Mervyn Fealy posted a blog article on Ongig yesterday about his hunt for a job in Silicon Valley, and got a response he did not anticipate.

Ongig placed a link to his article on Hacker News, thinking his story might be of interest to others in the tech community. We also thought Mervyn could get some good connections and advice out of it.

The response from the Hacker News community has been impressive.

Connections and Tips

Mervyn freely admits that he has a lot to learn in the world of technology. While his skills are junior to many in the Hacker News community, the responses to support him were strong.

In all, Mervyn’s link on Hacker News received 37 comments. In addition, the blog article itself on Ongig received 11 comments.

Inside of the combined 48 comments, there were tips on networking and researching companies:


There was advice to beef up his profile online:


On the Ongig blog, the fellow Irish offered direct assistance:


More powerful than job boards and recruiters?

Mervyn needs to follow up on all of these recommendations and leads to capitalize. The question is: will that be more effective than spending the same amount of time on job boards and with recruiters?

We heard the Hacker News community with a resounding answer yesterday, and that answer was yes.

Jason Webster

Jason Webster is a social recruiting enthusiast and co-founder of Ongig, a platform that creates shareable, visually-appealing job descriptions. He has spoken at multiple social recruiting events, where his passion for candidate experience is the primary topic. Connect with Jason and Ongig on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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