Job Search Success! How I Landed My Dream 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 Chris Consroe, who found his dream job working for the Chartcorps at real-time data company Chartbeat on The Muse. He applied and interviewed, and just a few weeks later found himself moving to NYC to start working at this growing company.
Hear his story, along with his advice for other job seekers, then check out Chartbeat's company profile and land a great new gig of your own!
Tell us about yourself. Give us your elevator speech!
I’m a recent NYC transplant from the mid-Atlantic. I grew up in the Maryland suburbs just outside of Washington, DC and graduated from American University in May of last year. After spending the majority of my life in the same part of the country, I knew it was time for a change, and a little bit to my own surprise, I’ve now found myself working in Manhattan at a fast-growing analytics startup called Chartbeat.
What were you looking for in a job?
I went to a great school, and I met fantastic people, but I struggled because I didn’t know what I was passionate about or what I wanted to do with my career. I wasn’t even sure where I wanted to live after graduation. I felt like I was failing in a way.
So when it was time for post-grad life, I knew I wanted a job that would give me a chance to tackle a bunch of different roles and learn a ton of new skills to help me find a path. I wanted to be a part of something that gave me the ability to learn, grow, and explore. This desire piqued my interest in startup culture and led me to The Muse’s job board and ultimately to Chartbeat.
What attracted you to Chartbeat?
I studied public relations in college, and that’s the angle I was coming from when I first learned about Chartbeat. Data analytics is a huge part of the PR industry, but there’s a lot of debate right now about how to accurately measure the effectiveness of promotional campaigns. Real-time metrics that measure engagement rather than just page views just made sense to me. The Chartbeat philosophy is one that I believed in, and I knew I wanted to be a part of that.
What’s your favorite part about your new gig?
I love that I’m always learning. I’ve only been at Chartbeat for a few weeks, but every day it feels like I’m doubling my knowledge. Not only in how the company works and how to do my job well, but about data, programming, and how the internet as a whole operates. It’s awesome. I never planned to get into the technology industry, but I absolutely love it so far.
The people at Chartbeat make it what it is. Everyone is so smart, it’s almost unbelievable. I was really intimidated, until I realized not only does everyone want to learn, but they also want to teach. There’s such an exchange of ideas and knowledge that it’s impossible not to get caught up in it.
How did you use The Muse to help you in your job search?
Aside from actually finding the company profile linking me to the job posting, The Muse helped me figure out what to wear to my first Chartbeat interview. I was new to the startup world and was very much in the “you have to wear a suit always” mindset—something that doesn’t make sense anymore. If I had showed up to Chartbeat in a full suit it, would have showed that I didn’t understand the company’s culture or the brand itself.
I think that because The Muse is a startup itself, it knows how the entire hiring process is different across fields. I expected to have a more traditional phone interview followed by an in-person interview, but my interview process with Chartbeat actually included a skills-based test and a social lunch. I had no idea interviews like this existed, but The Muse had helpful articles about all of them and made the whole process less stressful.
What were you doing before this job?
Before I got serious about moving to New York, I was working as a restaurant host in the suburbs and living in my childhood bedroom. Not too exciting. But working in a restaurant was actually a great experience, and I’m glad I have it under my belt. Not only was restaurant hosting a constant exercise in customer service, but I was also liaising between the customers, the management, the servers, and even the kitchen staff. Ensuring effective communication between specialized teams and keeping the whole machine running smoothly was really good practice for joining the Chartcorps.
What advice would you have for someone who wanted a job like yours?
I recommend candidates wanting to join the Chartbeat team (or any startup) to be bold in your approach. A lot of successful startups are growing quickly and need people who can contribute. If there’s a company you want to work for, don’t wait for a job opening—contact the team directly and show them what you can bring to the table.
If you’re just on the general job hunt, I recommend persistence. I know it’s the most given piece of advice, but it’s true. For many months after graduation, I felt lost, and it was awful. It’s easy to get discouraged and convince yourself that you’ll never find a job you actually want. But you just have to keep at it: You have no idea what’s coming you way.