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Hiring advice

457 visa approvals way down

457 visa grants for Developer Programmers are down 41.5% and Software Engineer are down 18.1%. For now, employers who do sponsor have a huge competitive advantage.

Improve Your Hiring Approach

Hiring is hard, and it takes time. If you’re trying to hire a team of people that are just like you, it will take even longer. Here are a few tips that we’ve found will help you hire a more diverse range of people, and as a result, hire faster.

Running technical interviews

Getting your interview process right is one of the most important decisions you’ll make when it comes to growing your engineering team. It’s important to be thorough in your technical screening, but not at the expense of time efficiency.

Why hire juniors?

When it comes to building a team, sometimes people think having more seniors is better. While it might mean you can get through the work more quickly, there are many reasons why you should consider hiring juniors.

A small tweak to reduce interviewer bias

Share whether or not to go to next round, but not detailed interview notes with future interviewers. We’re trying to balance not going in cold while also not being told how to feel about a person.

Remote teams

City living isn’t for everyone. Fortunately, software development is an ideal profession for working remotely. All you need is a laptop and an internet connection.

No time to onboard?

One of the common complaints I’ve heard from startups is that there’s never enough time to onboard new employees. Hand them a computer and off they go. We’re here to get sh*t done. Right?

The Anti-Sell - A Hiring Tool for the Long Game

Finding great people is hard. Keeping them is even harder. The Anti-Sell can be a great tool to add to your hiring and recruitment toolkit. It’s a great way to setup candidates, teams and companies for success in the long run.

The Importance of 1:1 Catch Up

Hiring a good team of people is hard, which is why retention is very important.

How Senior is Senior?

At Lookahead, we have a pretty special view of the software industry. Not only do we see the difference in salary bands across some of the best companies in Australia, we also have a real understanding of the all the attributes needed to get you into the different levels at each company, including code quality.

Lookahead Log

Apr

We're sponsoring Product Women Sydney!

Mar

10 Years of Lookahead 🎉

Feb

We're sponsoring Railscamp! Glad to have some IRL events back.

Jan 2022

We're noticing travel exemptions and visa sponsorships being granted quickly.

Dec

Welcome to the team, Andrea!

Nov

Demand for software engineers still growing. No sign of it slowing down as we finish the year.

Oct

Welcome aboard, Kyle!

Sep 2021

Attention turning to mid-level developer market because the senior market is so tight.

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We don’t just hire for other companies; we’re also building our own dream team.

We hire people who care about technology and train them to become great technical recruiters.

Are you a developer looking for a more people-focused role? Or a product manager who wants more autonomy?

If you love technology and want to work more closely with people, Lookahead could be the perfect fit.

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“Although I’m not coding on a daily basis, I’ve really enjoyed meeting developers and chatting with them. Having that technical background definitely helps me understand what developers and companies are after. I’ve also spent a lot of time giving people general advice on job searching and resume writing. They really appreciate that.”

Fiona Chan

Lookahead recruiter since 2015