Software engineers are the most in-demand employees in the technology industry and, arguably, anywhere in the working world. The CareerCast IT Network jobs database has more than 1,600 listings for software engineers at present, and with good reason: There are simply not enough of them to go around. From senior iOS engineers to Python full-stack generalists, software engineers generally have their pick of the available positions.
Where better-funded and more established companies can afford a trial-and-error period with software engineers, startups need to make the right decision the first time around. And while there is no exact science to luring software engineers to your burgeoning team, there are certain guidelines startups can follow to source the right type of engineering talent. At the end of the day, though, it’s all a matter of speed. Software engineers are going fast, and you need a plan to catch them before they’re gone.