Virtual Recruiter: Dallas’ Knack Launches a Free App for Job-Seeking Engineers

In an effort to help tech workers displaced by COVID-19, Knack for Engineers matches qualifications with remote jobs from leading companies.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, so does the number of people laid off and out of work. The team at Dallas-based Knack wants to help a portion of those new job seekers: the engineers.

Knack, a job-finding platform connecting users with qualified employment opportunities, has launched a new mobile app specifically for tech and engineering jobs.

Like a “virtual recruiter,” Knack for Engineers matches a person’s job preferences with available positions. It’s free to use, and because most companies are still following the shelter-in-place, it includes remote, work-from-home options. There’s also geographic filters so people can find opportunities nearby.

“Knack for Engineers puts the power of web crawling and big data in the hands of engineers so they can take control of their future,” Knack CEO Leroy Ware said in a statement. “The app is like a recruiting assistant that actively searches for jobs on behalf of an engineer and presents opportunities perfectly matched to his or her skills and preferences.”

The app primarily tailors to technical professionals like designers, software developers, cloud architects, devops and infrastructure engineers, roboticists, and data scientists. According to Ware, most engineers typically struggle to find work, despite being incredibly talented. They just upload their resume to job boards and wait for the right recruiter.

Ware hopes Knack for Engineers takes that out of the equation—the process often “leaves a lot of talented people out of work for large periods of time, or in roles that they don’t truly love,” he said.

It works like this:

Once the app is installed, Knack users upload their resume and fill in a few additional professional details. Knack for Engineers then creates a personalized job feed that is updated every few hours. The jobs include thousands of full-time and part-time opportunities that are highly tailored to each engineer, both remote and onsite. Users can open the app to review job requests, and even apply to jobs and confirm interviews. 

“Since launching the app, we’ve received a ton of positive feedback” COO Mitch Corsini said. “They’ve offered helpful suggestions and advice that has enabled us to build a platform catered to their needs. The reaction has been amazing and we’re very excited to launch a product that can help so many people at such a critical time.”

Ware and Corsini founded Knack after meeting in Silicon Valley and realizing they were both passionate about engineering, technical staffing, and entrepreneurship. According to the company, Knack is soon introducing a subscription-based applicant tracking system that will allow staffing firms and employers to post jobs on the platformand get automated candidate recommendations.

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