After leaving college, it is most likely that the first job you have will be in some form of startup, then you’ll likely be introduced to remote developers. If you’re a new member of HR, or a founder of the startup then you would be responsible for ensuring that the company has competent developers in it. It’s unlikely that you would find all the talent you need in a single locality or have the luxury of having a big fancy office. So, you should probably get used to the idea of remote developers.
Skills to Look Up For Hire Remote Developers
Regardless of the company, there are some things that are universal while considering hiring remote developers. This is excluding the technical skills that vary from role to role and company to company.
Some of the universal qualities that companies should look for include:
- The remote developer applicants should possess the right resources to connect to colleagues and perform their role. This can include reliable internet and power connection, the ability to use messaging and collaboration platforms and the right devices to do so.
- The social skills of the applicants should also be considered. These include the ability to work in teams, which can be ascertained through previous experiences with college projects or work experience. However, this may be rather hit-and-miss as quite often the fact that the hired remote developers may not possess the social qualities required for, but filtering improves the chances.
- Employees and employers should also consider communication skills when hiring remote developers. This is especially true when hiring ESL employees.
The Procedure to Hire Remote Developers
To hire remote developers, regardless of the company, ads must be posted that the company is hiring remote developers. This can be through platforms, freelance markets or social media. After posting, the company should filter out the inapplicable potential remote developers, through CVs and work samples. This is where a lot of applicants with relevant skills are often overlooked because HR does not possess the technical skills to judge them. The final step before giving an offer letter involves employees testing. The steps can involve various both social and technical interviews, various programming tests and for remote developers a connection test. If an employee passes the tests and interviews for the remote developer role, they are given an offer letter. If an employee agrees they are passed through the onboarding process. While it may seem as an aftermath, it may be the most crucial as it ensures that employees can hit the ground running, so this is crucial in hiring remote developers.
Some of the many available platforms for hiring Remote Developers:
An up and comer in the freelancer platform world, they boast a 100% remote workforce and an effective vetting process. The selected applicants also receive assistance for interviews, resume building and other soft skills. So for any companies looking for remote developers, this is the site to visit.
For most, it is the only platform they use. Most companies that possess a digital presence have an account here. Outside of just trying to hire remote developers, it also possesses news reports, employee postings, polls and tests that provides those who pass credentials to vary their competency. However, there is little moderation for job posts, leading to cases of badly written or misleading posts but it is unlikely that any prospect applicant for freelance jobs doesn’t have a digital footprint here.
PeoplePerHour is a company based in Britain, that focuses on the European market and yet possesses a global reach. It boasts job postings in 9 categories ranging from technical areas, business to creative areas including marketing.
Prospective freelancers have to go through an approval process monitored by moderators in order to be selected. If approved, freelancers can rely on automatic matching or manually filter and select the opportunities that they want. The jobs posted may be paid per hour or projects. Freelancers also have the option of collaboration with other freelancers for the posted jobs. For any of the posted jobs, the commission is inversely proportional to their earnings. So for freelancers looking for such jobs in those specific job locations, this website would suit them best.
This website boasts a wide and extensive range of fields for freelancers to find the right jobs for their preferred specialization. Fields are divided similarly to the manner above, but also further specialized into sub fields. For instance, the category of programming is further divided along subjects like Python programmers, Java programmers, or roles like full stack developers. It boasts job postings in 9 categories again ranging from technical, to business to creative.
The platform can boast one of the lowest commission fees, at an upper tier being ~9% for free members, while lesser than that for paid members. However, there is an advantage for paid members as their bids are highlighted to prospective clients and their on-site rankings are boosted in comparison to free users. So, for freelancers looking for specific jobs while being willing to pay to get ahead, this platform suits them.
Flexjobs boasts an unique curation of job postings, as every job posted on the platform undergoes manual screening, ensuring that there are no spam or scam posts on the platform. The application process involves third-party websites however, as any job application involves passing through them to complete the application as Flexjobs itself does not allow for completion of the entire application within the platform. The higher quality comes at the cost of higher prices. The minimum fees are $14.95/month. It boasts job postings in 5 categories ranking from managerial roles to technical roles.
The job postings are generally of a better quality and there is generally lesser competition. They also offer additional features like career coaching. So for experienced and high-earning freelancers looking for jobs with salary to meet their skill level while being willing to pay extra for it, this will suit them best.
Now that you have the relevant information, it should be remembered that your company, regardless of whether it’s trying to reach for the stars or just carry on, must stay firmly grounded in reality. So, whenever making the right decision regarding hiring, having remote developers is often a good choice whether in terms of the opportunity it offers or the savings in cost.
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