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Best platforms for finding software developer jobs

Best platforms for finding software developer jobs
The 3 approaches.
In: Career Tips

One of the most frequent questions I get is what are good places to find a job as a software engineer.

I totally get where that curiosity comes from, there is a plethora of platforms, marketplaces, and websites.

I experienced 7 different companies in almost 7 years of studying and engineering. You can imagine that I talked to a lot of companies through many channels.

There are 2 major types of developer job platforms:

  1. active platforms
  2. passive platforms

Active platforms are mostly designed in a way that you go out there and find you employer. These are job board type of places.

Passive platforms work in a way that you submit your profile and the job offers come to you. You can't even really search for employers on a really passive platform.

Some platforms are actually hybrid, like LinkedIn. Still, for you, depending on many different factors, a hybrid platform like LinkedIn will mostly lean towards being more passive or more active.

While I think that the most useful and enjoyable way to find the right place for your day job adventures is networking, avoiding job search pitfalls on the way. I still think that there's value to add job search websites into your mix, especially if you are actively looking for a job.

Let's look at some of them. Apart from the type of platform, you'll also need to account for:

  • You location
  • Your industry
  • Your interests

So the below list is a very biased compilation of my experiences and experiences of people I know, just showing a fraction of what's possible.

Best active hiring platforms

The ones for active search and applications πŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈ

worldwide

  • LinkedIn - For me, LinkedIn is more of a vehicle for active search, getting a feel for the market, but most of all, networking and driving of follow-up conversations in the (pre-) hiring process
  • indeed.com - A classic job board
  • For rubyists: https://www.rubyjobboard.com/
  • Freelance: Toptal - high entry barrier because of big onboarding process and some tough coding challenges (I think candidates get matched with companies, so this could also be more of a passive platform)
  • Freelance: Arc (codementor) - mostly US companies πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
  • Freelance: Upwork - mid entry barrier (candidates get screened, sometimes this process is not transparent and you just get rejected) and getting gigs is a grind but it can get you rolling
  • Doing good industry: devex.com

DACH region πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ (Germany, Austria, Switzerland)

Best passive hiring platforms

The ones, where recruiters find you.

worldwide

Europe

  • honeypot.io - 2 of 4 of my full-time jobs came from here
  • turing.com - not sure actually, it's a new one for me but saw it recommended in a couple of places. Looking at it, it has an extensive onboarding process, so entry barrier is higher
  • angel.co - seems now to be a different company by now (Wellfound) and I can't login anymore πŸ€ͺ Can also be used as active platform. It was quite useful if you look for startup experience
  • circle.io (mostly focused on Europe πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Ί and Spain πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Έ) - a secret invite-only club (send me your motivation and portfolio to be invited there)
  • joppy.me (mostly focused on Europe πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Ί and Spain πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Έ) - the tinder of the hiring process, my second full time job came from here.

Best networking opportunities


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Define your vision, your goals. Register on the relevant platforms and do the active parts. Persist. It's a matter of time.
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