37 best articles from 2015 on recruiting programmers and tech talents

As recruiting programmers is getting more and more challenging, IT recruiters want to stay up to date with all the valuable information that can help them in hiring best tech talents. However, due to information overload, it might happen that you miss some insightful and useful articles.

That’s why we’ve made a compilation of 37 articles that were most shared and thus valuable for tech recruiters in 2015. 

We divided them into following groups:

  • Tips for IT recruiters,
  • Recruiting Top Tech Talents for startups and small companies,
  • Technical recruiting for culture fit,
  • Social tech recruiting,
  • Video, podcast, interview on IT recruitment,
  • Tech Diversity,
  • Strategy for hiring top tech talents,
  • Recruiting marketing to tech talents,
  • Tech talent market – trends & stats 2015,
  • Creative examples how to recruit programmers,
  • Food for thought.

The order of articles is random, they are all worth reading.

Please remember to congratulate the authors of articles you find to be the best, because they do a great job!

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Tips for IT recruiters

icon-twitter1. 5 Tips for Finding Great IT Candidates

Ritika Puri at LinkedIn Talent Blog

When sourcing IT candidates, recruiters are often looking for niche skillsets which makes hiring in this sector a challenge. In the past, IT was a support function, but today, similar roles are becoming cross-functional and strategic. Companies look for people with multi-faceted technical, managerial, and business skills.

Here you find best tips from 5 staffing agency leaders on how to find and place them.

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2. 7 tips for recruiting tech talent

Paul LancasterAndrew McFetrich at Tech North Blog

Difficulty with filling roles, especially developer roles isn’t that unique, with increased competition for talent everywhere and a potential mismatch between the skills people possess and the vacancies on offer. Andrew McFetrich, Senior Recruitment Specialist for Sage, shares some tips on how to think differently when it comes to finding the talent you need, regardless of how big or small your company is.

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icon-twitter3. Why Recruiters Don’t Feel the Love From Coders

Dan Draper at Codehire Blog

We’re in uncharted waters.

Demand for coders has never been higher and it’s making tech recruiters to do whatever they can to secure talent for their clients. The only problem is, their tactics are pushing coders away. Here’s why coders hate recruiters.

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icon-twitter4. 8 tips for finding and managing programmers

Paul Rubens at CIO

If you experience shortage of exceptional developers, why not hire the best people wherever they happen to be — in the middle of Nebraska, or in Mumbai, London or Sydney for that matter — and allow them to work remotely? Running productive distributed development teams is challenging but by no means impossible. If it’s something you are considering, here are eight tips for success from people who have hands-on experience.

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Recruiting Top Tech Talents for startups and small companies

icon-twitter5. How To Recruit Top Talent For Your Startup? How do you get the best people to join your team and help you grow your startup?

Sujan Patel at Inc.

Having the right employees can make or break your company. As a startup entrepreneur, you may already be balancing the juggling act of determining how to invest in your company and also recruit the best talent for your staff – especially if you aren’t well-funded. Here are four strategies that other tech founders are currently using to recruit top talent.

Congratulate Sujan Patel

icon-twitter6. 5 ways small startups can compete for tech talent

Jessica Gilmartin at Fast Company

Think your tech company can’t compete against the heavyweights for top young technical talent? It’s true that hiring young coding superstars has never been tougher. Smaller tech startups can still compete—it’s just a matter of knowing how. Here are the new best practices for recruiting young tech talent.

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icon-twitter7. This is How Coursera Competes Against Google and Facebook for the Best Talent

John Ciancutti at First Round Review

John Ciancutti shares his experience how to win best hires and successfully compete with huge compensation packages and well-oiled recruiting machines. In this article you find out about the principles and four phases that define a successful recruiting process, including very specific tactics for closing the most aspirational of candidates.

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icon-twitter8. These 13 Sites Make Hiring a Talented Freelance Developer Easy

John Boitnott at Inc.

Are you looking to hire a freelance developer for your business? It’s one of the most sought-after skillsets anywhere in the world.

If so, there are several sites you can use to find the right freelance developer. Here are 13 of them.

Congratulate John Boitnott

Technical recruiting for culture fit

icon-twitter9. How to Hire Techies Who Fit Your Company Culture?

Jenny Jedeikin at LinkedIn Talent Blog

When it comes to interviewing and hiring technical people, many hiring managers get it wrong. That’s because they focus too much on measuring technical people by what computer languages they know, instead of their cultural fit and people skills  Here are her tips to help managers screen and hire techies that will make great employees as far as culture fit is concerned.

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Social tech recruiting

icon-twitter10. Social Recruiting In Tech – 2015 Survey

Insights Dice

Social-centric recruiting is the new norm, with recruiters relying on social networks to support their broader efforts to find the right candidates. Simply put, it translates into better results in candidate quality, quantity, and time-to-hire. Dice’s data shows that, when done right, social media gets a good response from candidates. Check the survey out.

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icon-twitter11. How to: Use GitHub to Find Super-Talented Developers

Siofra Pratt at Social Talent Blog

Developers use GitHub to share open-source development projects they’re working on.

Originally GitHub was founded by Tom Preston-Werner, Chris Wanstrath, and PJ Hyett to simplify sharing code, Quickly it grew into the world’s largest code host. They now have a membership of over 8.9 million developers, programmers, engineers and techy-types, who contribute to around 20.8 million repositories of source code.

That’s what makes it a tech recruiters dream. In this article you can find out how to search GitHub for Candidates and use it in sourcing.

Congratulate Siofra Pratt

icon-twitter12. 7 Tips for Tech Recruiting on Twitter

Nick Kolakowski at Insights Dice

Tech pros are extremely active on Twitter, but recruiting them via the social network can prove a tricky business. Here are some quick tips for doing so. You will also find here a slideshare presentation “Breaking Through 140 Characters: Seven Steps to a Tech Recruiting Strategy for Twitter”.

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icon-twitter13. How Twitter can help you recruit tech talent

Sarah K. White at CIO

There is an emerging pool of job candidates on Twitter. In fact, 45 percent of job seekers report that they use Twitter, compared to 40 percent who use LinkedIn, according to 2014 research from JobVite. The same research also points to an increased interest in Twitter for recruitment, with 73 percent of companies reporting a focus on increasing social network recruitment. You might not think of Twitter as a recruitment tool, but companies are integrating it into their hiring strategies. Here’s how Twitter helps hiring managers and recruiters find talent — particularly passive job seekers.

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icon-twitter14. Twitter Is No Longer Optional For Recruiters And HR

Andy Headworth at Sirona Says Blog

There is a social media platform that every recruiter should be using – but they don’t, and I have no idea why. It is mainstream, super easy to use and is as mobile friendly as social networks go.  I am of course talking about the little blue bird, Twitter. Here are 9 steps you as a recruiter or HR person can take, to start using Twitter more effectively for recruiting.

Congratulate Andy Headworth

icon-twitter15. The Ultimate Guide To Sourcing And Recruiting On Facebook In 2015

Todd Davis at SourceCon

Sourcers (and recruiters who source) have been conditioned to expect that when we press the buttons or use the filters we get the candidates we want. While our focus should be on filling roles, we have hurt ourselves and our industry by neglecting the art of sourcing and the human part of what we do. In this article you find Tips and Tricks for Searching within Facebook.

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icon-twitter16. You’re not using Instagram for recruitment?

Katrina Collier at Winning Impression

Instagram has more than 300 million users, with nearly half using it daily. Companies do need to change their methods to suit the audience they’re trying to reach. Find out on how to use Instagram for recruitment of any age.

Congratulate Katrina Collier

Video, podcast, interview on IT recruitment

icon-twitter17. How to Find, Hire, and Retain Developers – Interview with Cal Evans

Fog Creek Blog

In this interview you get tips on where to find great developers, how to write job ads which appeal to them and how best to interview them. We also discuss ways to build a great team culture that can help startups and growing businesses compete with the big guys for talent.

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icon-twitter18. Tech Recruiting best practices

Ardy Daie at Khosla Ventures Blog

How do you recruit top talent in an extremely crowded market? Khosla Ventures operating partner, Ardy Daie, draws on 15 years of experience building world-class teams for startups and Fortune 100 companies and shares the best practices for technical recruiting.

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icon-twitter19. Sourcing Webinar: How to Stand Out When Recruiting Tech Talent

Christopher Murphy at Recruiting Webinars

Sourcing has changed. The landscape of finding qualified candidates has evolved from a simple email to a more direct but personalized method. Chris Murphy, CEO of Zoomforth shares his strategies to connect and engage with the same talent qs ever recruiter is that is on LinkedIn.

In this webinar, you’ll learn how to: Tell a story the right way and why it matters, Conduct email and inmail campaigns and Avoid recruiter fails at all costs.

Congratulate Christopher Murphy

Tech Diversity

icon-twitter20. Analyzing the subtle bias in tech companies’ recruiting emails

Sean Captain at Fast Company

A close study of word choice in job descriptions and recruiting emails reveals how tech companies are inadvertently hindering diversity.

According to linguist and cognitive scientist Kieran Snyder, empty words in documents like job descriptions could be precisely what’s hurting diversity, by discouraging people from even applying.

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icon-twitter21. What it really takes to recruit more female tech talent?

Jane Porter at Fast Company

What one company did to make a significant and lasting change in their tech gender gap.

Not long after founding his company, Sri Ambati walked into the office one day, looked around, and had a staggering obvious realization. Of the six engineers working at H2O, a platform for open-source predictive analytics, there wasn’t a single woman. Ambati knew he had to make a change, and fast. “It’s about instilling diversity in the early days,” he says. “After a certain point, it grows on its own.”

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icon-twitter22. 4 Ways to Encourage More Diverse Talent to Apply to Your Tech Job Listings

Rachel Taylor at Stack Overflow Careers blog

We’re hearing more and more from employers about a common struggle in their recruiting efforts. Employers say their biggest challenge is hiring a diverse technical workforce. This issue in whole is far too complex to tackle in just a blog post, but there are a few things that employers can be doing with their recruitment advertising and job listings to attract more diverse candidates.

Congratulate Rachel Taylor

icon-twitter23. Why Aren’t There More Women in Tech? (Infographic)

Next Generation Recruitment Blog

Women are under-represented in the tech sector. Not only that, but they’re underpaid, often passed for promotions and faced with every day sexism. It’s no wonder women are more likely to leave the industry within a year compared to their male counterparts.

It’s time we focus on the next generation of tech talent, and make sure gender equality exists for the good of everyone. This means more flexible working arrangements, more women in leadership roles and more encouragement at an early age for girls and boys to pursue whatever they are naturally interested in.

In this article you find a comprehensive infographic detailing the stats, issues and solutions surrounding women in tech.

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Strategy for hiring top tech talents

icon-twitter24. 11 effective strategies for hiring top tech talent

Scott Gerber at TNW News

Technology has become an essential department for any business. Competition for tech talent remains fierce.

11 entrepreneurs share their point of view on what is the most effective strategy they’ve used for publicizing your open tech position.

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icon-twitter25. The State of Candidate Experience in 10 Statistics

Matt Charney at Recruiting Daily

If you are in recruiting, math probably is not your thing; if it were, the statistical odds of filling most of your open roles would look so slim you would probably have already found another line of work. That is why we have dug deep into the data from this year’s Candidate Experience Awards, narrowing down this list from the fire hose of awesomely insightful information.

This list of 10 takeaways represents a statistical snapshot of where candidate experience is at today – and what must be done to improve it tomorrow.

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Recruiting marketing to tech talents

icon-twitter26. Tech Marketing is the key to Tech Recruitment

Stevie Buckley at LinkedIn Pulse

Most tech companies know that a sure-fire way to boost your candidate pipeline is to sponsor tech events targeted specifically at the type of person/people you are trying to recruit.

If you are not in a position to throw £15k at an event, there is one other option that is not only free, but exponentially more effective at attracting new talent. Speaking instead of sponsoring. Find out more.

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27. 7 Steps to Effective Content Marketing for Recruiting

Jerome Ternynck at Inc.

Content marketing is going to play a primary role in building brand awareness. Focusing more specifically on content marketing, here you can find out how leading organizations and talent acquisition professionals are recruiting like marketers.

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Tech talent market – trends & stats 2015

icon-twitter28. Free Guide: The Developer Hiring Landscape 2015

Stack Overflow Careers blog

The results of our annual user survey are in, providing you with insight into the global technical recruitment marketplace.

From this free guide you can find out how to improve the interview process, what is the best way to contact developers and what are the highest paid languages by technology.

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icon-twitter29. 5 Quick Stats About Developers (And What They Mean)

Rachel Maleady at Stack Overflow Careers blog

Talented recruiters and hiring managers become experts on the industries and job titles they are looking for. Those hiring for technical roles, for example, should be well-versed in technical terms, have a grasp on the industry as a whole, and be informed of the market salary and job demand. Here are a few stats about developers that every recruiter, hiring manager, and CTO should know.

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icon-twitter30. The Startling Cost of Losing a Developer

Rachel Maleady at Stack Overflow Careers blog

Turnover rates of employees in the technology industry have been reported between 9.1% and 10.6%, proving that properly onboarding and retaining developers has never been more important. Unfortunately, there’s no universally approved statistic on the monetary cost of losing a developer – it really depends on their skill level, their salary, and the company itself. Regardless, here are a few stats that help speak to the issue.

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icon-twitter31. The Top 12 Reasons Why Slow Hiring Severely Damages Recruiting And Business Results

Dr. John Sullivan at ERE | Recruiting Intelligence

It’s not enough to be conscious and aware of slow hiring. Identify and then quantify in dollars each of the negative impacts of slow hiring, so that everyone from the CEO on down will support the streamlining of the process. After several decades of work on “speed hiring,” I have put together an extensive list of the negative consequences associated with taking too long to hire. The top 12 most damaging factors are listed in this article.

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How to hire a programmer for non techies

icon-twitter32. Infographic: How Non-Techies Can Find the Right Tech Talent

IT Insights by Modis

Finding the right tech talent is tough stuff! With the unemployment rates for professional services logging in at an all-time low since 2007, demand for IT professionals is through the roof! To find the right candidates you need to stay focused, seek professional help and leverage the best attributes of your company as a selling point. Take a look at the infographic below so you can figure out how you can still manage to find that perfect candidate for the role, even if you’re not as skilled in the industry as they are.

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Creative examples how to recruit programmers

icon-twitter33. Google Has a Secret Interview Process… And It Landed Me a Job

Max Rosett at the Hustle

If Google sees that you’re searching for specific programming terms, they’ll ask you to apply for a job.

It’s wild.

Here’s how it works.

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icon-twitter34. The 17 Most Creative Recruitment Campaigns

Ben Slater at Beamery Blog

Connecting with top tier talent is getting harder every day. The best candidates aren’t responding to traditional tactics, they’re slipping through the net and we need to be more proactive to connect with them.

Here are the 17 most creative recruitment campaigns that we’ve seen, all amazing ideas that will appeal to your innovative side.

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Food for thought

icon-twitter35. The 33 worst lines ever said by tech recruiters

JR Raphael at InfoWorld

The men and women tasked with recruiting tech talent go to great lengths to attract the attention of their targets — (often unsuspecting) tech pros viewed as valuable “gets.” While some recruiters prove to be invaluable in improving your career, finding exactly the right words to pique your interest in a new gig, far more seem to stammer, stumble, and elicit exasperated sighs.

Several brave tech workers from around the globe have taken the time to share their favorite (if you can call them that) tech recruiter horror tales, and we have highlights for you here.

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icon-twitter36. Types of programmers in 12 archetypes

Katarzyna Kandefer at Devskiller

People who deal with code can be very peculiar. What do you think of when you hear the word `programmer`? A strange but genius guy with no social skills? I can assure you that there are such people, but you are likely to meet also other types.

We had a crazy idea to try to use 12 archetypes (normally used in psychology) that were defined by Carl Gustav Jung in order to define different types of programmers.

Here’s what we came up with. Which of these guys have you on your team?

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icon-twitter37. Inspiring Tech Recruiting Quotes

Rachel Maleady at Stack Overflow Careers blog

We’ve all had those days where we lack the drive to be successful at our job. This rings especially true for recruiters and hiring managers, who are tasked with the tough task of finding the best talent and placing them in jobs they love. Choosing the right people to work for you plays a large part in your company’s success, so next time you’re feeling frustrated or uninspired, check out these popular tech recruiting quotes.

Congratulate Rachel Maleady

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  • Síofra Pratt

    Thanks for including me as No. 11 on your list guys! Glad you enjoyed the article and got something from it.

  • Thanks so much for including me and the Stack Overflow Careers blog!