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What are the different channels to find a job for an IT developer

By Laurent Falise on September, 7 2021
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Most companies have realized the importance of having software developers on their payroll or regularly outsourcing their services. We live in a digital era, and so we cannot ignore the relevance of technology to your brick-and-mortar and eCommerce business.

If you are a software developer wondering where you can find opportunities or a recruiter looking for the best talent, the good news is that there are numerous platforms where you can find jobs and showcase your capabilities.

Below, we will detail the different channels you can use to find a job as an IT developer, the pros and cons of each, and real-life examples of each platform:



1.    Social networks

Social media platforms have gradually become recruitment channels for all sorts of jobs. Companies are always putting up ads on their social media accounts announcing vacancies in their organisations. The most common platforms are Facebook and Twitter.

With Twitter, you can use hashtags to find the top or most recent tweets on the tech stacks for which you are hiring (in case you are a recruiter), or if you are in search of a job, you can use hashtags with the skill-set you possess or the field in which you are best suited.

On Facebook, you have the option of looking for job postings by companies on their page or joining Facebook groups. These are communities of like-minded people who share information and build networks. You can join an IT development group with fellow software developers, perhaps in your location, and discuss your passion and simple to complex IT challenges.

With any luck, you may end up in a group with recruiters or employers who appreciate your IT skills and experience.


LinkedIn is a platform that is unlike Facebook and Twitter. While the latter is more about socialising and sharing thoughts with friends, family, and strangers, LinkedIn is considered the ultimate professional networking platform. Employers, job seekers, and recruiters from numerous fields join this site and set up profiles so they can easily connect with and source candidates for their either freelance or permanent employment needs. LinkedIn allows you to put up your resume on top of your profile. This gives potential recruiters a chance to see your work experience and skills before they even contact you.


  • You can get into contact with an IT developer or recruiter directly. There is no intermediary.
  • Sites like LinkedIn allow you to grow your connections even if you do not get a job instantly.
  • There is no charge for posting an ad about a job.


  • Because there are many opportunities, it can be a daunting task to sieve through all the posted vacancies.
  • There is no way to verify the credibility of the resumes and additional information posted on social media sites. There is no system in place to fact-check the published information.
  • It is easy to lose focus on social media. Social media platforms are primarily for engagement and entertainment. You might start determined to scour the virtual earth for an IT development job, but after a few fruitless days, you might revert to interacting with your peers and strangers.
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2.    Job boards

Job boards are websites that enable organisations to source employees, mainly freelance or part-time ones. They allow companies to post vacancies they need filled and job seekers to set up profiles. These job boards bridge the gap between job seekers and recruiters.

In most cases, the applications for these open positions have to be made directly through these boards to avoid any conflict or malice. Also, payment is made through them, and they are entitled to a cut.

Job boards come in two types: general job boards and niche job boards. The general boards have no specific field they specialise in. They range from writers to software developers to designers, teachers, and nannies. On the other hand, niche job boards focus on specialised candidates for particular industries.

Examples of general job boards

  • Indeed
  • Glassdoor
  • Monster
  • CareerBuilder

Examples of niche job boards for IT developers

To find a remote developer, you can either explore their database or submit a job ad with your specifications and wait for them to approach you.


  • The board protects the interests of both parties.
  • They are risk-averse. For example, Toptal provides a risk-free test version to clients and only invoices them if the deliverables are executed successfully.
  • Job boards like ‘Remote’ have an AI-powered system to validate and select the best option for you. The AI considers various criteria, including talent level, project duration, payment mechanism, and job description.
  • You have the option of either exploring developer profiles or posting a job and waiting for applications.


  • They can be expensive for the companies who post the job vacancies. IT developers may not need to pay to use these sites, but a company posting a job may have to pay a one-time or recurring fee to keep the job ad up.
  • They are time-consuming for both the IT developer looking for a job and the recruiter. You have to constantly check the status of your application or ad, apply for as many jobs as possible, regularly edit your profile so it is appealing.
  • Some of them have no screening process to eliminate scammers and unqualified individuals.

3. Communities’ websites/specialized social platforms

These are large trusted online communities for developers to learn, connect and share their programming knowledge. Professional and enthusiastic programmers can join this platform to exchange ideas, challenges, and solutions. The most popular platforms are GitHub, with over 65 million developers contributing to over 30 million projects, and Stack Overflow, with over 50 million developers.

These platforms have developers, programmers, coders. You name it. They are a great starting point for any IT developer looking for employment because you have the facilities to establish profiles that include their names, email addresses, current employers, talents, a signal indicating if they are looking for a career move, and a list of projects they are working on.


  • Your portfolio will speak for you.
  • From merely interacting with other developers and programmers, you can get noticed and recruited.
  • Sourcing candidates on GitHub is free.
  • Candidate sourcing can be automated using GitHub APIs.
  • The IT developers on these platforms are usually the most talented.


  • It can be challenging to find local IT developers to hire.
  • There are fees for posting job vacancies on a platform like Stack Overflow.
  • The pricing models are unfriendly, especially for individuals.

4.    Hackathons

This is a social coding event that brings together computer programmers, coders, developers, and recruiters to build new software programs or solve software challenges. These are excellent recruitment places for fresh talent because the best and most unique minds are always in attendance.

The wonderful thing about these 'codefests' is that judges, mentors, recruiters get to see first-hand what these IT developers can do, how quick they are on their feet and how creative they are. You can also see how they behave under duress and in a group environment. If you happen to see potential in any IT developer, you can approach them or even poach them.

5.   Employee referrals

Employee referrals are still some of the most trusted methods of recruiting new employees in companies. This is because their competence and skill are personally vouched for by reputable members in the industry. They are usually the best fit especially for sensitive fields like software development, because the referee keeps in mind both your company and their expertise and how well they would mesh together.


  • They are time-saving. This is because you do not have to spend hours searching for a job on a job board or platform or sending out your resume.
  • They are cost-efficient. You do not have to hire a recruiter or pay for an ad.
  • You can trust the skills of the IT developer because they have been personally vouched for.


  • Your team may lack diversity.
  • It could encourage nepotism.
  • It might upset the balance at work. This could be due to cliques forming because of friends working together or resentment if other members feel it was not an appropriate referral.

6.   Recruitment companies

Professional recruiters are a great help when it comes to finding that perfect fit for your company. They relieve you of much of the work when it comes to hiring your IT developers. They take up the role of finding applicants, interviewing them, short-listing, and finally hiring them after someone in-house has also done their due diligence. They are more experienced in asking the right questions, observing and evaluating applicants.


  • It is a faster and smoother process.
  • Higher-quality candidates are selected.
  • They are unbiased/ objective.


  • It can be pretty costly.
  • Their choice may not align with your brand or values.
  • They are sometimes considered an unnecessary expense as this is the role of the HR department.

These are just some of the channels that an IT developer can use to find freelance or remote work to kickstart their career. There are many more ways to find paid opportunities, especially virtually. From the above suggestions, find the option whose cons you can manage and get started. For instance, while professional recruiters are expensive, job boards might be considered outdated. Pick your poison!

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