Chicago web developers
Are you looking for a great web developer in Chicago?
I've interviewed and hired a number of developers over the years. In my experience it's not that hard to find people with the proper technical skills. But, it's much more difficult to find a developer who is reliable, hits deadlines and can communicate effectively. If given the choice, I'd rather hire a reliable developer and teach him any technical skills that he may be lacking than hire someone with all of the technical skills but poor communication and follow through.
So where do you find these unicorns who have both the technical and people skills that you need in Chicago?
Where to find web developers in Chicago
Ask around. Referrals are golden, but also consider the source. You're mom's friend's son-in-law is probably a developer. But is he reliable? It will be hard to tell unless your mom has worked with him.
Ask for referrals from someone you trust that may have worked with a developer in Chicago. Designers, marketing managers, photographers, copywriters, and business owners are all likely in a position to recommend a web developer that they have worked with.
Go where developers hang out. The best way to meet a developer in person is to find them in their native habitat. Scary, I know. Here are a few places in Chicago.
- Starter League is a popular training program for web developers in Chicago. Contact them to get in touch with new developers who are be eager for experience.
- Technori is a local media outlet that covers the Chicago startup community. They host a number of events that are popular with developers.
- Chicago is home to a number of Meetup groups that gather on a regular basis. Groups are typically formed around a specific technology or community like ChicagoRuby, Chicago Drupal Meetup Group, Chicago Software Craftsmanship, or the Chicago ExpressionEngine Meetup (which we co-host).
Post a job listing. If you know exactly what you want, a job listing on a few targetted job boards will bring you a few solid leads. Check out the Built in Chicago or 37signals job boards. Stay away from Craigslist, oDesk and traditional recruiters. Those sources may send you a lot of resumes but the quality tends to be lower and you'll have to spend a lot more time interviewing and qualifying candidates.
Obviously, we offer web development services in Chicago, too. But, we also realize that not every project or client is a perfect fit for our services. If you're looking for a Chicago developer get in touch and tell us about your project. If it's not a good fit for us we'll do our best to recommend a trusted colleague that can serve you better.
Related: This Technori article has some other great tips for finding a developer in Chicago.