💎 Going for that next step in your professional career may seem scary. Don’t miss the valuable insight from a recruiter at Datadog about their interview process!
📼 Watch this video to get key advice for the next step in your career. In this video, you’ll meet Adriana Buss, Senior Technical Recruiter at Datadog, who’ll share a walkthrough of the company’s application process and what to expect when applying for a job at Datadog.
👉 Datadog is hiring! Check out the company’s open jobs:
Senior Product Designer (USA remote!) https://bit.ly/DatadogSrProductDesignerPTF
Software Engineer (USA remote!) https://bit.ly/DatadogSoftwareEngineerPTF
Team Lead, Engineering - Compute (Europe remote!) https://bit.ly/DatadogTeamLeadEngineeringPTF
📼 Ready to take the next step in your career by applying for a job at Datadog? Get to know the application process. It starts with the recruiter interview. The purpose is to get to know you better: Who you are, what drives you, and the key elements you are looking for in a role. The company wants to learn more about you and your ideal role.. What does development look like to you? Don’t miss Adriana’s single most crucial piece of advice for the recruiter interview. “Be as honest as possible with us. Open up to us, and just know that we are your advocates. We are here to help you. We are here to support you throughout the process,” says Adriana. The better the Datadog team gets to know you, the easier it will be for them to find you the right position.
📼 When aiming for that next step in your career, it’s essential that you research the company you’re applying to before starting the interview process. For Datadog, you can go from visiting the company website to exploring the product o watching case study videos (either on their website or on YouTube). Watch some demos, and maybe go on some engineering blogs and read what people say about the company. What is it they like? What is it t they don't like about the product? Form an opinion about Datadog, about the product or the platform.
Ready For the Next Step in Your Career: Show Up As Yourself
Bring your true self to these interviews. At Datadog, they want to see the real you; they want to see who you are.. They want to see your strengths, but also your flaws because all these things are what make you great!
🧑💼 Are you interested in joining Datadog? They have open positions! To learn more, click here: https://bit.ly/Datadog_PTF
Get To Know Adriana
Adriana is experienced in leading complex talent projects and applying search techniques across a global remit. Tech-savvy with an in-depth understanding and appreciation of wider HR and resourcing issues and strategy, she specializes in recruiting Product, Leadership, Engineering, and various corporate functions such as Marketing, Content, Finance, and Legal. Currently, she’s looking for great PMs who have a passion for product craftsmanship - to make a product with care, skill, and ingenuity. If you are interested in a career at Datadog, you can connect with her on LinkedIn!
More About Datadog
Datadog is the SaaS-based monitoring and security platform for cloud-scale infrastructure, applications, logs, and more. Datadog delivers complete visibility into the performance of modern applications in one place through its fully unified platform—which improves cross-team collaboration, accelerates development cycles, and reduces operational and development costs.
0:00 Trust in Yourself
0:28 Introducing Datadog
0:36 You Write It, You Run It, You Own It
0:56 Stage 1: Recruiter Interview
1:46 Stage 2: Assessing Your Skills
2:37 The Coding Interview
3:06 Final Stage: What’s On Your Mind?
3:39 Apply Now!
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💎 During your job search, a lot of questions may arise. Maybe you’ve reached the final stages of an application process with a company that doesn’t quite meet your needs. Yes, the offer may seem attractive, but… Do you ever stop and think about what you shouldn’t settle for in your career?
📼 Play this video to get three top job search tips on what not to settle for in your career. You'll hear from Bhawna Singh, SVP of Engineering, Jillian Weber, Director of Business Operations and Chief of Staff, and Chitra Dharmarajan, Sr. Director of Security Engineering, all from Auth0 (now a part of the Okta family!)
📼 Tip #1: Don't Settle For a Position that Won't Offer Growth and Challenge.
In your job search, and when evaluating a role, as Bhawna advises, look for how you can make an impact and what you can learn. For example, is there a challenge for you or an opportunity to try something new? In Bhawna's experience, this has allowed her to lean on multiple decades of experience to drive success strategies for her team and enact necessary change while charting a forward vision. Plus, she continues learning from her team's active investment in new products and features to help their customers. As Bhawna says, "When you are learning, you're growing."
📼 Tip #2: Don't Settle For a Career That Can't Adapt to Your Unique Life.
In your job search, and when evaluating a company to work for, there are several ways that a company's operating posture and benefits can either support or sabotage your lifestyle. Two essential indicators for Jillian are the "where" and the "when." Regarding the "where," since she's doing her job remotely, Jillian can grow her career without anchoring herself to an area or uprooting her family to move to an office location. She can do the things she loves in the place she loves. As for the "when," there are times when you will need to focus on work and times when you will need to be there for your home life and family. Looking back on her experience at Auth0, Jillian says, "I'm so grateful to be at Auth0, where our generous maternity leave policy enabled me to spend those first months with my daughter. There was never the need to choose either family or a career." The flexibility should allow your future career to feel like it will add great experiences to your life rather than keep you from them.
Job Search Tips - The Last Thing You Shouldn’t Settle For in Your Career
📼 Tip #3: Don’t Settle For a Place Where Your Voice Doesn’t Matter. Take Chitra’s experience as an example. “Auth0 is a remote-first company. It has built its culture and processes so that all voices can be heard, regardless of the distance. In Auth0, your voice matters,” Chitra says, adding, “We work with a diverse cross-geographical workforce, and synergy is driven through virtual collaboration tools. One team, one score is our value. This empowers us to build stronger trust within our teams and create an environment for open conversation. We know that if we are not making mistakes, we are not making progress. We believe growth comes from asking for help, learning something new every day, and taking action instead of standing in the sidelines. Resonating with our value: n+1 > n.”
📨 Are you interested in joining Auth0, now part of the Okta family? They have open positions! To learn more, click here.
More About Okta and Auth0
Okta powers identity for the internet. They are a trusted partner to businesses worldwide and give their customers the confidence to reach their full potential.
The Auth0 Identity Platform, a product unit within Okta, takes a modern approach to identity and enables organizations to provide secure access to any application for any user. Auth0 is a highly customizable platform that is as simple as development teams want and as flexible as they need. Safeguarding billions of login transactions each month, Auth0 delivers convenience, privacy, and security so customers can focus on innovation.
💎 Are you wondering how to manage your early-stage career? Tune in to catch three top tips from Gainsight that will help you plan strategically!
📼 In this video, you'll hear from Kelly DeHart, SVP, Sales & Account Management at Gainsight, and get her view on how to manage your early-stage career.
📼 Tip #1: Go Where There Is Growth. The first tip on how to manage your early-stage career
means understanding the career path and trajectory of your new role when you first join a company. You'll find that some companies do an excellent job of showcasing career paths and requirements for getting from one step to the next. Don't lose sight of the fact that while you might start off making less money, your earning potential will increase as you take those next steps in your career. Maybe there's one standout company that gives you more opportunities to do that. So when you're selecting a role to apply for, definitely evaluate the path and consider going where there is growth.
📼 Tip #2: Improve The Status Quo. The next tip on how to manage your early stage-career is to take the initiative to identify improvements and make recommendations to improve the status quo. When you enter a company and begin onboarding, you learn the team processes and workflows. As a result, you have a unique, fresh-eyed perspective! After 30 or 60 days in your role, it would be fantastic if you could make recommendations on gaps you've discovered that could be fixed or optimized. In Kelly's words, when she has new employees that offer meaningful insights, that really helps them jump out in her eyes and shows the potential of what they will contribute.
One Last Key Tip On How To Manage Your Early-Stage Career
The third tip is to maintain a broad view of your career options versus just setting your sights on one linear path. Some people know that they want to be in sales or customer success for their entire career. Still, many people look for an entry point to try and learn the ways of a business, in case they decide to course-correct and move into different parts of the organization later. So to achieve that, when you first start at a company, try to build bridges and cross-functional alignment with team members that cross your path. For example, if you're in sales, you could align with team members in marketing or customer success and learn what they do. Then, if you consider a switch to another department in the future, you'll have a breadth of experience across the organization that will eventually make you more valuable on a leadership level.
📨 Are you interested in joining Gainsight? They have open positions! To learn more, click here.
More About Gainsight
Gainsight is a venture-backed, fast-growing tech company revolutionizing Customer Success for businesses. The Customer Success Company helps businesses expand quickly by reducing churn, increasing upsell, and driving customer advocacy. Gainsight provides a complete, end-to-end Customer Success solution through their services and technology. The industry-leading platform helps companies manage customer relationships effectively, track customer health, and transform the way organizations operate around the customer. Gainsight is the platform of choice for many leading companies like Box, Adobe and Workday.The company has been recognized as one of the top 100 private cloud companies in the world by Forbes, one of the fastest-growing private companies in America by Inc. Magazine, and as one of 20 Great Workplaces in Tech by Fortune Magazine. And Gainsight's CEO, Nick Mehta, has been recognized as one of the Top SaaS CEOs in America. The company has offices in California, Phoenix, St. Louis, London, Tel Aviv, and India.
4 Tips (And A Download!) To Ease Your Anxiety
Recently, I decided to take the first two-week-long vacation of my professional career, and in full transparency, I was terrified.
To be clear, I've taken plenty of vacations before, but I've always strategically taken trips on long weekends or during the holidays where the impact on my team is minimal. There's nothing I hate more than that feeling of doom that sets on the last day of work before vacation, when you start thinking about the work you'll be missing, clients relying on you, or what could go wrong in your absence.
As an individual contributor, leaving was easier. I could literally do all of my work leading up to my days off, putting in long days and even longer nights, and only when I was completely finished could I turn my Slack notifications off and leave for vacation in peace. Of course, this is not healthy behavior for anyone, but I got through it.
As a manager, my work is never "complete." Now, I have even more clients depending on me, a team who relies heavily upon me for decision making and guidance, and company initiatives that are mid-cycle.
At any other company, this scenario probably would have set my anxiety completely over the edge - but not at PowerToFly. I can testify that the process we've developed has made taking a vacation just that - a vacation. For the first time, I left for my trip without the doom cloud following me out the door and I knew my team was adequately prepped for what to do in my absence.
So, how can you implement a vacation process at your organization that actually works? Follow these easy steps, and you'll be enjoying a little R&R at the beach in no time!
1. Make the decision to stay available, or go off the grid, and stick to it.
- It is absolutely crucial to take time off without work distractions, and if you're going off the grid, stick to it. Don't check emails, turn your notifications off, and offer proper escalation pathways for any emerging issues (see below). Many companies have policies in place where at least one week of vacation should be contact-free - that's when the creative magic happens!
2. If you choose to stay available, set clear expectations about your communication method and schedule.
- Decide on a time or cadence for checking in that works best for you. Whether that's one hour every morning, 30 min in the evening, or periodically throughout the day, let your team know when and how it's best to contact you. For example, if you're going out of the country, it may be easier to Slack or WhatsApp as opposed to email or text.
3. Let the team know how to ask for help.
- If a situation does arise that needs to be escalated, be clear with your team about how they should escalate: tell them to be direct, explain the entire situation, and include an ask and when the response is needed. Make it known that there is no need for small talk in these messages, i.e. "I don't want to bother you on your trip, but…". It doesn't hurt to note that logging into different software while away from your desk is a huge pain - if your ask requires a login, don't forget to include a screenshot!
4. Fill out a PTO tracker (Make a copy of ours here!).
- This tracker is your golden ticket to a stress-free vacation and should be shared org-wide. Once filled out in its entirety, everyone has the opportunity to see what's being handled while you are gone, which tasks and projects are assigned to whom, and who to reach out to in case of an escalation.
Want to see it in action? Here's a sample of a great day-before-vacation team email:
Sample Day-Before Vacation Email
Just sending everyone a note, as I am planning to be in Mexico for the next 2 weeks.
Also as we support all of our team members in our work-life balance, I think it is important to share what that means for each one of us. It is OK to take time off and be fully off. It is OK to take time off and work a little to stay on top of your burning priorities. It is OK to sometimes do one and sometimes do the other.
So for that reason, it is very important to set clear expectations with your teammates on what your PTO style is/ or will be this particular time you're going away. To demonstrate this principle, here is what my next 2 weeks off mean:
1) Ask for help, and allow me to triage
Even when I am on PTO, you can always reach me, you're not bugging me. I am extremely good at protecting my time, and making a judgment call whether the issue you're bringing to me needs me to get engaged while I'm away or it can wait. I am good at putting my phone on silent when I need to nap. So don't hesitate to reach out when you need me.
2) How to Ask for Help
For this to be effective don't say things like "Hi are you there?":) that doesn't give me enough intel on whether this can wait or not
Phrase it more like:
"Hi we just heard back from XClient, and their legal department is requesting something that I don't know how to answer" - obviously as much detail you can provide so I can help even without getting on a call is helpful.
3) Don't make me log in to different softwares
Most of the time you will be reaching me on mobile, so don't send me salesforce links - send a screengrab of the relevant info instead. If you need me to send an email to a client, draft it for me, with all the relevant attachments, etc
4) Err on the side of over transparent
That is kind of repeating the first point, but I much rather know about an issue you're dealing with, and have the opportunity to get involved (and perhaps decide I won't), then later hear "I didn't want to bother you while you're on PTO". Transparency and over communication always wins.
5) My schedule
July 1-5 - planning to be more deeply off. I will not be taking internal check-ins/ group calls
July 8-12 planning to take customer-facing and sales-related calls. I might need to prioritize the bigger ones. Not taking internal check-ins/ group calls
6) Escalate the medium, not the message.
Feel free to WhatsApp me or text me for anything pending from me if you don't get a response in slack. This is true any day of the week, and some of you use it more effectively than others. Seriously, leverage the escalation points!! If you're texting me too much I will tell you (no one has texted me too much in the past. :) )
Thats it team, you know where to find me.