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How to Recruit Software Engineers Survey

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Did you know that 97% of software engineers are likely to read online reviews about a company before accepting a job offer? Or that 52% would accept lower compensation if they could work at a company …

Did you know that 97% of software engineers are likely to read online reviews about a company before accepting a job offer? Or that 52% would accept lower compensation if they could work at a company with a cool rep and culture?

Glassdoor recently surveyed 1,400 male and female engineers to find out what it takes to recruit this highly sought after talent pool.

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  • 1. How to Recruit Software Engineers How to Recruit Software Engineers Software engineers are some of the toughest jobs to fill. Here is a look at what software engineers had to say about their job search plans and what resonates most with them when it comes to being recruited. Effective Recruitment Tactics Most Common Sources Software Engineers Learn About Job Opportunities Social Media Nearly 40% of female software engineers say they hear about new job opportunities via social media compared to 34% of males. Knowledgeable about my experience Not pushy Works as hard for me as they do employers Solid communication skills Someone with a strong technical background Large network Aggressive 63% Recruiter Attributes Software Engineers Value Feedback from Software Engineers to Recruiters “Understand my skills and background and fit the job to me, rather than the other way around.” “Tell me about the good and bad of your company. Why do I want to work there over some other company?” “Omit the salary package. How am I supposed to know whether the job is worth considering?” “Be transparent about work culture and company values.” “Send a generic mass-email. It goes right to the trash” “Ask for me to contact my friends if I’m not personally interested in a position…it feels like you are asking me to do your job for you.” Retention Challenge Insights Influences on Job Decisions When software engineers are making job decisions they trust the following sources for more information: Top Reasons Software Engineers Would Leave their Jobs 78% 58% 53% 41% 12%20%23%25%27%32% 97% Money Isn’t Everything 52% 51% of software engineers are likely to accept less money to work at a company with a great culture. Friends 76% Previous work colleagues 68% Current work colleagues 64% Online forums 50% Online news sources & blogs 50% of software engineers are likely to accept less money to work at a company with an attractive product or service. of software engineers read online reviews about a company before accepting a job offer Learn how to recruit software engineers with Glassdoor: www.glassdoor.com/employers For complete survey methodology, contact pr@glassdoor.com Plan to look for a job in the next 3 months: 26% 17% Male Female 1 year 11% 3 years 22% 3 months 25% 6 months 15% Job Search Activity Expected this Year Software Engineers plan to look for a job within… Time with current employer… Most likely to leave their current job in the next 3 months less than 1 year 1-2 years 3-4 years 5-7 years 8-10 years 10+ years 15% 26% 30% 30% 38% 24% 20% of male software engineers hear about new job opportunities from a current co-worker compared to 17% of females. Current Co-Workers Recruiters 75% of female software engineers say they hear about new job opportunities via recruiters, compared to 70% of males. Transparent about the pros & cons of different companies 81% 53% 50% 44% 42% 19% 5% Online job sites 71% Former co-workers 37% Networking events 16% Recruiters 70% Social media 34% Conferences 5% Friends 40% Current co-workers 20% Family 4% DOs DONTs 37% Salary & Comp Career Growth Opportunities Type of Work Company Culture Location & Commute Relationships with Managers Senior Leadership Relationship with Peers Company Mission & Values Company Reputation Amount of Work Frequency of Required Travel 76% Find out more about what it takes to recruit software engineers: http://www.glassdoor.com/employers/blog/recruiting-software-engineers 48% of female software engineers are very likely to apply to a company that a friend recommends compared to 38% of males

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