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A review of Underdog.io as a job search tool

What does Underdog.io do?

Underdog.io is a venture-backed startup that connects job-seekers with hiring startups. Currently, their services are only available in San Francisco and New York City, though they say Los Angeles is the next city to be added.

At the moment, Underdog.io groups candidates into three expertise categories: technical, product, and business. Technical candidates are engineers (backend, frontend, fullstack, data, QA, DevOps, hardware, and more). Product candidates are product designers and product managers. Business candidates cover a broad range of roles (sales, marketing, business development, operations, finance, human resources, legal, and more).

Candidates apply to join a batch by filling out a form that asks for demographic information, online profile links (like LinkedIn and GitHub), and a resume. They are also asked to choose their area of expertise, ideal roles, years of experience, skills, and job type preference (full-time, contract, or internship).

But, only a small percentage of candidates who sign up for Underdog.io make it into a candidate batch and, for the most part, each candidate only gets to participate in one batch. Companies reach out to batch candidates directly and take them through their normal hiring process. That means that most candidates who sign up for Underdog.io are never put in front of the companies in their marketplace. According to their site, Underdog.io only responds to candidates who are selected for batches. Technical and product candidates who are selected usually hear back within 7-10 days. For business candidates, the timeline can be longer. 

Who is Underdog.io for?

Candidates who are technically strong and have a fair amount of experience would likely benefit the most from Underdog.io, since they only choose the strongest candidates for their batches. Based on their timing, it seems like they have more success placing people in the technical and product roles, rather than business. According to their FAQ, they also recommend the service for those looking to get a full-time job and for those who do not require sponsorship.

What does Underdog.io cost? How much work is involved?

For candidates, Underdog.io is free. They are paid by the companies that work with them. 

The application is fairly straightforward – it acts as the application for all of the companies, so it includes demographic and experience-based questions as well as interest and skill questions so they can see if you are a good fit for their open roles. As mentioned above, a small percentage of applicants actually move forward to meet the companies in the Underdog.io marketplace, so the majority fill out the application and then never hear back

Ratings and reviews

Despite being around for 5 years, there are no reviews online of Underdog.io from candidates in their batches. It might have something to do with how long it takes to scale a company like this as they have just opened up their San Francisco marketplace.

Alternatives to Underdog.io

For candidates who are looking to be matched with companies based on their skills, there are a few alternatives. Hired is probably the most well known. Candidates apply to join the marketplace and then companies, who work directly with Hired, “apply to them.” Hired works with candidates looking for roles in tech.

Software engineers can also check out Triplebyte, which is also a marketplace that connects strong candidates with hiring companies. The main difference is that Triplebyte does their own technical interviewing, so once the candidate passes, they move straight to onsite interviews with the companies. 

Placement is also a new alternative – they are a recruiting agency that focuses on helping people find jobs in different cities. Placement utilizes an income share agreement in which candidates pay 10% of their monthly income for 18 or 36 months after finding a job.

Additionally, candidates can check out Seen by Indeed, a free candidate-company matching system, which is part of Indeed. It is available to people looking for more technical roles in tech, like software engineer and UX designer, not fringe tech roles like marketing, sales, ops, or content.

How does Underdog.io compare to Pathrise?

Underdog.io is a marketplace for strong candidates. If you make it into a selected batch, it probably means that you already have a strong profile and good experience. They do not provide any help or training and if you make it into a batch, that is your only chance to be seen by the connected companies. Underdog.io is free for the candidate, so those in the batches can only be matched with companies who subscribe to their service.

Pathrise is a full service organization, working with candidates through all stages of the job search to enhance their soft skills and develop strategies that can help them in the future. Specifically, Pathrise works with candidates on strengthening their resumes, preparing for technical and behavioral interviews as well as negotiation tactics for offers. We represent the candidates, which means that we can help connect them with any and all companies, not just those in a specific marketplace.

Pathrise is a career accelerator that works with students and professionals 1-on-1 so they can land their dream job in tech. With our tips and guidance, we’ve seen our fellows interview performance scores double.

If you want to work with any of our mentors 1-on-1 to get help with your interviews or with any other aspect of the job search, become a Pathrise fellow. 

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