The number of tech jobs has exponentially increased over the past few years. Job seekers and tech professionals in various fields and industries are presented with more opportunities than ever before.
However, there are only a handful of job sites that specifically cater to tech people. In my search for such websites, I was able to come across GeekWire’s job search section called GeekWork, which lists tech and startup jobs.
In this article, I will talk about the platform, its features, and how to use it to find jobs. If you want to know more about the job site, continue reading the article below.
- Understanding the GeekWire Website
- Examining the GeekWork Job Board
- Searching for a Job on the GeekWork Platform
- Exploring the Details of the Job Posts
- Applying for a Job via GeekWork
- The GeekWork Mobile App
Understanding the GeekWire Website
In order to appreciate the job search section of the website, I decided to start the discussion by getting to know GeekWire. The US technology news website not only features established tech firms but also highlights startups.
Although the site began its coverage in Seattle, Washington, it now has a global audience comprised of tech-savvy readers who turn to the website for anything related to the technology industry.
What I like about GeekWire is that it not only publishes tech news, the website also features expert analysis and provides unique insights on anything and everything technology. It also hosts events that thousands of tech people attend.
Brief History of the Company
GeekWire was founded in 2011 by experienced journalists Todd Bishop and John Cook, through funding from American businessman and PicMonkey chief executive officer (CEO) Jonathan Sposato.
The website was launched in March 2011 and was geared towards covering the most followed tech firms globally. It also paid attention to active startup markets in the US, featuring startup companies on the site.
Since then, GeekWire has gone beyond news reports and has developed various resources for the tech community, including the GeekWire 200 startup ranking, the GeekWork job board, and the GeekWire Calendar.
Examining the GeekWork Job Board
Now that I’ve talked about GeekWire and how it began, it’s time for me to focus the discussion on GeekWork, the website’s job board. Since GeekWire’s emphasis is on tech and startups, this job board also does the same.
I was able to access GeekWork by going to GeekWire’s home page. Then I clicked on the Jobs menu located on the upper part of the page beside the News and Events drop-down menus.
That re-directed me to the GeekWork job board, where I immediately saw the search bar in the middle of the screen. Below is the list of available vacancies at startup companies and for tech professionals.
Other Features of the Platform
On the upper right portion of the GeekWork job search page are several menus that job seekers may use. Clicking on the See All Jobs menu will refresh the page and show all the currently available jobs on the platform.
The Post a Job menu is for employers who want to post their vacancies on GeekWork. A Featured Listing costs $199 per post that will last for 60 days and a five-pack featured listing has a discounted price of $849.
I liked the Job Alerts option on the platform because it allows job seekers to receive updates on vacancies related to their searches. You will need to be registered as a subscriber to GeekWire in order to turn on the alerts.
Searching for a Job on the GeekWork Platform
On the search bar, there are three fields that you can use, namely Keywords, Location, and Category. Type in the relevant keywords for the position you’re looking for and add your preferred work location.
You may choose a job category by typing in the first letters or clicking on the drop-down button and scrolling down the list of job categories available. Hit the Search button once you’re done to initiate the search.
From the results list, you will see the name of the vacant positions, the company that posted the vacancy, the location, and the type of employment you can expect for the position.
Using Filters and Tags to Narrow Down Results
Going back to the search bar, I noticed that there are several words underneath it. These are called tags and clicking on one or more of them trimmed down the number of job search results.
This is because the job posts on the platform include these tags in the description in order for them to appear in searches using these terms.
Below the tags are search filters that can be ticked and unticked. I was able to decide whether I wanted to see consulting, freelance, full-time, internship, part-time, or temporary jobs in the results list.
Exploring the Details of the Job Posts
When I opened a job post, I was impressed by the amount of information I was able to get regarding the vacancy. On top, you will see the name of the position, the name of the company, the location, and how long it has been posted.
Below these, I found the logo of the employer in the upper left portion, the job category the vacancy falls under, and a link to the company website and LinkedIn account. The Apply for Job button is also located here.
Of course, the job post includes an overview of the job, which includes a brief description of the company and what it does. It also discusses where the position falls within the organization and the departments it will involve.
Other Information Provided
Aside from the job overview, I also saw a write up on the duties and responsibilities that the position entails. It also details the required skills and qualifications that a job seeker needs to possess to be able to apply for the job.
Some of these qualifications include a specific educational background and certifications, soft skills and hard skills, as well as a track record and years of experience performing similar tasks.
Some companies may include a list of the benefits that an applicant will enjoy once hired for the position. By the way, clicking on the name of the company takes you to a list of all the vacancies under that employer.
Applying for a Job via GeekWork
To apply for a job, click on the Apply for Job button located below and in the upper portion of the post. Depending on the link the employer provided, the button may or may not redirect you to another website.
After clicking on the Apply button, some job posts redirected me to the company’s career website where I needed to create a profile to continue with the application process.
Others took me to a different job board, some of which I needed to create another account while others allowed me to directly submit an application. A few of the posts simply provide an email to which I can send my details.
Creating a GeekWire Account
To take advantage of the Job Alerts and to subscribe to the Jobs Newsletter, I was prompted to register as a subscriber. Employers who want to post on the platform will also go through the same registration process.
I was asked to provide my email address and to create a password for my account. Be sure to choose Subscriber in the Register As drop-down menu if you are a job seeker.
Click on the Register button to complete the account creation process. Log into your account and finish setting up your GeekWire profile.
The GeekWire Mobile App
I may not always be able to have access to a computer to open the GeekWire website so I was pleased that there is also a mobile app for it. Unfortunately, it is only available to iOS device owners currently.
I was able to find the GeekWire mobile app on the Apple App Store in the News category under the name GeekWire.
The mobile app has a current rating of 4.9 out of 5 stars based on a few user reviews. It is completely free to download and use.
Downloading and Installing the iOS App
The GeekWire app has a file size of 13 MB, which is surprisingly small for an iOS app. It requires iOS 7.1 or later to work on both the iPhone and the iPod touch.
It may also be used on a Mac, provided that it runs on macOS 11.0 or later or is a Mac with Apple M1 chip.
To begin downloading the app, tap on the Get button and wait for the entire download process to complete. Once all files have been downloaded, it will instantly begin installation on your iOS device.
The Bottom Line
Overall, I found the GeekWork job board from GeekWire to be something tech job seekers should check on from time to time. Its emphasis on tech jobs and startup companies is very useful to people interested in those fields.
However, I don’t think that it should be the sole platform that someone looking for a tech job uses due to the limited number of vacancies posted on it. I recommend that GeekWork be utilized in conjunction with other traditional job boards.