How to Hire the Best Talent From the Newly Graduated Developer Pool

How to Hire the Best Talent From the Newly Graduated Developer Pool
From Recruiter - August 6, 2017

While recruiting is tough for us all, tech sector employers face an especially difficult battle for talent. The pool of qualified, eligible applicants for tech roles always seems to be too small.As a result, graduation season is especially important to tech companies, as it gives them access to a fresh pool of talent.

Unfortunately, these graduates dont always make it easy to hire them. Thanks in part to their limited experience, many grads are unsure of how to conduct focused job hunts or market themselves to employers.

[A] newly graduated developer should focus on how their unique background has informed their experience and can be used to address a companys problems, even if they have less work experience, says Julia Silge, data scientist for Stack Overflow, an online community for developers.

This years Developer Hiring Landscape report from Stack Overflow, which surveyed more than 64,000 developers from around the world, found that 77.5 percent of professional developers have a bachelors degree. However, Silge notes that it isnt uncommon for developers to enter the field without college degrees.

These developers are educated in nontraditional ways, like coding boot camps or being self-taught, Silge says. Typically, a portfolio or developer story is going to most effectively demonstrate your skills even if a degree is a requirement.

Doing Away With Tradition

Entry-level corporate jobs have long required applicants to hold college degrees, but in the technology arena, finding applicants with degrees isnt always the same as finding applicants with the necessary skill sets.

Developers who responded to our survey said communication skills and a track record of getting things done were the most important [in making a hire], instead of things like previous job titles or education credentials, Silge says.


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