Sometimes it feels like finding the right blockchain developer is like trying to find Big Foot - impossible.
However, unlike the guy with the large shoes, blockchain developers actually exist. You just need to know where to look…
Here is our breakdown of the top 10 methods for finding the best devs on the block(chain).
Okay, so your reading this blog on blocktribe, so hopefully you’ve had a chance to look around the site, but let’s say you’ve found this blog from a quick Google search - what is blocktribe and how can this website help me find a developer?
To put it plainly, blocktribe is a dedicated job board for blockchain roles. As an advertiser you will be able to search through a CV database and filter by job title (eg. developer!) and as easy as 1,2,3 you will have a list of amazing candidates at your finger tips.
We will also advertise your job role to our candidates who have indicated on their profile that they are interested in your chosen job title, meaning only the relevant people will be notified about your position.
2. The Big Boards
Niche boards like blocktribe are great (even if we are biased) at targeted advertising but there is certainly something to be said about casting a wide net on a much larger and broader job board. You likely know the names already, but Monster, Total Jobs, Reed etc are all good options.
Bear in mind though, that your advert needs to be really tight if you are advertising in such a large marketplace. It sounds obvious, but make sure you have a more generic job title that will be likely to come up in searches, be clear on location, salary and make sure your job description is compelling.
100% recommend having your company represented on LinkedIn - that should be paramount.
You can also download a free trial of LinkedIn Recruiter (remember to cancel before 30 days are up, otherwise charges will apply) and you can take advantage of enhanced search functions. You can activate this through your Settings and then select Subscriptions.
4. LinkedIn Groups
Yes, LinkedIn again, but this time we are talking about Groups. Much like Facebook, LI has thousands of group pages. This cuts down on your search time as there are groups dedicated to blockchain developers – you just need to ask to join and then introduce yourself! To find this, go to LinkedIn and enter your desired group target in the search bar (eg. blockchain developers) press entre. Then click on the More tab and select Groups.
5. Social Media
After you post your job on blocktribe, you will be prompted to share your post on social media, including Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn. Take advantage of this feature and share your advert with your audience!
Make sure you are also utilising the functions on your social media. Take Twitter check out popular hashtags and make sure to use them in your tweets. Shy away from using #ad as this is typically associated with paid advertisements but #blockchainjobs is a good place to start.
Avoid spamming your followers though as they will probably get fed up and disengage - or worse – unfollow…!
In today’s world it feels like so much has to be done online, but there is still so much to be said about going out there and meeting talent in person.
meetup.com is probably the best place to get started - simply search in tech and filter it down from there.
There are so many events going on and even if you don’t find a hire, you will almost certainly come away with some great new industry contacts.
If you don’t want to do the leg work - then luckily you can pay for someone to do it for you!
Recruitment agencies will take a job description from you and find a shortlist of candidates to send to you. They will help organise interviews and keep the recruitment process ticking along by constantly finding CVs until you decide on the right person.
Research is key here as while great recruitment companies exist, unfortunately so do bad ones. You might find going for a niche supplier is going to provide better results as they should know their industry and their network inside out.
8. Advertise on your site and check your SEO
This is obvious but often overlooked (as the obvious things sometimes are) - advertise on your own website. It’s free (excellent) and if someone has taken the time to go to your site they are already more likely to be interested in your brand and essentially, they are doing half the work for you.
All it requires is an extra tab or a linked footer and you can list all available roles there. Make sure you list an email address for them to contact you. Or speak to your website provider/designer and ask for them to create an enquiries form for you. Just make sure you check responses from this or you might miss out on someone great.
Good SEO is good for everything but having a high search engine ranking certainly will help make your website more visible to the best devs out there.
9. Give them a ring
Headhunting can seem intimidating, but it be very fruitful. This typically comes through LinkedIn - see an epic profile, check contact details and give them a ring. Obviously, this person is not expecting your call, they probably aren’t even looking for a job - so tread carefully and be sensitive. If they sound interested, then be respectful that they might be at work and therefore difficult to talk, so perhaps suggest calling them back at a better time for them.
10. Ask the people you know!
Ask the people you know if they can make any recommendations. I’ve touched on this above, but it really is the number 1 way to find someone amazing because people very rarely recommend someone unless they know they are really good.
There's likely a deeper reason behind this, but in truth it's probably because you don’t want the embarrassment of being associated with someone terrible, so you only end up recommending the best people.
You can reward successful hires through recommendations by offering a referral fee.