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Welcome to the second edition of Work in Progress, The Org’s toolkit for job seekers of every stage and style. 🧰 🛠 🪜
For the uninitiated, this bi-weekly newsletter is the key to leveling up your career and figuring out how to get to where you want to be.
Today, we’re highlighting:
- Fast growth HR Tech startups to watch--and maybe work at
- How Big Tech is responding to Roe v. Wade
- Data underlining shocking wage growth 📈
-Eliza Haverstock, Senior Reporter, The Org
🏢 Orgs of the Week
Putting a spotlight on a fresh roster of high-growth startups and some of their coolest open roles. Up this week: Four companies bringing HR Tech into the 21st century, finally.
This SF-based startup helps companies like Coinbase and Shopify hire talent across 150+ countries by taking care of payroll, tax compliance and other HR services. It raised $425 million at a $5.5 billion valuation in October; Nearly 170 open roles, many of which can be based anywhere in the world.
A hiring network of more than 300,000 professionals and 2,000 companies like Dropbox and Etsy, built to help working mothers thrive. Tennis champ Serena Williams is a strategic advisor; Mainly hiring engineers right now, and all job postings are 100% remote.
Founded by a former ZipRecruiter exec in 2016, Bambee automates HR tasks including staff training, compliance, payroll, onboarding and terminations. It raised a $300 million Series C in March backed by SoftBank; Open roles primarily based at its Los Angeles headquarters.
💓Click here to explore our library of HR Tech articles. The industry raised north of $9 billion from VCs last year!
📄 Curriculum Vitae
Much like your resume, this section is the backbone upon which you can build your job search. Read the latest deep-dive articles by The Org’s team of journalists to stay informed and prepared for anything your career throws at you.
With Roe v. Wade in Danger, Big Tech is Rolling Out Abortion Benefits For Employees. Will They Stand Up in Court?
New company policies, many instituted in the wake of the leaked Supreme Court draft opinion, reimburse employees who must cross state lines for abortions and have medical plans covering treatments. But experts say employers can do more to protect abortion rights for the country's most vulnerable populations. Read More →
New data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows job openings (and quits) spiked to record levels in March. Read More →
Despite being darlings of the post-2020 pandemic era, tech companies and startups are facing a financial reckoning in 2022--and could serve as a bellwether for the broader economy. Read More →
The founders of digital lending platform Payhippo are on a mission to build technology that can effectively assess the creditworthiness of African companies, and provide them with funding quickly. Read More →
Ian Goodfellow, a Director of Machine Learning in Apple’s Special Projects Group, has reportedly left the tech giant because of its return-to-office policy. Read More →
🔑 Additional Skills
Sure, technical skills like coding and excel-wielding are in demand—but truly competitive job candidates offer far more. Here are the top soft skills that employers are looking for.
📊 By the Numbers
Numbers don’t lie. We comb workforce + career data to bring you a relevant infographic each week.
Source: St. Louis Federal Reserve / U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Soaring salaries: The average U.S. hourly wage rose to $31.85 an hour in April—5.5% higher than the year before, new data shows. But pay for retail workers faltered, and purchasing power is still dwindling amid inflation rates north of 8%.
📚 Recommended Reads
Congrats, you’ve made it to the best part. Here, we scour the internet for the tastiest content morsels, so you don’t have to.
- The age of the tyrannical boss is over — and managers who don't give employees more freedom will face a talent reckoning. [Insider]
- A top VC firm has made the rare (and potentially unprecedented) decision to invest only in existing portfolio companies, effective immediately. [TechCrunch]
- Why is your boss asking about your feelings? Empathy is the latest trend in management. [The Wall Street Journal]
- How do you build a life after losing a child during 9/11? Originally published in August, this profound tale of grief and growth earned a Pulitzer this week. [The Atlantic]
📌 The Final Round
Thanks for joining team WIP this week—we’re building something great! Have suggestions, feedback or Copenhagen travel recs to share? (The Org’s NYC office is voyaging across the Atlantic next week to collaborate with our Danish teammates, and I’m a little too excited to try some pickled herring.)
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