How did you come to work at Pace?
Back in April of 2020, my previous agency had a round of layoffs and I was on the chopping block. Thankfully, after what felt like a thousand interviews, I found Pace!
Can you talk a little more about the challenges of searching for a job during the pandemic?
The first word that comes to mind is daunting. I was friends with a lot of my co-workers, and it was tough seeing that they got to keep their jobs. It was easy to spiral down the trail of doubting my abilities. It was also tough to show grace to those making hiring decisions when I’d apply and never hear back or have an interview or two and get rejected.
What advice would you give to other job-seekers looking during difficult times?
Be patient when looking for jobs. Don’t apply for something just because it’s available. Make sure it’s a job you can see yourself in for the foreseeable future.
During lockdown, I had a ton of extra time. My advice is use it! Apply for jobs but do other things. I got really into running with my extra time. I watched movies. I took some free courses and learned new skills. I connected with old friends and colleagues. I researched jobs and companies that I actually wanted and used my newfound free time to get myself on track to get one of those jobs.
Apply for jobs you don’t think you’re qualified for! Being on-site at bareMinerals made me realize that the people who work in the NYC high-rise buildings are just regular people.
Don’t be afraid to say no to a job that doesn’t feel right. Over the course of my unemployment, I applied for probably 200+ jobs and managed to have 2–3 interviews every week. Strangely enough, when I made it to the end, I had four job offers in front of me—all for companies I’d fallen in love with! I sat down one night and really weighed the pros and cons.
Practice makes perfect! By the time I was interviewing with Pace, I was months deep into the process and had done an unbelievable number of interviews. I remember joking with my friends that at this point, I’d gotten so good at interviewing, I needed to find a way to make money from being a professional job-seeker. My interview skills were so much better than when I started; I’d learned how to be warm and genuine via Skype/WebEx/Zoom/Hangouts and also effectively articulate why I was the best guy for the role I was interviewing for.