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Better Jobs with Companies That Care

The first day of a new gig comes wrapped in a myriad of emotions; excitement for the future, fear of the unknown, worry about whether you'll fit in with your new work cohorts, pride in your carefully chosen look. Couple that with discovering a major change in your personal life, and BAM - too many unanswered questions to process with confidence. But the good news is, you'll be okay, as long as you select your new surroundings mindfully, armed with all the info you need to make the right decision. Many companies will support you, regardless of the situation. And if they don't, we're always here to help set you on the right path forward.

FEATURED COMPANY THAT CARES: Bloomberg L.P.

Bloomberg L.P., a leader in providing data, information and insights in the realms of business, finance, government and philanthropy, makes it a top priority to ensure their staff feel supported and cared for - not an easy feat for a brand with about 19,000 employees. They offer a plethora of diversity groups including Bloomberg Women's Community and Bloomberg LGBT and Ally Community. And they address issues surrounding women in the workplace like unconscious bias training and new parents coaching. Want more? How about fertility assistance programs? BIG snaps. HUGE!

Check out these other great jobs too!

AdMass - Data Engineer - New York, NY

Amazon - Software Development Engineer, Mobile (AIV) - Seattle, WA

Apple - Group Strategy Director, Marcom - Cupertino, CA

Casper - Software Engineer - New York, NY

Cisco Meraki - Software Engineering Manager, Cross-Product UI - San Francisco, CA

Dow Jones & Company - iOS Software Engineer - New York, NY

DuckDuckGo - Social Media Strategist - Remote

Goldman, Sachs & Co. - Software Developer - Java, C++ or Python - Multiple Locations

Hearst Newspapers - Frontend Developer - New York, NY

Karat, Inc. - Expert Technical Interviewer - Remote

Oscar Insurance Corp. - Software Engineer, Data/Systems - Culver City, LA

Sephora - Senior Manager, Mobile Application Development - San Francisco, CA

Time Inc. - Senior Developer (SDE II), Brand Engineering - New York, NY

Viacom - Product Director, Nickelodeon - New York, NY

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YouTube: PowerToFly's Comprehensive Guide

YouTube is so much more than a place reserved for cat videos and Vine compilations. In 2006, Google acquired YouTube for $1.65 billion. The latest estimates value the video platform at $70 billion. Since YouTube's first video upload in 2005, more than 1.3 billion have people used the platform and over 300 hours of content are uploaded every minute. Cat videos and Vine compilations are just the tip of the iceberg.

I've been using YouTube for years, but since 2014, my interest in the platform has grown into an ever-growing fascination. The functionalities are constantly expanding and new creators join the platform daily.

With all of their users, it seems that many people aren't using YouTube to it's full potential. I'm always amazed that most of my friends don't use YouTube the way I do, but I probably spend way more time there than the average person. I'm totally ok with that, so I've decided to share the wealth. By the end of this, I hope you'll be able to use some of these tips and tricks to learn even more from one of the most valuable platforms on the web today.

Controlling the Speed of Your Video

This is a major one. I tell almost everyone about YouTube's speed controller. All you have to do click the gear icon and go to the speed menu. From there, you can make it go as fast as 2x the original speed or as slow as .25x the original speed. I watch and listen to almost everything, except music, at 2x speed for a couple of reasons. The most important reason? It's just faster. I use YouTube like most people use Google, which makes sense - because all YouTube is is a search engine for video. More on that later. But seriously, YouTube is a treasure trove of educational videos. I've been using it to teach myself different techniques in the Adobe Creative Suite and being able to toggle the speed is a miracle. I also slow videos down during hard-to-understand parts. Be careful with this, though. Sound isn't supported at .25x speed.

Here's how I watch most videos on Youtube.

Looping Your Favorite Jams

For some reason, YouTube has some of the most obscure music. I mean, where else am I going to find Amy Winehouse's deep cuts? Despite not being a music streaming service (Vevo not included), they still provide one of the most crucial functionalities for listening to music. The repeat button. All you have to do is right click anywhere on the video and press loop. No more switching between your sea of tabs to restart that song. I also think this would come in handy if you're one of those people who like to fall asleep to the sound of white noise. Set it and forget it.

I mean, can you really only listen to this song once?

Stats For Nerds

This is exactly what it says it is. It's really awesome to use this feature, and it works in real time! Just right click anywhere on the video and you can see your network speed, volume, relative loudness (which is a whole other can of worms) and your buffer health. Basically, if something is going wrong with your video, your best bet is to check here.

Check out this panel to see what's going on with your video playback.

Make Your Own Gifs

I sometimes communicate with my friends exclusively in gifs, so this is probably one of the coolest things you can do on YouTube. It's simple. Just type in "gif" before YouTube in the url and it takes you to a new site. There, you can make all sorts of manipulations to your clip like cropping, blurring, adding a caption. You can totally transform your favorite clips and then send them to your friends. Check it out!

A gif of me making a gif of one of the most iconic videos on Youtube

The Almighty Algorithm

Recommendation engines are a part of many websites and apps we use today, and YouTube's reigns supreme, in my opinion. I find 30% of the new channels and content I consume through recommendations alone. And you can tailor your recommendations with your own feedback. Let them know that you don't want to watch that Vine compilation and tell them why. It's pretty responsive. I'll give you an example. I'm a huge R&B fan. Old? New? Doesn't matter. YouTube knows this about me and creates curated playlists based on the songs I listen to. They even sneak in a few other songs from similar artists. I'm always going in and tweaking the playlist in real time to improve it. And YouTube learns! I'm excited to see how the engine improves with time.

Youtube is really responsive to your feedback

What's Next For YouTube?

So, remember how I said I use YouTube like Google? I think most people still use Google as Google, but my first instinct lately when I want to know something is to type my question into YouTube. I'm a visual learner and it's much easier for me learn how to do something when someone shows me. The other day, however, I typed in "How to attach blinds to the wall without drilling holes." I know my search terms could use some work, but that's not the point. Instead of getting some random tutorial from a life hacking site, I got this:

Not only did it suggest a video to watch, but it also recommended that I watch a certain section of the clip. This is huge! No more searching through a 10 minute video for a 30 second answer. I suspect this feature is still in beta because I haven't seen it since, but I'm really looking forward to when it's fully rolled out. Information will be so much more accessible and that's always a great thing.

So there you have it. Our guide to YouTube. I hope you'll start using some of these features in the future. It's totally ok if you don't start watching videos in 2x the speed. Although you're not really living until you do.

What tips and hacks do you use on YouTube? We'd love to hear them on Twitter: @powertofly!

Remote Work Round-Up

August 17, 2017

Working from home has captured much media attention as of late, as more employees are requesting the ability to do their duties remotely, and many companies are complying.

But according to a recent write-up on The Conversation by Agustin Chevez and DJ Huppatz, while having a home office may seem like a recent trend, it can actually be traced back several centuries to the advent of the office itself. Offices began appearing in Italy during medieval times, mostly used for prestige or religious purposes. And as such - the vast majority of people worked from home. That all began to change in the 17th century.

The authors write, "Lawyers, civil servants and other new professionals began to work from offices in Amsterdam, London and Paris. This led to a cultural distinction between the office, associated with work, and the home, associated with comfort, privacy and intimacy."

Yet some powerful figures purposely chose to work from the serenity found at home. The Rothschild family conducted all banking matters from their domestic base to make clients feel more relaxed, while Hugh Hefner originally ran his Playboy enterprise from his bed.

Technologies such as the telegraph, telephone and word processors brought us into modern work culture, transforming it so vastly via the abundance and ease of digital connectivity, that today, the end of the office could be a reality.

Only time will tell, but in the interim, if working remotely is really what you're after, take a look below at some of our open remote or flexible opportunities. For even more available roles, head over to our Jobs page.

This week's curated list of jobs from the PowerToFly platform include:

Akili Interactive - Director, Product Management (Flexible/Larkspur, CA or Boston, MA)

Buzzfeed - Senior Manager of Product Management (Flexible/New York, NY)

Casper - Engineering Manager (Flexible/New York, NY)

DuckDuckGo - Business Development Representative (Remote)

DuckDuckGo - Social Media Strategist (Remote)

GitLab - Channel Sales Manager (Remote)

GitLab - Account Executive (Remote)

L3 Technologies, Inc. - Supplier Quality Engineer (Remote)

PowerToFly - eBook Writer (Remote)

Zapier, Inc. - QA Automation Engineer (Remote)

"Let the beauty of what you love be what you do." - Rumi

Better Jobs with Companies That Care

August 16, 2017

Look, we're going to be straight with you: this week sucked. It sucked hard. Normally we're glass half full kind of gals, but turn on the news (or your computer, or your phone, or stick your head out from under the covers) and negativity is rampant. It hits us at every curve and it's difficult to bring the levity we're normally known for. But every once in awhile, it's ok to let your guard down and let the world know you're human. Y'know, a human with emotions and feelings and a soul. We weep for lives lost, opportunities lost, ground-gained lost. We weep for us all. Take care of yourselves, and take care of each other. It's times like these that bring the important stuff into perspective. We pray the future brings brighter days, and we won't stop fighting until it does.

FEATURED COMPANY THAT CARES: ZENDESK

Zendesk builds software to power customer relationships, but that's not the only power they produce. This benefit trounces all the others we've seen to date (and we've seen many): on-the-job napping, anyone? Providing ample PTO and comfy couches, you won't be getting behind-the-back side-eye here for catching a little snooze. Don't believe us? Check them out and see for yourself (along with a plethora of other hard-to-beat benefits, too!)

For more choice opportunities with companies that care, see below. And you can peruse even more open roles on our Jobs page.

AdMass - Data Engineer (New York, NY)

Amazon - Senior Manager, Digital Advertising, Display Ads (Seattle, WA)

Avant - Software Engineer (Chicago, IL)

Bloomberg LP - Developer Experience Hosted Services Engineer (New York, NY)

Bloomberg LP - Senior Software Engineer, Build Workflow (New York, NY)

Casper - Software Engineer (New York, NY)

Cisco Meraki - Software Engineering Manager, Cross-Product UI (San Francisco, CA)

Goldman, Sachs & Co. - Software Developer - Java, C++ or Python (NY, TX, UT, IL)

Karat, Inc. - Software Engineer (Seattle, WA)

Time Inc. - Director of Brand Engineering, Lifestyle (New York, NY)

Viacom - Product Director, Nickelodeon (New York, NY)

Viacom - Software Test Engineer (New York, NY)


Companies That Care

How This Senior Product Manager Navigated Learning She Was Pregnant on Her First Day at Addepar

To learn more about Addepar and their open roles, visit them here.

"I found out I was pregnant on my first day at Addepar," Shonan Vora recently explained to us from her office in sunny Mountain View, CA, while taking a break as the lead product manager on Addepar's recently announced Schwab integration.

"I was in a confused state of mind. I had just started a brand new job. Before Addepar, I had spent my career in the financial services industry, where things are very different. I was very embarrassed, initially. What are they going to think of me? I had a meeting with my manager once I was past my first trimester. I said, 'I'm sorry, I know you just hired me, but I'm pregnant and I'm going to have to go on leave soon.' He was like, 'What do you mean, you're sorry? You have to go on with your life. You can't stop your life just because you got a new job.' I was always grateful for that, but not just for him. Everybody in the company completely supported me through it."

While other companies may have balked at receiving news like the update Shonan delivered within 90 days of starting her new role, Addepar, a financial platform bringing common sense to investing, proved to stay true to their pragmatic principles throughout Shonan's pregnancy and beyond. They know what all mother's know: just because a woman has children, it doesn't make her less competent or capable to do her job, and do it well.

"Whether it was my pregnancy, my maternity leave or something else, they didn't give me less responsibility. I was in the middle of some very big projects when I went on maternity leave. They didn't take anything away from me, which was my worst fear. I have had an excellent experience with the company starting from the first day."

Addepar even provided her with access to LUCY, a parental personal care service offering in-home or virtual sessions including lactation, sleep consulting, immediate post-birth support and back-to-work coaching. This incredible, 8-session benefit has allowed Shonan to continue to be successful at Addepar while maintaining work/life balance.

Shonan's daughter is now 15 months old, and she feels the need to negate any misconceptions about what it's like to be a working mom and the lead product manager responsible for data management at Addepar. "A lot of people ask me, 'How do you manage a one year old and working at a fast paced company?' Everyone at Addepar has been very supportive. I take advantage of Addepar's flexible policy by coming in at 7 AM. I get the bulk of my work done before everyone comes in so that I can leave at 4:30 PM. I'm able to spend a few hours with my daughter before she goes to bed. People understand that. I'm able to keep my own hours and the company is behind me 100%. I value this flexibility and it drives me to ensure that my projects are always completed on time."

Is your company behind you 100%, throughout your life's journey? Check out a company that stands behind their staff from day one. Click here to learn more about Addepar and all of their open roles.

Companies That Care

Remote Work Round-Up

August 10, 2017

This week, Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz of the Chicago Tribune pondered why remote working succeeds at some companies and not others. And while we at PowerToFly are advocates for remote opportunities of any variety, Elejalde-Ruiz settles on a theme we've recently seen widely embraced: balance, or flexible roles.

She writes:

"Studies have shown working remotely increases employee engagement, but in moderation, because there is still value in the relationships nurtured when colleagues are face to face. The most engaged employees are those who work off-site three to four days out of a five-day workweek, according to a report this year from Gallup.

The key, advocates of flexible work policies say, is to match the environment with the type of work that needs to be done.

'The office is becoming a place for collaboration, while home is a place for concentration,' said Kate Lister, president of Global Workplace Analytics."

This space is normally reserved for sending our readers a carefully curated list of remote jobs, but in light of recent trends, we'd like to open up the field and share some of our flexible positions with you as well. Feel free to let us know what you think at hi@powertofly.com.

Without further ado, here is this week's list of select remote (and flexible!) roles available on the PowerToFly platform. Not seeing a match here? Don't worry - head to our Jobs page to find something to suit your needs.

Akill Interactive - Director, Product Management (Flexible/Boston, MA or Larkspur, CA)

Buzzfeed - Senior Manager of Product Management (Flexible/New York, NY)

Casper - Digital Product Designer (Flexible/New York, NY)

Casper - Engineering Program Manager (Flexible/San Francisco, CA)

Gitlab - Backend Developer (Remote)

Gitlab - Channel Sales Manager (Remote)

PowerToFly - eBook Writer (Remote)

Redox, Inc. - Full Stack Engineer (Remote)

Vibrant Media - Digital Ad Tracker (Remote)

Zapier, Inc. - QA Automation Engineer (Remote)

Companies That Care

Better Jobs With Companies That Care

August 9, 2017

You've likely read the "manifesto" from a now former Google employee lambasting the company's diversity and inclusion efforts. And while this individual's views are distorted, we'd be remiss to state that he's alone in his misguidedness, or to brush off the current brouhaha with a shrug of the shoulders and wait silently for the storm to pass. This moment should be our collective community's battle cry: we WILL be heard, we WILL be treated fairly and equally, we WILL NOT give up. Join the discussion and join our movement of positivity and support - head to our Facebook group and chime in. We want to hear from YOU.

FEATURED COMPANY THAT CARES: KARAT INC.

Karat was founded on the premise that the interview process is the gateway to innovation. And who better to innovate in hiring engineers for tech companies than actual engineers? Karat also allows for loads of flexibility and remote opportunities, perfect, well, for anybody. On-the-job training, off-site retreats and a chance to really help talented people from all walks of life round out the reasons why Karat is a company that cares for sure.

For more choice opportunities with companies that care, see below. And you can peruse even more open roles on our Jobs page.

Addepar - Product Manager (Mountain View, CA)

Amazon - Software Development Manager, Amazon Tickets (Seattle, WA)

Apple - AppleCare Technical Support Advisor (Austin, TX)

Bloomberg LP - Developer Experience Hosted Services Engineer (New York, NY)

Bloomberg LP - Senior Software Engineer, Build Workflow (New York, NY)

Casper - Software Engineer (New York, NY)

Cisco Meraki - Software Engineering Manager, Cross-Product UI (San Francisco, CA)

Complex Networks - Web Developer, Architecture (New York, NY)

Goldman, Sachs & Co. - Front End Web Developer (NY/UT/IL/TX)

Lyft - Senior iOS Engineer (San Francisco, CA)

Lyft - Senior iOS Engineer (Seattle, WA)

Time Inc. - Director of Brand Engineering, Lifestyle (New York, NY)

Viacom - Product Director, Nickelodeon (New York, NY)

Viacom - Software Test Engineer (New York, NY)

5 People We Love This Week - 8/8/17

Everyone who knows me knows I spend a ridiculous amount of my free time on YouTube. And, if I'm trying to teach myself a new skill, I find myself going to YouTube over traditional search engines, like Google or Bing. Besides being a great educational tool, it's an amazing place to find community. That's why this week I'm highlighting all the diverse women who use the platform to talk about their experiences in the tech industry.

Not Just Nadia

Natsai, an international student who is majoring in computer science, is debunking all of your preconceived notions about what it means to be a black girl in tech. She gets real about what it's like to be a black girl in her classes, but adds some much needed levity with videos like this one, which parodies programmer life. As an added bonus, she lets us come along with her on her journeys around the world, so there's never a dull moment.

Ruseberry

I'm not quite sure how Ruseberry has the time to create videos three times a week, but I'm so glad she does. She covers E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G, like what it's like when your spouse works in the same industry as you, how to increase your salary, and the best way to learn how to code. There is no shortage of information on her channel, so subscribe and get learning!

Kristin Leake

Two words come to mind when I look at Kristin's channel. Inspiring and relatable. She's like your big sister in tech who is showing you the ropes as she learns them herself. Once you subscribe, you'll follow her as she pushes herself to be better, lands that post-bootcamp job, and lets you know what to expect when you take this tech journey. I'm definitely subscribed, are you?

Nixie Pixel

After a long hiatus, Nixie Pixel is back and sharing all of her web-based knowledge. She's been in the game for a while, and I love how she takes really complex issues and makes them digestible so even the least technically-inclined of us all (hi, mom) can understand. I REALLY like these videos on internet privacy best practices and these free productivity resources. It's super easy to get sucked into all the amazing videos on her channel, so don't say I didn't warn you!

Erica Griffin

A self-described "Technology Nerd Who Likes to Film Stuff," Erica has been posting about tech on Youtube for about 8 years. Absolutely amazing. She started out testing and playing around with Tamagotchis, yes the tiny handheld games you used to get with your happy meals. Since then, she's graduated to all types of other gadgets and accessories, and she's racked up over 100 million views over the years. She's super knowledgeable, so check out her channel to take a stroll down memory lane or to get an expert's opinion on your next tech purchase!

Did I miss something? Let me know via email: hi@powertofly.com or on Twitter: @powertofly

Companies That Care

Remote Work Round-Up

August 3, 2017

Working remotely can certainly solve many issues modern businesses face, but can it also work towards closing the gender gap in tech? According to a recent article by Chelsey Grasso on Huffington Post, the answer is yes. The available information on the current gender gap in tech is staggering, to say the least.

Grasso gives us the following statistics:

  • 56% of women in the tech industry leave their jobs mid-career
  • 51% of women say being a working mother made it difficult for them to advance in their careers
  • 33% of women left the tech industry because it did not allow enough flexibility for a healthy work-life balance
Though the issues listed above may not be unique to the tech industry, they are still real. And the biggest issue surrounding women not being properly represented within the technology industry is that the products become rote; the white, male majority you find at many tech firms end up dictating to diverse audiences what they should like and interact with. (Though you may be glad to know that PowerToFly works hand-in-hand with companies to ensure the previous scenario does not transpire. Hooray for companies that care!)
While working remotely may not be the perfect solution to close the gender gap in tech, it is still a solution, and a viable one at that to inch the divide closer to equality for all.

Ready to get a great career in tech going, remotely? Check out some of our open opportunities below, and be sure to take a look at our Jobs page, too!

Complex Networks - Freelance Designer & Animator, Marketing

DuckDuckGo - Site Reliability Engineer

GitLab - Director of Product Marketing

GitLab - Sales Development Representative

JOOR, Inc. - Senior Software Engineer

Redox, Inc. - Full Stack Engineer

Very, Inc. - Full Stack Engineer

Zapier, Inc. - Customer Champion

Zapier, Inc. - Data Engineer / Analyst

Zendesk - Apps Developer


Companies That Care

If You Want Diversity - Then Listen To These Dow Jones Leaders

Last week we brought together some of the most brilliant female software engineers to Dow Jones to discuss their latest product release and how gender diversity drives the company.

Panelists, Anna Sedgley, COO and CFO at Dow Jones; Patricia Walsh, Technology Program Manager at Dow Jones; Katharine Bailey, Head of Product at the Wall Street Journal; and Latha Maripuri, Deputy CTO of News Corp, along with moderator Katharine Zaleski, Cofounder and President of PowerToFly, produced lively discussions around both personal obstacles and ways to overcome the biases we face in the workplace.

We kicked off the event with a brief message from Dow Jones' CTO, Ramin Beheshti. Ramin, who was actually on paternity leave in London, welcomed everyone and talked about how important it is to Dow Jones that they build a truly diverse team.

The event then flowed into a product review. Recently, Dow Jones relaunched their WSJ app and Rajiv Pant, CTO and Chief Product Officer of The Wall Street Journal, Katharine Bailey, Head of Product at the Wall Street Journal and Roben Kleene iOS Developer Consultant at Dow Jones, presented on the app's updated features and streamlined user experience. The relaunch produced a redesigned navigation and guests learned how code supports nearly 2000 updates daily.

Katharine Zaleski then moderated a panel featuring Anna Sedgley, Patricia Walsh, Katharine Bailey, and Latha Maripuri. In both the panel and Q&A portion, panelists and guests alike contributed to the conversation about what diversity and inclusion truly looks like at Dow Jones. For Anna, part of ensuring equality means hiring a third party to analyze salaries across the organization. Because Dow Jones is so diligent about making sure everyone is paid and treated fairly, Anna says they retain their top talent. Patricia Walsh, Dow Jones' newer addition, who also has been blind since age 14, discussed how she's overcome her disability to be a Technology Program Manager. Patricia talked about the intrusive questions she has been asked on interviews and how years of practice have prepared her to deal with them.

Between the product review, a personal welcome from their CTO, and the productive panel, Dow Jones knows how to marry the intimacy of a close-knit community with the infrastructure and organization of a global company.

Dow Jones is currently hiring! Check out their openings and join a company who works to create a diverse and inclusive environment for their team members!

Tory Williams was gracious enough to take pictures and headshots of the event, again. We've included some of the photos from the event below; feel free to browse the rest on her site!

CTO Ramin Beheshti talking about the importance of diversity and inclusion at Dow Jones.

Rajiv Pant, Katharine Bailey, and Roben Kleene present on the recently updated WSJ app.

Our panel, from left to right, Anna Sedgely, Patricia Walsh, Katharine Zaleski, Katharine Bailey, and Latha Maripuri

PowerToFly Cofounder and President, Katharine Zaleski.

Katharine Bailey and Latha Maripuri discussing gender diversity.

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