Why yes, I am self important enough to think that y’all would want a little more info about why I’ve decided to choose Simple as my next home. That, and I’m literally so ecstatic about the move and am chomping at the bit to share!
The past few years I’ve definitely been searching for something in my career and it’s unintentionally left me feeling a bit like Goldilocks. The thing is, I won’t/don’t settle. I am 100% of the mindset that if a company is not treating you well or providing a mutually beneficial relationship then it’s time to leave. I’ve personally lent guidance to many employees at companies I’ve worked at regarding next steps (sometimes that’s within the company and sometimes it’s not). The thing is, if you *really* care about an employee you want the best for them, and sometimes you just can no longer provide that, and IT’S OKAY.
Alright, now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s talk more about Simple!
If y’all have read any of my blogs before you know I live for bulleted lists so let’s jump right in.
- The People: I’ve been fortunate enough to know Will Maier/Whilp, Simple’s VP Eng, through the community for a few years and we had a chance to cross paths again at this years Monitorama when I gave my ‘Open Source Lessons from Taylor Swift‘ lighting talk (I too have no clue why he spoke to me after that). A month or so later Will reached out to me on twitter. I’m adding this DM because 1) this is the most ‘Jill’ response ever & 2) because having a VP reach out to you and say something that lovely will impact you (take note people trying to build teams!). From there I was introduced to more and more Simple employees and, I sh*t you not, each one was more impressive than the last. Sure, everyone was very smart and capable, but more than anything, every single person wanted to connect with me on a human level, which is something I have never experienced in any recruitment process.
- The People Team: As y’all have probably come to realize, I’m a weird bird, both in life and work. I have a very difficult time fitting into a ‘traditional’ HR department, frankly, because I don’t belong in a traditional HR department. In order for me to be successful it’s critical that those on my greater People team have the same focus; the humans who work at the company, and that they are willing to go outside the box to ensure everyone is properly cared for and fostered at work. I strongly believe that recruitment/hiring doesn’t end with offer letter signed, it’s literally just the first step in an ongoing relationship with the individuals who work at the company. Simple’s People team is second to none. I am already smitten with every member and cannot wait to collaborate/learn from each other in the effort to make a great environment even better.
- The Mission/Values: It’s very evident to me that Simple gives a sh*t (you know that’s my favorite) about the humans who work there AND their customers. Sounds ‘simple’ (I couldn’t help myself), but in reality most companies end up feeling like it has to be one or the other. Look, everyone at Simple screws up (I haven’t even started work there yet and I can 100% attest to this) BUT, what is different is that they have been able to create a space full of empathy and learning. They WANT to do good and when they aren’t doing something well (in anything from a feature they wish they could provide to their customers to a more diverse culture), they openly admit it and ask ‘how can we do better?’
- Remote Friendly Culture: When looking for a new position, I had no intentions of moving, so remote was a prerequisite (as it is for MANY people searching for opportunities for one reason or another). Simple is headquartered in Portland, OR and has about 30% or so remote employees. This was important not only for me, but as someone who is well engrained in the market for technical talent I fundamentally believe that if you are not open to remote employees you are doing yourself a detriment. Additionally, having traveled *SO* much the past few years, it will be a nice change to have headquarters a mere train ride away.
- The Opportunity: If you’re not familiar with Simple, they are in the business of, *buzzword alert*, disrupting the way traditional banking works with a dash of beautiful design, swoon. In my role as Technical Community Manager, I’ll not only be supported to do my ‘spreading the good word in the community’ spin on recruitment, but I’ll also be able to help their current recruitment team transition from more of an order taker role to one of a strategic partner within the teams they recruit for, double swoon.
As you can probably tell, I’m very excited to kick off this new phase in my career and I couldn’t have dreamt of a better team to do it with. That being said, I’ll be taking a few well earned weeks off before I get started in Mid October. Until then, I’ll just casually link to their career site as I know they are hiring like whoa.
Thanks to everyone for their continued support, well wishes and love. The feeling is so mutual <3