How I Found a Job That Seriously Thrilled Me—and Landed It!
Our mission here at The Muse is simple: to help you find your dream job. So, there’s nothing we love more than hearing about it when you do!
Today, we caught up with Lorraine Germaix, who found her dream job working as a Marketing and Events Coordinator for Stack Overflow.
What were you looking for in a job?
Drawn by a keen interest in new technologies and exciting startups, I love companies that bring real value to people and change the way we see the world. I wanted to work abroad, in a company that I was excited about, and on marketing missions that were really useful to the business.
It took me a while to find a job that really appealed to me, but from the moment I discovered Stack Overflow on The Muse, I knew this was what I was looking for.
With offices in New York, Denver, and London, Stack Overflow was the perfect company for a person like me who loves creative ideas and multicultural teams. When I saw that they were recruiting in their London Marketing team, I didn’t hesitate for a second.
What stuck out to you about Stack Overflow when you found it on The Muse?
I was mostly attracted by the mission of the company and excited by the endless opportunities this huge community has to offer. I mean, the internet is the future and so are developers!
I was also really excited to step into a world I didn’t know—the world of programmers—and to join a tech company that has been expanding and growing massively since its creation. Stack Overflow is the world’s home of developers and I really like this focus on community and the challenge to build a business around it.
Finally, I read a lot about the culture of the company on The Muse’s profile and thought it looked great—a fact I wasn’t mistaken on. Stack Overflow offers great benefits, fosters independence, and takes care of its employees. Not to mention, the London office is amazing.
What’s something most people would find surprising about working at Stack Overflow?
The importance they give to coffee! In my first week, I had a full “coffee training” to learn know how to use the barista machine they have in the lounge area and make the ideal coffee.
That said, my two favorite things about working here are the autonomy they give us to shape our roles and projects, and the strategic vision on where the company is going in the future. It is a company dedicated to serving developers and helping them getting jobs that really match their hearts. For companies, it is an invaluable platform for finding the best technical talent. Stack Overflow is really making the internet a better place!
What advice would you have for someone who wanted a job like yours?
Firstly, I would say that the job you are fit for is the one you really want. If, when reading the job description and learning about the culture, business, and values, you feel a thrill of excitement, then it’s probably a good fit. Take a step back, breathe, prepare, and send the best application you can!
Once you have managed to land your first interview, be natural but do your research, making sure to know by the background of the company and its objectives by heart.
A company like Stack Overflow has great ambitions and a strategic vision for the future and manages to be pluralistic and keep a startup entrepreneurial spirit. If you are drawn to this kind of job and company, be ready to put forward your best experiences and your personality. We’d love to hear from you!
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