Why it’s hard to find qualified blockchain developers
Finding a blockchain developer is not an easy task. But that doesn’t make it impossible! In this article, Yuvrajsinh Vaghela shares his tips on where to find the best blockchain developers and how to convince them to join your project.
Talking about the last quarter of 2017, the technological world witnessed an explosion of interest in blockchain development. Businesses suddenly understood its potential and how they can benefit from this technology – i.e. a distributed and decentralized system. Looking at the benefits, they began to implement the technology in various areas like financial services and supply chain. This, in turn, escalated the demand for blockchain developers!
It is believed that the blockchain is arguably one of the most important technological developments to date. So, if it is such a big deal, why are businesses finding it difficult to hire blockchain developers?
Well, let’s solve the mystery.
4 reasons why finding a blockchain developer is not an easy task
#1 Blockchain is, after all, a rather new technology
Blockchain is a relatively new technology and, as expected, blockchain developers are in high demand but there’s also a short supply. Learning and gaining expertise in this new technology definitely takes time. Therefore, if you are planning to implement blockchain for your business, you’ll find it difficult to find a developer who is well-versed to assist you with the technology in the best possible way.
#2 Demand for blockchain talent is too high
So, as the number of businesses looking forward to implementing blockchain technology increases, the demand for developers who master this skill has grown exponentially. On June 2017, the Bitcoin magazine reported that the blockchain job posts have almost tripled in the past year. The demand is growing rapidly while the supply remains scarce. This again contributes to the issue of not finding qualified blockchain developers.
#3 You won’t find blockchain developers on job search sites
There are various job search sites that you may have resorted to in order to find qualified blockchain developers. But using this old-school method to recruit a blockchain developer will not help you anymore as the top blockchain professionals do not follow the trend of typical career development, so they are unlikely to take up a new project or leave the existing one just because they want to browse the job market.
#4 Blockchain developers tend to neglect LinkedIn
As you all know, LinkedIn is one of the most popular platforms to find talent in different areas of expertise. It is like the go-to resource for HR professionals to get the right candidate. But, trust me; blockchain developers are truly unconventional. You’ll end up finding their minimalist profiles on LinkedIn as they are only focused on the technological developments and not on grooming their LinkedIn profiles.
- Blockchain developers have their own start-ups
Tp blockchain developers dedicate their skills and energy to following their own dreams. So, most of them are reluctant to drop all their ongoing projects just to come to work for you.
- Import blockchain talent
As per the casual research, it seems that qualified blockchain developers found on popular platforms like Upwork are spread far and wide – Russia, Ukraine, India and Pakistan. Research done by LinkedIn also produced similar results, namely that it is easier to find developers from countries like China, Japan, India, Russia, Ukraine, Lithuania and Poland. So if your company is in the U.S., for example, you will have to import blockchain talent.
- Money is the least of blockchain developers’ problems
It is believed that the crypto experts have already made their fortune years ago. So, it’s quite uncommon to find a blockchain developer who is programming for the money. On the other hand, it is kind of a challenge for the organizations that would leverage big budgets to recruit them.
So, yes! Finding a good blockchain developer is definitely a challenge, after all, they are busy, they are rich and they are idealistic. They have the habit of neglecting their LinkedIn opportunities or standing oblivious to job postings and above all, they are truly obsessed with their own vision and mission.
But, they DO exist. And, you can definitely get them on board if you have a worthy project to offer them.
So, if you think you have an interesting project and you are in dire need of hiring blockchain developers, go through these four strategies that CAN help you find one!
How to find a blockchain developer
#1 Attend blockchain exhibitions
Blockchain exhibitions are the best places to find a pool of blockchain developers. These exhibitions are organized throughout the year and throughout the world. So, you have a better shot at finding one for your business over here.
#2 Explore blockchain communities
If you have time to develop relationships, blockchain communities can prove to be a good long-term strategy where you will be able to identify and verify your required software development talent.
#3 Find them on freelance marketplaces
As mentioned earlier, it’s hard to find blockchain developers on LinkedIn and other job postings. So, instead of posting a job offer on these job platforms, you have more chances of finding them on Upwork and People Per Hour.
#4 Create a hackathon
Hackathons have been quite popular in the past few years as they not only render out-of-the-box solutions but also help companies recruit new talents. So, if you organize a hackathon that tries to solve a truly interesting blockchain challenge, it can be a great way to hire a qualified blockchain developer.
You can even resort to other ways like poaching your competitors and hiring blockchain recruitment experts. Or you could train your own developers. Any technology can be learned, so if your organization has some sharp-minded developers, spend your resources on training and making them proficient in blockchain. After all, making your in-house team competent enough to use this technology will prove all the more beneficial for your business.
In short, it’s up to you how you want to find blockchain developers for your project – be it with the help of a professional blockchain recruitment agency, by participating in events or training your own developers. Whatever it is, I wish you good luck on your quest of getting a qualified blockchain developer for your business.