So you made a huge amount of research and decided to follow companies like Netflix, NASA, PayPal and Uber and start Node development. Congratulations!
Now the ‘only’ thing to do is to hire the best developers for your team. So how do you go about it? Let me help you with that.
Who are Node.js developers?
Node.js has been experiencing a high developer demand. Since 2017 its rising popularity resulted in a rise in job searches.
According to a HackerRank survey, the demand for Node.js expertise is met only partially.
Since Node.js is used for back-end engineering your developers have to be able to make a connection between the customer and the server-side. Node.js services also include front-end, so developers should also understand the user-facing part of the application. They should know how the front-end components work with the back-end ones.
After going through lots of articles online, among the most frequently mentioned developer skills are:
- familiarity with Agile and Scrum
- ability to write unit and integration tests
- experience working with Git and GitHub
- Code Review and Continuous Integration processes
It might also be beneficial to find engineers familiar with your product niche, but it’s not a must. But how to find good developers? Where to look for?
How to find Node.js developers?
Before we start discussing where to look for developers, we have to establish the first major division which is: in-house developers or freelancers / outsourcing company.
When to hire in-house?
- if you’re planning to develop your own product that requires ongoing maintenance and updates
- you’re starting a complex project that will require future support
When to outsource?
- you need to extend your existing team or need to hire an entire team to fill several positions simultaneously
- you need a team with own management
- you’re lacking qualifications in the field
Now that you know what to look for, you can start the hunt.
This is the most hustle-free approach where you allow developers to find you, not the other way around. Make sure they can find you through various channels like:
- career page - one of the first places developers are likely to visit. The look of your career page will either encourage them to reach out or do the contrary - put them off. It’s important that your page is mobile-friendly, as according to Linkedin’s report nearly 90% of job seekers do it on their mobile devices. You can include some pictures of your company, people working there, everything you’d like to see and know about if you were looking for a job.
- social media - you can use both your own social media accounts or those dedicated solely to promote job offers to post about available vacancies. This is a free way to reach out to a large number of potential candidates.
- job portals - this is a quite obvious one. Job portals worth looking into are Indeed, Glassdoor or ZipRecruiter. It’s also a good idea to on local alternatives to this kind of portals if you want to hire in-house.
This is a great way to support the inbound efforts and speed up the recruiting process although it will require a bit of preparation as it often includes leaving the office:
- direct search - Linkedin or GitHub are great places to make the first move and directly contact the developers. GitHub is even better as it gives you a sneak peek into the code.
- conferences and events - attending conferences and meetups is an amazing opportunity to network with potential candidates in one place.
- self-organized events - this is a pretty challenging endeavour, but by organizing an event you’re placing yourself in control of the way you will be interacting with developers. You can include presentations about your company in the agenda or prepare workshops that will prepare the potential candidates for working with you in the future.
Outsourcing is a way to go if you don’t want to hire a dedicated team in-house and are looking for a quicker time to market.
You can look for an outsourcing partner in similar ways you would look for a developer, but the most popular way is probably to go through dedicated platforms like:
- Clutch- as they say, they help you ‘get in touch with firms that deliver’. You can go through various categories and filter the results to best suit your needs. The profiles of development houses provide extensive information about their portfolio, average rates, technology stack as well as previous clients’ testimonials.
- GoodFirms- similarly to Clutch, it’s a catalogue full of development companies of various sizes and specializations.
- Wadline - another place to look for Node.js development companies. The company’s profiles include portfolio, preferred technologies, links to the websites and contact information.
Note that the inbound and outbound method of finding Node.js developers can be applied to outsourcing as well. However, if you look for a good place to start your search, dedicated platforms are the safest bet.
What to look for?
Before you start the hiring process you should specify your needs. Determine the length of your project and its future. This will influence whether you opt for in-house developers or outsource. No matter which one you choose, the steps to choose the best of the best will be quite similar.
- evaluate the portfolio - whether it will be a GitHub portfolio of an individual or previous projects of a software house
- hold an interview - with the entire development team or your chosen individuals
- evaluate skills - prepare practical tasks to complete
Finding the right people is a business decision that takes time and effort. I hope that this article will help you decide what you’re looking for and inform you on the ways in which you can look for and choose the best Node.js developers.
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