Despite the increasing popularity of candidate sourcing techniques, job boards are still the easiest way to reach millions of software developers. When figuring out how to hire a developer, both niche and mainstream job boards can help you find strong candidates.
How to source and hire developers:
Use niche job boards
Niche job boards reach your target audience directly, regardless of what type of developer you are looking to hire. Jobs posted on niche boards will result in a smaller number of applications, but more relevant dev candidates than jobs posted on mainstream job boards.
Stack Overflow Jobs
Stack Overflow Jobs is a job posting site hosted by Stack Overflow, a popular online platform for developers. Stack Overflow has five million registered users and boasts 40 million visitors each month.
A great advantage of posting on Stack Overflow is that your job ads can appear next to relevant threads directly targeting your audience. For example, if you’re hiring a Java developer, you may see your job ad in pages about Java:
Dice is a tech career website specifically can help you find software developers and other IT professionals. Dice has various pricing options depending on how many jobs you want to post. Dice also cross-publishes jobs to its 3,000 partner sites.
Crunchboard is the official job board of TechCrunch, a popular technology news publisher. Crunchboard job ads are visible on TechCrunch’s network, including its blogs about gadgets and mobile technology, reaching millions of readers.
On Crunchboard, you can buy one job ad for 30 days. You can also purchase job packs – buying listings in bulk – and post the jobs whenever you choose:
- Fill out job details (job title and description)
- Fill out your company’s name and upload its logo
- Add instructions on how to apply for the job
- Preview your job ad
- Pay for your job ad
Once published, your job ad will stay live for 30 days.
Use mainstream job boards
Mainstream job boards reach candidates from various industries. Your job ads will be seen by a larger audience, including developers. Some mainstream job boards are so widely used that they’re worth posting your dev jobs on.
Indeed is a popular job search engine and yields more hires than all other top job boards combined. It aggregates postings from other job boards and has its own job posting function (both free and paid.) Indeed uses a pay-per-click model for its paid (sponsored) ads, which charges you only when people click on your job ad.
Also, you can source candidates through Indeed Resume, Indeed’s large resume database.
Over 20 million people visit Glassdoor each month. Glassdoor is much more than a job board: it’s a community people visit to post and learn about salaries, interviews and company reviews. Being active on Glassdoor (e.g. responding to reviews and adding employee benefits) can boost your employer brand and motivate dev candidates to apply to your jobs.
You can post up to 10 jobs for free. According to Glassdoor, most people who apply through its site are highly qualified candidates:
Glassdoor can also display your ad when candidates research your competitors or browse other sites.
Related: How to post a job on Glassdoor
Social websites are the best source of recruiting tech candidates. Facebook, with its 1.7 billion users and useful features for recruiting, is one of the most effective, and convenient, platforms for hiring software and web developers.
On Facebook, you can share your jobs with your network. You can also use your Applicant Tracking System (ATS) to add a jobs tab on your Facebook page (a feature that Facebook itself has recently implemented):
Experiment with different job boards so you can reach a larger number of developer candidates. Track how many qualified candidates and hires you get from each job board, so you can effectively plan your recruiting budget.
More resources for hiring developers:
- Expand your reach to great candidates by combining job posting with proactive sourcing. Download our complete sourcing guide for free.
- Use Google search to identify hard-to-find candidates.
- Source and recruit skilled developers with Workable’s Boolean search cheat sheets:
- Reach out to developers with our email template for sourcing dev candidates.
Looking for an all-in-one recruiting solution? Workable can improve candidate sourcing, interviewing and applicant tracking for a streamlined hiring process. Sign up for our 15-day free trial today.Get a free trial