Summary: If you’re going to start a spreadsheet, here’s a privacy-conscious template. If you’re going to share your email address in a publicly-circulated spreadsheet, use (or create) a secondary one so you don’t compromise your go-to.

If you’ve lost your job due to layoffs, you might combine forces with a group of your former coworkers to jointly and publicly circulate your information. Why not publish your contact details online to generate free publicity and have more interview opportunities pop up right in your inbox?

Whether you’re helping to create, join, or circulate a spreadsheet that publicizes a group of job-seekers…

Increasingly, the Bay Area tech industry is looking at spreadsheets as a solution to layoffs. Now you can get them delivered, for free. I recently got an email from an SF-based VC wanting to scoop up talent:

“I’m interested in the spreadsheets of companies that have gone through layoffs. Do you have them? Can you share? Quora, Atrium, Uber, Lime — there are more I am sure.”

Yes and Yes. Whenever individuals across the tech community are affected by layoffs and publicly sharing their contact information as a company collective, we should shed some light to both help those affected…

When layoffs become news or go viral, laid off employees and prospective hiring managers both benefit. Given that most downsizes lurk in the dark, how can we shed some light?

Big rounds of layoffs at high-growth, high-profile tech companies make the news every year. In 2017 there was SoundCloud, Tesla was an example in 2018, and in more recent memory — Uber and WeWork. We are seeing a peculiar trend in which, perhaps emboldened by the publicity of the layoffs, individuals or groups of employees choose to share publicly and open up about their job loss and subsequent job search.

What should rising tech stars do when they get downsized? And, how can savvy talent acquisition pros take advantage of a unique sourcing opportunity? We’re always excited to help candidates and companies that work with us at Layoff-Aid. Here is one true story.

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Brian Richman

Brian Richman was a veteran team member at drone startup Airware, which he joined in 2013. After 5 years and a feature in the company’s People Behind the Products video, it was certainly a shock for Brian when Airware announced that it was shutting its doors and laying off all of its employees — including him.


You’ve spotted your dream job, and you want your candidacy to scream “obvious match.” The hiring team will inevitably make an instant initial judgement of your profile, and we want to help you give an amazing first impression.

Interested in stress-tested best practices for optimizing your resume, LinkedIn, portfolio website, or GitHub profile? Whether you’re an engineer, product-person, designer, or business guru, we recommend the following guidelines as your foundation to craft materials that will make your candidacy shine.

  1. Channel your inner ad(wo)man, not your inner historian. During your job search you are a marketer with one product to sell…

When I lost a great tech job due to a corporate reorganization, one of the execs pulled me in for a mysterious one-on-one: “I want you to know that this has nothing to do with your performance, which was very positive.”

Back in the job market, I was lucky to be expedited through the interview process for an exciting opportunity. My experience was incredibly relevant to this potential employer and I cruised through the first few rounds of interviews. During my second deep-dive with my would-be boss, I thought I was building a healthy rapport until the final minutes, when…

“He just wasn’t quite what I’m looking for. And that other guy? He was great… but I’m still interested in seeing if next week brings a better fit.”

Wait, are we talking about dating or… hiring? How about both? Whether you’re dating or job interviewing, your goal is to put your best foot forward to impress the other party. If you’re one of the lucky ones out there who have found your soulmate and a rewarding, challenging job — we’re thrilled for you. But many more of you are deep in the jungle of your searches, right now. Some of…

Research like this piece from Harvard Business Review argues that a diverse workforce drives innovation and market growth. Diversity comes in many forms: gender, race, and socioeconomic background, to name a few. How can your tech startup encourage workforce diversity in the form of age?

The tech industry is often stereotyped as young. When we think of a bustling tech startup, visuals of 20-something nerds playing ping pong with the paddle in one hand and a beer in the other often come to mind. …

Another week, another tech layoff. Is anyone even surprised? Why is this so frequent in a booming economy? How can the startup community better manage the aftermath?

Given that we at Layoff-Aid specialize in improving outcomes in the wake of downsizing, we set out to answer these questions — for the tech community and for ourselves. Our goal was to produce a comprehensive overview of tech downsize events in the SF startup ecosystem. …

You’re the CEO. This is your worst nightmare.

You were supposed to drive hockey-stick growth. But that’s not happening, at least not right now. Whether you’re changing strategies, tight on cash, looking to get acquired, or need to close a business unit, you’ve decided that you’re going to downsize, and you need to tell your company.

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“grayscale photo of people on white pavement” by Zac Ong on Unsplash

While delivering downsize news is always difficult, how you deliver the message matters more than many CEOs realize. …

Adam Stober

Building for SF tech talent. More on me at 💡

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