How This Employee Found the Break-the-Mold Job of His Dreams
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Today, we caught up with Daniel Lee, who recently landed an amazing gig as a bespoke advisor for custom clothing platform Knot Standard. When looking for his second job out of college, Lee knew he wanted something a little different—a position that would let him be creative and have a lot of great ideas and also give him the power to implement them and make a difference. He found Knot Standard on The Muse, learned more about the company’s culture, and quickly realized it was exactly what he was looking for.
Hear his story, along with his advice for other job seekers, then check out open jobs at Knot Standard and land a great new gig of your own!
Tell us about yourself! Give us your elevator speech!
I grew up in Los Angeles, went to college at UC San Diego, then moved to Phoenix, AZ to work in the corporate insurance industry and strike out on my own.
After a few years of working there, I knew it was time for a change. I wanted to work for a company that inspired passion and creativity—a company that promoted “breaking the mold”—and I wanted to do this in a city that was all about hustle, business, and prestige.
I had my sights set on New York for two years prior to taking the plunge and haven’t looked back since. I currently work on the web/online team for Knot Standard in our New York flagship office, working the daily business functions of inside sales, e-commerce operations, and customer support.
What were you looking for in a job?
I was looking for a job that encouraged creativity and ingenuity with a great culture. I found that in Knot Standard; there is a close-knit family of colleagues here who share my motivation, ambition, work ethic, and drive.
I also wanted to be involved in a business where I could make a huge impact and a difference in the day-to-day operations. With Knot Standard, I feel compelled and encouraged to implement my thoughts and ideas into action. Every day, I know that I am helping this company grow—and knowing that I am part of the reason for the company’s upward trajectory is priceless.
What attracted you to Knot Standard?
I have always been interested in fashion, but with Knot Standard I saw the opportunity to become a part of a business within a growing niche in the consumer market: custom clothing. I remember, when I first started interviewing for jobs, the hassle of dealing with off-the-rack clothing. I would pay obscene amounts of money for a low quality suit that hardly fit the way I wanted it to, even after spending additional costs on tailoring and alterations. I just wanted something that was good in quality, but not ridiculous in price—a go-to suit that would serve me well and of course, make me look good.
Once I saw that this is what Knot Standard’s business model was all about—affordable, high quality custom suits—I knew I had to be a part of it.
What’s something most people would find surprising about working at Knot Standard?
People would be surprised at how accessible our CEO and president are to our employees, despite their busy schedules! I previously worked in a corporate environment where you mainly work with your colleagues and speak with upper management only once in a while on a very structured basis. Here I am working side by side with the president of the company while bouncing ideas about the website back and forth with the CEO. The ability to work with this sort of transparency and comfort was a much welcome surprise for me when I started working here.
What’s your favorite part so far about working at Knot Standard?
My favorite part of this job is the camaraderie between the employees and the culture that we cultivate. We work in the trenches together, offering help as needed to achieve our goals in sales, business and brand development, outreach, and event organization. The chemistry that we have in this company is fantastic on so many levels, and it is refreshing to work with a group of such motivated and hard-working individuals.
I love that we are encouraged to take part in the type of business functions that interest you—if you want to be more involved in operations, our company encourages that, if you want to be more sales oriented, they’ll give you the resources you need. This type of freedom of mobility within a company is difficult to come by. As long as you support your interests through action, Knot Standard will encourage it.
Plus, it’s a lot of fun making yourself your own suit and tinkering with the customizations during your down time.
How did you use The Muse to help you in your job search?
The Muse was very helpful in terms of consolidating a lot of the companies that I was interested in into one database—and giving me insight into each company with company descriptions, pictures of the workspaces, employees, and videos. By searching deeper into a company’s culture and vision before I submitted my application, I was able to understand what the company was looking for in an interview.
What advice would you have for someone who wanted a job like yours?
Be meticulously detailed in your application and presentation, and find a way to stand out. If there is a particular aspect of your resume that you are proud of, make sure you emphasize it so it flies off the page. If you have to fill out a questionnaire for an application, make sure you give 110% in filling out those answers so they’re the best questionnaire responses that the employer will ever read. In your interview, make sure you look clean, polished, and ready to work.
In short, details and effort matter.
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