To the Tech Community,
I’m writing to reach out in support of those dealing with the layoffs that have rattled the tech world. While layoffs fell nearly 90% from January to June, more than 10,000 people are still affected every month. Many in the tech community are still searching for the right next job. For the good of our community, we must continue to support and uplift those affected and inject energy into the tech industry.
While it may take time, tech always comes back. Time and again, tech professionals have faced mass layoffs – the dot-com crash, the Great Recession, COVID-19 – but each time, tech employment has come back to even higher numbers. We already see layoffs dropping dramatically. But many affected folks are still hunting for their next role – so it’s important for our community to continue to come together and support each other.
That’s why I’m now calling on you to join us in #RaisingUpTech. As we come together in this movement, we will bring support and guidance to our affected colleagues – and to the companies that will welcome them in time.
If you’re between jobs, Built In is here – as always – to connect you with the no-cost resources you need to invest in your skills, hone your job-hunting process, and connect with employers that suit your requirements and values. Dynamics are changing daily and we can confirm that companies are hiring. And if there is anything more we can do, send us a message at [email protected].
For those unaffected, you can help by sharing supportive insights on social media using the hashtag #RaisingUpTech. We’ll amplify them by reposting. Some ideas:
- Tips on growing companies and open positions
- Personal experiences of helping others on the job hunt
- Insights into hot sectors and ways to build skills in those areas
- Education, certification and event information
- Innovative ways your company is caring for impacted colleagues
- Self-care resources to build confidence and sustain hope
Visit our Raising Up Tech campaign launch page to learn more and to download banners and graphics to show your support for your tech colleagues. We’ll be sharing job-search resources regularly, so please also consider following Built In so you can pass them along to your social network.
The innovation, creativity, and camaraderie of the tech industry has won out time and time again. Let’s surround each other with the support needed to rise above the personal and professional ramifications of layoffs.
We’re Raising Up Tech. Please join us!
Maria Christopoulos Katris
Co-Founder + CEO