How I Found the Job (and Company!) of My Dreams
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 Shosana Pierce-Wright, who found out about the reservations coordinator position with dating site HowAboutWe on The Muse, then applied and interviewed her way to job search success!
Hear her story and get her advice for other job seekers, then check out HowAboutWe's company profile and land a great new gig of your own!
Tell us about yourself! Give us your elevator speech!
I recently graduated from Vassar College with a major in psychology, but I was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. I’ve always loved new adventures, which has increasingly taken me further and further from home. Ultimately, I hope to end up in London, where I spent six months abroad and morphed into the biggest Anglophile ever upon my return to the States. Not the kind who follows the royal family on Twitter, but the kind who’s always saving up for my next trip across the pond.
What were you looking for in a job?
After graduation, I realized that most of what I chose to do with my free time at Vassar, in one way or another, involved event planning. Although there are many forms that this can take, especially in a place like New York City, this general mantra has been my jumping off point: Whenever people ask, I always say that I want to go into the business of making memories.
At the end of the day, I wanted to work somewhere I could be happy. To me, professional happiness means you have to love both the people and the product. So that’s exactly what I searched for: somewhere I could apply the skills I had developed in my experiences at Vassar and adapt those skills to contribute toward a solid product with individuals who shared those same goals.
Related: How to Break Into Event Planning
Why are you excited about this job?
There is so much opportunity for growth at HowAboutWe! The company recently expanded its Couples product into two new markets and internationalized its dating app, and it’s prepping for even more exciting developments in the coming months—there's really no end in sight. With that growth brings lots of opportunities for employees as well as the potential to contribute toward shaping the way the company grows and develops.
One thing I really love about this job is that even though I have only been working there a short time, I already feel like my voice is being heard and my input is taken seriously—having previously worked on projects where that was not the case, it's really important to me!
What attracted you to HowAboutWe?
Nothing will make you appreciate company culture more than working for a company that doesn’t have one. These previous negative experiences are what made company culture a priority in my job search, and attracted me to The Muse and HowAboutWe in particular. HowAboutWe really cares about its employees’ well-being, which makes me care even more about the success of the company.
How did you use The Muse to help you in your job search?
I was lucky enough to find my job through a listing on The Muse, but it helped me in so many other ways as well. I read and re-read articles in just about every stage of the job hunting process—perfecting my resume, preparing for networking meetings, drafting initial interest emails, researching before an interview, and more. One of the most invaluable things it gave me was peace of mind—it’s so easy to get discouraged at so many stages of the job search process that having an asset like The Daily Muse to refer back to made me feel productive at times when it didn’t feel like I was making any progress.
I also loved that it focused on the entire job search process, from pre- to post-employment. It’s not about finding a job, it’s about building a career.
What advice would you have for someone who wanted a job like yours?
I give the same job advice that my father gave me throughout my job search: It’s all about networking. Building and maintaining your professional network is key to professional success, and that shouldn’t stop once you get a job—I’m still constantly trying to make new connections and maintain existing ones. In an age where applying to a job means submitting your resume at the click of a button, employers sort through hundreds of resumes for a single position. Your professional network is what will set you apart from the multitude of qualified but anonymous candidates.
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