The reality is that almost 216 million people, about 3% of the world’s population live outside their countriesâ€¦ and someÂ software engineersÂ are among them. Tech companies always seek for new talent, yet their channels are often limited to local developersÂ only. This is especially true for companies established in thinly populated towns.
Iâ€™d like to share with you some useful tips how to source for genius software developers outside yourÂ country in this article. By following the given algorithm, you may easily enrich your team with rock-stars and A players.
Type â€śRelocateâ€ťor â€śRelocationâ€ť in the LinkedIn search.Â Sometimes LinkedIn limit the number of search results, so click “Show all results”
As much as itâ€™s simple to type “Relocate” or “Relocation“, you may also want to narrow down the searched results by adding a few more criteria.
- You can specify the relative IndustryÂ (Computer Games, Information Services, Information Technology and Services, Internet, Software Development, Program Development);
- You can also specify the Location (Argentina for example);
- Add the Programming LanguageÂ – for example, â€śJavaâ€ť.
Try this search and LinkedIn will come up with some very worthwhile profiles.
Take a look
I guess, most of you know that Slideshare has become a partÂ of LinkedIn. Each uploaded to LinkedIn CV is automatically uploaded to SlideShare (unless you put a tick against â€śDonâ€™t upload to SlideShare”). This way, all CVs of the candidates who consider relocation will be available through the search in SlideShare, but LinkedIn. The list might be slightly reduced, but the profiles should be much more worthwhile.
To do so, weâ€™re going to use simple queries in Google with “Relocate” or “Relocation” and neededÂ programming language.Â The most precise results are achieved when the search is narrowed down by adding “intitle:resume” or “intitle:cv”Â
In order to see only relevant CVs of those candidates whoâ€™re still looking for a job, you can always specify the period of time during which the CVs have been uploaded (for example, 6-12 months). Though, most people whoâ€™re obsessed with an idea of moving abroad, quite often wait for years to get a job offer.
To see the most recent results, use “Search Tools” button and “Sorted by Date“.
Xing is a German version of popular LinkedIn which can be successfully used as a channel to hunt for experiencedÂ software developers. Those candidates who choose Europe and/or Germany as relocation destination, are more likely create their profilesÂ CVs on Xing. Similar to LinkedIn, use the Advanced search that is only open forÂ for premium members. Youâ€™d need to pre-pay $9 monthly subscription. Compared to LinkedIn, this wouldnâ€™t wound your budget as much.
Type in the Advanced Search:
- WantsÂ – â€śRelocateâ€ť or â€śRelocationâ€ť
- Industry – “Internet and IT”
The keyword â€śRelocateâ€ť has brought me 93 profiles while â€śRelocationâ€ť has given 212. This number is notÂ huge. However, If youâ€™ve got 1-2 â€śhard-to-closeâ€ť positions, Xing will surely come in handy.Â
A lot of people outside the country whoâ€™d like to relocate to Germany (sometimes even Northern Europe) register at Xing. Thatâ€™s probably the most reasonable point why search on Xing shouldnâ€™t be skipped.
Use the same keywords â€śRelocateâ€ť and â€śRelocationâ€ť and search via Google. Stackoverflow is a good platform on the whole, but mostly helpful for seeking users registered at career section (careers.stackoverflow.com) and screening regular members whoâ€™re looking for an opportunity to relocate (stackoverflow.com/users).
Try this for “Career Section“:
- site:careers.stackoverflow.com Â«relocateÂ» -jobs -inurl:company
- site:careers.stackoverflow.com Â«relocationÂ» -jobs -inurl:company
Try this for “Regular Users“:
AngelList is a popular website among the owners of startups, investors and job-seekers, looking to join a startup. If you go on AngelList, youâ€™ll find 230k users whoâ€™ve claimed to be software developers and 80k designers. However, some of them would be CTOs, founders and investors, so the actual number is considerably less. I guess, youâ€™ll be able to spot no more than 20-30% of real software developers among the searched profiles.
AngelList can be used without registration, yet, their search is still not comparable with LinkedIn.
Use the search – https://angel.co/search and play with words like
Here you can see the results:
Most software engineers link their LinkedIn accounts with AngelList or simply source them via Google.Â
www.relocateme.eu – is the most â€śhuman-orientedâ€ť recruiting agency aimed to support software developers around the world, find great tech jobs across Europe and assist during the relocation process (arranging working visa, renting an apartment, and even moving a cat).
Try them! By now theyâ€™ve already helped over 100 talented software engineers to build their career in awesomeÂ companies established in 7 different European countries.
Have a nice sourcing!