What’s your background? Career aspirations?
I’m from a small town in Kansas and would help my dad tinker with computers from a young age. I fell in love with technology and wrote iOS apps and games when the App Store came out. I got a programming internship halfway through high school for making a medical diagnosis iPhone app. I participated in constant software research internships through college. I graduated college and worked as a software engineer for a small company, still in Kansas.
What triggered your job search? What drew you to Seen?
My wife started my job search journey. I was okay being stuck in a small town with a job that paid their software engineers way below their worth and gave them far too many responsibilities. She job searched across many sites but stopped at Indeed because of how easy it was to use. She had me interested so I made a profile. My wife would save all sorts of jobs for me to go through when I got home, but it was tedious. It doesn’t feel very interactive when you apply for a job the standard way, and I always have trouble writing cover letters. Then I noticed Seen, and it couldn’t hurt to try it out.
How did Seen ease your job search?
Seen is the best job connecting tool I’ve used. Setting up the Seen profile with skills and portfolio made me feel valuable. It has incredible ease of use. I input what I was looking for and suddenly I started getting interview requests. It’s interactive and transparent. I could accept or decline interviews and it would use the online calendar, which is fantastic for organization on your schedule. It felt more like a one-on-one connection with jobs instead of me throwing applications and hoping to get notified back.
What excites you most about your new role?
What excites me the most is how happy my wife is. From a small apartment she wasn’t happy with, barely affording to pay off tuition debt and having far too much workload and stress to now having a large apartment a family could start in with a job that I couldn’t imagine getting before.
Tips for fellow tech job seekers?
It doesn’t hurt to try and look. I had no expectations and the best possible outcome happened.