The world of hiring within the engineering, development and design spheres has always been a fast-paced and dynamic place for both hiring managers and job seekers. A well written IT-focused resume is great for people looking to switch jobs and fresh graduates, but may not always be enough by itself.
For more experienced engineers, data scientists, designers and product managers the world of new employment is fraught with all kinds of twists and turns, dead-ends and black holes of wasted time. One of the most opaque and frustrating experiences for technology driven professionals is dealing with recruiters, head-hunters and talent acquisition managers.
Well, thankfully for motivated young technically oriented professionals there is a new way to go about finding that dream job of yours (and that dream job finding their dream candidate) and that is Hired.com.
Setting out to change the way people find jobs with a “faster, more transparent job search process” Hired’s model is simple, to match talent with employers in as clear and efficient way possible. Simply upload your resume, fill out your profile and join the employment marketplace.
An Interview With Hired’s Matt Mickieicz
Resume Genius spoke with Hired CEO & Co-Founder Matt Mickiewicz, also known as co-founder of popular companies including SitePoint, Flippa, and 99designs. Named a “30 Under 30” entrepreneur by Forbes and INC in 2011 he explained what makes Hired’s model of matching talent with employers unique and how it fit’s into the future of employment.
Hired looks set to completely disrupt the job-hunting process for programmers, software engineers, designers and data managers amongst others. The idea of competition amongst employers for talent is not new, but incorporating resumes and applications into an online platform that encourages immediate and transparent competition is.
Recruitment Market Evolution
Resume Genius: Do you see disruptive innovation such as Hired eventually replacing not just traditional resumes and job applications but also social centric sites like LinkedIn as well?
Matt : We really view ourselves as going after the agency recruiter business, by providing an infinitely more consistent experience, with less friction, at a lower price point, with a global brand (we’re about to launch in the UK before the end of this year). But the thing that really differentiates us is that we’re talent-centric. Our ethos is that we always do what’s right for the talent, even if it costs us money in the short term.
We’re not afraid to fire companies off our marketplace who have a pattern of delivering a poor candidate experience. With over 1200+ employers, including many Fortune 500 brands, we’re incredibly diversified. Most boutique agencies can’t say the same thing.
LinkedIn is still great, and we’re huge fans. But unfortunately, the more successful LinkedIn is in selling recruiter licenses, the greater the volume of “noise” in the ecosystem. (Read more on why Resume Genius thinks LinkedIn is overrated here)
It’s now common for an Engineer to receive 10-15 emails from recruiters a week. The result is that the good offers, get tossed out with the bad, and we’ve seen some software developers deleting or “disguising” their profiles so that they don’t come up in various searches. The same applies to a multitude of professions where demand far outstrips supply.
Hired is never going to be about building out a database of 200 million or 500 million public profiles. We’re specifically going in the other direction, by curating small batches, which are only active on the marketplace for a limited time, and allowing someone to do a week’s worth of sourcing in an hour’s worth of time.
For someone who is happily employed, but curious about what’s in the market, and how their skills are valued, we’re by far and away the most comprehensive and friction-free way to explore what’s out there without any obligation.
It wouldn’t make sense for the typical Hired candidate to submit their resume on career pages, go through a 3 week interview process, only to find out how much they are worth. And even if they did, you can only apply for the jobs that you know about or can locate online. With Hired, you get exposure to hiring managers at over 1200 companies – and you’ll end up discovering roles and businesses that you would have never found out about otherwise.
Is Recruitment Transparency Here To Stay?
Resume Genius: Hired seems to reflect a growing trend of corporate transparency, with salaries and bids all viewable. So far this model seems to have been quite successful, with big tech oriented companies like Buffer and Moz reportedly becoming inundated with applications after their salary transparency policies were made public. Do you feel this is a trend that will continue to increase (open salaries and company transparency) and expand to cities/regions that are less tech-centric?
Matt: Absolutely! Transparency is huge, and also creates strong alignment that speeds up the hiring process. We’ve heard countless stories of people wasting weeks interviewing for a role, only to receive a paper offer at the end of the process that was completely out of whack with expectations. Nobody wins in that scenario.
Recruiters, HR professionals and hiring managers also often fail to bring up the topic of compensation because it’s such an awkward conversation to have, and because they falsely believe that they will always be competitive on pay and equity. But we’ve seen enough people from publicly traded corporations who have $300,000+ per year in RSUs on top of $200,000 salaries to know that’s not always the case.
What Really Motivates Talent
Resume Genius: There seem to be a lot of commonalities between Hired’s model and how professional athletes are acquired through bidding systems. Do you see this model being applied to other industries or going international?
Matt: Bidding is a false term. More than 80% of people on Hired don’t take the highest paying offer… it’s always going to come down to a multitude of other factors. In fact, the #1 reason why a candidate declines an interview request is because they aren’t interested in the company’s industry or business vertical.
Future Hiring Trends
Resume Genius: Hiring in the tech world seems to be the driving force behind HR evolution. Being on the cutting edge, what do you see on the horizon, and beyond in tech hiring trends?
Matt: Video interviews are very promising for customer facing roles, and companies like HireVue are doing really interesting things in the space.
Additionally, https://www.knack.it is doing some really interesting stuff around predicting on the job performance that’s much more accurate than a typical interview, and removes many biases inherit to the process.
If you want to follow Matt’s thoughts on recruitment, start-ups, and tech check out his personal blog and of course, if you’re a talented designer, web developer, coder or project manager, consider checking out Hired. Additionally, if you need a resume to upload to your brand new Hired profile, then we here at Resume Genius are more than happy to provide the perfect resume building tool for the job.
Overall, Hired seems to be providing a much needed honest yet still competitive recruitment space within major tech industries. The idea that many highly-skilled individuals choose employers based on reputation and industry over salary is a valuable piece of information that both employers and employees should recognize and work into their application/hiring processes.
A future where employment is conducted in a more open and transparent manner with the assistance of software is one that Resume Genius looks forward to. Between the plethora of online resources, marketplace/hiring sites such as Hired, and new medium-specific hiring tools such as Hirevue the world of employment is finally being broken down into a more segmented, targeted and navigable space for job seekers.
What do you think? Are you a developer, programmer, designer or project manager who has had issues dealing with recruiters and head hunters? We want to hear from you!