Ruby on Rails is an open source application framework that is quickly gaining traction in the marketplace. Building your website or app on Rails saves you money and time as well as gives you a reliable platform with a growing community of developers. However, finding a high-quality Ruby on Rails developer for your project isn’t always as easy as it seems. Where can you find them and how do you qualify them?
Finding a Rails developer:
LinkedIn is a great resource for finding talent. There are two ways you can find someone for your project. First, you can conduct a simple search for “Ruby on Rails” or “Rails” brings up the option to look for people who have these terms in their skills. From there, you can narrow down by location, company, and more. Depending on how removed you are from each person, you can send them an InMail and approach them about your project.
Second, you can pay to post a job listing on LinkedIn. Using the correct keywords in your post will help you attract the best talent. Both options require a bit of work on your end either to search for the perfect candidate or sort through applications.
Upwork (formerly oDesk) and PeoplePerHour
These three websites give you similar options to LinkedIn, however, users on LinkedIn are also there for social networking opportunities while Upwork (formerly oDesk), and PeoplePerHour are sites that are specific to finding freelancers.
What makes these sites different is that each freelancer will have a profile that will give you information on their rates, their specialties, their rankings and feedback from previous clients all in one place. This can help you when you’re looking for specific skills (like Rails) and can give you some insight into how others have felt about working with this particular contractor.
Unlike LinkedIn, Upwork (formerly oDesk), or PeoplePerHour, Hubstaff takes over the task of searching for the perfect candidate for you. You simply submit your job and Hubstaff finds candidates that it thinks will be a great fit for your project. By giving you background information on each candidate, you can then interview them and find the right developer for your Rails work.
Qualifying a developer:
Once you find some candidates for your work, you’ll need to qualify them in order to get the best fit for your project. Here are a couple of quick tips to get you off on the right foot:
Check out the code.
If you’re not technical yourself, get someone who is a little technical to look at their coding. Every developer should have a GitHub profile (or something similar), that will have examples of their work. Even if you’re not super technical, this should give you an idea of how much experience they have.
Make sure to get references from previous clients. Sites like Upwork (formerly oDesk) will have areas where previous clients can rate a freelancer, this should give you a pretty good idea of what they are like to work with. You can also see references on LinkedIn profiles (but not all have them). If there is nothing available on their profiles or you want to ask specific questions, simply ask the freelancer if they have any references you can call.
Do a spec project.
If you’re really not sure, you can always ask a candidate to do a spec project to judge their skills. However, if you do ask them to do a small spec project, be prepared to pay up. Though you may not use the candidate, they are still providing work for you, so make sure you have enough money in your project budget to pay for a small sample of their work – it could pay off big for you in the end.
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Finding the right Rails developer is not always an easy task. Using resources like LinkedIn will give you an idea of a person’s skills and experience while Upwork (formerly oDesk) and PeoplePerHour will give you a more detailed look at what specific skills they offer, their pricing, and reviews from previous clients. However, if this is your first time looking for a Rails developer or you don’t have the time to look through all the candidates available, resources like Hubstaff can help find the perfect candidate for you.
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