Hired as a Software Engineer at an Amazing Company

Hired as a Software Engineer at an Amazing Company


– What’s going on, everybody? It’s your boy, Kilo Loco, and I’m back. He’s back, he’s back, yay. That’s right, I came back. I missed y’all, I missed the
whole entire YouTube scene. It’s been like three, four
months since I uploaded a video. I’m gonna go over how I ended up just disappearing from YouTube. And then I’m also gonna go over the fact that hey, I got hired. I got hired as a software
engineer at an amazing company. All right y’all, so this is what happened. Now, I know the last
time that y’all seen me, I mean, I was still around. I was still on Instagram,
I was still on Twitter. I was still talking to people. If you reached out, I probably
answered you, you know? But, as for YouTube, just like, disappearing act, right? Well, what ended up happening was, I disappeared back like
around June or July or something like that, right? And I had gone to Dub Dub DC. It was amazing. Got a whole new perspective
on what I wanted to do, and that was great, right? One month later, I’m going out to Paul Hudson’s, “Hacking
with Swift Conference”. And that was even more amazing. And I wanted to put out all
kinds of content for you. But what ended up happening was, the amount of exposure
that I got to other, super knowledgeable devs, and the types of conversations that I had when I was out in San Jose and out in England
were just life altering. Like, I was going like this,
and then I was like, huh. I should go like that. So, when I got back from
England, I was super tired. And I wanted to put out the content because I was still doing the 100 Days of Hustle or whatever, but the entire goal for 100 Days of Hustle was pretty much to get my content up to a
level to where I felt like I could survive off just
putting out content for y’all. But after having gone
to both of those events, I realized, you know what? I need to be surrounded
by more developers, more senior developers,
and I need to kind of go under my own type of mentorship. I need to learn from people that are more knowledgeable than me. And the reason that I
need that is because, for the most part, the majority
of the videos that I put out and the majority of the
things that I’ve learned have been things that I had to go out and learn by myself. There are very few instances
where I had somebody actually show me how to do something. I had to go find the
information, figure it out, and then figure out how
to tell you how to do it in a very understandable way. And that’s kind of challenging. So, the new goal was
pretty much to get a job at a medium to large sized company. Big enough company to where
they would have multiple IOS developers, like a cool
IOS development team that I could be surrounded by
people that care about Swift. That care about architecture and that could teach me cool stuff. Anyways, I wanted to be in the middle. I wanted to be able to help people and I wanted to be able
to learn from people. So, I started my job hunt. Now, this was a very
passive type job hunt. I wasn’t going out and doing the things that normal people should
be doing, like applying to a lot of different places and actually optimizing my portfolio
and things like that. I was like, “Pfffft, I’m Kilo Loco”. I had like a big, fat head going in. I was like thinking I
got a YouTube channel, somebody’s gonna want me right? So I ended up applying to
three different places. And I won’t state their
names, I don’t know, it might be weird to state their names. I don’t know if that’s a bad thing or not. Anyways, the first one was
probably the most popular dating app in the app store. I applied to that one. Failed the technical interview miserably. And that’s because, you
know, I didn’t ever study data structures and algorithms myself. I never spent the time to
learn them so I failed. The second one was right down the street. It was probably about ten minutes away. And I have a friend that works there. And he said that I
probably didn’t get a call because I didn’t send in a cover letter or a CV or anything like that. I just spat my resume into
their automated system and it was probably like
a if/else type situation. If applicant doesn’t
have CV then kick him out or whatever so that didn’t work out. And then the third one actually
came about really weird. So, after failing the technical interview my feelings got hurt. I was like, “Aww man I really gotta study my data structures and algorithms.” And I was like, all right, whatever. I’m gonna put my head down. I’m gonna learn through the books. I’m gonna figure out these
data structures and algorithms to a point to where I feel
comfortable applying for jobs. Well, while I do that I’m just gonna be continuing my normal
life, going on Twitter, going on Instagram, pretty much
just not YouTube, you know. I didn’t feel like putting out content. I mean I was watching stuff
but I wasn’t putting stuff out. Anyways, my favorite part
of my commute when I was going out to Santa Monica was
taking an electric scooter. More specifically, taking a Bird. Anyway, I tweet that
this is my favorite part of my commute. And I actually posted
a picture with a tweet saying, “Yeah favorite
part of my commute”. Bam, right there, took
a picture of the Bird. And it was just another
normal Kilo Loco action. Well, it turns out that Bird is actually right there in Santa Monica. I was actually getting
off the train two blocks away from their office already. And on top of that somebody
that works there actually got me a referral into the company,
which is pretty cool. Shout out to my homeboy
Caleb, which made this entire amazingness happen. Shout out to Caleb. Anyways this was super amazing because he reached out, he saw the tweet. I think he was following me because he seen my content before or I don’t know I actually haven’t asked him. But, yeah he was following
me, he saw the tweet. He reached out to me,
he said “Hey we have job openings over here if you’re interested”. And we started talking from there. This was a two month long process that we actually went through. So from the day that
Kaleb reached out to me all the way through the
entire interview process, which I actually did
terrible on the technical interview again. But I have a YouTube channel
that kind of validates the fact that I know what I’m doing. That I know how to code and that the risk that you’re taking on me as an employee is kind of lower than somebody
else that would just fail the technical interview. You know, I have videos that
show I know how to code. Anyways, I think that helped
push me over the hump. And two months had gone
by, like going through this interview process
and I finally got hired. And I’ve been working there
for about three weeks. So I feel like I’m in the clear. I feel like everything kind
of went through, settled down, I got my first
paycheck, all that good stuff. And it has been amazing. I’m not just telling
y’all this because I want to brag or anything. This job is literally like the best. It’s like everything that you see about a San Francisco office
and all the cool stuff that happens out in San
Francisco but it’s like right there in Santa Monica. And then on top of that
everybody that I work with is like fricking awesome. They’re super smart and knowledgeable but they’re also super nice. They’re not like rude and
I don’t really experience people just being rude
but it’s like its weird to be surrounded by so many
smart people that are also nice. That also really want to see you succeed and see everybody succeed. And they all seem excited
about the product. Which I am, I genuinely love the product. It’s amazing that I’m even working there. Its such a dream come true. And honestly my wife has noticed it. My family has noticed it. I love working there. So, I’m officially a
software engineer at Bird. That’s fricking awesome. A huge company, well it seems
to be getting pretty big. I think it’s technically
considered a start up but it’s growing really vast
and its like fricking awesome. But anyways, yeah I’m just super excited. Now, with that being said,
my schedule is shifting quite a bit and its really gonna
take a toll on the content. My plan is to kind of shift
the content so I’m not going to be doing the same type of videos that I was doing before. The thing about my videos
was that I would take a topic and I would try to break
it down and explain it in a way that was
understandable by the masses. And that’s very helpful
for a lot of people. But the stuff that I
covered was like bam, it was so scattered. It was all under the
umbrella of IOS and Swift. I touched on a couple
other stuff like Flutter and stuff like that but
it’s now going to be shifting towards this new
topic, which is essentially me helping you get hired
as a software engineer. And the reason why I want
to do that is because even though I only applied
to like three places before I got hired, getting
hired and going through the job hunting process fricking sucks. And what I want to do is
I want to make it so that when people are going
out and they’re dealing with this technical interview
where you have to deal with algorithms and data
structures there’s a source of content to go to. Especially if you’re like, if
Swift was your first language. I want to be the guy that’s
gonna help y’all get a job as a software engineer, when
maybe your first language was Swift. Or even if you’ve been in the industry for awhile and you’re just
looking to make a job hop and go to some other
company and you just want to brush up on your interviewing skills. I want to be able to
put together that type of a content and help
more people get the jobs that they want. I feel like this is
gonna be more impactful on the world. It will help people get
from where I was, which was working at a restaurant,
to working at a job where it essentially triples their salary. When I was working at a
restaurant and I got my first job, even though I was extremely under paid, it was still three times
more than I was making. And getting a job at Bird
is even more than like, I mean, it’s crazy. But anyways the point is I wanna help change peoples lives
by getting them hired. So that’s what I’m
gonna start focusing on. So my plan is to actually
do like one video a week. I’m actually gonna start
focusing on doing articles as well, so I’m gonna
try writing articles. I’m gonna see how that goes. I’m gonna also be putting some energy in because I have a long commute. Its three and a half hours one way. I have a lot of time to
do a lot of different stuff on that commute. So what I’m gonna do is
I’m going to be focusing on creating courses
and also writing books. So, there’s a lot of
stuff that I want to try. And what this means is that Kilo Loco and everything that you kind of know about my br–, well not necessarily
my brand but my content is just gonna shift. And it might mean it’s not gonna be for some of you but it will also mean that it’s gonna be helping a lot of people get to where they want to in life. And I really feel that’s gonna help me make a bigger impact on the world. So, that’s pretty much where I’m at. I got an amazing new job. I’m back, I’m gonna be
showing up once a week. Make sure you subscribe
if you’re interested in this type of content
because even if you’re not looking now it’s
better to start consuming content of when you want
to get hired so that you can keep the stuff in your mind. And the reason why I say
that is because when I was trying to cram and then just get a job it didn’t work out so well. So, its better to start,
like if you’re even considering looking for
a job or if you’re not really liking the job
that you’re at I would highly recommend subscribing
because by the time you’re ready to make that
jump it’s better to be ready to actually get
hired somewhere as opposed to trying to cram and just
watch a million YouTube videos and read a million articles like within a short period of time. But anyways I’m back
y’all, I’m here to stay. Content shift a little
bit and yeah, looking to make a huge impact on some lives. But that’s gonna be it for today. Thank you for listening
to my long rambling story. And as usual, you gotta go out there and gotta keep coding passionately. Oh yeah, I’m still saying
coding passionately baby. Gotta code passionately. All right, later.

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