What’s your background? Career aspirations?
I worked with a global consulting firm for nearly 8 years in the data intelligence domain and traveled the world hopping from one project to the other. I worked on implementing industry leading BI solutions for some of the world’s biggest organisations. I was a pretty good programmer in college and had been doing side projects while I was working. I was looking for a job that would take me back to the programming world.
What triggered your job search? What drew you to Seen?
I had built quite a bit of inertia by being with the same organization for 8 years. I was perhaps getting too comfortable in this environment, and that somehow was impacting the pace at which I was learning new skills. When I started looking for a job, I was all over the place, applying to up to 10 jobs a day. It was really frustrating (with some companies asking to fill out 10-page forms) and it never really helped much. Most of the success I had initially was with companies that reached out to me instead of me applying. I thought that Seen was a really fascinating concept when I was invited to join it. I had 2 onsite interviews without applying from my end which was great. The companies that approached me knew my profile and had made a conscious decision to approach me, so it always yielded better results.
How did Seen ease your job search?
Seen turned the job search process on its head. Instead of me searching for roles that fit my profile, the companies had access to my profile and were looking out for me. More than anything else, I knew that the company approaching me already knew that I would fit the job’s requirements. I only had to worry about the company fitting my requirements.
What excites you most about your new role?
I am really excited. I am looking forward to working in the tech industry and seeing how I fit in and have fun at the same time.
Tips for fellow tech job seekers?
Focus on networking, keep your profile up to date and practice for interviews with your friends. Most people don’t get much success in interviews since they are not well prepared.