Hiring developers. Ways to reach out?


My company has finally gotten to a place where we can hire a second developer, and I was wondering if anyone had suggestions for doing recruiting (that are hopefully cheap).

I've posted to Startuply.com, and have reached out to just about every university within a 300 mile radius, what other things should we be doing to find the right applicant?

This is the first time I've had to hire a developer where I didn't already have one in mind, so I guess I'm not sure where to source my applicants!

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asked Jan 25 '12 at 06:01
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In general the best people to hire are ones you already know or who people you trust know. Doesn't your current developer know any other developers?

Does he or could you attend any user group meets or conferences? This is a great way to meet people in a non-stressful situation to assess what their personality is really like and how they get along with their piers. In a small company personality and fit can be as important as technical competence.

Once you have decided someone is a "nice guy" and might be a good candidate, then invite him in for a technical interview. If for some reason they are not interested, ask them if they know someone who might be.

Of course you can always advertise in the newspaper, on the internet etc. The issue there is that there are many people who interview well but turn out to be much different once you hire them.

answered Jan 25 '12 at 06:40
Jonny Boats
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  • If you use github, I would suggest jobs.github.com – Pdjota 12 years ago


Do you really need the new developer physically present in your office or he could work 100% remotely? If the latter, does he need to be a resident of your country?

I am asking cause I know successful software companies that don't even have an office - everyone is working from where in the world they are at the moment. One of them has developed a process for harvesting talent on vWorker.

answered Jan 25 '12 at 16:38
Dmitry Leskov
606 points
  • I've thought about doing that, but with our product we work really closely with small businesses, when we go into official beta we'll need boots on the ground troubleshooting with us on issues. Our current developer works from home on the west coast, and we had originally planned to move him and his family to our headquarters location, but it would be too costly right now, and we need to expand the team anywhere. – Bwasson 12 years ago

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