What’s your background? Career aspirations?
I have a long career background starting in ASIC chip development at IBM back in the late 70’s. I always had an interest in programming, and during my time in hardware development, I often got chosen to do adhoc projects to enable the EDA tools to accomplish things they weren’t originally designed to do such as making it possible for contemporary PCB wiring programs to handle the larger wiring channel blockages created by surface mounted components or converting PCB wiring data to use 45 degree corners instead of 90 degrees to reduce EMI. Later, when I left IBM around 2008, I started web development and enjoyed it, so continued. What I enjoy about it is that the technology involved is moving at a fast pace so it never becomes routine or boring, and you are constantly having to learn and update your skills.
What triggered your job search? What drew you to Seen?
When I recently started job hunting I struggled with keeping on top of all the communications between companies and recruiters that approached me. I signed up with a number of companies who claimed to make this an easier process and found that Indeed was the best at it, and they also delivered leads for jobs that matched my aspirations more closely.
How did Seen ease your job search?
Indeed assigned me a personal manager called Caoimhe Brady who was fantastically proactive in helping me, giving me lots of advice, encouragement, and support.
What excites you most about your new role?
The salary is better and the company has a lot of potential to increase in size. Web development plays a crucial role in that happening, and I hope to play a part in helping to make our development team rise to that challenge.
Tips for fellow tech job seekers?
Choose a good company to help you as it can be a time consuming business, and you can find that finding a new job is quite a job in itself.