Reddit and “productive” are two words that don’t often nuzzle up against each other in a sentence. The social news site, where anyone can share funny videos, bizarre GIFs, and (if you look hard enough) illuminating articles and discussion, has quickly become the internet’s foremost authority on vanishing my free time into thin air.
For the uninitiated: Reddit’s core feature is the ability for any user to establish a community around any topic they desire. These communities (or “subreddits” in Reddit parlance) are as diverse and unpredictably distributed as Reddit’s millions of inhabitants. Generally, if someone spends time thinking about it in real life, there’s a home for it on the site.
Which is why, after obsessing over my job search strategies in the midst of my move from San Francisco to Boston last August, the lightbulb flipped on with such intensity that I heard shards of glass explode in my brain. Reddit for my job search! Of course!
As it turns out, there are tons of job search resources and employment opportunities on Reddit – if you know where to look. Some are strategic hubs for refining your application materials, while other are direct lines of contact to real positions in your industry, location and even experience levels.
But before you dive in, take note of three things that make your Reddit job search unique:
- Demographics: Reddit is skewed toward a young, tech-inclined, male audience. That last part won’t matter, but the first two should give you a sense of what types of positions to expect in your search. Expect a heavy cross-section of IT positions at startups with young, tech-savvy company cultures.
- The Double-Edged Numbers Sword: The subscriber count on a specific subreddit will tell you know how active that community is. As it happens, these aren’t the most active job boards in the world (by a longshot), with just 2-3 posts turning over per day. That’s virtually nonexistent compared to the huge job boards – but on the other hand, so is your competition. Sparsely populated job boards can clear up noise in the application channel, giving your resume extra bandwidth to attract the screener’s attention.
- Reddit Solidarity: Generally, redditors really like other redditors. Despite its billions (!) of monthly pageviews, the Reddit of yesteryear felt like an exclusive club, back when it was the scrappy underdog lurking in Digg’s shadow. Some of us still hold on to that dynamic, even though everyone’s caught on to our “shave and a haircut” knock to get into the club by now. Demonstrating interest within a Reddit comment, or mentioning the Reddit listing in your introductory letter, might actually give you a small “solidarity bump” if the hiring manager on the other end is a lurker themselves. It’s less powerful than an internal reference, but might place your resume above blind applications from other job boards..
With that in mind, we’ve organized the best job search subreddits below. The number in parentheses is the subscriber counts for each subreddit – a general benchmark of its activity.
Job Search Advice
- jobs (27,700) – Job search discussion and advice.
- freelance (7700) – Discuss freelance work.
- Resumes (6400) – Post your resume for critique.
- GetEmployed (4100) – Motivation, advice and encouragement to take initiative. No job listings.
- freelanceWriters (2600) – Discuss freelance writing. No listings / resumes.
- work (2400) – Discuss life in the workplace.
Or join all these discussions in one handy link. (Just connect subreddit names in the URL with a + sign to read them all at once.)
Post Your Resume / See Job Listings
- Forhire (23,300) – For job listings and shared resumes, despite the name.
- Jobbit (2700) – Find job listings and post your resume for consideration.
- Jobopenings (1700) – Job listings only – no resume sharing.
- YoungJobs (1600) – Resumes from / listings for college kids and 20-somethings.
- internships (1000) – Post or find an unpaid internship.
- jobnetworking (800) – Connect with people in your industry to connect with opportunities through internal referrals.
Or, browse all listings. (Again, you can delete anything between + signs in the URL that doesn’t apply to you, e.g. “internships” if you need a paid position.)
Job Listings By Location
- Boston, MA. (900)
- Washington, D.C. (1000)
- Seattle, WA (1100)
- San Francisco, CA (2200)
- New York City, NY (2100)
- Chicago, IL (1400)
- Los Angeles, CA (1100)
- Houston, TX (600)
- Denver, CO (1000)
- Atlanta, GA (1000)
- Austin, TX (1300)
So does it work? As it turns out, I am my own testimonial. Smarterer hired me out of a Reddit post last August, and in turn, I’ve posted everything from internships up to full-time developer roles in the sections listed above. We come to the site because it’s where the techies dwell – and if you make it your home, soon enough it’ll find a way to feed you, too.