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Thankful for the Textios

I’m thankful for a lot of things about Textio.

I’m thankful to be a part of a company that helps employers attract more diverse candidates. I’m thankful that our leaders are not only politically and socially conscious, but also vocal about it. I’m thankful for the opportunity I’ve been given to develop new skills.


But more than anything, I’m thankful for the people.

There’s a core philosophy that shows up in all of Textio’s job listings. It’s one of the things that drew me to the company, and I heard it throughout the interview process:

"Have a point of view, but be low ego."

I also found out pretty quickly that this doesn’t only apply to the work that people do here. My second week on the job, I learned that everyone at Textio has a very strong point of view about their food preferences.

My second week at Textio was my birthday week, and the ever-considerate Charna Parkey asked a simple question:

“Do you like chocolate?”

The Slack conversation that ensued was a high-stakes political drama to rival any national election. (If you’re curious about the outcome, I requested and Charna made a bear-shaped pumpkin cake. It was delectable and the team’s disappointment over the lack of chocolate didn’t last too long.)

Unsurprisingly, everyone here is equally passionate about Thanksgiving food rankings. I know because I took a survey. Here’s what the Textios are most looking forward to on tomorrow’s holiday table*:

Textio employees' favorite Thanksgiving Day dishes: stuffing: 57%, turkey 13%, mashed potatoes 13%, pumpkin pie 9%, gravy 4%, cranberry sauce 4%

*It’s worth noting that votes were not anonymous and thus the data is most definitely rigged.

Funny enough, Textio’s preferences are a pretty close match to the Thanksgiving dishes that show up in Textio’s job listings data:

Number of job listings that contain these food names (out of ~50 million searched) stuffing: 142, turkey: 48, gravy: 42, green bean: 8, mashed potatoes: 6, cranberry sauce: 4, pumpkin pie: 2, cornbread: 1

I’ll keep it short; I know that everyone is probably eager to get home and get cooking. I’ll leave you with one more happy thought (at least… it’s happy to me).

I’m thankful that we have the data to answer questions that range from world changing to just plain silly. Expect a lot more of this to come — I can’t wait to see what the future holds!

Happy holidays from Textio!

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