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Post by Rich Moy on Mar 23, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Whenever you sit down to write a tech job listing from scratch, it’s difficult to know where to begin. Your biggest obstacle is probably figuring out how to address what developers want—and it’s even more challenging if you don’t know what matters to them most.

As part of our 2017 Developer Hiring Landscape, we asked respondents to tell us what they look for in new job opportunities. Not surprisingly, opportunities for professional development and fair compensation were near the top of their list of priorities. But let’s take a closer look a few of the other aspects about the developer job search that they also highlighted.

The Experience Level Called for in the Job Description

After years of being referred to as “rockstars” and “ninjas,” you might expect developers to assume that they’re qualified for any job, regardless of the amount of experience the employer requires. However, the experience level called for in a job description was near the top of the list of aspects our respondents said they consider.

This is important for two reasons. If your role truly requires someone at a more senior level, write tech job descriptions that are explicit about what you’re really looking for in candidates. However, if you know your hiring manager can be more flexible for a great developer, avoid firm requirements that might deter a talented candidate from applying.

The Financial Performance or Funding Status of the Company

Although developers tend to cringe whenever a recruiter tries to sell new job opportunities based on perks and a quick IPO, that doesn’t mean they aren’t concerned about a potential employer’s financial status. In fact, on a scale from 0-4 in which four indicates “very important,” the organization’s financial performance or funding status had an average score of 2.5. On the surface, that might lead you to believe that you should edit your recruitment pitch to cover up any financial challenges that your company is facing. But during the developer job search, candidates appreciate transparency in employer branding materials, especially when the company’s financials aren’t perfect.

The Specific Role or Job Title

All too often, recruiters assume that job titles don't matter. But this is simply not the case, especially when it comes to developer hiring. If your job title sounds too over the top, developers will assume that you’re trying to sell them a bill of goods. On the flipside, a dull title that doesn’t tell candidates much about the opportunity will probably not even register on their radar.

The Amount of Time Spent Commuting

We’ve discussed the potential impact of offering remote work options, but commuting time is just as important to developers located in your city. Of course, there isn’t much you can do to relocate your headquarters to accommodate every single developer candidate. But simply including your company’s address on a job listing makes it much easier for developers to research their potential commute and envision themselves doing it on a daily basis.

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