Have you ever wondered why you’re not getting responses from tech professionals that you’re reaching out to about a job? What about the messaging is off, and how you can improve it to catch their eye?

We wondered too.

We set up a Q&A with our Lead Front End Developer to create a list of DOs and DON’Ts to follow while recruiting tech talent so we could share it with you.

Tech Candidate DO’s:

DO Reach out via LinkedIn or any service that costs something to contact a candidate. When the message costs something the developer knows that you spent the time to find him or her and greatly increases your chances of them reading and responding to the message

DO Offer something of value. If they will have well-known/respected peers, if they will have the opportunity to learn a new framework, if they get to work on a new feature – include this!

DO Put the key things devs want to hear about in the subject line. Be as descriptive as you can, right in the subject line. Include the salary, remote policy and framework they will be working on

DO Always put the salary estimate in message or job description

DO Be as descriptive as you can, right in the subject line. Include the salary, remote policy and framework they will be working on

DO Always give a description of what they will be working on and what they will be doing. This is a big one for me. If the first message doesn’t give me at least a brief description of the day to day I won’t respond. Always include what frameworks or languages the developer will be working

DO Always include the remote policy. If the job has no remote policy then you are already at a big disadvantage. You’ll really need to highlight why it’s worth it with office environment/salary/benefits and what’s exciting about what they will be working on.

DO Be as honest as possible. No bullshit, just tell them exactly what the job is and what they will be working on. If you try to use a bunch of sales-y terms to make the job sound more exciting, you’ll lose their attention in the first few sentences


Tech Candidate DONT’S:

DON’T Send unsolicited emails. They are almost always ignored and developers hate getting spammed. They will also be the first ones to mark you as spam.

DON’T Use the classic “Great opportunity” subject line. They’ve seen in it a million times and this will ensure your message is ignored

DON’T Be coy about the comp. 

DON’T Use generic outreach content or job descriptions. This will appear as if they are one of many getting an email blast and will reduce your chances of getting a positive (or any) response

DON’T Use buzz words words. Trying to make the job sound interesting with buzz words never works. Developers will be the first ones to call you out on it and see right through them. Just be as honest as possible with what they will be doing and what they will be working on.

To find out how Happie can help you hire top tech candidates, book a free one on one strategy call with our VP of Client Strategy