What’s your background? Career aspirations?
I am a pianist-turned-programmer. I started developing only two years ago after a dare. I love solutions that turn the problem upside-down and love thinking, speaking and writing about coding and soft skills!
What triggered your job search? What drew you to Seen?
I was looking for an opportunity in web application development where I could learn every day, use cutting-edge JS frameworks and libraries and work with incredibly smart and kind people. As a TA with DigitalCrafts, I had access to Seen but had no idea what it was. Using tools like LinkedIn got me high traffic from recruiters but very few quality leads. With Seen, I’ve had a small number of interview requests, but many were from high caliber companies with no intermediary. The noise-to-quality ratio is drastically better than other job searching tools I’ve used.
How did Seen ease your job search?
Seen has a much more desirable noise-to-quality ratio than other tools I’ve used, and one of the ways you help that process is by being highly specific about what a dream job looks like to you. I spent a lot of time crafting my profile upfront (with plenty of help from my career coach, Clint Carrens), which meant I was easier to find by companies who valued the things I valued. Seen is focused on the bigger picture of job searching. I received help on everything from my resume to negotiation to my LinkedIn profile. They highly valued my success as a candidate, whether or not it was through them.
What excites you most about your new role?
My role at WillowTree is a holistic fit. It’s not just that I have certain skills they want, it’s that they want my values, aspirations and personality. Quantifying a culture fit in some way is critical, yet largely ignored by most tools out there. Seen lets me speak to those soft skills, and I know WillowTree is a great fit because we’ve discussed those things up front. I’m excited to join a large team of constant learners!
Tips for fellow tech job seekers?
Technology is one of the few industries in which you can afford to be picky. Once you make yourself available to recruiters, you will have no shortage of interest, but you need to define for yourself what your dream job looks like so you can recognize it when it’s available. Define not just the tools you want to use or the title you want, but also what things you value most (my top values are learning, kindness and craftsmanship). Then, don’t be afraid to ask companies what they value and make sure you won’t be working “against the grain”.