9 Overlooked Job Hunting Resources for Laid-Off Tech Folks

When people think of the tens of millions of jobs lost during the coronavirus crisis, they often picture the many hairdressers, servers, bartenders and retail salespeople unable to work in a pandemic. And while the hospitality and service industries have been hit the hardest by Covid-19, the tech sector hasn’t been entirely immune to the virus, either.

The lockdowns have been disastrous for tech businesses focused on travel, transportation, and hiring. Silicon Valley shed 40,000 jobs from mid-March to late May, which included thousands of layoffs at Lyft, Uber, Airbnb and ZipRecruiter. The economic downturn has also been tough on countless struggling startups, which have accounted for thousands more firings and furloughs.

If you’re one of the many people in tech who was let go, you’re probably dreading the job hunt—and for good reason. Searching for work in a crowded talent market usually means wasting lots of time on lots of dead ends. You spend time filling out applications that go nowhere, talking to spammy recruiters who know nothing about you, and surfing job boards that surface no leads.

But if you look past some of the big-name job boards, you’ll find some more thoughtful, niche platforms that can actually help you find and land a role. Here are some lesser-known resources that could help kick off your job search.

JobTempo

What it is: This job platform asks you to upload your LinkedIn Resume before helping you search for available positions in engineering, go-to-market, product and operations.

Pros: JobTempo allows you to directly apply to dozens of positions in mere minutes. The software automatically matches your LinkedIn Resume with the best available opportunities, finds the email addresses of the decision makers involved, and crafts a customized message for each job you choose to apply for.

Cons: Currently only available to job seekers who are in San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, or working remotely—though, nowadays, practically everyone falls into the last category.

Ladders

What it is: The “#1 job search site for $100K+ jobs” is a place where people from all industries can look for six-figure roles. That includes tech jobs in engineering, DevOps, IT, and software development.

Pros: Attracts high-paid, high-valued individuals and is, therefore, frequently scanned by tech recruiters.

Cons: Higher salaries also mean jobs with a higher barrier for entry, and users must upgrade to a paid premium account in order to enjoy the best benefits.

Big O of N

What it is: Bearing the motto “For nerds. By nerds,” Big O of N was created by software and data professionals hoping to build a job platform that would “alleviate the pain” of applying for engineering jobs.

Pros: Easy-to-use interface that lets you search job openings by title, location, type of work (“Is Remote,” “Contract/Freelance/Part-time,” etc.) and type of company (“Unicorns” versus “Corporate America,” etc.).

Cons: Still a pretty small platform that has not been extensively reviewed online.

Key Values

What it is: A job search site where you can “find engineering teams that share your values,” be they work values (“product-driven,” “fast-paced environment”) or personal perks (“ideal for parents,” “has good beer”).

Pros: Classifies companies by different variables, which are all sub-categorized as “Team Values,” “Daily Routines,” “Personal Health,” “Engineering,” “Strategy,” “Career Growth,” and “Company Properties.”

Cons: Helpful for learning about organizations but not necessarily the best platform for actually applying to their open positions.

Tech Ladies

What it is: A worldwide tech community of over 100,000 women working in software engineering, product management, marketing, design, and more.

Pros: In addition to accessing their “secret jobs page,” members can also network with thousands of fellow Tech Ladies and subscribe to a weekly email newsletter with exclusive invites to webinars, job postings and more.

Cons: Must apply for membership in order to use.

Patricks’ Job List

What it is: In February, Stripe CEO Patrick Collison announced on Twitter that he was teaming up with a fellow Patrick and Stripe employee, Patrick McKenzie, to start a curated email list alerting subscribers to “interesting opportunities” in tech.

Pros: Though these are mostly (but not only) positions at Stripe, the two Patricks aim to share “a broad array of different options” since they recognize “that a lot of great people have non-linear backgrounds, experiences, and careers.”

Cons: This is a semi-weekly email list being operated by two people, not a software platform or true job board (which most of the other resources on this list are).

Hired

What it is: Hired is a different type of job board in which candidates create profiles and let companies contact them about roles in software engineering, engineering management, DevOps, design, product and project management, data analytics, QA and IT.

Pros: Lets you skip all the cover letters and applications—you create a free profile and wait for companies to reach out to you with salary details and interview offers.

Cons: The nature of the platform doesn’t allow you to take an active role in job searching. You have to hope an employer finds and likes your profile since you can’t apply directly.

Dice

What it is: A pretty straightforward job board that allows tech professionals of all stripes to search for positions by job title and location.

Pros: This is one of the more popular tech job sites and is therefore frequently looked at by recruiters.

Cons: Does not offer some of the neat capabilities or niche focuses that other resources on this list boast.

Silver Lining

What it is: A non-profit job platform that specifically caters to tech workers who have been laid off, Silver Lining works with over 800 companies that hire directly from their Talent Exchange.

Pros: Free membership includes unlimited access to online career-transition learning modules, as well as an online community of peers and mentors.

Cons: Some of the most valuable services (LinkedIn and resume makeovers, dedicated one-on-one coaching, and access to market data) require a purchase or a pricey paid membership.

Don’t get down on yourself—get hired

The pandemic has exploded the U.S. unemployment rate, so there’s no shame in being out of work. But there’s also no sense in not trying to find something new.

Instead of letting yourself get discouraged by the current state of the global economy (and, well, the globe in general), use your downtime to plug away at job applications. With resources like JobTempo, it doesn’t even take that much time or effort to send your resume and a personalized message to multiple hiring managers. Use these resources to take the pain out of finding and applying for jobs and, hopefully, find the next step in your career.

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