What’s your background? Career aspirations?
I’ve been a professional software engineer for 37 years. My career goals are to continually better understand and optimize the development process, to capture that knowledge into patterns, tooling and good stories and finally to increase my positive impact on the companies I work for.
What triggered your job search? What drew you to Seen?
My trigger was the epiphany that the job market I was in (as a consultant and as a job seeker) was targeting people (Senior Developers) defined as having 7 years experience, less than a fifth of my 37 years experience. I redefined my search within Indeed for a super high level of expertise and told myself that the process might take 6 months before I found a company that could offer a challenge commensurate with my skills. Turns out my next employer contacted me a week after starting on Seen.
How did Seen ease your job search?
While it’s true that I did get some flaky offers via Seen, it’s also true that the other initial offers were very close to what I was looking for in terms of seniority and problem space. The various cultures of the companies making those offers were also all over the map, but that’s a variety I like since it’s difficult to explain what exactly I’m looking for in a corporate culture. No other source of offers came close to providing as many interesting roles as did Seen.
What excites you most about your new role?
It’s in Amsterdam and it turns out that the corporate culture there is almost exactly what I was looking for, but couldn’t find in Austin, TX.
Tips for fellow tech job seekers?
I have to laugh at the fact that I’ve been telling recruiters for literally decades that I was never going to leave Austin for a job somewhere else, but it turns out the ideal job for me was in Amsterdam. I still won’t move to Waco, though. It sounds stupid, but I’ve learned to be sure that your desired job title really is the correct job title for the job you want.