Sarah Sewell

Senior Software Recruiter

Favorite hobby(s)? 

Reading (books, reddit, newspapers), playing volleyball, and spending time with family, friends and my rescue pup, Honey.

Favorite sport or sports team? 

All DC sports teams! And also the Virginia Tech Hokies.

Favorite programming language, or what language you would want to learn if you were going to learn one? 

Python.

What social cause are you most passionate about? 

Animal rescue.

What startup and/or innovate product do you like/use the most? 

The +30 seconds button on a microwave. Just kidding – I love dabbling in different apps, but my consistent favorites have been Reddit and Slack.

What do you like best about being a recruiter and/or working with software engineers/startups? 

What I like best about being a recruiter is the challenge, and along with that, the satisfaction of finding the right person for the right job, and the right job for the right person. We are in the business of people, so knowing that I not only helped a growing startup find exactly the right engineer, but  also an engineer the job of their dreams – it’s an awesome feeling.

How long have you worked in the software, startup, and/or recruiting space? 

About 7 years now!

Anything else you’d like to add? Advice for other recruiters? Advice for software engineers? Thoughts on the future of startups in DC? 

Advice for engineers finding jobs: find one or two recruiters that you really like and trust. Once you build that relationship, it’s a much more fluid and can (believe it or not) be a fun process!  For recruiters: remember that these are people’s livelihoods we’re dealing with and to always be considerate of their time and personal lives. For both recruiters and engineers: be open and honest! Developing that open and honest relationship fosters good will and good vibes. And we all need a little bit of that from time to time.