Joining Stride Learning

Yesterday, I wrote about leaving Adaptavist. Today, I’m excited to write about joining Stride.

I got both my job at Adaptavist and my job at Stride through LinkedIn. For the former, a recruiter found me and reached out, and for the latter, I applied. What’s interesting about my applying to Stride is that I didn’t know I was.

They have a job board, but I didn’t find that. Rather, one night my guild leader on Guild Wars 2 was talking about his new job in edtech, and I thought, “Hey, I have backgrounds in both education and technology… why have I never looked for a job in edtech?” So I went to LinkedIn and searched for “edtech.” Then, I filtered for Easy Apply and remote, read a few job adverts that looked interesting, and clicked the button for one of them.

A week or so later, a recruiter called me and asked about my application. She said it was for Stride, which I had never heard of and wasn’t listed in the advert. I think this is interesting: as near as I can tell, she’s a contracted recruiter for Stride, and she takes the adverts from their job board, then posts them to LinkedIn with Easy Apply enabled. She reads through all of a candidate’s information (in my case, it’s not just my jobs but also my projects, volunteering, etc.), and then refers the best candidates to the hiring manager.

In retrospect, I am both incredibly grateful and incredibly horrified by this. I am so excited to join Stride, and the realization that I would have missed out on this job if not for the recruiter and her using Easy Apply is nearly heartbreaking.

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Don’t Undersell Yourself

Could I get your thoughts on something? I read a really good article yesterday about why freelancers should charge more for their services. I know that I have a tendency to value my services the same as my current salary at the University, but there were a lot of things I wasn’t taking into account.

Many freelancers will be in the attitude of thinking this (for example):

I want to make £30,000 a year. Therefore if I work 5 days a week and 8 hours a day, my hourly rate is around about £16 an hour.

WRONG!

You will see how it ought to be at least twice this amount; otherwise you will not net £30,000.

Check out the article and leave me a comment with your thoughts. I’m reevaluating a few things and am really interested in your feedback.