Try Catch is a start-up based in Amsterdam. For years, we've connected tech talent from all over the world to Europe's nicest tech companies. In other words, we help developers get hired. In other words, we’re in a highly competitive market with players big and small all competing for clients and candidates – all hopefully doing our best to facilitate and provide new opportunities for both parties. Some of the connections we make involve relocation, only a very few allow for remote work.

That’s about to change.

Because right now, so much already has.

We work long hours. We used to sit across from one another at a table in the corner of a co-working space in the heart of downtown Amsterdam, connecting with our dev community interested in new challenges. Sharing updates and news about the status of developers’ journeys and staying in touch with the hiring teams within the companies we work with. Each morning, we’d catch up about who is where in their journey, our plans for the day, which countries to focus on community growth in, and how we can reach the weekly goals. Our schedules were stabbed through with candidate calls throughout the day. In the evenings we’d review.

We spent a lot of time online, we spent a lot of time taking and scheduling calls, we spent a lot of time checking in. Communication is paramount in our line of work, we’re oftentimes in the role of the messenger, the bearer of good and bad and ugly news - maybe that’s something that’s not talked about enough outside of the industry. The messenger is hardly the star of the show, but given our current global situation, we’ve become more hyper-aware of just how reliant we all are on messengers because of social distancing.

While we’re trying to grow our community of developers that we work with, both locally and internationally, we also coached our developers how to prepare for interviews, how to format their CV to increase the likelihood that they’ll be invited for an interview, the list continues.

That’s what we did before. Writing this in the past tense feels bizarre, but this is the truth - we no longer sit across from another at a table in the city center. Instead, we’re just like teams who have been working remotely before “lockdown” and teams that are now working from home due to concerns of public health and safety. We now Slack from across the Netherlands, instead of across the table. We video-called in our stand-up this morning, where we were all sitting down. Just like that, the show is going one, we’re at work and we’re trying to discover how we can contribute to keep the wheels on during these curve-flattening measures.

And while this is what we did before “lockdown” was an everyday phrase for over half the world, getting developers hired and providing community support remains to be our focus during this flux period. Just like the rest of the world, we have to adapt - we still have a job to do, people still need work, and companies still need the best talent.

Like before, now we’re spending a lot of time online, we’re spending a lot of time taking and scheduling calls, we’re spending a lot of time checking in.

We’re trying to figure out what’s the best way to help developers get hired during this period of cancelation, shut-downs, self-isolation, social distancing, and quarantines. We have an interesting constraint now, as literally each day there is new information and companies have to choose how to adapt to them.

This begs the question: how do we help developers get hired in the time of novel coronavirus?