What’s your background? Career aspirations?
I’ve been kicking around the Austin tech scene for over a decade now, and at this point in my career I am most interested in doing the maximum amount of good that I can through my career. I don’t need a ton of money or prestige, I just need to feel like I have improved the world a bit. In terms of career aspirations over the longer term, I think I will still care about this value of maximizing the positive I can in the world. Therefore, a lot of my job search involved looking at companies and understanding how their strategies and behaviors matched up with what I wanted to accomplish.
What triggered your job search? What drew you to Seen?
My previous employer was beginning to show some obvious signs that its values did not align with my own . I’m interested in building things and growing the customer base, but that was not on the agenda so it was time to start looking. For the most part, I felt like my job search was not terribly frustrating. I did have some fairly rigorous criteria for employers which eliminated a lot of possibilities before they got too far. For onsite interviews, I did the thing where I spent the night before unable to sleep and the night after I spent second-guessing everything I said in the interview. Overall though, I didn’t find the whole process too challenging or frustrating. I chose Seen because I was on the interviewing team at my previous job and the technical recruiter mentioned that she liked it and found that it was a valuable tool. If technical recruiters like Seen, then that’s probably a good place to put my name out there.
How did Seen ease your job search?
I was drawn to Seen mostly out of a desire to avoid all of the missed connections and noise that have come out of traditional job searches. With Seen, there was no confusion about the base salary I was seeking to make or in which city I was looking. I never felt like I was wasting my time sending resumes out into a black hole or like there wasn’t a human on the other side of some email exchange. All in all, I would totally do it again.
What excites you most about your new role?
I think I am most excited about working for Indeed because it has a great mission. Almost everyone knows how transformative new roles and jobs can be, and it’s a great feeling going to work everyday knowing that I am a part of that.
Tips for fellow tech job seekers?
I can think of a handful of suggestions. Almost every top-tier tech employer will want you to be able to demonstrate the skills on your resume. If you’re looking for a software writing position—you’re going to need to be able to write software. If you’re looking for a data engineering position—you’ll need to be able to show your abilities. I think the tech hiring market is headed more towards these objective measures of ability and it shows no signs of stopping. In addition to straight-up technical ability, you need to have some great answers ready for the common behavioral questions that employed ask. Find a list of these online and go through them and consider how you would answer them and how your resume aligns with the answers to those questions. Lastly, the hiring market is pretty hot right now. If you’re unhappy in your current role, there is more than likely something better out there for you. Don’t be afraid to take a look around.