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Below are some of the most frequently asked questions about Underdog.io. You can email [email protected] or tweet at @UnderdogJobs with ideas, feedback, or questions about any topics that aren’t covered here. We'd love to hear from you.

What does Underdog.io do?

Underdog.io is a curated marketplace for talent. Every week, we connect talented software engineers, designers, product managers, and businesspeople directly with founders, executives, hiring managers, and internal recruiters at growing technology companies.

What's an Underdog.io candidate batch?

A candidate batch is a hand-picked collection of engineering, product, design, and business candidates that we send to companies on the Underdog.io platform. Only a small percentage of candidates who sign up for Underdog.io make it into a candidate batch.

What types of companies do you work with?

95% of companies using the Underdog.io platform are privately-held venture-backed startups. The remainder are larger technology companies and organizations that have startup-like teams and job opportunities. Our goal is to build a network of the highest-quality organizations in the world, which means that we only approve about 50% of the companies that try to join Underdog.io. We don't work with recruiting agencies or other intermediaries.

As a candidate, how long will it take for me to hear back from you once I apply?

Jobs at technology companies are highly specialized and competitive. Given that, only a small subset of candidates who apply to Underdog.io get featured in a candidate batch. If we can work with you, you'll typically receive an invitation to finalize your Underdog.io profile within 24-48 hours of signing up. For business candidates, the timeline can sometimes be a little longer. Because of candidate volume, we only respond to candidates when they are selected for an Underdog.io batch.

Will my current employer be able to see my profile if they are an Underdog.io customer?

No. We hide candidates from their current and past employers and also make it simple for candidates to have their profiles hidden from any other companies of their choosing.

Do Underdog.io companies hire contract, remote, and/or visa candidates?

Many do, but candidates who have the best experience with Underdog.io tend to be looking for full-time positions and don't require visa sponsorship. Some of our companies sponsor visa candidates who already live in the U.S. and have existing, transferable visas. If you live outside of the U.S. and/or hold a non-transferable visa (e.g. B1, L1, J1), we are not likely to feature you in an Underdog.io candidate batch.

What if I don't have an up-to-date resume?

Please try to put something together, even if it's just a PDF export of your LinkedIn profile. Resumes aren't perfect, but they help give us a structured timeline of our candidates' work and education history.

What if I’m looking for a startup job in another city?

We're planning to launch new cities in the coming months based on the demand for Underdog.io and the environment for technology hires in each local market. Visit our cities pages to track our progress. We also recently started working with remote companies; you can opt into those opportunities by signing up on our candidates page.

Why can't I log in to my account?

The short answer is that you likely don't have an account (yet). Candidates and companies can only log in after they've applied AND once they've been approved and accepted into the Underdog.io community, which remains small. We're working on growing our footprint so we can work with more users on both sides of the market. In the meantime, please bear with us.

Why doesn't your list of design skills have tools?

You might notice that our list of design skills doesn't include tools like Sketch or Framer. Instead, it's focused on categories of skills like UX Design, Brand / Identity Design, JavaScript, and Design Management. We believe that experience and skill in the design field best understood through the type of work someone does, rather than the tooling they use. We also understand there to be a spectrum of digital design skills. People who call themselves "designers" often have multiple skills ranging from front-end development to product management and client engagement skills. We've tried to reflect this perspective on our list of design skills, but if you think we've missed something important, send us a message.