Software Engineers Are in Great Demand

By Dennis McCafferty
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    One-half of software engineers plan to look for a new job within the year.

Software engineers know that the demand for their skills is soaring, and they're ready to take advantage of that situation, according to recent research from Glassdoor, which reports that a significant percentage of these engineers are planning to look for a new job within the next 12 months. Since these professionals can afford to be choosy about career moves, they're seeking qualities in a future employer that extend far beyond compensation—although they obviously care about that too. These characteristics include a favorable company culture, along with the opportunity to grow professionally while working on great projects. Judging from the results, it's clear that many software engineers consider themselves to be in the driver's seat, and employers must respond accordingly. As one software engineer explained it: "Buzzwords and mission statements don't impress us. We want to know who the company is and what products are being built. You don't need to figure out how to get the company to choose you; you need to be convinced to choose the company." As a helpful guide, we've included a sampling of what you do not want a recruiter to say or do in their attempts to convince you to take a specific job. More than 1,400 software engineers took part in the research.

This article was originally published on 2014-03-26
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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