In the morning I had 2 missed calls from recruiting firms and 15 InMails.
Of course i’m just kidding, but we all know that software engineers continue to be en vogue and given the rate of technology expansion that trend is not going to slow down anytime soon.
And so, I’ve decided to put together a small, but mighty list of 7 places you can go to find great tech talent. Yes, there are many more, but this is a great place to start for anyone who wants to know where and how to hire engineers.
First, Joel Spolsky is hilarious. I saw him at an ed-tech user conference this year and he had the crowd in stitches. Second, every software engineer on the planet visits Stack Overflow and they claim to receive 50 Million visitors every. single. month. When it comes to having an engaged group of technical talent, no one can stack up to Stack Overflow (pun totally intended!!).
I’ve known about Andela since they launched back in 2014 and all I can say is that they’re impressive. I spoke to co-founder and President, Christina Sass, on the podcast and can’t stop gushing about this company. They recruit the top 1% of tech talent in Africa and then put them through intensive training to make sure their skills are on par with the best technical talent in the US. Andelans then go to work (remote) for some of the best tech firms in the world.
Call me old-fashioned, but I like to look people in the eyes when I tell them they’re interesting and we should have a serious conversation. It’s easy to ignore people online and engineers are constantly bombarded by digital messages [see my hyperbolic story above]. Conferences are a great way to authentically engage with engineers face-to-face. Whether you host a conference, sponsor or send your engineering team, you should definitely find relevant conferences and attend.
GitHub is another great place where developers like to hangout. It’s essentially a portfolio for developers. You can post jobs for a reasonable price and check-out members profile pages. Great thing about GitHub is that you can view member repositories and most code they’ve committed.
I know, you’re wondering if this is still a valid place to source engineers. Yes! LinkedIn is still the largest social media site for professionals and there are plenty of engineers on the platform. They are all likely being spammed with InMails and connection requests from recruiters who found them using a keyword search for a programming language the engineer hasn’t used since their undergrad.
The riches are in the niches. It’s true for businesses and it’s true for anyone trying to find engineers. There are many niche sites you can find online. Rorjobs.com for Ruby on Rails engineers or pythonjobshq.com for Python pros. Just a couple of examples, but you can find many more with a quick Google search.
Referrals continue to be and will always be the best way to find really, really, ridiculously good technical talent. Everyone wants to work with talented people. A talented engineer tends to know other talented engineers. Host an internal referral workshop to increase awareness about your referral program or just ask people on your team who they think you should reach out to.
No matter where you go to source and recruit talent, make sure you are personable and take the time to understand what someone does for a living. Great developers are fantastic people and you can get them to join your team if you take the time to find (and engage) them.