When I was a teenager, I was a big fan of Warcraft 3 (a video game by Blizzard Entertainment), which had a world editor. It contained a trigger implementation that could be leveraged using a GUI or text editor. I ended up learning JASS (Just Another Scripting Syntax), which allowed me to do really neat things.
I took a Turbo Pascal class and created a tic-tac-toe implementation by the time we hit the third chapter. After High School, I joined the United States Navy as an Information Systems Technician and have been guiding myself to become a developer. Other than that, I did pursue college and currently hold Security+ as well as Network+ CompTIA certifications.
I started as an Information Systems Technician in the United States Navy, which focuses on computers, networks, crypto, and radio communications. During my time, I picked up a few small development side-projects, such as an internal ticket system and document approval tool.
When I got out, I started off as a SharePoint Helpdesk technician and through SharePoint, I was able to pick up many small development projects. After the first two years, I ended up transitioning into a developer position and basically started my new journey.
It is still development work but focused on a completely different industry. I’ve been within the Department of Defense (DoD) my entire career and this is my first opportunity outside of the DoD.
Imagine being part of a minor league and trying to push yourself and your team to go further, but you just constantly hit a wall. Folks have the idea of the major league but lack the drive or support to get there. After a while, you can’t grow anymore. That has been my experience and why I wanted to make that jump from contracting to the private sector.
So for me, Nextdoor is all kinds of excitement, as it is that major league for me. As a developer that strives for continuous growth and learning, I recognize that Nextdoor provides an ocean’s worth of knowledge and experience I can learn from.
The other aspect was my experience going through the interview process, working with the recruiter, and talking to some of the team members. I never felt like a candidate on a conveyor belt. They were all very supportive and transparent throughout the entire process. For me, it was a really refreshing experience.
It was overwhelming and chaotic. My inbox was filled up with new job opportunities daily and throughout the day, my phone went off so much that it became disruptive to my current job. A good portion of these opportunities end up being short-term contracts, jobs in different areas, data collectors, or spam. It was basically a job to find a job.
For those working as a defense contractor and looking to transition into the private sector, Hired.com can help provide that exposure at a much more manageable level with far more quality opportunities.
As a social networking company, Nextdoor is the neighborhood hub for trusted connections and exchange of helpful information, goods, and services. Founded in 2011, Nextdoor has between 201-500 employees and is headquartered in San Francisco, CA.
Benefits: Stock options, 401k matching, health/dental/vision/life/disability insurance, PTO, work-from-home flexibility, Family benefits (Maternity, Paternity, Adoption assistance, Fertility), and more.