How I Landed a Job That Matched My Skills and Interests Perfectly
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Today we chatted with Rahul Patle, who moved to the U.S. from India to study computer science. Now, he’s a UX Engineer at Riviera, where he gets the opportunity to help drive software that matches tech companies with amazing engineering talent. And he’s loving every second of it—from bonding with his co-workers to contributing to the ever-growing success of the San Francisco Bay Area.
Tell us about yourself!
I’m originally from India and came to the U.S. in 2010. I went to Luther College in Iowa for my undergrad degree in Computer Science and recently finished my master’s in Software System Design from New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas. (Yes, there is a Las Vegas in New Mexico—it’s the original one!). It’s been a month since I joined Riviera, and I’m loving every bit of it. My journey in the U.S. has been very interesting, from the snowy Midwest to the land of enchantment, and now I’m honored to be a part of the Bay Area community, where I’m looking forward to learning and contributing immensely.
What’s your job title, and what does this mean in terms of what you’re doing day to day?
My title at Riviera is UX Engineer, which stands for User Experience Engineer. UX engineers make sure the app is intuitive and that users have a smooth experience with it. It also means I’m responsible for enhancing customer satisfaction and loyalty by improving usability and pleasure provided in the interaction between the customer and the product.
Riviera has apps built by the engineering team, which present the best job matching data for talent to the Riviera recruiters. On a day to day basis, I pinpoint the room for improvement for the layouts and visual queues and modify the code base. When a new feature is being added in the app, I work closely with the Senior UX Engineer and Product Manager and propose the designs for layout mockups for further implementation.
What were you looking for in a job?
While I was in college, my pet projects taught me about my strengths and weaknesses, and I discovered my passion for converting ideas into real products. During my job search, I’d decided to only seek opportunities in the Bay Area because that was where innovative things seemed to be happening. I wanted to make sure the company I was applying to was solving a major problem, was mid-sized and fast-growing, and had a friendly and transparent culture.
What attracted you to Riviera when you found it on The Muse?
When I found Riviera on The Muse, recruiting for tech startup executives caught my eye. I liked the company’s portfolio of prior successes with Pinterest, Twitter, Yelp, Hulu, and many more. I also loved the photos, and the videos of the VP of Engineering, Director, and Recruiter made the company’s mission very clear. Riviera’s profile has a lot of information on its employees, which emphasizes the fact that it’s a very transparent company.
When I checked for job openings, there was a UX Engineering position available, which was exactly what I was looking for—thus, I was very excited to apply for the job.
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What’s your favorite part so far about working at Riviera?
I love the openness and transparency between the teams, the flexible hours, and my talented and friendly colleagues. The office bar is also a big perk, as well as Rivi Bonusly—a platform that enables employees to give each other micro-bonuses, which can then be redeemed for gift cards or rewards, or given to charity. This really help employees engage, acknowledge, and reward each other in small but meaningful gestures.
What’s the coolest project you’ve worked on so far?
Lately, Rivi has been working on a smartphone app that helps candidates find the perfect tech job. The algorithm not only matches people really well, it also makes the engagement between the company, the candidate, and the recruiter flawless. I’m super excited for this to roll out and hear what the users have to say about it.
Is there anything from The Muse that helped you in your job search or in prepping for your interview?
The Muse does an impressive job of profiling companies. When I was job searching, I was particularly looking for very cool and fast growing companies, and The Muse had exactly that. I always recommend The Muse to my friends who are job hunting.
I also read some articles about preparing for interviews when I was in the process, including “51 Interview Questions You Should Be Asking” and “How to Answer the 31 Most Common Interview Questions”, which were both very helpful.
Is there anything you did during your application process that helped you stand out and land the job?
One thing I did was I polish my LinkedIn profile—in particular, I added a clear job search pitch in my summary section. I also created my own website, which featured my live projects with a direct link to my code and design portfolios.
What advice would you have for someone who wants a job like yours, or who is stuck in a difficult job hunt right now?
I would suggest being active on your favorite companies’ social media pages, and networking with current employees who work there. Don’t be scared to ask for an informational interview from an existing employee—getting a referral is very effective in getting your foot in the door. Also, be direct with your pitch or personal summary, i.e., what you’re looking for in your career or role, on social media or in an informational interview so employers understand exactly how you’d be a great fit.
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