How is REACH Structured?
REACH is a multi-year program where individuals with a passion for the job will work in technical roles to build their skill set and gain the experience in the field. Apprentices should expect to be in the apprenticeship for a minimum of one year and no longer than five years. The time each apprentice spends in this program will vary depending on their incoming skill set, experience, and progress through the program. As a REACH apprentice, you will:
- Be a full-time employee with benefits and perks
- Get 20% of your time allocated for your self development
- Be part of a cohort that will meet frequently to share information and grow together
- Have a team and dedicated mentor that will support your growth
- Own real business-need projects that will push your skills!
How to Apply
- Review the job descriptions and application questions in the “Apprenticeship Roles- Winter 2023 Cohort” section (details will be posted on October 7th, 2022). Please identify the role(s) you feel are the best fit. While we invite you to apply to multiple roles, you can move forward with at most one role. We, therefore, advise you to only plan to apply for the roles you would want to be hired into, and for which you are qualified.
- Review the application questions for the positions you are interested in (posted in the role-specific pages) and draft your responses per the guidelines given.
- Submit your application and essay application responses during the posting date, which will go live on October 7th, 2022. The posting period will be open for 2 weeks.
What to Expect During Hiring
During the hiring process, candidates should expect the steps below:
- Essay Application: Our essay application process is designed to give individuals the opportunity to show us a range of qualities we believe will make them successful at LinkedIn. This includes their drive and ability to learn, tenacity and work ethic, unique perspective and passion for the role. As part of the essay application process, candidates are required to submit responses to all components of the three-four application essay questions. Responses will be reviewed for completeness as well as content. Candidates are expected to submit their responses by the application deadline (October 21st, 2022).
- Take-home Project: A recruiter will contact you if you are selected for virtual interviews following initial application review. You will be asked to complete and submit an independent take-home project prior to the virtual interviews (early November- mid December).
- Virtual Interview: During the virtual interview, candidates will go through two interviews (one focused on technical skills and the other on soft skills) and a REACH Meet & Greet. In the technical interview, candidates will be expected to explain and extend their solution to the previously submitted take-home project. During the soft skill interview, a manager will get to know you beyond your technical skills (early November- early January).
- Offer: Candidates who receive an offer will find out more details about their future team and the program, including their minimum time in program based on their current experience and skill level (by late January).
- Start date: Apprentices will start with their cohort and go through a custom REACH onboarding experience together. Your recruiter can provide further detail on the start date during the hiring process so that there is sufficient time to prepare (February).
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Q: When is the next application period?
A: We accept applications a few times a year. The dates will be posted on this site once confirmed.
Q: How many apprentices are you accepting?
A: We expect to hire approximately 15-35 apprentices each cycle. Exact number of hires will depend on the program’s capacity as well as business need at the time.
Q: What roles are you hiring for?
A: Our available roles differ by cohort. In general, we have Software Engineering (Backend, Frontend, Mobile, etc.), Data Science / Machine Learning, and other roles (User Experience Researcher, Technical Program Manager, Cyber Security). Please check our job description section.
Q: Is relocation offered?
A: Yes, relocation is offered. Our standard relocation policies and packages apply.
Q: What office location will these roles be based in?
A: At LinkedIn, we trust each other to do our best work where it works best for us and our teams. This role offers both hybrid and remote work options. This means you can work from home and commute to a LinkedIn office, depending on what's best for you and when it is important for your team to be together, or you can work remotely from most locations within the country listed for this role.
For those considering the hybrid work option, the majority of our teams are hybrid out of our Sunnyvale, CA office. However, we do have some teams in our San Francisco office and on occasion, our New York City office.
Q: Will LinkedIn sponsor my visa?
A: Apprentice roles are not eligible for visa sponsorship. Applicants must be authorized to work in the US for LinkedIn without requiring visa sponsorship now or in the future.
Q: How is team placement determined?
A: The program team will determine which team an individual joins, keeping in mind the apprentice’s interests. Team assignments will be based on several factors in order to set the individual up for success.
Q: Are all applications reviewed?
A: Based on high volume of interest, we will not be able to review all applications. However, all applicants within this period will have an equal likelihood of review (i.e. applications will not be reviewed on a first come first serve basis).
Q: Do you need a LinkedIn profile in order to apply?
A: While LinkedIn profiles will not be reviewed in our hiring process, you must have a LinkedIn profile when applying in order for LinkedIn to receive your application through our applicant tracking system. In case you are new to LinkedIn or if you’d like some help in updating your profile, please visit this page or this video to see tips for creating a LinkedIn profile.
Q: What does the time allocated for development of technical skills look like?
A: Apprentices can expect designated time on a weekly basis for investing in their technical skills. We will provide a list of resources, guidance, mentorship, and financial support but this time will look different for each apprentice and each apprentice is expected to drive their own learning. For some, this may consist of internal or external programs or classes, online courses, or side projects. For some, this may be a dedicated day for learning while others spread over the week.
Q: What benefits are available for apprentices?
A: Apprentices are eligible for health & medical benefits as well as all other perks that our full-time employees enjoy - centered on your health, passions, and family. See more benefits here: https://careers.linkedin.com/benefits
Q: Will program participants be compensated?
A: Yes, we will offer compensation packages for all apprentices.
Q: Will LinkedIn provide educational reimbursement
A: Yes, educational reimbursement will be offered for apprentices developing their technical skills. Specific details for reimbursement will be shared with apprentices upon joining the program.
Q: How is the length of the program determined?
A: The length of time apprentices spend in the program can range from one year to five years and is evaluated on an individual basis. This will depend on the time it takes apprentices to build their skill set to an entry level and meet the experience requirements as outlined in our basic qualifications for the role they are being promoted into. This will be discussed further during the interview process.
Based on their incoming skills, education, and previous work experience, each apprentice will be provided with an estimate on the minimum length of time in the program to meet the basic qualifications. If someone has no prior related work experience and does not have a bachelor’s degree, the individual should expect the program to be closer to 5 years in length.