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My First 3 Months at Alpha Digital

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Chris Schimkat
As Alpha's Head of SEO & CRO, Chris "Schmako" Schimkat is in his element when matching client objectives with actionable and effective SEO & CRO techniques. When he isn’t investigating code and website structure, you’re likely to find him in the kitchen or out on the soccer field.

I started my role as an SEO Account Manager at Alpha Digital at the end of November 2016. As my second “Proper” job in the industry, I had no idea what to expect. I had previously been working in a small agency so it was a bit intimidating moving into a mid-size organisation, but I knew it was the next step I was looking for in my career.

My personal job-search criteria included things such as; great company culture, industry-leading techniques, quality client list, great work/life balance and the ability to grow. Although you could expect some element of all of these in most agencies out there, I had set very high standards in each and wouldn’t settle for any less.

After an in-depth stalk of the company’s social channels and website, I decided that Alpha Digital had fit the bill for all of my criteria, so I gratefully accepted Sam’s (the General Manager) invitation for an interview.

The Interview

After arriving an embarrassing 30 minutes early, I waited, pacing, outside of the modern building on QUT’s Kelvin Grove campus. To my surprise, Matt (the Managing Director) with whom I was having the interview, popped out of the office to let me know that I didn’t have to wait outside and that I could come into the office to meet the team in the meantime if I preferred. I agreed that the office would be a better place to wait until he was ready.

While waiting for Matt I got the chance to talk to a couple of the guys from the team who (if successful) I would be working closely with on a daily basis.

That’s when it got weird.

Although I have been known to clam up and get awkward in conversations with new people when I’m nervous, something just clicked. The conversation, fuelled by a mutual passion for digital, seamlessly flowed and there was an immediate connection with the team. So much so, that when the interview started, most of my nerves had passed and I was confident that this was where I really wanted to work.

I’m sure that by now you can figure out, based on the title of the article, that I did get the job in the end.

My First Day

The casual dress code was my first challenge of the day. I wasn’t used to a relaxed dress-style and had to push all my button-up shirts and suit-pants to the side in my wardrobe and break out what was previously my “weekend clothes”. I managed to sort out my new office style (or lack thereof) and jumped on my scooter to kick off my first day at Alpha Digital.

The whole team greeted me with a warm welcome on my first morning, with my desk already setup including a computer loaded up with a great range of SEO tools. From day one I could hit the ground running.

My First Month

Within my first month, some of the ideas and new initiatives that I had suggested in my first days were already being implemented and I had the opportunity to oversee many of them myself! I also found that my managers – Matt, Sam and Chloe all had time to listen to any ideas or suggestions that I had and didn’t hesitate to give me permission/guidance to get started.

I would say that I had already started to feel at home within my first month, however, in reality I had started to feel at home after my first interview.

One overwhelmingly impressive attribute about the company is its impressive collection of Nerf guns which provide a great outlet for letting off some steam on a Friday afternoon. This, paired with an interdepartmental gaming session at lunch time makes for great balance of work and play within the office.

One other great aspect of working with Alpha Digital is the fortnightly one-on-one with my head of department, Chloe. This offers a great forum to discuss my personal goals and challenges, as well as feedback on how I can grow/improve. Initiatives like this are a large part of what makes Alpha Digital a great place to work and develop.

The End of my Third Month

As I write this, I am at the end of my third month, and today, in particular, was a great day. After working hard and already being given countless opportunities to learn and show what I can do, I have been offered a position as a Senior SEO Manager within the team. This makes me feel honoured and valued within the team. I couldn’t have done it without the ongoing support of my colleagues and the leadership team whom I aspire towards.

The Future

I, for one, am eager to see what the future has in store for us as a team. I am a big believer that the best way to predict the future is to write it, and with that in mind, I’m ecstatic with the future that I’m fortunate enough to be writing with the whole Alpha Digital team.

If you are reading this, wondering if you should/shouldn’t apply to a position within this team, I would strongly encourage you to reach out to me personally with your concerns. You won’t regret it and I doubt that you will find a better organisation to call your professional home.