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9 Incredibly Useful Websites To Get Hired As A Software Developer

9 Incredibly Useful Websites To Get Hired As A Software Developer

So you completed your 6-month coding classes. Now what?

Going by United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the growth rate of software developer employment is set to grow by 17 percent. That’s a huge difference compared to the average growth rate of 7 percent for all occupations.

You can probably expect another software developer in the job market every time you boot up your computer. So, how do you get yourself noticed with your newly minted certificate?

Here are nine websites you want to check out and increase your chances of getting hired in software development:

1. HackerRank

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    Started in 2012, HackerRank is a platform that provides competitive programming challenges as the means to getting hired. Applicants have to submit their solutions and the winner is decided based on the accuracy and speed of the submission. So you get hired because of your awesome coding skills instead of the way you word your resume.

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    Employers include: Facebook, Airbnb, VMWare

    2. HackerEarth

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      In a similar vein, HackerEarth also has a competitive programming platform for applicants to duke it out with their coding skills. Their platform supports over twelve programming languages (including C, C++, Python, Java, and Ruby) so you definitely can find the right challenge for you and show the world what your codes are made of.

      Employers include: Adobe, Citrix Systems, Symantec

      3. Hired

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        Originally known as developersauction.com, Hired still stands by the label of their previous domain and uses a marketplace concept to auction their meticulously selected pool of tech talents. Companies will then be able to put in their best offer for the talent to review and decide the best one for them.

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        Employers include: Uber, Evernote, Stripe

        4. HackerTrail

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          Targeting the Asia Pacific region, HackerTrail provides a competitive programming platform for applicants to showcase their coding skills and outwit their competition. Each challenge comes with a prize (drones, pebble watches) and also a job offer. Keen to test out your skills before the real thing? HackerTrail also has an Arena which carries mini-games where coders can test their skills.

          Employers include: CapGemini, IDA

          5. Toptal

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            There are companies that prefer to outsource their development work. This is where Toptal comes in. They provide a global network of elite software engineers and designers. Developers can apply as freelancers to be screened and matched with clients whenever there are new projects. To get in, you must pass a screening process that includes tests for English and communication skills and a variety of technical exams so they can make sure you can do what you say you can.

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            Employers include: Zendesk, KDDI, JP Morgan

            6. TribeHired

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              A clone of the Hired.com model, TribeHired is based out of Malaysia and serves the Southeast Asia market. Once you get onto their exclusive top talent list, they will start marketing you to their pool of employers. Companies that are interested in you will let you know, and that kicks off the interview process.

              Employers include: GrabTaxi, Hartalega, Tune Hotels

              7. MomoCentral

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                Another marketplace for companies to outsource their development work, MomoCentral is based in Singapore and caters more for the startup community. Each of their developers are verified, interviewed, and tested before they are made public to companies. This is a good way to score some much-needed experience for your resume.

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                Employers include: AppBackr, Xfers.io, Zookal

                8. gun.io

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                  Gun.io is a marketplace for companies to look for digital product development. They are constantly looking to expand their over 25,000 professional freelance software developers and work closely with clients to put product teams together. Developers get paid on an hourly basis over the project period. Their developers are usually based in the US or Europe.

                  Employers include: Zappos, SolarCity, Amazon

                  9. hirable

                  hirable home page

                    A new kid on the block, Hirable is a new freelance recruiting platform for developers. You create your profile and employers from startups, tech companies, and agencies can start following you just like they would on Facebook. Once you are available, they will know and you can get work much faster.

                    Employers include: Not listed

                    Featured photo credit: Alper Çuğun / Flickr.com via flic.kr

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                    Published on September 18, 2018

                    17 Proven Tactics for Motivating Employees and Building a Stronger Team

                    17 Proven Tactics for Motivating Employees and Building a Stronger Team

                    Have there been instances when you noted a drop in your team’s productivity or observed a behavioral change in someone who used to be an excellent performer?

                    Before you blame the team for not being motivated enough or worse still, choose to ignore these warning signs, look inwards and ask yourself if YOU are doing enough to keep your team motivated in the first place.

                    Motivating employees is extremely crucial. As the leader of the pack, it is your responsibility to ensure each and every member of your team feels valued, driven and motivated.

                    After all, you cannot expect a bunch of disengaged and demotivated people to deliver results and grow your business, can you?

                    Here are 17 surefire tactics for motivating your employees and building a productive team:

                    1. Show your appreciation

                    In the whole race to achieve external business goals, leaders often forget to value their most important assets — their employees.

                    The least you can do to boost performance and morale is to appreciate your employees, recognize their efforts and give them credit when it is due.

                    Whether it’s sending a personalized note, recognizing achievements publicly during team huddles or even rewarding top performers at the end of every month, you will be surprised to see how these small acts of appreciation can go a long way.

                    2. Communicate effectively

                    Effective communication can do wonders in motivating employees. Who is a strong communicator? Someone who knows what they are talking about and are able to convey their message accurately.

                    Communication is a lot more than just language and talking. Factors such as eye contact, active listening, hand gestures and postures also say a lot about a person’s communication skills.

                    3. Be open to dialogue

                    Gone are the days when leading through fear and putting on the tough, distant leader act would work.

                    New age leadership is all about instilling trust by being accessible and encouraging discussions. Your team needs to feel comfortable speaking to you and you need to set the tone for such a camaraderie.

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                    In spite of having a busy schedule, you can still show you care through simple, effective acts.

                    For instance, having an open door policy, showing genuine interest while interacting with your employees or even greeting your team members helps breaking barriers and projects you as an accessible leader.

                    4. Provide constructive criticism

                    Giving negative feedback is always tricky — you don’t want to hurt feelings nor do you want the feedback to be taken lightly.

                    So, what do you do? The idea is to offer criticism such that it inspires change and delivers results.

                    Firstly, take criticism behind closed doors because nothing breaks self esteem the way calling out employees in public does.

                    Have a one-on-one discussion with the concerned person and make your feedback very specific. Be clear about your expectations and offer guidance on how they can improve.

                    Most importantly, give them the chance to explain their side of the story too instead of jumping to conclusions.

                    5. Conduct one-on-ones

                    Yes, you conduct weekly meetings with the team but how well do you know them on a personal level?

                    While you may think this isn’t an important practice to follow, it is one of the best ways to engage with your employees and identify what drives them.

                    Conduct a one-one-one session every month and use it to understand how your employees are doing and if they are facing any roadblocks.

                    More than reviewing performances, consider this as a relationship building tool to ensure you are aligned with your team and are working towards a shared, common goal.

                    6. Build training programs

                    In this ever-changing business landscape, it is important to ensure your employees are updated with the latest, relevant skills that can help boost productivity and performance.

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                    From imparting technical and soft skills to offering mentoring programs – investing in training and development significantly helps in motivating employees and keeps the learning going.

                    While conducting training programs, remember to keep them engaging and interactive. They need to ultimately drive value and reinforce learnings.

                    7. Offer growth opportunities

                    Every employee envisions a different career path for themselves and demotivation strikes the day they feel they have reached stagnation. As a leader, you need to first be aligned with their goals and offer ample growth opportunities that constantly keeps them engaged and motivated.

                    Growth opportunities go beyond just financial growth. While money is a huge driving factor, what makes most people tick is making progress in the company and going up the career ladder.

                    Being faced with new challenges and responsibilities lets them push the envelope and broaden their knowledge and skills.

                    8. Reward them

                    Go beyond verbal recognition and reward employees for their notable work. You can start an incentive program and reward top performers. This ensures increased productivity and brings out the best in them.

                    If you don’t have enough budgets for that, you can also reward top performers with movie tickets, a paid vacation or something as simple as giving them the option to work from home.

                    Rewarding employees promotes healthy competition and motivates them while meeting business goals.

                    9. Encourage team outings

                    Employee motivation also stems from how connected the team is. Invest time in team building because a team that works collaboratively is likely to deliver better results.

                    From bowling nights to hosting team dinners – team outings are a great way to get to know each other and bond. Assign someone from your team to be in charge of organizing these monthly outings and make sure you join them too!

                    10. Involve them

                    Involve your employees in decision making because when they are involved, they feel more valued and part of a larger cause.

                    Seek your team’s opinion and encourage healthy debates within the team. This boosts employee morale and challenges them to work harder as they know they are in a position to make an impact and will be taken seriously.

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                    11. Set meaningful goals

                    In the beginning of the financial year, make sure you sit down with each employee to set meaningful and realistic goals. The goal-setting conversation is an extremely crucial one and needs to be a two-way street.

                    Whether your employee feels burdened or doesn’t feel inspired enough by the assigned goals – this is the time to come to a consensus and assign goals derived from business objectives that foster individual development while keeping in mind their strengths and weaknesses.

                    12. Empower them

                    You cannot expect employees to be motivated for long if you micro manage the team and do all the talking.

                    Trust your employees and empower them to take decisions. Mistakes will happen but that is the only way they will learn.

                    Be open to discussions, delegate effectively, set your expectations and give your team the freedom to do it their way.

                    13. Deal with conflict

                    A conducive work environment is one wherein there is open communication and trust, but every once in a while, you do encounter people in the team who indulge in office politics and spread negativity.

                    How much ever fulfilled an employee feels with their work, gossiping co-workers are bound to ruin it for them. Workplace gossip if not tackled hampers productivity and soils working relations.

                    As a responsible leader, you need to maintain a conducive work environment and act as a mediator in such cases. Don’t be the leader who is locked up in his/her cabin and is unaware of what is brewing within the team.

                    14. Implement a flexible work culture

                    Flexible work cultures are a growing trend and are here to stay.

                    Whether it is offering flexible working hours or allowing employees to work from home once in a month – a flexible work culture promotes work-life balance and aids in employee satisfaction.

                    It shows that the management is sensitive to employees’ schedules and is thereby highly appreciated.

                    15. Host engaging activities

                    All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy and we cannot agree more! So, why not devote one day of the week to employee engagement activities?

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                    From hosting baking competitions to introducing wellness programs in the office – let your team have some fun beyond work. This keeps the environment engaging, light-hearted and interesting, giving them all the more reason to look forward to coming to work.

                    16. Maintain a positive work space

                    Your employees spend more than half their day at work and in order to keep them energized and motivated, it is important to maintain a positive and inspiring work space.

                    Have a recreation center where employees can unwind after a hard day’s work, offer free snacks and beverages and invest in an open office design that promotes socializing and conversations.

                    These are simple yet effective ways to create a space your employees will love coming to.

                    17. Avoid discrimination

                    Any kind of discrimination, be it due to age, gender, religion or race hugely impacts employee motivation and performance.

                    In order to avoid such cases, you must lay down rules against discrimination and take strict action against accused employees. Lead by example and make sure no one in the team is a victim of bias and discrimination.

                    The bottom line

                    Don’t underestimate the power of motivating employees. Understand that the more engaged and motivated they are, the better their performance will be.

                    It is also a good idea to send out a survey and get feedback from your employees on the company culture, work environment and their motivation levels.

                    This will help you be more aligned with their expectations and further improve your efforts in building a stronger, engaged team.

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