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The Recruiters Guide to Front-End Developers

Today, we live in a world where technology is being incorporated into almost every aspect of living. With the increase in the use of technology is also a corresponding increase in the demand for talents in the field. Among these well-sought IT talents are front-end developers.

Front-End developers are those software developers who work mainly on the Graphical User Interface (GUI) of an application or website. Their job is to ensure that the website or app has a readable layout that anyone can see and easily interact with at any time.

Understanding how important the role of the front-end developers is, to the overall success of the app or website, it is vital that only those with the adequate skills are brought-in for hire. How then are recruiters to know and be certain of the quality of front-end developers they are hiring? Contained in this article are helpful tips to provide adequate answers to this question.

  • Check for their Technical Skills

A front-end developer should be well conversant with programming languages and frameworks including; HTML/HTML 5, CSS/CSS3, JavaScript, AJAX, XML and have Responsive design. Also, you should look out for certain terms such as;

  • UX (User Experience) and UI (User Interface) which both play an increasingly vital role in the development of any application
  • Visual (including; Visual Studio, Visual C++, and Visual C#)
  • API (Application Programming Interface) which indicates the specific purpose of an application as well as the platform on which it will operate (e.g. mobile phone, desktop computer or tablet)

Ability to effectively work with these tools will increase his/her chances of doing excellent jobs.

  • Creativity

As the one responsible for the graphical interface through which users of an app or website can explore its content, the front-end developer should be creative enough to plan the visual and aesthetic side of web/app development. He/she must be able to make the interface interesting and attractive and at the same time, keep it simple enough for easy understanding and navigation.

  • Be aware of the Challenges they face

After understanding the responsibilities of front-end developers which include; ensuring the website is well accessible on all devices and browsers, looks good on all devices, loads quickly and works well, it is equally important to know the challenges they encounter. These challenges may include; Relearning CSS the right way, what to test, how to test and how to use Bootstrap. Understanding these will help you to be able to better gauge your expectations from them and know the assistance they need per time.

  • Know what makes them Enthusiastic about Work

Front-End developers want to work for someone who values the aesthetics of a website or application as much as they do and gives them opportunities to dive deeper into web 2.0 concepts which include carousels, fly-outs, overlays, and drop-downs. By understanding this and providing the necessary opportunities, you increase your chances of getting them for hire.

By considering and putting the given suggestions to practice, recruiters can be better assured of hiring the appropriate and well-qualified front-end developers needed for their IT jobs.


Why are developers so hard to keep?

6 Reasons, Software Developers Quit Your Company

The field of software development is a fast emerging and very interesting yet challenging one. Hiring a software developer is one of the most important tasks for a start-up, if not the most important, but it can also be a very frustrating process. However, unfortunately, finding developer talent is only half the battle. Now, the work of engaging and retaining your new employee just starts

Creating something entirely new, as many can testify is not particularly an easy thing to do as it requires the bringing into existence of something that never existed before. Regarding software development, a number of factors make creation even more difficult. These factors include:

  • Frustration due to recurrence of errors in codes
  • Ease of entry into programming, resulting in poor programmers who adversely affect projects
  • Hindrances from external factors [government regulations, legacy data formats, scalability, performance preference, etc.]

Thus, those involved in the creation of new software (developers) may find it difficult to remain in an organization for a long period of time due to these factors and a varying number of other reasons. Below are some of the reasons why it is difficult to keep a developer.


As said earlier, software development is very interesting. But one challenge many developers face is getting the kind of work that they fully enjoy. This issue is more frequent with hobby coders who would rather settle for a coding job that excites them than one that doesn’t.

Long hours of Work

Personal time is a precious entity to every human. Some project managers who have little or no knowledge about programming set unrealistic time frames for developers to complete projects. Therefore, for developers who are required to code for several hours, leaving such companies that take much of their time and at the same time cause them discomfort (from long hours of sitting)  is one choice they usually make in order to get back their time.

Ideas being turned down

When a developer’s suggested ideas in a company are being consistently disregarded, such person can feel invaluable to the company and thereby go in search of one where he/she will be better valued.

Not getting enough help from Mentors/Instructors

Creating a new software is hard enough for developers. Working in a company where support is not sufficiently provided makes it even harder. Developers don’t want to just feel they are being managed. They want to be part of a team that they can converse with and get more insights and knowledge regarding their work.

Little Payment compared to Service Rendered

When a developer is hired and eventually paid far less than his/her skills deserve, such developer ends up seeking jobs where pay can correlate with the skills offered.

Not having a Career Road Map

Lack of clarity regarding goals and expectations on the part of the developers is one other vital cause of the inability to keep them in a company for long. Without a clear and well-defined career path, a developer will tend to more frequently move from a job to another.

Once the above factors are put in check, and a very healthy workspace is created for developers, then companies may be able to keep them for long periods. However, it should be noted that these factors are not necessarily responsible for the choice of some developers in leaving companies frequently. Some just like to freelance and explore as much as they can.