What’s your background? Career aspirations?
I have a background in mathematics and signal processing, but have been programming in C/C++ as a software engineer since graduating approximately 10 years ago. I enjoy solving problems of all kinds, and programming has given me an avenue to do that. In five years I see myself trying out more technical leadership roles.
What triggered your job search? What drew you to Seen?
I saw a lack of innovation and technical leadership at my previous place of employment. I didn’t see much opportunities for personal growth or advancement there. I decided to try out Seen in order to engage with employers to see if there could be a good match.
How did Seen ease your job search?
Seen is a great place to display your skills, experience, and interests to employers. I enjoyed the fact that the salary expectations are made clear to prospective employers and that whenever an employer reached out through the platform, I could be reassured they were serious in their pursuit of top tech talent. I also enjoyed the passive nature of the platform. Perhaps most importantly, I enjoyed working with my personal career coach, Jamie. She helped me with negotiating a raise with my previous employer, as well as guiding me through the offer negotiation process with my new employer.
What excites you most about your new role?
I’m excited to learn new technologies, like databases, machine learning, and distributed systems. I will also be strengthening my skills in object-oriented programming in C++ and Python, languages I haven’t been able to work in much with my previous employer.
Tips for fellow tech job seekers?
Don’t give up. Job searching is exhausting and definitely takes its toll. Just remember that it has to be a good match on both sides. Sometimes you will feel like you failed an interview, but their impressions may be completely different, and vice versa. It’s natural to feel rejected if you don’t land what you consider to be your dream job on the first try. Be confident but honest during the interview process, and go with your gut if you see any red flags.