Hired Launches in Chicago to Connect Tech Talent to Top Companies

August 6, 2015

8:00 am

Shortly after their launch in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan market early last month, Hired has launched its online job marketplace for tech talent in Chicago, IL. It’s the company’s first official launch into the Midwest, and it will provide some of Chicago’s fastest-growing with a way to bring in top tech talent from not only Chicago but also from elsewhere.

For the past five months, Hired has been operating in beta in Chicago, bringing in more than 5,000 engineers and 125 companies from Chicagoland onto its platform. According to the company, 33 percent of new hires made during Hired’s beta period actually came from outside the Chicago area – attracting 40 percent from New York City and Boston, and 25 percent from the Bay area. That’s obviously great news for the Chicago tech scene and further proves that many great tech companies exist outside of NYC and Silicon Valley.

“The Hired marketplace has quickly become my primary source for talented engineers in Chicago.” said WyzAnt‘s director of talent, Carrie McComb, in a statement. “The process of finding and connecting with the right, qualified engineers is transparent and intuitive. You feel like you’re getting vetted candidates without the frustrations that sometimes can accompany working with external vendors and agencies.  I will also admit that I find myself getting really excited for a new batch of candidates Monday mornings!”

Founded in 2012, Hired’s platform has an average time-to-hire of 19 days, giving a major to boost to both companies and job seekers. In Chicago, companies like Braintree, GrubHub, Guaranteed Rate, and Trunk Club use the platform to find the tech talent they need to further accelerate their operations.

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Ronald Barba was the previous managing editor of Tech.Co. His primary story interests include industry trends, consumer-facing apps/products, the startup lifestyle, business ethics, diversity in tech, and what-is-this-bullsh*t things. Aside from writing about startups and entrepreneurship, Ronald is interested in 'Doctor Who', Murakami, 'The Mindy Project', and fried chicken. He is currently based in New York because he mistakenly studied philosophy in college and is now a "writer". Tweet @RonaldPBarba.

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