What’s your background? Career aspirations?
I originally came from a non-technical background, so I was immediately at the bottom of the totem pole as far as job market aspirations go. I was stuck at a job where I knew I didn’t want to be in 5 years, but I could tell the longer I stayed the less likely I would be able to expand my career opportunities. I decided I wanted to change my career path and expand my potential opportunities. So I started working on my job skills in my free time—towards my ideal job. My ideal job involved something challenging in product development. Rather than using someone’s product, I wanted to create.
What triggered your job search? What drew you to Seen?
My journey was triggered by the want to be challenged as far as my skills are involved, but was exacerbated by key coworkers and leadership finding other opportunities before me. I wanted to find a job that I truly enjoyed. The thing I found most challenging and frustrating could be broken up into a few different categories. The first being that I had changed industries into software engineering a few years before, so I would always get contacts from recruiters who were looking to fill a position in the industry which I was no longer in. Another frustrating portion was recruiters who you could tell didn’t look at your profile as they were offering you a position that you needed many more years of experience for or was in a programming language you didn’t possess. I chose Seen because of Brent Diana, a coworker at a previous company who now works at Indeed. I try to stay in touch with friends from my old companies and he recommended using the service as well as providing career coaching.
How did Seen ease your job search?
It was actually fairly easy as far as going about my job search. I like that the offers I had come through Seen were more relevant to my skills than any other job search experience. One thing that I really liked what the inclusion of job skills and the role which I was looking to fill. My employer was looking for someone with a set amount of experience within a certain range of skills and I fell into that category. This made it easier for them to find me than blindly applying at companies.
What excites you most about your new role?
I like how tight knit everyone at my company is and how important my singular role is. At my previous role, I could not work for a year and wouldn’t affect the company as a whole. At my new role, every single person counts and matters. Even during my job interview process I gave some product direction and ideas that I now actually get to implement in my role. Now when someone is using our product I get to say “I made that” rather than using someone else’s work. It’s a really exciting opportunity for me.
Tips for fellow tech job seekers?
The most important tip which I can offer is to never stop improving yourself and learning. Technology changes on an hourly basis and you have to be willing to adapt. The odds are you will never have every single skill a company is looking for, but as long as you show you are willing to learn and adapt on the job you are more valuable than someone who already possesses those skills, but doesn’t want to learn or adapt.