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Have you ever wondered how much better a tech staffing and recruiting company would be if it were run by technical people?

Cinder Staffing started with a simple loan of our engineers to one of our clients and grew to be one of the largest staffing companies in the greater Portland region. We did this by focusing on 3 key differentiators:

  1. Recruit strong technical talent that we’d want to work with. 

  2. Treat them like you treat your internal engineers with competitive pay, benefits, and development opportunities.

  3. Maintain great relationships with our clients’ technical leaders to ensure long-lasting relationships.

Job seekers

Asking for recommendations can be intimidating. We’ve all been there! In my experience though, most people will be happy to support you. I actually love it when someone asks me to recommend them because it means they value our relationship. Supporting the people I love and respect by writing recommendations is something I’m always excited to do. That said, if you want thoughtful recommendations, you need to put in effort before, during, and after your request.

What do you want to be when you grow up? How many of us have been asked this and had a certain answer? Personally, I’ve never had my sights set on a particular career. Sometimes I even joke that I’m still deciding what I want to be when I grow up, and frankly I think that’s perfectly fine! In fact, I’ve changed my career successfully many times, and you can too with this guide!

When you’re hunting for a new job, familiarizing yourself with local organizations is one of the best ways to give yourself an edge with unique opportunities for employment, networking, and skill-building. In the Portland area there are tons of local organizations that can help you find awesome opportunities, but here are a few of the best ones to start with:


If you are like most employers, struggling to hire folks from Black, Latinx, and other marginalized communities, you can’t keep doing the same thing and expect different results. Amongst the “great resignation”, we as workers are getting fed up with how we are treated. When we typically spend more time with our bosses, our teams, and our work than our families, it makes a big difference how that time is spent. It is, and will likely remain for some time, a candidate’s market. We know that employers are being pushed to not only “talk the talk” but deliver on promises of creating more equitable and inclusive environments.

One of the best ways to connect with a diverse group of candidates is to build relationships within specific communities. As we have worked at Cinder to include more people in the workplace, we have learned that these efforts are essential to building trust and ensuring that you make meaningful changes to your organization. Here are 5 key steps for finding and engaging with a community that you are not currently attracting:

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with awesome opportunities.

Search our open roles to find a job where you can thrive.

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