I Found the Perfect Job—in the Most Surprising Place
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 Bo Kristensen, who recently landed an amazing gig as the senior graphic designer for wedding planning site mywedding.com. When transitioning from his former job as a senior director of art and experience design for Merkle, Inc., Kristensen knew that the most important thing he wanted in his next job was a stellar culture fit—and was happy (and a little surprised!) to find that fit was at mywedding.com.
Hear his story, along with his advice for other job seekers, then check out open jobs at mywedding.com and land a great new gig of your own!
Tell us about yourself—give us your elevator speech!
I’m a husband, a cyclist, and a hardcore Denver Broncos fan. In my free time, I’m a one-of-a-kind creative mind who has an eye for the fine details, a passion for innovation, and a bottomless cup of new ideas. Over the last 13 years, I have shaped my professional experience in art direction, graphic design, experience design, photography, and video.
What were you looking for in a job?
The number one box to check was the need for a great culture fit. To do my best work, I need to be surrounded by some really good juju. Building an honest and respected relationship with my co-workers on all levels is so important.
The space I work in is one of the most underrated matches when looking for a new job. I think about it this way: In my lifetime, I will spend more time in my workspace than I will in my own home. The office should feel like a second home that inspires collaboration and great work.
Lastly, I wanted to have the resources to accomplish the moonshot ideas that I get passionate about. No one likes to sit in traffic, so the fewer obstacles in the way, the better my results will be and the quicker they can be delivered.
Why are you excited about this job?
Simply, mywedding checks all the boxes.
The team here at mywedding is very talented, and there is a mutual respect for everyone’s abilities. Personalities and egos don’t get in the way of decisions, and the investment in quality personnel is evident. I have the freedom to work on a variety of big projects and explore a lot of ideas, and we have really solid squad of developers that make the imaginable come to life. Even the CEO will help craft projects by hand when ideas are drawn up. A day doesn’t go by without a large serving of collaboration on the menu.
After 45 days at mywedding, I was recognized with the monthly company award for “Random Acts of Bliss.” It’s nice to be told you are appreciated, but it’s even better when you experience it on a daily basis. The word “no” is rarely spoken when ideas are thrown around, and the team that I work with has been supportive from day one. You don’t feel like just another employee at mywedding. You are made to feel like you are an indispensable member of a family. It’s great.
As a creative, it’s rewarding to see my ideas come to fruition rather than shelved. It’s a bonus when I can point family and friends to the web or even newsstands across the country to check out my latest work first hand.
If that wasn’t enough, there are many health bonuses. My favorite? I literally get paid to ride my bike to work. There is bike parking 20 feet from my desk, and there are office-owned bikes for anyone else feeling as adventurous as I.
What stuck out to you about the company when you found mywedding.com on The Muse?
As a creative person, I am naturally very visual. On the web, it’s tough to discern one job posting from another as they all start to sound the same in my area of expertise. As I mentioned, my top priority was culture fit. Normally, I would have hesitated to apply to work within the digital realm of the wedding world. It just wasn’t my first interest. The Muse provided what no one else was: a look inside the day-to-day life of a mywedding employee, their culture, and their workspace in the form of a visual overview and employee video interviews.
With the help of The Muse, I found a real interest in learning more about the company, the people that drove it day in and day out, and the industry as a whole. After the enjoyable first interview with Meghan, my now-supervisor, I had a good feeling that mywedding would be the fit I was genuinely looking for. Any initial uncertainties were quickly replaced with an excitement to get into the office and have a blast creating some great experiences for our visitors and partners.
How did you use The Muse to help you in prepping for your interview?
It’s great having a realistic expectation about a company and its culture before you walk in the door for your first interview. You’re a bit more comfortable, and you can hone your focus in the interview on the things that really matter to you.
What advice would you have for someone who wanted a job like yours?
It doesn’t happen overnight. Invest in yourself and it will pay off. Make real goals and stick to them. I can’t say that enough. You can’t create a direction without a destination.
Be honest with yourself and focus on what really makes you happy, not what just pays the bills. If you do what you love every day, your passion will show in your work. The money will follow.
Who knows, you may also get paid to draw pictures all day. It doesn’t get much better than that.
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