A New Generation of Skills-based Developers

skills-based software engineers

Over the past decade, we’ve witnessed a revolution in how information is accessed and consumed. From massive open online courses (MOOCs) to lectures published on YouTube.com, learning has been officially democratized. As a result, talented individuals from across the globe are acquiring skills previously accessible only to those at expensive universities and learning institutions. Unfortunately, some firms have been slow to adapt their recruiting style to this reality, causing them to overlook an entire generation of coders. On the other

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Guest Post: AI Will Dominate Recruiting – So Prepare For Major Changes In These Areas

AI Will Dominate Recruiting – So Prepare For Major Changes In These Areas

Most recruiters are busy with their day-to-day work. So, some fail to realize that many recruiting processes and tools currently in use will soon improve significantly by the continual learning provided by Artificial Intelligence (AI). In addition, not only will AI and its advanced cousin Machine Learning (ML) make recruiting processes faster and cheaper, soon and in many cases are already adding significant new capabilities that were simply not possible with legacy systems. However, relax, this isn’t a job security

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Diamonds not Dirt

Diamonds not Dirt

Your product team just informed you that they need to hire five Full Stack developers – all by month’s end. As the request sinks in, you begin to think through the monumental effort that will be required to pull this off. Hiring a single Full Stack developer is hard enough. But five all at once? Seriously? Most recruiters in your shoes would commence the arduous process of posting ads and combing countless Linkedin developer groups and profiles. Part of you

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Why Experience Diversity Matters in Tech

Why Experience Diversity Matters in Tech

Diversity, as a concept in technical recruiting and hiring, covers a lot of ground. It can include race, gender, sexual orientation, age, and religion. Diversity can also include different thinking, working, and communication styles. But there’s one specific form of diversity doesn’t get a lot of press, but is extremely important for companies that want to build innovative engineering teams: experience diversity. Experience diversity basically refers to having a variety of different life experiences and backgrounds. These experiences will naturally

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Evaluating Engineers: A Guide for Recruiters

Evaluating Engineers: A Guide for Technical Recruiters

When you’re not an engineer yourself, evaluating technical talent can seem like a daunting task. For technical recruiters, the specter of this scenario constantly looms: The candidate’s resume looked good. Your initial phone call went fine and didn’t raise any red flags. Maybe the person even did fine on the take-home coding challenge. But once they got to the technical phone screen – or worse, the onsite – you knew that something was wrong. Or maybe the candidate didn’t get

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The Culture Fit Trap

Don't Hire Engineers for Culture Fit - Hire for Skills

Companies – especially companies in Silicon Valley – have long prized the idea of culture fit. Culture fit is, as a concept, a little bit nebulous, but in general it refers to the idea that a candidate “fits in” with the existing company and team dynamics. On the surface, this seems like a great idea. After all, why wouldn’t you want to hire someone who seems like a good match for your engineering team? The thinking is that they’ll integrate

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Meet the CodeFights Community

Meet the CodeFights Jobs applicants

CodeFights Recruiter customers have access to a very special group of engineering candidates: the CodeFights community. These people are developers who sign up for CodeFights as a way to prepare for technical interviews, level up their programming skills, and tackle fun coding challenges. And when they’re ready to find new jobs, they sign up for CodeFights Jobs. The CodeFights Jobs program helps us connect CodeFights users with the right opportunities at our CodeFights Recruiter partner companies! How do CodeFights Recruiter

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Candidate Experience: The Key to Hiring Top Developers

Candidate Experience: How to Hire Skilled Engineers

What is candidate experience? The phrase candidate experience gets thrown around a lot in the recruiting and talent acquisition world. But what does it actually mean? Basically, candidate experience describes the entirety of a candidate’s interactions with your company. Candidate experience captures how candidates feel about your company before, during, and after the recruiting and hiring process. This concept includes every interaction they have with a company, starting with their first message from a recruiter to the offer package (if

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Stop Focusing on Degrees – Recruit for Skills Instead

Recruit for skills, not for credentials or pedigree

The tech industry’s talent shortage is no secret, but let’s go over the numbers again just for the heck of it. According to data collected by Code.org, there are over 500,000 unfilled technology-related jobs right now. But only about 49,000 people graduated into the workforce from computer science programs in 2017. The numbers are clear: There just aren’t enough computer science students graduating each year to fill all the available roles. And it doesn’t look like things will change anytime

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It’s Time to Kill The Resume

It's time to kill the resume: how skills-based recruiting will change how you assess candidates

We’re going to make a sweeping statement here that may shock you: Resumes are a waste of time. Or maybe it doesn’t shock you. Most recruiters dislike having to wade through stacks of resumes, so we’re probably preaching to the choir here. So much time gets spent on resumes! Job seekers spend hours crafting the perfect bullet points. Recruiters spend hours looking these resumes over, trying to find the perfect leads to pursue. When we say that resumes are a

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