What The Heck is a Keboola? ⇒

April 11th, 2019 by Erin with tags Work & Career

I first heard of Keboola over a year ago, right after I was laid off from EDP. As usual I reached out to my friends, and Marcus said I should talk to Milan, one of the partners.

I hit it off with him right away and learned that they were contemplating adding a west coast presence to their sales team. They have a very collaborative, methodical hiring process, which culminates in a short term work "trial" and I was nearing this part of the journey when I ended up getting my offer from ZE...

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Why Do Companies Hire This Way? ⇒

March 26th, 2019 by Erin with tag Work

I've been doing a lot of interviews recently and I've come to really appreciate the way one of my former companies, SchedulePro hires, and I wonder why more companies don't do it this way.

The "usual" way is that a company will do a zillion phone screens, then have a series of in person interviews spread over 2-3 weeks, then shortlist a few candidates for the final round(s) of interviews, before making their final choice. Total time, likely 5-6 weeks, internal person-hours in the...

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Frustration, The Job Search Version ⇒

March 11th, 2019 by Erin with tag Work

Last year was a tough one for me, job wise, as I got laid from EDP Software in March, then laid off again from ZE PowerGroup in Dec. This was a pretty huge knock on my self-esteem, as at both companies I was doing fairly well and ramping up revenue; it was a surprise, twice!

Getting laid off a few weeks before Christmas is particularly tough as no companies are ramping up their staffing at that time; not to mention you have the Christmas bills coming in.

So my job search begain in earnest...

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From A (layoff) to Ze ⇒

April 17th, 2018 by Erin with tag Work

The last 7 weeks haven't all been bad, of course. I have really enjoyed spending time with the family and just generally hanging out doing not much at all. Haven't done that in a really long time.

Naturally, starting the day I got laid off, I started looking for something new. One of the benefits of being in the tech industry in Vancouver for so long, is how many people you end up knowing. During this whole time I never really applied for a job; instead I connected to companies through...

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