The pandemic has changed our perception of work and jobs. On the bright side, a few changes have the potential to improve our lives. Working remotely is no longer a fad; a flexible schedule has become the norm, and collaboration between people living in different countries with different cultures is stronger than ever.
However, in these circumstances, hiring and retaining employees has become more challenging. As a manager, startup owner, or CEO, ensuring employee loyalty is a top priority. In addition, there are many jobs available for designers, developers, and content creators. The real challenge is finding the proper freelancer for these jobs.
With the experience we have under our belts, we want to share our thoughts with you. We have only scratched the surface of hiring and human resources in our articles thus far. Hiring differs from country to country, industry to industry, so there is no carved-in-stone algorithm.
Usually, freelance developers prefer remote work. However, you should be precise about this aspect- is physical presence mandatory for the job? Would you accept someone living on another continent, in a different time zone? It’s pretty important to have clear-cut answers to these questions to avoid wasting time and nerves.
Back-end, Front-end, Full-stack
Back-end development refers to the server-side aspects. The work of the back-end developers isn’t noticeable by the end-user, but it affects the functionality of apps and sites. Back-end developers have jurisdiction over functionality, security, and performance. As a back-end developer, you have to be comfortable with databases, server operations, and dealing with APIs.
Full-stack developers are the most experienced, and they have skills for both front- and back-end development. On average, they are the best financially rewarded developers, and they have the needed experience to manage medium to complex projects.
It’s not enough to have an exact type of freelance developer in mind. Let’s suppose that you precisely defined the new hire’s profile- a senior back-end developer that can work remotely and be available for one weekly online meeting. That’s awesome, but you should also work on a list of soft and hard skills for the new hire. Generally speaking, there are two types of skills: hard and soft. The former refers to teachable skills and is an indicator of your professional level. More or less, these are technical abilities. Soft skills relate to personality and are less trainable.
These skills aren’t necessarily a reason to eliminate candidates, but it’s good to keep them in mind. Sometimes, a highly-skilled freelancer can be contentious, individualistic, and nerve-racking. A lousy atmosphere affects the entire team’s effectiveness, so as a recruiter, you have to take into account candidate personality and morale.
- Emotional Intelligence (EI). Especially in tough times like today, emotional intelligence is much-needed. A high EI coefficient helps in understanding the problems of the team members and finding faster solutions for interpersonal issues. Project managers should be emotionally intelligent to manage a team and convince people to give their best for each project.
- Communication skills. It doesn’t matter the position or level of experience, communication skills matter a lot. Many issues between team members are due to improper communication. Ideally, a new addition to the team should naturally speak and listen to colleagues. Working remotely implies more challenges in this aspect due to a lack of face-to-face communication. Conversely, a remote team implies limited contact between colleagues, so it may limit the frequency and intensity of conflicts.
- Teamwork. If you are passionate about sports, you know how important teamwork is. A team is more than the sum of all members. Teamwork implies patience, friendliness, and empathy. A lack of teamwork generates stress and a less pleasant working ecosystem.
- Version Control. It allows for restorations of earlier versions, an overview of an account’s history, and work on parallel code versions. If you don’t have basic version control skills, you don’t know how to collaborate effectively with the team.
Fiverr takes a different approach than any other marketplace. Instead of posting a job or project description, you purchase a gig- a well-defined service provided by a freelancer. It works best for small projects where you know precisely what you need and match your needs to the gig you buy.
Toptal is a premier marketplace that accepts only the most experienced coders. Therefore, the skills and professionalism of the talent you want to hire are out of the question but bear in mind that the wages required aren’t for tight budgets.