Stack Overflow has announced that they will be shutting down their Jobs platform and will be discontinued.
On March 31, 2022, we will discontinue Stack Overflow Jobs and Developer Story. This includes all job listings, saved searches, applications, messages, recommended job matches, job ads, developer story, saved resumes, and the salary calculator
The following features will be discontinued and removed from the site by March 31, 2022:
- Jobs – including job search, saved searches, applications, messages, recommended job matches, and job ads
- Developer Story and any saved resumes
- Salary Calculator
- All emails, settings, and data associated with these features
- All employer-facing features related to Jobs and Developer Story
When I first wanted to move to Germany, Stack Overflow job board was one of the few job boards that I loved and enjoyed using. It was a great LinkedIn alternative and provided a lot of features that were useful for me personally, notably visa sponsored jobs and salary compensation.
Visa Sponsorship Filter
As someone who wanted to relocate to Germany, the visa sponsorship filter on their jobs portal made it easier for me to figure out which companies were willing to sponsor a visa. This was present under their Perks filter and included other options such as:
- Visa sponsor
- Offers relocation
- Education and tuition benefits
- 10+ vacation days
- Great engineering culture
- Gym and fitness perks
Personally, having seen the benefits, I built support for some of these filters on my job board - Visa Sponsored Jobs and Jobs with Relocation. Both of these categories are targetted towards other people who would like to move abroad, just like me. This information about visa sponsorship usually comes from the companies itself; in other cases, I'm able to (mostly) correctly identify these job postings.
In some cases, companies are open to providing relocation support but not visa sponsorship. This is not a deal breaker for countries like Germany, where you can apply for a visa if you hold a valid work contract.
This is sort of one of those rare categories that I see on other job boards. I'm going to definitely going to miss seeing this on the Stack Overflow job board.
Jobs with Salary
Similar to Visa Sponsorship, Salary Compensation was another great filter which Stack Overflow jobs included. This brought transparency to the job hunting process, helped decide which jobs were paying well (or underpaying) and potentially saved a lot of time.
I built Jobs with Salary information as an attempt to make the compensation part of the job hunting process a bit more transparent. There is reluctance among companies to share the compensation range. I believe that sharing salary ranges or compensation would be a way to stand out among job postings.
Software Developer Jobs
Stack Overflow was a great place for Software Developer Jobs. As a Software Developer, it is nearly impossible not to end up on the platform - making it a great place to attract Software Developers.
They had a dedicated section on their job listings for developers with the Joel Test. This was a quick eye test to see if the company you want to join has a good engineering culture. They also had a great filter which let you filter by programming languages that you liked or disliked.
- Source control
- One-step build
- Daily builds
- Bug database
- Bugs fixed before writing new code
- Up-to-date schedule
- Quiet working conditions
- Best tools that money can buy
- Code screening
- Hallway usability testing
I would ideally like to include the Joel Test for Software Developer jobs in the future sometime. Perhaps not as quite as focused as Arbeitnow is a general job board.
For Software Developer jobs, I dislike having to do whiteboard interviews. To do my part in this, I built a category for Hiring Without Whiteboard.
A list of companies (or teams) that don't do technical "whiteboard" interviews. "Whiteboards" is used as a metaphor, and is a symbol for the kinds of CS trivia questions that are associated with bad interview practices. Whiteboards are not bad – CS trivia questions are. Using sites like HackerRank or LeetCode probably fall into a similar category. The companies and teams listed here use interview techniques and questions that resemble day-to-day work. For example, pairing on a real world problem or a paid/unpaid take home exercise.
English Speaking Jobs in Germany
For those looking for jobs with visa sponsorship or relocation, the biggest uncertainty is the official working language in Germany. In most startups and companies, as a software developer, you can get by with English as the working language. This is the reason I introduced English Speaking Jobs.