What’s your background? Career aspirations?
I’ve been programming since high school when I tried to make simple games in Fash. Back then, I was always on the computer, so I knew I wanted to do something related to computers. I went to school and got a Computer Science degree. I got a decent job out of college where I moved up to my team’s lead developer within 4 years.
What triggered your job search? What drew you to Seen?
My previous job was pretty good, but unfortunately the office I was working at didn’t do so good so they closed down that office of the company. I was not willing to relocate, so I had to look for my first development job as an experienced hire. During my search, there were a ton of things that were so annoying. Contractor code monkey farms would call me every day asking me if I want to fill an urgent developer position in a random place in the US that I specified on career sites that I was not willing to move to, wasting my time and theirs. Having to fill out a whole new application with the same information I just filled out on a dozen other job applications made me want to just call it a day and try tomorrow. Even just the process of manually searching for positions was annoying. When I read about Seen having companies come to you instead of the other way around, I was hoping it would remove all or most of those pain points.
How did Seen ease your job search?
Applying and being accepted into Seen was pretty simple and surprisingly quick. It was easy from there. I would just get some emails and I’d express my interest and continue or not. It also gave me more time to study for interviews instead of searching through hundreds of job postings.
What excites you most about your new role?
I feel like I can really grow as a developer and a person at my new job since there are so many great people to learn from. The job security is very good so I don’t have to worry. Benefits are top class as well. The company campus is also amazing.
Tips for fellow tech job seekers?
Definitely do a refresher on typical data structure and algorithms. If you’re like me, an experienced hire, you don’t really end up studying those things that deeply anymore on the job unless you are in an academic job or research role. You also need to research common interview questions and etiquette since you probably haven’t done an interview in a while. Don’t get too worried during the job search like me. I would stress out a lot everyday about what would happen. There’s a job out there for you somewhere.