Andrew Spittle A Happiness Engineer at Automattic Fri, 10 Mar 2017 13:13:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Andrew Spittle 32 32 Lisbon rooftop Fri, 10 Mar 2017 13:13:42 +0000

View this afternoon from the rooftop terrace at TheHouse in Lisbon.

Asia-Pacific Hiring Thu, 02 Mar 2017 20:28:47 +0000 Continue reading Asia-Pacific Hiring ]]> One of our big goals at Automattic is to cover support 24/7. Our customers span the globe and we want to always be there for them. Since we’re distributed that means we also seek to hire great people from around the world.

Hiring like that helps us be around 24/7 without necessitating graveyard hours. And right now we’re keen to hire more team members throughout Asia-Pacific.

As part of that Deborah and Pam from our hiring team will be in Australia and New Zealand next week. If you’re interested in Automattic or if you just want to chat about how we handle support you can find them in a few places.

They’ll be in Sydney March 8th and 9th, including at the local WordPress meetup. Then they’ll be in Auckland, NZ from March 10th through 12th, including at the local WordCamp. And finally they’ll be in Melbourne March 13th and 14th where they’re hosting a local event.

And if you’re in Asia-Pacific and reading this, we’re hiring.

Fort Canning Mon, 13 Feb 2017 22:00:25 +0000

Singapore skyline Sun, 12 Feb 2017 23:29:57 +0000

Domed glass Sat, 11 Feb 2017 10:58:36 +0000

Interview with Directly Sat, 11 Feb 2017 00:30:18 +0000

5QCX: Recruit & Retain The Best Talent. A few weeks back I did a short interview with the folks at Directly about our Happiness team at Automattic. We talked about how we hire for support and how the team operates.

Housing disconnects Sat, 04 Feb 2017 21:52:22 +0000

There really is something inherently flawed in the way we’ve approached housing policy for the past several decades (at least), and I would argue that it comes down to a kind of cognitive dissonance on three key issues.

The Disconnect Between Liberal Aspirations And Liberal Housing Policy Is Killing Coastal U.S. Cities.

Snow Wed, 11 Jan 2017 17:51:35 +0000

Gyroscope Tue, 27 Dec 2016 02:18:04 +0000 Gyroscope. The best quantified self app I’ve found. Gyroscope collects all the bits of data you log across various services and devices. It then displays things in daily and weekly logs that are beautiful. Hat tip Bryce.

Resume advice Mon, 24 Oct 2016 19:52:21 +0000 Continue reading Resume advice ]]> In helping a friend with their resume this morning I shared some of the advice I wrote up with the Support Driven community. Folks seemed to appreciate it enough that I wanted to log it here for future reference.

These aren’t necessarily deep insights. They are things, though, that I’ve often seen job applicants forget or skip over.

  • The more succinct your resume is the better. You don’t want to cut important experience. At the same time, though, 4+ pages is too long. If you can fit your relevant past experience into one page that’s ideal.
  • Your resume’s brevity matters because a hiring team will only ⁠⁠⁠maybe⁠⁠⁠ look at the resume and ⁠⁠⁠if⁠⁠⁠ they do then ⁠⁠⁠maybe⁠⁠⁠ they’ll go past Page 1. The more complete Page 1 is the better chance you have of an accurate first impression.
  • Visually it helps to make the content scan-able. If a hiring team has just 90 seconds to glance at your resume then how can you use font weights, color, and text size to draw their eye to the right things?
  • For each job application read through your job summaries and focus on whether the descriptions are clear to your audience. Are there things you want to emphasize for one job but maybe not another? Are you including the right project samples and client names?
  • For how you describe a job, cater to your audience. Your descriptions should be different depending on whether a hiring manager, an engineer, or the HR team is reviewing applications. Who reviews your resume may influence what they’re looking for. It helps to think that through.

If you follow that advice you’ll likely also realize that it requires writing a different resume for each job application. That’s intentional. When your resume is generic and not tailored to the company or role you are applying for it shows.

I think the main goal of a resume is to be interesting ⁠⁠⁠enough⁠⁠⁠ to get you a conversation with the company. If you don’t cover every project, client, or skill that’s okay. What counts is covering the sampling of things which will be ⁠⁠⁠most⁠⁠⁠ relevant toward getting you on to the next step of the process.