I have been trying to recruit now for a good few months and we don’t seem to be having much luck. I’m not asking for much in a developer – I not looking for an expert in any particular field, in fact I think I’m looking for just some core skills that a good mid-level/ senior developer should have.
Here’s what core skills I’m looking for:
- ASP.NET/ C# 3.5 - 4.0
- LINQ2SQL or Entity Framework 4
- Unit Testing Skills
- WCF / Web Services
Desirable skills I’d like:
- MVC 2 ( or 3)
- Good grounding in Design Patterns
- Agile Experience
- Experience with Continuous Integration
- Social media API Experience
The desirables are just that – desirable! They are not required for this! There is 1 other thing that I really want in a developer – passion! I want a developer to enjoy what they do and to be able to work in a team that requires good knowledge share and good communication skills
I cannot find developers never mind the developers that fit the bill – am I looking for the wrong type of developer? I’ve been told that all the good developers have changed to be contractors - is this the case? Do the skills I require seem to be so far out of left field that developers don’t have them? I’m honestly stumped!!