Recruit Young Startup Employees on Treehouse’s New Job Board

June 6, 2013

12:00 pm

Complementing its online courses in development and design, Treehouse just launched a tech job board. And starting today, startups can post jobs to reach the site’s 35,000 students.

It’s a move that aligns Treehouse with many hacker schools and programming bootcamps, who connect students to employers or even guarantee jobs after graduation (or your money back).

Treehouse job postings, which are also accessible to the public, cost $350 for one month. If Treehouse students apply, startups can review their badges and points in areas like HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Ruby, and PHP.

Founder Ryan Carson, who sees a lot of 18- to 35-year-olds on Treehouse, thinks that economic realities demand that startups hire younger candidates.

“Almost any company would love to have a ton of super-experienced developers and designers knocking on their doors for jobs, but reality is that it’s been getting harder to hire designers and developers and it’s becoming more and more critical that companies hire less experienced people and help them build up their experience on the job,” he says.

On the plus side, students who have completed online education courses have already proven themselves to be self-motivated. Treehouse student Bryan Zavestoski, for example, went from an economics degree to a UI/UX designer at Chop Dawg Studios; Patrick Devins, who has a philosophy degree, now works as a front-end developer.

To attract students like this, Carson urges startups to help their employees learn on the job. For example, you might allow them some hours or budget for training.

“It’s companies who really work to help their employees become better at what they do that are the ones that are most poised to succeed,” he says.

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Kira M. Newman is a Tech Cocktail writer interested in the harsh reality of entrepreneurship, work-life balance, and psychology. She is the founder of The Year of Happy and has been traveling around the world interviewing entrepreneurs in Asia, Europe, and North America since 2011. Follow her @kiramnewman or contact [email protected]

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