Expert gear recommendations from the Crossover community One of the best parts of working remotely is customizing your own workspace. Whether it’s a home office setup or a method for staying productive, you choose the tools, techniques, and atmosphere that will make you the most efficient, comfortable, and happy. Crossover’s community — more than 2,500 in 100+ countries — knows a thing or two about working remotely, from the digital nomad lifestyle to productive work routines. If they’re not taking advantage of one of Crossover’s dedicated co-working sites around the world, they may choose to work from a home office. So we asked our network of partners to share their favorite gear and tools. Here are some of their top tips and picks for working anytime, anywhere:
Win the talent wars by looking globally Highly qualified, reliable talent is the holy grail of staffing — everyone wants it, but it’s hard to find or even know where to start looking. For technology companies, it doesn’t help that we’re in the middle of a global tech skills shortage. Earlier this year, Harvey Nash and KPMG published a survey of more than 4,000 CIOs and other tech leaders in 86 countries. A majority of the CIOs (62%) said a lack of talent will prevent their organization from keeping up with the pace of change. Some business leaders turn to outsourcing as a stopgap, but too often this decision leads to disastrous results. Is there a better solution? First, we need to understand the causes of the tech industry’s current hiring struggles.
Register for one of 8 events in August or September — both in person and online Since 2014, Crossover has been connecting technical professionals and Fortune 1000 companies for remote work partnerships. In 2017, we reached a new milestone: 2,000 partners in more than 100 countries around the globe. How did we do it? This year, hiring tournaments have been a big part of our growth. We started our international hiring tour in February and have hosted 25 tournaments in 12 countries to date.
Crossover’s successful one-day hiring tournaments: now in-person and online May and June were big months for Crossover’s international hiring tour. May brought five more tournaments, including our first events in Hungary and Belarus. With June came some exciting new developments: our first-ever completely online hiring tournament, plus in-person events in Romania and Poland that coincided with some of Eastern Europe’s biggest tech conferences. In addition to the online tournament where participants could join from anywhere, Crossover visited eight cities in seven countries (Karachi, Pakistan; Budapest, Hungary; Sopot and Kraków, Poland; Kiev, Ukraine; Minsk, Belarus; Moscow, Russia; Cluj, Romania). These nine events invited chief and software architects, software engineering managers (SEMs), technical product managers (TPMs), and QA engineers to test for remote roles.
Inside Ahmad Fathy’s journey from developer to software engineering manager Ambition, drive, hustle — we see these terms listed in job descriptions, discussed by career development experts, and praised by successful entrepreneurs. But it’s rare to see them in action in such a clear and dramatic way as is evident in Ahmad Fathy’s career. Ahmad’s connection with Crossover began when he applied for a C# engineer position at enterprise software company Aurea, one of Crossover’s largest clients. Although he had passed all the qualifications for the role, it was filled before he had the opportunity to accept. Another manager at Aurea offered Ahmad a position as a SQL developer. Although it wasn’t his first choice, he had experience in this domain and saw the offer as a challenge.
Our international hiring tour makes a stop in Pakistan This week, Crossover held its fifth international hiring tournament in Lahore, Pakistan to recruit Java and Ruby chief architects for full-time remote jobs. This tournament built on the success of the first round of events held in February across Eastern Europe, which resulted in 73 new hires for chief and software architect roles. Under typical hiring processes, it would have taken about seven months to identify the same number of qualified candidates for these roles — using our gamified hiring tournaments, it happened in two weekends.
Compete. Win. Get Your Remote Job! Why do we need a hiring tournament? Can’t we review your resume, conduct an interview, and make a decision that way, like most companies do? Resumes are nearly 600 years old. Leonardo Da Vinci had one. Seriously, look it up. We’re creating the workplace of the future, not the workplace of 1452. Inc. suggests that “job auditions” are the future. We should know; Crossover has been conducting job simulations since day one. In fact, it’s the foundation of our talent evaluation process. And now, we’re going local. Here’s why it makes sense: You get to preview the type of work you’ll be doing, and we get to see your skills in action.
You don’t have to be in Silicon Valley to have a career in tech The technology industry is becoming more global — both for professionals working in IT and businesses looking to hire tech talent. Recently, Crossover CEO Andy Tryba joined a panel of experts at the Going Global: Secrets of Silicon Valley event in San Francisco to share how Crossover has found success hiring software developers and engineers from all around the globe.