Corporate America, Your Future Engineers Aren’t Attending Career Fairs Anymore

This articles doesn’t just apply to big companies and presents issues start ups should take note of: good programmers are hard to find, in high demand, and difficult to recruit. As a small company/start up, we’ve found the best way to recruit programmers is through your own network. Does your lead developer respect a coworker from his last job and do they work well together? Start there. And in the face of competing with perks like the Google campus, in our arsenal we’ve got flexible hours, a beautiful (not Silicon Valley) home base, and stock options. Oh and the power to be one of a very small team influencing a pretty game-changing product. That’s the stuff that recruits.


Editor’s note: Vivek Ravisankar is the CEO and co-founder of Y Combinator graduate and TechCrunch Disrupt Battlefield alum HackerRank, the platform that is used by programmers to hone their skills and by companies to recruit great tech talent. 

Like the Western black rhino, hieroglyphics and video stores, college career fairs may soon be a relic of the past — particularly when it comes to recruiting software engineers.

Undergraduate enrollment in computer science programs continues to rise impressively, growing by double digits year-over-year. Pair that with the fact that employer demand for computer science majors is very steep — with CS majors earning some of the highest starting salaries in the country — it’s obvious that computer science and engineering knowledge is more valuable today than ever before. So why are universities and employers alike scrambling to keep up? Why is it seemingly so difficult to find…

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