Direct recruiting without the ghosting or gaslighting

As members of women’s Tech hub, we know that there are multiple issues of bias around recruitment. Our members complain about ghosting, which is when they simply don’t have any response or gaslighting, which is when someone agrees on a price or agreement with you and then tells you they never agreed that. It’s rife in the industry and drives many of you away, we know this because you tell us!

We, therefore, set up direct recruitment with tech3shed, which was where we introduced members directly to the companies cutting out the recruitment process by talking directly at a careers fair. AND it worked! It was amazing to see how many of the main companies were shocked to see the quality of our members whom, without the industry blockers, they would never meet.

Because of that we now go direct and we have some great companies who are keen to talk direct, which is great. You can be a member on our candidate’s page here without your current company knowing it’s you (an issue with LinkedIn for some) and also we are only charging 5% as it means it keeps us independent and supports our work. We have some new companies and candidates coming in weekly so check out our pages – candidates here and jobs here.

If you are a company not understanding where the women are, then speak to us direct on and we can explain why you don’t see them yet.

Workshop Wednesday

The next Workshop Wedenesday will be this week on the 15th of July and we currently have:

  • Guest speaker Eleanor Stowe: Design in Change Roles
  • Bristol Data Science & Machine Learning: Self-paced peer-supported study session
  • Python Beginners: Following an online Python Course (–ud1110) – consolidating lesson 4
  • Introduction to Software Testing
  • Webdev 101: How to deploy a static site with Netlify. A great way to get portfolio sites up and running

Sign up here (or in the individual group meetups on the links above) and feel free to join us for just the part that interests you, we will showcase what’s on from 6 – 6.15 before starting the talks.

If you wish to do a talk then please let us know by email on

We are happy to host other rooms if you want to discuss projects etc and if you wish to sponsor one the details are on our networking page here.

Don’t forget Mondays Women Tech Founders on Monday!

Stuff we spotted and thought we would pass on

Oneder – Volunteer job specs

We’re looking for voluntary support across a number of areas as we start fundraising, with a view to finding future members of the team to bring on on a permanent basis post raise. We’re also offering short term internships for students or recent graduates looking to grow their experience in exchange for mentoring and references. Check out the details here

A report to advance equality and inclusion at the City Council

As part of our ongoing efforts to learn and improve practice, a series of actions, interventions and changes spanning several themes across our business have been developed. The proposals aim to increase representation of black, Asian and other under-represented groups in our workforce; strengthen our approach to performance management; equip managers to manage difference and diversity well; build trust with colleagues and ensure visible, well-informed senior leadership of equality and inclusion within the council, starting at the top with Corporate Leadership Board and continuing through all spans of leadership and management. The report and its appendices are available on our website (item 18).

Institute of Coding free courses (includes Github!)

Curious about coding? Ready for a degree? Aiming for a promotion?
Our network of employers & educators have co-designed a range of industry-inspired courses. Check them out here.


Entrepreneurship for Beginners – Startup | Entrepreneur Hackathon Webinar 14th of July

Would you like to be your own boss? Have you ever dreamed of starting your own business? Don’t know what to do about your great business idea? If you have ever thought about these situations then you need our entrepreneurship blueprint workshop.

This Week’s happenings have moved to a dedicated page

Event listings are now updated weekly basis on our Events page

We know that for many people and children the office and school can be their refuge so please be aware that in Bristol, Next Link domestic abuse telephone helplines are open 10am – 4pm Monday to Friday 0117 925 0680. Help is also available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on the National Domestic Violence Helpline – Freephone 0808 2000 247.

Domestic Violence Support

Did we miss anything?

If you have anything that you want us to mention on our next Blogpost contact us on We do try to keep it to free or funded items that our members might relate to.

As a suggestion from one of our lovely members (Thanks Gabs #1!), we have also set up a “buymeacoffee” page for those wanting to give us a small thank-you. Check it out here.

Women’s Tech Hub products

Our Candidates page advertises the skillsets of the women we have looking for roles in the area (and some of our male allies).

We have a Jobs Board for those wanting to advertise specifically to our members in the area – check it out here.

If you want to engage with our members, advertise your companies and share any jobs then you can support us by sponsoring the Workshop Wednesdays – details here.