we break that down and look at marketing and recruiting separately? As you think about it more and more, you’ll realize just how similar the two fields are.

The similarities between recruiting and marketing are so interesting to us here at Stack Overflow, we even hosted a webinar on it, called “Think Like a Marketer, Act Like a Recruiter.”

Here are a few ways that marketing and recruiting are similar, and how you can use these similarities and concepts in your developer hiring strategy moving forward.

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