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Tinder For Tech Jobs: 5 Apps Better Than LinkedIn

These five innovative job search apps take advantage of dating-site functionality to help you find your next job while easing the pain of potential rejection.
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The Ladders: Scout
You are probably familiar with the relatively new job site, the Ladders, which is designed for ambitious people looking to move up the corporate ladder. What you may not be familiar with is a pay service that is offered by the Ladders called Scout. Scout tells you something about the competition for the job. It will give you basic details about other people who applied for the job, including salary, education, years of experience, and the like. This allows you to see if you are in over your head in applying for the job. If you see 200 people who have twice as much experience as you and make more money than you all applying for the job, it is telling you that you face an uphill battle. Scout doesn't save you time by shortening the application process, but it allows you to zero in on the jobs that you have a realistic chance for, and lets you know when you're stretching to get a job.

(Image source: The Ladders)

You are probably familiar with the relatively new job site, the Ladders, which is designed for ambitious people looking to move up the corporate ladder. What you may not be familiar with is a pay service that is offered by the Ladders called Scout. Scout tells you something about the competition for the job. It will give you basic details about other people who applied for the job, including salary, education, years of experience, and the like. This allows you to see if you are in over your head in applying for the job. If you see 200 people who have twice as much experience as you and make more money than you all applying for the job, it is telling you that you face an uphill battle. Scout doesn't save you time by shortening the application process, but it allows you to zero in on the jobs that you have a realistic chance for, and lets you know when you're stretching to get a job.

(Image source: The Ladders)

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Ariella
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Ariella,
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3/1/2015 | 11:53:06 AM
Re: Tinder For Tech
@David that's true.
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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2/27/2015 | 11:12:41 PM
Re: Not sure
@kstaron- I see how they can be degrading if you took them too seriously. I think they work best for the casual job seeker or the one who is interested in exploring options. You are right, the ten minute conversation seems to be the best use.
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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2/27/2015 | 11:10:58 PM
Re: Tinder For Tech
@ariella- Yes, there's nothing worse than not having a certain box checked when you could have checked it. One of the interesting things about these apps is they seem to preclude some of that. You aren't goign to have to tick off all 30 of the right keywords to get seen. On the other hand, it means HR might make even less good decisions with less information.
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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2/27/2015 | 11:09:14 PM
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@dbrisco863- I suspect you are right. any app is only as good as who uses it. I suspect HR will mostly run it as that is the habit of all larger enterprises. But I suspect in smaller, more agile firms, you might see more managers using it which would be good.
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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2/27/2015 | 11:07:32 PM
Re: jobs as disposable as a hookup relationship
@anthonydpaul- Well, you can say it is one step closer to treating them that way or you can say it is an acknowledgment of what is already there. Maybe we're already there and if we are, maybe it is better to make it easier to just treat each other that way. I feel like anything that allows an employee to treat an employer as they are treated is better than keeping them powerless.
kstaron
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kstaron,
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2/25/2015 | 12:12:01 PM
Not sure
I'm not sure how I feel about this new type of job search. Like speed dating it feels a little degrading. However, a casual relationship with a company you are interested can pay dividends. The first science job I had wasn't advertised. I heard about it from an employer I was talking to about getting into the field who knew a guy that used his service that was looking for someone to help out with his research. If I think of these job sites more like that, the possibility of learning more about a particular company or job title, there may be more benefit in them and who knows where a ten minute talk might lead?
Ariella
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Ariella,
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2/11/2015 | 3:40:06 PM
Re: Tinder For Tech
@dbrisco863 I couldn't agree more! HR people do filter out a lot of candidates based on just looking at particular acronyms and names of products they don't have any actual understanding of. You didn't put that particular software directly on your resume, HR will block you from the next step. That is the way to assure that people who may be very adept at picking up whatever is needed will never get a chance to be seen by someone technical enough to understand and appreciate their strengths and experience.
dbrisco863
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dbrisco863,
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2/11/2015 | 12:52:38 PM
Tinder For Tech
The biggest problem in the current hiring process is that most resumes are filtered out by HR before the people actually doing the hiring get to see them. This pr-filtering at times may exclude the best candidate for a job. HR is usually given a list of criteria for applicant compliance but they often do not have the expertise in the specific field to determine that a particular application should get further review even though it is tagged as non-compliant conatins a flag that identifies it for elimination early in the process. If these apps are being used by the person actually needing the position filled it provide the suggested connection between applicant and who they would actualy be working for. That alone would make it worthwhile. If it becomes just another way to prefilter by the HR staff then it is a dis-service.
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anthonydpaul,
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2/11/2015 | 9:37:46 AM
jobs as disposable as a hookup relationship
This concept seems like one more step toward companies treating employees as disposable parts and employees reciprocating by never trusting their employer, always passively hunting for a new backup job before being fired for non-committal.
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