Hi, I’m Nathan. I’m a software engineer from Canada 🙂
Back when I was in university, I worked for Facebook. It had been a goal of mine for over a year to work as an engineer there. I was so happy when I landed an internship and started working there that I literally went to work every day with a smile on my face.
But to my surprise, that feeling didn’t last. Over time, I became less and less enthusiastic about working there. By the end, I didn’t care about the work I was doing, and I felt like I didn’t even fit in. They gave me a full-time offer, but I realized it would be best for everyone if I didn’t take it.
So when I graduated, I didn’t have a job, and I was very confused about what kind of company I wanted to work for.
Instead of looking for a job, I tried getting into entrepreneurship and started working on an app idea I had. Shortly after, I met two people who were running a startup that was even better than my app idea.
We ended up working together, and it was one of the best experiences of my life. The startup was called Actively, and while working on it, I really felt like I was in the right place. The work mattered to me, and even though it was hard, I thought it was fun.
Unfortunately, the business didn’t take off, and we all had to move on 😢.
A month later, I tried working for another startup. It was cool at first, but then it ended up feeling like Facebook all over again! So, I decided it was finally time to look for a "real" job.
After all of those experiences, I finally had a good idea of the kind of company and job I wanted to find. I started searching for jobs with high expectations. However, I quickly ran into a problem: Finding the right company and job is incredibly difficult!
Reading through job postings is a slow and draining process. Job descriptions are super vague and it’s frustrating trying to understand what a company is really like. Having to check both a company’s careers page and Glassdoor profile for the real story is exhausting, and that still doesn’t always give you the right information.
There needed to be a better way to find a job that fit what I was looking for. So, I decided to come up with a better way myself.
(Thanks for taking the time to get to know the story behind Arendil. I really appreciate it 🙂)
Arendil is a reference to a fictional, guiding star called Eärendil. In the story, its light was captured in a crystal phial and given to a small hero to help them through the darkest parts of their journey.
Searching for a new job is a daunting task, and sometimes it feels like you’re stumbling through the dark. All the companies start sounding the same and it’s hard to tell if you’ll like any of the jobs you come across.
My hope is for Arendil to be a light in that darkness and to be a way to find a great job without spending days reading boring job postings. Everyone should have the chance to do work that matters to them and to feel like they’re in the right place.