FAQ for Hiring

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About Layoff-Aid for Hiring

How can Layoff-Aid for Hiring help my company?

Access great SF tech talent you'll otherwise miss.

How can I get started?

  1. Sign up for Layoff-Aid for Hiring (applying takes just an email address!)
  2. Automatically receive one personalized candidate alert each week we see matches with your opportunities.
  3. Recruit candidates directly whenever you see a fit. No action required whenever you don't.

About Layoff-Aid Candidates

How do we know Layoff-Aid candidates are good?

Layoff-Aid candidates are talented startup enthusiasts, just like you, with proven experience at a tech startup that's a lot like yours. They're as likely as ever to be open to your opportunities and they were most recently working at VC-backed tech startups that have rigorous and competitive hiring standards, much like yours.  Additionally, they’ve been screened for our eligibility requirements.

What makes sourcing after layoffs such a savvy strategy?

In short, many recruiters mistakenly believe there's a drop-off in quality when sourcing after layoffs. Savvy recruiters know that these candidates aren't underperformers. Instead, they're under-valued. They're exactly who you're looking for, right when you're looking.

How do startups choose who to lay off among all of their employees?

Some of the most common ways companies pick who gets laid off include employees who:

  • are randomly selected (an acknowledgement that layoffs are not performance-related)
  • get paid well (a desperate cost-cutting measure)
  • got hired most recently (an attempt to reward more tenured employees)
  • work in an office or division that will be closed
  • work in an office or division that got acquired

Have these candidates been fired?

No.  We Googled "layoffs versus firing" and came up with the following from Susan P. Joyce on Job-Hunt.org:


Being laid off is NOT the same as being fired because it is not considered to be the fault of the employee. It is, actually, the fault of the employer. A layoff is often called a "reduction in force" or "down-sizing." ... This is often the reason that more highly-paid employees seem to be on the layoff candidate list.

Are Layoff-Aid candidates able to work in San Francisco?  Open to new opportunities? Highly recommended?

Yes, yes, and yes.  Our candidates are among the most sought-after in the world and they’re open to new opportunities simply because their most recent employer has down-sized.

Can you help us hire in San Francisco? Mountain View? Sunnyvale? Palo Alto? Oakland? Lost Angeles? What about New York City, Boston, Chicago, or Austin?

As we get started, we’re focused exclusively in San Francisco Bay Area. Connect with us on Facebook or Twitter to be first to know when we expand.

So no relocation packages, no wasted time chasing candidates who aren’t looking, and no candidates who’ve been fired?

Correct, correct, correct.  Savvy recruiters have been “chasing” laid-off candidates for ages, and we are just making that process easier.

Will Layoff-Aid help my growing startup find engineers? Growth hackers? Office managers?

Probably.  We won’t say “hopefully,” because we hope layoffs stop happening. Until then, we'll be here to help you get first crack at talented candidates.

Any sneak peaks into what candidates might show up?

Candidate availability changes all the time. But, our first batches of candidates have roughly mirrored a typical tech company: 1/3 engineering, 1/3 product and design, 1/3 business.

What types of startups do layoffs?

Looking at H1 2017 data here in San Francisco, we’ve seen layoffs at selective VC-backed startups in various industries and sizes like Zenefits, Disqus, GREE, NerdWallet, Munchery, and Zozi.

Can I see a more exhaustive list of layoffs?

Of course. Check out the Layoff-Aid.com Layoff List of Startup Downsize Events.

So your candidates come from the Layoff List companies?

Sometimes. Most of our candidates come from smaller firms with less publicized layoffs. In short, you'll probably miss most layoff candidates if you don't work with us.

About Layoff-Aid Recruiting

Is Layoff-Aid for Hiring opportunistic?

Yes, in a good way. We help you spend less time sourcing, and more time screening, interviewing, and hiring.

How can we begin an interview process with a strong candidate?

Easy.  Just check your candidate alert each week, pick the candidates you like, and recruit them directly.

Will candidates get my contact information or need me to give them application updates?

No.  While we may in some circumstances share the names of the companies in our network, we will never send candidates your direct email info.  We respect your privacy and we understand that founders, hiring managers, and recruiters are quite busy!

Will working with Layoff-Aid be like working with a staffing firm?

No. We simply deliver candidates on a silver platter.

Can we choose to only engage with engineers / Product Managers / Marketers from mid-sized companies with 1 / 5 / 10 years of experience?

Yes. You only contact the candidates that you agree might be a fit for a current opportunity that you're trying to fill.

Will I need to dig through candidate lists?

No. Layoff-Aid for Hiring will only deliver great candidates that match your open opportunities.

I work at a staffing agency. How can I access candidates?

Check out SFCandidates.com from Layoff-Aid Labs.

I work at a startup. How can I access your candidates?

Sign up for Layoff-Aid for Hiring (applying takes just an email address!)