How Hiring a Software Developer Can Be Made Easy

Courtney GakmanCourtney Gakman | Wed, Jul 12, 2017

Do you need to hire a software developer or a team of developers? This is a big challenge for any hiring manager. Software developers are in high demand in today’s labour market. Companies need to work hard to recruit them.

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As a busy hiring manager, there’s no way you can spend every work day for the next six months looking for software developers. You need to hire developers, and you need to hire them fast.

But, how can you easily hire a software developer? Use the tips below.

Use Your Culture

Workplace culture refers to the work environment on your team and in the company. It can be hard to define, and culture can vary from one team to another. Culture can include the attitudes, beliefs, and underlying assumptions of your employees. For example, your team may have a culture of independence and individual problem solving. Or, your team may have a culture of teamwork. Perhaps your company is heavily invested in IT innovation. Whatever your culture is, it can help you attract developers who are a good fit for your team.

News travels fast through the industry, so word about your culture will get out on its own. If your employees like working on your team, they’ll tell other people in the industry. You can also advertise your culture to make sure it’s clear. For example, you could be active on social media to give candidates a sneak peek into your company’s culture.

Emphasize Exciting Projects

Software development is all about solving problems. Developers are passionate about solving problems, and you can use this to attract them to your company.

During recruitment, talk about interesting problems your team has solved in past projects or exciting projects they’ve worked on. Talking about these projects gives candidates an idea of the type of work they’d be doing for your team.

Ask your candidates how they would have solved your team’s past challenges. This will give you an idea of how they’d approach problem solving if you end up hiring them.

Seek out Passive Candidates

Since software developers are in such high demand, the best candidates are probably already employed. However, that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to get them to join your team. Nearly three-quarters of employed workers would consider a new job if they were approached. These workers are known as passive candidates. They’re not actively looking for work, so they won’t see ads you post on job boards. However, since they’re open to making career moves, they could respond well if you reached out to them directly. You can use employee referrals or your network to get in contact with passive candidates.

There are three main reasons why passive candidates are open to new work. A desire for a higher salary is the main reason. A need for a change of scenery and a lack of advancement opportunities are the other reasons. If you can offer a better salary, exciting work, or advancement opportunities, you may be able to lure away passive candidates.

Work with an IT Recruiter

If you need a software developer right away, you may not have time to try any of the above strategies. To hire a software developer in a short timeframe, consider working with an IT recruiter.

IT recruiters already have networks of talented professionals they can call on, so you can hire IT talent quickly and with confidence. Many of these IT professionals may already be employed, so IT recruiters can also help you find passive candidates.

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Courtney Gakman

Courtney is an experienced Account Manager with Ian Martin specializing in Financial and VMS clients. She prides herself in providing each and every client with the proper time and dedication to produce the best possible results. When she is not eating, sleeping, and breathing IT staffing, she can be found at home playing with her mini Australian Shepherd, Ivy.

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