Hiring the Best Talent From the Newly Graduated Developer Pool

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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 don’t 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 company’s 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 bachelor’s degree. However, Silge notes that it isn’t 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 isn’t 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.

Colleges and universities should take note of the realities of the tech sector and adjust their programs to suit a world where credentials aren’t enough. Schools should also focus on providing training that teaches practical skills in the form of both degree-seeking programs and certifications.

Right now, employment levels for software developers are extremely high; new software developers are entering a market that is hungry for their skills,” says Silge. “Colleges and universities should build into their programs opportunities to exercise those skills through solving real-world problems, collaborating with teams, and building compelling portfolios. Colleges and universities need to advocate for their students to build things relevant to the real world.”

Read the source article at Job Search and Hiring.