80 Companies Turned Away from NYC Startup Job Fair

Susan Hall

We know that the hiring frenzy for software engineers has gotten crazy on the West Coast, but also that the New York City area job market is just as hot.


So hot, in fact, that the NYC Startup Job Fair held last week was so jammed that 80 startups that wanted to recruit were turned away.


CNNMoney.com quotes Drew Nichols, development manager at career website TheLadders.com, saying:

This is the only industry that has a booming number of jobs-and they cannot fill those jobs fast enough. The market in New York is very tight.

The startups weren't just looking for engineers. Said Nikki Laffel, who runs production at Quirky, a consumer products company:

We're hiring in everything. We're scheduled to double in size this year.

And just like the students who came with a stack of resumes, ZocDoc, a medical appointment-scheduling startup, was handing out "resumes" on the company as well. Its recruiting staff dressed up as doctors and nurses and wooed job candidates with beer pong (actually cups filled with water) and a quiz for engineers with a $100 prize.


As for those 80 startups turned away from the event, an email sent out to them accidentally cc'd all of them. So they banded together and have created their own event, to be held in the next month or two.

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