A wicked-awesome Beantown native, Business Development Manager Christie Trapilo loves to help hometown clients get the choicest creatives in town.
If you’re located in Boston and need a partner to help you with all your creative freelance needs, connect with Christie!
After, of course, reading all about her as she answers our 7 Quick Questions!
- Best creative/digital event in your city? UXPA Boston is an AWESOME conference (and not just because clients tell me they know of us through the event!) It's the only gathering I've attended where you have the opportunity to network with multiple local UX managers and—through their presentations—learn more about their individual departments and initiatives. If you are in Boston and affiliated with UX in any way, this event is not to be missed!
- What made you want to work at Vitamin T? I was coming from the financial staffing industry where the vibe was, to me, pretty dry and dull. Obviously, not a good match. So when I interviewed with Vitamin T, I was immediately excited and impressed by the amazingly fun and laid-back vibe. At my last company we didn't have any Hawaii beach houses, coloring books, or wind-up robots! One thing I love most about working here is the holistic team spirit that VT encourages. We help each other and work towards a common goal. It's not a trait found in a lot of sales organizations and I feel lucky to have the team that I do.
- What’s the BEST thing someone can do when looking for a job? Applying online to positions can be tedious, frustrating, and often ineffective. In my experience, the best way to look for a job is through your personal network! Let your former job contacts know that you're looking. Ask individuals in your industry if they can refer you to an excellent recruiter. And utilize that LinkedIn network! Knowing someone with a direct line to the hiring manager will increase your odds greatly.
- Favorite interview question? "Tell me about a time you had to deal with a difficult situation and how did you handle it?" Whenever I've hired in the past, I loved asking this question. It gave me insight into what the candidate considers stressful, how they work under pressure, how fast they can think on their feet, and what their attitude is like when they are in a difficult spot. Those are all critical details you need to know in making a hiring decision!
- As a 5-year-old, what did you want to be when you grew up? I specifically remember wanting to be a ballerina, but my father says that I was always destined for office life! He remembers that when I was 5 I would try on his work shoes and trudge around the house carrying his briefcase. Apparently whenever I would play with my two younger sisters, I always wanted to be "in charge" and "the boss." Um, who, me?! :)
- What tech innovation has most impacted your life? After moving back to Boston after living in Cincinnati for 8 years, so I could NOT live without my Waze app! I'm a directionally-challenged person as it is, so I need every bit of help I can get to find my way around.
- How do you want to be remembered? I would most like to be remembered for being honest, fun, hardworking, genuine, open-minded, and a person of integrity. I swear these are not just trite adjectives I pulled out of the sky!
Looking for terrific creatives in Boston? Talk to Christie!