Following the success of our much lauded 2019 Year in Review, we knew it would be highly useful to continue this trend.

We recognize and sympathize that this has been frustrating for much of the labor market. That being said:

Let’s dive in with our four part AAR: (1) what did we expect, (2) what actually happened (3) what went well (4) what can be improved?

1. What was expected to occur?

🎈Our Red Balloon recruiter product was gaining traction, we expected to focus on and grow this program throughout the year as…

RezScore found some of the most ambitious job seekers from all around the country, enthusiastic hiring managers, and a notable guest speaker to hold its first ever virtual career fair amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

The career fair opened with an introduction by RezScore’s founder, Gerrit Hall. From there, participants were split into breakout rooms where employers had the opportunity to interact with eager job seekers. In the main room, guest speaker Sam Feldman of Chart Your Own Path, who formerly worked at Google and TripAdvisor, spoke about the job search and gave tips on the career search.

Participants were able…

Watch our interview with Claude Burns, an Inc 500 Entrepreneur at Office Libations and graduate of the US Naval Academy and MIT Sloan School of Management.

His food/bev startup was one of the first impacted by the COVID-19 situation, and he joined us to share his insights.

Jennifer Bangoura is a career coach who joined to discuss the following topics:

Watch our interview with Craig Zelizer, former Georgetown professor and founder of PCDN

Recorded before the CoronaVirus outbreak, much of the conversation on Future of Work aged very well.

Reading List:


Dan Janjigian is an Olympic bobsledder, star of cult classic film “The Room”, and candidate for Congress in Texas’s 31st Congressional District.

In the video he discusses:

Around the web:


Sam Dingman, host of the Family Ghosts podcast and winner of the Moth Grand Slam. He previously worked at Google before serving as producer of the popular podcasts “Bad With Money” and “You Must Remember This.” You can find Sam Dingman at

Topics covered:

Nick Martin, Professor at Georgetown, Columbia, and George Washington University, Educator, technologist, and social entrepreneur with 15 years of experience in international development and social innovation, CEO at TechChange (, an online learning platform, and Edmund Hillary Fellow

Topics covered:

“Genius is equally spread across zip codes, opportunity is not. It is our job when we’re in positions of power to remove those barriers, and every day we should be working to that.”

Our interview with Qiana Patterson, VP of Strategic Development at HopSkipDrive

At the end of the year we invited recruiters to fill out a detailed survey about recruiting trends.

To gain attention among recruiters we feared we would need to go on LinkedIn and tag it “MIT Full Stack Developer Seeking Job”, but many of you kindly completed the survey without us needing to take this step! Most people completed the survey anonymously, but the people who did leave data indicate that the sample was somewhat diverse, from boutique recruiting shops to internal headhunters at Fortune 100 companies.

Searches: Technical vs Non-Technical Recruiting

Our respondents were overwhelmingly focused on technical searches:


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