What’s your background? Career aspirations?
I’ve been coding since I was 10, never went to college but got immediately picked up by huge companies, such as Disney.
What triggered your job search? What drew you to Seen?
I was in a tough position. I stepped out of the corporate game a few years ago and started chasing startups. Companies with little direction, big investments, poor leadership and even worse working conditions. I was intent on finding a balance between the safety of a large enterprise, but the agility and nimbleness of a startup. I was tired of applying to specific companies and getting nowhere. Traditional recruiters got me very little interviews, and never within my desired skillset. I needed to open my horizons and look for companies I hadn’t thought of, and that’s when I heard about Seen. I figured it wouldn’t hurt, I had tried recruiters and wasn’t getting anywhere, so let’s do it.
How did Seen ease your job search?
It added a new light to bigger companies to see me. I’ve tried other tech-focused “employer finds the developer” programs like Hired.com, but had terrible luck in finding stable companies. They were always tiny startups, poor pay, poor ideas or expecting long overworked hours that are not maintainable in the long run. Seen put me in front of actual profitable companies. Companies that recognized my talent, and treated me with respect—even the companies I declined. The talent pool of employers that Seen seems to attract definitely made it a much better experience than others.
What excites you most about your new role?
My new role is strategically placed in the most ideal condition. The company’s position, their history, their usage, their vision, their work conditions and above all their leadership are second to none. I have an amazing opportunity to make a difference, to work on my time and to use my decades of experience and knowledge to further my career and to better serve my employer.
Tips for fellow tech job seekers?
Don’t give up! I spent nearly 3 months looking for the right job and the right company. I almost accepted 2 really bad offers waiting on better ones. Looking back now, had I accepted those, I would have already quit. Just as employers are picky about who they want to work for them, you should be picky about who you work for as well. It is extremely important to be passionate about who you work for, so don’t fake it!