A review of Hired as a tech job search tool

Hi, I’m Brian, a former senior software engineer and now software engineering mentor at Pathrise. I have worked with hundreds of software engineers to help them land their dream job. Check out my review of Hired as a tech job search tool.

What does Hired do?

Hired streamlines the job application process. Candidates start by creating a profile and adding all of their information, including skills, past projects, experience, passions, and career aspirations. If accepted into the program, Hired’s team helps strengthen your profile and identify roles you may be most interested in.

Hired uses machine learning algorithms to match your skills and interests to companies that are currently hiring. Candidates receive interview requests from companies and decide whether or not they’d like to go through the process. During this process, candidates are matched up with a talent advocate on the Hired team who can help them prepare for interviews.

Once candidates begin interviewing with companies, their talent advocate acts as the recruiter, managing their relationships. Candidates are still required to go through all of the steps of the company’s funnel.

Who is Hired for?

Hired is for people looking for positions in any of the following roles: software engineering, design, data, DevOps, QA, project management, and product management. Within these roles, they have more specific categories. Candidates who are not already strong in their field with a fair amount of experience will find it difficult to get accepted into the program.

What does Hired cost? How much work is involved?

For job seekers, Hired is free. Companies pay Hired for access to their already vetted candidates. In addition, if you accept a job from Hired, you get a bonus from them. People have reported spending a lot of time on their profile and work for Hired, only to hear that they have not been accepted because of a lack of experience or not enough jobs that will fit their interests. If you are accepted to Hired, you are still required to go through all of the steps of each company’s job application process.

Ratings and reviews

Hired has received mostly positive reviews. They boast many success stores on their website– people enjoyed working with their talent advocate more than traditional recruiters. The Hired team and the candidate have the same goal–getting the candidate a job. This made the process feel less adversarial for users.

Those who were not accepted into Hired’s marketplace complained that they did not receive any feedback as to why they were not a fit. It’s less helpful if you don’t know how you can enhance your profile. People who have been accepted also complained that they were receiving too many interviews at once and couldn’t keep up. They felt overwhelmed and like they were actually looking less professional to these companies since they were keeping them waiting for responses or needing to book interviews really far out. Another complaint was that the salaries that accompanied the job postings on Hired were higher than the actual offered salary from the company.

Alternatives to Hired

Job seekers who are not accepted into Hired or are looking for a different platform can check out these alternatives:

  • Another hiring platform that applies to jobs for you is Triplebyte. Like Hired, companies work directly with Triplebyte and “apply to you”, seeking out candidates. However, Triplebyte requires lengthy technical interviews before getting started. Learn more about Triplebyte in our review.
  • Whitetruffle also matches job seekers with tech companies to help people land their dream job. Users create a profile and get paired with tech companies for job interviews, saving job seekers time searching job boards or sending cold emails.
  • The startup Underdog.io connects job-seekers with hiring startups. Currently, their services are only available in San Francisco and New York City.
  • Job -seekers who would like to work with a career agent can check out Free Agency. Although the program is completely remote and largely self-paced, they offer 24/7 support. Their talent has been placed at top tech companies like Facebook and Amazon.
  • Aspiring startup workers can check out the career accelerator Praxis. The full 1-year program is designed for young people looking to land an entry-level job at a startup in marketing, ops, sales, or customer success.
  • The online interview resources Pramp and Gainlo both pair aspiring software engineers with peers or engineers for mock interviews.

Similarly, aspiring software engineers seeking mock interview opportunities can check out Interviewing.io. The platform pairs users with FAANG engineers for mock interviews and extensive feedback. Find out if Interviewing.io is right for your career goals in our review.

How does Hired compare to Pathrise?

Hired is a marketplace for experienced candidates. They match job seekers with companies who subscribe to their service. While Hired helps users optimize their Hired profile, they focus on matching job seekers with companies and jobs.

Pathrise is a career accelerator that works with students and young professionals 1-on-1 so they can land their dream job in tech. Pathrise is a much bigger time commitment than Hired, since our mentors work with candidates through all stages of the job search including resume writing, profile optimization, interview prep, and salary negotiation.

Pathrise mentors help connect fellows with companies all over the world, not just companies in a specific marketplace. Pathrise helps fellows optimize their job search. With our tips and guidance, we’ve seen our fellows interview performance scores double. If you want to work with any of our advisors 1-on-1 to get help with your software engineer interviews or with any other aspect of the job search, become a Pathrise fellow.  

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