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How to Find Software Developers Who Meet Your Needs

Business digitalization percent keeps on growing every year and along with it the requirements for digital products. It is becoming more challenging to find strong software developers for your project. We have prepared a cheat sheet containing methods of search you might have not considered.

Below we’ll discuss where to find a developer:

Seeking for full-time software developer

Personal advice

The essence of the method: ask your acquaintances if they have devs to recommend.

How it works: ask your workmates from your current or previous job. 

If you are active on social networks – create a post with a search ad. Ask people you know to share it. Ask them to ask their friends to do the same. By doing so, you’ll get considerable coverage with minimal effort.

Examples:

Pros: 

  • You have real feedback about the candidate’s skills;
  • It is for free;
  • It is easy.

Cons: 

  • Number and variety of devs is limited by your friendship network;
  • It can take time while the information is being shared.

Job aggregators

The essence of the method: post a vacancy on tech job boards or search portals.

How it works: post a vacancy, prepare vetting process, interview applicants that respond, tell them what are you expecting from them and prioritize the one you like most. In case of few responses, you can refer to the portal CV database. Each CV is created by an applicant. When searching, you can filter candidates by:

  • Region;
  • Experience;
  • Job title;
  • Skill-set;
  • Special features.

Application programming interfaces (APIs) and software development kits (SDKs) can help you to build your app quickly, so you better look for talent developers that are familiar with such solutions.

CVs contain contact information, based on this you can easily contact a developer directly or via the portal itself.

Top sites to hire: Angellist, Dice, Monster, Indeed, Glassdoor, etc.

Examples:

Pros: 

  • Interested programmers respond to the vacancy;
  • Broad coverage including different regions on demand.

Cons: 

  • A small cost of posting a vacancy and getting the database access;
  • Finding and selection takes much time and resources.

A vacancy on the company website

The essence of the method: post a vacancy on your organization website. Potential software developers can be among the visitors. If people know about you, candidates will reach out themselves. On the other hand, you need a strong brand identity for this. Pay for relevant keywords traffic in Google Ads if you lack visitors (or developers among them). 

How it works: when a software developer is looking for a job he enters a search query similar to this: “full-stack developer jobs”, “ruby developer jobs”, “devops engineer jobs”, etc. You can pay Google to show your vacancy ad linked to your website higher up in the SERP results. You pay only if a person clicks on your ad and gets to your site. This is called contextual advertising or PPC advertising). 

Create a list of keywords a required software developer would most probably use when searching for a job. Set up Google Ads or Bing Ads for these keywords, so that a visitor will have the ability to get to your vacancy page.. 

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Examples:

Pros: 

  • Your job posting become visible right after the launch of an advertising campaign;
  • Job description (vacancies) can be targeted to a specific region, in the required language, and indicating required technologies;
  • Having a budget, you can show your ads to everyone who is looking for a similar job at the given moment.

Cons: 

  • Competition for the search results with other job aggregators can increase the cost per click, especially in the IT industry, resulting in a high overall cost;
  • The process can take time if there are few queries;
  • Certain knowledge and skills are required to set up contextual advertising campaigns (or hire the best contractors to do this job for you).

Professional recruiters

The essence of the method: contact professionals searching and recruiting candidates. 

How it works: recruiting agencies will take care of everything: create a persona of the ideal candidate, review their databases, sort through incoming applications, sieve away incompetent applicants, and interview the most appropriate candidates. Recruiting agencies themself try to discover if the programmer will be a good fit with your software engineering team.
As a result, recruiters will provide a shortlist of the best candidates and all you have to do is make the final decision.

Examples: 

PaGegroup, Hays, The Adecco Group, Randstad, etc.

Pros: 

  • No need to build recruiting processes, you can focus on the core processes of your company;
  • Enables incognito hiring when recruiters select candidates on their behalf.

Cons: 

  • High cost of recruiting services;
  • Intermediate control over the hiring process is delegated to a third party.

LinkedIn 

The essence of the method: find suitable candidates in the LinkedIn professional social network and invite them to an interview.

How it works: LinkedIn — is a social online network for business communication and the favorite go-to place for recruitment because there are a lot of talent applicants to pick from. 

Use search to find a suitable engineer. For better quality and speed of the search, apply filtration by country(city), job title, skills, company an engineer works for, a university a person graduated from, etc.

Apply several criteria at once for a more precise search. 

Study profiles you are interested in. Programmers you hire should know how to code, build and design apps. You better learn what types of projects and tasks they have managed to accomplish. Pay attention to professionals who are currently looking for a job: #OpenToWork on the avatar or “Looking for work” in the job title. 

The profile contains more information about the potential dev: personal introduction, previous jobs portfolio, experience, education, programming languages, certificates.

Once you have selected a sufficient number of developers, simply “connect” with them and write a message about the vacancy you have. 

Don’t worry if people don’t get back to you as in LinkedIn they can get dozens of messages daily. However, people who are looking for a job will most likely reply to your message.

The number of people you reach out to is what matters when finding candidates on LinkedIn. Don’t give up and it won’t take long to get the result.

LinkedIn has developed special paid services with advanced features for companies that recruit a lot and often. These services provide more advanced filtering, have no limits for connections, and other options that facilitate hiring big numbers of employees. Learn more about these services on the LinkedIn Recruiter page. 

Examples: 

Pros: 

  • Flexible filter settings allow you to find talent developers you are looking for;
  • It is for free;
  • The considerable pool of professionals: by 2020 the total number of LinkedIn users reached 675 million, of which 310 million are active users (source Wikipedia).

Cons: 

  • Requires much time and effort;
  • Candidates may distrust your messages.

Vacancy in social networks

The essence of the method: promote your vacancy through social networks advertising (Facebook, Instagram, etc.).

How it works: post the vacancy of a software developer on your website. Describe what is your goal you want to achieve with the new expected programmer. In your advertising account, set the audience you want to show ads to. Determine who will see your ads applying filters: geo-targeting, demographics, interests, behavior, etc. You can set payment either for clicks or expressions. You set the budget yourself, but keep in mind that the smaller it is, the fewer people will see your ads. This is called targeted advertising. 

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Examples: 

Pros:

  • Significant coverage;
  • Flexible settings of the target audience;
  • Additionally increased your HR-brand awareness.

Cons: 

  • Social media marketing skills are required to set advertising campaigns;
  • Requires considerable expenses, however less in comparison with Google Ads. 

Searching for a software developer for one-off jobs

Freelance platforms

The essence of the method: post a vacancy or select the required freelance software developer from the marketplace.

How it works: platforms are conventionally divided into two groups: general and niche. General platforms provide specialists and services for all kinds of work. Niche platforms are created specifically for finding freelance developers in a certain domain, for example, software development. 

Hiring freelancer have various advantages and disadvantages. So, when you want to hire freelance developer that is the best fit for your business product or your startup pay attention to several things: ratings, reviews, previous projects, their technical background, type of clients they’ve worked for – all this data is available on the platform. 

Platforms offer to close deals on the platform itself: you deposit the remuneration sum, the freelancer accomplishes his project and gets the payment only after your confirmation. 

You can collaborate directly without having a platform as an intermediary, but in this case, you bear all the risks. You can find freelance designers:

General: PeoplePerHour, Upwork
Niche platforms: Toptal

Examples: 

Pros: 

  • Great variety of candidates allows to quickly find a contractor;
  • Great choice of programmers you want;
  • Suitable for any budget.

Cons: 

  • A large number of low skilled experts; 
  • High probability to encounter an unscrupulous worker: missed deadlines, a lot of fixes and tweaks, loss of the advance payment together with the specialist.

Looking for a software developer for the quick start (team scaling)

Dedicated software developers 

The essence of the method: you consult a provider company offering services of on-demand developers. You can find them in the specialized catalogs (clutch, goodfirms, designrush) or simply in Google. These vetted and trusted platforms are a best place to find expert developers at reasonable prices because there you can find great freelancers from all over the world.

How it works: the provider company presents you the list of manually selected and assessed best software developers. You pick the required one and sign an agreement with this company. From now on, the qualified developer fully dedicate on your project, and you pay the provider for this service. You lead your development team despite the geographical distance. You fully control the developer, starting from acceptance of the task and till the moment when it is accomplished. You can hire any number of software developers for any period of time. If you want to be sure that the dedicated software team is fully dedicated to your project, use platforms like Jaydevs where this is guaranteed.

Examples: 

Pros: 

  • It is fast: best software engineers are selected and assessed. You just need to pick the required one;
  • It is more cost-effective compared to hiring developers on staff;
  • Competencies of developers are above average;
  • A provider company bears responsibility for a developer: it can replace a developer and compensate losses.
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Cons: 

  • A developer doesn’t work directly for you; 
  • A provider company may lack vacant software developers.

Looking for new perspective employees

Software developers communities

The essence of the method: find resources where software developers share their mobile and web app development experience and observe. Invite applicants who have impressed you for a chat.

How it works: in talks, publications, posts, etc. developers share their expertise knowledge, life hacks, and ways to address possible problems they have. Through the content, you will understand the level of the developer and whether your team needs this person. 

Where to look for?

  • Conferences and meet-ups;
  • Hackathons;
  • Forums;
  • Developer communities in messengers;
  • Publications of developers in their blogs and media.

This technique is a great supplement for other ways of search:

  • You can check if the picked developer has searched for his publications on the internet; 
  • You can post your vacancies in developer communities.

Examples:

Pros: 

  • The content reflects the competencies of a developer;
  • Additional opportunity to screen potential engineers; 
  • Additional coverage for your vacancies.

Cons: 

  • This method requires much time and effort;
  • This method has a delayed effect.

Collaborating with students and graduates

The essence of the method: get in touch with higher educational institutions preparing software engineers.

How it works: graduates from universities can become valuable staff members for your company: motivated, bringing new ideas, willing to learn, proactive. There are several ways to find the best developers from the students:

–  Host a special event at the university. Tell them about your company, benefits, perks for employees, salary level, job specifics, and interesting projects. Leave contact information for students interested in vacancies.

– Invite students for on-the-job training. This will enable students to test their knowledge in the real business environment, and help you to find one whose skills match your business goals.

– Ask university representatives for permission to be present at defense of graduation papers. This is a great opportunity to observe candidates in action: check competence degree when answering programming technical interview questions, manner of behavior, and stress resistance.

Examples: 

Pros: 

  • You can see potential candidates in action;
  • Potential candidates are highly motivated.

Cons: 

  • Continuous hiring process;
  • Search for future perspective;
  • Candidates for only trainee and junior positions;
  • The necessity to arrange collaborative events with universities.

Takeaways

Let’s sum it up.

  • Need full-time developers on staff: ask your acquaintances, place vacancies on aggregators, on your website, and in social networks, start paid ads campaigns to ensure broader coverage.
  • Need developers for one-off jobs: search on freelance platforms.
  • Need developers fast: on-demand programmers (a.k.a. dedicated developers).
  • Need new talents: collaboration with higher educational institutions, follow authoritative sources in the domain.
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