Job Search Success! How I Found the Perfect Part-Time Job
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 Alex Canovas, who found his dream job working part-time as a patient operations associate at ZocDoc, helping the team change the way people find great doctors. Already a fan and user of the service, it wasn’t until he saw the job listing on The Muse that he realized: Hey, I could be a part of this! He is now happy to not only have a side gig to supplement his income as a musician, but to be working with a great team for a mission he really believes in.
Hear his story, along with his advice for other job seekers, then check out ZocDoc’s company profile and land a great new gig of your own!
Tell us about yourself—give us your elevator speech!
I’m a professional musician. I’ve lived in New York for almost two years and moved here after graduating from Ithaca College in upstate New York. After living the dream freelancing, I found that I needed an extra source of income to supplement my highly irregular schedule. After a months-long job search, I’m now working as a patient operations associate at ZocDoc, a free service to find in-network doctors, read verified reviews and health content, and instantly book appointments online.
What were you looking for in a job?
Flexibility was pretty important to me so that I could continue my musical work and be able to accept new gigs as they came along. However, I would say that what I wanted most was to work with great people and honestly have a lot of fun at work. I usually feel the most fulfilled helping and serving people in some way, whether it be in performance or in a role like the one I have at ZocDoc.
Why are you excited about this job?
It’s an extremely exciting time to be working in healthcare, and it’s also a great time to be working for a startup, so the combination of the two is pretty magical. Searching for healthcare can be such a challenge, especially if you’re switching doctors, are looking for a specialist, or have just moved to a new city. To be a part of a company that’s working to make the whole process easy and, quite frankly, enjoyable is pretty amazing. There’s a ton of room to grow, both professionally and personally.
The team I work on also has a passion for cat pictures, which we share regularly and for which I have a very intense love.
What stuck out to you about ZocDoc when you found it on The Muse?
I actually first found ZocDoc when I was looking for a doctor myself. It was the end of that horrible “Polar Vortex” this past winter and I needed a primary care doctor pretty badly. I’d never looked for one while living in New York because looking through insurance provider directories can be really hard and confusing. I discovered ZocDoc through some Google searches and found the doctor I now see regularly. The user-friendly interface and number of features really struck me as revolutionary. It was one of those moments where I thought “Man, I wish I had thought of this!”
A few weeks later, a friend of mine who happens to work at The Muse told me about The Muse’s job board and mentioned that there were a lot of great jobs on there. I had been combing through a few other job boards for positions at the time, so this was welcome news. It was great to be able to fully trust the job listings, if you know what I mean. The positions also seemed way more awesome and in line with what I was looking for. I saw the posting for the job I have now, laughed at the coincidence, clicked “Apply Now,” and the rest is history.
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Is there anything from The Daily Muse that helped you out in your job hunt?
I’ll admit that I’m a bit addicted to reading professional development articles, so reading stuff from The Muse was really helpful in all of my job searches. The “Interviewing For a Job” section was particularly helpful in getting ready for my interview at ZocDoc.
What were you doing before this job?
I was (and still am) singing a lot, and had a very brief stint teaching early music classes. I found that, while I was getting a lot of work as a musician, my schedule was still really open. Hanging out at home watching Netflix gets old really quickly when you need to pay the bills!
What advice would you have for someone who wanted a job like yours?
Be patient, and be yourself. There’s nothing more infectious and attractive than a job candidate who is honest and passionate and can channel that energy into their work.
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