Tech firms seek to snaffle Aussie devs for Silicon Valley

Hired.com launches "virtual career fair"

Recruitment company Hired.com has launched an international "virtual career fair" that seeks to match developers eager to expand their horizons with positions at Silicon Valley tech firms.

The initiative by Hired.com and VC firm Sequoia Capital is seeking to combat Silicon Valley's skills shortage by sourcing developers from Australia, as well as Canada, Eastern Europe and the UK.

In particular the event is aimed at people with experience in Android and iOS development, Python or Ruby on Rails.

Candidates are required to complete a technical challenge and undergo a phone interview. In February, companies seeking to hire candidates can conduct their own interviews over the phone, followed by an in-person interview in the US. A candidate's travel and accommodation are paid for, and, if a candidate is hired, their new employer will cover visa processing fees.

Hired.com has revealed 14 of the companies seeking to hire through the event: AirBnB, Atlassian, Chartboost, Etsy, Eventbrite, Evernote, Facebook, Lookout, Lyft, mongoDB, Pinterest, Square, Stripe and Vimeo.

Submissions from interested developers will be accepted until February at www.hired.com/dreamjob.

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