- improve the efficiency of your hiring process
- compile an attractive compensation package with a competitive salary
- write an effective job description that stands out from the pack
- familiarize yourself with industry trends and how they will impact hiring
- decide on the best channels for finding talent
Ready for even more hiring guidance? Keep reading for insight into each of these checklist steps.
speed up your hiring process
Everyone feels the strain of lengthy hiring timelines: existing employees have to take on extra work, deliverables risk delay and the capacity to take on new projects (which would lead to new revenue) becomes limited. Of course, finding the right person takes time, but you can guarantee it doesn't take more time than necessary by auditing your hiring process for efficiency. Use the below diagram to begin doing just that.
develop a competitive compensation package
When defining what your compensation level should be for these roles, keep in mind the candidate's salary trajectory as well. Developers can consistently increase their earning potential by learning more programming languages (like ASP.NET MVC), getting Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) certified or going through the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) program. And as they get more credentials under their belt, the more you're going to need to offer in order to stay competitive.
Salaries can vary greatly by location, so don't forget to consider your specific market in addition to experience when you determine the salary. Our salary calculator provides the up-to-date, region-specific pay rate data you need to make an informed decision.
Below are the top-requested skills by employers nationwide in the past year for these two roles.
- software development
- microsoft c#
- active server pages (ASP)
- sql server
write an eye-catching job description
Your job description gives prospects their first impression of your company. To make it a good one, you'll need to write an engaging description that invites them to imagine working for you — one that really catches their eye. Here are a few tips for accomplishing just that.
1. don't write like a robot
Stiff, distant language and a dry listing of cold, hard facts will make it seem like your job description was written by a bot, which will keep potential candidates at arm's length. How can you give your description a human touch?
Keep the phrasing personable.
For example: "The right candidate will exhibit the below qualities" can be rewritten as "Here are some of the qualities we're looking for in our next teammate."
Answers the questions serious applicants will have.
- How much freedom will they have for deciding on the structural integrity of the code?
- Will the company sponsor MCSD, MVP or other training and certification programs?
- What are the baseline perks and benefits, such as options for flexible work hours and working remotely?
2. show how this job is meaningful
Meaningful work is a powerful tool of attraction for employers. Increasingly, talent is working for a purpose and not just a paycheck — and research shows they'll leave employers if they don't feel their job is meaningful.
To showcase the purpose of your company, anchor the specific duties and responsibilities of the position in the overarching "why." Perhaps you're building education tools and platforms? In that case, your developers aren't simply working to build interactive, scalable quiz application, they're working to close the education gap.
Be sure to demonstrate that you understand the value these developers bring to the table. These are the creative people who develop the interactive, dynamic sites and applications that we all use. Basically, they're the ones who code hopes and plans into reality — so make sure prospects can see that you know their worth.
3. make it easy to skim
A skimmable job description doesn't skimp on details or personality. Rather, it packages them in a way that allows readers to absorb information effortlessly. (Not to mention, an easy-to-skim description is much more mobile-friendly).
How to keep your description skimmable? Use:
- to-the-point, personable sentences — don't be a robot, but don't ramble either
- short paragraphs instead of long blocks of sentences
- bullet points for listable items
- a clear, uniform structure
These tips should get you off to a good start, but if you'd like more insights and advice, look to our guide to writing highly effective job descriptions.
brush up on the latest industry trends
The technologies industry certainly knows the joy — and pain — that rapid change can cause. After all, with a steady stream of innovative products and services, as well as big advancements in cloud-based computing and AI, there's a whole lot more opportunity out there for today's job seekers. But for employers, that means a whole lot more hiring, which means a lot of time, effort and budget to source, hire, train and retain larger and larger teams. Not everyone is poised to tackle such a challenge.
- Perks and benefits — such as onsite amenities, flexible work arrangements and health and well-being offerings — heavily influence choice of employer for tech talent, so companies need to shore up their offerings to attract top talent.
Read through our 2019 guide to hiring in the technologies industry for more trends and information that will shape your hiring strategy.
choose your channels to find candidates
When it comes to developer talent, a bad hire can mean a subpar product — and we all know what a subpar product means. But when it comes to finding the right channels for sourcing top talent, there isn't a one-size-fits-all solution. Depending on your company's size, volume of staffing needs and budget allocation for recruitment, some options will provide more ROI (and better candidates) than others.
So if you've already exhausted the job boards, consider amplifying your efforts by partnering with a professional staffing firm. Staffing firms provide customers with a talent pool of prescreened and vetted candidates, as well as industry experts to help guide your hiring strategy and decisions. At the end of the day what professional staffers really provide is confidence — the confidence that you're making the best decision possible, and as efficiently as possible.