How I Found My Dream Job (Snickerdoodle Muffins Included)
Our mission here at The Muse is simple: to help you find your dream job. So, there’s nothing we love more than hearing about it when you do!
Today, we caught up with Alyssa Chamberlain, who found her dream job working as an inside sales representative for Asana, helping even more people get more work done with less effort.
Tell us about yourself! Give us your elevator speech.
I moved out to San Francisco over three years ago after graduating from the University of California, Santa Barbara and have been in love ever since. I never imagined I would fall into the tech world—I always saw myself as writing screenplays for films, helping animals, or creating beautiful spaces.
But the entrepreneurial and adventurous side of me pulled my ambitions toward the Bay Area, and here I’ve discovered the immense opportunities that lie within tech sales.
What were you looking for in a job?
I was looking for a role that would allow me to influence the direction of a company’s sales efforts and methodology but also give me a platform to be challenged and think critically around its constant improvement. I had come from a leadership role within a sales org at my last startup and loved the journey of testing, adjusting, and encouraging ourselves to be creative—I wanted that opportunity again and wanted to do it with a widely accepted company.
Asana was it. With a palpable culture of connectedness, high energy, and intellect, I knew I had found my new home.
What stuck out to you about the company when you found it on The Muse?
When I first discovered the open job opportunity on The Muse, what first grabbed me were the memorable photos of the office space. I remember thinking, “Now, this is somewhere I wouldn’t mind coming to work every day.” After all, this is my second home.
The Muse made it incredibly easy for me to uncover Asana’s mission, employee testimonials, and office life. I quickly became more and more intrigued as I learned about the soul and mission of Asana—and saw that it was clearly driven by a high-caliber team.
What’s something most people would find surprising about working at Asana?
Everyone knows Asana for improving collaboration, transparency, and fluidity in our work—for ourselves and for our teams. I think others outside the organization may not realize how honest our culture really is.
There is a deeply engrained ethos here of embracing authentic feedback, having the opportunity for your voice to be heard, and always communicating across teams in order to solve problems the best we can. Asana supports curious and audacious thinking—I couldn’t be luckier to surround myself with such individuals.
What’s your favorite part so far about working at Asana?
Besides the exceptional food provided by our culinary team (I had a snickerdoodle muffin this morning), I’d say the people I encounter everyday are my favorite part.
There is never a dull moment. Conversations are stimulating, and my colleagues come from all walks of life, each one vibrant and impressive. Knowing we are all collectively working together toward our shared goal is truly rewarding.
What advice would you have for someone who wanted a job like yours?
I think I have to steal a quote here from Steve Jobs on this one: “If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on.” It’s true—you know when you find it and time is precious, don’t waste it doing something you aren’t stoked about. Don’t be afraid to take risks!
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