How to find skilled React developers? 10 practical tips
React developers are in high demand due to the popularity and versatility of React as a frontend technology in web development. Its adoption by companies of various sizes and from all kinds of industries makes finding and hiring skilled React developers a challenge. One that can be overcome, but only in exchange for considerable time and effort.
According to the State of Frontend by The Software House, React is the most popular frontend technology around – as many as 74,2% of all respondents of the survey used in the last 12 months.
In order to find and verify the skills of those React devs that can make a difference in your business, you need to develop a strategy and stick to it. Here are some tips that can help you do just that.
1. Start with your requirements
You can’t find the right React developers, if you don’t know what you’re looking for. Make a list of hard skills that the candidate needs to have. Have an experienced frontend developer take care of this step.
2. Polish your interview process
Your interview is the place where candidates with the best potential should be found. Design it so that it tests for both hard and soft skills. Don’t make it too daunting or time consuming – it should not discourage anyone from participating.
3. Perfect your career page
Many devs will land on your career page in search of opportunities. Use A/B testing and professional design help to make it as user-friendly and informative as possible.
4. Make yourself findable
Interesting prospects will find your website themselves if you let them by creating great React-centered content and using SEO to make it rank high in search results.
5. Make yourself desirable
Your content marketing efforts, which are going to highlight your experience, ambitions and achievements when it comes to React, are also supposed to make your company an especially attractive place in the eyes of growth-oriented React developers. Make sure to talk about the kind of project you work and wish to work on, highlighting their most interesting aspects.
6. Make… an event!
There is hardly a better way to make your company look like a go-to React place than making a React-themed online webinar.
7. Attend one
Alternatively, you can also attend industry events related to React software or frontend in general and make your presence as a brand known by creating stands and delivering presentations.
8. Search for developers directly
Once you have your inbound strategy down, you can also try to supplement it with a more direct approach, by finding and contacting prospects yourself through HR efforts.
9. Upgrade your tools
When you do that, it’s a good idea to invest in professional screening, sourcing and recruitment tools to help you with narrowing down your search and making sure that your prospects actually want to be contacted.
10. Try React development outsourcing
All of the methods mentioned above are going to comprise your long-term efforts directed at finding the right React developers. But if you are not willing to make the effort, it is not viable for you, or simply need React developers quicker, you can replace or supplement your strategy with outsourcing. It can give you what you need quicker and with a lot more flexibility to managing your team, but you still need to put an effort in validating your potential vendors.
Whatever you choose, good luck!