Let us guess: You're looking for a DevOps developer, right? It's a safe assumption for us to make, given that — according to labor-insights experts Burning Glass — the role is in incredibly high demand, with 312,786 open positions posted nationwide in the last year alone. Why the popularity?
With hands in both development and operations engineering, DevOps developers are the people who actually create the products and services your clients want. Basically, an all-star DevOps team makes sure you stay ahead of the game. Sound like a valuable asset? That should be a resounding "yes."
What's the best way to go about finding and hiring a top-notch DevOps developer? Here's a handy checklist to guide you on your way to a great (and fast) hire:1. make your hiring process as streamlined as possible 2. determine what a competitive salary is for the role 3. identify the necessary skills and experience for the role 4. write an engaging and easy-to-read job description 5. study up on industry trends that will impact hiring 6. decide on the best channels for finding talent
Read on for more details and insight into each of the steps. Your upgraded hiring journey begins now!
1. speed up your hiring process
Every day without a DevOps developer is a day the competition has a creative advantage over you. Because these are the folks who move the ball forward (development-wise), it's imperative that the formalities of your hiring process aren't slowing you down. Use the diagram below to identify where your hiring process could be tuned up to speed up.
2. develop a competitive compensation package
DevOps developers are responsible for delivering your company's digital products, so even entry-level developers come at a high price. (Don't worry, they're worth it.) So while perks like working remotely and flexible hours are absolutely influential with tech talent, you'll want to make sure you offer a good salary up front to show prospects you're serious about their value.
Take a look at Randstad's salary guide to see how your offer compares to national averages. But since salaries are sure to vary by region, it's a good idea to check out our salary calculator for up-to-date pay rate data for your specific area.
3. identify the top skills for devops developers
The skills and specialties of a DevOps developer can vary widely based on a business's needs, so it's absolutely critical that employers know precisely what they're looking for in their search. Get together with the hiring manager and senior leaders from your DevOps squad to discern which skills, experience and certifications are required to fulfill this role, as well as which would be ideal.
Perhaps you require a developer with robust experience in the finance and insurance industries. Or maybe your company's developers both create and support products, making debugging a major component of the job. Are you in need of a Unix pro? Someone who specializes in Java? Or someone proficient in a variety of scripting languages? The answers to these questions (and more) will serve to guide the course of your search.
(Tip: Remember to think about the future, too. You're not hiring just for the projects of today, but the development of products for tomorrow.)
To kick off your skills selection, here are the top sought-after skills for DevOps developers nationwide:
4. write an eye-catching job description
Given the staggering number of job postings this past year, you can bet prospects will be looking at a lot of job descriptions. Follow these three pointers to make sure your description stands out from the crowd.
while developers love a good robot, make sure your job posting appeals to the human who's applying.
For even more advice and insights, check out our guide to writing highly effective job descriptions.
5. brush up on the latest industry trends
The technologies industry is known for driving change, but employers in this arena also need to be able to react to the change around them. That means there's an acute need for employers to keep a finger on the pulse of the industry and its hiring trends.
Take a look at some of the trends that are underway today:
- The tech market in the U.S. is the largest in the world (31 percent of the total market), and there are more openings than job seekers in the technologies industry as a whole, making the talent hunt especially urgent.
- Sixty-one percent of tech talent would choose an employer offering an attractive benefits and perks package even if it meant a lower salary than the competition. This signals that employers need to find out what their prospects really want, and not assume more money is the answer.
- There's a wide array of training, certifications and diploma programs available to DevOps developers — all aimed at closing today's skills gap. Hiring managers will need to educate themselves on available options to ensure they're hiring for the future.
61% of tech professionals choose employers offering perks and strong benefits packages — even if it means a lower salary.
6. choose your channels to find candidates
You know there are a plethora of channels to find talent, including job boards, career websites, word of mouth and much, much more. But depending on your company's size, recruitment budget and other factors, certain channels can make hiring — particularly for positions as important to future-proofing your business as DevOps developers — rife with risk. So consider expanding your options by partnering with a staffing agency.
A professional staffing firm knows all too well how a bad hire can derail business strategy and cost a company time, money and reputation. By providing a prescreened and vetted pool of talent, as well as a team of industry-specific experts for guidance and insight, staffing agencies make it their mission to help organizations find the right person — minimizing risk and maximizing reward is their business.
If you're ready to take the next step in your hiring journey, reach out to the experts at Randstad Technologies today. Or, if you'd rather browse candidates first, head over to our Find Employees portal and take a first look at our nationwide pool of talent.