The Internet is littered with screeds about diversity in tech. There’s not enough, there’s too much, who cares, what’s the big deal. It is a big deal, for reasons ably articulated elsewhere, and many organizations have sprung up to help underrepresented groups.
I’ve been to (and organized) events by Women Who Code, Lesbians Who Tech, Tech Ladies, Jewish High Tech Community, Path Forward, Women 2.0, and so many more. A lot of these organizations have job boards, likely as a profit center, although they may consider it a part of their mission.
Here’s the thing: we don’t need any more job boards. There are far too many already. What we need is connections. Don’t tell me to go to the company’s website to apply. We both know I will never hear from them. It’s a lucky day when I get an email receipt. If you truly want to put out the welcome mat, offer direct connections to actual decision makers, not a link to Yet Another Application Meat Grinder. Offer honest, thoughtful feedback from said decision makers without the fig leaf of “We can’t tell you anything because legal department will eat our livers on a cracker.” Offer apprenticeships and a way to get a foot in the door and grow, instead of “your square peg does not fit into our kitchen sink”.
I wanted to write more, but I ran out of indignation. Time to scour the job boards.