How I got a job in Singapore without filling out an application

The Gym Pod located at Changi City Point!

The Gym Pod located at Changi City Point!

As I prepared to leave America, I spent my free time researching startups in Singapore. I surfed various blogs and forums and eventually stumbled upon The Gym Pod, a 24 hour smart gym built inside a shipping container. The concept of the gym immediately intrigued me; I studied their website from soup to nuts. Within a few minutes I decided that I had to apply, only to discover that there were no job openings available. I decided to go with a different approach.

The moment I got fully settled in Singapore, I immediately continued my research. I downloaded their mobile app to take notes of the user experience. I visited the Gym Pod locations to get an idea of the environment in and around the facilities. I asked strangers what they thought of the Pods. I even waited outside the Pods for people to finish their workout sessions so I could ask them how their experience was.

Using all of this information, I created a portfolio with my analysis and a series of recommendations for how to expand the business. I designed the portfolio to mimic The Gym Pod's exact website design and structure. [I can't take credit for this idea. Thanks @VanessaLau.co for the idea and inspiration. If you haven't heard of her, I highly recommend her content!]

On The Gym Pod's website, you'll see that they have three main selling points: privacy, convenience, and peace of mind. When I created my portfolio, I structured it into 3 reasons why they should hire me. I even made the portfolio password protected: hirepeterforsuccess. You can take a look at the portfolio here.

Once all of this was complete, I sent an email to the CEO to let him know I had some ideas to share and then crossed my fingers for a response. Fortunately, he responded - and after a couple meetings to exchange ideas, I'm happy to say that I have accepted an offer as Business Development Executive with The Gym Pod!

P.S. For those who are curious, I am still committed to building and developing GreenGuards. Busy times are ahead, but I'm excited for the challenge!

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Surf’s up…

An extreme dramatization of my surfing abilities. I’ll be on a longboard riding waves 1/4 of the size pictured here lol.

An extreme dramatization of my surfing abilities. I’ll be on a longboard riding waves 1/4 of the size pictured here lol.

I put pen-to-paper on my condo lease last night! Move-in date is technically not until April 1st, so I am hopping on a plane to Indonesia today for 2.5 weeks in the meantime! The plan is to spend about a week in Lombok, an island just off the coast of Bali, which is known for its surfing. This is only my second time surfing and the last time I went was basically a year ago in Costa Rica. I’m hoping a week will be enough time to shake off the rust and hopefully get even better. Now that I’m in SE Asia, I want to get better at surfing since it’s a more feasible option than snowboarding now.

After Lombok I’ll head back to Bali to spend some time there. I don’t really have a set agenda just yet; I plan to play it by ear. Since I’ve been volunteering at the hostel, condo shopping, and adjusting to the new time zone, I’m looking forward to finally being able to relax and reset. Once I come back to Singapore, I plan to conquer a few goals I’ve set for myself. More to come on that later…

Culture Shock (or lack thereof)

So I just realized I haven’t written much about my adjustment to Singapore in general. For those who are following me on social media, I’m sure it seems that all I’ve been doing is wandering the city and eating and drinking (you are not far off!), but here are some quick bullets about what I’ve had to adjust to:

“Singlish.” I found this meme on Facebook last night which is actually hilariously accurate.

“Singlish.” I found this meme on Facebook last night which is actually hilariously accurate.

  • Metric system: when I speak in feet, miles, or degrees Fahrenheit I get looked at like an imbecile. Seriously, America…why do we do this???

  • People drive on the left side of the road. I keep looking the wrong way before I cross the street, but this is something I already got a taste of in my trip to London recently.

  • People stand on the left of the escalator and walk on the right (same story as previous bullet applies).

  • The heat…or the A/C, actually. Yes, Singapore is hot, but since the bus and MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) system is so well connected and air-conditioned, I rarely find myself dying in the heat. When I stop in a cafe or restaurant, it’s actually too cold sometimes and I welcome the heat when I step back outside.

  • “Singlish.” A few of you have been asking if it’s difficult to communicate with people. English is still the first language here, but locals have adopted what they call “Singlish.” It’s a particular accent/style and they have a few slang words that I’m still trying to get used to.

All in all - I have no real complaints so far. Of course, it’s only been a week and I’m still in “tourist mode,” but I’m sure I’ll hit some culture shock later down the road as this place slowly starts to feel more like home.