Part of our mission at The Muse is to find the most inspiring companies out there and share them with you, our community of smart, savvy professionals. So, there’s nothing we love more than hearing about a perfect match between the two!
Today, we caught up with Zoe Peleti, who found her new gig as a Junior Designer at language learning startup Voxy on The Muse.
Hear her story and get her advice for job seekers, then check out Voxy’s company profile and land a great new gig of your own!
Tell us about yourself—give us your elevator speech!
I was born and raised in New York to a large, eccentric, Greek-American family. Creativity and the arts were always very important growing up, so it was only natural for me to pursue a career in design.
I graduated from Parsons School of Design with a degree in Design Technology in 2012. During my time at Parsons, I literally watched the mobile app market explode into this huge industry and just knew that I needed to be a part of it.
Currently, I’m living with my girlfriend and our dog, Honey Pompom. I’m really into cooking and travel, so I’m hoping to sharpen my Spanish speaking skills (maybe learn a new language) and put them to use through some adventures over the next few years.
What were you looking for in a job?
I was looking for a career. I feel like there’s a big difference between those words, job and career. I really wanted to find a place I could put down roots and develop myself as a designer while also making an impact in some way. Of course, the job as it relates to a particular industry is important, but it’s also the people, culture, environment, and practices that make a company great. I consider myself lucky because Voxy shared my values 100%.
Why are you excited about this job?
I’m really excited about this job because everyone I work with is really excited! Honestly, it’s contagious. From my very first interview with Voxy, everyone I met spoke with such passion about what they were doing that it only validated that this was where I wanted to be.
My personal excitement for this job stems not only from the fact that I get to do what I love—design things and work with technology—but also that I get full exposure to the process by which the Voxy app is developed, designed, and marketed. I’m watching a product redefine its predecessors in language education and a company grow exponentially, and that’s an invaluable experience.
What attracted you to Voxy?
I was initially attracted to Voxy because of a video on the company’s website. It began with the Nelson Mandela quote: “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” It said a thousand words to me on what Voxy was about, and I empathize with the importance Voxy places on teaching English due to my own experience growing up with a father who never fully learned the English language, and I never Greek. It’s a cool tech company with a goal to change the world—what’s not to love?
How did you use The Muse to help you in your job search?
It was my twin sister, Emily, who showed me The Muse. I had been struggling for a while to find a job or company I could really see myself being a part of. Craigslist and other job search engines were overwhelming and impersonal, so applying through them left me feeling like I had spent a great deal of time only to create a directionless CV sent into the internet void.
The Muse is different. I could literally see myself working at Voxy because The Muse is painted in pictures of office spaces, potential colleagues’ faces, and in-depth details about the projects and working culture of the companies it showcases. Prepping for my first interview became much less stressful because the content and clean layout of The Muse gave me a clear understanding of the position I was applying to as it connected to the company as a whole. There’s a lot less anxiety when you have the tools to know exactly what you want from a job and how you’re the best candidate to suit it.
What advice would you have for someone who wanted a job like yours?
Don’t panic and apply to every job that somewhat represents what you want to do. That’s not a good way to find a job, that’s a great way to waste your time and evoke unnecessary stress in your life. Take your time to really flesh out your resume and cover letter, then have someone else take a look at it—twice. Chances are, you’re not being overlooked because you’re a terrible, unqualified person, but because you have somehow underrepresented yourself on paper or misrepresented the type of work your background and interests are in.
Then, do research on companies to find what kind of culture and projects you really want to be a part of. If you’re clear and professional with your cover letter and resume it will reflect the types of positions you apply to and may in fact lead you to your dream job.