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Technical.ly Podcast talks tech recruiting with superconnector Steve Dean

Ahead of Technical.ly's NET/WORK jobs fairs in three East Coast markets, we discuss innovative approaches to connecting talent with STEM careers.

A dev workshop at NET/WORK Philly 2014. (Photo by Kate Leshko)

In the new Technical.ly Podcast: two interviews on recruiting for jobs in 2015. One of them from a Brooklyn entrepreneur.
Superconnector Steve Dean had been helping people find jobs all over the country, but felt like the recruiting business had perverse incentives, pushing both sides in a job match to lie. So he looked for a way to incentivize honesty. He tells the story of how, three years ago, he started working on a way to make that happen.

Steve Dean. (Via Twitter)

Steve Dean. (Via Twitter)


Dean’s site, Jobsuitors, which we covered here last year, looks at culture, coworkers and what you care about during your day at work. Dean says that employers have told him they’ve been encouraged to see matches as soon as they sign up.
Dean believes that recruiters and employers haven’t been asking the tough questions because they didn’t think potential employees would want to be honest about those topics. Dean found that people were happy to be honest about the tough questions on OkCupid and they’ve also been willing to do so on Jobsuitors.
“We’ve seen a nice distribution of answers,” Dean said, of employers, in answering questions about workplace culture. They don’t all pretend like you should expect to work a basic 40-hour week, for example.
The new ep comes ahead of Technical.ly job fairs in three of its markets. NET/WORK is coming to Philadelphia (Feb. 10), Baltimore (Feb. 19) and Delaware (March 12).
And if you really want to dig in to innovative strategies for hiring top talent, check out our ebook, Beyond Recruiting, which we released last fall.

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People: Steve Dean
Projects: NET/WORK
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