Get Hired and Give Back – Francesca Iyog

When you find a job with HireArt, you will also receive a $50 gift card to Kiva.org. There, you can make a loan to a cause you believe in. That’s how “Get Hired & Give Back” works — you get to spread the good feeling of getting a job around the world. You’ll also have the opportunity to be featured on our blog, and tell everyone about your new job and your Kiva.org loan.

This week we’ll be talking to Francesca Iyog.

How did you hear about HireArt?

I discovered HireArt through my current employer. Their Craigslist ad linked me directly to HireArt’s website, where I applied for the position. I also had the opportunity to apply for several other positions, including one at HireArt.

How did HireArt set itself apart from other job-seeking platforms?

I get nervous during in-person interviews. With HireArt, I was able to introduce myself to many potential employers from the comfort of my own home. Additionally, I had the ability to review and edit my recordings, which helped ease my anxiety.

Which job-seeking challenges did HireArt help you overcome?

I’ve always wanted to work for a startup, but I never knew where to begin my job search. HireArt helped me find open positions at startups, and connected me with my current employer. The ease of use was beyond amazing. I could apply for any position with just one click.

Do you have any advice for new HireArt users?

I made the mistake of mentioning the company’s name in a few of my recordings. I couldn’t re-use them to apply for other jobs, and ended up recording new responses. You can save a lot of time by planning ahead, and making sure your videos can be used for other applications.

What’s your role at ValetAnywhere?

Originally, I applied to be a Customer Support Representative/Dispatcher. Since then, I’ve been promoted to Customer Support Manager.

Why did you want to work there?

What attracted me to ValetAnywhere was their business model. It’s a parking garage that comes to you. This is a very useful service in a city that’s famous for traffic congestion.

How does it compare to your previous jobs?

I have been in the customer service, sales, and marketing industries for over ten years. I worked for large corporations like JCPenney, Macy’s, and Cartier. Moving from those environments to a small startup was a big change. It took some time to adjust, but it’s something I’ve always wanted to try.

What do you like most about working for a startup?

I love working in close proximity to the founders. They let me pick their brains, and I get a lot of hands-on instruction. I know my opinions are heard, and I get to see my ideas turn into reality. It’s a great feeling.

Tell us about your kiva.org donation. What inspired you to donate to this cause?

I chose to donate to a woman in the Philippines. I was inspired by her hardworking and resilient nature. Every day, she continues to support her family against all odds. Also, it felt good to help someone from my native country.

Any final thoughts?

I always knew I would enjoy working for a startup. Working at ValetAnywhere has inspired me, and I’ve decided to aim even higher. Someday, I hope to start my own company. When I do, I know HireArt will be there to provide me with awesome, skilled, and hardworking employees.

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