Just this past week I’ve received two separate requests for help recruiting software engineers. I think it’s a sign of the times with technology continuing to be hot and the corresponding shortage of software developers becoming more acute. So, as someone who’s trying to recruit developers, what are some best practices?
Here are a few ideas for recruiting software engineers:
- $10,000 referral bonus – Offer a $10,000 referral bonus to any employee that refers a software engineer that is hired and stays with the company for six months
- Twitter – Build a brand online through social media and use it as part of the recruiting process
- LinkedIn – Use LinkedIn, both on the job posting side as well as directly soliciting employees of other companies, to find great talent
- Alumni Career Fairs – Sponsor both student career fairs as well as alumni career fairs (e.g. GA Tech has an alumni career fair)
- Technical Meetup Groups – All the major programming languages have regular meetup groups (e.g. the Atlanta iOS Developers meetup) and engineers that attend them are interested in honing their craft
- Recruiters – External recruiters are a way of life in the technology world and the key is to find ones that understand the importance of culture and fit when placing candidates
Recruiting great software engineers is a real challenge, and with serious effort, readily achievable. Build a methodical process and try a number of different avenues to find the right candidates.
What else? What are some more thoughts on recruiting software engineers?