Is it easy to find talented developers in your country?
It seems that universities in Brno are not able to produce enough developers to feed hungry IT companies in Czech “Silicon Valley”. Actually, I was thinking about using “Silicon Dragon“ instead because of the Legend of the Brno Dragon. What do you think are the best sources of talented and motivated people that are open to go the extra mile?
I think that the most common factor that inhibits software companies’ growth is the ability to find enough skilled employees. Maybe it is true only for our region, or do you see it the same? I realized the crisis on our labor market approximately a year ago. Those times, it took us almost seven months to hire just one developer. We were thinking if we should lower the criteria, find another source of potential employees, attract them in a new unusual way or concentrate on scaling up productivity of our current developers. The question that led us to the solution was: “Which of our employees are the most valuable ones, what are their qualities and how did we get them?” I recommend you to ask such a question each time you are struggling to find the right employees.
Nowadays, we are trying to attract talented graduates or university students that have a passionate interest in IT, especially in being an amazing developer. We are presenting Kentico
as a possible employer at universities, we are open to collaborate on diploma theses and two of our developers are teaching at a university so they are also working as a kind of scoutsJ. Last but not least, our Summer of Code program started two months ago. Over seventy people sent us a CV, almost thirty of them made a sample application, ten of them were invited to an interview and finally, four skilled developers joined our team. Look forward to a Chat module, Banner management and other cool stuff that they developed over the summer :-)
I wish that in a few years, there would be a huge queue of people trying to get employed only because it is the Kentico. :-)