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We’ve recently rolled out a pressure-free way for software developers to engage with companies that want to hire them. We call it anonymous job matching. It works like this:

Developers tell us about their perfect job, and we match and introduce them to companies based on their preferences. In the beginning, we anonymize developer profiles so that their identities remain private throughout the discovery and initial communication phase of the process. They reveal themselves only when they are sure they’re ready for an interview.

So why are we doing this? Well, to be honest, we’re doing it because we think it’s a great way to help developers find jobs. Aside from personal referrals, it may very well be the best way for developers to find jobs (or, at the very least, it has the potential to be).

One of the things that excites us the most about this feature is the anonymity. Companies can see work experience, education, and the Work for Pie Score, but they won’t see names or other identifying information until the candidate is ready to reveal it.

Passive Job Seeking Should Be Private

We’ve been involved in the tech jobs space for a while now. There’s a lot of things that suck about it. One of the things that sucks the most is that it’s actually really freaking hard to be a “passive job seeker.” Update your LinkedIn, or in some cases even just join LinkedIn and the recruiters are on you in seconds (not to mention the fact that your employer gets all suspicious because of your recently updated profile). Go the job boards route and 99% of the time your only option is to actually apply for the job being offered. There’s no way to learn more before you take that plunge.

So, what do we do? Most just avoid the race altogether. If our current gigs are anything but completely agonizing we stand pat and accept the fact that we might miss out on our dream opportunity. Navigating through all the crap to get there just isn’t worth it.

If “testing the waters” were easy and private, a lot more high quality people would do it. Need proof? How about the nearly 100 developers who have made themselves available via our platform in the one day since we made the announcement? And no, these aren’t folks who are desperate for jobs and can’t find them via other means. Their average Work for Pie Score is 45, and several have scores in the high eighties and nineties.

Anonymity Greatly Reduces Unintentional Bias

I had the great pleasure of hanging out with Jason Cohen a few months back. We talked a lot about recruiting and hiring, and he had some great advice for me and for our team. One of the things that stuck with me was the fact that he initially reviews resumes with the names and addresses removed. Why? He wants to be absolutely sure that his initial impression is not skewed due to bias he’s not even aware he has.

I thought this was pretty brilliant and eye-opening, and there are tons of benefits. It’s something we’ve wanted to incorporate into what we do at Work for Pie ever since our chat with Jason. I’m happy to say we’re a lot closer with anonymous job matching.

How to Get Started

If you’re a developer and want to test the waters yourself, it’s pretty easy. If you’re already a Work for Pie user, just make sure you’re logged in and go here. We’ll ask you about your cultural preferences and the kind of company you’d like to work for, and then we’ll get to work making introductions that makes sense based on your preferences.

If you’re not yet a Work for Pie user, just sign up. You’ll have the option to opt in to our program during the setup process.

Finally, if you represent a company that would like to meet some really awesome developers, you can learn more and get signed up here. We’ll be in touch with you soon.

Be sure to tell your friends, and please give us feedback if you have any. Cheers!