The COVID-19 epidemic has put remote work in the spotlight, but talent companies have hired other places to deal with talent shortages for years. Arc today announced that it is opening its remote hiring platform to all software developers. Previously, Arc was open only to developers who passed its verification process. Developers can still verify to stand out from other applicants, but Arc’s job database and search engine is now available to everyone.
Arc was launched two years ago by the team behind Codementore, an online education platform for software developers. Since then, Arc has been used for hiring by companies such as Spotify, Hims, Hubspot and FiveStars. Its investors include TechStars, 500 Startups, WI Harper and Y Combinator.
Weing Liu, the founder and CEO, told ClearTips, “As much as we are proud of the impact we have for developers, we really want to increase that impact, and that’s why we decided to create a much more open product experience. “
The new version of Arc revolves around two features: its smart remote job search engine and the developer community. Arc crawls job boards and other sites for its database and has 54,000 developer openings from 13,000 companies so far. Its search engine then overcomes some of the challenges associated with the search for remote work.
For example, a common complaint is that a lot of jobs are remote, but only the U.S. Or is it only remote to the end of the epidemic, ”Liu said. “Our algorithm will perform its best depending on your circumstances. For example, if you are a developer based in Asia or Eastern Europe, there are some job opportunities which unfortunately are not applicable to you based on time zone. So we filter all of those things, and also based on your experience and technology stack to recommend the most relevant jobs. “
The arc community is a resource for software developers who are new to remote work or want to learn about work practices in other countries. For example, “They may have questions like, should my resume be for US-based employers in this format, or what are the types of tools and cultural norms?” Liu said. “If someone is looking for a position with a US company, we will talk about common interview practices or even basic work practices such as how many companies use Slack. Where the community comes from and we want to enable developers who are already working remotely to share their experiences. “
Even though it is now optional, Arc still recommends its own verification process. It typically takes about a week and includes a coding challenge and behavioral and technical interviews with a member of the Arc team. Even if one does not pass, they get feedback on where they can improve and reapply in six months. Verification and job search are free, and Arc monetizes employers through its platform to hire.
In addition to its community, Arc recently started a program called Elevate. Inspired by Liu’s experiences at Y Combinator and TechStar, Elevate is meant to be a “short-term talent accelerator” for developers who want to transition to remote work. Its first program consisted of 13 developers from Latin America and future peers would be sized from 10 to 20 people. The program includes career preparation workshops, interview exercises and live mentorship sessions with developers who work at GitLab, Zapier and Dialpad.
Arc is currently running a crowdfunding campaign, which the SEC has launched after implementing its new equity crowdfunding rules, and has raised about $ 950,000 so far.
“It aligns with our vision, which is about the reach of democratization, so if we can make Arc a partially community-owned remote job platform, then it will be extremely interesting because we are the world’s largest remote Aspiring to become a job site and if we can turn our platform into investors-slash-owners, members of our community, it can help us realize our mission faster, ”said Liu.