Tech Candidate Spotlight – Efrem T., Sr Software Engineer
Welcome, Efrem! Can you start us off by sharing a bit about your educational background?
I am an Electrical Engineer by training. I was excited on the impact of software and its scale. To develop my skills, I joined a Master’s program in Computer Science. This led me to roles in Software Engineering.
My Computer Science degree made a huge impact by offering me a holistic understanding of software development and the infrastructure involved with it.
What areas would you like to learn more about?
I would love to improve my leadership skills and emotional intelligence, which would help me take more ownership of projects. I also hope to have a better understanding of the start-up world to help me work toward entrepreneurial goals.
What led you to pursue a career in tech?
I believe the network effect of tech is quite impressive. Once built, it can scale without having a huge cost. From the development point of view, it is engaging as I can immediately see the impact of my work on users all over.
How has your skillset evolved over the course of your career?
I have grown from being a person who found it hard to write one piece of code to someone who can visualize the different intricacies of applications. This led me to challenge myself with problems and algorithms to find optimal solutions that improve performance.
What are did you choose to specialize in?
Building software from scratch involving the front-end, back-end, and architecture of a system. I would also like to specialize in using data to assist in better decision making.
Is your new role different from previous ones?
Yes, I am now working for start-up. In the past I worked for larger companies. My current role is also in a fast paced environment with a smaller team.
I’m excited for the chance to work with a growing start-up and in that process, wear many hats involving multiple facets of the software development cycle. I will be work alongside smart and engaged individuals who, I know, will push me to build my craft.
What was your job search experience like before you joined Hired?
It involved a lot of calls just to set up an interview – and many times for an opportunity that doesn’t lead anywhere. With Hired, the process was smooth and companies that interviewed me were committed. The matching was precise!
If you are using Hired to find your next role, do as many interviews as possible. I encourage you to enjoy the process of interviewing as it challenges you mentally and is rewarding. Respect the time and effort of everyone involved in potentially offering you your next job. Also, don’t forget you can negotiate your salary.
Hired is a robust platform that does a lot of filtering to send you openings that are relevant, increasing your chances of landing a job in a short period of time.
Any advice for other tech professionals?
During the interview process, don’t stress yourself. Be as mentally prepared as possible and mitigate fear as much as you can. Anyone coming to interview you is there because they see your potential. So, all you have to do is shine!
Great advice and congrats on the job! If you’d like to level up your career like Efrem did, complete your free profile on Hired today!
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