What Does It Mean to Intern at Whitepages?

Alison Haugh

There was a time that we looked forward to the summer, because we knew that it meant endless hours of running around outside with all the neighborhood kids. But 2016 was different as I found myself looking forward to summer for a much different reason: I had landed myself an internship. After handing out endless resumes, attending career fairs, and few technical interviews, I was about to begin my summer as an intern at Whitepages.

Being an intern at Whitepages does not mean running to get coffee for the whole team every morning and working on meaningless projects with little outcome. It means taking group coffee breaks and interns’ ownership of a project to bring all the way from the whiteboard to production. Over the past couple of months (has it already been that long??), I and the other interns have had the chance to learn the inner workings of a business that earned $70 million in revenue last year, contribute some of our best work to impact the experience of millions of users every day, and become part of a great team. At Whitepages, interns also become part of the whole company. From being included in daily standup meetings to being invited to join the company’s softball and bowling teams, we are given really great ways to get involved.

At the start of our internships, we were each assigned a mentor from our team as well as a “buddy” from a team other than our own. We collaborated with our mentors and the rest of our teams to complete projects throughout the duration of the internship. Our mentors also helped us to outline a set of goals that we wanted to accomplish over the summer. These goals ranged from completing our assigned project to developing professional skills such as networking with people in many different positions within the company. Our “buddies” were there for really anything else we needed and to answer questions about anything.

The projects we were assigned gave us the chance to apply the knowledge that we have been studying in school while also developing many more skills, like how to build a relationship with a team, refine communication skills, how to pay attention to detail, and how to deal with problems/bugs that you create – which are going to happen.

Of course, after all this work, we earned some play. Our amazing university recruiter planned some really great events that have given the interns, mentors, and buddies a chance to hang out and get to know each other outside of the office.  My favorite event this summer was playing Whirlyball, a game that combines basketball and bumper cars. We got some friendly competition going among the teams, and most games ended in a lot of laughter.

All in all, Whitepages is a company where employees get to contribute real work that has a big impact. It’s also a company where you can say “hi” to the CEO daily, intern with other brilliant students from top ten universities, and be inspired by each and every employee’s drive to help the company become the best that it can be.

Are you interested in joining Whitepages and becoming a member of our world-class team? View our job openings here!

This piece was written by our engineering intern, Alison Haugh, who works on the Search Experience team. Alison is currently studying informatics at the University of Washington.

#TeamWP: Meet Whitepages Recruiter, Katie

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If you’ve spent any time in the Whitepages Seattle office, you’ve likely seen a fast-paced recruiter running around on her phone or happily greeting candidates at the door. Meet previous Duck Tales fan, coffee lover and Whitepages recruiter, Katie. Katie spends most of her day screening, interviewing and hiring full-time employees and interns. The roles she hires for could range from “Software Engineer” to “Sales” on our B2B Whitepages Pro team.

Psst… we’ll give you a hint, if you happen to run into Katie at the office make sure to wear an extra big smile… she’s the person you’ll want to call or email if you want a job here!

Which office are you in?
I work in the amazing downtown Seattle office.

Why did you join Whitepages?
A Whitepages recruiter reached out to me via LinkedIn and I really didn’t know anything about Whitepages, so out of curiosity I met her for a coffee to learn about the team, the role and to get an overview of the company. After hearing about the company and the opportunity, I was 90% sold. Then she invited me up to meet some members of the team and to see the office space – that took me to 100%. The rest is history.

What’s your hometown?
I was born and raised in Kelso, Washington. Go Hilanders!

What’s your favorite snack in the kitchen?
My favorite thing this week is to add chocolate covered raisins in with my bowl of mixed nuts. Next week I may switch to yogurt, you never know. I absolutely LOVE the variety here!

How do you take your coffee?
Anyway I can – coffee is my thing. I drink black coffee in the morning when I get ready for work and in the afternoon it depends on my mood – it could be an unsweetened iced coffee, quad grande two-pump white mocha, one-inch steamed soy Americano or a caramel macchiato.

What do you listen to at work?  What’s on your playlist?
I normally do not listen to music at work, but when I do it varies. I proudly state that I am a Taylor Swift fan – yes, she’s awesome, don’t hate. I recently have been listening to Tori Kelly (thanks Kristine Delossantos) and the new Mumford & Sons.
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What was your very first job?
I babysat for some family friends on weekends and in the summer. My parents had me go through a Babysitting Certification Program when I was eleven years old. “Heck yes I’d like to make $3 an hour” said pre-teen Katie.

Describe your first computer.
It was big and it was awesome. I do not remember what it was exactly, but I do remember playing Classic Concentration on it for hours and hours. I always tried to win a Chrysler LeBaron at the end, since it was the most expensive car on the game.

What was your favorite TV show when you were a child?
Duck Tales (woo-ooo!) and Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers. The shows played back-to-back after I got home from school. Gadget Hackwrench was my favorite character.

Fill in the blank: If you really knew me, you’d know _______.
I played soccer for 15 years then my senior year of high school I switched to tennis. I should have played tennis all along.

What are you most proud of?
My family. My family is truly amazing and I smile when I think about them – from the cousins (40+) and the aunts/uncles to the grandparents, parents, and siblings. Some of them are my family by marriage and some others I have known since birth; they are all strong and inspirational human beings and I am grateful to be in their lives.

What do you do when you have 30 minutes of free time?
Now that it’s almost summer and glorious in Seattle on a daily basis, if I had thirty minute of free time I would read my book on my rooftop deck. I’ve determined that the deck no longer receives direct sunlight after 6:52 PM thanks to the building next to my place, so I try to make it home before then.
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If you had 10 extra dollars what would you buy?
I’d put it in the bank then would spend it the next day on coffee or a new vinyl album.

What’s your go-to karaoke song?
It’s a toss-up between Toxic by Britney Spears and Like a Prayer by Madonna. My sister and mom love to sing, so we occasionally bust out the karaoke machine during family gatherings. They are better than me, but I try.

What’s the last vacation you went on?
We just went to Victoria, BC for Memorial Day weekend. Yes, we drank High Tea at The Empress and spent the afternoon at Butchart Gardens, but my favorite activity was riding scooters up the coast. It was a blast.

What’s your signature gelato flavor?
Talenti’s Pistachio or Salted Caramel

Two things you can’t live without?
Seattle summers and Pinot Noir. I probably could live without them, but it would be a tough life.

What is your favorite question to ask potential candidates?
I really like to hear the different reasons why people want to work for us. It’s refreshing to hear the amount of information they know about our products/services and press that drove them to apply. Yes, we are on the 100 Best Companies to Work For – Seattle list!

The Names Behind the Bars – Orange Is the New Black

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Ten years ago, the term “Netflix” likely meant nothing to nearly anyone who researched the name. Now, Netflix is one of the most widely-known video streaming sites with nearly 60 million subscribers. Part of this growth could be attributed to their wildly popular show, Orange is the New Black – a show based on Piper Kerman’s memoir about her year in prison. Have you ever thought about the characters in that show and wondered how realistic their names are? We looked behind the bars, and found some very interesting details as to how popular some of these names really are.

Taylor Schilling, the actor behind main character, Piper,  shares her name with 14 people in the United States, 12 more people than the actor’s Character, Piper Chapman. Piper Chapman only shares her name with 2.

Larry Bloom, the love interest of convicted character, Piper Chapman, shares his name with a whopping 113 people in the US. The actor’s real name, Jason Biggs, is shared with 148 people in the US. With that many “Larry Bloom’s” and “Jason Biggs” in the US, he must be used to hearing both his name and character’s name when he’s out and about.

Alex Vause, who plays another (past and somewhat present) love interest of Piper shares her name with absolutely no one in the US. Whoever came up with that character’s name deserves a round of applause. That being said, Alex’s real name, Laura Prepon, is only shared with 2 other people in the United States.

Suzanne Warren (also known as Crazy Eyes), is a fan-favorite. She is also a favorite name for many, as she shares her name with 198 people in the US. Uzoamaka Aduba, the character’s real name, is shared with fewer people, only 3 in the US. Don’t worry, we looked up Suzanne’s nickname, Crazy Eyes, and no one shares the name.

Nicky Nichols, the well-known red headed character, shares her name with 24 others in the US. What many do not know is that her real name, Natasha Lyonne is an original. She is the only one in the US.

Tiffany Doggett, the character everyone loves to hate (who remembers that famous fight scene with Piper at the end of season 1?) shares her name with only 6 people in the US with her name. A lucky 13 share her real name, Taryn Manning.

Tasha Jefferson, also known as “Taystee,” has a slightly less popular name than the actor’s real name, Danielle Brooks. Tasha Jefferson shares her name with only 49 people in the US whereas the actor, Danielle, shares her name with 453. WOW! We checked in on Tasha’s nickname, Taystee, and she shared her name with no one.

Finally, Sophia Burset, a character that is unforgettable (you can’t help but be emotionally invested in the story about her transformation from man to woman) has a completely original name. The writers did a fantastic job putting together her name on the show, as no one in the US has that name, On the other hand, the actor’s real name, Laverne Cox, is fairly popular. She shares her name with 69 people in the US.

Are you interested in seeing how many people you share your name with? Find out!

 

Make New Friends but Keep the Old – Contact Friends After Graduation

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As you read the following lyric, what comes to mind? “And as our lives change, from whatever, we will still be, friends forever.” If your first thought was graduating, you are correct! Vitamin C hit the nail on the head when she sang the song “Graduation.” That well known line from the song’s chorus holds true to many aspects of the day you finally put on your cap and gown. From saying goodbye to your college friends, to moving to a new city for a job, your life changes after graduation. Though you have your lifelong friends from college or grad school, as you move to new places, you will be making new friends.

Did you know that Whitepages can help you find contact information for your new neighbors in your city, or even your new coworker? Read the steps below to see how you can easily start reaching out to your friends in your new city.

Scenario 1: You want to find the number of a contact you met in a city sightseeing tour last week

Head to Whitepages.com and on the homepage under the “people search” tab, type in the name and city of your (soon to be) new friend.

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Now’s your chance to start calling! After you hit “search,” you’ll see a list populated with the address and phone number of the individual’s name you typed in.

Scenario 2: You love your new neighbors, and want to have a housewarming but haven’t received their numbers… yet!

Head to Whitepages.com. Once you’re on the homepage, click the “address” tab and type in your nearby neighbor’s address, as seen below.

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After you click “search” you will see the neighbor’s contact information populate, making it easy to connect and form a friendship.

Remember, though you may be making new friends, you can easily keep the old. You can use the tools listed above to easily contact your friends from school even if they are moving to new places, too.

Does thinking about graduation make you feel reminiscent? For old time’s sake, don’t miss Vitamin C’s “Graduation.

Picture This: Your Digital Identity Is Worth a Thousand Words

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When you go on Facebook or LinkedIn, you expect that your friends, family members and colleagues are being honest about their digital identity. When you create your Whitepages listing, you fill in your name, address and phone number, but you can also link to your social networks to provide a more complete portrait of your digital self.

But the funny thing about the Internet is that it does allow for some smoke and mirrors, to an extent. Apparently, it tends to be less offensive than outright deception in face-to-face encounters. Where’s the proof? Medical News Today highlighted a recent study conducted by University of Connecticut researchers who looked at the impact of “beautifying” pictures on an online dating site.

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It’s become almost automatic to provide a picture of yourself when you sign up for social networks, but nowhere is your “selfie” more important when you’re looking for love online. When you’re trying to make a match, your visual perceptions often takes the front seat. But anyone who’s scanned the tabloids waiting in line at the grocery store knows how amazing Photoshop is at making celebrities look otherworldly, for better or for worse. With online dating sites, photos are among several variables that others use to make judgments about your date-worthiness.

What does your profile picture tell others about you? 

The University of Connecticut researchers found that enhanced photos – including lighting, makeup and hair styling – had an impact on both men and women. In fact, women rated men with digitally altered profile pictures as more attractive and trustworthy. Men also indicated the enhanced pictures were more attractive, but, on the other hand, they expressed less trust in the potential dates.

Although this study’s insight is limited to online dating in a practical sense, there are bigger issues relating to digital identities that you can see. Like our real-world relationships, we have a great deal of influence over the way people perceive you. If the world is a stage, the Web is something more like a diorama of various stages of your life. You can foster real relationships and connect with people online, and creating a coherent, trustworthy identity is incredibly important.

Developing a complete portrait
A 2011 study about digital identity completed by researchers at the University of Salford in the U.K. underlined the fact that our digital identities are largely fragmentary. Why? Unless you make an effort to align your LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter profiles, these will likely provide snapshots of your complete identity.

At Whitepages, we believe in the good that data can do when it’s used for the benefit of others. When you create your online profile, you should ask yourself a few questions:

  • What role does trust play in creating your online identity?
  • How do you want people to perceive you?
  • What do you value does your digital identity have for you and others?

The beauty of Whitepages is that it helps you create an accurate digital self-portrait, which builds a Web experience based on trust and transparency. Whether people are trying to contact you or you want to reach out to someone else, honesty will always get you started out on the right foot.