How to source developers from Stack Overflow

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Top tier software engineers tend to have steady jobs which makes them hard to recruit. How passive are they? According to Stack Overflow 2016 Developer Landscape, 97.5% of all software engineers are currently employed, but only 33.04% of them are in a job they love.  In IT recruitment, there’s very little chance of top tier developers knocking on your door and if that happens, consider yourself lucky. In most cases, however, it takes a great deal of time and effort to hire a software developer. In this post we explain how to source developers from Stack Overflow and how to use the data available on the platform in the recruitment process.

Because majority of developers are passive candidates, recruiters need to be where they like to hang out. HR professionals should use Stack Overflow for three purposes: Read More

Know the difference: Front-end, back-end, full-stack developer

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Don’t be put off by buzzwords and tech jargon. Learn what a “front-end”,  a “back-end”, and a “full-stack” developer does and give yourself the confidence to approach them with firm knowledge and a better understanding of their roles. Some of these differences are substantial and some are subtle, but all are necessary to have a clear view of the needs in the IT industry.

The demand for developers grows every day but so do the requirements for the job. There are more web tools being built than ever before and more and more people are relying daily on software technology around the globe. So whether you are looking to hire one, or want to become one, it is good to get a good understanding of what the titles “front-end”, “back-end” and “full-stack” developer mean.

To better understand each of the roles and bring closer the person behind the magic, we will cover what skills a person in one of these positions traditionally has, what technology they use, and what need they are solving with their work. Read More

7 Steps to Hiring Top Developers

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If there was ever an image summing up the developer recruitment pattern, it’s the one used by Isaac Lyman in his Medium post “How to recruit a developer”:

Looks familiar, right?

Unless you are one of the lucky companies offering “showstopper” jobs, it’s very rarely that top tech talent comes knocking on your door. Good developers are quickly snapped up because as passive candidates they get subsequent offers. They are almost never on the market because they don’t need to be shopping for jobs. Read More

How to source software developers from LinkedIn

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Based on 2016-2017 Talent Shortage Survey, IT professionals constitute the second biggest talent shortage group globally and one of the hardest groups of professionals to recruit. LinkedIn is the go-to place for sourcing software developers for majority of recruiters, so it’s a very crowded and competitive space. The higher the demand for top tech talent, the more efficient you need to be with your sourcing. In this post, we explain how to source software developers from LinkedIn. Read More

Laurence Bradford talks self-learning on the Yellow Duck Podcast

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The Yellow Duck podcast continues to broadcast to developers across the world. Whether you are a senior developer or just starting out in the tech world, you’ll find something here that will interest you. In this episode of the Yellow Duck Podcast, we welcome Laurence Bradford, founder of the site learntocodewithme.com. Some of you have been down the path yourself, some are embarking on it – either way, Laurence shares her experiences and talks about her current projects that will most definitely be something you can relate to. Who is she? Read More

How to optimize your hiring process

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Recruiting is hard work – you typically spend very little time forming opinions of people you’d like to hire for a long period of time. As Alan Carniol, founder of InterviewSuccessFormula.com explains in this Forbes post by Jacquelyn Smith, “a hiring manager must make a decision that can cost a company thousands or tens of thousands of dollars [in that short time]”.

For that reason, it’s important to understand what you can do to make your hiring process successful, cost-efficient and time-effective. Read More

10 qualities of a great developer

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When I first founded Devskiller four years ago, my team’s goal was to help companies find great programmers. Since then I had the opportunity to work with Fortune 500 companies, as well as smaller ones from all over the world. I spoke to technical people like CTOs, IT managers, team leaders, team members, and HR representatives responsible for finding and hiring top tech talent. They were all facing a universal problem: how to hire great programmers. In fact, it all starts with identifying a good developer when you see one, which brings us to the critical question: What are the qualities of a great software developer? There has been much discussion on the subject and as a start, I recommend you to read this amazing Quora thread packed full of insights from some serious industry masterminds. Read More

Dr Heinz Kabutz on the Yellow Duck Podcast

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The second episode of The Yellow Duck Podcast, a wicked-cool conversation with Dr Heinz Kabutz, a Java specialist that once used the programming language to get his skipper’s license, is on the air.

We’ll continue bringing you amazing stuff from the tech side of the world so long as there are great people to talk to and interesting stuff to cover, so feel free to shoot us a suggestion through our Facebook page. Read More

Underdog – a talent platform [expert interview]

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Josh Goldstein is a co-founder at Underdog.io, a talent platform working with tens of thousands of candidates and hundreds of top technology companies. Josh is also a co-owner of Sourcing.io. Prior, Josh worked at a VC-backed startup, at a VC firm, in finance, and as a professional poker player. He holds an MBA from UNC-Kenan Flagler and a BA from Emory University.

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Ted Neward in the first ever episode of The Yellow Duck Podcast

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From rainy Seattle, USA, Ted Neward joins us for the first episode of The Yellow Duck podcast.

We decided to create the podcast for those interested in software technology, its evolution, contribution, and importance. We will feature great guests to bring the best from every corner of the world and give you great content. In the first episode of the Yellow Duck Podcast, we invite Ted Neward.

As an industry professional of twenty years’ experience, he speaks at conferences all over the world and writes regularly for a variety of publications across the Java, .NET, and other ecosystems. He’s familiar with more programming languages than most people knew existed, and hasn’t found one yet that he couldn’t turn into a ‘mission-critical’ application when asked. 

 

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Candidate-centric approach to hiring: 10 lessons from Jill Macri (Airbnb)

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In his fictional letter, author & entrepreneur Bryan Adams discusses his tumultuous relationship with recruitment industry. The poignant letter focuses on the importance of filling open racks at the speed of light with a simultaneous lack of respect for candidates involved in the process. Here’s what he has to say:

“We always said we’d put the candidates first. (…). I’m not completely blaming you, I know you’re under a tremendous amount of pressure at work. I know you’ve got to deal with explaining a high attrition rate as well as filling a sudden spike of vacancies right now (…). Last week you even completely ignored me for two days just because I suggested that you should call the candidates with some meaningful feedback – It would have meant so much.”

Sadly, Adams is speaking the minds of many recruiters and even more applicants. Read More

10 biggest mistakes you’re making when hiring in tech

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Hiring can be a tall task, but it’s an important one. Why so? Choosing the right people around you impacts your business more heavily than many of the decisions you make because your employees make hundreds of decisions on your behalf every single day.

In his podcast, Michael Hyatt argues: “Team is everything. If you don’t have the right team, then you’re limited by what you can accomplish. If you get the right people in place, you can leverage what you can do and take it to another level.“ Not having the right people around you in the professional environment is “worse than trying to do it alone”.   Read More

8 absolutely crazy recruitment campaigns

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In today’s candidate-driven market, innovation in recruitment efforts is being put into new gear – in fact, it’s quite possible that it is driving an entirely new vehicle – especially when it comes to recruiting in the growing tech industry.

Recruitment campaigns nowadays use videos, images, social media, and other new channels to stay relevant, rather than make a company a maverick in the industry. Today, IT companies regularly use hackathons and other events by organizing or sponsoring them to source and screen candidates. It’s clear that recruiting in IT isn’t as simple as posting a job ad anymore. Therefore the meaning of “new” and “innovative” is constantly being pushed to the limit, especially in IT, and we looked for those campaigns that really stood out.

We looked at quite a few companies that focused on attracting developers and saw a good number of really creative efforts. We tried to focus on the campaigns that would inspire and could be replicated or improved upon, so although we will mention some big names, we want to go into campaigns run by smaller companies in-depth.

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How to screen Python developers’ skills to find the best – guide for IT recruitment

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If you are looking for a person with python developer skills, know that finding him is only half the journey. So even if you can source them, it might take some extra effort to truly understand what python skills really are. The real python skill set is a complex thing to understand, but here we introduce an expert in the field, Wojtek Erbetowski to bring the topic to light.

  1. What is Python?

Python is one of the most commonly used programming languages (top 3 according to some research). It was first released in 1991 and gained it popularity for being simple to learn, yet powerful in solving problems. The syntax is similar to C++ family, yet is equipped in a variety of modern solutions. Read More