Here are two of the top trends we’re watching in the tech industry beyond Silicon Valley. 

1) Unvalley VC Growth

More venture capital dollars are going to tech companies beyond Silicon Valley.

A report from LinkedIn’s Economic Graph team shows strong economic recovery in the Unvalley. 

LinkedIn listed tech’s most resilient hubs between December 2019 and May 2021 and the top five were Madison, WI; Colorado Springs, CO; Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC; Pittsburgh, PA; and Huntsville-Decatur-Albertville, AL.

2021 Unvalley Trends VC Funding, Top Industries, Job Opportunities, and MoreWe’re also watching the trend that capital investment in the Midwest has doubled from approximately $10 billion to $20 billion since 2019, according to Midwest Cities Rankings.

Want to know what industries and venture capital firms you should be tracking during the holiday season and beyond? Check out Powderkeg’s roundup of top industries between the coasts, and explore the most active VCs outside Silicon Valley. 

Here are more actions you can take to follow the Unvalley growth trends:  

  • Explore companies hiring in the Powderkeg community: Build your dream list by following companies in the Powderkeg directory. Follow companies >>
  • Strengthen your employer brand: Attract the best talent by building your company profile on Powderkeg. Claim your company profile on Powderkeg >>
  • Learn from Unvalley experts: You can watch 50+ video interviews with Unvalley experts on the Powderkeg video library. Check out these video collections for more Unvalley growth trends: Build Diverse Teams, Founders and Funders, Industry Trends

2) Unvalley Job Trends

It’s a job-seekers market.

There are huge opportunities for tech workers in today’s job market. Information technology employers listed 360,065 tech job openings in October – an increase of almost 76,000 from the previous month – and the unemployment rate in the tech sector is just 2.1%.

2021 Unvalley Trends VC Funding, Top Industries, Job Opportunities, and MoreTop companies are bending over backwards to recruit the best possible talent. More employers are open to remote working arrangements than ever before, and companies are shining a spotlight on their culture and publicizing the things that make their company great to work for.

Companies are also relying on employee referrals to help them hire the teams they need to keep growing. Referring candidates to your company yields big dividends for you, too – so read our list of valuable do’s and don’ts for making great employee referrals.

Here are a couple more steps you can take to further your professional career this weekend:

  • Refer a friend to a job: If you come across a job post you’re not a match for, refer the job to a friend! Powderkeg members can Refer on any Powderkeg profile.Refer a friend to a jobs >> 
  • Refresh your resume: Upload your new and improved resume to Powderkeg so employers and recruiters are seeing the best representation of your skills and experience. Upload your resume >>
  • Explore your job matches: Log in to Powderkeg to view your job matches, curated for your experience and preferences. Browse your job matches >>  
  • Learn ways to advance your career: Explore videos from tech job and career experts in the Powderkeg Unvalley video library. Watch these collections for more job trends: Break Into Tech, Advance Your Career 

And, be sure to RSVP for the 2022 Powderkeg Unvalley Awards on December 9th at 5:30 PM ET. This 1-hour virtual event will feature the fastest-growing industries and the best tech companies to work for. RSVP today >>