Posted on May 9, 2011
In my capacity as Head of Tech at StylistPick, the onus falls on to me to ever expand our technical team to meet our needs. Problem is – I need really good PHP Developers! Where are they?! I have spoken to several people about the plight of hiring really good PHP Developers lately and it seems that there is a real industry problem at the moment. One problem is that I see a distinct different between web developers and real PHP Developers as do a lot of people. (Funnily enough I have blogged about people who can’t differentiate between the two before… http://kirstiehaxby.com/development/the-plight-of-the-php-developer). I have adapted my view since I wrote this post – it was a bit reactionary to a current project I was working on and now I’m not, my true vision comes forward. I think it’s so important to have a broad range of knowledge as we are usually within some kind of front facing environment. I myself am currently using Magento heavily and need to know a lot of web technologies very well. Here it comes, wait for it; BUT: PHP in itself is vast and to master it (if you reckon you have completely – this is a whole other blog post!) even just enough to do a good job, you really should know a bit more than your average web developer….To do that, you must spend a good proportion of your time devoted to backend tech.
Saying that, I am finding a real lack of passion and drive in developers of late. While I agree that remuneration is always an important to consider, I have seen very few developers that have a true passion for their craft. In a start up situation, it’s so important to have that dedication, passion and drive to succeed. It’s definitely something I really hold in high regard.
So we here at StylistPick HQ are really hoping to meet some really good and like minded developers at the Silicon MilkRoundAbout! http://siliconmilkroundabout.com/ It’s a day dedicated to candidates meeting the latest and hottest start ups and hear why it’s great to work for us!! We will be there with our pitches and MOST importantly…: SWAG!!! Make sure you come and see us QUICK!!
We are looking for PHP Developers, an operations assistant and to meet dedicated, passionate and driven developers! If that’s you – watch out for all of us in our OH SO STYLISH stylistpick tshirts!!! You’ll spot me, I have WE’RE HIRING on the back and will be animatedly explaining our engineering dept to anyone who will (or at least pretend to) listen!!!
Hopefully see you there!